I’m a firm believer in the philosophy that the Pokemon TCG is about having fun, and there’s nothing more fun than donking your opponent with a 30 HP Rattata.
Before we dive into the deck, let me give you some backstory.
The release of Pokemon Diamond and Pearl over 10 years ago coincided with the rapid growth of YouTube, which led to a renaissance of Pokemon content on the web. Content creators would show off their hilarious Pokemon battles. One of the great Pokemon memes I discovered during this time was FEAR: Focus Sash, Endeavor, Quick Attack, Rattata.
With this combination, Rattata was deadly unless your opponent was smart enough to use a priority move to out-speed Rattata’s Quick Attack.
As an example, here is the most mid-2000s Pokemon video you’ll ever watch, complete with Windows Movie Maker, that one “Bodies” song, and a crappy video recording:
Fast forward to 2019, and now you’re able to donk your opponents with Rattata in the Pokemon TCG as well!
Meet your main attacker, Rattata
The most important Pokemon in this deck is Rattata (Unboken Bonds). Rattata has a modest 30 HP and one attack, Gnaw, which does 30 damage for one energy.
30 damage for one energy isn’t that much compared to other decks, and 30 HP is ridiculously low. However, Rattata’s low HP is what powers him up.
If you give Rattata the Hustle Belt Pokemon Tool, its damage increases by 60. That means Rattata can do up to 90 damage for a single energy.
But Hustle Belt has one stipulation: Rattata needs to have at least 1 damage counter on it. Just slap a Rainbow Energy on Rattata and it’s good to go!
90 damage for one energy isn’t that bad, and you didn’t even need to evolve your Rattata! You’ll be able to one-shot Jirachi, Inkay, Mew, Lampent, and other low-HP Pokemon that your opponents might play.
Stop your opponent from recovering
If you don’t win within the first two turns, you’re almost guaranteed to lose. It’s a donk deck, after all.
That’s why you’ll need to shrink your opponent’s hand as much as possible. Use Dusk Stone to get up to four Mismagius on your first turn. Mismagius’ ability allows you to draw until you have seven cards in your hand and then it knocks itself out, giving your opponent a prize.
The goal is to use all four Mismagius on your first turn so you’ll be able to significantly reduce your opponent’s hand size with Reset Stamp.
Since you’re giving up prizes with Mismagius on your first turn, you’ll be able to make full use of Lt. Surge’s Strategy, which lets you use two additional Supporters if you’re down on prize cards.
You should run Green’s Exploration to help you find important cards like Hustle Belt, Dusk Stone, and Reset Stamp.
You should also run Mars to reduce your opponent’s hand further and gain some additional draw power. You might also want to consider Jessie & James.
So does it work?
This deck is pretty consistent — it has plenty of draw power with Mismagius. Obviously, Rattata doesn’t stand up to big basics, but you might be able to make some Malamar players cry.
Standard decklist for PTCGO:
##Pokémon – 12
* 4 Rattata UNB 143
* 4 Misdreavus UNB 77
* 4 Mismagius UNB 78
##Trainer Cards – 44
* 4 Mars UPR 128
* 4 Professor Elm’s Lecture LOT 188
* 4 Mysterious Treasure FLI 113
* 4 Hustle Belt CES 134
* 4 Pokémon Communication TEU 152
* 4 Acro Bike PRC 122
* 4 Lt. Surge’s Strategy HIF 60
* 4 Dusk Stone UNB 167
* 4 Reset Stamp UNM 206
* 4 Green’s Exploration UNB 175
* 3 Pokégear 3.0 UNB 182
* 1 Adventure Bag LOT 167
##Energy – 4
* 4 Rainbow Energy BKT 152
Total Cards – 60