Donphan’s Rapid Spin attack costs two Colorless Energy and one Fighting Energy — it does 50 damage and “switch this Pokemon with one of your benched Pokemon. If you do, your opponent switches their active Pokemon with one of their benched Pokemon.”
There’s a lot going on with this attack, but it essentially forces your opponent to switch while you can hide behind one of your Pokemon.
The perfect “Pokemon” to combo with Donphan’s Rapid Spin is Lillie’s Poke Doll because it gives no prize cards and if it somehow survives, you can shuffle it back into your deck.
However, there are a lot more moving parts in this deck that makes it all come together.
It would be nice if there was a way to recycle the Poke Dolls, but there just aren’t any great recycle cards in Standard right now except for Florges, which is a Stage 2 Pokemon.
This deck needs a contingency plan if you happen to run out of Poke Dolls, which is why I run one copy of Reshiram & Charizard-GX.
After you’ve run out of Poke Dolls and already put considerable damage on your opponent’s Pokemon with Donphan’s shenanigans, you can use Donphan to switch into Reshiram & Charizard-GX, which will survive almost anything. Then you can use Reshiram & Charizard-GX’s Outrage attack to clean up the game.
And you’re running Welder anyway, so Reshiram & Charizard-GX fits right in.
But there’s an easy way to counter Donphan’s shenanigans that needs to be addressed. What’s stopping your opponent from just switching into a Pokemon with free retreat? That’s where Absol (Team Up) comes in.
Absol (Team Up) increases the retreat cost of Basic Pokemon by one, which means Jirachi won’t be able to freely retreat with just an Escape Board. This could make the game very difficult for your opponent.
This deck also runs one copy of Diance Prism Star (Forbidden Light) for a little extra damage from Donphan.
The Trainer cards
As mentioned earlier, this deck relies on Welder to accelerate Energy.
Pokegear 3.0 is also really important in this deck because it will help you find Welder early in the game.
And like most decks that run Stage 1 Pokemon, Pokemon Communication is necessary to find your Pokemon.
How to play
You probably already get the gist of this deck by now. You’ll want to get your Donphan set up as fast as possible — that’s your main goal during the first two turns. Use Welder to get two Fire Energy on Donphan and search for the last Fightning Energy with Energy Spinner or Viridian Forest.
After getting Donphan ready to go, you’ll need to make sure you have a Lillie’s Poke Doll and a Jirachi on your bench. If you can’t Rapid Spin into a Poke Doll, you’re defeating the purpose of the deck. And you’ll want a Jirachi prepared in order to find more Poke Dolls your next turn.
Throughout the game, you can search for your Diancie Prism Star, ReshiZard, and Absol (if necessary). You should also try to get more Donphan prepared. I recommend leaving ReshiZard in your hand until you’ve run out of Poke Dolls.
After you’ve put down enough damage with Donphan and you’ve run out of Dolls, it’s time to clean up with ReshiZard. You can either Rapid Spin into a ReshiZard to set up a powerful Outrage, or if ReshiZard is at risk of being knocked out, you can wait to safely switch it in.
|Pokémon – 15
1 Absol TEU 88
|Trainer Cards – 31
3 Cynthia & Caitlin CEC 189
|Energy – 14
9 Fire Energy
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