Pokemon TCG

Terrakion and Spiritomb Is a Budget Deck With a Lot of Damage

Terrakion (Unified Minds) paired with Spiritomb (Unbroken Bonds) as secondary attacker is a great single-prize budget deck that has insane damage potential.

For one Fighting Energy and two Colorless Energy, Terrakion does 50 damage and “if all of your benched Pokemon have at least 1 damage counter on them, this attack does 150 more damage.”

Fortunately, it’s easy to get that extra damage because Spiritomb can put a damage counter on itself once per turn.

Additionally, for one Darkness Energy, Spiritomb’s Anguish Cry does 10 damage and 30 more damage for each damage counter on it.

Both of these cards are great single-prize attackers with insane synergy together. You can start off attacking with Terrakion as you slowly build up Spiritomb’s power by putting damage counters on it.

Strategy

This Terrakion budget deck can deal insane damage, but it has a caveat: all your benched Pokemon need to have damage counters on them. That’s why you run Spiritomb as your secondary attacker. But still, it’s hard to set up without using Pokemon that don’t put damage counters on themselves, like Dedenne-GX (Unbroken Bonds) or Jiarchi (Team Up).

However, there is one Pokemon that will help you without needing to sit on the bench: Mismagius. If you use Mismagius’ ability, you can knock it out in order to draw cards until you have seven cards in your hand. After you use its ability, you don’t need to worry about having damage counters on it.

And having more prize cards remaining than your opponent will also help out a ton because you’ll be able to use Karate Belt, requiring one less Fighting Energy to attack with Terrakion.

This deck runs 4 Rainbow Energy, which helps you place damage counters and attack with either Terrakion or Spiritomb. However, using Karate Belt should let you save some of those Rainbow Energies.

With a Karate Belt, Terrakion only needs two Colorless Energy to attack, which can be achieved in one turn with a Welder. Use Giant Hearth and Energy Spinner to find the Fire Energy you need.

If your Terrakion gets knocked out, it’s not the end of the world — your Spiritomb should have damage counters stacked on it and ready to attack. With a Hustle Belt attached to your Spiritomb, you’ll be able to deal an additional 60 damage.

Setting Up

This deck runs three types of Pokemon, making Professor Oak’s Setup a perfect fit in this deck. And since Terrakion and Spiritomb are both basic Pokemon, this deck doesn’t have a ton of issues setting up.

In order to ensure you’re able to play Mismagius as fast as possible, this deck also runs a few copies of Mysterious Treasure.

It’s also a good idea to run at least one copy of Guzma & Hala because this deck has a Special Energy, Stadium, and two Pokemon Tools.

Cynthia & Caitlin can be used to recycle Supporters like Guzma & Hala while providing additional draw power.

Deck Rating: B-

I was surprised when I was testing this budget deck — I managed to win a lot of matches against great meta decks. This deck is great at trading prizes, it sets up relatively fast, and it does a lot of damage.

This deck’s main weakness is against faster single-prize decks, like Nuzzle. However, this deck might have a more favorable matchup against Big Basics than other single prize decks due to its damage and typing.

And unfortunately, this deck also preforms poorly against a deck that’s currently dominating the metagame — ADP Bird Trio. The Bird Trio’s GX attack completely wipes out your side of the field. But you might be able to press an early advantage by getting an early knock-out on your opponent’s Victini.

Decklist

Pokémon – 12

3 Spiritomb UNB 112
3 Terrakion UNM 122
3 Misdreavus UNB 77
3 Mismagius UNB 78

Trainer Cards – 35

2 Mysterious Treasure FLI 113
2 Cynthia & Caitlin CEC 189
2 Hustle Belt CES 134
2 Pokémon Communication TEU 152
2 Karate Belt UNM 201
3 Giant Hearth UNM 197
1 Energy Spinner UNB 170
1 Lt. Surge’s Strategy HIF 60
3 Dusk Stone UNB 167
4 Welder UNB 189
3 Professor Oak’s Setup CEC 201
3 Reset Stamp UNM 206
1 Fire Crystal UNB 173
1 Guzma & Hala CEC 193
4 Pokégear 3.0 UNB 182
1 Great Catcher CEC 192

Energy – 13

9 Fire Energy
4 Rainbow Energy BKT 152


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2 comments on “Terrakion and Spiritomb Is a Budget Deck With a Lot of Damage

  1. what do you think about running seismitoad from cosmic eclipse with this deck?

    • I feel like its attack cost is too expensive compared to Terrakion, also the fact that Stage 2s are harder to set up than Basics.

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