Pikkdogs Stupid Deck Idea: Raichu

by Pikkdogs ~ February 12th, 2011.

A big hello to everyone in Omar-Nation.  This is Pikkdogs here with a Stupid Deck Idea.  A Stupid Deck Idea is a deck idea that may be just for fun decks or may be just 1 card or two away from being a good deck, this deck I think can fit into both categories.  Since Pokemon first came out Pokefans have loved Pikachu.  But as far as I know, Pikachu, and its evolved form Raichu, have never been great Pokemon for the Trading Card Game.  This could be changing.  

It started in the Undaunted set when Raichu Prime was first released.  Raichu was the first Pokemon Prime that could benefit from a Level X card, not only that but the two seem to work together.  Raichu Lv. X has a Pokebody called “Link Lightning” that lets you attack after you use Raichu Lv. X’s attack “Voltage Shoot” (which lets you snipe for 80 damage), but only on the turn that you play Raichu Lv. X on to Raichu.  The ability to snipe for 80 and then do 120 damage is pretty amazing.  Even though the two cards work together, it was still hard to imagine getting enough energy to use both attacks and satisfy their energy discard requirements.

This problem recently just became a lot smaller with Pachirisu Cl.  Pachirisu lets you attach two lightning energy cards to Pachirisu once you first play him to your bench, thanks to his “Self Generation” Poke-Power.  This works well with Raichu Prime’s “Voltage Increase” Poke-Power, which lets you move lightning energy cards around as many times as you want.  If you play down one Pachirisu and play an energy to Raichu you can have enough energy to use Raichu Prime’s “Mega Thunderbolt” attack in just one turn.  But there are problems with the discarding of Energy.

If you use “Voltage Shoot” and “Mega Thunderbolt” on the same turn, you will need to discard a total of 5 energies.  First once you use “Voltage Shoot” you will need to discard two lightning energies from your hand.  Second, you will have to discard all energy attached to Raichu for “Mega Thunderbolt.”  This may seem like a lot, but if you have the Fisherman Supporter you will be able to retrieve 4 of those energies.  This will leave you just one “Self-Generation” away from another “Mega Thunderbolt.”  Or if you have a benched Raichu, you will just need to find 1 more energy card, and you will be able to do the same two attacks again.

This may seem like a lot of hassle, which it is, but it could be worth it.  If you can take two prizes with the “Voltage Shoot” and “Mega Thunderbolt” combo, and then pull off that combo again, you should be able to take enough prizes to have a lead going into the +3 rounds.  The only problem will be getting setup fast enough to not be down a prize or two once you are able to take your first prize.

I have not actually made this deck on paper, but I can make a rough list  which you can start testing.

Pokemon- 18

  • 3-Pikachu HGSS promo #3 (you can use any one, but this is the one with the best attack, 70 HP, with only 1 retreat, and only a +10 weakness).
  • 2- Raichu Prime
  • 2- Raichu Lv. X
  • 2- Uxie La
  • 1- Unown Q
  • 3- Pachirisu Cl
  • 4- Sableye Sf- a good starter, you might want to replace this card with Spirtomb, or take it out all together)
  • 1- Azelf La.

Trainers/Supporters/ Stadiums-27

  • Fisherman-3
  • Interviewer’s Question- 4
  • Seeker- 3
  • Broken Time Space-3
  • Bebe’s Search-2
  • Pokemon Communication- 3
  • Pokemon Collector-4
  • Pokemon Rescue- 2
  • Super Scoop Up-3

Energy Cards-15

  • Lightning Energy-15.

As mentioned, this is just a basic list that I drew up, and I have not tested it.  But it seems like this list is sound enough that it should teach you the basics of the deck, and then let you tweak it to your play-style.  This may not be the best deck out there, but it may be good enough to be a tier 2 or 3 deck.  It may also be just a league deck, I don’t know quite yet.  You never know until you actually play with the deck.  If I have to guess, I would say it might just be a little too complicated to work, but you never know.

If you get a chance to play this deck, or a similar one, be sure to leave a comment and let me know how it works.

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