Deck Analysis: Reshiphlosion

by Pikkdogs ~ August 21st, 2011.

A big hello to all you OHKOers out there.  This is Pikkdogs here with a deck analysis.  The deck we will be spotlighting is Reshiphlosion, a very consistent and hard hitting deck in the current format.  Some are wandering if it can stand up to Pokemon Catcher, so lets find out.

I had realized a couple days ago that this website has not had a Reshiphlosion list on it.  So I thought I would change that.  I will be happy when this article is published because people always come up to me and shout, “Hey,when are you going to write a Reshiphlosion article? and stop staring down my shirt!”  Sometimes even girls say this.

Anyway, The deck was popularized at U.S. Nationals.  It seemed like everybody was going to play Reshiboar, and then everyone showed up with Reshiphlosion.  The deck is really powerful and really consistent because it can manipulate energies very well.  Just about every energy that you draw will be used and re-used thanks to Typhlosion Prime.  Its that energy manipulation that makes Reshiphlosion really good.

If you do not know the deck I will try my best to explain it.  The first goal of the deck is to get as many Typhlosion Primes out as possible.  His “Afterburner” Poke-Power lets you attach a fire energy from the discard pile to any of your Pokemon, and you also place a damage counter on that Pokemon.  Fire energies get discarded in two major ways, either from the discarding required from Reshiram’s “Blue Flame” attack or from Ninetales HGSS’s “Roast Reveal” Poke-Power.  “Roast Reveal” lets you discard a fire energy and discard 3 cards.  This is great for both drawing and energy acceleration.

When I play this deck I usually try to get at least 2 Typhlosions out and a Reshiram active.  If you have to sacrifice a couple prizes to get the primes out, it is no big deal, those cards are that important.  If possible I will try to get out the Ninetales once I get the Reshirams on the right track.

One unique thing about my Reshiphlosion that I haven’t really since in other decks is the inclusion of Sucine/Entei Legend.  Since it is a dual Water/Fire type, it can hit Reshiram for weakness making it a good tech against the mirror matchup.  It can also hit Donphan Prime for weakness, this is great because it is tough for Reshiram to OHKO Reshiram.  SEL has the “Bursting Inferno” attack that does 80 damage and causes the burn special condition.  This 80 is enough to OHKO Donphan Prime, Reshiram, Emboar, and Typhlosion Prime.  The only draw back is that if SEL gets knocked out your opponent takes 2 prizes, so make sure you use SEL in a wise way so it does not get knocked out.

I will now provide the list that I am testing with.  Just to let you know, this list is just a rough draft of what I am working with. It is not yet polished enough to be taken to a tournament.  I only provide the list to give you something to test with.


  • 4-Reshiram BW
  • 3-Cyndaquil
  • 2-Quilava
  • 3-Typhlosion Prime
  • 1-Vulpix
  • 1-Ninetales HGSS- I would like to get a 2-2 line, but so far 1-1 has been working.  If I did take this to a big tournament, I would go 2-2.
  • 1-Bottom Half of Suicine/Entei Legend
  • 1-Top Half of Suicine/Entei Legend.  I sometimes think of going 2-2 for SEL. I guess it depends on your metagame.


  • 4-Professor Juniper-There are some people who don’t like to have 4 Professor Junipers in every deck,  these are what I like to call members of Al-Qaeda.
  • 2-Engineer’s Adjustments- Nice for getting energy in the discard.
  • 2-Professor Elms Training Method-  2-3 will be standard if Trainerlock is as prevalent as I think it will be.
  • 1-Energy Retrieval
  • 4-Pokemon Communication
  • 3-Junk Arm
  • 3-Pokemon Catcher
  • 1-Switch
  • 4-Pokemon Collector
  • 1-Dual Ball
  • 3-Rare Candy
  • 3-Plus Power
  • 1-Max Potion


  • Fire-14

So here is a some-what modified version of the Reshiphlosion deck that I am playing.  Of course my lists tend to have a lot of cards that have just 1 or 2 copies, just so I can see if I like the card.  If I were to make this a tournament list, I would probably play 2-3 of everything or take it out.  And of course, this list is adjusted to my weird play-style. So you are gonna have to adjust it to yours.

I will not do a matchup analysis for this deck because it is pretty simple.  Reshiram is great against almost everything, especially Yanmega Prime.  Use SEL wisely against the mirror and Donphan.  Against Trainerlock you might only get to have 1 or 2 Typhlosions.  This makes it tougher, but the situation is the same, you just need to hope they cannot match you blow for blow.  Against a disruption deck you should just use “Outrage” to knock out Ambipom or Sharpedo.  That is basically all you need to do.

Well that’s all for today.  If you would like to post your list in the comment box, everybody will be very appreciative for sharing your ideas.

So long and thanks for all the fish.

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