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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  • Jakelongtheamericandragon

    Zekrom stomps this.

  • Anonymous

    My reshiphlosion testing deck is very similar to this, except for the SEL. I can now no longer get it to beat any deck that has 3-4 Catcher/4 Junk Arm, unless it has a god start; T2 Donphans, Yanmegas, Zekroms & Thunderuses (Thunderi?) all deny setup pretty easily. It’s truly terrible if the list has only 3 Cyndaquil and no Revive, because two Typhlosion-line KO’s (or one KO and one prized Cyndaquil) make the deck non-functional. But even when I increased the number of basics to make up for this, it still lost in the early game. Ninetales is also a pretty easy mid-game Catcher KO.

    I’m sure someone will come along and show me how to keep the deck from losing in the first three turns, but I can’t see it yet.

  • Ed

    Actually, I think if you look at the Nats results (top cutters), there were 13 Reshiram with Typhlosion and 7 with Emboar.  Everyone did not go for Ty over Em.  It’s just that the surprising results were more interesting than the expected ones.  Typhlosion was probably a better play there, but I’m not convinced it is moving forward.

  • Entei & Suicune Legend seem like a waste of time and space tbh

  • Just because Ross did it, doesn’t mean you can splash random legends into decks. That kind of thinking will only hurt you.

    Also, does anyone actually tell you to stop looking down their shirts? Even girls? If that’s truly the case, then how are you STILL pumping out daily articles?

    • Anonymous

      well its still in early testing so far, but it has worked in a limited basis.  No idea if I would actually run it, but it is something to test, and that is what my articles are about, testing not straight to tournaments.  

      • Yeah but what does it do for you, exactly? What matchup does it specifically tilt? I mean like yes, it obviously helps against certain matchups but it’s probably not that useful.

        The only attack you can use is 80+burn, for 3 energy. Yes, it kills Donphan, but Reshiram can do that anyways. Which means that it doesn’t really do much in that matchup. Reshirams can kill other Reshirams rather easily. 

        So really…there isn’t anything useful about the card, but since Ross had a weird legend in his deck, it makes it ok to run any legend in any deck just because? The usefulness of this card is obviously negated by Reshiram, who does “everything” this legend does, but it does it better, faster, and doesn’t give up 2 prizes when it dies. The legend is useless. I’d drop it entirely.

        • Anonymous

          Well lets look at what Reshiram can do against the three or Four Pokemon we need to attack.
          Donphan: 20 left.
          Reshiram:10 HP left
          Typhlosion, 20 HP left.
          Emboar 30 HP left.

          SEL can take all 4 of them out with a OHKO with the same amount of energy.  Yes Reshiram is the big one and you only need 1 Plus Power to OHKO it, but later game the PP’s might not come (by the way, if your PP does not come you can get a pill for that), so its nice to have a sure thing.  Yes you don’t want to use him before you get to two prizes left, but you can rely on Reshiram until then. 

          Yes I did get the idea from Ross, kind of.  I got the idea from him, I put it into a different deck, and it worked in early testing.  So its not like I stole it from him or anything. 

          You might be right and the card might not be the right play, but all I’m saying is that early in my testing it has worked.  That doesn’t mean that it is good or anything, I just think that it has promise. 

          • Anonymous

            I think SEL is a great addition to this deck, its unlikely to be revenged and you can catcher up and 1 hit 2 typhlosions or emboars two turns in a row without fear of retaliation kill(even vs zone if you play it smart and wipe them when their board is energy-less). Two for two prizes, sure, but you kill all their energy acceleration instead of doing the same with reshi and dropping 4+ Plus powers.

  • Anonymous

    Entei Suicune isin’t that great I have one shotted those before with a reshiram they arent that great they take 2 prizes to, just attack with typhlosion

  • Xclgx

    You have 16 pokemon and only 14 listed.

  • me

    don’t you mean draw three, not discard 3