The Revival of Empoleon

by Eric ~ November 11th, 2013.

empoleonHi guys! Today I would like to go look over Empoleon variants.

Before that, I would like to say thanks to Plus Four, Alex, and Jeff C. Because I do not know how to respond to things using this account,(Hit me with your best shot technology lovers.) I would like to respond to your comments here.

Jeff C:
Thanks for the thumbs up on the VGC comment! Also, I forgot to add catchers.Whoops. Four catchers are good catchers!

Alex:
I forgot rare candies too. Oh well. We all make mistakes.

Plus Four:
Thank you very much! I will try to make this and other articles as long as possible, Also, Ed decides who writes on what date. If Tyler, Ed, Owen, and Mike could write again, that would be amazing! Right now, as I write this on Thursday, I am the only active writer. It’s much harder than your think for a seniors player to do this.

Now we return to your regularly scheduled article.

Empoleon Thoughts

I believe Empoleon is a very good deck. It can abuse Max Potion, has amazing draw power, benefits from the new rules, and can make your opponent struggle bench wise. Here is my first deck list for Straight Empoleon.

Straight Empoleon

Pokemon-16
Piplup DEX 4
Prinplup DEX 1
Empoleon DEX 4
Suicune PLB 2
Emolga DRX 3

Trainers- 37
Pokemon Catcher 2
Rare Candy 4
Switch 4
Energy Search 3
Max Potion 2
Computer Search 1
Ultra Ball 2
Items-18

Skyla 4
Professor Juniper 4
N 3
Bianca 4
Supporters-15

Pokemon Center 4
Stadiums-4

Energy-7
Water Energy 7

Alright, now that that’s through, let’s look at the card explanations.

Pokemon

Emolga DRX

Ah yes, Emolga. This pokemon is the ideal pokemon with free retreat, a setup attack, and a resistance to Fighting. Yes, I know that Landorus EX is doomed if if it sets foot in the new format, and new rules state the player going first may not attack, but it is still good overall.

Try to put this in your active slot on T1 as much as you can.

When in a situation when your active has a game threatening status condition, do not let it stand there. it is very smart to switch to a benched Emolga, use Pokemon Center, and retreat back to the active pokemon.

Empoleon

This Pokemon is the big boss. The head honcho. The man of steel. Or should I say penguin of steel?

This guy is used to spam its ability and attack as much as you can. Be sure to fill your bench as much as you can, and use Max Potion on this guy.

Never fight with this pokemon if Attack Command does 60 damage or less. Get out a Suicune to finish the job.

When you have only have ten or less cards in your deck, do not even think of using Diving Draw. You will deck out pretty fast if you do.

Suicune

This guy is the tech. Always take this Pokemon out with Piplup when Emolga attacks with Call for Family.

In the second or third turn of the game, after you have loaded Empoleon/Prinplup/Piplup, start to load up Suicune. You will might need it later in the game.

Like I said with Empoleon, get this pokemon out when Attack Command only does 60 damage or less.

If your opponent is smart and is not loading his or her bench and you do not have a full bench yet, take Empoleon out and Suicune in.

Energy Search

Since this deck only has seven energy cards, you may have a tough time finding them. Energy Search can fix that problem.

Treat this as an Energy Search and a Switch. If you have an Empoleon on your active slot with 10 HP left, use Energy Search to get the energy on Empoleon and retreat to a loaded Suicune or Empoleon.

Use them wisely. If you just need one energy card, why don’t you just Diving Draw or N instead of Energy Searching? Although you may not think it, they are a ticket to success.

Computer Search

You may be wondering why I choose this card.
“No we aren’t!”
Well too bad! I’m going to go over this card anyways.
“Well at least I can skip this over!”
I didn’t think about that. Go on then if you wish.

Whenever you are in a struggle, this card can be your best friend. If you need a Catcher, N, Rare Candy, Empoleon, Water Energy, or whatever, this card has your back.

Only in the most absolute scary situations discard this! We all do not want to discard our precious Ace Spec.

Only use this in an emergency. If you have an Energy Search and this is your hand, use the darn Energy Search. Try all the other methods before using this. I mean Ultra Balling, Diving Drawing, etc.

Skyla

“But we already know what to do!”
Shut up, I’ll go over this anyways.
“Aaaawwwwww.”
Sh!

Skyla is a mini computer search in itself, as it can look for any trainer you need. You can turn this into that one N you need for the next turn, that one Suicune you need,(Skyla>Ultra Ball>Suicune) that one energy you need,(Skyla>Energy Search>Water Energy) or Catcher! This card has not been underestimated at all.

Pokemon Center

“But Eric, why you no run Silver Bangle? Why you no run Tropical Beach instead? Why are you copying The Completionist jokes? I like the Completionist. Pikkadogs is cool too.”
Quiet! I didn’t run Bangle, because there is only so much space in this deck. I also didn’t run Beach, because it is expensive and we already have draw power.

Alright Eric, stay on task.You are Adam, Ed, Pikkadogs, and Squeaky combined. Whenever you need to heal Empoleon, Switch and Pokemon Center has you covered.

Keep watch on the stadium slot. Whenever your opponent uses it up, especially Tropical Beach, place this card down, N, and watch your opponent’s face. You need to N just in case if they have a second Tropical Beach in your hand.

Okay, that was the most wordiest section I’ve ever made. Alright, let’s get to strategy.

Strategy

Alright, I will just tell you what to do.

T1: Put Emolga in your active position, DO NOT BENCH ANY POKEMON. Attach one energy to Emolga. Play any draw cards. Do NOT play Computer Search at this time. Use Call for Family to get Piplup and Suicune.

T2: Rare Candy to Empoleon.(NOTE: Diving Draw every turn unless you have ten or less cards left.) Put Pokemon Center Down, retreat to Empoleon, attach to Empoleon, then attack!

T3: This will be the “fun” turn. Attach to Suicune, Diving Draw, put some pokemon down, and attack!

T4: Do the same thing as T3.

T5: Do the same thing as T4.

Keep attacking Diving drawing, Piplup rare candy-ing, and stuff. Whenever you can do less than 70 damage, retreat to Suicune and DESTROY THE OPPONENT’S POKEMON INSIDES AND WIN! BURN THE BODY AND EAT THE REMAINS! Sorry, I went to far.

Mewtwo/Empoleon
mewtwo-ex
Pokemon-16

Piplup DEX 4
Prinplup DEX 1
Empoleon DEX 4
Mewtwo EX 2
Emolga DRX 3

Trainers- 35

Pokemon Catcher 2
Rare Candy 4
Switch 4
Energy Search 3
Max Potion 2
Computer Search 1
Ultra Ball 2
Items-18

Skyla 4
Professor Juniper 4
N 3
Bianca 2
Supporters-15

Pokemon Center 4
Stadiums-4

Energy-9

Water Energy 7
Double Colorless 2

There is no big change here. I only need to go over one card explanation.
“But Eric, why are you slacking?! I hate slacking. Slaking is cool. It is slow, but powerful. Rajas had power in Ancient India. Chandgupta united India together to make the first Indian Empire. He was a very harsh-”
Would you shut up?!
“No.”
Alright then! Just please be quiet for a little bit.
“Okay.”
Sh! Because this deck is pretty much the same as the last one, I will not redo this.

Mewtwo EX

Yup, just when you thought Mewtwo was going to be out for good, surprise! It’s back!

I’m back, baby! And I’m just as techy as ever!

Mewtwo is basically just Suicune. When playing this deck, use Empoleon as nothing but the trick. Retreat to Mewtwo, and X Ball the heck out of your opponent. Whenever your opponent has a full bench, retreat to Empoleon, and Attack Command if Mewtwo does less than 120 damage.

Walls are fine too. When playing this, you can retreat to Mewtwo as an attacker while the active pokemon is benefiting from Pokemon Center.

Straight Empoleon 2.0

Pokemon-19

Piplup DEX 4
Prinplup DEX 1
Empoleon DEX 4
Roselina 3
Roserade DRX 15 3
Mew EX 2

Trainers- 34

Rare Candy 4
Switch 4
Energy Search 3
Max Potion 2
Computer Search 1
Ultra Ball 2
Items-16

Skyla 4
Professor Juniper 4
N 3
Bianca 3
Supporters-14

Pokemon Center 4
Stadiums-4

Energy-7

Water Energy 7

Alright, onto the card explanations.
“*pant* *pant* Sorry I’m late. I was checking my trans fat in my yogurt. Anyways, let’s begin. *ahem* But Eric, I thought this was supposed to be a long article! I like long articles! Pikkadogs is cool. BEARS! Why do you copy the Completionist and Pikadogs?!?!”
One at a time, please! Jeez! First of all, I tried. I am still new, okay? I’m working on it. Second of all, I enjoy both of their works. I want you guys to research where my jokes come from.

Alright, as long as we get no more distractions, let’s go after the last card explanation! Oh yeah, before I forget this, the decklist is based off Tyler Vencil’s Making the Case for Empoleon article on SixPrizes.

Roserade

It’s a nice Computer Search and a bench sitter. Le Parfum is a great alternative to Computer Search, as this deck needs extra search to get some extra cards!

Whenever you need a card, bring Roserade up to the court. ‘Nuff said.

Mew EX

Every Empoleon deck needs a side attacker, or else bad things will happen. This guy is the side attacker for this deck.

This is mostly just to tech against Genesect, Mewtwo, and Virizions.

Do not use Mew EX as a wall. Only use Attack Command.

In an emergency situation, instead of using Attack Command with Mew EX, use your opponent’s attack. I’m sure they won’t mind. OR WILL THEY?

When Mew EX is low on Heath, switch with Empoleon and heal Mew with pokemon center.

That’s all folks! My question of the week is: Do you like me trying to bring back “Pedro” jokes? Also, what should I write about next? Leave your suggestions in the comments below. Remember to tell your friends, Leauge members, and strangers! Peace!

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  • TAndrewT

    Thanks for writing this Eric! I think Empoleon has always been strong, and if the decline in Plasma gets rid of Thundurus EX–which I think was Empoleon’s main problem at Regionals–I see our favorite penguin coming back in a big way. A couple of thoughts from me:
    –Skyla is a great 4-of in Stage 2 decks, and in general, Energy Search works well with Skyla. But do you really need 3 copies of Energy Search? I think most players run just 1 copy of Energy Search in case they need to Skyla for it that one turn, which means you could replace the other two with two more basic Energy cards. Or whatever you like.
    –Exeggcute PLF 4, with its Propagation ability, works great as a free Diving Draw discard. Now, you do run the risk of starting with a lone Exeggcute (and its 30 HP), and suffering a T1 Hypnotoxic Laser/Virbank KO, but the gain in consistency might be worth the risk of including 1 copy. Something to think about.
    –Tropical Beach. Yeah, the card is terribly expensive, but it pairs well with Skyla on the first turn. I’d say, in Empoleon, run one if you’ve got it.
    –Super Rod–even just one copy–helps you get back that Prinplup you had to Juniper away turn 1, or those Water Energies you lost to Crushing Hammers. I’ve even gone so far as to include 2 Super Rods in Empoleon.
    –As I got to the end of the article, I was surprised that one of your variants wasn’t Empoleon/Dusknoir (Empire!). I’m not sure that Empire is all it’s cracked up to be–all those stage 2’s to evolve–but you might try it out, and tell us what you think.
    –Please do not, under any circumstances, write any Pedro jokes. Pikkdogs leaving OneHitKO was sad in *almost* every way. Let’s let that sleeping Pikkdog lie, shall we?

    • Ed

      Andy, not everyone made the smart early investment into Tropical Beach. With today’s prices, you could sell it and pay for an entire deck or three.

    • Eric

      Thank you for the feedback! (I found out how to put comments! Hazzah!) I guess you could put one Super Rod, one Eggucute, and one Energy Search instead of three energy search then, I guess. I’m just suprised no one commented about Terrakion/Empoleon yet.

  • pikkdogs

    The return of a one person dialogue to a OHKO article. Gotta love it.

    • TAndrewT

      Look, just because I went negative on Pedro, no need to be bitter about it. And I still have some love for Pedro–I wore his shirt all day today.

      • Ed

        Wait, what? There’s actual conversation going on?

        How’s it going, Andy? Are you guys back in the game in a big way or what?

        I’ve got an actual tourney coming up here. I feel like I’d better go undefeated. Can I do it with Flareon?

        • TAndrewT

          We’re back! In August, my wife actually *requested* that I start playing Pokemon again. (For those not in the know: It was the complaints from my better half that knocked my son and me out of the scene ~ 8 months ago.) So we went to Indiana Regionals, which actually didn’t go so great for Paul, but we still had fun. And we’re geared up for the winter season, which is always super busy!

          I’m excited to hear that competitive play has come to Rapid City! Tear it up Mandys!

          Oh and P.S. I promise to write something for OHKO. Soon.

  • Joshua Twilley

    we must live in the same area because I know a guy called squeaky too he plays at a league I go to.