Gengar Creep Show Deck
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Pokemon TCG Deck Profile: Anti-EX Gengar & Ampharos Tag Team

Creep Show Gengar is probably one of my favorite cards ever printed. Unfortunately, supporting cards didn’t offer any chance for one turn Creep Show kill.

When Steam Siege came out, a new Ampharos card was printed. Together, Gengar and Ampharos go hand in hand, especially considering that the current meta focuses a lot on EX decks (Mega Mewtwo-EX, Rayquaza-EX, Mega Gardevoir-EX). With my build, EX Pokemon will be walking towards their own doom!

Gengar TCG

Pokemon – 17

  • 4x Gastly (Breakthrough)
  • 2x Haunter (Breakthrough)
  • 4x Gengar (Breakthrough)
  • 2x Mareep (Steam Siege)
  • 1x Flaffy (Steam Siege)
  • 2x Ampharos (Steam Siege)
  • 2x Glaceon-EX (Fates Collide)


Trainers – 31

  • 4x Trainer’s Mail
  • 3x Rare Candy
  • 3x Level Ball
  • 3x Vs Seeker
  • 2x Ultra Ball
  • 2x Evosoda
  • 2x Wally
  • 2x Acro Bike
  • 2x N
  • 2x Professor Sycamore
  • 2x Professor’s Letter
  • 1x Escape Rope
  • 1x Super Rod
  • 1x Lysandre
  • 1x Skyla


Energy – 12

  • 4x Special Rainbow
  • 6x Basic Psychic
  • 2x Basic Water

Ampharos TCG

As I mentioned earlier, one of my favorite Pokemon of all time is Gengar. In this meta, it was granted a very unique attack called Creep Show. Basically, if the active Pokemon has three damage or more, Creep Show knocks it out, no question’s asked. Prior to Steam Siege, in the past rotation, it was possible to play Gengar with cards such as Noivern and Zubat/Golbat/Crobat. Most of the time, decks with Gengar required two turns to K.O.

Now with Steam Siege out, Ampharos is a good supporting card for Gengar. Thanks to its ability to put three damage counters on a Pokemon-EX, it allows Gengar to knock out in a single turn. Gengar still needs two energies to attack, since Dimension Valley is now out of rotation, but regardless, the duo is a lot faster and more consistent than past standard builds.

The idea for this deck is quite simple. First off, you want to have Gengar ready as fast as possible as an active. Thanks to Wally, Evosoda, Rare Candy, and search balls, getting what you need isn’t too much of an issue. Secondly, you want to have Ampharos on the bench so that you can use its ability. Once both are set up, killing EX Pokemon will be as easy as taking candy from a baby.

If on the off occasion you end up facing a deck without EX, Glaceon-EX will be able to shine and provide a good Evolution Pokemon lock.


Hoopa Punches the Bench!

A good alternative to playing Glaceon-EX would be to add two Hoopa (Steam Siege). With a single colorless energy cost, Hoopa can ship out 20 damage to two of your opponent’s Pokemon. Two turns and Gengar can step in for a knock out.



  • Strong against EX heavy decks
  • Gengar and Ampharos together knock out in a single turn
  • Rainbow Energy can be used on Ampharos to attack



  • Slow if you have a bad hand
  • Requires two Stage 2 Pokemon to be ready
  • Bad against Rainbow Force decks
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Slimzz is a DJ & Gamer by night, IMGMR's Senior Editor and PR by day. He loves to break the meta in his own way, and discover new and engaging games.

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