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Pokémon TCG Deck Profile: Stack Energy with Lugia & Huntail

Back in the Black and White TCG expansion, one of the most feared Pokémon was Mewtwo. Thanks to X Ball, an attack that requires two colorless Energy to attack, its potential damage depended on the amount of energy attached to both active Pokémon.

In XY, a similar card was introduced, Ludia-EX. However, unlike the legendary 150th Pokémon, the legendary bird was a colorless creature, thus preventing it from dealing potential double damage caused by weakness/resistance rules. In this deck, Lugia was paired with a water species that rarely ever gets any credit, Huntail.


Pokémon – 15

  • 3x Lugia-EX
  • 3x Clamperl (Primal Clash)
  • 3x Huntail (Primal Clash)
  • 2x Lapras (XY)
  • 2x Remoraid (BREAKthrough)
  • 2x Octillery (BREAKthrough)


Energy – 14

  • 4x Double Colorless
  • 10x Basic Water


Trainers – 31

  • 4x Rough Seas
  • 4x Dive Ball
  • 4x Muscle Band
  • 2x Trainer’s Mail
  • 2x Delinquent
  • 2x Professor Sycamore
  • 2x Evosoda
  • 2x Wally
  • 1x N
  • 4x Float Stone
  • 1x Lysandre
  • 1x Ultra Ball
  • 2x Energy Pouch


In this set of cards, the rule is simple, set up your Lugia-EX’s with as much energy as possible. The way this works, Huntail requires a single water energy to attack and deals damage depending on how many Energy your entire field has. For example, if you have two double colorless on a Lugia-EX, its attack will be based at 80 plus the number of energy on the opponent’s active. For this example, let’s say the enemy has a single energy attached, thus raising Lugia-EX’s attack to 100 base. While Lugia profits form the energy attached to it and the opponent, Huntail works otherwise.

Using the same example, we will switch out Lugia for Huntail using Float Stone – this ensures our legendary bird doesn’t lose any energy by paying a retreat cost. Now, the field has Huntail as main, attached with one energy, and a Lugia-EX with two double colorless on the bench. By then, a second Lugia was setup, and was given two water energy. That being said, Huntail, for the cost of one energy, will attack and deal a total of 140 damage (20 x 1 from Huntail + 20 x 4 from Lugia-EX(1) + 20 x 2 from Lugia-EX(2)).

To set up the Energy faster, the addition of Lapras fits well in this deck. Additionally, since most of the card are water-type, Rough Seas plays an important role. If on the off occasion you need an extra burst of damage, you can always use Lugia-EX’s second attack, Deep Hurricane. By destroying the stadium, the attach deals a base 80 plus 70, adding up to 150. Thanks to the Muscle Band in the deck, the potential damage from this move can end up as high as 170, enough to take out quite a number of EX Pokémon.


Do You Really Need a Legendary?

Although Lugia is awesome in many ways, the spotlight shines over Huntail. That said, there is a variation possible where Lugia-EX can be replaced by something a lot heavier, Wailord-EX. Thanks to Wailord’s large HP pool, his survival ratio is a lot higher than any other EX out there. This version, however, requires you to replace Muscle Band by Fighting Fury Belt, add Manaphy-EX for free retreats, and remove the double colorless Energy (since they will be rendered useless).

In my opinion, this version runs a lot slower than with Lugia-EX, but does offer a lot more survivability, not to mention that not a lot of cards can one-shot a Wailord, especially if it is equipped with Fighting Fury Belt.


If you have any comments regarding the deck composition, or would like to share one of your versions, feel free to leave a comment in the section below!

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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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