The meta has changed quite a bit with the 2021 Standard Rotation. If you’re playing the game regularly, you probably want to try out a bunch of new decks, as long as they are viable. It’s hard to rank the best cards in Pokemon TCG Online, although we do rank the top 10 decks for 2022.
The list below covers ten cards that form a part of most of the powerful decks in the 2022 format, cards that are useful in some of the best decks in Pokemon TCG Online. Having these cards will always keep you close to making your next deck, and while they are not all usable in every single top-tier deck, they do fit nicely into a number of them.
Note that this list does not contain cards from our 2021 list, although a few of them are still staple cards in Standard. Three of them in particular are easily obtainable at this point:
- Marnie – Along with Professor’s Research, Marnie continues to be a must-have for decks in 2022. It honestly doesn’t matter what deck you’re using, you will always benefit from having the ability to change your hand. I would also recommend getting four copies of Quick Ball, as it is useful for fetching Basic Pokemon quickly.
- Boss’s Orders – Being able to switch your opponent’s active Pokemon is always a great option to have. This year, we also have Umbreon VMAX, which has an in-built single-use Boss’s Orders.
- Crobat V – Dedenne-GX is gone, which makes Crobat V a must-have for most Standard decks. Every year we have at least one card that lets you draw cards or shuffle your hand, and Crobat V will retain that position in 2022.
The best Standard cards in Pokemon TCG Online (2022)
Below are 10 cards every Standard Pokemon TCG Online player should have in 2022. These are in no specific order to the list, and each card serves a different purpose. Their usefulness will depend on the situation and the rest of your deck.
You can play this card only if any of your Pokémon were Knocked Out during your opponent’s last turn.
Attach a basic Energy card from your discard pile to 1 of your Pokémon. If you do, search your deck for a card and put it into your hand. Then, shuffle your deck.
The Expanded format has a broken card called Computer Search. Since it obviously can’t be in Standard as it is, TPC keeps finding ways to give us the ability to search a card, but with certain prerequisites. Raihan has some pretty manageable prerequisites and can be used in pretty much any deck.
Evolution Incense and Quick Ball
With all the Eeveelutions and Inteleons going around, Evolution Incense will be a requirement for most decks. It lets you fetch Evolution Pokemon from your deck, and those cannot be pulled out using Quick Ball.
Quick Ball lets you fetch Basic Pokemon instead, and is also a great card to have in any deck. You can also add in Level Ball for decks that have < 90 HP Pokemon. Quick Ball (or Level Ball) and Evolution Incense will accelerate your Bench setup in the early game and will let you get out all of your Basic Pokemon sooner. This is especially important with Houndoom-powered decks that need Houndoom to be on the Bench so that you can start pulling out your Single Strike Energy cards.
This is a type-specific card, but a pretty useful one. Fog Crystal fetches Psychic Pokemon and Energy whenever you want. Psychic decks have been doing really well in the game. Shadow Rider Calyrex, Calyrex-Alcremie and Dragapult decks will do well in the 2022 Standard format. It’s so good to finally see the Psychic type getting some love in Pokemon TCG Online!
Philosophical question: is a card good if it’s only good 50% of the time?
Flip a coin. If heads, discard an Energy from 1 of your opponent’s Pokémon.
This card can make or break games. Just how annoying is Crushing Hammer to go up against? And just how annoying is it to use when the coin flips don’t go your way? Personally, I find this a great card to put into a deck when you have a couple of spots left and you don’t necessarily need to add in anything else.
Path to the Peak
Path to the Peak is the most popular Stadium card in the game right now.
Path to the Peak
Pokémon with a Rule Box in play (both yours and your opponent’s) have no Abilities. (Pokémon V, Pokémon-GX, etc. have Rule Boxes.)
This includes Pokemon that are in your or your opponent’s hand, including Crobat V which needs to come into play to be able to use its ability. This will also be useful for countering Umbreon VMAX in the Evolving Skies decks.
The four main Single Strike cards
Single Strike is the way to go in 2022, and there are specific cards that only work on Single Strike Pokemon. Here are the four cards you will need if you’re using a Single Strike deck:
- Single Strike Energy can grant Darkness or Fighting Energy (only one at a time), along with a +20 boost. This stacks on top of any other Single Strike Energy you might be using, and makes Single Strike attackers absolutely broken.
- Urn of Vitality lets you recycle Single Strike Energy from your discard pile into your deck. It’s great for neutralizing those annoying Crushing Hammers.
- Tower of Darkness lets you draw two cards per turn, at the cost of discarding one Single Strike card from your hand.
- The Single Strike Scroll of Scorn Tool Card grants you an extra attack by itself:
Single Strike Scroll of Scorn
The Single Strike Pokémon this card is attached to can use the attack on this card. (You still need the necessary Energy to use this attack.)
[F] Furious Anger 10+
This attack does 10 more damage for each damage counter on this Pokémon.
Single Strike Scroll of Scorn is a great attachment for any Single Strike Pokemon, especially Urshifu VMAX, which has a counter in Calyrex. Urshifu also has massive HP, and the more damage it takes, the more damage it’ll be able to do. The Scroll also requires just one Energy attachment and can do over 250+ damage, something no other Pokemon in the game can pull off.
Inteleon’s ability lets you pull Trainer cards at will. Combine this with Scoop Up, and you can fetch multiple Trainers every turn.
Ability – Shady Dealings
When you play this Pokémon from your hand to evolve 1 of your Pokémon during your turn, you may search your deck for up to 2 Trainer cards, reveal them, and put them into your hand. Then, shuffle your deck.
This is a massive advantage to have because Trainer Cards keep the deck interconnected. With Trainer cards, you can easily fetch Supporter and Pokemon Cards, which is why Inteleon has quickly become a part of some of the best decks in the game. It also helps that it has a Colorless Energy attack, and is a 1-Prizer. The second Inteleon isn’t as good, but a single copy is always good to have, to put 20 damage on any of your opponent’s Pokemon.
For more Standard, Expanded, and Theme deck guides and lists, be sure to check out our Ultimate Pokemon TCG Online guide and resource list.