Blacephalon decks are great. With all the ADP/Z decks running in Standard tournaments, they’re amazing. Blacephalon is hands down the best 1-Prizer in Standard, and with all the support Fire types have right now in Pokemon TCG Online, its damage potential is on-par with any VMAX deck.
This entire deck is built around getting Blacephalon out and powering Fireball Circus to dish out huge damage numbers.
Fireball Circus : Discard any number of Fire Energy cards from your hand. This attack does 50 damage for each card you discarded in this way.
Zacian V is one of the best and most commonly encountered cards in the meta, and its weakness is Fire. While Centiskorch VMAX and Green’s Reshizard are both great Fire decks on their own, the main fighters in these decks are 3-Prizers. Blacephalon, with some extra work, deals the same amount of damage, while remaining a 1-Prizer.
In this guide, I’ll be taking you through the most commonly used Blacephalon deck list for Standard, and what role each card plays in it.
Blacephalon deck list – Pokemon TCG Online
****** Pokémon Trading Card Game Deck List ******
##Pokémon – 13
* 1 Cramorant V SSH 198
* 1 Crobat V DAA 104
* 3 Blacephalon UNB 32
* 1 Dedenne-GX UNB 195
* 4 Jirachi TEU 99
* 1 Zacian V PR-SW 18
* 1 Mewtwo UNB 75
* 1 Oricorio-GX CEC 95
##Trainer Cards – 30
* 4 Switch CES 147
* 1 Ordinary Rod SSH 171
* 4 Giant Hearth UNM 197
* 4 Welder UNB 189
* 4 Quick Ball SSH 179
* 4 Fire Crystal UNB 173
* 4 Scoop Up Net RCL 165
* 2 Great Ball CPA 52
* 2 Energy Retrieval SUM 116
* 1 Boss’s Orders RCL 154
##Energy – 17
* 17 Fire Energy Energy 2
Total Cards – 60
Zacian V, Cramorant V, and Mewtwo are the only replaceable cards in this deck.
Fetching and attaching Fire Energy
The great thing about this deck is that Blacephalon is powered by the Fire cards you have in your hand, once you have the 3 Energy attached – which is easily doable in one turn. You just need 1 Fire Energy and a Welder.
This deck uses the staple cards for most Fire decks- Giant Hearth and Welder. You ideally want a turn two Welder onto your Blacephalon, especially if you’re against Zacian V.
Chaotic Swell can be a bit annoying to face, and you can add in a Marshadow to get rid of that.
Once you’ve used Fireball Circus once, things get easier. You can fetch those Energies back using any of the above Trainers. Try not to discard these using Dedenne-GX, Professor’s Research, or Giant Hearth early on, if possible.
Ordinary Rod is like Rescue Stretcher from Expanded, just that it also lets you fetch Energies instead. Even if these Energies are going to your deck, you can fetch them back using Giant Hearth.
Cramorant V might not seem like the best card to get on your first turn, but Beak Catch can help you fetch those Blacephalon, Welder, or even Giant Hearth. Spit Shot is especially good for targetting your opponent’s Benched Dedenne – and you can power it using Welder as well. Since Spit Shot also discards the Energy attached to Cramorant, you won’t be missing out on 3 Energy and it will be available to you via Fire Crystal.
Zacian V is there just for Intrepid Sword, while Oricorio-GX’s Dance of Tribute lets you do the same thing but without ending your turn. The catch is, you must have lost a Pokemon that turn. Neither of these have attack costs that the deck can satisfy.
The good thing about this deck is that your opponent just can’t afford to use Boss’s Orders and switch your Active Blacephalon to take out any of these, unless they only need 2 Prize cards. They have to prioritize taking out your Blacephalon first, and even then, you can power up another one the next turn with Welder.
The Standard staples
These are your Standard staples. Jirachi is accompanied by Scoop Up Net for repeated use, and is helpful for fetching those Welders and Fire Crystals. This deck only uses one copy of Dedenne-GX because you want to avoid discarding cards, and you already have Oricorio-GX and Zacian V to draw cards without discarding anything.
Make sure you have one Jirachi on your Bench at any point in the game.
How good is Blacephalon in Pokemon TCG Online?
Blacephalon has consistently done well in both online and offline Tournaments. It’s especially strong with Zacian V being everywhere, but it does well against other V and VMAX cards too. It’s also not on the cheaper side if you’re building it in the online game.
The damage potential is huge with this deck. The only thing you need to be careful with is doing the math properly. Blacephalon does 50 damage for each Fire Energy you discard from your hand, and you have to count extra HP for all the decks using Buff Padding, Heat Energy, or Metal Goggles.
Like all decks, Blacephalon bricks hard in some matches, especially with 17 Energy cards. But when it gets going, it’s right there at the top in terms of damage potential. If you discard 7 Energy cards from your hand, there’s no card in the game that can survive your attack.