Coalossal VMAX Expanded deck | Pokemon TCG Online guide

Coalossal VMAX has been the best VMAX card from Vivid Voltage. It hits some of the best decks in Pokemon TCG Online (Pikarom and Eternatus) for weakness, and Coalossal VMAX is just a pretty tanky deck even in regular matchups.

However, the Expanded format has a couple of cards that make this deck absolutely broken. On top of that, one of its worst matchups in Standard – ADP/Z – also isn’t a threat in Expanded.

In this guide, I’ll be taking you through each card in the best Coalossal VMAX deck list, how it is better than the Standard version, and some sample gameplay.

Coalossal V and Coalossal VMAX Expanded deck Pokemon TCG Online

Coalossal VMAX (Expanded) deck list – Pokemon TCG Online

Here’s the Expanded Coalossal VMAX deck list for Pokemon TCG Online with optional cards underlined:

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##Pokémon – 16

* 2 Oranguru SSH 148
* 1 Crobat V DAA 104
* 3 Coalossal V VIV 98
* 1 Diancie {*} FLI 74
* 3 Coalossal VMAX VIV 99
* 2 Slugma KSS 6
* 2 Magcargo CES 24
* 1 Dedenne-GX UNB 195
* 1 Tapu Lele-GX GRI 60

##Trainer Cards – 33

* 1 Computer Search BCR 137
* 1 Rescue Stretcher GRI 130
* 2 Acerola BUS 112
* 2 Buff Padding TEU 136
* 1 Mallow & Lana CEC 198
* 2 Professor Juniper PLB 84
* 1 Korrina FFI 95
* 4 Quick Ball SSH 179
* 1 Brigette BKT 134
* 2 Field Blower GRI 125
* 2 Guzma BUS 115
* 1 Colress PLS 118
* 4 Ultra Ball SLG 68
* 1 N FCO 105
* 2 Martial Arts Dojo UNB 179
* 2 Float Stone BKT 137
* 4 VS Seeker PHF 109

##Energy – 11

* 4 Strong Energy FCO 115
* 3 Fighting Energy Energy 6
* 4 Stone {F} Energy VIV 164

Total Cards – 60

Coalossal VMAX Expanded Pokemon TCG Online

This deck contains a bunch of Expanded staples: Tapu Lele for fetching Supporters, VS Seeker for Recycling Supporters, Crobat V and Dedenne-GX for drawing more cards, and Professor Juniper and N for refreshing your hand.

Coalossal VMAX’s synergy with Magcargo and Oranguru

Coalossal VMAX’s Eruption Shot has excellent synergy with Magcargo and Oranguru.

Eruption Shot (40+) : Discard the top card of your deck. If that card is an Energy card, this attack does 90 more damage, and attach that card to this Pokémon.

To ensure that this card is always a Fighting Energy, Magcargo and Oranguru can replace the top card of your deck with a Fighting Energy of your choice. Note that Eruption Shot also works with Special Energy cards, which is usually not the case for such abilities.

Magcargo and Oranguru

Magcargo has rotated out of Standard and is the perfect addition to the deck. I always recommend setting it up over Oranguru whenever possible. You still need Oranguru in the deck for optimizing your hand whenever possible.

Special Energy for Coalossal VMAX

Stone Energy will make Coalossal VMAX buff, by giving it 20-damage immunity.

Special Fighting Energy for Coalossal VMAX Expanded Pokemon TCG Online

Strong Energy is the Expanded Special Energy that will also give your Coalossal VMAX +20 damage. Both of these effects stack on top of each other, and if you have two of each, your Coalossal VMAX is basically doing +40 damage while taking 40 less damage from incoming attacks. This is broken, to say the least.

Even more damage with Diancie and Martial Arts Dojo

As if that damage buff wasn’t enough, you get even more of it from Diancie and the stadium, Martial Arts Dojo.

Damage buffs

Diancie gives you +20 damage, while Martial Arts Dojo gives you +10 damage. If your opponent has taken more Prize cards than you, you get a +40 damage boost from Martial Arts Dojo instead.

Theoretically, all of these put together: 4 Strong Energy + Diancie + Martial Arts Dojo will give you +140 damage, putting Coalossal VMAX’s G-Max Boulder at 380 damage. Nothing in the game can survive that.

Extra HP and health regen

Remember how I said that nothing can survive a 380 damage attack? Well, a mirror matchup can.

Extra health

Buff Padding gives +50 HP to Coalossal VMAX, putting it at 380 HP. Add the 20-damage immunity from Stone Energy, and a Coalossal VMAX with Buff Padding will survive a 380 damage attack as well.

You also have Mallow & Lana for 120-damage healing, and Float Stone for switching your Pokemon around.

Fetching more cards

Korrina is just the perfect Supporter for this deck. It can fetch you a Fighting Pokemon and an Item Card.

Fetching cards

This lets you fetch your Coalossal VMAX along with a Float Stone/Buff Padding whenever you want. You also have Tapu Lele-GX to fetch Supporters, and you have Quick Balls to fetch Tapu Lele. The deck has some pretty great interconnectivity.

Brigette can help you set up your Bench, while Acerola can let you pick up your Coalossal VMAX with all of its damage counters, Energy cards, and Item Cards, basically giving you a full heal.

Strategy and gameplay

If you win the toss, go first. Try to get out a Slugma and a Coalossal V with an Energy on it. On your second turn, you can fetch Coalossal VMAX + Float Stone with Korrina, evolve your Slugma, and retreat.

The tricky part is deciding which of the Special Energies you want to attach. Usually, -20 incoming damage works better in the early game.

Another challenge this deck can face is lack of Bench space. With Crobat V, Tapu Lele-GX, and Dedenne-GX being used in almost every match, it can be hard to find space for Diancie, Oranguru, and a backup Coalossal V. If you’re full of Bench space and any of the utility Pokemon have damage counters on them, a good way to make space is by using Acerola on that Pokemon.

This deck is pretty broken with the Magcargo support, and once you have four Energies on your VMAX, it’s hard to stop you from winning the match.

You can find more strong Expanded decks in our PTCGO resource library.

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Rahul Abhyankar

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