Inteleon is turning out to be an important Pokemon for the 2022 Standard meta. Every Eeveelution deck has it, and as a result, it has ended up in most of the decks in our list of the best Standard decks for 2022. However, none of those decks are purely reliant on spreading damage as much as this one is. In this guide, I’ll be taking you through the Inteleon Sableye V damage-spreader deck for Pokemon TCG Online, the best deck list, and what role each card plays in the deck.
While Inteleon is great for fetching trainers, it is also great for putting damage counters on your opponent’s Pokemon. This deck utilizes damage-spreading to power up your main attacker’s attack rather than to supplement it the Eeveelution way. The 2020/21 expansions also attempted at utilizing Sableye V for dealing high damage numbers after spreading damage using cards like Galarian Zigzagoon, but Inteleon’s added utility makes this deck more consistent than those and presents one of the best damage-spreading decks in the game.
Inteleon Sableye V damage-spreader deck list for Pokemon TCG Online
Here’s a good Inteleon Sableye V damage-spreader deck list for Pokemon TCG Online:
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##Pokémon – 20
* 1 Galarian Zigzagoon SSH 117
* 3 Koffing SHF 41
* 2 Sableye V SSH 120
* 2 Galarian Weezing SHF 42
* 4 Sobble CRE 41
* 4 Drizzile SSH 56
* 1 Inteleon SSH 58
* 3 Inteleon CRE 43
##Trainer Cards – 33
* 3 Marnie CPA 56
* 2 Professor’s Research SHF 60
* 3 Raihan EVS 152
* 3 Boss’s Orders RCL 189
* 4 Evolution Incense SSH 163
* 4 Quick Ball SSH 216
* 4 Scoop Up Net RCL 165
* 4 Level Ball BST 129
* 2 Energy Search SSH 161
* 1 Switch SSH 183
* 1 Ordinary Rod SSH 171
* 2 Air Balloon SSH 156
##Energy – 7
* 7 Darkness Energy Energy 7
Total Cards – 60
Low energy counts with high damage output: isn’t that a relief? Your attackers in this deck need at most two Energies to use their attacks, which is crazy considering just how much damage Sableye V can do as the game progresses. There isn’t anything to really change about the list of Pokemon, but you can add in a Crobat V if you want, although it will take up Bench space. You can instead rely on your Marnie and Professor’s Research to draw more cards or refresh your hand. I’ve also seen people use Galarian Moltres V as another attacker, but I found it to be too distracting and prefer to focus on the deck’s main strategy instead, as Moltres doesn’t help with spreading damage at all.
This deck only has 1 and 2-Prizers, and there’s a good chance one of your Pokemon will be knocked out before you do enough damage to get your first KO. This allows you to use the Raihans consistently, as you can use those cards only if any of your Pokémon were Knocked Out during your opponent’s last turn. Raihan lets you attach a basic Energy (which is why the deck doesn’t have Special Energy) from your discard pile to one of your Pokemon, and search your deck for any card.
Sableye V is your main attacker and the only card that you will be using to actually use attacks that directly damage your opponent. Sableye V’s first attack allows you to bring back a Trainer card from your discard pile, but his second attack is the heart of this deck:
Crazy Claws: 10+
This attack does 60 more damage for each damage counter on your opponent’s Active Pokémon.
Image by The Pokemon CompanyIt is insane that they made it 60 with how easy it is to spread damage. Till now, cards like Orbeetle VMAX and Galarian Zigzagoon were used to do that, but here we also have Inteleon that can put more damage counters every turn. When you put your Galarian Zigzagoon onto your Bench, you can instantly put a damage counter on any of your opponent’s Pokemon, and its advantage over Inteleon is that you’re not wasting turns evolving anything as it is a Basic Pokemon. You can also use Scoop Up Net to repeatedly use this ability.
Sccop Up Net
Put 1 of your Pokémon that isn’t a Pokémon V or a Pokémon-GX into your hand. (Discard all attached cards.)
Galarian Weezing goes beyond that with its attack Severe Poison:
Your opponent’s Active Pokémon is now Poisoned. Put 4 damage counters instead of 1 on that Pokémon during Pokémon Checkup.
Pokemon Checkup here refers to the effects that a Pokemon gets between turns (like Burn or Poison). With Galarian Weezing’s ability, Poison puts 4 damage counters instead of 1 between turns, which translates to +240 damage from your Sableye V. The only downside is that Severe Poison is an attack and not an ability. To use this attack, you have a couple of Air Balloons and a Switch to help you pull off the attack to target the more tanky Pokemon. Timing this attack right and understanding which Pokemon to target is key when using this deck. Note that while you are guaranteed the 4 damage counters after you use this attack, your opponent can simply switch their Pokemon to get rid of the Poison effect and you will have to use the attack again if you want 40 more. In most cases, you won’t have to use Weezing twice, unless your opponent switches and heals that Pokemon.
You can also make use of your Boss’s Orders, which can let you switch your opponent’s Active Pokemon. Once you’ve put damage counters on the one your want, even if it is on the Bench, you can simply bring it to the Active and use Sableye V to finish it off. This deck also doesn’t use any VMAX or TAG Team Pokemon, meaning your opponent has to get at least three knockouts to win the game. Since Sableye V only needs 2 Energy to attack, you also don’t need to set them up if you’re worried about your opponent using Boss’s Orders.
Inteleon and Quick Shooting
The Quick Shooting Inteleon is even more important in this deck, compared to Eeveelution decks. Once during every turn, you can put 2 damage counters (20 damage) on one of your opponent’s Pokemon.
Image by The Pokemon CompanyNow this is crazy, because it essentially translates to +120 damage for your Sableye V, meaning you’re probably going to one-shot anything in the game once you have multiple Inteleon set up. On the other hand, The Shady Dealings ability from your other Inteleon lets you dig out your best Trainer cards whenever you need them, and is activated when you evolve Inteleon from Drizzle. Level Ball can help you fetch Sobble and Drizzle, since it only works on Pokemon that have 90 HP or less (it will also work on your Koffing). To get your Inteleon or Galarian Weezing, you can use Evolution Incense, and Quick Ball will help you get your Sableye V (or any Basic Pokemon).
The advantage of using this type of deck over traditional decks that spread damage across the board (such as Orbeetle VMAX) is that it has one strong attacker that actually synergizes with your damage-spreaders. Instead of having the responsibility of finishing the Pokemon that your secondary attackers have damaged, it actually amplifies the damage output. Decks that have synergy have always done well in Pokemon TCG Online, and the Sableye Inteleon deck is no exception.
For more Standard, Expanded, and Theme deck guides and lists, be sure to check out our Ultimate Pokemon TCG Online guide and resource list.