Rayquaza VMAX from Evolving Skies was always considered strong. It has no Weaknesses and it has an attack that can OHKO most Pokemon in the game in the right conditions. In fact, it made it to our list of the best cards in the Evolving Skies expansion and was generally considered good, but it was never able to solidify its place in the Standard meta. Its attack has a condition that requires you to deal with multiple types of Energy, and the card had been discarded as an attacker for casual decks that cannot stand up to the meta of Urshifus, Inteleons, and Eeveelutions.
However, a recent Pokemon TCG Online tournament showed a new version of the Rayquaza VMAX Standard deck ranking at #3. This deck was made by user yakumuru72, and gave tough competition to some of the best decks in the Standard format. This version of the Rayquaza VMAX Standard deck uses Boltund V, Flaaffy, and some specific support cards that help Dragon-types.
In this guide, I’ll be taking you through the Rayquaza VMAX Standard deck in Pokemon TCG Online, its deck composition, how the primary cards function in this deck, and the best strategies for using this version of the deck in the 2022 Standard format.
Rayquaza VMAX Standard deck list for Pokemon TCG Online
Here is the deck list for yakumaru72’s 3rd place Rayquaza VMAX Standard deck for Pokemon TCG Online:
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##Pokémon – 17
* 2 Crobat V SHF 44
* 4 Rayquaza V EVS 110
* 4 Rayquaza VMAX EVS 111
* 3 Boltund V RCL 67
* 2 Mareep EVS 54
* 2 Flaaffy EVS 55
##Trainer Cards – 29
* 4 Adventurer’s Discovery FST 224
* 4 Rose DAA 189
* 3 Boss’s Orders RCL 189
* 4 Quick Ball SSH 216
* 3 Pokégear 3.0 SSH 174
* 2 Energy Search SSH 161
* 1 Switch SSH 183
* 1 Pal Pad SSH 172
* 3 Air Balloon SSH 156
* 2 Stormy Mountains EVS 161
* 1 Crystal Cave EVS 144
* 1 Training Court RCL 169
##Energy – 14
* 11 Lightning Energy Energy 4
* 3 Fire Energy Energy 2
Total Cards – 60
Rayquaza VMAX is your main attacker in this deck, with Boltund V being your secondary attacker. You need both types of Energies (Lightning and Fire) to set off Rayquaza’s attack, and I wouldn’t change the counts on these. The only replaceable Trainer cards in this list are Switch and Pal Pad.
You might notice the absence of Marnie and Professor’s Research, two staple cards for the Standard format, but it is only because of Rayquaza VMAX’s ability that lets you discard your hand and draw cards whenever you want. Along with the composition of Pokemon and the synergy between them, this is another reason why this version of the deck works so well. With Marnie and Professor’s Research being kept out, the deck allows you to make space for more of the cards that actually support the main strategy of the Rayquaza VMAX deck.
Rayquaza V and Rayquaza VMAX
Unlike many of the recent V cards, Rayquaza V is actually a decent attacker. It features an attack that is a weaker version of Rayquaza VMAX’s attack.
Spiral Burst: 20+
You may discard up to 2 basic Fire Energy or up to 2 basic Lightning Energy from this Pokémon. This attack does 80 more damage for each card you discarded in this way.
Once Rayquaza V evolves into the VMAX, its attack gets much stronger and it gains an ability that is basically broken on an attacker that is almost always going to be in play.
Ability: Azure Pulse
Once during your turn, you may discard your hand and draw 3 cards.
Being able to draw cards at will is one of the strongest attributes of this deck. Note that since this is an ability, you need to be wary of Path to the Peak, a Stadium card that blocks your abilities. The same applies for Crobat V, which is in this deck to fill your hand when you put it in play.
Attacking with Rayquaza VMAX
Rayquaza VMAX’s main attack is:
Max Burst: 20+
You may discard any amount of basic Fire Energy or any amount of basic Lightning Energy from this Pokémon. This attack does 80 more damage for each card you discarded in this way.
While Max Burst is clearly a powerful attack, discarding Energy is hard to pull off with most decks, especially when we’re discarding multiple types of Energies. This decklist balances it out with the help of Flaaffy and Boltund V. With just 4 Energies being discarded, this attack does 320+20 damage, which basically lets you OHKO absolutely any Pokemon in the game. In a meta full of VMAX cards, attacks like these are worth the cost as you only have to pull them off twice, on two different VMAX cards that are worth 3 Prize cards each.
Flaaffy and Boltund V
Flaaffy, a Stage 1 evolution, isn’t in this deck for its weak attack, but for its Ability:
Once during your turn, you may attach a Lightning Energy card from your discard pile to 1 of your Benched Pokémon.
If you discard your own Lightning Energy (which has a higher count compared to Fire Energy) using Rayquaza VMAX’s ability or attack, you can simply attach it back to your Rayquaza using Dynamotor to fuel your next attack. You also have the Trainer card Rose that lets you attach 2 Energy cards from your discard pile to your Pokemon. If you go second, you can also rely on Boltund V’s attack that can let you attach Energy from your deck to your benched Rayquaza V, using Electrify.
Electrify: Search your deck for up to 2 Lightning Energy cards and attach them to your Benched Pokémon in any way you like. Then, shuffle your deck.
If you go second and have Boltund V and Rayquaza V, put Boltund in the Active spot so that you can use this attack early on to accelerate energy onto your Rayquaza.
With Marnie and Research not being in the deck, you can actually rely on Trainer Cards that will benefit your main strategy and help you set up faster.
This deck uses three different types of Stadium cards, but depending on which ones you find more useful, you can use a 2-2 split to improve consistency. The Stadium Crystal Cave lets you heal your dragon Pokemon (Rayquaza) each turn. Stormy Mountains lets you fetch basic Dragon/Lightning Pokemon each turn, and this card was almost made for this deck. Training Court lets you fetch Energy cards from your discard pile, however, you have to manually attach them.
You also have Energy Search to fetch Energy directly from your deck, and Adventurer’s Discovery to find your V cards and set them up early on. Pokegear helps you find the Supporters you need, and if you find that you don’t need certain Supporters, you can simply fetch them using Pokegear, then discard them using Azure Pulse to thin out your deck.
Rayquaza VMAX pairs very well with Boltund V and we’ll likely see this deck being played more often in the future. It’s simple, consistent, and does not take you through the extra step of using Energy Switch to shift Energy onto the Pokemon that needs to discard it. It stands in a great place in the current meta because Rayquaza V or VMAX have no Type-Weaknesses, and the only way to really take this deck down is to discard its Stadium cards or block its abilities using Path to the Peak.
For more Standard, Expanded, and Theme deck guides and lists, be sure to check out our Ultimate Pokemon TCG Online guide and resource list.