Rowlet & Alolan Exeggutor-GX and Vileplume deck | Pokemon TCG Online

Grass decks have rarely gotten the spotlight in recent years. Pokemon TCG Online has been slacking a bit in terms of those, and the best one in the last few years has certainly been the Rowlet & Alolan Exeggutor-GX and Vileplume deck and a niche Decidueye deck that counters certain types of Pokemon. This deck stands up against some of the best decks in the format with V/GX immunity and sets up pretty quickly with Rowlet & Alolan Exeggutor-GX’s ability.

In this guide, I’ll be taking you through a hybrid deck that combines the two and uses them in the Expanded format rather than Standard.

Rowlet Alolan Exeggutor-GX and Vileplume Expanded deck in Pokemon TCG Online

Below is the specific Rowlet & Alolan Exeggutor-GX and Vileplume Expanded deck for Pokemon TCG Online that has been doing well in recent tournaments.

****** Pokémon Trading Card Game Deck List ******

##Pokémon – 21

* 4 Oddish UNB 6
* 2 Rowlet CEC 18
* 4 Rowlet & Alolan Exeggutor-GX UNM 1
* 2 Dartrix SHF 7
* 3 Gloom UNB 7
* 2 Decidueye SHF 8
* 2 Vileplume AOR 3
* 1 Vileplume BUS 6
* 1 Vileplume-GX CEC 4

##Trainer Cards – 30

* 2 Lusamine CIN 96
* 2 Steven’s Resolve CES 145
* 2 Cynthia & Caitlin CEC 189
* 2 Acerola BUS 112
* 2 Cynthia UPR 119
* 2 Faba LOT 173
* 1 Mallow & Lana CEC 198
* 1 Tate & Liza CES 148
* 1 Guzma BUS 115
* 1 Klara CRE 145
* 1 Brock’s Grit TEU 135
* 1 Team Flare Grunt XY 129
* 1 N FCO 105
* 1 Sonia CPA 65
* 1 Guzma & Hala CEC 193
* 1 Team Skull Grunt SUM 133
* 2 Net Ball LOT 187
* 2 Tag Call CEC 206
* 1 Stealthy Hood UNB 186
* 3 Path to the Peak CRE 148

##Energy – 9

* 4 Capture Energy DAA 201
* 4 Grass Energy Energy 1
* 1 Aromatic {G} Energy VIV 162

Total Cards – 60

This is a pretty unconventional format for an Expanded decklist. You don’t have Crobat V or Dedenne-GX in spite of there being two Stage 2 Pokemon lines, and there are barely any Item Cards in the list of Trainers. Since you only have three different Basic Pokemon in this deck, Rowlet & Alolan Exeggutor-GX (4 copies) is competing with 4 copies of Oddish and 2 of Rowlet, increasing the likelihood of getting it in your opening hand.

This is one of those decks for which I wouldn’t recommend changing a thing about the list of Pokemon. You can try different Supporters while retaining staples such as Guzma, but this deck does pretty well with a diverse set of Supporters.

Rowlet & Alolan Exeggutor-GX

Rowlet & Alolan Exeggutor-GX and Decidueye are the two main attackers for your deck. Ideally, you want Rowlet & Alolan Exeggutor-GX in the active spot on your first turns because of its ability, and since you have four counts, there’s a high chance you will be starting the game off with it.

Decidueye and Rowlet Alolan Exeggutor-GX deck pokemon tcg online
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Ability: Super Growth
Search your deck for a card that evolves from 1 of your Grass Pokémon and put it onto that Pokémon to evolve it. If that Pokémon is now a Stage 1 Pokémon, search your deck for a Stage 2 Pokémon that evolves from that Pokémon and put it onto that Pokémon to evolve it. Then, shuffle your deck.

It’s incredible that this ability doesn’t end your turn, because it is absolutely broken. It also feels like it was meant to be paired with Vileplume or Decidueye since they are both the best Stage 2 Grass-type Pokemon that aren’t V/GX/EX.

Along with its 150 damage (+30 healing) attack, Rowlet & Alolan Exeggutor-GX’s GX attack is also pretty good, and if you pull it off you’re going to have a match-winning advantage against most decks. It also does 200 damage, which when paired with the 150, will one-shot pretty much any Pokemon in the current meta.

Tropical Hour-GX: 200
If this Pokémon has at least 3 extra Energy attached to it (in addition to this attack’s cost), your opponent shuffles all Energy from all of their Pokémon into their deck. (You can’t use more than 1 GX attack in a game.)

Decidueye and V/GX immunity

Decidueye has traditionally had its own deck in the 2020/21 format to counter V and GX Pokemon. Decidueye has an ability that has aged pretty well into the new format, giving you a massive advantage through its immunity against certain types of Pokemon.

Ability: Deep Forest Camo

Prevent all damage done to this Pokémon by attacks from your opponent’s Pokémon V and Pokémon-GX.

This will allow you to counter most decks in the Expanded format, even ones like Eternatus and Pikarom that exclusively use V and GX Pokemon as attackers. Note that this ability also works against VMAX attacks.

The three Vileplumes

Vileplume (AOR) is used for its ability that blocks both players from using Item cards. Vileplume (BUS) has an ability that prevents your opponent from using Basic Pokemon’s attacks:

Ability: Disgusting Pollen

As long as this Pokémon is your Active Pokémon, your opponent’s Basic Pokémon can’t attack.

The catch is that it needs to be in the Active spot, making this the most situational Vileplume of the three.

Vileplume (CEC) lets you heal 30 damage from each of your Pokemon, giving you extra health, and is the secondary attacker of this deck (when Decidueye isn’t needed). This ability also links with its powerful 2-Energy attack that does less damage for each damage counter on it.

Massive Bloom: 180-

This attack does 10 less damage for each damage counter on this Pokémon.

Lastly, its GX attack leaves your opponent Burned, Paralyzed, and Poisoned, which sounds great but those effects can be taken off easily and it’s much better to use Rowlet & Alolan Exeggutor-GX’s GX attack instead, as it gives your opponent a much harder setback to deal with.

Other notable cards

To set up this deck, you have cards like Capture Energy that fetches Basic Pokemon to your Bench, and Net Ball or Tag Call to search specific types of Pokemon. You can also use Cynthia to get a new hand. There are plenty of Supporters in this deck that feature multiple Pokemon trainers and give you two options to decide how you want to use that card. For example, Klara is good for recycling Pokemon or Energy, and Tate & Liza for shuffling your hand or switching your Pokemon.

Cynthia & Caitlin is an important one here as it lets you recycle Supporter cards that you’ve already used. Mallow & Lana and Acerola are good for healing or resetting your Pokemon. Since you don’t have many Energy cards in the deck, use Brock’s Grit to shuffle used Energy and Pokemon into your deck.

There are so many different Supporters in this deck that you can experiment with, and I highly recommend getting familiar with most of them. If you’re discarding cards from your hand, you will have to know which ones to keep and which ones you’ll need depending on how the match is going, and it can definitely take some time getting used to knowing all of these Supporters.


This deck can be quite scary once it gets set up and you pull off Rowlet & Alolan Exeggutor-GX’s GX attack. It’s also annoying with Decidueye completely blocking off your opponent’s V/GX Pokemon attacks, which also slows the game down quite a bit and often results in rage-quits.

The deck’s most obvious weakness is its Type-disadvantage, and while we don’t have Centiskorch or Reshizard decks going around much, you can never predict who you’ll come across in Expanded. If you don’t have all of the components for this deck (from the Pokemon), you can go with just Rowlegg + Vileplume or Rowlegg + Decidueye, it gives you fewer options but it’s easier to set up.

For more Standard, Expanded, and Theme deck guides and lists, be sure to check out our Ultimate Pokemon TCG Online guide and resource list.

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Rahul Abhyankar

I'm a 24-year-old copywriter, technical writer, and computer engineer based in Toronto.
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