Suicune V and Ludicolo is one of those few viable, non-Eeveelution decks. Sure, it still has the two Inteleon that are a part of almost every main deck, but it steers away from the classic Eeveelution meta. The Suicune V deck has no VMAX cards, Fusion Strike cards, or Single Strike or Rapid Strike cards, and it has still been doing well in recent tournaments. With its Water-typing, it also doesn’t come across hard-counters all that often, and matches up well against any of the other decks in the 2022 Standard meta. In this guide, I’ll be taking you through the Suicune V and Ludicolo deck in Pokemon TCG Online, the deck composition, how the main cards work in this deck, and the best strategies for using this deck in the Standard format.
Suicune V and Ludicolo deck list for Pokemon TCG Online
Here is a consistent deck list for the Suicune V and Ludicolo deck list in Pokemon TCG Online:
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##Pokémon – 20
* 1 Lombre RCL 8
* 2 Lotad EVS 32
* 4 Sobble CRE 41
* 4 Suicune V EVS 31
* 4 Drizzile SSH 56
* 1 Inteleon SSH 58
* 2 Inteleon CRE 43
* 2 Ludicolo EVS 34
##Trainer Cards – 31
* 2 Marnie CPA 56
* 4 Level Ball BST 129
* 4 Evolution Incense SSH 163
* 2 Professor’s Research SHF 60
* 1 Escape Rope BST 125
* 2 Rare Candy SSH 180
* 2 Boss’s Orders RCL 189
* 2 Scoop Up Net RCL 165
* 2 Cape of Toughness DAA 160
* 4 Quick Ball SSH 216
* 1 Raihan EVS 152
* 2 Capacious Bucket RCL 156
* 3 Melony CRE 146
##Energy – 9
* 4 Capture Energy DAA 201
* 5 Water Energy Energy 3
Total Cards – 60
If you already have the Inteleon, this deck will be pretty easy to construct. You don’t need any VMAX cards or cards specific to a mechanic, and I highly recommend having the full Inteleon engine for the 2022 format anyways. All of the Pokemon in his list are mandatory, and honestly, they’re pretty easy to acquire in-game.
As for Trainer Cards, there are a bunch of them that are specific to Water decks (such as Capacious Bucket) and can’t have replacements. You can do without the Raihan and Escape Rope, and go for extra Marnie, Scoop Up Net, or Professor’s Research instead.
Suicune V and Ludicolo synergy
Your main Pokemon is a 2-Prizer, and your supporting Pokemon is a 1-Prizer. And this deck is actually viable! With this deck, your priority is to get the Suicune V attacking early on, while you try to get the Ludicolo evolution on your Bench.
Suicune has an Ability that lets you draw a card every single turn, which is a game-changer for a card that is already your main attacker and will always be in the Active spot. This makes it so that you don’t have to waste slots for Switch or Air Balloons in your deck. Suicune also has an attack that probably makes no sense being your main attack at first glance:
Blizzard Rondo: 20+
This attack does 20 more damage for each Benched Pokémon (both yours and your opponent’s).
Since your Bench can have 5 Pokemon in normal conditions, this goes up to 220 if both you and your opponent have a full Bench. This seems like a conditional attack on its own, but you can significantly boost this damage using Ludicolo’s ability.
Ability: Enthusiastic Dance
When you play this Pokémon from your hand to evolve 1 of your Pokémon during your turn, you may use this Ability. During this turn, your Basic Pokémon’s attacks do 100 more damage to your opponent’s Active Pokémon (before applying Weakness and Resistance).
Here’s where the extra Scoop Up Net can be useful. In the right conditions, your Suicune V will be doing 320 damage to your opponent’s Pokemon, which is enough to OHKO most VMAX and Single Strike and Rapid Strike Pokemon in the game. Ludicolo is the reason this deck sticks to Basic Pokemon. Sure, your damage output is slightly lower than otherwise (although if you do get the 320 it’s more than enough), but you’ll also be losing fewer Prize cards if you do lose.
When you’re struggling to get that 320 damage, you can further bump it up by using Inteleon’s Quick Shooting.
You also have the Shady Dealings Inteleon:
When you play this Pokémon from your hand to evolve 1 of your Pokémon during your turn, you may search your deck for up to 2 Trainer cards, reveal them, and put them into your hand. Then, shuffle your deck.
Shady Dealings can help you get to your Trainers whenever you want them, which is a huge advantage for drawing cards and getting the Supporters and Item cards you want quickly.
While it may seem like every Pokemon in this deck has low HP, you have the Cape of Toughness from Darkness Ablaze, which grants you +50 HP, and can significantly buff your Suicune V.
Trainer Cards for the Suicune V and Ludicolo deck
Melony is a great Water-specific Supporter card:
Attach a Water Energy card from your discard pile to 1 of your Pokémon V. If you do, draw 3 cards.
With Melony, there will be times where you have to deliberately discard an Energy to be able to use it early on. Capacious Bucket is another great card for drawing Energy, although you will have to attach it manually:
Search your deck for up to 2 Water Energy cards, reveal them, and put them into your hand. Then, shuffle your deck.
Opening and main strategy
With this deck, you want to get your Suicune V in the Active spot from the first turn itself. From there, start setting up your Bench with your Basic Pokemon, so that you are ready to evolve into Ludicolo or Inteleon whenever you want. To accelerate this process, use your Capture Energy, which lets you put Basic Pokemon on your Bench.
You also have Rare Candy which lets you go from Basic to Stage 2 Pokemon, allowing you to evolve quickly and not rely on finding that Stage 1. You can also use Level Ball to get those early Basic Pokemon on your Bench, since all of them are low HP and fit the condition for Level Balls:
Search your deck for a Pokémon with 90 HP or less, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then, shuffle your deck.
This deck’s biggest strength is that it can one or two-shot any card in the game in most cases, and in return, your opponent will have to get through at least three knockouts (assuming they get 2 Prize cards each) to be able to win. In many cases, they will have to go through more than knockouts, which is a time-consuming process in the current state of the meta.
The Suicune V and Ludicolo deck is easy to build and doesn’t use any of the newer, more complex mechanics. It is strong, consistent, and benefits from not having an extra evolution to get your main attacker up and going.
In many ways, the Suicune V and Ludicolo deck is the Blacephalon of the 2022 Standard meta in Pokemon TCG Online, where fewer Prize cards are at stake but you’re still doing the same amount of damage as the 2- or 3-Prizers such as VMAX or Rapid Strike Pokemon. Its only real threat is the Jolteon VMAX and Inteleon deck, which hits it for weakness and does twice the damage. Luckily, Pikarom has rotated out of Standard and you won’t be seeing any more of those in the game.
For more Standard, Expanded, and Theme deck guides and lists, be sure to check out our Ultimate Pokemon TCG Online guide and resource list.