Three in a row! Pokemon TCG Online has been giving us some great expansions lately. After Chilling Reign and Evolving Skies, we have the new Fusion Strike expansion, which has more cards (and some of the best VMAX cards ever) than any other expansion from the Sword & Shield set of Pokemon TCG Online. The expansion features a bunch of popular Pokemon including Mew VMAX, Gengar VMAX, Genesect V, and Hoopa V.
Here are 10 of the best Pokemon cards from the Fusion Strike expansion of Pokemon TCG Online.
10. Greedent VMAX
Greedent VMAX has a great (albeit situational) attack called Big Stocks that will let you take two extra Prize cards on getting a knockout on a Basic Pokemon. It’s balanced by having a low damage number, but if you pull it off, it’s going to be insane. It’s also not going to be too hard to pull it off with all the damage-spreading decks going around, but imagine this being paired with ADP/Z, and being able to take four cards on knocking out a poor Crobat V.
This would be a better card if it were just a V, but having to evolve it into a VMAX and having that 3-Prizer risk is something not many players will be willing to take, and it doesn’t help that it is weak against Fighting-type attacks. Urshifu decks are everywhere and will not give Greedent an easy time trying to get that 30-damage knockout.
9. Chandelure VMAX
Chandelure VMAX is pretty interesting and has great synergy between its attack and ability. Its ability blocks your opponent from using Tool Cards, and its attack Max Poltergeist does more damage depending on the number of Trainer Cards your opponent has in their hand. You also get to see the rest of their hand, which is a great advantage in itself.
Its big disadvantage is that there will be times when Chandelure will simply be knocked out and only act as a stall while your opponent sets up their Pokemon. There’s also the threat of Ice Rider Calyrex VMAX which hits Chandelure for weakness.
8. Hoopa V
Hoopa V is an interesting card. It functions as both a Dark and Psychic type Pokemon, which makes it a great addition to Dark decks to counter Urshifu decks. Urshifu, being a Fighting Type Pokemon, is super effective against Dark decks (like Eternatus VMAX and Umbreon VMAX), and Hoopa will make those decks stronger with its ability. It has a 170-damage attack which can two-hit most of the high-HP Pokemon in the meta.
Oricorio buffs your Fusion Pokemon by giving them 20-damage resistance, which is a pretty big deal. This helps make Pokemon like Mew VMAX bulkier, and is a great support card for those decks.
You won’t be using Oricorio’s attack, but it will be worth keeping in your Fusion Pokemon decks simply to keep your Fusion Pokemon alive.
Latias doesn’t seem very good at first glance, with the Red Assist that can power Latios. However, its attack Dynabarrier can make you immune to VMAX Pokemon attacks in the next turn. Why is this so good? Because Mew VMAX, the #1 card on this list, can use the attacks of any of your Fusion Pokemon (with no extra Energy cost), and Dynabarrier is an excellent move for Mew. Like Oricorio, Latias is also more of a support pokemon for Mew VMAX decks.
5. Boltund VMAX
Boltund VMAX is essentially a better Boltund V (from Rebel Clash). Let’s be happy that this card didn’t release in the 2021 expansion when Pikarom decks were going crazy in the Standard format. Pikarom is still excellent in Expanded, and Boltund VMAX will only be an asset to those decks. Boltund VMAX also has the Bolt Storm attack, which does extra damage depending on your Electric
Energy, along with a 230-damage Max Bolt. This is going to make Pikarom decks even better (worse?) because the deck is still broken and can be used to farm easy wins on the Expanded Ladder.
4. Inteleon VMAX
This one’s completely different from the Rebel Clash Inteleon VMAX. The new one is a Rapid Strike Pokemon with a 2-Energy attack that can take advantage of Rapid Strike Energy. It’s also immune to lucky Crushing Hammer coin flips, as being discarded simply returns the Energy to you. Inteleon VMAX obviously pairs well with vanilla Inteleon, and its ability Double Shooter lets you spread damage on your opponent’s Bench. This is the kind of deck that Greedent VMAX would fit well in, if at all.
3. Gengar VMAX
More power to Dark decks! Gengar VMAX is excellent, it’s a Single Strike Pokemon and has two pretty good attacks. The first one honestly doesn’t belong on a Single Strike Pokemon (it’s more of a Rapid Strike mechanism) but it can easily do a lot of damage. Panic Fear does more damage depending on how many GX or V Pokemon your opponent has in play. Gengar VMAX will see a lot of play in the meta, and Calyrex is weak against Dark attacks, so more Dark attackers are always good. Plus, this one isn’t linked to Eternatus and will be great in its own deck.
2. Genesect V
Genesect V is that staple card-drawing engine Pokemon, and this will be a must-have for all Fusion Strike Standard decks. Fusion System allows you to draw cards till you have as many cards in your hand as the number of Fusion Pokemon you have in play. While it has 190 CP, it has Fire-type weakness, and there aren’t many of those in the meta right now. This would honestly be the #1 card on this list, but there’s no way a Genesect can beat a Mew on any list.
1. Mew VMAX
A super-strong VMAX with free retreat: you read that right. Mew VMAX is absolutely busted (as it should be), and it lets you use any of your Benched Fusion Strike card attacks for just two Colorless Energy. Since you’ll probably be having Gesenect V on your Bench, this means that Mew can use Genesect’s Techno Blast for just two Energies.
You can also go ahead and use Latias or Oricorio from your Bench this way, or boost Mew’s attacks with Power Tablet. Mew is weak to Dark attacks, which makes Eternatus VMAX and Umbreon VMAX matchups pretty bad, but it will do extremely well in the 2022 Standard meta nevertheless.
It has been a long time since the “poster-boy” of an expansion has been this good, and Pokemon TCG Online has done full justice to this fan-favorite Pokemon.
Fusion Strike has really been worth the wait! Mew and Gengar will be around for a long time and will be a core part of the 2022 meta, which has a lot of variety and playstyles to choose from at this point. We still don’t have that staple card that can be splashed in any deck (like Dedenne-GX or Crobat V), but we have gotten some pretty fun decks from the last few expansion.
Stay tuned for Fusion Strike deck guides for Pokemon TCG Online as we explore some of the best cards and decks from the set. For more Pokemon TCG Online guides, lists, and strategies, check out our Ultimate Pokemon TCG Online guide and resource list.