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Coalossal VMAX anti-meta deck guide | Pokemon TCG Online

Can you smell what The Rock is cooking? Eternatus. He's cooking Eternatus.

I’m really happy to see that Dwayne Johnson finally has his own card in Pokemon TCG Online. We desperately needed a good Rock/Fighting-type in the game to counter Eternatus VMAX and PikaRom decks. Neither of the two stands a chance against a Coalossal VMAX deck, that can one-shot an Eternatus V with just one Energy.

Coalossal V and Coalossal VMAX

In this guide, I’ll be taking you through the Coalossal VMAX deck that I’ve found to be the most consistent in the Standard format.

Coalossal VMAX deck list

Coalossal VMAX is the main attacker in this deck. It’s a pretty simple deck to play, and a hard one to stop once it gets going.

Here’s what the deck contains:

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

##Pokémon – 16

* 3 Oranguru SSH 148
* 2 Crobat V DAA 104
* 4 Coalossal V VIV 98
* 1 Galarian Sirfetch’d V VIV 174
* 4 Coalossal VMAX VIV 99
* 2 Dedenne-GX UNB 195

##Trainer Cards – 31

* 3 Buff Padding TEU 136
* 4 Professor’s Research CPA 62
* 4 Pokémon Communication TEU 152
* 2 Mallow & Lana CEC 198
* 4 Quick Ball SSH 179
* 3 Air Balloon SSH 156
* 1 Tool Scrapper RCL 208
* 3 Marnie CPA 56
* 3 Boss’s Orders RCL 154
* 2 Switch SSH 183
* 2 Martial Arts Dojo UNB 179

##Energy – 13

* 9 Fighting Energy Energy 6
* 4 Stone {F} Energy VIV 164

Total Cards – 60

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The great thing about Coalossal is that it’s weak to Grass, which is probably the weakest in the metagame right now. On the other hand, some of the top cards in the game like Crobat V, Dedenne-GX, Eternatus VMAX, Boltund V, Pikachu & Zekrom-GX are all easy targets for Coalossal VMAX.

The deck is pretty solid even without these weaknesses, but if Weakness Guard Energy becomes a common thing, you can add in a Giratina to this deck to discard it easily. Crushing Hammers can be an obstacle, along with the few Decidueye decks that are still going around.

Setting up Coalossal VMAX

The first thing you want to do is have a Coalossal V in play with one Energy on it.

Failing to do that won’t spoil the game, but it’s better to start as early as possible to fill the 4-Energy requirement for G-Max Boulder. On the turn after having your Coalossal V, you want your Oranguru on the Bench and your VMAX in play.

Oranguru is the engine of this deck

Oranguru is what accelerates Energy onto Coalossal VMAX and makes it possible to use the Eruption Shot attack reliably.

Galarian Sirfetch'd V and Oranguru

The only thing you need is an Energy in your hand. Replace that Energy with the top card of your deck using Oranguru’s ability, and then use Eruption Shot for an easy 1-Energy 130 damage attack. Note, that this also works with the Special Energy.

This is pretty much the entire cycle you’ll be going through till your Coalossal VMAX gets 4 Energy onto it. The gameplay is straightforward, and once you’ve got one set up, you can prepare another one on the bench.

Galarian Sirfetch’d V is a surprise attacker, similar to Heatran-GX from the ReshiZard deck. It can come into play, steal Energy from your other Pokemon, and deal 200 damage easily. I’ve experimented with two of these in a deck, but they’re not needed that often.

The cards that make Coalossal VMAX so, so tanky

Stone Energy is the Special Energy in this deck. It reduces damage taken by 20, meaning you can have four of these on Coalossal VMAX and it’ll be taking 80 less damage. Add +50 HP to that with Buff Padding, and a 120-damage healer with Mallow & Lana. It’s so hard to knockout a Coalossal when you have these.

Buff Padding, Mallow & Lana, and Stone Energy

I’ve had plenty of opponents concede after I used Mallow & Lana, because Coalossal VMAX’s 340 HP is pretty hard to bring down with all these buffs. Air Balloon and Switch will help you bring back whatever you switched to with Mallow & Lana.

Damage buffs and quick setups

As if 240 damage isn’t enough, the Stadium card Martial Arts Dojo allows you to deal +10 damage with your Fighting types. This goes up to +40 damage if your opponent has taken more Prize cards than you. Now this takes your Eruption Shot to 170 damage with just one Energy, which is just insane.

Martial Arts Dojo and Pokemon-fetchers

Pokemon Communication and Quick Ball are in the deck to allow you to fetch your cards easily. With Quick Ball, you can even refresh your hand using Dedenne-GX when setting up. Be careful with what you discard using this deck, because you’re not running and Trainer Cards that can fetch back your discarded cards.

A lot of Pokemon can be discarded easily, along with a few Energies if you have to. Just be sure you’re not discarding too many Energies and that you have Oranguru and Coalossal VMAX ready to go.

How good are Coalossal VMAX decks in the meta?

If Eternatus and PikaRom decks weren’t so good and every deck didn’t contain Crobat and Dedenne, perhaps Coalossal wouldn’t be Tier 1. Vivid Voltage has introduced this card at the perfect time, and it is pretty annoying to go up against when your entire setup relies on cards like Dedenne.

But the ease with which it can one-shot all these meta cards makes Coalossal one of the best options in the game right now. Eternatus decks that are fast enough will be a big challenge, but if they don’t get those magic turns in the beginning (which doesn’t happen that often), you can overpower them easily.

Even if you keep the weakness advantages aside, the card is very tanky and can do 240 damage each turn once it gets going.

Now is a great time to run a Coalossal VMAX deck in Standard Pokemon TCG Online.

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Rahul Abhyankar

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