Eternatus VMAX decks are too fast | Pokemon TCG Online guide

Eternatus is the only deck in the Pokemon TCG meta right now that can deal 270 damage on turn two, leave your opponent’s Pokemon Poisoned, and have that Poisoned Pokemon taking 60 extra damage between turns.

In this guide, I’ll take you through how Eternatus VMAX works, the best way to build an Eternatus deck, some sample gameplay, and how you can counter it.

Eternatus and Eternatus VMAX

Eternatus VMAX Poison variant – deck list

Eternatus VMAX is the one and only attacker of this deck, with Hoopa being a backup attacker for the occasional deck that runs Decidueye or Altaria. All of the V and VMAX cards in this deck are from the Darkness Ablaze expansion.

Here’s what the Eternatus-Poison deck contains:

##Pokémon – 22

* 4 Croagunk SSH 123
* 4 Crobat V DAA 104
* 4 Eternatus V DAA 116
* 2 Galarian Slowbro V DAA 99
* 1 Hoopa DAA 111
* 3 Toxicroak SSH 124
* 4 Eternatus VMAX DAA 117

##Trainer Cards – 28

* 4 Pokémon Communication TEU 152
* 1 Piers DAA 165
* 3 Quick Ball SSH 179
* 2 Great Ball CPA 52
* 3 Dark City UNM 193
* 4 Professor’s Research SSH 178
* 3 Marnie CPA 56
* 4 Boss’s Orders RCL 154
* 4 Switch SSH 183

##Energy – 10

* 2 Capture Energy RCL 171
* 2 Hiding {D} Energy DAA 175
* 6 Darkness Energy Energy 7

Total Cards – 60

A lot of people also like to add a fourth Marnie or a Galarian Zigzagoon, which are both good choices as well.

Turns one and two

The ideal turn one has Eternatus as your Active Pokemon with one Energy on it, and if possible, a few Croagunks on your bench. Starting off with Slowbro is also fine if you have multiple Croagunks.

If all goes well, by the second turn you will either have an Eternatus VMAX with two Energy attached and ready to attack, or at least one evolved Toxicroak with a poisoned opponent.

It’s not the easiest thing to get an Eternatus VMAX going that quickly, especially with all the Crushing Hammers going around, but poisoning your opponent is pretty easy with Galarian Slowbro V.

Toxicroak and Galarian Slowbro V

Toxicroaks add 2 damage counters on poisoned Pokemon between turns. This also stacks, meaning three Toxicroak will add up to 7 damage counters on your opponent’s Poisoned Pokemon.

This is what makes this deck capable of one-shotting anything in the game. On top of Eternatus VMAX’s 270 damage (assuming you have 8 Benched Pokemon, each giving him a +30 damage buff), the poison is the final nail in the coffin.

Hoopa and Crobat V

This is the only deck in the game that absolutely needs four copies of Crobat V. You can’t have Dedenne-GX, an Electric-type, in this deck because of Eternatus VMAX’s attack that deals extra damage for each of your Dark Pokemon in play.

Hoopa and Crobat V

Hoopa acts as a great finisher in a lot of situations, while also being an amazing counter to Decidueye/Altaria decks that take no damage from V/VMAX cards.

Note that these abilities exclude Galarian Slowbro’s ability, meaning you can still poison them and put 7 damage counters on them between turns.

Hoopa VS Decidueye

Dark City and Piers

Dark City and Switch allow you to deal that extra Poison damage easily. If you have an Eternatus VMAX in play and a full bench, you are dealing 270 damage with Eternatus’s attack. There are quite a lot of 300+ HP Pokemon in the game right now, and poisoning them is the only real solution.

However, you can only Retreat your Pokemon to the Bench once per turn, which is where four copies of Switch come into the picture.

Utility cards in Eternatus VMAX decks

Dark City lets you retreat your Basic Pokemon at no cost, and Switch allows you to bring them back to the Active. Switch to Galarian Slowbro V, use his ability, and retreat him back to the bench using Dark City.

Piers is such an underrated card in this meta. It’s priceless to be able to bring out an Eternatus VMAX or Crobat in play, plus you can fetch yourself the Energy you want.

Hiding and Capture Energy

While Dark City lets you retreat Basic Pokemon, Hiding Energy lets you retreat your VMAX.

Hiding and Capture Energy

Reserve this Energy for your Eternatus, as it will be quite helpful when switching to a Slowbro, or simply bringing another VMAX in play if the existing one is low on HP.

Capture Energy is in this deck just to help you fill out your Bench quickly. Note that fetching Crobat using this Energy will not let you use his Ability.

Gameplay and how to counter an Eternatus deck

Only three things can really give Eternatus a hard time: Status Effects, Crushing Hammers, and Fighting types. The first two are still easy to deal with, although they can get a bit annoying.

A lot of players also use the Psychic Giratina these days, which can discard Special Energies off your Eternatus every time they put a Giratina on the Bench.

The third and the most dangerous counter to Eternatus is a Fighting-type deck. This wasn’t an issue until Vivid Voltage released and put some amazing Fighting Pokemon in the meta.

Can an Eternatus deck survive Coalossal VMAX?

Coalossal VMAX absolutely wrecks this deck. It can one-shot most of the Pokemon in an Eternatus deck, and there’s nothing you can really do unless you run Weakness Guard Energy. This Energy will negate your Fighting weakness, but it will be absolutely useless against all other decks. On the other hand, Capture Energy will actually let you fill up your Bench quickly.

Here’s some gameplay showcasing how easily Coalossal VMAX can break Eternatus:

The only way Eternatus can stand a chance against it is if you can get Eternatus VMAX going on turn two with two Energies and a Bench that is almost filled up.

Eternatus is still doing well in tournaments and continues to be a strong player in the meta. It just isn’t as hopelessly broken as it was before Vivid Voltage came in with Coalossal.

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