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PikaRom decks are still top-tier | Pokemon TCG Online Guide

PikaRom (Pikachu & Zekrom-GX) has been in the meta for way too long at this point, and its deck is only evolving further. Pokemon TCG Online hasn’t made a lot of viable additions to the Electric metagame for quite some time now, instead adding incredible support Pokemon like Boltund V that only make PikaRom stronger.

Pikarom

What’s in this guide?

In this guide, I’ll be taking you through the best Expanded and Standard PikaRom decks. PikaRom is great in both formats. It’s just a lot more diverse and enjoyable in Expanded because of great cards like Max Elixir, Thunder Mountain, and Tapu Lele-GX.

Since the Standard deck is just a more simplified version of the Expanded deck, I’ll be focusing on the latter for the most part. Towards the end of the guide, I’ll take you through my Standard deck list, which has Mewtwo & Mew-GX added in.

Watch out for the caption under each image to check if the particular cards are legal in Standard.

PikaRom Expanded – deck list

PikaRom is stronger, faster, and more consistent in Expanded. Here’s an overview of my Expanded PikaRom deck list in Pokemon TCG Online:

Pikarom Expanded deck
PikaRom Expanded deck overview

Here’s what the deck contains:

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

##Pokémon – 9

* 1 Crobat V DAA 104
* 1 Boltund V RCL 67
* 2 Dedenne-GX UNB 195
* 2 Pikachu & Zekrom-GX PR-SM 168
* 1 Raichu & Alolan Raichu-GX UNM 54
* 1 Tapu Koko {*} TEU 51
* 1 Tapu Lele-GX GRI 60

##Trainer Cards – 39

* 1 Computer Search BCR 137
* 1 Thunder Mountain {*} LOT 191
* 3 Trainers’ Mail ROS 92
* 3 Professor’s Research CPA 62
* 4 Quick Ball SSH 179
* 2 Ultra Ball FCO 113
* 2 Guzma BUS 115
* 4 Max Elixir BKP 102
* 2 Electromagnetic Radar UNB 169
* 1 N FCO 105
* 3 Switch BCR 135
* 2 Electropower LOT 172
* 2 Float Stone BKT 137
* 1 Muscle Band XY 121
* 2 Energy Switch SSH 162
* 1 Escape Rope BUS 114
* 4 VS Seeker PHF 109
* 1 Boss’s Orders RCL 154

##Energy – 12

* 12 Lightning Energy Energy 4

Total Cards – 60

You can add in a second Boltund or a Vikavolt V if you want. Mewtwo & Mew-GX works well too if you’re running into too many Fighting-type decks.

The TAG TEAM fighters of PikaRom

PikaRom and Raichu & Alolan Raichu-GX are two of the three heavy-hitters of this deck.

Pikarom and Tag Team Raichus
Both of these cards are legal in Standard

PikaRom can hit for 150 while also powering up your Raichus or Boltund. The Raichus aren’t the best pick as a starting attacker due to their conditional Tandem Shock attack.

Both of these Tag Teams have a GX attack that can be further powered up using extra Energy. This is where cards like Max Elixir and Energy Switch really shine out. To add to that, the Thunder Mountain Stadium card in this deck lets yo use your Tag Team’s attacks for 2 Energy only.

Insane energy acceleration

Boltund V is the most expensive Electric type in this deck, and for good reason.

Boltund V and Tapu Koko Prism Star
Both of these cards are legal in Standard

He’s essentially a better Volcanion, with a better attack and an Energy-accelerating attack that isn’t conditional.

Tapu Koko Prism Star is amazing for attaching Energy to your Pokemon quickly. This deck is so fast that it’s quite common to have about four to six Energy on your Pokemon right on your first turn. You can even get easy wins with PikaRom’s 150 damage attack.

PikaRom deck winning on turn one

The great thing about Tapu Koko is that after attaching Energy, it goes off you Bench unlike the recent Electrode, that gives your opponent a free Prize card.

Even more Energy efficiency!

Thunder Mountain and Max Elixir are absolute game-changers in Pokemon TCG Online. You can see Thunder Mountain’s 1-Energy discount in use in the previous screenshot, but here’s what Max Elixir can really do:

Max Elixir makes it possible for PikaRom to get a handful of Energy in play easily on your first turn.

Energy efficiency
Out of these three, only Energy Switch is legal in Standard

In case you end up with an Energy on something like a Crobat that doesn’t need it, Energy Switch can help you balance it around later. You can also use it to move Energy onto your Tag Team Pokemon, both of which have GX attacks that deal extra damage if you put more Energy on them.

Damage boosters and bench-fillers

Electropower has won me plenty of matches with its +30 damage. This usually helps me take Boltund V’s attack to just the right number that can get me a KO.

Electric Trainers and Trainer's Mail
Out of these three, only Electromagnetic Radar is legal in Standard

Electromagnetic Radar is great for fetching your PikaRom, Raichus, and even your Dedenne-GX. It’s also great for discarding Energies that you can later fetch with your Tapu Koko.

Trainer’s Mail is as important as Max Elixir in this deck, allowing you to quickly fetch Trainers from the top 4 cards of your deck.

Supporter fetching and recycling

Tapu Lele-GX is great for fetching a Supporter from your deck. Its Energy Drive is also a decent attack that can get knockouts on beefy Pokemon using a lot of Energy.

Recycling Supporter Cards
Both of these cards are banned in Standard

VS Seeker, on the other hand, is great for getting discarded Supporters back. Since a lot of cards in this deck rely on discarding cards (such as Electromagnetic Radar), feel free to toss away some Supporters for later.

Standard Pikarom deck with Mewtwo & Mew-GX

With the introduction of Coalossal VMAX decks in Vivid Voltage, PikaRom had to find a way to adjust, due to its Fighting-type weakness.

In recent tournaments, the deck has further evolved with the inclusion of Mewtwo & Mew-GX, that can use the attacks of any Pokemon in your discard pile or on your Bench.

Mew3 and Vikavolt V
Both of these cards are legal in Standard

Since this card isn’t weak to Fighting types, it allows you to use the same attacks of any of your other Pokemon but without having a disadvantage against decks like Coalossal. I’ve also added Vikavolt V to this deck because of Paralyzing Bolt, which can be useful in Standard.

PikaRom Standard – deck list

Here’s an overview of my Standard PikaRom deck:

Pikarom Deck (Standard)
Overview of the PikaRom Standard deck that uses Mewtwo & Mew-GX

Here’s what this deck contains:

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

##Pokémon – 13

* 1 Crobat V DAA 104
* 1 Eldegoss V RCL 19
* 2 Boltund V RCL 67
* 2 Dedenne-GX UNB 195
* 2 Pikachu & Zekrom-GX PR-SM 168
* 1 Raichu & Alolan Raichu-GX UNM 54
* 1 Tapu Koko {*} TEU 51
* 1 Vikavolt V DAA 60
* 2 Mewtwo & Mew-GX UNM 71

##Trainer Cards – 34

* 3 Cherish Ball UNM 191
* 1 Chaotic Swell CEC 187
* 2 Reset Stamp UNM 206
* 4 Quick Ball SSH 179
* 1 Big Charm SSH 158
* 1 Air Balloon SSH 156
* 2 Electromagnetic Radar UNB 169
* 4 Crushing Hammer SUM 115
* 4 Professor’s Research CPA 62
* 3 Marnie CPA 56
* 2 Energy Switch SSH 162
* 3 Boss’s Orders RCL 154
* 4 Switch SSH 183

##Energy – 13

* 10 Lightning Energy Energy 4
* 3 Speed Lightning Energy RCL 173

Total Cards – 60

Standard strategies and why I prefer Expanded PikaRom

The Standard deck is much slower than the Expanded one. You can’t use Max Elixir, Tapu Lele-GX, Computer Search, VS Seeker, and Electropower in Standard, which takes away a lot of the deck’s speed and consistency. Instead of having a fast setup, you slow your opponent down in Standard with Crushing Hammers, Marnie, and Chaotic Swell.

Mewtwo & Mew-GX is legal in Expanded as well, but it’ll often waste your Thunder Mountain because it isn’t an Electric type. It’s also pretty convenient in general because it can use any of your GX’s attacks. Most importantly, it helps a lot in Standard because of all the Coalossal VMAX and Falinks decks that are seeing a lot of play recently, both of which will destroy PikaRom within a few turns.

PikaRom is still winning tournaments and continues to be top-tier in Standard in Pokemon TCG Online, but once you play the Expanded version, the Standard deck feels like a clear downgrade.

It’s surprising to see a deck stay around for such a long time without being absolutely broken. I hope TPC doesn’t ban some of these cards from Expanded, because PikaRom is an absolute blast to play with.

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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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