The Standard format in Pokemon TCG Online hasn’t been the most versatile in the last few months. ADP, Zacian, Eternatus, and Centiskorch have been at the top of most tournaments, and none of these decks can be countered by something that is also good against all of the others. These Pokemon might be the best attackers in the Standard format, but there are a bunch of other utility cards that these decks wouldn’t be possible without in the first place.
What are the best Pokemon and Item cards in the Standard format?
These tanky GX, V, and VMAX cards wouldn’t work as well without having the right utility cards that can help you draw more cards, reshuffle your hand, and even disrupt your opponent’s plans. Here are six cards that don’t churn out large damage numbers, but have still become a crucial part of the meta and will be seen in most of the top-tier decks.
Since most of these Pokemon TCG Online cards have cheaper alternatives or are often paired with another card that improves their efficiency, I’ll be listing the secondary card in brackets with the main card.
Volcanion (and Welder)
Every fourth deck seems to be a fire deck these days. Centiskorch, Charizard-Braixen, Green’s Reshizard, and Welder’s Mewtwo decks have been going around a lot.
Volcanion is the engine of every good fire deck in Pokemon TCG Online Standard, and probably the best Pokemon you can add to pair with bulky VMAX cards such as Charizard. When paired with Welder and Fire Crystal, you’re guaranteed a steady supply of Fire Energy.
When playing with Volcanion, you want to go second due to his Flare Starter attack. This lets you attach three energies to your benched Pokemon, meaning your Centiskorch VMAX can be ready to go on turn 2.
Marnie (or Reset Stamp)
If you’re looking to invest in a card that will hold its value for a long time, go for Marnie. The card is going to be a staple in Standard decks for a long time.
Along with making your opponent go down to four cards, Marnie also allows you to get a new hand. This is great when you don’t want to discard anything in your hand, but aren’t able to use it. The downside of using Reset Stamp is that it is more situational, and doesn’t shuffle your hand.
Jirachi (and Scoop Up Net/Switch)
Jirachi’s ability allows you to fetch Supporter Cards from your deck. The catch is that she falls asleep after she does that.
Jirachi works very well with a Scoop Up Net or Switch, but most players prefer the former to avoid Jirachi taking up a spot on the bench. The Pokemon also has low HP, making it a great target for bench snipers.
Boss’s Orders (and Eldegoss V)
Just how many games have Boss’s Orders single-handedly flipped? The ability to switch your opponent’s Active Pokemon is priceless and can mess up their strategy pretty easily, making Boss’s Orders one of the best cards in Standard.
Boss’s Orders doesn’t have a substitute, but having Eldegoss V in your deck allows you to go for surprise attacks. You can discard a Boss’s Orders early on, and later redeem it using Eldegoss V.
Eldegoss is an amazing Pokemon on its own, and also helps retrieve discarded Welders, but you have to be careful because of its low HP and weakness to Fire, which is rampant in the game right now.
Crobat V (and Dedenne-GX)
Aside from Green’s Reshizard, every single competitive deck will have at least one of these cards. Crobat V has been one of the best Pokemon among the DAA cards, and will be in the Standard meta for a long time.
A big part of Pokemon TCG Online is what cards you have in your hand, and drawing more cards means quicker setups and less reliance on RNG. The only difference between these cards is that while Dedenne discards your hand and draws 6 cards, Crobat fills up your hand until you have 6 cards.
Both of them are equally useful, but if you only had to go for one, go for Dedenne. Crobat costs about 21 DAA packs, while Dedenne costs 9. Not having a Crobat can be disadvantageous, considering how often you don’t want to discard your hand with Dedenne, yet want more cards in your hand.
Moreover, Dedenne might even be shifting from Standard Pokemon TCG Online to Expanded very soon.
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This card has been a huge player in competitive Standard matches this season.
Decks built using this card never stop coming, and are pretty hard to go up against. These decks only have two counters: A) stall decks that take three minutes per turn and make opponents forfeit with boredom B) recession.
Pretty much every top deck in Standard has at least one Crobat, whose price hasn’t dropped below 20 DAA for a while. This isn’t affordable for new players for quite a bit, especially since these decks require multiple copies on top of VMAX cards that already cost around 9 DAA.
Don’t get me wrong, this game can be played without spending money. It’s just that the grind it takes to build a competitive Standard deck is too high at this point. Aside from Mad Party, Green’s Reshizard, or Pikarom, the rest of the top Pokemon TCG Online decks will take time to gather cards for.