The champ is here!
Galar region champion Leon enters the stadium with his trusty Charizard. Together, they form a fearsome duos in the Pokemon Trading Card game.
If you’ve never set foot on the battlefield or you’re a veteran trainer looking to give this deck a fire spin, here’s what to expect!
Unleash the Beast
Charizard is a formidable Pokemon and the clear-cut focal point of this deck. However, Charizard isn’t easy to handle. Left to its own devices, this fire dragon does mediocre damage each time it attacks. But with the guidance of Leon, Charizard unlocks its full potential and can barbecue most Pokemon in one hit!
Your general approach with this deck is to evolve up to Charizard and discard both Leon cards as quickly as possible. This can be a time-consuming process, especially if one-or-both Leon cards are trapped in your prize pool. Meanwhile, you’ve still got to defend yourself from the attacks from the opposition.
To speed up the process, you can use Charizard’s Battle Sense ability, allowing you to look at the top three cards of your deck, keeping one, and discarding the other two. This has the potential to get you the cards you need fast while discarding any Leon cards you come cross, but you may ultimately do more harm than good. Using this ability may force you to discard good cards you need. You may also find yourself running out of cards prematurely.
Working around Charizard’s development is a ton of fun and absolutely satisfying when everything falls into place. But when it doesn’t, you have to recognize when to audible. Charizard’s supporting cast may not be the strongest, but they have the potential to stall for time or even carry the team under the right circumstances.
Magcargo can hit for huge damage, though it’s a resource hog. Yanmega can also deal heavy damage while also being the only non-fire Pokemon in the deck, making it incredibly important against water decks. Slugma can stall for time by putting opposing Pokemon to sleep. Even Sudowoodo can help you by drawing cards or even landing upwards to 90 damage under the right circumstances.
The Charizard deck also comes with a host of trainer cards that will help you get the cards you need. Arguably the most important of those being Ordinary Rod. Its ability is far from ordinary, as it allows you to move up to two basic energy and up to two Pokemon from your discard pile into your deck. This will prove invaluable in many scenarios, from fishing out a knocked out Charizard to extending your time just a bit longer when you’re running low on cards.
This Vivid Voltage Charizard deck is one of the most used decks in Pokemon TGC Online and is tough to find on store shelves these days for good reason. Scorching the opposition with Charizard is deeply satisfying and the resource challenge that comes with developing it makes it one of the more exciting theme decks to play with. Definitely worth picking this one up!
Try before you buy!
You can download Pokemon TCG Online for free and learn how to play the game with the benefit of an interactive tutorial and AI opponents to battle with. Once you earn 500 coins, use those in-game coins to buy this Vivid Voltage Charizard deck from the shop. If you like it, consider picking up the physical version!
Kick it up a notch!
Already have the deck and want to make it even stronger? Here are a few suggestions of cards to swap in!
- Leon: By substituting two more Leon cards into your deck, Charizard has the potential to hit for a gargantuan 300 damage! That’s high enough to one-hit KO almost every Pokemon in the game while gravely-wounding VMax Pokemon. Standing toe-to-toe as a single-prize Pokemon against a triple-prize VMax makes Charizard with four Leon cards quite the value proposition!
- Rare Candy: Using Rare Candy allows you to skip the Charmeleon evolution step. Jumping directly to Charizard from Charmander can save you a turn and potentially turn the tide!
- Charmander/Charmeleon/Charizard: Having four sets of Charizard evolutions may be a bit much, but you may want to consider adding one more evolution chain to your deck. You can try to pull these cards out of Vivid Voltage boosters or buy another copy of the deck, but your most efficient way to grab individual cards is by buying them separately through a service like TCG Player.
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