Paradox Rift (PAR, Pre-Rotation) — JustInBasil's Pokémon TCG Resources (2024)

Paradox Rift (PAR, Pre-Rotation) — JustInBasil's Pokémon TCG Resources (1)

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Set List | Card Translations | Visual Set List | Selected Proxies | New Archetypes

With the arrival of Paradox Rift this November, we’ll have a handful of new deck archetypes joining the fray. As always, some deck archetypes are better than others—some are meme tier and some are merely playable, fun decks without much competitive promise. Lists below are very rough drafts and are intended as a starting place for testing, not as tournament-ready deck lists. Consider creating and using proxies to test cards you don’t already own prior to making any purchases.

  • Froslass ex
  • Armarouge ex
  • Garchomp ex
  • Tsareena ex
  • Chien-Pao ex with Iron Hands ex
  • Mewtwo ex
  • Iron Valiant ex
  • Iron Valiant ex w/ Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX
  • Ursaluna V w/ Garganacl
  • Roaring Moon ex
  • Skeledirge ex
  • Gholdengo ex

Paradox Rift (PAR, Pre-Rotation) — JustInBasil's Pokémon TCG Resources (2)

BASIC STRATEGY

Evolve Snorunt into Froslass so that it can have its Evanescent Ability active, which makes you flip a coin when Froslass would be Knocked Out. If the result of that coin flip is heads, your opponent will take 1 Prize card less for Knocking Out Froslass. Meanwhile, power up Froslass ex with manual attachments, Raihan, and the Froslass from Chilling Reign, preparing it to use its Frost Bullet attack, which does 140 damage and then puts 20 damage on 1 of your opponent’s Benched Pokémon. Make Froslass ex more difficult to Knock Out with Rigid Band and Kricketune’s Swelling Tune Ability.

KEY CARDS

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

  • Lunatone OBF 92 in combination with a Solrock to shield Froslass ex’s Ability from the effect of Path to the Peak.

EXAMPLE DECK LIST

Pokémon - 17
4 Snorunt SIT 41
3 Froslass ex PAR 3
2 Bibarel BRS 121
2 Bidoof CRZ 111
2 Kricketot ASR 9
2 Kricketune ASR 10
1 Froslass CRE 36
1 Manaphy BRS 41

Trainer Cards - 33
4 Iono PAL 185
3 Boss's Orders PAL 172
3 Professor's Research SVI 190
1 Raihan CRZ 140
4 Nest Ball SVI 181
4 Ultra Ball SVI 196
3 Level Ball BST 129
2 Super Rod PAL 188
1 Escape Rope BST 125
1 Lost Vacuum CRZ 135
3 Rigid Band MEW 165
1 Justified Gloves CRE 143
2 Artazon PAL 171
1 Town Store OBF 196

Energy - 10
10 Basic Water Energy SVE 3

Testing Streams

Paradox Rift (PAR, Pre-Rotation) — JustInBasil's Pokémon TCG Resources (3)

BASIC STRATEGY

Using a combination of manual attachments and Magma Basin together with Armarouge's Fire Off Ability to move the Fire Energy from 1 of your Benched Pokémon to your Active Armarouge ex. Take out your opponent's Active Pokémon using Armarouge ex's Scorching Bazooka attack, which does 40 damage plus 40 more damage for each Fire Energy attached to Armarouge ex.

KEY CARDS

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

  • Rigid Band to make it even more difficult to Knock Out an Armarouge ex with full HP.

EXAMPLE DECK LIST

Pokémon - 17
4 Charcadet SVI 39
3 Armarouge ex PAR 27
2 Armarouge SVI 41
2 Bibarel BRS 121
2 Bidoof CRZ 111
1 Manaphy BRS 41
1 Mew ex MEW 151
1 Moltres BRS 21
1 Radiant Greninja ASR 46

Trainer Cards - 33
4 Professor's Research SVI 190
3 Iono PAL 185
2 Boss's Orders PAL 172
2 Raihan CRZ 140
4 Battle VIP Pass FST 225
4 Ultra Ball SVI 196
2 Earthen Vessel PAR 163
2 Nest Ball SVI 181
2 Super Rod PAL 188
2 Switch SVI 194
2 Exp. Share SVI 174
4 Magma Basin BRS 144

Energy - 10
10 Basic Fire Energy SVE 2

Paradox Rift (PAR, Pre-Rotation) — JustInBasil's Pokémon TCG Resources (4)

BASIC STRATEGY

Evolve Gible into Garchomp ex via Rare Candy and attack using Garchomp ex’s Hydro Lander attack which does 160 damage and lets you accelerate 3 Fighting Energy to your Benched Pokémon in any way you like. Alternatively, attack with Groudon and its Magma Purge attack or Terrakion and its Cavern Tackle attack, which makes it immune to all damage from attacks done to it during your opponent’s next turn. Heal off damage from Garchomp ex with Cheryl.

KEY CARDS

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

  • Pairing Garchomp ex with Lucario BRS 79 to make use of its Fighting Typing and Aura Sphere Volley attack, which does 10 damage plus 60 more damage for each Fighting Energy attached to Lucario.

  • Jirachi PAR 126 to shield your Benched Pokémon from damage counters placed by the effects of attacks done by your opponent’s Basic Pokémon.

EXAMPLE DECK LIST

Pokémon - 15
4 Gible PAR 94
3 Garchomp ex PAR 38
2 Bibarel BRS 121
2 Bidoof CRZ 111
1 Groudon PAR 93
1 Manaphy BRS 41
1 Radiant Greninja ASR 46
1 Terrakion SIT 97

Trainer Cards - 34
4 Irida ASR 147
3 Iono PAL 185
2 Boss's Orders PAL 172
1 Cheryl BST 123
4 Battle VIP Pass FST 225
4 Rare Candy SVI 191
4 Ultra Ball SVI 196
2 Escape Rope BST 125
2 Nest Ball SVI 181
1 Earthen Vessel PAR 163
1 Hisuian Heavy Ball ASR 146
1 Lost Vacuum CRZ 135
1 Pal Pad SVI 182
1 Super Rod PAL 188
1 Switch SVI 194
2 Artazon PAL 171

Energy - 11
11 Basic Fighting Energy SVE 6

Testing Streams

Paradox Rift (PAR, Pre-Rotation) — JustInBasil's Pokémon TCG Resources (5)

BASIC STRATEGY

Evolve Bounsweet up into Tsareena ex with the help of Rare Candy. Using Tsareena ex’s Icicle Sole, put damage counters on 1 of your opponent’s Pokémon until its remaining HP is 30—ideally, you’ll do this to your opponent’s Active Pokémon while you have both a Brute Bonnet with an Ancient Booster Energy Capsule attached and Radiant Hisuian Sneasler in play. With Brute Bonnet’s Toxic Powder and Radiant Hisuian Sneasler’s Poison Peak ability, this four-piece combo will Knock Out even the bulkiest of Pokémon.

KEY CARDS

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

  • Instead of the Brute Bonnet + Radiant Hisuian Sneasler combo, consider working this archetype into a Lost Box archetype in which Tsareena ex sets up several Pokémon to be Knocked Out, and Sableye takes all of your Prize cards at once by finishing them all off.

Pokémon - 14
4 Bounsweet PAR 8
3 Tsareena ex PAR 46
2 Bibarel BRS 121
2 Bidoof CRZ 111
2 Brute Bonnet PAR 123
1 Radiant Hisuian Sneasler LOR 123

Trainer Cards - 38
4 Irida ASR 147
3 Iono PAL 185
2 Boss's Orders PAL 172
2 Cheryl BST 123
4 Battle VIP Pass FST 225
4 Rare Candy SVI 191
4 Ultra Ball SVI 196
3 Nest Ball SVI 181
2 Super Rod PAL 188
1 Earthen Vessel PAR 163
1 Escape Rope BST 125
1 Hisuian Heavy Ball ASR 146
1 Switch SVI 194
3 Ancient Booster Energy Capsule PAR 159
3 Town Store OBF 196

Energy - 8
8 Basic Grass Energy SVE 1

Paradox Rift (PAR, Pre-Rotation) — JustInBasil's Pokémon TCG Resources (6)

BASIC STRATEGY

Play down and evolve Frigibax into Baxcalibur to make use of Baxcalibur’s Super Cold Ability, which reads, “As often as you like during your turn, you may attach a [W] Energy card from your hand to 1 of your Pokémon.” Flood your board with Water Energy, pulling Energy from your deck with Chien-Pao’s Shivery Chill Ability, which reads, “Once during your turn, if this Pokémon is in the Active Spot, you may search your deck for up to 2 basic [W] Energy cards, reveal them, and put them into your hand. Then, shuffle your deck.” Use Chien Pao’s Hail Blade, which does 60 damage for each [W] Energy you discard from your Pokémon, to take Knock Outs.

KEY CARDS

  • Chien-Pao ex PAL 61

  • Baxcalibur PAL 60

  • Superior Energy Retrieval

EXAMPLE DECK LIST

Pokémon - 15
3 Baxcalibur PAL 60
3 Chien-Pao ex PAL 61
3 Frigibax PAL 57
1 Dragonite V PR-SW 154
1 Iron Hands ex PAR 70
1 Lumineon V BRS 40
1 Manaphy BRS 41
1 Mew ex MEW 151
1 Radiant Greninja ASR 46

Trainer Cards - 35
4 Irida ASR 147
2 Boss's Orders PAL 172
2 Iono PAL 185
1 Thorton LOR 167
4 Battle VIP Pass FST 225
4 Superior Energy Retrieval PAL 189
3 Rare Candy SVI 191
3 Ultra Ball SVI 196
2 Earthen Vessel PAR 163
2 Nest Ball SVI 181
2 Super Rod PAL 188
1 Canceling Cologne ASR 136
1 Escape Rope BST 125
1 Switch SVI 194
1 Forest Seal Stone SIT 156
2 Skaters' Park FST 242

Energy - 10
8 Basic Water Energy SVE 3
2 Basic Lightning Energy SVE 4

Testing Streams

Paradox Rift (PAR, Pre-Rotation) — JustInBasil's Pokémon TCG Resources (7)

BASIC STRATEGY

Play down and evolve Natu into Xatu, using Xatu’s Clairvoyant Sense Ability to attach a Psychic Energy card from your hand to 1 of your Benched Pokémon and draw two cards. Attack using Mewtwo ex, Deoxys, or Cresselia as needed to Knock Out your opponent’s Active Pokémon.

KEY CARDS

  • Mewtwo ex PAR 58

  • Xatu PAR ??

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

  • 1-2 copies of Luminous Energy or Basic Lightning Energy in combination with Iron Hands ex PAR 70.

EXAMPLE DECK LIST

Pokémon - 16
4 Natu PAR 71
4 Xatu PAR 72
3 Mewtwo ex PAR 58
2 Deoxys PAR 74
1 Cresselia CRE 64
1 Manaphy BRS 41
1 Mew ex MEW 151

Trainer Cards - 31
4 Iono PAL 185
3 Professor's Research SVI 190
2 Boss's Orders PAL 172
1 Tulip PAR 181
4 Battle VIP Pass FST 225
4 Fog Crystal CRE 140
4 Ultra Ball SVI 196
2 Super Rod PAL 188
2 Switch SVI 194
1 Escape Rope BST 125
2 Bravery Charm PAL 173
1 Artazon PAL 171
1 Path to the Peak CRE 148

Energy - 13
13 Basic Psychic Energy SVE 5

Testing Streams

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BASIC STRATEGY

Spread damage and even take Knock Outs using Iron Valiant ex’s Tachyon Bits Ability, which lets you put 2 damage counters on 1 of your opponent’s Pokémon when Iron Valiant ex moves into the Active Spot. Play down and evolve Natu into Xatu, using Xatu’s Clairvoyant Sense Ability to attach a Psychic Energy card from your hand to 1 of your Benched Pokémon and draw two cards. Attack using Iron Valiant ex’s Laser Blade attack or, once one of your opponent’s Pokémon would be Knocked Out by its Yoga Loop attack, Medicham V, to get an extra turn after taking the Knock Out.

KEY CARDS

  • Iron Valiant ex PAR 89

  • Xatu PAR 72

  • Future Booster Energy Capsule

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

  • 1-2 copies of Latios PAR 73 or Deoxys PAR 74 as single prize attacker options.

EXAMPLE DECK LIST

Pokémon - 13
4 Iron Valiant ex PAR 89
3 Natu PAR 71
3 Xatu PAR 72
1 Medicham V EVS 83
1 Radiant Alakazam SIT 59
1 Squawkabilly ex PAL 169

Trainer Cards - 35
4 Professor's Research SVI 190
3 Iono PAL 185
2 Boss's Orders PAL 172
4 Battle VIP Pass FST 225
4 Switch SVI 194
4 Switch Cart ASR 154
4 Ultra Ball SVI 196
3 Fog Crystal CRE 140
1 Super Rod PAL 188
1 Lost Vacuum CRZ 135
3 Future Booster Energy Capsule PAR 164
2 Town Store OBF 196

Energy - 12
10 Basic Psychic Energy SVE 5
2 Jet Energy PAL 190

Testing Streams

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BASIC STRATEGY

Spread damage and even take Knock Outs using Iron Valiant ex’s Tachyon Bits Ability, which lets you put 2 damage counters on 1 of your opponent’s Pokémon when Iron Valiant ex moves into the Active Spot. Attack using Rapid Strike Urshifu and Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX, or once one of your opponent’s Pokémon would be Knocked Out by its Yoga Loop attack, Medicham V, to get an extra turn after taking the Knock Out.

KEY CARDS

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

EXAMPLE DECK LIST

Pokémon - 11
4 Iron Valiant ex PAR 89
2 Rapid Strike Urshifu V BST 87
2 Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX BST 88
1 Drapion V LOR 118
1 Medicham V EVS 83
1 Squawkabilly ex PAL 169

Trainer Cards - 43
4 Professor's Research SVI 190
3 Iono PAL 185
4 Battle VIP Pass FST 225
4 Escape Rope BST 125
4 Switch SVI 194
4 Switch Cart ASR 154
4 Trekking Shoes CRZ 145
2 Techno Radar PAR 180
2 Ultra Ball SVI 196
1 Hisuian Heavy Ball ASR 146
1 Lost Vacuum CRZ 135
1 Nest Ball SVI 181
1 Super Rod PAL 188
2 Forest Seal Stone SIT 156
2 Future Booster Energy Capsule PAR 164
1 Technical Machine: Devolution PAR 177
3 Town Store OBF 196

Energy - 6
4 Rapid Strike Energy BST 140
2 Basic Fighting Energy SVE 6

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BASIC STRATEGY

Bulk up Ursaluna V with the help of Rock Chestplate and Lake Acuity. Heal away damage dealt to Ursaluna V with Penny or with the effect of Garganacl’s Energy Rock Salt Ability, which lets you attach a Basic Fighting Energy card from your discard pile to 1 of your Pokémon and then heal 30 damage from that Pokémon.

KEY CARDS

Pokémon - 16
4 Ursaluna V SIT 102
3 Garganacl PAR 104
3 Nacli PAR 102
2 Pidgeot ex OBF 164
2 Pidgey MEW 16
1 Lumineon V BRS 40
1 Radiant Greninja ASR 46

Trainer Cards - 36
4 Arven OBF 186
2 Boss's Orders PAL 172
2 Iono PAL 185
1 Penny SVI 183
1 Professor's Research SVI 190
4 Battle VIP Pass FST 225
4 Rare Candy SVI 191
4 Ultra Ball SVI 196
2 Earthen Vessel PAR 163
2 Nest Ball SVI 181
1 Escape Rope BST 125
1 Super Rod PAL 188
1 Switch SVI 194
3 Rock Chestplate SVI 192
2 Forest Seal Stone SIT 156
2 Lake Acuity LOR 160

Energy - 8
8 Basic Fighting Energy SVE 6

BASIC STRATEGY

Using a combination of Earthen Vessel, Dark Patch, and Professor Sada’s Vitality, power up a benched Roaring Moon ex, then switch it into the Active Spot by attaching a Jet Energy to it. Take Knock Outs, as appropriate, by either using Roaring Moon ex’s Frenzied Gouging attack, which instantly Knocks Out your opponent’s Pokémon in exchange for Roaring Moon ex doing 200 damage to itself, Roaring Moon ex’s Calamity Storm, which does 100 damage plus 120 more if you discard a Stadium card in play, or with Brute Bonnet’s Rampaging Hammer, which does 120 damage.

KEY CARDS

  • Roaring Moon ex PAR 124

  • Professor Sada's Vitality

  • Dark Patch

  • Earthen Vessel

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

EXAMPLE DECK LIST

Pokémon - 12
4 Roaring Moon ex PAR 124
2 Bibarel BRS 121
2 Bidoof CRZ 111
1 Brute Bonnet PAR 123
1 Morpeko PAR 121
1 Radiant Greninja ASR 46
1 Squawkabilly ex PAL 169

Trainer Cards - 38
4 Professor Sada's Vitality PAR 170
2 Boss's Orders PAL 172
2 Iono PAL 185
4 Battle VIP Pass FST 225
4 Dark Patch ASR 139
4 Ultra Ball SVI 196
3 Earthen Vessel PAR 163
2 Switch Cart ASR 154
1 Escape Rope BST 125
1 Nest Ball SVI 181
1 Pal Pad SVI 182
1 Pokégear 3.0 SVI 186
1 Super Rod PAL 188
1 Switch SVI 194
3 Ancient Booster Energy Capsule PAR 159
3 PokéStop PGO 68
1 Collapsed Stadium BRS 137

Energy - 10
8 Basic Darkness Energy SVE 7
2 Jet Energy PAL 190

Testing Streams

Paradox Rift (PAR, Pre-Rotation) — JustInBasil's Pokémon TCG Resources (11)

BASIC STRATEGY

Evolve Fuecoco up into Skeledirge ex. Attack with Entei V, Skeledirge ex, or with Radiant Charizard to take Knock Outs and augment your attacker’s damage with Skeledirge ex’s Incendiary Song Ability which, in exchange for discarding a Fire Energy from your hand, boosts the damage of your attacks by 60.

KEY CARDS

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

EXAMPLE DECK LIST

Pokémon - 15
4 Fuecoco PAL 35
3 Skeledirge ex PAR 137
2 Bibarel BRS 121
2 Bidoof CRZ 111
1 Entei V BRS 22
1 Lumineon V BRS 40
1 Manaphy BRS 41
1 Radiant Charizard CRZ 20

Trainer Cards - 34
3 Iono PAL 185
2 Boss's Orders PAL 172
2 Professor's Research SVI 190
1 Arven OBF 186
1 Raihan CRZ 140
4 Battle VIP Pass FST 225
4 Rare Candy SVI 191
4 Ultra Ball SVI 196
2 Nest Ball SVI 181
2 Super Rod PAL 188
2 Superior Energy Retrieval PAL 189
1 Escape Rope BST 125
1 Switch SVI 194
1 Forest Seal Stone SIT 156
2 Artazon PAL 171
2 Magma Basin BRS 144

Energy - 11
8 Basic Fire Energy SVE 2
3 Jet Energy PAL 190

Testing Streams

Paradox Rift (PAR, Pre-Rotation) — JustInBasil's Pokémon TCG Resources (12)

BASIC STRATEGY

Evolve Gimmighoul up into Gholdengo and Ralts into Kirlia. Draw cards with Coin Bonus and Refinement, building your hand so that you have a stockpile of Basic Energy cards. Attack with Gholdengo ex’s Make it Rain, which does 50 damage for each Energy card your discard from your hand.

KEY CARDS

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

  • A 2-2 line of Scyther MEW 123 and Scizor OBF 141 to attack with Scizor’s Punishing Scissors attack, which does 10 damage plus 50 more damage for each Pokémon your opponent has in play with an Ability.

  • Make use of the Bibarel engine instead of the Kirlia engine.

EXAMPLE DECK LIST

Pokémon - 16
4 Gimmighoul PAR 87
4 Gholdengo ex PAR 139
3 Kirlia SIT 68
3 Ralts ASR 60
1 Manaphy BRS 41
1 Radiant Greninja ASR 46

Trainer Cards - 33
4 Irida ASR 147
2 Boss's Orders PAL 172
2 Iono PAL 185
1 Worker SIT 167
4 Battle VIP Pass FST 225
4 Energy Retrieval SVI 171
4 Superior Energy Retrieval PAL 189
3 Level Ball BST 129
2 Ultra Ball SVI 196
1 Escape Rope BST 125
1 Hisuian Heavy Ball ASR 146
1 Earthen Vessel PAR 163
1 Super Rod PAL 188
1 Switch SVI 194
2 Artazon PAL 171

Energy - 11
11 Basic Metal Energy SVE 8

Testing Streams

Paradox Rift (PAR, Pre-Rotation) — JustInBasil's Pokémon TCG Resources (2024)
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