Sometimes, Pokemon TCG can be a complicated game. There will be moments when you’ll have to be aware of many things when playing, and that’s why easy-to-use decks are heavily appreciated in the community.
This is the case with Lugia VSTAR, which is simple to use, easy to set up, and has incredible damage output that can deal with most of the most powerful decks of the metagame. This deck is heavily recommended for rookies, as it’ll introduce you to the basics of the TCG. Nonetheless, it has some perks you have to be aware of. Let’s check it out!
Lugia VSTAR Deck List
Lugia V (x4)
Lugia VSTAR (x3)
Crobat V (x1)
Lumineon V (x1)
Radiant Gardevoir (x1)
Double Turbo Energy (x4)
Powerful Energy (x4)
V Guard Energy (x4)
Capture Energy (x2)
Evolution Incense (x4)
Ultra Ball (x4)
Cheren's Care (x2)
Boss Orders (x2)
Air Balloon (x2)
Choice Belt (x2)
Collapsed Stadium (x2)
Lugia VSTAR Key Cards
Lugia VSTAR is your main offensive tool. It has an attack named Tempest Dive, which deals 220 damage and lets you remove the stadium in play. The only problem with this attack is that it costs four Colorless Energy cards, but thanks to Archeops, you can attach enough Energy Cards for Lugia in a couple of turns.
To make this work, you’ll have to use Lugia VSTAR's Power ability, Summoning Star, which lets you draw two Colorless Pokemon that don’t have a Rule Box from the Discard Pile and put them in play. This is important because, if you don’t use this ability, you would have to put Archeops in the Active Spot to activate its ability.
Note: All the Radiant Pokemon, Pokemon V, VSTAR, VMAX, and GX have Rule Boxes, so you can’t draw them from the Discard Pile to your hand.
Lugia V can help you send Archeops to the Discard Pile through its move, Read the Wind, which lets you discard a card and draw three cards. The idea is to have Lugia V and Archeops, then use Lugia V’s Read the Wind to send Archeops to the Discard Pile.
Without Archeops, Lugia VSTAR would be very hard to use. This Pokemon has an ability named Primal Turbo, which lets you draw and attach two Special Energy cards from your deck to one of your Pokemon. That’s all this card will do; it doesn’t have any other purpose. Nonetheless, it has a good attack that costs three Colorless Energy cards and deals 120 and can be a good option in case you can’t attack with Lugia VSTAR.
Radiant Gardevoir will be a shield for Lugia VSTAR, as through Gardevoir’s ability, Loving Veil, all your Pokemon will receive 20 less damage from the attacks of your opponent’s Pokemon V.
Crobat V will help you draw more cards, as this deck depends on finding both Archeops and Lugia VSTAR as soon as possible. To draw more cards, you’ll use Crobat V’s ability, Dark Asset, which lets you draw cards until you have six cards in your hand.
Thanks to Lumineon V, you’ll get access to Support Cards on every turn. This is because it has an ability named Luminous Sign, which lets you draw a Support Card whenever you send Lumineon from your hand to your bench.
If you don’t find a Lugia VSTAR, you can use the Evolution Incense, which will let you search it on your deck. It also works with Archeops because it doesn’t evolve. Alternatively, you can use a Quick Ball to look for Lugia V and Archeops and Ultra Ball to search for a Lugia VSTAR.
The Collapsed Stadium will work to negate your opponent from building a strategy as it forces both players to have only four benched Pokemon. This can be a problem for decks like Mew VMAX or Eternatus VMAX.
You’ll use Cheren’s Care if your Lugia VSTAR is about to get knocked out, and it’s more to negate Prize Cards to your opponent. With this card, you’ll put one of your Colorless Pokemon on your hand, including all the cards attached to it. Doing this will eliminate all the damage counters this Pokemon has or, in other words, will heal it.
You’ll use Marnie to annoy your opponent, as it makes both players shuffle their hand and send it back to the deck. Then, it’ll make you draw five cards while the opponent will draw four.
If you want to use it to get more cards, you can also opt for using Professor Research, which will make you discard your hand and draw seven cards, but be careful and don’t use this card if you have many cards in your hand.
Another card that will let you draw more cards is Serena, which makes you discard up to three cards and then draw five. You can also use it to make your opponent switch its Active Pokemon V for another one on their bench, like a Boss Orders!
Choice Belt is an item card that can be attached to Lugia VSTAR and will increase its damage against Pokemon V by 30. Lugia VSTAR would deal 220 damage, but with this card, it’ll deal 250, which is enough to knock many Pokemon VMAX out!
But Choice Belt is not enough, as you can also attach a Powerful Energy to Lugia VSTAR to increase its damage even more!
If you attach a Powerful Energy to Lugia, it’ll deal 20 more damage to your opponent’s Pokemon. So, if you hit a Pokemon V with a Lugia VSTAR with a Choice Belt and a Powerful Energy, it’ll deal 270 damage!
The best part of this is that you can stack the damage multiplier, so if you attach two Powerful Energy cards to Lugia, instead of increasing its damage by 20, they’ll increase its damage by 40, and so on.
Double Turbo Energy
The Double Turbo Energy will provide two Colorless Energies to Lugia VSTAR, which will help you a lot to make Lugia attack on your second turn.
With this deck, you can choose if you want to go first or last; it doesn’t matter, as your objective is to find a Lugia V and a VSTAR, and Archeops, only to send it to the Discard Pile.
Try to find a Lugia V and put it on your Active Spot. You also have to look for Archeops and a Lugia VSTAR and, if you have the chance, try to find a couple of Energy cards from your deck. You’ll have resources like Serena, Crobat V’s Dark Asset, and Professor Research to draw more cards from your deck.
As soon as you have an Archeops, try to send it to the Discard Pile. You can do it by using cards like Serena or Quick Ball to do it.
Now that you have Lugia V on your Active Spot and more cards in your hand and on your bench, try to evolve Lugia V into Lugia VSTAR, and then activate its VSTAR Power ability to draw Archeops from the Discard Pile to activate its ability, Primal Turbo. Thanks to this, you can attach a couple of Special Energies to Lugia VSTAR. The best ones you can use are the Powerful and the Double Turbo Energy, but if you only need a couple of Energy Cards to make Lugia attack and are against a Pokemon V, you can also attach a V Guard Energy.
The main problem this deck can have is if they are against a Galarian Weezing that nullifies your Pokemon’s ability or if there’s a Path to the Peak as a stadium in play. Galarian Weezing has an ability named Neutralizing Gas, which will cancel all the abilities of your Pokemon in play.
To get rid of the Path to the Peak, you can use Pumpkaboo, which has an ability named Pumpkin Pit, which will let you disable any stadium in play.
But if there’s a Galarian Weezing, you’ll have to search and use Boss Orders, which will give you enough time to suit any Pokemon to take Galarian Weezing down with a single hit.
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