Budget Deck List: Retaliation Gyarados!

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Budget Deck List: Retaliation Gyarados!

Full Retaliation Gyarados Basic Strategy

This time here’s a deck that seemingly came out of nowhere! This very budget-friendly deck placed in the top 16 at the Orlando Regionals: Retaliation Gyarados.

The idea of this deck is simple. The Ancient Origins Gyarados’ first attack is Retaliation, which deals 30+ base damage and 30x damage for each damage counter on all of your benched Magikarp.

Gyarados (AOR 21)
ColorlessColorless Full Retaliation 30+
This attack does 30 more damage for each damage counter on each of your Benched Magikarp.
WaterWaterColorlessColorless Thrash 100+
Flip a coin. If heads, this attack does 30 more damage. If tails, this Pokemon does 30 damage to itself.

Team Magma's Secret Base (DBC 32)Now the most Magikarp you can have on your bench at a time is 3 (without any Archie’s Shenanigans, which isn’t really recommended for this deck). Magikarp also have an HP of 30, so the most damage you can have is 20 each x3 x30 +30 = 210 damage!

If you have just 2 Magikarp on the Bench with max damage you’ll still do 150 damage. However, with only 1 benched ‘Karp with 20 damage, you’re only doing 90 damage. Still, up to 210 damage potential for only a DCE!

Gyarados’ second attack, Thrash, should hardly ever be used. It’s expensive and Full Retaliation can do much more damage. I guess as a last resort if all your Magikarps are gone and you don’t have a way to get them back…

But how do you get 20 damage on your benched Magikarp? Team Magma’s Secret Base!

This stadium puts 20 damage on each player’s Basic Pokémon when put on the Bench. The additional damage on your opponent’s Pokémon is a nice bonus!

Bringing Back Magikarp

Keep in mind that you’ll inevitably lose your Magikarp (and your Gyarados+Magikarp). Having only 30 HP (and normally only 10 remaining) makes them easy targets. If your opponent can’t OHKO your Gyarados (which isn’t that hard with only 130 HP), they’ll like Lysandre-kill your Magikarp–also cutting your damage by 60 points. So what’s the best way to get them back?

Buddy-Buddy Rescue (BKT 135)135)Fortunately, you have options for bringing back your lost little ‘karps. Of course, there’s Super Rod and Karen (also Brock’s Gritxy12_en_74 in XY-Evolutions), but those only shuffle ’em back into your deck. You’ll need a way to ensure you can put them back on your Bench (with Team Magma’s Secret Base up).

Buddy-Buddy Rescue is probably your best bet. It allows both players to pick 1 Pokémon from their discard pile and put it back into their hand. Yes, this may help your opponent, but not always, and it’ll likely help you more.

Beware that Revive won’t work as it’ll bypass the effects of Team Magma’s Secret Base (not played from your hand). Max Revive will, but then you have to draw it the following turn.

Tech-In Pokémon and Trainers

The Deck List that did well in Orlando used 1 of a Meowstic-EX, which allows you to move 1 damage counter from your Pokémon to your opponent’s, once per turn–if Meowstic-EX is your Active. This might not seem too helpful, but for the few cases where you can’t quite OHKO your opponent, it can be nice (M Rayquaza has 220 HP; your max damage is 210).


Other players might decide to run another supporter Pokémon. Mew-EX (but not the regular Mew from FCO) can copy Gyarados’ attack and be a backup attacker (plus hit for weakness on Mewtwo, Hoopa-EX, and others). Still, it needs the right energy (a DCE), but is also a 2-prize attacker with low HP. Yeah, you could use Fighting Fury Belts, but as they don’t work on Gyarados (being a Stage 1), it might not be worth it.

Mr. Mime‘s Bench Barrier might come in handy, too.

Since Gyarados can’t always hit high enough numbers for a OHKO there are a couple cards that can help. First is Bursting Balloon. An extra 60 damage (if your opponent attacks into it) can be really nice. Also, Giovanni’s Scheme can boost your damage by 20. Don’t feel bad about playing Giovanni’s–it can also be used as a draw supporter (not a good one, but better than a late game N in some cases). To reduce damage, try Assault Vest, which lessens the pain by 40 if your opponent’s Active has any special energy attached.


Spinda (PRC 115)While Gyarados can do massive damage and is only a 1-prize attacker, it still has some glaring weaknesses that make it classified as a rogue deck. Gyarados only has 130 HP–a number than many other decks can easily reach in no time. (Fortunately, some like M Scizor don’t, but discarding those DCEs and Stadiums sure will hurt.)

Any deck that deals damage to the Bench will be devastating. An opponent could easily have a 4-prize turn knocking out your Gyarados and 3 ‘karps with the right move. Heck, even Zygarde from the Battle Ruler theme deck can be devastating–especially if your Gyarados has any damage.

Playing against Spinda is sure to be an auto-loss. Then again, who’s playing Spinda?!

If this deck gets played much, it might be worth teaching it in…

Matchups with Gyarados

Matchups against the Tier 1 M Mewtwo aren’t that good with Damage Change. Low odds for Gyarados. Especially so with M Rayquaza, whose 220 HP will forever be out of reach in 1-hit without Giovanni’s.

Against fellow budget-deck Rainbow Road, Gyarados can be tricky. Don’t forget about Galvantula which can knock out 2 Magikarp to get ahead of the prize game. Also, you’ll need 2 ‘karps to OHKO Xerneas, but all 3 if they have a Fighting Fury Belt.

Greninja BREAK can be vicious. Bench damage galore. Possible to get 3 prizes each turn. However, it normally takes an extra turn or 2 for Greninja to get set up. If they do manage to get 2 or more BREAKs up, RIP.

Full Retaliation Gyarados Deck List (DarkIntegralGaming)

Donald (aka DarkIntegralGaming) showed off this deck way before anyone else (maybe). Now he’s just made another video with an updated deck list for the current standard rotation.

This deck list swaps the Meowstic-EX for 2 Mew-EX as secondary attackers. Also included is a Shaymin-EX for initial draw support (making this deck not-quite-so budget-friendly, but still better than most).

This deck also swaps Bursting Balloons for Assault Vests, which can be nice to reduce damage against foes that use special energy. Donald also throws in a handy Ninja Boy for that terrible Shaymin start and for maybe even swapping that Benched Mew-EX for another Magikarp (which comes in really handy in one of his matches!)

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

##Pokémon – 10

* 1 Shaymin-EX ROS 106
* 2 Mew-EX LTR 139
* 4 Magikarp PR-XY XY143
* 3 Gyarados AOR 21

##Trainer Cards – 40

* 4 Professor Sycamore STS 114
* 4 VS Seeker PHF 109
* 1 Town Map BKT 150
* 2 Escape Rope PRC 127
* 2 Buddy-Buddy Rescue BKT 135
* 2 Lysandre FLF 90
* 3 Assault Vest BKT 133
* 4 Ultra Ball FLF 99
* 1 Ninja Boy STS 103
* 1 Super Rod NVI 95
* 1 Teammates PRC 160
* 4 Team Magma’s Secret Base DCR 32
* 1 Switch BLW 104
* 4 N NVI 92
* 3 Dive Ball PRC 125
* 3 Trainers’ Mail AOR 100

##Energy – 10

* 6 Water Energy Energy 3
* 4 Double Colorless Energy XY 130

Total Cards – 60

****** Deck List Generated by the Pokémon TCG Online www.pokemon.com/TCGO ******

Full Retaliation Deck List (YellowSwellow)

This Deck List by YouTuber and Twitch Stream YellowSwellow stays true to the original and remains very budget-friendly. Swellow’s deck list uses Meowstic-EX for that extra 10 damage swap and Mr. Mime to protect your Benched Magikarp. He also uses a 2-1 line of Octillery for draw support.

For trainers, Swellow opted to use Bursting Balloons for extra damage, 2 Float Stones to keep Mewostic-EX up and back from the Active spot and to prevent Lysandre-stalling, as well as a Special Charge and 4 Puzzles of Time to keep those DCEs around. This deck doesn’t use any basic energy, so those Puzzles and Special Charge are very needed.

Swellow also throws in a Hex Maniac to counter Ability-heavy decks, and to give this list a chance against Greninja BREAK.

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

##Pokémon – 12

* 1 Mr. Mime BKT 97
* 1 Meowstic-EX GEN 37
* 4 Magikarp PR-XY XY143
* 3 Gyarados AOR 21
* 2 Remoraid BKT 31
* 1 Octillery BKT 33

##Trainer Cards – 44

* 3 Bursting Balloon BKP 97
* 4 Trainers’ Mail ROS 92
* 1 Teammates PRC 141
* 2 Buddy-Buddy Rescue BKT 135
* 2 Lysandre FLF 90
* 1 Super Rod NVI 95
* 4 Puzzle of Time BKP 109
* 1 Special Charge STS 105
* 3 Level Ball AOR 76
* 4 Team Magma’s Secret Base DCR 32
* 3 N FAC 105
* 1 Hex Maniac AOR 75
* 2 Float Stone BKT 137
* 1 Town Map BCR 136
* 4 Dive Ball PRC 125
* 4 Professor Sycamore XY 122
* 4 VS Seeker PHF 109

##Energy – 4

* 4 Double Colorless Energy HS 103

Total Cards – 60

****** Deck List Generated by the Pokémon TCG Online www.pokemon.com/TCGO ******

What do you Think?

Have you tried Full Retaliation Gyarados yet? Good win-rates?

Do you agree with its “Rogue” rating and the match-ups?

Drop a comment below!

By | 2016-11-01T22:52:24+00:00 October 23rd, 2016|Budget Deck Lists, Rogue Decks|0 Comments

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