Deck List: Greninja BREAK (Standard and Expanded)

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Deck List: Greninja BREAK (Standard and Expanded)

Greninja BREAK (BKP)


This deck list got 2nd Place in the 2016 Pokemon TCG World Championships.

Some of these cards recently rotated-out in the 2016-2017 Rotation which occurred on September 1, 2016. However, with some minor changes this deck can still be OP in the new Standard Format. Because of its heavy reliance on the Giant Water Shuriken ability which is shut down with Garbodor, I’d say it gets demoted from last year’s Tier 1 to a Tier 2 rating.

Also, this deck is one of the few that doesn’t really benefit from having a Shaymin-EX, in fact no Pokemon-EX! Because of that, I’d really consider this deck to be a Budget Deck List.

Greninja BREAK can be expensive (5-7 STS packs each), but you can get the Froakies, Frogadiers, and Greninja BKP from the Wave Slasher Theme Deck.

Greninja BREAK Strategy

Greninja BREAK follows the same basic strategy each time you play it. Your first goal is to get Froakie to a Frogadier and use its Water Duplication attack, which allows you to search your deck to up to the 3 other Frogadiers and put them onto your Bench (without having to evolve from Froakie!).

Talonflame Start

Talonflame (STS)

Talonflame (STS)

It’s recommended to play this deck with 4 Talonflame from STS. This way, just over 50% of games you’ll be able to start with Talonflame (more if you play 4 Talflame and only 3 Froakie). With Talonflame in the Active, it only needs 1 energy, does 40 damage, has 130 HP, and you get to grab any 2 cards from your Deck for next turn. Sweet deal!

Which 2 cards to get? Well you want to get your Froakie evolved to a Frogadier with an energy to use Water Duplicates as soon as possible. Hopefully on your first turn with a Talonflame start, you either had a Froakie in-hand that you put on the Bench, or you have another water energy in-hand. If not, get a combination of Froakie, Frogadier, Water Energy, Wally, or a draw supporter like N or Sycamore to help you out.

Hopefully on turn 2 you can retreat Talonflame and have a Frogadier use Water Duplicates and grab 2 or all 3 Frogadiers.

Evolve, Evolve, Giant Water Shuriken FTW!

Next you need to evolve your Frogadiers into Greninjas straight away, and then to Greninja BREAKs. Whew. It’s a lot of evolving–Greninja BREAK is essentially a Stage 3 Pokemon and can take some time to set up. Once you do get at least 2 Greninja BREAKs up, the nigh unstoppable fun begins!

With one Greninja BREAK in the Active, you can use Giant Water Shuriken to do 60 damage to any Pokemon–Active or Benched. Then, retreat it for free to another Greninja BREAK. Use Giant Water Shuriken again (hopefully for a Knock Out or even your second!), and then attack.

Greninja from BKP has 2 different attacks: Shadow Stitching and Moonlight Slash. Shadow Stitching only does 40 damage, but it disables your Opponent’s abilities for the turn, which could be very useful. Moonlight Slash can do either 60 or 80 damage, depending on if you bring Greninja’s Water Energy back into your hand or not. Since his attacks only require 1 energy, might as well bring it back for 80 damage if Shadow Stitching isn’t the best move.

So, each turn you can spread damage to up to 3 different Pokemon (up to 2 Benched and the Active) for a total of 160-200 damage! If you’re up against weak Pokemon, you can spread it around to get up to 3 Knock Outs per turn, or focus it all on the Active to take down a powerful Pokemon-EX.

Bursting Balloon

Busting Balloon

Busting Balloon

I also recommend using Bursting Balloon in this deck. Greninja BREAK has 170 HP, but considering it’s essentially a Stage 3, it still has less than some Pokemon-EX and Mega Pokemon-EX. Adding another 60 damage to it’s already high damage potential can win you the game in many scenarios.

Heck, since Bursting Balloons pop after one turn, throw in an Eco Arm to recycle them and do even more damage!

Greninja BREAK Strengths and Weaknesses


Greninja BREAK may start out slow, but having a Talonflame start can really speed things up. It can also take advantage of Dive Balls, since everything you’ll need to grab is a Water Type. Greninja from BKP has free retreat, so it’s easy to bounce Greninja BREAKs back and forth.

Greninja’s attacks only require 1 energy, as do Giant Water Shurikens. While those GWSs will discard water energy like crazy, Super Rod and the Fisherman Supporter will really help you out. If you have room, Energy Retrieval can also be a great card to play.

Once Greninja BREAK is set up, you’re almost guaranteed the win in many match-ups. This deck doesn’t run any -EXs, so you have all 1 prize attackers. Bouncing around Greninjas, as well as healing with Rough Seas can really help. This deck can do massive damage, especially with Bursting Balloon tech’d in.




This deck relies so heavily on Abilities–well, one ability, Giant Water Shuriken. Anything that disrupts abilities (except for Silent Lab, because Greninja BREAK obviously isn’t a Basic Pokemon), will be very bad. A singly play of Hex Maniac will really put you behind, and Garbodor will just wreck your day.

The problem with Garbodor is that he has just enough HP to survive a Lysandre play. With 100 HP (and normally a float stone attached), your strongest attack apart from Giant Water Shuriken (which would be disabled) is Moonlight Slash for 80 damage. It’ll take 2-turns to KO Garbodor, and with Float Stone attached, you pretty much just lost the game.

Garbodor didn’t see much play before the Standard Rotation on September 1, 2016, because of the prevalence of Tool removal cards, like Startling Megaphone and Xerosic, which shut-down Garbodor. Now those cards are gone and you only have a Lysandre to hopefully get rid of Garbotoxin.

Also running Talonflame means that you’ll always have at least 3 dead cards in your deck, 4 if you didn’t start with Talonflame. A single copy of Battle Compressor would be really nice, but it’s rotated out now. Most decks run only 4 dive balls, so the only card that can get rid of Talonflame is Sycamore, which isn’t ideal.

Lastly, this deck mulligans a lot. You only normally play with 3 Basics (3 Froakie), plus your 4 Talonflame. Your opponent is probably going to start with a fist-full of extra cards. If you go first, using N as your supporter can be clutch to get rid of all those extra cards.

However, if you start with Talonflame to get your free any-2-cards, your opponent can also “N” those away on their turn.

Watch it in Action

Here’s DarkIntegralGaming with yet another fantastic video. This time with Greninja BREAK and Talonflame.


Greninja BREAK Deck List (Standard)

This Deck List comes from DarkIntegralGaming‘s video, and I’d personally recommend swapping the Town Map for an Eco Arm to recycle those Bursting Balloons.

I’d also consider dropping a Froakie (to only 3) to increase the odds of a Talonflame start (but more mulligans) and replace it with an Energy Retrieval (instead of relying on top-decking energy brought back from Super Rod or using a supporter like Fisherman).

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

##Pokémon – 19

* 4 Talonflame STS 96
* 3 Greninja BREAK BKP 41
* 4 Froakie BKP 38
* 4 Frogadier BKP 39
* 4 Greninja BKP 40

##Trainer Cards – 35

* 4 Professor Sycamore STS 114
* 4 Bursting Balloon BKP 97
* 3 Wally ROS 107
* 3 Professor’s Letter BKT 146
* 4 N PR-BLW BW100
* 1 Super Rod NVI 95
* 2 Fisherman BKT 136
* 1 Town Map BKT 150
* 3 VS Seeker ROS 110
* 1 Lysandre FLF 104
* 4 Dive Ball PRC 125
* 2 Max Potion BKP 103
* 3 Trainers’ Mail AOR 100

##Energy – 6

* 6 Water Energy Energy 3

Total Cards – 60

****** Deck List Generated by the Pokémon TCG Online ******

Greninja BREAK Skeleton Deck List

Pokemon: 18

  • 4 Talonflame STS 96
  • 3 Froakie BKP 38
  • 4 Frogadier BKP 39
  • 4 Greninja BKP 40
  • 3 Greninja BREAK BKP 41

Trainers/Supporters/Stadiums: 30

  • 4 Professor Sycamore
  • 3 N
  • 1 Fisherman
  • 1 Ace Trainer
  • 4 VS Seeker
  • 4 Dive Ball
  • 4 Trainers’ Mail
  • 3 Bursting Balloon
  • 2 Level Ball
  • 1 Super Rod
  • 3 Rough Seas

Energy: 8

  • 8 Water Energy

Open spots: 4


  • Some lists choose to run Splash Energy as an additional form of recovery.

Cody’s World Championship Runner-Up Deck List (Expanded)

Greninja (XY)

Greninja (XY)

This Deck List got second in the World Championship Finals!

Keep in mind that the standard rotation occurred shortly after, so this deck without modifications is now in the Expanded Format.

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

Pokémon – 18

3 Greninja BREAK BKP 41
3 Greninja BKP 40
1 Greninja XY 41
4 Frogadier BKP 39
3 Froakie BKP 38
4 Talonflame STS 96

Trainer Cards – 32

1 Ace Trainer AOR 69
1 Fisherman BKT 136
4 N DEX 96
1 Pokémon Ranger STS 113
4 Professor Sycamore XY 122
1 Battle Compressor Team Flare Gear PHF 92
4 Dive Ball PRC 125
2 Level Ball NXD 89
1 Startling Megaphone FLF 97
2 Super Rod 20
4 VS Seeker PHF 109
4 Bursting Balloon BKP 97
3 Rough Seas PRC 137

Energy – 10

8 Water Energy XY 134
2 Splash Energy BKP 113

Total Cards – 60

****** Deck List Generated by Pokémon TCG Online ******

Watch the 2016 World Championship Finals!

In case you missed it, watch the final match of the Pokemon TCG World Championships 2016–Masters Division! It’s Greninja BREAK vs Mega Audino!


By | 2016-10-24T02:09:08+00:00 October 11th, 2016|Budget Deck Lists, Expanded Deck Lists, Tier 2|2 Comments

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Lincoln is the creator of and is an avid Pokemon fan. Lincoln has enjoyed the video game series starting with Pokemon Yellow, and a fan of the Pokemon Trading Card Game since the original Base Set.


  1. Lincoln October 11, 2016 at 9:19 pm - Reply

    Even though it’s only a Tier 2 deck now, I still have a soft spot in my heart for Greninja BREAK.

    Honestly Cody should’ve won in the World Championships against Mega Audino. Just some rotten luck and no Talonflame starts… what do you think?

    • BigTony December 5, 2016 at 8:33 pm - Reply

      It is a fun deck but the reason it’s tier 2 is because it’s consistency is ass. Even with talonflame its still not consistent.

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