Deck List: Rainbow Road

Introduction

Looking for a budget-friendly decklist that can OHKO any Pokemon? Look no further.

One of the best budget decks in the current 2017 Standard Format is Xerneas Rainbow Road! Its currently rated Tier 2, and while it may have some trouble against M Mewtwo and M Ray, it can definitely win.

Rainbow Road Strategy

This deck list is all about filling up the bench with as many different Pokemon types to power up the Xerneas from BREAKthoughs Rainbow Force attack.

At first glance, this attack may not seem like much having a base attack or only 10+ for a fairy energy and a DCE. However, read closer and youll see:

 Rainbow Force 10+

This attack does 30 more damage for each different type of Pokemon on your Bench.

Before Steam Sieges introduction of dual-types, if you filled up your Bench with 5 Pokemon each of a different type, you could max out at 5 * 30 + 10 damage, for 160 damage. Not bad, but not enough for a OHKO on most EXs and on any Megas.

However, replace just 2 of those 5 with dual-types, and youre up to 7 types for 220 damage. Use Sky Field for a Bench of up to 8 or swap one Pokemon for another dual-type for 8 types and do 250 damage!

Thats enough to OHKO anything in the game. You can throw on a Fighting Fury Belt to up Xerneas HP from 120 to 160 and do a whopping 260 damage with 8 types! Heck, with Sky Field, 3 dual-types and 5 different single-types, you can get up to a theoretical max of using all 11 types for 350 damage with a FFB! Incredible!

Whats good about this deck is that there are many different options and you dont have to use any EX Pokemon. (That means no Shaymin-EX necessary!) Of course, I find that the deck does run more consistently using a Shaymin or 2, its definitely possible to win many a match without one.

Rainbow Road: Weaknesses and Strengths

Weaknesses

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Its biggest challenges are going against the Anti-Meta M Scizor-EX deck and the other budget-friendly decklist, Fight Alone Lucario, mainly due to Xerneas Metal-type weakness.

Parallel City can just ruin your day if youre Rainbow Road. Thats why I personally recommend running at least 2 copies of Parallel City in your own deck and use it (to minimize your opponents bench) before they can do it on you. Itll also really help in the mirror match.

In fact, you dont need to run Sky Field at all as long as youre running a few dual-types. I recommend going for Bisharp, Galvantula, and Volcanion-EX. However, remember that Volcanion-EX wouldnt be able to attack, and being an EX with a retreat cost of 3, its an easy Lysandre target (as will any Shaymin-EX if you play them). Use a float stone and pack some Escape Ropes just in case.

Strengths

Rainbow Road really shines in getting max damage against EX-heavy decks. Its also very favored in the prize-exchange as Xerneas only offers up 1 prize card. If you tech-in a Mew, using its Versatile ability you can have up to 5 main attackers. Super Rod or Karen for even more.

Rainbow Road can set up fast in 1 (using Max Elixir) or 2 turns. It can also keep up momentum using EXP Share to recycle basic fairy energy.

Not to mention this deck can easily OHKO any Pokemon the game, with a theoretical max damage of 350! Rainbow Force can easily hit 260 damage without even using Sky Field.

Dark-type decks will also have a little harder time dealing with Xerneas Dark-type resistance.

Rainbow Road: Budget

First, heres an example Deck List from DarkIntegralGaming for the budget variant using Octillery for draw support and Ninetales for Stadium Lock. This deck uses 10 different types!

Rainbow Road Budget-Friendly Deck List

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

##Pokémon 17

* 1 Hawlucha STS 97

* 1 Pawniard STS 63

* 4 Xerneas BKT 107

* 1 Carbink FAC 49

* 1 Vulpix PRC 20

* 1 Ninetales PRC 21

* 1 Galvantula STS 42

* 1 Joltik STS 41

* 1 Bisharp STS 64

* 1 Mew FAC 29

* 2 Remoraid BKT 32

* 2 Octillery BKT 33

##Trainer Cards 32

* 3 Professor Sycamore STS 114

* 4 Ultra Ball PLF 122

* 1 Evosoda GEN 62

* 1 Pokémon Ranger STS 113

* 4 N PR-BLW BW100

* 2 Super Rod NVI 95

* 1 Exp. Share NXD 87

* 2 Escape Rope PLS 120

* 1 Town Map BKT 150

* 2 Fighting Fury Belt BKP 99

* 2 VS Seeker ROS 110

* 2 Brigette BKT 161

* 4 Sky Field ROS 89

* 2 Lysandre FLF 104

* 1 Level Ball NXD 89

##Energy 11

* 7 Fairy Energy Energy 9

* 4 Double Colorless Energy FAC 114

Total Cards 60

Rainbow Road Budget Overview

Note that this deck uses no EX Pokemon and 2 Stage 1 dual-types: Bisharp (Dark/Metal) and Galvantula (Grass/Lightning).

For draw support it has a 2-2 line of Octillery (Water), a Mew (Psychic) that can act as a backup attacker using its Versatile ability for Psychic weakness (but an HP of only 50, but with free retreat), the Carbink (Fighting) with Energy Keeper and a fighting-type to prevent your opponent from discarding basic energy from basic Pokemon (but not your DCEs). Theres also a Hawlucha (Normal) techd in where you can choose to make your opponent switch their Active when played to the Bench.

The Ninetales (Fire) prevents either player from using a Stadium card, so you ideally want to evolve it only after playing your own Sky Field stadium. Keep in mind that if your opponent plays a Delinquent, theres no way to put it back up (or for your opponent to use one) unless Ninetales is Knocked Out, Bumped, or a Garbodor/Hex Maniac is used.

Damage Potential

In addition to Xerneas Fairy type (which when you have one on the Bench counts as 1 type for the actives Rainbow Force), theres 2 dual-types and 5 other types, for a max potential of 10 types using Sky Field for 310 damage, 320 with FFB. The only type not used is Dragon!

Heck, even without Sky Field, using 2 dual-types and 3 others will be up to 7 types for 220/230 damage (FFB). Thats still enough to OHKO your strongest foes: Mega Mewtwo and Mega Rayquaza. Only a Wailord-EX, M Gyarados, Primal Groudon and Kyogre, and maybe a couple others can survive (if you have 7 different types and a Fighting Fury Belt).

Rainbow Road Budget: Watch it in Action

Rainbow Road Competitive Deck List

For a slightly more consistent and competitive deck list (that uses Shaymin-EX and Volcanion-EX), check out this list from Twitch Streamer and YouTuber YellowSwellow:

Rainbow Road Competitive Overview

This list uses 3 Shaymin-EX for the draw support instead of Octillery. It also uses Volcanion-EX for its easy dual-type.

Remember Volcanion-EX will never attack and its an easy target for Lysadre-stalling, so use that Float Stone or Escape Rope if necessary, otherwise youll need to waste both a DCE and fairy energy to retreat it.

This deck list also techs in Mew for a psychic type and its Versatile ability as a second attacker.

Try to always keep a Xerneas on the Bench with an EXP Share to collect fairy energy from its fallen brethren.

Modifications

This list doesnt use any Parallel City for defense, which Id honestly recommend. I may drop a Shaymin-EX and 2 Sky Fields to run 3 Parallel City myself. Thatd be a total of 2 Shaymin-EX, 3 Parallel City, and 2 Sky Field (to bump Shaymin or your opponents Parallel City).

Id also find another card to lose to add in a Karen (bring back all discarded Pokemon into deckboth yours and your opponents). This deck also uses 2 Max Elixirs for a potential 1-turn, OHKO!

Rainbow Road Competitive: Watch it in Action

Rainbow Road Meta Discussion

Finally, check out the discussion on PokeBEACH for Xerneas Rainbow Road.

Feel free to comment below on your thoughts and opinions on Rainbow Road below!

Rainbow Road Skeleton List

Heres the skeleton list:

Pokemon: 15

  • 4 Xerneas BKT 107
  • 2 Joltik STS 41
  • 2 Galvantula STS 42
  • 2 Pawniard STS 63
  • 2 Bisharp STS 64
  • 2 Shaymin-EX ROS 77
  • 1 Volcanion-EX STS 26

Trainers/Supporters/Stadiums: 30

  • 4 Professor Sycamore
  • 3 N
  • 2 Lysandre
  • 4 VS Seeker
  • 4 Ultra Ball
  • 4 Trainers Mail
  • 2 Max Elixir
  • 2 Float Stone
  • 2 EXP. Share
  • 1 Super Rod
  • 2 Sky Field

Energy: 11

  • 7 Fairy Energy
  • 4 Double Colorless Energy

Open spots: 4

Notes:

  • Some lists choose to run Parallel City defensively to prevent their bench from being limited by an opponents Parallel City.

  • Other variants of Rainbow Road run a variety of Pokemon-EX and Hoopa-EX instead of some dual-type Pokemon. Options include Giratina-EX, Flygon-EX, and an additional Volcanion-EX.

What Next?

Check out some of the other decklists here, on PokeBEACH, or on DarkIntegralGamings site, or feel free to comment below about Xerneas Rainbow Road!

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