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Pokémon TCG: Standard Arceus VSTAR Aggro Deck

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Arceus VSTAR is one of the most iconic Pokémon cards in 2022's Sword & Shield: Brilliant Stars set, offering powerful attacks with built-in support for other Pokémon that can help you cinch the win.

Arceus VSTAR is one of the most iconic Pokémon cards in 2022's Sword & Shield: Brilliant Stars set, offering powerful attacks with built-in support for other Pokémon that can help you cinch the win.

An Aggressive Deck List Built Around Arceus VSTAR!

Perhaps only trailing Charizard VSTAR, Arceus VSTAR is one of the most iconic Pokémon cards released in the Sword & Shield: Brilliant Stars set. Not only does this card feature a fantastic design, but includes a powerful attack and draw engine that rivals that of other standard cards like Houndoom from Battle Styles!

Use Arceus as a beater to deliver strong attacks while simultaneously supporting other Pokémon that can swoop in and finish games reliably. This deck benefits significantly from quickly cycling through energy cards as a means of finding the cards you need to either quickly swarm your opponent or prepare your Bench for a strong and competitive mid-game.

Let's take a look at the deck list!

Standard Arceus VSTAR Aggro Deck

Pokémon: 15

Arceus V (BRS) x3

Arceus VSTAR (BRS) x3

Crobat V (DAA) x2

Ditto V (SHF) x1

Dunsparse (FST) x2

Galarian Moltres (CRE) x2

Galarian Zapdos (CRE) x2


Trainers: 33

Air Balloon (SWSH) x2

Boss's Orders (RCL) x3

Cheren's Care (BRS) x2

Choice Belt (BRS) x3

Energy Switch (SWSH) x2

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Marnie (SWSH) x3

Ordinary Rod (SWSH) x1

Professor's Research (SWSH) x3

Quick Ball (SWSH) x4

Raihan (EVS) x2

Switch (SWSH) x2

Training Court (RCL) x2

Ultra Ball (BRS) x4


Energy: 12

Darkness Energy x6

Double Turbo Energy (BRS) x4

Fighting Energy x2


Quick Ball allows you to search one basic Pokémon from your deck and is a great way to start game. Read on to learn how to play Quick Ball.

Quick Ball allows you to search one basic Pokémon from your deck and is a great way to start game. Read on to learn how to play Quick Ball.

Collecting Your Resources in the Early Game

When playing this build, you will ideally start with Arceus V. This card is your primary draw engine that enables you to quickly power up the Arceus and your Galarian Birds, which are this deck's only reliable attackers.

If you don't start with Arceus V in your hand, there is no need to worry. It is very statistically improbable that you will not find at least one Arceus V, or searcher like Quick Ball or Ultra Ball.So assuming you don't have an Arceus V, but do have a Quick Ball or Ultra Ball, use the latter two to search for the former. If you have additional Quick Balls or Ultra Balls, use them in your first few turns, discarding a combination of Basic Energies and Trainer cards. So long as you have two colorless Energy, you don't need to worry about discarding

Best case scenario, you will be able to play a number of Pokémon onto your Bench. However, you should prioritize the Arceus V to use its Trinity Charge attack for two colorless, which lets you search for, and attach, up to three energy cards from your deck to any Pokémon V in any combination you want. If you can evolve to Arceus VSTAR the following turn and are not at risk of getting the Arceus V Knocked Out, you should attach one energy to Arceus V in preparation for using Trinity Nova on the following turn.

Even if you're only able to use two Trinity attacks before your Arceus V/VSTAR is Knocked out, you should be well prepared to continue the game with other energized Pokémon like Galarian Moltres V, Galarian Zapdos V, or another Arceus V/VSTAR.

Galarian Moltres V can help you recover some of those discarded Energies that you may have used to quickly search your board.

Galarian Moltres V can help you recover some of those discarded Energies that you may have used to quickly search your board.

Recycling Resources for the Mid-Late Game

Hopefully your game doesn't get to this point, and you've been able to overwhelm your opponent for a quick victory, but most likely, you'll need to be able to recycle your resources to support your mid-to-late game.

This is where you will want to use cards like Galarian Moltres V to fish Dark Energies from the discard and attach them directly to Pokémon in play. You can also use Ordinary Rod, Raihan, and Training Court to pull energies from your discard pile and return them to play, or to your hand or deck.

You can also recycle at least one Pokémon from your discard pile to the field using Ditto V's V Transformation Ability.

Additionally, if you find yourself low on resources in your hand at any time, you can replenish your hand using either Professor's Research or Marnie.

Boss's Orders play an important role in promoting board control while you align your Knock Out hits.

Boss's Orders play an important role in promoting board control while you align your Knock Out hits.

Controlling the Board

Since this deck only plays V/VSTAR Pokémon, your Pokémon will likely have lower HP than your opponent's deck which may play VMAX. Because of this, the deck does play a few control mechanism, including the almost unanimously played Boss's Orders to force out supporting Pokémon, those that aren't prepared to attack, or one that your can Knock Out!

Especially later in the game, you will want to protect your Arceus cards as well as you can by using Dunsparce to remove its Weakness and Cheren's Care to bounce damaged Arceus cards and all attached cards back to your hand, effectively healing them.

All Pokémon can also be protected by retreating using cards like Switch and Air Balloon.

Happy Battling!

This Arceus VSTAR deck is a quickly moving build that can help you stick Pokémon to the Bench and power them up for powerful attacks like Arceus VSTAR's "Trinity Nova", Galarian Zapdos V's "Thunderous Kick", and Galarian Moltres V's "Aura Beam".

Enjoy playing this deck with friends or online, and harnessing the power of the newly debuted VSTAR Power!

If you are interested in learning how to play the Pokémon Trading Card Game, check out my Comprehensive Guide!


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