Launching the Attack — Dragapult VMAX in Standard By: Caleb Gedemer Posted 6 months ago to Premium Article 1 comment A playable VMAX you say? Dragapult VMAX all but promises to be just that — packed with both the HP and power to handle anything, and not to mention a not-so-popular Weakness to Darkness Pokemon. Prior to Rebel Clash, Malamar boasted the best spreading power of any deck. Now, this deck with Dragapult VMAX’s Max Phantom look to rival that. Spreading damage has always been powerful, but I’d go so far as to say that this is the greatest spread attack of all time. It’s for a relatively low cost, two Psychic Energy, and can be paired with the new Horror Psychic Energy for even more spread damage! Scoop Up Net and Galarian Zigzagoon make matters even worse for your opponent. Japanese player Takuya Yoneda recently did well with this archetype overseas. His list is well-polished, and today we’re going to take a look at it while also exploring potential edits. Let’s finish introducing this cool new archetype. For one, I realize that you might jump, “Hey, Psychic? Pair it with Malamar?” No, this is a deck that can rely on manual Energy attachments alone. Two Energy is not a huge commitment, and with so much HP, you can bide your time making sure you have the opportunity to ramp up to it. ContentsThe VMAX ProblemJapanese Dragapult VMAX ListExplanationsOptionsMy Dragapult VMAXPlaying the DeckConclusion The VMAX Problem How do you manage the wait to evolving a Pokemon VMAX? Mostly the same as any other deck; Jirachi is your best starter and there are a variety of options to help you to hang in there while you build the strength of your board. I want to also call to mind that Dragapult V on its own is a decent attacker. Jet Assault is essentially an improved First Impression, dealing 140 if you moved from the Bench to the Active in the same turn. It takes two Psychic Energy, so there’s that little clunky aspect as well, but if you’re in a pinch you’ll at least have something to do while you wait to set up Dragapult VMAX itself. Playing a Pokemon VMAX deck is mostly unexplored in this day and age, be it that none of the previously released cards have been overly successful. Moving forward you should expect a bit of a learning curve in deck-building these new concepts, but I take some solace in knowing that Dragapult V can hold its own. With the exception of Morpeko V, I don’t believe this could be said until now. Here’s Yoneda’s list, a great starting point: Japanese Dragapult VMAX List Pokemon (18)4x Dragapult V (SWSH2 #92)4x Dragapult VMAX (SWSH2 #93)3x Jirachi (TEU #99)1x Phione (COE #57)1x Oranguru (SWSH1 #148)1x Mewtwo (UNB #75)1x Mew (UNB #76)1x Marshadow (UNB #81)1x Galarian Zigzagoon (SWSH1 #117)1x Dedenne-GX (UNB #57)Trainers (33)4x Professor's Research (SWSH1 #178)4x Marnie (SWSH1 #169)2x Team Yell Grunt (SWSH1 #184)2x Boss's Orders (SWSH2 #154)4x Quick Ball (SWSH1 #179)4x Scoop Up Net (SWSH2 #165)4x Mysterious Treasure (FOL #113)3x Switch (SWSH1 #183)3x Giant Bomb (UNM #196)2x Escape Board (ULP #122)1x Reset Stamp (UNM #206)Energy (9)5x Psychic Energy (EVO #95)4x Horror P Energy (SWSH2 #172) Explanations If you'd like to continue reading PokeBeach's premium articles, consider purchasing a premium membership! It grants you full access to PokeBeach's premium articles and allows you to submit your deck lists and questions to our writers for advice! If you're not completely satisfied with your membership, you can request a full refund within 30 days! Simply cancel it in Paypal and then PM Water Pokemon Master for a full refund. No questions asked! Each subscription automatically renews at the end of its cycle, but you can stop or change it before then. 5.95 USD per 7 days Subscribe Weekly Subscription 5.95 / week. 14.97 USD per month Subscribe Monthly Subscription 14.97 / month. You'll also get a special subscriber badge under your avatar. 41.70 USD per 3 months Subscribe Quarterly Subscription Averages to 13.90 / month. You'll also get a special subscriber badge under your avatar and an Advanced Member banner.