A Platinum Combination: Blastoise and Dialga

I have simple yet effective late game Pokémon card combo for you today utilizing these two cards:

Blastoise Platinum PL 2 Pokemon Card
Dialga Platinum PL 5 Pokemon Card

The objective is fairly simple. Use Dialga’s “Reverse Time” Pokémon Power to put 3 water energies from your discard pile on top of your deck. Then utilize ’s “Dig Well” Pokémon Power in order to attach those 3 water energies to the Pokémon of your liking.

What deck should you implement this tactic into? My suggestion would be to try it out in a deck. Kingdra’s “Dragon Pump” attack does 60 damage to your opponent’s active Pokémon and 20 damage to a benched Pokémon of your choosing, if you discard a 2 cards from your hand. If you are careful with the placement of the extra 20 damage, you can set 2 Pokémon up to KO’d using Blastoise’s “Double Launcher” attack for your last 2 prizes of the game.

I would suggest targeting low HP (70 to 90 HP) supporting Pokémon that are used for their Pokémon Powers or Bodies. I would be less inclined to focus the 20 damage on their attacking Pokémon because those Pokémon will most likely be promoted to the active position and you will be hitting them for 60 damage anyway. Normally you will want to lock on to the opponent’s Claydol first to try and knock it out, but after that spread the 20 damage around. Your opponent may try to play around your strategy by attacking with Uxie using “Psychic Restore”, allowing them to shuffle Uxie back into their deck causing the damage you inflicted to be nullified. They may also play a trainer card such as Poké Turn, which returns an SP Pokémon back to their hand, again removing your damage. Good Pokémon to target are Claydol GE and Azelf LA.

You should also be cautious of the trainer Power Spray. If your opponent is able to play one to stop Dialga’s Reverse Time Pokémon Power, then your combo is spoiled. I advise you to keep track of how many Power Spray your opponent has played so this will not happen to you. If your opponent knows that you play Blastoise and Dialga, then you may not be able to pull off the combination, unfortunately. It has a great surprise factor to it, but if your opponent sees it coming, then it is not nearly as effective. The best thing to do it to wait until you have 2 prizes left, then play Squirtle on your bench, Rare Candy into Blastoise, play Dialga, and then attack all in the same turn. Your opponent will not know what hit them!

Let us know what you think of this strategy by commenting below.

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36 replies

  1. BiskitFoo

    Wouldn’t it be more effective to use Blastoise in a deck of its own, along with a Dialga and Delcatty in there? It seems a bit clunky to put into Kingdra, no?

  2. Joshua Hall

    A tech line of Blastoise works surprisingly well in Kingdra. For the majority of the game, you can almost ignore that it’s there…just play Kingdra like it’s normally played. Mid-game start thinking about when it might be effective to go for Blastoise. You could ditch Dialga altogether, and just have the intimidation factor with a Stoise with one or two waters on your bench ready to attack. Another strategy is to set up damage, and go for everything at once, like Adam mentioned. In all, simply having the Blastoise can be game-breaking, especially if your opponent is unaware of it’s existence in your list.

    Lastly, in the Dialga/Palkia matchup, and probably a few others, a quick Blastoise at the beginning of the game is a great help, and easily gives you a better chance to win. Most likely they can’t 2KO it, so it gives you a few cheap attacks, and perhaps you can KO an Uxie and Azelf or so to get a prize advantage. Also, whenever you use Blastoise early-mid game, you can use Dialga to get it back a second time later, or perhaps put in two night maintenance, pokemon rescue, etc.

  3. Adam Capriola

    The problem with using Blastoise on its own is that I feel it is somewhat clunky itself. It is not a very quick card and it relies on Pokemon Powers for speed (be it Delcatty, Dialga, or itself), which can be a problem because of all the people using Mesprit LA and Power Spray at the moment.

    Kingdra is a quick card that does not directly depend on Pokemon Powers, which is nice, and the Blastoise can aid it as a tech card. You don’t have to set as many cards up as you would if you were to be using Delcatty with Blastoise. I think it would be slow getting everything out and not powerful enough for all the effort you put into it.

    The tech Blastoise in Kingdra can be effective against non-SP decks, but against SP Pokemon it is much harder to pull off.

  4. Joshua Hall

    A tech line of Blastoise works surprisingly well in Kingdra. For the majority of the game, you can almost ignore that it’s there…just play Kingdra like it’s normally played. Mid-game start thinking about when it might be effective to go for Blastoise. You could ditch Dialga altogether, and just have the intimidation factor with a Stoise with one or two waters on your bench ready to attack. Another strategy is to set up damage, and go for everything at once, like Adam mentioned. In all, simply having the Blastoise can be game-breaking, especially if your opponent is unaware of it’s existence in your list.

    Lastly, in the Dialga/Palkia matchup, and probably a few others, a quick Blastoise at the beginning of the game is a great help, and easily gives you a better chance to win. Most likely they can’t 2KO it, so it gives you a few cheap attacks, and perhaps you can KO an Uxie and Azelf or so to get a prize advantage. Also, whenever you use Blastoise early-mid game, you can use Dialga to get it back a second time later, or perhaps put in two night maintenance, pokemon rescue, etc.

  5. Adam Capriola

    The problem with using Blastoise on its own is that I feel it is somewhat clunky itself. It is not a very quick card and it relies on Pokemon Powers for speed (be it Delcatty, Dialga, or itself), which can be a problem because of all the people using Mesprit LA and Power Spray at the moment.

    Kingdra is a quick card that does not directly depend on Pokemon Powers, which is nice, and the Blastoise can aid it as a tech card. You don’t have to set as many cards up as you would if you were to be using Delcatty with Blastoise. I think it would be slow getting everything out and not powerful enough for all the effort you put into it.

    The tech Blastoise in Kingdra can be effective against non-SP decks, but against SP Pokemon it is much harder to pull off.

  6. Rokman

    You would need either a lot of water in your decklist originally or 4 super scoop up to continue using dialga, which can lead to lackluster results. Not to mention how terrible it would be to start with a Dialga. You’re probably better of with Delcatty and with as much testing as I have done with that setup, it isn’t reliable…

    Basically, just forget about Blastoise, for now.

    • Adam Capriola  → Rokman

      Yeah I am sure there are much better Kingdra builds out there, this list I used with Stoise had 11 Water I think. I used that at Regionals and it did pretty well, but by now I’m sure it’s obsolete.

  7. Brian Jessing

    I think stoise can be pretty decent with floatzel and the new wailord coming out. Swinging for 100 every other turn with a 180 hp wall and then exploding for another OHKO with floatzel, only to power up another wailord quickly again due to all the energy going back in the deck AGAIN sounds pretty sick.

    • Adam Capriola  → Brian

      Yo Brian, your comments are great! Thanks man. I haven’t looked at any of the Supreme Victors spoilers yet, but I’ll make sure to take a look at Wailord when it comes out.

  8. Adam Capriola

    Yeah I am sure there are much better Kingdra builds out there, this list I used with Stoise had 11 Water I think. I used that at Regionals and it did pretty well, but by now I’m sure it’s obsolete.

  9. Brian Jessing

    I think stoise can be pretty decent with floatzel and the new wailord coming out. Swinging for 100 every other turn with a 180 hp wall and then exploding for another OHKO with floatzel, only to power up another wailord quickly again due to all the energy going back in the deck AGAIN sounds pretty sick.

    • Adam Capriola  → Brian

      Yo Brian, your comments are great! Thanks man. I haven’t looked at any of the Supreme Victors spoilers yet, but I’ll make sure to take a look at Wailord when it comes out.

  10. vitor2097

    very good combination…the pokepowers are helpful…the dialga help blastoise…team work…

  11. vitor2097

    very good combination…the pokepowers are helpful…the dialga help blastoise…team work…

  12. I think Blastoise PL and Delecatty PL work to.

    GREAT ARTICLE!!!!!!!

  13. Gregory Minklei

    I think Blastoise PL and Delecatty PL work to.

    GREAT ARTICLE!!!!!!!

  14. Ritsuka

    I really use Blastoise PL with Gyarados ST and Wailord SV…

    I use lots of trainers on the deck, so i can have all the pokemons quick, then start making the “dig well”, with blastoise as active, i can kick some asses with the Aqua Press, if the thing goes well, my blastoise will charge up the Gyarados and the Wailord, so there will be 12 energies on the field, which gives to blastoise a shocking 140 damage for two energies!…i hope i can hear your opinions, i am kind a newbie here :p (i play with 20 energies, 2 blastoise, 3 gyarados and 3 wailords, lots of trainers, bebe’s search, roseanne’s research, some balls… please give me an opinion n.n

  15. Ritsuka

    I really use Blastoise PL with Gyarados ST and Wailord SV…

    I use lots of trainers on the deck, so i can have all the pokemons quick, then start making the “dig well”, with blastoise as active, i can kick some asses with the Aqua Press, if the thing goes well, my blastoise will charge up the Gyarados and the Wailord, so there will be 12 energies on the field, which gives to blastoise a shocking 140 damage for two energies!…i hope i can hear your opinions, i am kind a newbie here :p (i play with 20 energies, 2 blastoise, 3 gyarados and 3 wailords, lots of trainers, bebe’s search, roseanne’s research, some balls… please give me an opinion n.n

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