Sweet Dreams

Pokémon-19
3 Skorupi DP
2 Drapion SF
1 Drapion LV.X PL
3 Mewtwo LA
1 Mewtwo LV.X LA
2 Darknessrai G RR
2 Froslass GL RR
1 Crobat G PL
2 Uxie LA
1 Uxie LV.X LA
1 Azelf LA
Trainers-24
3 Roseanne’s Research
3 Bebe’s Search
1 Luxury Ball
1 Premier Ball
1 Level Max
2 Cyrus’s Conspiracy
4 TG’s Invention Poké Turn
2 TG’s Invention Energy Gain
2 Cynthia’s Feelings
3 Moonlight Stadium
1 Pokémon Rescue
1 Switch
Energy-17
6 Psychic
4 Darkness (special)
4 Darkness Energy (basic)
3 Call

Darkrai G Rising Rivals RR 3 Pokemon CardI’m not a big fan of Claydol, but I guess if you have to put him in there, take out the Uxie line due to the probable high usage of Drifblim FB.

The main point of this deck is to keep your opponent’s Pokémon asleep, and drain their HP with Darkrai G’s “Eerie Aura” Poké-Body and Drapion LV.X’s “Triple Poison” Poké-Power. Then, while you are stalling, built up your Drapion LV.X and/or Darkrai G to do some better damage.

The best Pokémon to start with would be Mewtwo. For one energy, his “Hypnoblast” attack does 10 damage and puts your opponent’s Pokémon to sleep. If your opponent is using an SP deck, level Mewtwo up for security if coin flips are going their way and they’re waking up. Froslass GL also wouldn’t be a bad start with his dragging out and putting to sleep “Sleep Inducer” attack, but unless you have Darkrai G also out, you are not going to be doing any damage. If you are stuck with neither of these two Pokémon to start, hopefully you will at least have a call energy or something to get then out quickly.

Mewtwo Legends Awakened LA 11 Pokemon CardSince all of the Pokémon in this deck, except Froslass GL, are either Darkness or Psychic, and none of them have free retreat, Moonlight Stadium is a must here. It can also help you get your Level X’s out there and retreat them to the bench. If I’m going to put a Stadium into a deck, I always put in at least three so you have a better chance of drawing into them and so you can keep your opponent’s stadiums off the field.

Given that you will be putting your opponent asleep continuously, your opponent will probably be going through their TGI Poké Turns, Super Scoop Ups, Switches, and Warp Points pretty quickly if the coin flips are going at all in your favor. Getting rid of their TGI Poké Turns will lessen the impact of the popular Crobat G, and keep your opponent from picking up their damaged SP Pokémon mid/late game. If they are changing their active Pokémon with Warp Point, Switch, or maybe a Poké-Power, this can be to your advantage Drapion LV.X Platinum PL 123 Pokemon Cardlater game.

Hopefully you are putting at least one damage counter on their Pokémon during the whole sleeping process, and this damage can be used later to add the sleeping effect of Darkrai G’s “Darkness Sleep” attack, or leave Pokémon vulnerable to a sniping KO by Drapion LV.X’s “Sniping Tail” attack. The other heavy attacks in this deck are Mewtwo LV.X’s “Giga Burn” for 120, and Drapion’s “Derail” for 60+ (with Special Darkness Energy) with the added effect of discarding all special energy attached to the defending Pokémon. Also, Froslass GL can do 50 for one energy and an Energy Gain to a sleeping or poisoned Pokémon with its “Wake-Up Slap” attack.

This deck can be very effective, but it is a little on the flippy side. If you can keep your opponent’s Pokémon asleep, they won’t be able to attack you (besides with Snorlax), and that means your opponent can’t take their prizes. You can have one of the best Pokémon out there, but if it’s asleep, then there isn’t too much you can do with it.

Overall, this can be a really slow deck, and the strategy of sleep stalling can be greatly hindered by your opponent evolving and leveling up their Pokémon, or if they are just getting really lucky with coin flips. Also the Supreme Victor’s Venusaur can completely shut down this deck. Bench space can be a problem with this deck, so you should only put down what is really necessary, and only use Azelf if one of your Level X’s are prized.

Let me know what you think of this deck. Comments and criticism would be great.

Reader Interactions

42 replies

  1. Dave Hueglin

    Hey Joe,

    Nice deck idea. Froslass is a really good addition to this deck as it gives you the ability to make switches and induce sleep. I agree that 3 Stadiums is a good bet, not just to make sure you have one early, but to be able to counter your opponent’s Stadiums.

    Unown G could really put a dent in this deck, as with any deck that focuses on Special Conditions.

    I’m working on a similar idea with Darkrai G, only using Parsect SV as the main sleep inducer (you need to roll 2 heads to wake up) and Venusaur SV as the Tank. Bulbasaur SW has a no Energy attack that puts the Defender to sleep. ivysaur SV puts the Defender asleep when played to evolve.

  2. Dave Hueglin

    Hey Joe,

    Nice deck idea. Froslass is a really good addition to this deck as it gives you the ability to make switches and induce sleep. I agree that 3 Stadiums is a good bet, not just to make sure you have one early, but to be able to counter your opponent’s Stadiums.

    Unown G could really put a dent in this deck, as with any deck that focuses on Special Conditions.

    I’m working on a similar idea with Darkrai G, only using Parsect SV as the main sleep inducer (you need to roll 2 heads to wake up) and Venusaur SV as the Tank. Bulbasaur SW has a no Energy attack that puts the Defender to sleep. ivysaur SV puts the Defender asleep when played to evolve.

  3. Drew Stillwell

    Perhaps you could tech in a relicanth SV to punish those that bring out the unown G?

  4. Adam Capriola

    Thanks for the article Joe! Tho this deck is very flippy, I do think it’s kinda funny that it can probably beat a lot of SP decks out there right now that aren’t running Dialga or some kind of evolution.

  5. Adam Keibler

    I have to say that I was looking at Drapion a lot last night and trying to come up with a way to make it work. And I have to say… it’s a tough job. I mean, the ability to potentially do significant damage as well as sniping the opponent’s bench, based on the availability of special darks to attach to Drapion, is very good, but at the same time there’s nothing that really combos well with it. I’ve been toying around with the idea of Mother Drapion, in which Nidoqueen helps Drapion tank even more with it’s fairly good HP, but it just seems inferior to a lot of the top decks now.

    As for this build, it would clearly be very effective against Gengar with a little hand control, but I worry about its speed. With no Claydol, how quickly does the deck get set up? I suppose I’m a little skeptical because, as of late, the metagame has essentially consisted of one strong main attacker and several support Pokémon. To see a deck stray from that and include several different attackers is… surprising. Good idea, though.

  6. Drew Stillwell

    Perhaps you could tech in a relicanth SV to punish those that bring out the unown G?

  7. Kyle Morris

    Nifty deck idea, I don’t think it’d be on a competitive level though due to weakness and speed. Nice article though!

  8. Adam Capriola

    Thanks for the article Joe! Tho this deck is very flippy, I do think it’s kinda funny that it can probably beat a lot of SP decks out there right now that aren’t running Dialga or some kind of evolution.

  9. Adam Capriola

    Thanks for the article Joe! Tho this deck is very flippy, I do think it’s kinda funny that it can probably beat a lot of SP decks out there right now that aren’t running Dialga or some kind of evolution.

  10. Adam Keibler

    I have to say that I was looking at Drapion a lot last night and trying to come up with a way to make it work. And I have to say… it’s a tough job. I mean, the ability to potentially do significant damage as well as sniping the opponent’s bench, based on the availability of special darks to attach to Drapion, is very good, but at the same time there’s nothing that really combos well with it. I’ve been toying around with the idea of Mother Drapion, in which Nidoqueen helps Drapion tank even more with it’s fairly good HP, but it just seems inferior to a lot of the top decks now.

    As for this build, it would clearly be very effective against Gengar with a little hand control, but I worry about its speed. With no Claydol, how quickly does the deck get set up? I suppose I’m a little skeptical because, as of late, the metagame has essentially consisted of one strong main attacker and several support Pokémon. To see a deck stray from that and include several different attackers is… surprising. Good idea, though.

  11. Adam Keibler

    I have to say that I was looking at Drapion a lot last night and trying to come up with a way to make it work. And I have to say… it’s a tough job. I mean, the ability to potentially do significant damage as well as sniping the opponent’s bench, based on the availability of special darks to attach to Drapion, is very good, but at the same time there’s nothing that really combos well with it. I’ve been toying around with the idea of Mother Drapion, in which Nidoqueen helps Drapion tank even more with it’s fairly good HP, but it just seems inferior to a lot of the top decks now.

    As for this build, it would clearly be very effective against Gengar with a little hand control, but I worry about its speed. With no Claydol, how quickly does the deck get set up? I suppose I’m a little skeptical because, as of late, the metagame has essentially consisted of one strong main attacker and several support Pokémon. To see a deck stray from that and include several different attackers is… surprising. Good idea, though.

  12. Kyle Morris

    Nifty deck idea, I don’t think it’d be on a competitive level though due to weakness and speed. Nice article though!

  13. Kyle Morris

    Nifty deck idea, I don’t think it’d be on a competitive level though due to weakness and speed. Nice article though!

  14. BiskitFoo

    Joe, I think you could afford to cut 2 Psychic for… 2 more Level MAX. I don’t think 1 could suffice, due to it being a coin flip, and you have plenty of Level X’s you could use it on.

  15. BiskitFoo

    Joe, I think you could afford to cut 2 Psychic for… 2 more Level MAX. I don’t think 1 could suffice, due to it being a coin flip, and you have plenty of Level X’s you could use it on.

  16. BiskitFoo

    Joe, I think you could afford to cut 2 Psychic for… 2 more Level MAX. I don’t think 1 could suffice, due to it being a coin flip, and you have plenty of Level X’s you could use it on.

  17. Joe Hahn

    thanks for the feedback everyone. yeah BiskitFoo, 17 energies probably aren’t needed, I guess i could sac 1 or 2 for some more Level Maxes or something

  18. Joe Hahn

    thanks for the feedback everyone. yeah BiskitFoo, 17 energies probably aren’t needed, I guess i could sac 1 or 2 for some more Level Maxes or something

  19. Brent

    You might wanna get one or two seedot a shirftry and a rare candy because Shiftry has a poke body where coin flips for them are always treated as tails.

    • Joe Hahn  → Brent

      no, Shiftry wouldn’t work, his body says during your opponent’s turn, and sleep coin flips are in between turn. I thought of that too at first

  20. Brent

    You might wanna get one or two seedot a shirftry and a rare candy because Shiftry has a poke body where coin flips for them are always treated as tails.

    • Joe Hahn  → Brent

      no, Shiftry wouldn’t work, his body says during your opponent’s turn, and sleep coin flips are in between turn. I thought of that too at first

  21. Adam Capriola

    btw in this list, make sure you max out on bebe and roseanne, they are just too key to only play 3 of each.

  22. Joshua

    This is a very interesting decklist and I am glad that someone has finally found an efficient way to use Drapion Lv. X. The only thing that is keeping me from bulding this for Battle Roads is that there is an amazing Machamp deck going around some of the top players (including Stephan Silvestro who used it to win the first battle road so far) that I will try to get you guys a sample list as soon I can get a more precise build. Other than that I love the Idea and I just wish this would have been around earlier.

  23. Joshua

    This is a very interesting decklist and I am glad that someone has finally found an efficient way to use Drapion Lv. X. The only thing that is keeping me from bulding this for Battle Roads is that there is an amazing Machamp deck going around some of the top players (including Stephan Silvestro who used it to win the first battle road so far) that I will try to get you guys a sample list as soon I can get a more precise build. Other than that I love the Idea and I just wish this would have been around earlier.

  24. really interesting deck and i liek drapion lv.x’s use (finally) the down side is machamp!!!!
    its a good concept but can be quite 1way or other!!! but 8/10

  25. CoMiT

    really interesting deck and i liek drapion lv.x’s use (finally) the down side is machamp!!!!
    its a good concept but can be quite 1way or other!!! but 8/10

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