The year is 2008: Regigigas has just become popular; different people running different lists. Now the year is 2009 and Regigigas isn’t as popular as it used to be. Now I am being the brave person running it again. But what is the strategy behind this huge legendary?
Regigigas LV.X is the main attacker in the deck. If you look, its attack “Giga Blaster” takes 1 W Energy, 1 F Energy, 1 M Energy, and one of any kind of Energy. It does 100 damage and its side effect lets you discard the top card of your opponent’s deck and discard another card from their hand. But then you can’t use “Giga Blaster” next turn.
This attack was the main attack people would use in a Regigigas deck. Then if you look at its Poké-Power, “Sacrifice”, it reads: “Once during your turn (before your attack), you may choose 1 of your Pokémon in play and that Pokémon is Knocked Out. Then, search your discard pile for up to 2 Basic Energy cards, attach them to Regigigas, and remove 8 damage counters from Regigigas. This power can’t be used if Regigigas is affected by a Special Condition.”
Some beast Poké-Power right? Well this was a good way to speed up Regigigas. By using a Supporter such as Felicity’s Drawing to discard Energy, and then using “Sacrifice” to attach the Energy to Regigigas, you could get him set-up by turn two or three.
Of course, you’re limited to using “Giga Blaster” only once every two turns; or are you? Players who played Regigigas would often play Palkia LV.X Great Encounters. Its Poké-Power “Restructure” basically lets you bring up one of your opponent’s Pokémon from the Bench to the Active slot. But they get to do the same to you. Using this would allow your Regigigas LV.X to use “Giga Blaster” again. Because you have to switch Pokémon as well, most Regigigas players would then play a Switch card, to return Regigigas to the Active Spot. This was the deck’s main strategy. “Sacrifice” to power up your Regigigas, “Giga Blast”, “Restructure” and repeat.
Now, of course, you cannot run Regigigas LV.X without the regular Regigigas. Most people ran Regigigas from Legends Awakened #37. This one had a Poké-Body called “Recover Mechanism”, which when you attached an Energy Card from your hand to Regigigas, you removed all Special Conditions from of Regigigas. The regular Regigigas has an attack called “Gigaton Punch”; it takes 3 of any kind of Energy and does 60 damage. The side effect is you flip a coin, if it’s heads the attack does 20 more damage and you can hit one of your opponent’s benched Pokémon for 20 damage as well. This attack works well when you don’t have Palkia LV.X in play yet and you don’t want to waste your “Giga Blaster”.
Besides Palkia LV.X, Regigigas ran the Pixies Engine. The Pixies Engine consists of Azelf, Uxie and Mesprit from Legends Awakened. Uxie would be your main source of draw-power. Azelf is for grabbing Palkia LV.X or Regigigas LV.X out of your Prize cards.
Mesprit would be used for stopping your opponent from setting up. With “Sacrifice”, you could Knock Out one of your pixies to make room for another Regigigas or Palkia. You wouldn’t run Claydol Great Encounters for your draw power; your bench is very limited in Regigigas, and you would need space for the pixies. That is the main strategy of Regigigas.
I hope I helped with your better understanding of this not so popular deck. I believe if played right, this deck could do well. Just for your information, this deck has one near impossible matchup: Machamp SF. His “Take Out” attack has an effect that will 1HKO unevolved Pokémon for 1 F Energy. Of course, you would run Unown G in the deck to prevent this attack effect.
But with having a times two weakness to Fighting, Machamp only needs to do 80 damage to 1HKO Regigias LV.X. The best strategy I have heard is to “Guard” your Uxies, attach Energy and just keep doing “Psychic Restore” to the Machamp, who has a +30 weakness to Psychic.
Some Regigigas decks would run Crobat Gs so you could use “Flash Bite” to get the extra 10 damage for a 1HKO on those 110HP Pokémon. So you would Play down Uxie, attach Energy, Uxie, use “Psychic Restore” and put Uxie at the bottom of your deck, and then bring up Crobat G. (Crobat G should be “Guarded” with Unown G.)