Ever since the HS Unleashed release there has been many new decks such as Feraligator/Blastoise, Magnezone/Steelix Prime, Feraligator/Lanturn Prime, Kingdra Prime Donk and such. However, I believe that Tyranitar Prime is the best out of all of the new decks coming out and will soon be in one of the top meta decks.
Since it is fairly new, there is no skeleton for this deck, however, I will give out my own Tyranitar Prime Decklist and talk about some strategies and why I believe Tyranitar is going to be good.
|Pokémon 223 Larvitar UL
2 Pupitar UL
3 Tyranitar Prime
2 Trapinch SW or RR (doesn’t matter)
1 Vibrava RR
2 Flygon RR
1 Flygon LV.X RR
3 Spiritomb AR
2 Baltoy GE
2 Claydol GE
1 Uxie LA
|Supporters/Trainers 264 Bebe’s Search
3 Roseanne’s Research
4 Pokémon Reversal
3 Broken Time-Space
3 Rare Candy
3 Expert Belt
2 Pokémon Communication
2 Looker’s Investigation
1 Night Maintenance
|Energy 124 Double Colorless
4 Special D Energy
4 Basic D
The strategy is quite simple. Get out Flygon and Tyranitar Prime fast as possible, and overpower your opponent while they spend a long time knocking down your 160 HP Tyranitar Prime or 180 HP if belted. Spiritomb to slow their set up down and to speed yours up.
pokemon-paradijs.comTyranitar Prime (and the 2 stages below that) – As far as Larvitar goes, all of them are bad. Out of all the bad ones, Larvitar from the Unleashed is the best and I decided to use it. I will not go in detail with the Larvitar as it will never attack. However, Pupitar from Unleashed is great. His Poké-Body “Boot Gas” gives him free retreat if he has any Energies attached.
Now for the main card, Tyranitar Prime. This is an absolutely amazing card, other than the weakness. He has a whopping 160 HP, 180 HP if Belted, and has 3 good attacks (however, in this deck, he will never use the first one). His first attack, “Darkness Howl” will do 20 to all Pokémon in play if it is not a Dark Pokémon. Very useful if your deck is built around Dark Pokémons.
His main attacks in this deck are “Power Claw” and “Megaton Tail”. “Power Claw” does 60 to the active for 1 D Energy and 2 C Energies. This attack isn’t affected by Poké-Powers, Poké-Bodies, or any other effects on the defending Pokémon. This means if Jumpluff uses “Leaf Guard”, you will still hit 60 or 80 if belted, and if Flygon uses “Sand Wall”, that effect will not negate Tyranitar’s attack.
His final attack “Megaton Tail” does 120 damage for 2 D Energies and 2 C Energies. However, you will have to discard top 3 card from your deck, which might deck you out late game if you do not choose wisely. His weakness of x2 to Fighting Type is fatal due to Donphans and Machamps. His resistance to Psychic is good, and his beefy Retreat Cost of 3 Energies is bad, however with some help, it is no problem.
pokemon-paradijs.comFlygon/Flygon LV.X – He is the secondary attacker of this deck. Flygon’s Poké-Body, “Rainbow Float” gives all Pokémon free retreat if Flygon has the same type energy attached. Which means if Flygon has a D Energy attached, your Tyranitar Prime will retreat for free. He has 2 good attacks, “Sand Wall” and “Power Swing”. “Sand Wall” does 40 to the active and if you choose to discard your opponent’s stadium in play, Flygon is immune to all damage next turn.
His second attack “Power Swing” does 60 and 10 for each evolved Pokémon on your bench. Which means that he can do up to 110 or 130 with Expert Belt. His -20 Lightning Resistance is great, and his +30 Colorless weakness is fine since Garchomp C LV.X will not be able to one hit your Flygon. However, Flygon will be able to 1HKO any Garchomp C LV.X as Flygon is a Colorless.
Flygon LV.X is also very good. His Poké-Body “Wind Erosion” makes your opponent discard top card of their deck every between turns. His attack “Extreme Attack” does 150 to any LV.X on the field, which means that If they have a retreated Luxray GL LV.X, you could snipe it out of the way for a free prize basically.
Spiritomb – He is what makes this deck great. He will rarely affect your deck as you run a low number of trainer that searches through your deck. This card will slow your opponent down by locking their trainer resources while you use “Darkness Grace” to evolve your benched Pokémons.
Claydol – Self Explanatory, draw power
Uxie – Draw Power if you do not have a way to Claydol.
pokemon-paradijs.comPokémon Reversals – This is an amazing disruption card. You flip a coin, and if heads, you bring one of your opponent’s benched to active. It may only be 50%, but when it works, it will win you the game.
Expert Belt – Why 3 Expert Belt? Well most of my main attackers has a good HP amount. Flygon has 120 HP, Flygon LV.X has 140 HP, Tyranitar Prime has 160HP. If belted, it is even more huge. Sure if they die, they take 2 Prizes, however, in the time they take to knock down your Tyranitar Prime with 180HP or Flygon LV.X with 160 HP, you would have already taken 3~4 Prizes.
Special D Energies – It does 10 more damage to the active if it is attached to a Dark Pokémon. Enough said.
Now, some of you might be thinking, why no Call Energies. Well first, I couldn’t find the room for it, and has been working fine without it. Call energies also just dead-draw late game, and I did not want to run it at all. However, after rotation is in effect, Call energy will be substituted in most likely.
Now for techs. I really do not have any suggestion on what kind of techs you should put in. Tyranitar Prime itself can 1HKO any top meta card in the game such as Luxray GL LV.X and Garchomp C LV.X. There is also Flygon LV.X to KO that Garchomp C LV.X. And also with Spiritomb, it slows down all SP Decks.
Due to it’s high HP, Jumpluff and SableLock will have trouble Knocking Out your Tyranitar Prime while you Knock Out their Pokémon every turn. Donphan is really the only trouble, and I have not yet to come up with a good tech against Donphan :(.
I’m sorry for the no Tech Section, however, if I make part 2-of this article, it will be all about teching. However, I’m sure that the readers will leave comments below about some techs we, Tyranitar Prime users, can use to help Donphan match up.
The reason for me saying Tyranitar Prime will be one of the best is because it is already a counter to many decks other than Donphan. Also with the new rotation, it is not hurt at all, (my version at least). Only thing this deck will be losing is the 2-2 Claydol, 3 Roseannes, and 1 Night Maintenance, which they can all be replaced with more Uxie and Uxie LV.X, and Call Energies. Thanks for reading my article and I hope this inspired you to use Tyranitar Prime.