Sample Deck List (updated through DEX - May 2012) Pokemon – 16 4 Piplup DEX 2 Prinplup DEX 4 Empoleon DEX 4 Aerodactyl DEX 1 Smeargle UD/CL 1 Virizion NVI Trainers – 34 4 Professor Juniper 3 N 2 Copycat 4 Pokémon Communication 4 Junk Arm 4 Rare Candy 3 Old Amber Aerodactyl 3 Pokemon Catcher 2 Random Receiver 2 Super Rod 3 Twist Mountain Energy – 10 10 Water via: The Dark Explorers Deck List Depot Basic Strategy The deck’s strategy is to set up Empoleons and Aerodactyls. The optimal bench is 3 Empoleons and 3 Aerodactyls. This way the base damage for Empoleon’s attack is 100 if your opponent only has 1 Pokémon in play. You may think that it’s crazy to use Empoleon without a Lightning counter, but a long as you can OHKO Lightning Pokémon, the weakness doesn’t really matter. It will be a prize-trading war and the one with more draw will win the game, and well, I want to see a deck that draws better than Empoleon. Ns are very important for this deck. Most decks rely on Smeargle after late game Ns, but with Empoleon, you can just discard your Supporters and whenever they Portrait, you have nothing else to show them but a hand of zero Supporters.