Evolving Skies, the latest Pokemon TCG Online set, brings some of the most iconic Pokemon such as Rayquaza, Gyarados, and Eeveelutions in their V forms.
As we cover the 10 best Pokémon cards in Evolving Skies, I’ll rank them based on their post-spin abilities. The meta changes dramatically with the September 2021 rotation, and most of the decks that ruled 2020/21 are on the verge of being released from the Standard format.
Here are ten of the best cards in Pokemon TCG Online: Evolving Skies.
10. Duraludon VMAX
Duraludon VMAX makes this list due to its Skyscraper ability, which makes it immune to all attacks from Pokémon with special energy on them. In the Single Strike and Rapid Strike metas, special energy is everywhere. Duraludon is below firepower with his attack of 220, which is a bit too low for a cost of 3 energy. After that, its Weakness and the side effect of its attack don’t matter.
9. Sylveon VMAX
Sylveon VMAX is easily the most unique Eeveelution in this set due to its mechanics. Max Harmony deals +30 damage for each different type of Pokémon on your bench and can be added to any deck due to its colorless energy cost. Although the damage dealt is still fairly average, Sylveon has his own tool card called “Ribbon Badge” which turns him into two prizes. With this card attached, Sylveon VMAX essentially gets the HP of a VMAX, but the cost of a V.
Max Harmony benefits from cards like Crobat V and Oranguru that can be used in any deck, but the real question is: how many decks really have room for a Sylveon V and a VMAX? Sylveon VMAX is on the gadget limit and would be much better if it dealt +40 damage instead of +30. It’s also weak against steel types, which means the popular Zacian V can OHKO easily.
8. Suicune V
Suicune V makes a decent addition to Water decks. Her ability, Fleet Footed, lets you draw cards – which is great – but Suicune had to be in the active place. Blizzard Rondo does a lot of damage with just 2 Energy, but that depends on how many Benched Pokémon you and your opponent have.
Suicune V pairs well with Chilling Reign’s Echoing Horn, which allows you to place Pokémon from your opponent’s discard pile onto their bench. The damage dealt (around 220) is great, but it depends on the situation and by the time your two benches are full, Suicune will probably be the weakest attacker you have in play. With cards like these, the The question remains: is it worth it to force such combinations when you can instead get a few more base cards in your deck?
7. Galarian Articuno
All three legendary birds have similar abilities that allow them to attach energies when landing on your shoal, but Galarian Articuno makes this list because of its type.
Shadow Rider Calyrex VMAX is one of the best decks in the format, and it does more damage based on how much psychic energy you have in play. Articuno is a perfect addition to these decks, just for that +60 boost. that it brings automatically.
6. Leafeon VMAX
Leafeon VMAX is one of the best Grass attackers that Pokemon TCG Online has given us lately. Grass Knot deals 60 times more damage based on your opponent’s retreat cost, which you can increase by using Rebel Clash’s Galar Mine. This stage adds 2 to the retreat costs of both active Pokémon, allowing you to deal tons of damage with just two energies.
Leafeon V also has the ability to attach Grass energy to your Pokémon every turn, so the VMAX will be powered up pretty quickly and you can expect to take on your opponent’s non-evolved Vs than you actually can. OHKO.
5. Glaceon VMAX
Glaceon VMAX possesses Zamzenta’s VMAX immunity, which is extremely valuable in this meta. With the demise of the TAG teams, VMAXs have free reign and Glaceon’s Crystal Veil works great to deactivate some of the best decks in the game. Add to that a 150 + 30 attack, which makes the Glaceon VMAX a great addition to Water decks.
4. Medicham V
On its own, Medicham V wouldn’t be that far down the list. But on my own, even me, I wouldn’t have made it that far in life.
Medicham V is a great addition to one of the best decks in the game: Urshifu + Inteleon. With its Yoga Loop ability, Medicham V can give you an extra turn. This means you can play another Supporter, draw another card, use your Abilities once more, and attack again. Of course, the ability doesn’t really “loop” and can’t be used in consecutive turns, but it’s still fantastic the way it is.
3. Rayquaza VMAX
Our Lord and Savior finally has a VMAX card. Look at the. Look at his face. Do you know why he is so happy? Look at his weakness!
Rayquaza VMAX is a Dragon-type Single Strike card with a large capacity and dual energy attack. Azure Pulse lets you burn your deck and draw cards, and you can do this multiple times each turn if you have a few extra Rayquaza VMAXs in play. Max Burst deals +80 damage for each fire or electric energy you discard , and pairs really well with Flaaffy (# 1 on this list) and Rose from Darkness Ablaze. It can OHKO most Pokémon meta easily, which makes me wonder why this isn’t a Single Strike Pokémon.
2. Umbreon VMAX
Umbreon’s VMAX ability is essentially a built-in Boss Order. It gives you the option of swapping one of your opponent’s Benched Pokémon with its Active. Boss’s Orders has been one of the best Supporter cards in the game for quite some time now, and having its effect in an ability means you can use other Supporters in the same turn instead. Umbreon is a Single Strike card and pairs well with Chilling Reign’s Houndoom.
Max Darkess doesn’t look that special with the 160 damage, but Shadow Rider Calyrex VMAX, one of the best cards in the game right now, has Dark as a weakness. It also happens to have 320 HP, which means the Umbreon VMAX can easily use it in one go.
Who would have thought that in a set with divine dragons, a little pink sheep would be the best card? Dynamotor, Flaaffy’s ability, allows you to attach electrical energy from your discard pile to one of your Benched Pokémon. Flaffy is made to support Rayquaza VMAX and Boltund V, helping them charge their attacks every turn. It also means that Rayquaza VMAX no longer has to worry about throwing in energies. Flaaffy will also be an amazing addition to the Pikarom decks in Expanded and I bet you there will be more decks in the future that benefit from a Flaaffy in them.
Fun fact: This same card came out ten years ago, but with the Pokémon Eelektrik on it. The expansion was called “Noble Victories”, and it was only the second main expansion in the BW era of Pokemon TCG.
While Pokemon TCG Online: Evolving Skies is not as meta-defining as Chilling Reign, it has certainly released some interesting cards in the game. The set also includes some great Trainer cards such as Raihan and Stormy Mountains which will be a lot. played in the future. And as always, the artwork is top notch, especially for the V / VMAX alternative cards.
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