Garbodor stands out as one of the most
intriguing cards from the latest expansion. Garbodor takes advantage of the
fact that most competitive decks play a lot of Item cards—sometimes 20 or more.
For example, the Lapras-GX deck that James
Arnold used to win the recent Roanoke Regional Championships contained 23
Item cards. Once those Item cards hit the discard pile, Garbodor's Trashalanche
attack starts dishing out massive damage, all at the low cost of one Psychic
Energy. It's not unusual for this attack to do more than 200 damage near the
end of a game, which is the kind of power and efficiency you can certainly build
a deck around.
There's one major flaw with the Trashalanche attack: if the
opponent doesn't put many Item cards in the discard pile, it won't do much
damage. Field Blower can help a little bit by discarding the
opponent's Pokémon Tool cards, but that's not the most reliable strategy. For
that reason, Garbodor needs a partner that can apply early pressure, before the
opponent discards many Item cards. One of those can be Tapu Lele-GX, one of the most
versatile Pokémon in the current environment. Its Wonder Tag Ability can be
used to search for a Supporter card to help get things moving, and its Energy
Drive attack can be quite threatening with enough Energy attached. With Double Colorless Energy, it's easy to attack quickly with Tapu Lele-GX.
Another great partner for Garbodor is Drampa-GX. This Colorless-type Pokémon
has three attacks that can be useful in different situations, but its main
purpose for this deck is the Berserk attack. If there's even a single damage
counter on any of your Benched Pokémon, Drampa-GX can smash the opponent's Active Pokémon for 150 damage for just
three Colorless Energy. Add Choice Band into the equation, and
that number jumps up to 180 against a Pokémon-GX or Pokémon-EX, which
is enough to take down many of them in
one attack. The main hurdle is finding a way to get damage onto your Benched
Pokémon quickly. One possible solution is Team Magma's Secret Base,
which puts 2 damage counters on any Basic Pokémon you play from your hand onto
your Bench. With the pressure from Drampa-GX,
the opponent typically has to play Item cards to keep up the pace, which opens
the door for Trashalanche to finish things off.
Since this deck is already running Trubbish,
it's easy to include a different Garbodor, the one with the
Garbotoxin Ability. This pesky Ability can shut down other strategies, so
having it at your disposal is incredibly valuable. Your opponent will have to
figure out if they're dealing with Trashalanche, Garbotoxin, or maybe even
both. It adds one more layer to this pungent strategy.
There are many new strategies to discover in the Sun & Moon—Guardians Rising expansion.
Be on the lookout for new cards to make an impact immediately. And for the
latest Pokémon TCG strategies and updates, be sure to check back at
Pokemon.co.uk/strategy. Good luck, Trainers!