Blast Off with Mega Gyarados-EX!

In the new Pokémon TCG: XY—BREAKpoint expansion, players are discovering all kinds of incredible new cards and strategies. With 11 new Pokémon-EX, 5 new Pokémon BREAK, and many other Pokémon to choose from, there's a lot to explore. One card that has the potential to be a game changer is the flagship Pokémon of XY—BREAKpoint, Shiny Mega Gyarados-EX. Let's look at how to get this powerful card into action.

  • Blast Off with Mega Gyarados-EX!
Pokémon
  • 3
    M Gyarados-EX
    27/122
    xy9 27
  • 3
    Gyarados-EX
    26/122
    xy9 26
  • 2
    Golduck BREAK
    18/122
    xy9 18
  • 2
    Golduck
    17/122
    xy9 17
  • 2
    Psyduck
    16/122
    xy9 16
  • 2
    Octillery
    33/162
    xy8 33
  • 2
    Remoraid
    32/162
    xy8 32
  • 2
    Manaphy-EX
    32/122
    xy9 32
  • 1
    Palkia-EX
    31/122
    xy9 31
  • 1
    Wailord-EX
    38/160
    xy5 38
Energy Cards
  • 11
    Water Energy
    xy1 134
Trainer Cards
  • 4
    Professor Birch's Observations
    xy5 134
  • 3
    Professor Sycamore
    xy9 107
  • 1
    AZ
    xy4 91
  • 1
    Judge
    xy8 143
  • 1
    Lysandre
    xy7 78
  • 1
    Skyla
    xy9 122
  • 4
    Dive Ball
    xy5 125
  • 4
    VS Seeker
    xy4 109
  • 3
    Max Potion
    xy9 103
  • 2
    Gyarados Spirit Link
    xy9 101
  • 2
    Mega Turbo
    xy6 86
  • 2
    Ultra Ball
    xy6 93
  • 1
    Rough Seas
    xy5 137
More Info Copy Deck List

Mega Gyarados-EX has a lot of qualities you've come to expect from a Mega Evolution Pokémon. It has a massive amount of HP and can deal a lot of damage when it's powered up. But it also shares the struggles of a Mega Evolution Pokémon: it has to wait a turn to evolve, it ends your turn when it comes into play (unless it has Gyarados Spirit Link attached), and its attack costs a lot of Energy. Plus, if it goes down, it takes a lot of resources to prepare another one. To use a Pokémon like Mega Gyarados-EX successfully, it's going to need some help.

Once Mega Gyarados-EX gets going, its attack power is virtually unrivaled. With four Water Energy attached, its Blast Geyser attack hits for 200 damage, which is enough to take down most Pokémon in one attack. With six Water Energy, it deals 240 damage, meaning that even Mega Evolution Pokémon aren't likely to withstand the attack. If you can keep using Blast Geyser, you'll be taking all of your Prize cards in no time.

The biggest drawback to Mega Gyarados-EX is its lack of speed. Mega Evolution is a slow process to begin with, and the Blast Geyser attack requires four Energy to use. It's hard to eliminate these issues completely, but our example deck includes a few methods to accelerate the process. Mega Turbo is arguably the simplest solution, letting you attach a basic Energy from the discard pile to Mega Gyarados-EX. Palkia-EX's Aqua Turbo attack can grab two Water Energy from your deck and attach them to Mega Gyarados-EX, but it can be a little slow because Aqua Turbo requires two Energy. If you're feeling risky, you could try Gyarados-EX's Stormy Seas attack to get some extra Energy onto it, but it's better not to put Gyarados-EX in harm's way as the Active Pokémon until you're ready to attack with full force. It's going to take a few turns to get the Blast Geyser attack going, so any way you can speed things up will be important.

It takes a lot of resources to power up Mega Gyarados-EX, so keeping it healthy long enough to make multiple attacks is crucial. This monstrous Pokémon does have 240 HP, so it's likely to withstand an attack or two before going down. To maximize its survivability, our example deck uses a combination of Golduck BREAK and Max Potion. If Mega Gyarados-EX takes damage, you can move the basic Energy from it to another Pokémon using Golduck BREAK's Hyper Transfer Ability. Then Max Potion can heal all of the damage with no drawback, and then Hyper Transfer can move the Energy back. Mega Gyarados-EX will be fully healed and ready to keep using that Blast Geyser attack!

A few other supporting Pokémon can help round out this strategy. Most of the Pokémon in this deck have a high Retreat Cost, so switching between them can be painful. Manaphy-EX can lend a hand with its Aqua Tube Ability, which removes the Retreat Cost of any Pokémon that has Water Energy attached. Golduck BREAK's Hyper Transfer can move that Energy around, so any Pokémon can benefit from Aqua Tube when you need it.

From the right Pokémon, to large Energy needs, to useful Trainer cards, it takes a lot of resources to get this deck functioning properly. With that in mind, Octillery is a great fit. Each turn, you can use its Abyssal Hand Ability to keep at least five cards in your hand, making sure you always have options to work with. Just like every other Pokémon in this deck, it's a Water type, meaning Dive Ball can search for it. You could replace Octillery with Shaymin-EX for its one-time Set Up Ability, but a slower deck like this might prefer the steady flow of cards that Abyssal Hand provides.

The biggest threat to a defensive healing strategy like the one this deck employs is a Pokémon that can do enough damage to take down your star player in one attack. Fortunately, there aren't a lot of Pokémon that can deal the 240 damage needed to take down Mega Gyarados-EX in one hit—but Weakness is a problem. Since Mega Gyarados-EX has Weakness ×2 to Lightning, any Lightning-type Pokémon just needs to do 120 damage for a Knock Out, and there are plenty that can hit that mark. Our example deck has a whale of a solution: Wailord-EX! This 250 HP behemoth has a Weakness to Grass types instead, so it can be used to combat Lightning-type Pokémon. Even if you aren't facing any Lightning types, you can hide behind Wailord-EX for a few turns to set up your other Pokémon. Odds are, your opponent won't be able to take it down quickly no matter what they're playing. Weakness Policy is another way to deal with Mega Gyarados-EX's Weakness problem, but it could get removed by an opponent's Xerosic or Startling Megaphone.

Shiny Mega Gyarados-EX is just one of the exciting new cards in XY—BREAKpoint. Many new strategies are waiting to be discovered! Be sure to check back at Pokemon.co.uk/strategy for the latest news and updates.

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