Sun & Moon—Unbroken Bonds Deck Tips: Reshiram & Charizard-GX

Charizard gets its share of attention each time it makes an appearance in the Pokémon TCG, and its recent pairing with Reshiram in Sun & Moon—Unbroken Bonds has made it the target of collectors and competitive players alike. Not only does the TAG TEAM of Fire types look mighty majestic, but it also forms the anchor of one of the fastest and most powerful decks around.

Most competitors building around Reshiram & Charizard-GX also include Volcanion, Victini Prism Star, and Eevee & Snorlax-GX in their decks, but this explosive TAG TEAM has proven successful with several different approaches. Some versions of the deck opt to focus more on Trainer cards, while others instead highlight a wider variety of Pokémon, such as Turtonator and Shining Lugia.

Our list couples Reshiram & Charizard-GX with a powerful Supporter card that's also from Sun & Moon—Unbroken Bonds, Green's Exploration. This card allows you to search your deck for any 2 Trainer cards, but such a powerful effect comes with a catch—it only works when you have no Pokémon with Abilities in play. We won't include any Pokémon with Abilities in our version of the deck to ensure that Green's Exploration keeps the cards flowing, but be sure to check out the Championship Series Event Results to see if one of the variations that includes more Pokémon catches your eye instead.

  • Reshiram & Charizard-GX
Pokémon
  • 3
    Reshiram & Charizard-GX
    20/234
    sm10 20
  • 4
    Volcanion
    25/234
    sm10 25
  • 1
    Eevee & Snorlax-GX
    120/181
    sm9 120
  • 1
    Victini ◇
    7/70
    sm75 7
Energy Cards
  • 12
    Fire Energy
    nrg1 27
Trainer Cards
  • 4
    Green’s Exploration
    sm10 175
  • 4
    Welder
    sm10 189
  • 2
    Guzma
    sm3 115
  • 2
    Professor Kukui
    sm1 128
  • 1
    Judge
    sm6 108
  • 1
    Lt. Surge’s Strategy
    sm10 178
  • 3
    Power Plant
    sm10 183
  • 1
    Heat Factory ◇
    sm8 178
  • 4
    Custom Catcher
    sm8 171
  • 4
    Nest Ball
    sm1 123
  • 4
    Pokégear 3.0
    sm10 182
  • 3
    Fiery Flint
    sm75 60
  • 2
    Choice Band
    sm2 121
  • 2
    Fire Crystal
    sm10 173
  • 1
    Escape Rope
    sm3 114
  • 1
    Switch
    sm1 132
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Deck Strategy: The goal with this deck is ultimately to load your board with Fire Energy and beefy attackers, but Green's Exploration and a generous assortment of Fire-themed Trainer cards provide flexibility in how you get there. Try to use Volcanion's Flare Starter attack or the Welder Supporter card early to get off to a blistering start. It's not uncommon to get enough Fire Energy onto Reshiram & Charizard-GX to be able to use the imposing 230-damage Flare Strike on the second turn of the game. Few other decks can match that kind of speed, especially considering how quickly this deck can chain attackers using Welder.

Key Cards: This deck's potential for explosive two-card combinations makes it extremely fun to play. Fire Crystal or Fiery Flint can immediately put enough Fire Energy in your hand to make sure you can activate Welder's card draw. Green's Exploration is an easy way to find a Custom Catcher's missing partner, or even to find two at the same time as a more complicated Lysandre in a pinch. Pokégear 3.0 is a great means of digging up Welder and Green's Exploration without much hassle, and if it finds Lt. Surge's Strategy instead, you could play all 3 Supporter cards in the same turn. This deck can seek out cards almost as efficiently as those centered around Zoroark-GX, but with far more power on offense.

Parting Shots: The lone Eevee & Snorlax-GX is a great choice against decks that can attack this deck's common Weakness to Water-type Pokémon. Don't underestimate Victini as another secondary attacker—in this deck, it can potentially do more than 200 damage, and it's a worthy investment to help prevent your opponent from claiming an easy victory by simply landing Knock Outs on two of your TAG TEAM Pokémon-GX. It's hard not to fixate on the wonderful Heat Factory Prism Star when you're playing a Fire-type deck, but don't forget about the new Power Plant—it creates no drawbacks for you because none of these Pokémon have Abilities to begin with, and it's a great way to slow down Zoroark-GX, block Tapu Lele-GX, or remove a Shrine of Punishment from play.

Enjoy incinerating your enemies with these fire-breathing luminaries! Check back soon for more decks from Sun & Moon—Unbroken Bonds, and for other Pokémon TCG and video game tips and strategy.

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