Blastoise/Keldeo (TCG)

Keldeo-EX and Blastoise
Types used WaterDragon
Major cards Keldeo-EX, Blastoise and Black Kyurem-EX
Era 2012-2013

Blastoise/Keldeo was a Pokémon Trading Card Game deck archetype played during the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 season. The deck's strategy revolved around playing Blastoise to put as many possible Energies into attackers such as Keldeo-EX for easy knockouts. With an usual attendance during the seasons despite being countered by decks with Garbodor and later Virizion-EX/Genesect-EX, a Blastoise/Keldeo player achieved 2nd place in the Senior Division at the 2014 Pokémon Trading Card Game World Championships, as well other relevant titles at minor events.


Blastoise/Keldeo focused on playing Blastoise as soon it was possible to use its Deluge Ability, which similar to the first printed Blastoise allowed to play as many   Energies from the player's hand to Pokémon in play during their turn. Keldeo-EX and Black Kyurem-EX (introduced a set later) were the most useful attackers for the deck, with the potential to knock out most Pokémon in their active formats with the right setup but the need to use many Energy cards. The deck used resources such as Rare Candy to speed up the Blastoise setup and Superior Energy Retrieval to not run out of Energies.

While not the most sucessful deck of the formats it was active, Blastoise/Keldeo was known for its straightforwardness and ease to play for casual players. The release of Primal Clash introduced Archie's Ace in the Hole, which mutated the archetype into Archie's Blastoise and allowed Blastoise to stay relevant in future formats.

Key cards

  • Blastoise - The Deluge Ability allowed the player to attach as many   Energies from their hand to Pokémon during their turn. As a Stage 2 Pokémon, it was important to have more than one line in play to avoid the impact of its knockout.
  • Keldeo-EX - Secret Sword scaled damage for each   Energy attached to Keldeo; at 7 Energies, it could knock out any Basic Pokémon-EX (and non-EX Pokémon for less). Its Rush In Ability was also useful at easily becoming the Active Pokémon.
  • Black Kyurem-EX - Black Ballista allowed Black Kyurem-EX to knock out most Pokémon before the introduction of M Pokémon-EX, but forced Energy cards to be discarded and required a   Energy.
  • Electrode - Used to draw cards each turn and prevent a resourceless hand from opposing players playing N.
  • Rare Candy - Skipped the middle evolutionary Stage for Blastoise, allowing its setup at the player's second turn.
  • Superior Energy Retrieval - Retrieved discarded Basic Energies to the player's hand.
  • Tool Scrapper - Discarded Pokémon Tool cards from Garbodor to remove its Ability denial. Later replaced by Startling Megaphone with the same purpose.
  • Tropical Beach - Used to draw cards. Tropical Beach's drawback of ending the turn with its effect was not harmful in the first turn, since the player could not use any expensive attack. Notably the most expensive card in the Standard Format while it was in rotation due to its low distribution.

Typical decklist

Alex Croxton's decklist at the 2014 World Championship

Quantity Card Type Rarity
Black Kyurem     
Dowsing Machine I  
Level Ball I  
Max Potion I  
Pokémon Catcher I  
Professor's Letter I  
Rare Candy I  
Startling Megaphone I  
Superior Energy Retrieval I  
Ultra Ball I  
Tropical Beach St  
Colress Su  
N Su  
Professor Juniper Su  
Skyla Su  
Lightning Energy   E
Water Energy   E

Possible tech cards

The following cards were often used in Blastoise/Keldeo in place of certain cards included in the above lists.

  • Suicune - Secondary attacker that was immune to damage from Pokémon-EX. It did not deal too much damage compared to the main attackers, though, and Blastoise itself could act as a non-EX attacker.
  • Mewtwo-EX - Cheap attacker against   Pokémon such as itself or Garbodor.

See Also

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