How to play pokemon trading card game sword and shield fusion strike

Nov. 11, 2021 — Today, The Pokémon Company International unveiled new Pokémon Trading Card Game products that make it easy and fun for Trainers to learn how to play the Pokémon TCG, including an updated version of the award-winning Battle Academy and new V Battle Decks. Additionally, the latest expansion, Pokémon TCG: Sword & Shield—Fusion Strike, will be released starting tomorrow. 

Updated Pokémon TCG Battle Academy Coming Soon 

The Pokémon Company International announced an updated version of Pokémon TCG Battle Academy, a board game adaptation of the best-selling Pokémon TCG that makes it easy for the whole family to learn the classic tabletop game. 

Following the original Battle Academy that was awarded Game of the Year at The Toy Association’s 2021 Toy of the Year Awards, the latest iteration of the board game introduces the recently released Pokémon V gameplay mechanic and an updated lineup of fan-favorite Pokémon, including Pikachu, Eevee, and Cinderace. 

Launching in 2022, each Battle Academy box comes with everything a Trainer needs to master the basics of the Pokémon TCG, including a two-player game board, three 60-card decks, tutorial guides, and gameplay accessories.

New Pokémon TCG Lycanroc V and Corviknight V Battle Decks Launching Soon

The Pokémon Company International also announced new Lycanroc V and Corviknight V Battle Decks, which are ideal for Trainers who learned how to play the Pokémon TCG with Battle Academy and want to level up their gameplay skills. 

Each V Battle Deck provides everything a Trainer needs to play a game, including one 60-card deck and gameplay accessories. The V Battle Deck—Lycanroc vs. Corviknight bundle version comes with two ready-to-play decks that make it easy to jump into a Pokémon TCG battle, as well as eight additional Trainer cards to help enhance the decks.

Arriving in the first quarter of 2022, these decks also make great companions and extensions to Battle Academy, as Trainers can swap out the cards in the board game with those in the V Battle Decks.

Pokémon TCG: Sword & Shield—Fusion Strike Expansion Available Starting Tomorrow

Pokémon TCG fans can also look forward to the release of the Sword & Shield—Fusion Strike expansion starting on November 12, 2021. Sword & Shield—Fusion Strike introduces a new type of Battle Style gameplay mechanic called Fusion Strike, which often has attacks focusing on teamwork. 

Available in Pokémon TCG booster packs, Elite Trainer Boxes, and special collections, Sword & Shield—Fusion Strike includes 25 Fusion Strike cards such as Mew VMAX, Genesect V, and Hoopa V. It also includes 20 Pokémon V, 13 full-art Pokémon V, eight Pokémon VMAX, 20 Trainer cards, seven full-art Supporter cards, and one new Special Energy card.

Trainers can find Pokémon TCG products around the world at participating mass, online, and hobby retailers, including Pokémon Center, the premier destination for official, high-quality Pokémon merchandise in the US and Canada. For more information about the Pokémon TCG, please visit Pokemon.com/TCG.

These two Fusion Strike Pokémon can combine their attacks and Abilities to work together to bring down your opponent.

By Tord Reklev, Contributing Writer

In the shorttime since its release, the latest Pokémon Trading Card Game expansion, Sword& Shield—Fusion Strike, has already made a massive impact on themetagame. This can be credited specifically to one archetype that emerged fromthe set: Mew VMAX paired with Genesect V.Using a plethora of the new Battle Style cards with the Fusion Strike label, MewVMAX has become the deck on everyone’s mind. Today, we’re going to dive intowhat makes the deck so powerful and how to best take advantage of the FusionStrike engine.

Pokémon

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    Mew VMAX

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  • 4

    Mew V

    113/264

    swsh8 113

  • 4

    Genesect V

    185/264

    swsh8 185

  • 1

    Latias

    193/264

    swsh8 193

  • 1

    Oricorio

    42/264

    swsh8 42

Energy Cards

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    Fusion Strike Energy

    swsh8 244

  • 3

    Psychic Energy

    nrg1 30

Trainer Cards

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    Peony

    swsh6 150

  • 2

    Boss’s Orders (Giovanni)

    swsh2 154

  • 2

    Elesa’s Sparkle

    swsh8 233

  • 2

    Rose Tower

    swsh3 169

  • 2

    Training Court

    swsh2 169

  • 4

    Cross Switcher

    swsh8 230

  • 4

    Fog Crystal

    swsh6 140

  • 4

    Great Ball

    swsh1 164

  • 4

    Power Tablet

    swsh8 236

  • 4

    Quick Ball

    swsh1 179

  • 4

    Rotom Phone

    swsh35 64

  • 2

    Evolution Incense

    swsh1 163

  • 2

    Switch

    swsh1 183

More Info Copy Deck List

You may rememberan earlier Sword& Shield—Fusion Strikearticle by EllisLonghurst that discussed some of the new cards from the set, including Mew VMAXand Genesect V. These two cards are the main components of this deck, which primarilyfocuses on taking advantage of Mew VMAX’s attack. This move can be used to copyGenesect V’s powerful Techno Blast attack—for only two Energy—or other useful attacksfrom Benched Pokémon.

Before moving on to the main strategy, let’s start by explaining the purposes of the different cards in the list:

Pokémon

The star ofthe show is Mew VMAX.This will be the main attacker in almost every game. For only two Colorless Energy,this Pokémon can use its Cross Fusion Strike attack to copy any attack of a BenchedFusion Strike Pokémon. The best attack to copy will usually be Genesect’sTechno Blast, which does an impressive 210 damage but removes the option toattack on the following turn. Luckily, Mew VMAX has no Retreat Cost, meaning itcan easily retreat from the Active Spot to reset the effect. In addition, MewVMAX has a secondary attack, Max Miracle. Its 130 damage might not seem likemuch, but the attack can crush any pesky effect standing in the way. This meansMew VMAX has a built-in answer to troublesome Abilities like Decidueye’s Deep Forest Camo or Zamazenta V’s DauntlessShield.

With the MewVMAX card being as good as it is, it can be easy to overlook the strongfeatures of its Basic version, Mew V. Mew V also has no Retreat Cost and comeswith two very solid attacks: Energy Mix and Psychic Leap. For a single PsychicEnergy, Mew V can search the deck for any Energy card and attach it to 1 ofyour Fusion Strike Pokémon—which, in this deck, means any of your Pokémon. Thisis an excellent attack to use on the first turn of the game to help set up abackup attacker. The Psychic Leap attack does 70 damage and can shuffle Mew Vback into the deck. Although Mew V will rarely be in a good position to usethis attack, Mew VMAX can take advantage of Psychic Leap by using Cross FusionStrike to copy it. A heavily damaged Mew VMAX can then be shuffled back intothe deck, essentially removing all damage from itself.

The cardthat functions as the deck’s engine is Genesect V. Its Fusion Strike SystemAbility allows the player to draw cards until their hand size matches their numberof Fusion Strike Pokémon in play. As far as consistency cards go, this isnothing short of amazing. With a full Bench of five Pokémon, Fusion StrikeSystem functions the same as Crobat V’s Dark Asset Ability, except that itcan be used multiple times every single turn. To take maximum advantage of thisAbility, the list is constructed in such a way that most cards drawn can beplayed immediately, freeing up the hand and allowing multiple Fusion StrikeSystem Abilities to effectively dig through the deck.

To useTechno Blast, Genesect needs three Energy attached. Since Mew VMAX can copy theattack for only two Energy and has considerably more HP, focus on powering upmultiple Mew VMAX instead of charging Genesect V directly.

To round outthe Pokémon, one copy each of the Fusion Strike Pokémon Latiasand Oricoriohave been added. Latias provides a powerful attack for Mew VMAX to copy in DynaBarrier, which does 70 damage and on the following turn prevents all damagedone to the user by the opponent’s Pokémon VMAX. It’s a similar effect toZamazenta’s Dauntless Shield Ability. Oricorio gives the deck the usefulAbility Lesson in Zeal, which reduces by 20 all damage from your opponent’sPokémon’s attacks done to your Fusion Strike Pokémon. That can sometimes meanthe difference between getting Knocked Out or barely surviving. Combining thiswith Psychic Leap can be especially difficult for your opponent to overcome. MewVMAX can also copy Oricorio’s Glistening Droplets attack to finish off heavilydamaged Pokémon on the Bench.

Trainers

Whenchoosing Trainer cards for this archetype, it’s important to keep Genesect’sFusion Strike System Ability in mind. For that reason, this deck doesn’t run asingle card-drawing Supporter; that job is left to Genesect V. Instead, thislist features three different powerful Supporters: Peony,Elesa’s Sparkle, and Boss’s Orders (Giovanni).

Peony is theperfect fit for this archetype, as it allows the player to search out any twoTrainer cards from the deck at the cost of discarding their whole hand. What isusually a huge drawback for other decks is turned into an advantage here, asFusion Strike System can refill the hand in an instant. This is comparable tousing Professor’s Research, but instead of drawing seven random cards, theplayer can first search out two Trainer cards they want, use them, and thendraw up to six cards.

Elesa’sSparkle attaches a Fusion Strike Energy from the deck to two of the player’s FusionStrike Pokémon, which gives the deck some additional Energy acceleration. Whenfacing opposing Fan of Wavesor Crushing Hammer Item cards, this can be a lifesaver, since beingan Energy short of an attack can quickly spell disaster. In a pinch, this alsoallows Genesect V to be powered up in a more reasonable number of turns. Thatcould be relevant if the opposing Pokémon is a Darkness-type Pokémon (whichthreatens Mew VMAX) or is weak to Metal-type Pokémon.

Boss’s Orders(Giovanni) is an invaluable inclusion in every attacking deck, giving the mainattacker access to the opponent’s Benched Pokémon. This deck will have plentyof time to play this card, since draw Supporters are not competing forSupporter usage.

Further, thelist is running a heavy amount of Pokémon search cards. Quick Ball,Fog Crystal(for Psychic types), and Great Ball are all great for finding Basic FusionStrike Pokémon in the first few turns. Fog Crystal also doubles as a way offinding a Psychic Energy card, letting the deck get away with a relatively low Energycount. Evolution Incense only has one target, Mew VMAX, so you don’t needto run a lot of them. After the initial setup, all these Pokémon-searchingcards can be used for no effect (since you can always “fail to find” whensearching your deck)—which will result in fewer cards in hand, allowing FusionStrike System to draw even more cards. Quick Ball is extra helpful here sinceit allows the player to discard excess cards that would otherwise be stuck inthe hand.

Rotom Phonecan be surprisingly helpful for this deck as it can always be played.Manipulating the top card of the deck has great synergy with Fusion Strike System,making it a lot easier to find specific cards at the right time.

Switchmight seem redundant at first, since both Mew V and Mew VMAX have no Retreat Cost,but often the deck will find itself in a position where only one Mew VMAX is available.Remember that Mew VMAX cannot attack the next turn after using Genesect V’sTechno Blast, but using Cross Switcher or Switch to send Mew VMAX to the Benchwill reset all effects, including this one.

CrossSwitcher is another Fusion Strike card that fits perfectly into this deck. Thesecards can only be used in pairs, granting the effects of both Switch and Boss’sOrders at the same time. Remember that Peony can be used to fetch a pair ofCross Switchers out of the deck, guaranteeing that they’ll be usable at somepoint during the game. This is great for resetting Mew VMAX’s attack and accessingthe opponent’s Benched Pokémon. These cards make the deck a lot more flexibleand are especially useful in the early turns.

Power Tabletboosts Fusion Strike Pokémon’s attacks by 30 damage. There’s no limit to howmany of these can be played in the same turn, so using all four of them resultsin an additional 120 damage. They’re always playable and can help Mew VMAX achieveone-hit Knock Outs on opposing Pokémon VMAX. Another good use for this card is tomake sure that copying Latias’s Dyna Barrier or Mew V’s Psychic Leap can stillthreaten to Knock Out a Pokémon VMAX on the following turn by using one or morePower Tablets.

For Stadiumcards, this deck runs Rose Tower and Training Court.The main purpose of these Stadiums is not the effect they provide, but ratherto counter the opponent’s Path to the Peak, which turns off Genesect V’s FusionStrike System and poses a major threat to the deck’s consistency engine.

Rose Towercan still be helpful on its own, as the player will often have very low handsizes when using this engine. Activating Rose Tower before Fusion Strike Systemcan result in some additional cards drawn, if the cards from Rose Tower areplayable.

The deck runsa low number of Energy cards, meaning Training Court can help in the laterstages of the game to recycle that precious Psychic Energy.

Energy

This deckdoesn’t want to play a lot of Energy cards in total since they’ll clog up thehand and make Fusion Strike System less effective. Cross Fusion Strike alsoneeds only two Energy cards to work. It’s still worthwhile to include a fullplayset of Fusion Strike Energy for Elesa’s Sparkle and a few Psychic Energy forFog Crystal and Training Court.

FusionStrike Energy provides 1 of any type of Energy when attached to a Fusion StrikePokémon, and if that wasn’t enough, it comes with an additional effect. The Pokémonit’s attached to is immune to opposing Pokémon’s Abilities—most notably Inteleon’s Quick Shooting.

Main Strategy

As alreadymentioned, this deck’s focus is using Mew VMAX’s Cross Fusion Strike attack tocopy powerful attacks from Benched Pokémon. To do so, the player needs a MewVMAX with two Energy attached. Like most other top Pokémon VMAX decks in the standardformat, it’s important to get a Basic Pokémon V of the main attacker in playwith an Energy attached on the first turn of the game. Make attaching an Energyto Mew V the primary goal of the first turn. This will allow for evolving,attaching another Energy, and unleashing powerful Cross Fusion Strike attacksas early as the second turn of the game.

Additionally,since this deck’s engine is centered around Genesect V’s Fusion Strike SystemAbility, try to get as many Pokémon as you can in play as quickly as possible.This allows Fusion Strike System to draw more cards and increases the chancesof finding the cards needed.

With thehelp of Peony, a devastating turn is never far away. Using all four PowerTablets in the same turn can happen frequently by combining the power of Peonyand Fusion Strike System, allowing for big one-hit Knock Outs on opposingPokémon VMAX.

Tips and Tricks

In somematchups where a player may want access to Mew V’s attack Psychic Leap, makeroom for three Mew on the field. This will enable the player to have one backupMew VMAX and one Mew V to copy.

When playingagainst Path to the Peak, make good use of Rotom Phone. A common combo tostrip away the Fusion Strike deck’s options is playing Path to the Peakcombined with Marnie.Use Rotom Phone in anticipation of this happening and put a Stadium card on thetop of the deck before ending the turn.

Sometimes itcan be better to hold Rotom Phone in hand when you have multiple Genesect V inplay. Wait until the last Fusion Strike System Ability is used before employingRotom Phone for maximum reach.

If Peonyneeds to be used before a proper field with Genesect V is established, considersearching for Quick Ball and Rose Tower.

The Mew VMAXdeck is arguably the strongest deck in the current Standard format—it’sefficient, it’s powerful, and it’s a ton of fun. If you haven’t done so already,consider trying this deck out for yourself. The number of options the deckpresents in gameplay is way more than expected initially—you don’t want to missout!

Look for more Pokémon TCG strategy and analysis at Pokemon.com/Strategy.

About the Writer

Tord Reklev
Tord Reklev is a contributing writer for Pokemon.com. He is a longtime player from Norway, playing the game since he was 6 years old. He is notable for being the only Masters Division player to win the North America, Europe, and Oceania Internationals, and he recently made Top 4 at the World Championships. Outside of the game, he is a student and enjoys playing tennis. You can find him at most big events and can follow him on Twitter at @TordReklev.

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