In the past, Darkrai had a lot of different partners: Sableye, Hidreigon, Hammers, Garbodor etc. Now, with the release of the XY base set, Darkrai has found a few new friends. But before we get into it let’s take a look at what the deck used to look like:

4 Darkrai EX
3 Sableye
1 Keldeo EX
1 Mr.Mime

4 Dark Patch
4 Hypnotoxic Lasser
4 Random Receiver
3 Ultra Ball
3 Pokemon Catcher
2 Bicycle
2 Enhanced Hammer
2 Dark Claw
1 Max Potion
1 Tool Scrapper
1 Energy Search
1 Dowsing Machine
2 Virbank City Gym
1 Frozen City

4 N
4 Professor Juniper
1 Bianca

11 Dark Energy

Darkrai EX

That was Israel Sosa’s first place regional deck list.

So on to what’s new

The big card that everyone’s talking about: Yveltal EX!!!

  • 170HP Evil Ball DC 20: This attack does 20 more damage times the amount of energy attached to both active pokemon.
  • Y Cyclone DCC 90: Move an energy from this pokemon to 1 of your benched pokemon.

This pokemon strongly ressembles Mewtwo EX’s X-Ball. Evil Ball is way better for 2 reasons:

  1. unlike X-Ball, Evil Ball has a base damage output of 20.
  2. Yveltal EX is a darkness pokemon, so it can benefit from all the advantages of Darkrai EX, Dark Patch, etc.

Dark decks now have a new attacker, Darkrai gets pushed to the side. He becomes more of a support pokemon just for the free retreat it provides to pokemon with Dark Energy. Also, on a similar note, Sableye has been outclassed. The deck would rather start off with a normal Yveltal EX to do a bit of damage and accelerate the energy.

Let’s take a look at an other sample deck list:

3 Yveltal EX
2 Darkrai EX
2 Yveltal
2 Sableye
1 Absol
1 Keldeo EX

4 Hypnotoxic Lasser
4 Dark Patch
4 Ultra Ball
3 Energy Switch
3 Muscle Band
3 Red Card
2 Bicycle
2 Random Receiver
1 Professor’s Letter
1 Tool Scrapper
1 Escape Rope
1 Computer Search
2 Virbank City Gym

4 N
4 Professor Juniper
1 Colress

10 Dark Energy

Yveltal EX

What’s changed?

The deck became a lot faster, thus Sableye is less needed. Quick energy acceleration becomes the focal point of this deck. This is also why DCE made it into the deck; it counts for 2 energies on Yveltal EX‘s Evil Ball.

Futher more, Red Card made it on my list. The deck has trouble against decks like Blastoise and Emboar. The deck could find room for a Garbodor line and a few Float Stones, but I feel that Garbodor is a litle bit counterproductive. The deck wants to be as fast as possible and Garbodor just slows the deck down by requiring set-up. Red Card does not cost you any speed and it helps slow down the opponent’s set-up.

What a new support? Yes, Colress can now be played. In the current format, most decks play a lot of bench pokemon, wich obviously is great for Colress. Also, The new deck plays more pokemon. It’s not uncommun to have a bench of 3 to 4 pokemon: maybe an Yveltal EX, a Darkrai EX, a Sableye and a Keldeo EX.

Energy Search has now become obsolete. Professor’s Letter does the job twice as good and it works very well with cards like Ultra Ball, Computer Search and Professor Juniper.

Why Muscle Band over Dark Claw? Well, if ever you need to attack with Keldeo EX, 20 more damage can make a huge difference. Also, if ever you tech an attacker like Buffalant, its attack can get a bit more of a kick.With the new rule change, Pokemon Catcher has become an unpredictible card, I would try to avoid cards like that. Most of the time, the deck can one hit OK pokemon, so it shouldn’t be a problem.

This list should give you a good idea of what the deck might look like, but only time will tell. Provincials are coming up, so expect this deck to pop up soon.