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Welcome to the Underworld

What’s up, Po Town readers? Have you been playing with the new Evolving Skies cards yet? I certainly have, and I’ve been having a blast. In our new Post RotationSword and Shield on format, plenty of new pokemon online decks have started to make their mark - Jolteon VMAX (Evolving Skies), UmbreonVMAX (Evolving Skies), and even Ludicolo (Evolving Skies). While it’s usually the case where most players love to flock to the newest available decks in the format, I’m letting you all know that Shadow Rider Calyrex VMAX (Chilling Reign) is the best deck in the format! Yeah, it’s truly a bold claim, but it seems like the only deck that has a comeback mechanic, in the form of Cresselia (Chilling Reign), that allows you to get around the dreaded starting coin flip. If you’re missing any of the cards for this deck, feel free to pick up some PTCGO codes right here at PoTown Store! There is a lot of ground to cover, so let’s start trotting.

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As I become more accomplished in this game, I don’t feel like I play in as many events anymore. I run my own Late Night Series events on Mondays, I am the official caster for Chill TCG on Wednesdays, and most of the “money” events on weekends ask me to run their streams. I’m flattered with all of the cool things going on, but it leaves me with limited events to play in. Well, last week, I was actually able to play in the Dimension Valley TCG event, and I decided to give Shadow Rider Calyrex VMAX a try. I did decently well with it during Day 2 of the (POG) Pokémon Online Global Championships, and it seems better in our Post Rotation format. Largely the heavy Darkness-type presence no longer exists - there are very few Darkness-type decks in the game right now. Eternatus VMAX (Darkness Ablaze) is recovering from the loss of Pokémon Communication (Team Up), Weavile-GX (Unified Minds) was the backbone of almost every Darkness-type deck, and powerful Tag Team attacking options are gone. We still have to deal with a splash of Galarian Moltres V (Chilling Reign) here and a dash of Umbreon VMAX there, but it’s way less than before. Jumping into the event, I teched my deck as best as I could for the metagame, so let’s check that out:

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Shadow Rider Calyrex VMAX Deck

Pokémon (15)

Trainers (33)

Energy (12)

2x Crobat V PR-SW 1103x Marnie PR-SW 12112x Psychic Energy CRE 232
1x Alcremie V CPA 224x Fog Crystal CRE 227
1x Cresselia EVS 2284x Evolution Incense SSH 163
1x Galarian Articuno PR-SW 1233x Training Court RCL 169
1x Pumpkaboo EVS 762x Switch SUM 160
1x Shadow Rider Calyrex V PR-SW 1313x Boss's Orders RCL 189
3x Shadow Rider Calyrex V CRE 1724x Professor's Research SSH 201
1x Alcremie VMAX CPA 234x Quick Ball SSH 216
4x Shadow Rider Calyrex VMAX CRE 2053x Air Balloon SSH 213

1x Ordinary Rod SSH 215

2x Path to the Peak CRE 148

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While my original list focused on many different options, like Pumpkaboo (Evolving Skies) to get around Stadiums, the main strategy of Shadow Rider Calyrex VMAX is a little different. You want to get out as many Shadow Rider Calyrex V (Chilling Reign) to eventually Evolve them into Shadow RiderCalyrex VMAX. At that stage of the game, you want to use Underworld Door to power up your Pokemon quickly and swing hard with Max Geist. Alcremie VMAX (Champions Path) functions as a strong backup option that allows you to either use Adornment if you need more Energy in play or as a way to OHKO whatever stands in your path with G Max Whisk. The reason why I view this deck so highly is that it’s the only deck in the format that has an out to the opening coin flip. Every single deck in the format wants to go first, and that's true here too, but if you go second, at least you can use Cresselia. I’ve since updated my list to reflect this strategy so let’s check that out:

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Shadow Rider Calyrex VMAX / Alcremie VMAX Deck

Pokémon (15)

Trainers (33)

Energy (12)

1x Crobat V PR-SW 1103x Marnie PR-SW 12112x Psychic Energy CRE 232
2x Alcremie V CPA 224x Fog Crystal CRE 227
2x Cresselia EVS 2284x Evolution Incense SSH 163
1x Shadow Rider Calyrex V PR-SW 1311x Pal Pad SSH 172
3x Shadow Rider Calyrex V CRE 1723x Training Court RCL 169
2x Alcremie VMAX CPA 231x Phoebe BST 161
4x Shadow Rider Calyrex VMAX CRE 2052x Switch SUM 160

3x Boss's Orders RCL 189

4x Professor's Research SSH 201

4x Quick Ball SSH 216

3x Air Balloon SSH 213

1x Ordinary Rod SSH 215

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Shadow Rider Calyrex VMAX has received a bit of a bad reputation due to “how easy” the deck is to play from most of the community. In many senses, using Underworld Door a whole bunch and announcing Max Geist isn’t as difficult as planning multiple turns with Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX (Battle Styles), there are still nuances to be understood. Some matchups are slightly easier than others, while some require you to balance particular resources throughout the match. The five decks below aren’t necessarily the entire metagame, but they’re some of the best performing decks in our new metagame so far. Let’s check them out.

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Shadow Rider Calyrex VMAX

The mirror match can get a little sticky, but you can try and outspeed your opponent by going first. I know someone out there thinks Cresselia is a much better strategy, but have you ever gone first, attached an Energy, used a few Underworld Door Abilities on your second turn, and topped it off with Alcremie VMAX using Adornment? You want to stay as resourceful as possible while acquiring more Energy in play than your opponent. If you need to use G Max Whisk to OHKO a Shadow Rider Calyrex VMAX, do it. If you need to sacrifice a Cresselia because you missed an attachment, do it. I’ve also had a lot of success isolating their opposing Alcremie VMAX, OHKOing it, and letting them suffer without a response option. As I said, it's a sticky matchup, and your starting hand likely matters more than most think.

Jolteon VMAX

I actually played this matchup the other day from the Jolteon VMAX perspective, and it’s much closer than you think. Their goal is to use Max Thunder Rumble three times and hitting two VMAX Pokemon. You can play around with this strategy by not Evolving one of the Pokemon V that they hit to effectively add an extra turn to their win condition. Since Jolteon VMAX has such a low amount of HP, you can either use Max Geist with ten Energy in play, or you can use G Max Whisk to discard five Energy. Do that twice, and you’ve likely won the game!

Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX

This is one of your most favorable matchups because Jirachi-GX (Unified Minds) has rotated out of our Standard format, and you now have access to that sweet Psychic Weakness. Their only strategy against you is to catch you with a weaker start and G Max Rapid Flow two of your VMAX Pokemon three times each to “steal” the game. Similar to the Jolteon VMAX strategy, don’t Evolve one of the Pokemon that was hit to stop them in their tracks.

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Dragapult VMAX

While the finals of my Late Night Series #5 have Henry Brand (@BenryBrand) as the champion with Dragapult VMAX (Rebel Clash), it easily could have been Shadow Rider Calyrex VMAX if Jun0712 didn’t prematurely attach their last Air Balloon (Sword and Shield). This matchup strictly comes down to one factor: Can Shadow Rider Calyrex VMAX effectively respond to Path to the Peak (Chilling Reign) + Marnie (Sword and Shield)? If yes, you usually outpace them with your damage output and win the game. If not, they might be able to outpace you with their damage output and win the game. My personal favorite strategy in this matchup is to get two Alcremie VMAX setup, fill my Bench, and use Adornment. I’m now able to follow up with a G Max Whisk and put myself halfway to winning the game.

Zacian V

Zacian V(Sword and Shield) is going to be their main attacker, but Zamazenta V (Sword and Shield) is really the Pokemon you want to deal with. This is why I play Phoebe (Battle Styles) and Pal Pad (Sword and Shield) so that you can effectively get through Dauntless Shield. Hold onto those resources throughout the game and plan on OHKOing one Zacian V and two Zamazenta V. If you can effectively do that, you’ll likely be able to win the game.

Goodbye from the Shadows

In our Post Rotation Pokemon TCG Online metagame, there are plenty of amazing pokemon online decks to choose from, and Shadow Rider Calyrex VMAX is merely one of those options. It certainly is one of the best options to play, but what I’m trying to say is that in our Post Rotation format, there are plenty of decks to discover. This article should help you out on our Pokemon journey, and I welcome you to use it as a resource when testing your next games of PTCGO. And again, if you need any PTCGO codes, you are here already, feel free to pick some up at PoTown Store to complete your decks! I plan on covering as many of the top decks as possible and sharing them with our community. I hope you’ve enjoyed this article, and remember to play some Pokemon!

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Zach Lesage is a contributing writer for As a Toronto local, he has been playing the Pokemon Trading Card Game since 2005 and creates Pokemon content as his full time career. As Zach Lesage PTCG, he creates YouTube content, streams on Twitch, and provides hot takes on his Twitter. With multiple prestigious accomplishments in the game, such as the 2020 Players Cup 2 Champion and the 2020 Oceania International Championships Finalist, he has proven his success in the game. Outside of the game, he travels the world, enjoys the culture of designer streetwear, and is a professionally trained chef. You can catch him at most Pokemon events and follow him on Twitter @ZachLesagePTCG.


How do you beat Shadow rider in Calyrex TCG? ›

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Is Shadow Rider Calyrex good? ›

Calyrex's Shadow Rider form is one of the most threatening sweepers in the current metagame, capable of outrunning and knocking out many Pokemon with its STAB moves. With a 165 Base Special Attack Stat, the High King Pokemon is a special sweeper that all teams should prepare for!

How do you play Shadow Rider Calyrex? ›

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Is Shadow Rider Calyrex v rare? ›

(171 In Stock from $1.92 - $9.89 each.)
Sword & Shield: Chilling Reign Singles.
RarityRare Holo V
Retreat Cost2
Attack1Shadow Mist 10 - During your opponent's next turn, they can't play any Special Energy or Stadium cards from their hand.
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Does Calyrex have a hidden ability? ›

Shadow Rider Calyrex's Ability, As One, is a new Ability introduced with the Pokémon Sword Expansion Pass and Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass. This Ability combines the effects of both Calyrex's Unnerve Ability and Spectrier's Grim Neigh Ability.

How do you get the Ice rider in Calyrex? ›

Complete the King of Bountiful Harvest Chapter

Calyrex appears in its Ice Rider form when the player has chosen to capture Glastrier by planting the Iceroot Carrot during the King of Bountiful Harvest Chapter of the Crown Tundra story.

Which form of Calyrex is best? ›

Calyrex Forms — Is Spectrier Or Glastrier Better? Personally, I think Spectrier Calyrex is far more useful than the Glastrier variant. It has outrageous Special Attack and Speed stats, which means it can make full use of its Psychic and Ghost STAB (same-type-attack-bonus) affinities.

What is shadow rider Calyrex weakness? ›

Calyrex (Shadow Rider) is a Psychic/Ghost type Pokémon, which makes it especially weak against Ghost and Dark moves.

What's the best Moveset for Calyrex? ›

The best moves for Calyrex are Confusion and Psychic when attacking Pokémon in Gyms. This move combination has the highest total DPS and is also the best moveset for PVP battles.

How do you use Alcremie Vmax? ›

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What is shadow rider Calyrex V worth? ›

Shadow Rider Calyrex V #74 Pokemon Chilling Reign
Sale DateTitle▲ ▼ Price
2022-07-08Shadow Rider Calyrex V - 74/198 Holo Pokemon Card Chilling Reign NM$2.99
2022-07-08Pokémon TCG Shadow Rider Calyrex V Chilling Reign 074/198 Holo Ultra Rare 074/198$1.44
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How much is Shadow Rider Calyrex V worth full art? ›

Shadow Rider Calyrex V #171 Pokemon Chilling Reign
Sale DateTitle▲ ▼ Price
2022-07-08Near MINT Shadow Rider Calyrex V Full Art - Pokemon Chilling Reign 171/198$20.53
2022-07-07Shadow Rider Calyrex V Full Art 171/198 Chilling Reign NM-Mint Pokemon TCG #171$11.00
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What type is Shadow Rider Calyrex? ›

Shadow Rider Calyrex is a Psychic/Ghost-Pokémon and a fusion with Spectrier. Calyrex is a merciful Pokémon, capable of providing healing and blessings.

Can you breed Spectrier? ›

Breeding. Spectrier learns no moves via breeding.

What set is Crobat V from? ›

Sword & Shield: Darkness Ablaze Singles
RarityRare Holo V
Attack1Venomous Fang 70 - Your opponent's Active Pokémon is now Poisoned.
SetDarkness Ablaze
ArtistPLANETA Mochizuki
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