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Caleb Gedemer

Fire in Akala Island's Volcano Park — Volcanion Revamped with Kiawe for Worlds

It’s time to start your Worlds trial with Volcanion. See if the new Kiawe card from Burning Shadows can help!

03. 08. 2017 by Caleb Gedemer


Volcanion has been a threat since its release, and it’s only gotten better since the ultimate downfall of M Mewtwo-EX once Garbodor with Trashalanche was released. It took a Top Eight finish at the most recent big tournament, the North American International Championship, too! Guardians Rising introduced Turtonator-GX, and Burning Shadows is going to be giving Volcanion players three new tools: Ho-Oh-GX, Guzma, and Kiawe. Ho-Oh-GX is a great attacker, but Kiawe is going to be even more influential on the game. Take a look at some translations:

Ho-Oh-GX – Fire – HP190
Basic Pokemon

[R][C][C] Sacred Fire: This attack does 50 damage to 1 of your opponent’s Pokemon. (Don’t apply Weakness and Resistance for Benched Pokemon.)

[R][R][R][C] Phoenix Burn: 180 damage. This Pokemon can’t use Phoenix Burn during your next turn.

[R][C][C] Eternal Flame GX: Put 3 in combination of [R] Pokemon-EX or Pokemon-GX from your discard pile onto your Bench. (You can’t use more than 1 GX attack per game.)

When your Pokemon-GX is Knocked Out, your opponent takes 2 Prize cards.

Weakness: Lightning (x2)
Resistance: Fighting (-20)
Retreat: 2

Guzma – Trainer

Switch your opponent’s Active Pokemon with 1 of their Benched Pokemon. Then, switch your Active Pokemon with 1 of your Benched Pokemon.

You can only play 1 Supporter card during your turn (before your attack).

Kiawe – Trainer

Search your deck for 4 [R] Energy and attach them to 1 of your Pokemon. Then, shuffle your deck. Your turn ends.

You may play only 1 Supporter card during your turn (before your attack).

Hopefully you can see the obvious strength of both of these cards. Now, let me begin today’s piece, I hope you enjoy it!


Volcanion, it’s been around all season, and it appears to be getting better and better with each set that comes out. Kiawe is the next big addition to the deck, and boy is it ever good. Volcanion’s had a problem in the past with running out of attackers, and being too far behind on Prizes to have enough time to get another attacker going. Kiawe fixes that and then some, since you can get ahead in the “Energy attachment war” and have the potential to get right back into it later on with another Kiawe drop.

Volcanion aims to take everything in its path down in one attack. Volcanion-EX has Steam Up, which can boost the attack of a Basic Fire Pokemon by 30 damage with each use. The deck uses a variety of powerful Fire type Pokemon with efficient attacks to chain big Knockouts and win the game.

This archetype has been a staple of the game all season long, and I firmly believe that Kiawe is going to make it even better. Ho-Oh-GX is another great addition to the deck, and maybe even more importantly, Guzma kills two birds with one stone in this deck. Formerly, most Volcanion builds packed one or more copy of Olympia as a hard switching card to reset the effect of Volcanion’s Volcanic Heat. Now, it’s time to check out my current deck list…

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