User:Politoed666/DragTrode (TCG)

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Dark Dragonite and Dark Electrode
Types used DarknessLightningColorless
Major cards Dark Dragonite, Dark Electrode, Pidgeot, Dunsparce
Era 2004-2005

DragTrode was a successful deck archetype during the 2004-2005 season of Pokémon Trading Card Game organized play. It built on the synergy between Dark Electrode's Darkness Navigation Poké-Power and Dark Dragonite's Dark Trance Poké-Power. The deck's name is a combination of Dragonite and Electrode, the deck's aforementioned main Pokémon.


Dunsparce was the deck's ideal starter Pokémon, as was the case with most archetypes from DragTrode's era. Dunsparce's Strike and Run attack allowed the player to search his or her deck for three Basic Pokémon and place them onto the bench. Then, he or she could elect to shuffle Dunsparce into the deck. Because DragTrode required multiple evolutions to function optimally, it was important to get as many Basic Pokémon as possible into play early. By using Dunsparce in combination with Supporters such as Celio's Network, the player aimed to get Pidgeot and Dark Dragonair into play quickly. Pidgeot's Quick Search Poké-Power allowed the user to add any card from the deck to his or her hand, once per turn. Dark Dragonair provided a similar (but much weaker) effect; the card chosen was limited to Evolution cards. Using Quick Search and Evolutionary Light, the DragTrode player aimed to get as many Dark Dragonite and Dark Electrode into play as possible.

Key Cards

Typical decklist

The deck list appearing below is not official; it is meant to represent an average build of the archetype, not specifically constructed for any regional metagame. Being that this is merely an archetype, a player may wish to change any part of this deck when building his or her own version.

Quantity Card Type Rarity
Dark Dragonite Darkness Rare
Dark Dragonair Darkness Uncommon
Dratini Colorless Common
Dark Electrode DarknessLightning Rare Holo
Voltorb Lightning Common
Rocket's Sneasel ex Darkness Rare Holo ex
Pidgeot Colorless Rare Holo
Pidgeotto Colorless Uncommon
Pidgey Colorless Common
Dunsparce Colorless Common
Steven's Advice Su Uncommon
Celio's Network Su Uncommon
Copycat Su Uncommon
Mr. Briney's Compassion Su Uncommon
Rare Candy T Uncommon
VS Seeker T Uncommon
Ancient Technical Machine [Rock] T Uncommon
Pow! Hand Extension T Uncommon
Strength Charm T Uncommon
Rocket's Tricky Gym St Uncommon
Special Darkness Energy Darkness E Rare
Rainbow Energy Rainbow E Rare
Dark Metal Energy Darkness E Uncommon
R Energy Darkness E Uncommon

Possible Tech Cards

External links

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