The mark of Zoroark
The Pokémon Sword & Shield - Lost Origin expansion is now available for the Pokémon Trading Card Game, featuring lots of new cards for you to play with. To help players out, the Pokémon Company has shared a new article featuring strategy tips for one of those cards in particular: Hisuian Zoroark VSTAR. Past Zoroark cards have been known as major powerhouses in the game, and it looks like Hisuian Zoroark is no exception.
It’s reminiscent of Zoroark-GX in that it can attack for two Colorless Energy with damage based on the number of Pokémon on your side of the field. It also has a powerful Ability—this time a VSTAR Power—that draws additional cards.
It may seem difficult at first to spread damage counters on your side of the field, but doing so is necessary if you want to boost the damage of Hisuian Zoroark VSTAR’s Ticking Curse attack. However, look no further than these supplementary cards for help: Gengar and Damage Pump from Sword & Shield—Lost Origin, and Gapejaw Bog from Sword & Shield—Astral Radiance. All three provide effective ways of slightly damaging your Pokémon, although realistically you’ll need six damaged Pokémon in play to pick up Knock Outs against Pokémon VSTAR and VMAX. This means you’ll need to carefully plan out when you put Pokémon onto your Bench.
Click here for the full in-depth examination of Giratina VSTAR, including how to best build a deck around it and utilize it in battle.