More Paradox Pokémon are here thanks to the Pokémon TCG: Scarlet & Violet—Temporal Forces expansion! Paradox Pokémon provided unique options in the recent Paradox Rift format, and we now can build an entire deck around their Ancient or Future synergy. If we could harness that synergy, could the “Ancient Toolbox” deck make waves in the current metagame…or should it just be left in the past? Let’s take a look!

Decks that do damage based on what is in the discard pile have been around for ages in the Pokémon TCG. In previous formats, decks revolving around Flareon or Vespiquen have tried to fill their discard pile with Pokémon—and don’t forget the recent United Wings deck that did damage for each Pokémon in your discard pile with the United Wings attack! However, Roaring Moon from the new Scarlet & Violet—Temporal Forces expansion provides a slightly different take on this with its Vengeance Fletching attack, doing 70 damage plus 10 more for each Ancient card in your discard pile.

Initially, this seems very daunting: Pokémon these days can have massive HP—all the way up to Charizard ex’s 330! However, Ancient cards can fill a wide variety of roles in a deck, and there are a ton of strong cards that just happen to have the Ancient tag. This makes it very easy to start swinging with Roaring Moon’s Vengeance Fletching for two-hit Knock Outs on any Pokémon, and it only goes up from there.

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