Ballin’ On a Budget

What’s Poppin PTCGO Store readers? Chilling Reign has been out almost two months now, and I’ve had my fair share of time to test most of the new Pokemon online decks. While some of my other articles might feature Pokemon TCG cards that may require a handful of PTCGO code cards, this article has a bunch of cheaper Pokemon online decks to build. Some of the coolest decks don’t need to cost a whole bunch, like Malamar (Chilling Reign), and they can compete with a lot of the best decks in the format. This article aims to share my favorite budget decks that are rocking out in the Chilling Reign Pokemon metagame and let you know why they are so awesome! If you’re missing any cards for these decks, use code zlesage5 to save 5% on your next order of PTCGO codes right here at PTCGO Store. That being said, let’s hop into some of these awesome decks! 

1. Blissey V

Blissey V

Blissey V (Chilling Reign) is one of the most underrated cards from the set, and therefore it's a pretty cheap pick (check for yourself on The goal with this deck is to get a bunch of Energy into your Discard Pile with Hapu (Unified Minds) and use healing cards, like Suspicious Food Tin (Champions Path), to keep Blissey V kicking for as many turns as possible. This deck is effective and cheap - what could go wrong?

Deck List

Pokémon - 4 

4 Blissey V CRE 183

Trainer Cards - 38 

4 Cape of Toughness DAA 160
4 Hapu UNM 200
4 Suspicious Food Tin CPA 66
4 Hyper Potion CPA 54
4 Pokégear 3.0 UNB 182
4 Quick Ball SSH 179 
3 Boss's Orders SHF 58
3 Professor's Research SHF 60
2 Reset Stamp UNM 206
2 Marnie SSH 169 
4 Path to the Peak CRE 148

Energy - 18 

4 Psychic Energy SWSHEnergy 5 
3 Capture Energy RCL 171
4 Lucky Energy CRE 158
4 Powerful {C} Energy DAA 176
3 Weakness Guard Energy UNM 213

Total Cards - 60

2. Malamar (Rapid Strike)


Usually, non-Holo Rares are generally cheap to pick up, and that's the case here with Malamar  (Chilling Reign). The goal is to fill your hand with a bunch of Rapid Strike cards to hit hard with Rapid Strike Tentacles! Cinccino (Sword and Shield) can help you draw into them easily, オクタン (Battle Styles) can directly search them out, and Bruno (Battle Styles) is an amazing draw Supporter in this deck. While the effectiveness of this deck relies on the amount of Rapid Strike cards you have in your hand, it is always fun to try and get there!

Deck List

Pokémon - 22 

3 Minccino SHF 166
3 Cinccino SHF 167
4 Inkay CRE 69
1 Mew PR-SM 215
1 Oricorio-GX CEC 95
4 Malamar CRE 70
3 Remoraid BST 36
3 Octillery PR-SW 89

Trainer Cards - 32 

3 Evolution Incense SSH 163 
2 Tower of Waters BST 138
2 Ordinary Rod SSH 171 
3 Bruno BST 121
2 Air Balloon SSH 156 
1 Boss's Orders SHF 58
4 Level Ball BST 129 
4 Professor's Research SHF 60
3 Great Ball CPA 52
4 Fog Crystal CRE 140 
4 Korrina's Focus BST 128

Energy - 6 

2 Psychic Energy SWSHEnergy 5 
4 Spiral Energy CRE 159

Total Cards - 60

3. “Baby” Single Strike Urshifu

Urshifu Single Strike

I originally saw a video on Single Strike Urshifu (Chilling Reign) on Andrew Mahone’s Tricky Gym channel, and I instantly thought this deck was super cool. Taking the same Houndoom (Battle Styles) engine from the semi-successful Single Strike Urshifu VMAX (Battle Styles) deck and adding it to this deck to accelerate Fists of Strife works great! Since this deck doesn’t have VMAX Pokemon or really expensive Pokemon-GX in it, the deck remains effectively within the budget deck territory!

Deck List

Pokémon - 18 

4 Houndour BST 95
4 Houndoom PR-SW 90
4 Single Strike Urshifu CRE 108
4 Kubfu CRE 93
1 Mew PR-SM 215
1 Oricorio-GX CEC 95

Trainer Cards - 32 

1 Karen's Conviction CRE 144
4 Evolution Incense SSH 163 
1 Ordinary Rod SSH 171 
4 Tower of Darkness BST 137
1 Welcoming Lantern CRE 156
4 Bruno BST 121
2 Air Balloon SSH 156 
3 Boss's Orders SHF 58
4 Level Ball BST 129 
4 Professor's Research SHF 60
4 Urn of Vitality BST 139

Energy - 10 

4 Capture Energy RCL 171
2 Darkness Energy SWSHEnergy 7
4 Single Strike Energy BST 141

Total Cards - 60

4. Lucario & Melmetal-GX

Lucario and Melmetal Gx

Traditionally decks that feature on Tag Team Pokemon-GX and Pokemon V are on the pricier side, but most of these cards are relatively low cost. Lucario & Melmetal-GX (Unbroken Bonds) contains only eight Pokemon, nine if you toss in an Aegislash V (Vivid Voltage ), so the cost mainly stays within the Trainer cards which are generally very cheap! This is one of the best Pokemon online decks we have in the entire game and can be built mostly out of promo cards from right here at the PTCGO Store.

Deck List

Pokémon - 8 

2 Lucario & Melmetal-GX PR-SM 192
4 Zacian V PR-SW 18
2 Zamazenta V PR-SW 19

Trainer Cards - 38 

2 Cynthia & Caitlin CEC 189 
4 Metal Saucer SSH 170
3 Mallow & Lana CEC 198
3 Metal Goggles TEU 148
2 Chaotic Swell CEC 187
2 Quick Ball SSH 179 
3 Boss's Orders SHF 58
2 Professor's Research SHF 60
3 Lillie's Poké Doll CEC 197
2 Guzma & Hala CEC 193
4 Tag Call CEC 206
4 Marnie SSH 169 
4 Switch SSH 183

Energy - 14 

2 Coating {M} Energy VIV 163
1 Capture Energy RCL 171
11 Metal Energy SWSHEnergy 8

Total Cards - 60

5. Decidueye


Decidueye (Darkness Ablaze) is one of the best Pokemon Online decks in format because it stops most Pokemon VMAX, Pokemon V, and Pokemon-GX right in their tracks! Deep Forest Camo is hard to get around, and インテレオン (Chilling Reign) allows you to get close to isolating any threat that is pressing around Decidueye. It isn’t always the most fun deck to play because your opponent is always draw-passing, but winning is certainly cool too! Give this deck a whirl to take down those expensive decks, like Shadow Rider Calyrex VMAX (Chilling Reign).

Deck List

Pokémon - 21 

1 Snorlax PR-SW 68
4 Rowlet CEC 18
4 Decidueye SHF 76
1 Mew PR-SM 215
4 Sobble CRE 41
4 Drizzile SHF 99
2 Inteleon PR-SW 113
1 Inteleon SHF 100

Trainer Cards - 30 

3 Evolution Incense SSH 163 
1 Ordinary Rod SSH 171 
1 Energy Spinner UNB 170
2 Rosa CEC 204
1 Quick Ball SSH 179 
4 Rare Candy SSH 180 
2 Pokémon Communication TEU 152
2 Big Parasol DAA 157
2 Boss's Orders SHF 58
4 Level Ball BST 129 
2 Scoop Up Net RCL 165 
2 Professor's Research SHF 60
4 Marnie SSH 169 

Energy - 9 

4 Capture Energy RCL 171
5 Grass Energy SWSHEnergy 1

Total Cards - 60

Happy Testing

Whether you’re trying to become the next Chill TCG champion or play fun games on the Versus ladder, these Chilling Reign budget decks are a great place to explore for everyone! I’m stoked to continuously test these decks and learn more about the metagame myself! If you need any codes for your own testing or collection, PTCGO Store is one of the best places to pick up cards for PTCGO. And you can always use code zlesage5 to save 5% on your next order of PTCGO codes. Happy testing!


Zach Lesage is a contributing writer for PTCGO Store. As a Toronto local, he has been playing the Pokemon Trading Card Game since 2005 and creates Pokemon content as his full time career. He creates YouTube content, coaches players to become better in-game, 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.