Ultra Prism Deck Tech – Torterra

Hello everybody, and welcome to a new series, Deck Tech. In these posts I will take a look at the better cards from new sets and show how to properly use them in decks. Today we will be studying the walking forest, Torterra.

Torterra ULP

(Sorry for the bad scan, couldn’t find a non-Japanese one that was better.)

Edit: Found a better scan on Pokémon.com.

Torterra 180HP [G]

[G][G][C] Giga Drain 50
Heal from this Pokémon the same amount of damage you did to your opponent’s Active Pokémon.

[G][G][G][C] Earthquake 180
This attack does 20 damage to each of your Benched Pokémon. (Don’t apply Weakness and Resistance for Benched Pokémon.)

Weakness – [R] x2
Resistance – [NONE]
Retreat Cost – [C][C][C][C]


This card looks mediocre, and it might be. However, 180 base damage, 210 with choice band, or 230 with Kukui as well, is not something to sneeze at. With certain partners, this card could potentially be quite good.


Lurantis-GX seems like an optimal partner for Torterra, as it can accellerate energy very quickly. It also has a decent GX attack, that can do over 200 damage with little effort.

Venusaur SHL

Venusaur SHL is similar to Lurantis as it helps get the attack charged faster, but instead of putting more energy on, it simply makes the energy worth more. I would rather use Lurantis though, because it is a stage 1.

Vikavolt SUM

This card can accelerate energy as well, but unfortunately it is also a stage 2, and you have to include [L] energy for it to be effective.

Deck List

I have decided to make this card a deck, even though it might not be good. I have chosen Lurantis-GX as a partner instead of Venusaur or Vikavolt. You might notice that I am playing a split of Ultra Ball and Heavy Ball, I still don’t know how many of each to play. I will make this, but keep in mind that this is an experimental list, completely untested.

Pokémon – 18

4 Turtwig ULP
2 Grotle ULP
4 Torterra ULP
3 Fomantis SUM
2 Lurantis-GX SUM
1 Alolan Vulpix GRI
2 Tapu Lele-GX

Trainers – 31

3 Cynthia
2 N
3 Sycamore
1 Professor Kukui
1 Brigette
1 Acerola
3 Guzma
2 Ultra Ball
2 Heavy Ball
4 Rare Candy
2 Field Blower
1 Rescue Stretcher
3 Choice Band
2 Float Stone
1 Pal Pad

Energy – 11

11 Grass Energy

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