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V and VMAX Pokémon
Pokémon V and VMAX cards are similar to past EX cards in that they're stronger than regular Pokémon, but your opponent takes extra prize cards when they defeat them (2 from a V, 3 from a VMAX).
Still, Vs and their evolutions more than compensate with giant HP pools and whopping attacks, and the ever-popular Eevee family bears many worthy candidates—which reign supreme? These are the ten best Eeveelution V cards!
10. Sylveon V
With Fairy out of the TCG, Sylveon is reworked as a Psychic-type. Either way, she's got a great ability (Dream Gift) that lets you find any item from your deck, but then your turn ends. So you can't attack the turn you use it, but it's great on your first turn (when you can't attack anyway) or when you need a crucial tool.
Beyond that, she has Magical Shot, an underwhelming attack that deals 60 for two, but does accept energy from any type.
9. Leafeon V
Where Syleon's power finds an item, Leafeon's attaches a grass energy to any one of your Pokémon, but again ends your turn. Still, this is another fantastic opening move, helping you quickly build towards the three-energy requirement of Leaf Blade, which hits for either 90 or 150 based on a coin flip.
Not bad for a basic Pokémon, but you can put three energy to much better use with…
8. Leafeon VMAX
Dynamax Leafeon for his 310 HP-bearing evolution. Grass Knot isn't the best move, dealing 60 per retreat cost energy on the defending Pokémon, but Max Leaf is a big upgrade from Leaf Blade, now dealing 170 (with no coin flip) and healing 30.
To fortify Leafeon's defenses, you might want the Snowleaf Badge tool, which removes his Fire weakness and makes retreating free.
7. Jolteon V
Jolteon is slightly frail for a V at 190, but can retreat for free, so it's rarely an issue. Thunder Spear is weak but versatile, needing one energy of any type to hit any target (even the bench if you like) for 20.
Pin Missile requires three energy, but flips four coins and lands 60 for each heads, averaging a solid 120. You can also make Jolteon surprisingly fast with the Elemental Badge upgrade, which makes his attacks one cheaper, and it can also be used by his stage 1 form…
6. Jolteon VMAX
Jolteon's evolved card only has one attack, but with the Elemental Badge reducing its cost, you can get away with only ever giving him one energy, letting you start attaching energy to benched allies. This comes in handy if Jolteon gets hit with a status condition, which he can easily shed thanks to a free retreat.
Oh, and his attack's not bad, dealing 100 to the defending and 100 to a benched enemy that already has damage—remember his V form can use Thunder Spear to prep this spread damage.
5. Espeon V
Espeon is surprisingly sturdy with 200 HP and a resistance to Fighting. Her first attack, Zen Shot, needs one Psychic Energy and simply hits a Pokémon V (or VMAX) for 60. You can target the bench too, but if you need more power, attach three energy to use Super Psy Bolt, which simply scores 120.
4. Espeon VMAX
Retreating Espeon gets more expensive when she dynamaxes (one to two), but it's worth it for the HP boost and ability: Solar Revelation prevents effects (not damage) from opposing attacks to your team as long as they have energy attached.
That's right, you don't need to worry about status conditions or other tricks, making raw damage the only way for opponents to respond. Meanwhile, VMAX Espeon's Max Mindstorm deals 60 damage per energy on all opposing units; an admittedly conditional attack, but far from a bad one for just two energy.
3. Flareon V
210 HP is great for a basic V, and Flareon can use any energy for his first attack, Flame Breath, which is pitifully weak at 20 damage, but attaches a Fire energy to Flareon from your deck.
Then, simply attach another on your next turn to start using Scorching Column, which lands a great 120 and burns the target, inflicting 20 damage between turns (until it wins the coin flip that follows the damage).
2. Glaceon V
Like Flareon, Glaceon is beefy at 210 HP, and her first attack, Frozen Awakening, searches and plays her VMAX form, quickly evolving her. This means you won't often get to use her second move, Heavy Snow, but it's not bad either, landing 120 and discarding any stadium in play.
Plus, alongside Leafeon, Glaceon is one of 2 units that can equip the Snowleaf Badge, removing her Metal weakness and retreat cost.
1. Glaceon VMAX
Glaceon quickly Vmaxes thanks to her basic form's first attack, quickly skyrocketing to 310 HP and gaining her awesome ability, which prevents damage to her from any VMAX (except other Glaceons). With that, your opponents have no choice but to use basic Vs or regular Pokémon to combat her.
Meanwhile, Glaceon will be wrecking town with Max Icicle, which hits for 150 plus 30 to a benched enemy. Don't forget you can use a Double Colorless energy to access the attack a little faster.
Eevee Decks in the Pokémon TCG
Remember, since Pokémon V are all basics, you don't actually need Eevee to use his V Eeveelutions. With relatively low retreat costs, energy and card-finding attacks, and unique items, these guys are surprisingly competitive, but for now, vote for your favorite Eeveelution and I'll see you at our next Pokémon countdown!
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