"The Shadow Format" – A Quick Look at Volcanion, Thoughts on Gardevoir, Drampa, and Decidueye, and One Last Goodbye to Gyarados

This is the companion discussion topic for this article.

What do you think of acerola in Volcanion? A few lists on other websites run it, but I’m not completely sold.

I’ve tested (mostly against) lists that have run a copy of Acerola but I’ve never seen it be too helpful. It’s hard to find a situation where you can pick up an attacker and the 3-4 energy attached to it without disrupting your board state. I can see some cute plays where you’d want to pick up a Pokemon to heal it and then use the Energy on it for Steam Up, but those situations seem few and far between. I’d rather use the space for consistency or techs that are more commonly useful.

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