In Standard format, Colorless Pokémon are known for their ability to be splashed in any deck, often fulfilling a supporting role. Not in Gym Leader Challenge! Colorless is its own type, with its own identity and its own set of strengths that make it unlike any other type in Gym Leader Challenge. With some of the best draw Support, recovery and the unique ability to accelerate Special Energy into play, Colorless can easily play into aggressive or control style strategies, depending on your preferred play style.

Support Pokémon

Cinccino and Pidgeotto are two of the best draw support Pokémon in Gym Leader Challenge. The newly released Bibarel from Brilliant Stars adds an impressive third draw option for Colorless, allowing you to fill your hand to 5 every turn. When they are both set up, you can see four additional cards off the top of your deck per turn! Delcatty is essential for control builds, allowing you to recover resources from your discard pile, while Porygon-Z fulfills the role of Energy accelerator in attacking lists with its fantastic Crazy Code Ability!


The best thing about Colorless attackers is that they all attack for any type of Energy, making it so that they can all take advantage of the amazing Special Energy printed over the years. Three Energy attacks can almost always be used for just a couple Energy attachments thanks to Twin Energy and Double Colorless Energy. With Triple Acceleration Energy, even massive attacks like Aerodactyl‘s Fossil Fangs or Slaking‘s Critical Move are just an Energy attachment away.

Deck Lists

Crazy Code

No deck in the history of the Pokémon TCG has ever played 12 different Special Energy, but this is Gym Leader Challenge, baby! Isn’t it magnificent? Even without Porygon-Z in play, Double Colorless Energy, Counter Energy, Twin Energy and Triple Acceleration Energy help you to unlock your Colorless Pokémon’s attacks quickly and efficiently. Once Porgyon-Z is online, this deck feels unstoppable! One of the coolest things about this list is that even though Pokemon-GX are not allowed in Gym Leader Challenge, you can still use a GX attack by combining Flyinium-Z: Air Slash with Tornadus!

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Welder Crazy Code

Credit: Trevor Redding

One of the awesome things about Colorless Pokémon is that they can use any type of Energy to power up their attacks! By including Basic Fire Energy in a Colorless deck, you make it so that you can use Welder or Raihan to help accelerate Energy into play! This strategy is so hot that it propelled Trevor Redding to the finals of the Brilliant Stars Full Grip Games Gym Leader Challenge 1K tournament.

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Credit: Grant Manley

With a ban list that is significantly shorter than the ban list in Expanded format, Gym Leader Challenge is home to some of the best control combos ever! The goal of this list is to use Snorlax, Cinccino and Pidgeotto to get to the bottom of the deck quickly before eventually trapping a useless Pokémon in the Active Spot with Galar Mine and Counter Catcher. Once a lock is set up and the opponent’s hand is locked, you can rely on Bunnelby, Delcatty, and Munchlax to recover resources from your discard pile while attempting to discard every remaining card in your opponent’s deck with Bellelba & Brycen-Man!

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Based on Kyle “xMertaugx’s” Rainbow Colorless deck. Check out his article about the deck!

They say Colorless Pokémon can use any type of Energy to attack, but what if they used EVERY type of Energy to attack? This Colorless deck uses Pokémon that rely on having different types of Energy like Ho-Oh LOT, Kecleon CRE and Smeargle EVS to pump out maximum damage!

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