The Aqua Patch is a Trainer card with all kinds of potential for Water-type decks. Back in the Black & White—Dark Explorers expansion, one Trainer card sparked a wave of Darkness-type decks for years to come: Dark Patch. Even today, Darkrai-EX and Yveltal-EX continue to have success in the Expanded format because of the incredible speed provided by this Item card. In the Sun & Moon—Guardians Rising expansion, Water-type Pokémon get their own version of this powerful Item card: Aqua Patch.
There’s no denying that Aqua Patch provides an incredible effect. Being able to attach multiple Energy in a turn has been a key to many successful strategies in the Pokémon TCG, and doing it at the low cost of an Item card is exceptional. The only hurdle is getting Water Energy into the discard pile, and that can be achieved easily with Ultra Ball or Professor Sycamore. But the one big question remains: which Pokémon can take advantage of this newfound gush of Water Energy?
The early frontrunners for the two best partners for Aqua Patch are Lapras-GX and Alolan Ninetales-GX. Lapras-GX has already seen some success in competitive play, and it could get a boost by being able to attack quickly with Blizzard Burn. Alolan Ninetales-GX has a similarly powerful attack in Blizzard Edge, and it also has the Ice Blade attack to start weakening Pokémon on the opponent’s Bench. Its 210 HP makes it difficult to take down in one attack, and the Ice Path-GX attack plays off that beautifully: after Alolan Ninetales-GX takes a big hit, use its GX attack to move that damage onto the opponent’s Pokémon.
Aqua Patch is sure to be a cornerstone of many Water-type strategies. As more expansions are released, be on the lookout for more Water-type Pokémon to pair with this amazing Item card!