Dev Team Column: EX17 + UW4 Son Gohan : Childhood Deck Showcase

Greetings, DBSCG fans! A new series has been announced, with a new keyword skill! [Spirit Boost] opens up new strategic possibilities for Unisons, and what better way to show it off than with two decks using cards from EX17 and EX18?
This time, we’re showcasing a UW4 Son Gohan : Childhood deck that uses cards from EX17.

No. Color Card Name Category Rarity Pieces
BT13-031 Blue SS2 Son Gohan, Pushed to the Brink LEADER UC 1
EX17-01 Blue SS Son Goku, Spirit Boost Striker UNISON EX 4
BT10-044 Blue SS Trunks, God-Sealing Technique BATTLE SR 2
BT11-054 Blue Vegeta, Disciplined Warrior BATTLE R 4
BT11-153 Blue Baby Hatchhyack, Saiyan Destroyer BATTLE SCR 1
BT13-035 Blue Son Goku, Dad to the Rescue BATTLE UC 1
BT13-036 Blue SS2 Son Gohan, Astonishing Strike BATTLE SR 3
BT13-037 Blue Super Saiyan Son Gohan BATTLE C 4
BT13-040 Blue Vegeta, Energy Fortification BATTLE UC 2
BT13-041 Blue Super Saiyan Trunks BATTLE C 4
BT13-043 Blue Krillin, Energy Fortification BATTLE C 4
BT13-045 Blue Tien Shinhan, Energy Fortification BATTLE C 4
P-219 Blue SS2 Trunks, Heroic Prospect BATTLE PR 2
EX17-02 Blue Bardock, Spirit Boost Avenger BATTLE EX 4
EX17-03 Blue SS Bardock, Spirit Resonance BATTLE EX 2
BT1-053 Blue Senzu Bean EXTRA C 4
BT5-050 Blue Dimension Magic EXTRA C 3
BT9-131 Blue Ultra Instinct Goku's Kamehameha EXTRA IAR 2


  • 1. Son Gohan : Childhood Deck Concept
  • 2. Deck Overview
  •  -a. Deck goals
  •  -b. Early/Mid-game
  •  -c. Defensive cards
  • 3. Synergistic picks
  • 4. In Closing
1. Son Gohan : Childhood Deck Concept

This is a midrange deck focused on skill-less Battle Cards. A large part of the deck’s appeal lies in synergy cards like {BT13-040 Vegeta, Energy Fortification}, which let you play skill-less Battle Cards every time you place an energy. You’ll have plenty of energy left over during your opponent’s turns, giving you considerable freedom for constructing a gameplan while establishing a stable offense.

2. Deck overview

a. Deck goals

{BT13-036 SS2 Son Gohan, Astonishing Strike} will cement your advantage, while setting you up to end the game.
[Triple Strike] makes it an exceptional attacker, while its second skill can sweep away your opponent’s cards and set up for a potentially game-ending attack. Even if your opponent manages to hold out, you’ll be well positioned for the end game.
The {BT13-031 Son Gohan} Leader makes great use of skill-less Battle Cards and provides ample opportunity to activate on-play trigger skills, allowing you to use this card to its fullest.

b. Early/Mid-Game

Your goal in the early and mid-game is to efficiently play skill-less Battle Cards using {EX17-02 Bardock, Spirit Boost Avenger}, {BT13-043 Krillin, Energy Fortification}, {BT13-045 Tien Shinhan, Energy Fortification}, and {EX17-01 SS Son Goku, Spirit Boost Striker}.
Try to find a starting hand with a mix of skill-less Battle Cards and cards that play skill-less Battle Cards to give yourself an optimal start.

c. Defensive Cards

Defensive [Counter] cards are the key to building a solid board state. {BT13-035 Son Goku, Dad to the Rescue} and {BT13-040 Vegeta, Energy Fortification} have [Counter] skills, while also doubling as cards that help play skill-less Battle Cards.
{BT13-040 Vegeta, Energy Fortification} synergizes particularly well with the {BT13-031 Son Gohan} Leader. Activate {BT13-040 Vegeta, Energy Fortification}’s skill once when placing it in your energy, then return it to your hand with your Leader skill to either replay it later or save to use as a [Counter] card. Cards like these shine due to their flexibility on both offense and defense, allowing you to react to nearly any situation.
{P-219 SS2 Trunks, Heroic Prospect} works especially well in conjunction with {EX17-01 SS Son Goku, Spirit Boost Striker}, fending off your opponent’s attacks while protecting your Unison’s markers for use with [Spirit Boost].

3. Synergistic Picks

These UW4 cards work well with skill-less Battle Cards, and both have powerful on-play effects. Packing either card in your deck will serve you well.

・BT12-045 Janemba, Bewitching Blow

Like {BT13-038 Son Gohan, Unbelievable Might} and {BT13-042 Trunks, Unbelievable Might}, Janemba returns skill-less Battle Cards to your hand. You can also play him for free, making this an exceptional pick for bolstering your offense.

・P-219 SS2 Trunks, Heroic Prospect (Event Pack 8)

This popular card gives an excellent [Counter:Attack] option to the deck. Best of all, you can pull a reprinted version of this card from Event Pack 08 by participating in official DBSCG events! Make sure to check our event page below and join an event online or safely offline for some Event Packs!

4. In Closing

What did you think? UW4 and EX17 both have tons of never-before-seen skills and untapped synergies to explore, so find your favorites and get building!

The next column featuring EX18 is planned for July 2. See you then!

June 25, 2021
Dragon Ball Super Card Game Team