Best Galactus decks in Marvel Snap for October 2023

“Behold, The Power Cosmic itself!”

Galactus appearing as a large figure in a Marvel Snap promotional image.
Image via Nuverse

Marvel Snap brings countless comic book and movie heroes and villains into players’ hands. Some of the most iconic villains have recently joined the game with the addition of series four and five cards. And as more players gain access to them, the best Galactus decks appear in Marvel Snap battles.

With the most destructive power ever seen in Marvel Snap, players can begin to find the best strategies on how to use Galactus and what are the best cards to use with him.

Galactus card abilities in Marvel Snap, explained

Galactus in Marvel Snap, after the Sept. 28, 2023 OTA update.
A happy middle-ground? Image via Nuverse

Galactus is a six-cost card with five power. Its effect is “On Reveal: If you’re winning this location and this is your only card here, destroy all other locations.

It is available in series five, along with the rarest cards in the game, which can be accessed from collection level 486 or above. It can also be found in the Marvel Snap Token Shop, while it is not yet present in the collection.

Galactus’ main goal is to dispute one location but destroy all others. While it can be extremely difficult to win a game just by playing Galactus on the final turn, it is through synergy with other cards that the best Galactus decks can gain many cubes at once. Since its effect can only be used if it is the only card on the player’s side in that location, good planning is needed before using it.

A recent nerf to Galactus in the Sept. 28 OTA update removed two of his power to help try and nerf one of his newest pairings, but he can still be played in the right scenarios.

Strategy for Galactus in Marvel Snap

The best way to use Galactus is to surprise the opponent with the destruction of locations in which they have invested a lot of points, then counter with powerful combos in the final turns.

To achieve this goal, cards that can grant more energy are needed in order to play Galactus before the final turn, leaving time to accumulate a sufficient amount of power to defeat the opponent.

While it can be tempting to always destroy the opponent’s card-filled locations, it’s important to keep in mind that if a location already has four cards and Galactus only leaves it active in the final round, the opponent won’t be able to play any cards, making it easier to count the opponent’s power potential.

It may be necessary to have cards that can help clear the board of your opponent’s cards, such as Debrii, which adds Rocks, and The Central Park, which adds Squirrels. Dealing with these unwanted cards allows for a strategy with Galactus to remain viable.

Best combos with Galactus in Marvel Snap

  • Wave and Electro: The former makes all cards cost four regardless of their original costs. This can pave the way for playing Galactus as early as turn four. The latter, on the other hand, adds one energy each turn after it was played in exchange for restricting its user to only play one card per turn.
  • Alioth: After playing Galactus on turn five, Alioth can then completely decimate the opponent on turn six by destroying whatever card they play at the location. Because of this, it’s beneficial to boost Galactus’s power as much as possible with cards like Forge.
  • Cards that benefit from the destruction mechanic synergize well with Galactus. This includes Death, which costs one less for each card destroyed in the game, and Knull since it gains all the total Power of all cards destroyed during a game. Wolverine is good when Power-boosted thanks to its ability to survive destruction effects and eventually gain an extra two Power every time it is destroyed. Nimrod is similarly useful when destroyed, as it adds a copy of itself to another location.

Best Marvel Snap Galactus decks

Galactus Destroy

A screenshot of a Galactus Destroy deck, featuring Nova, Bucky Barnes, Carnage, Wolverine, Green Goblin, Venom, Deathlok, Shuri, Hobgoblin, Nimrod, Galactus, and Destroyer.
Don’t underestimate their power. Screenshot via

Since Galactus destroys two out of three locations, it’s good to lean into cards that benefit from it.

Scope out which lane you want to play Galactus in, and then play out cards like Wolverine or Nimrod in the other lanes since they will remain on the board once they’re destroyed.

Alternatively, if you don’t draw Galactus, you can play this as a base destroy deck with cards like Nova, Bucky Barnes, and Destroyer, with power supplemented from Shuri, Nimrod, and Venom.

The main downside of this deck is that it’s likely going to become quite obvious what you’re trying to do if your opponent is familiar at all with Galactus, so you’re susceptible to cards like Cosmo that will nullify any On Reveal abilities, including Galactus’.

Win condition cards for this deck

  • Wolverine
  • Shuri
  • Nimrod
  • Destroyer
  • Green Goblin or Hobgoblin
  • Venom, Carnage, or Deathlok

If you’re able to play out both Wolverine and Nimrod, you will get two cards on the board that will replicate or regenerate, so you can supplement Galactus’s remaining lane with them.

You can also use Green Goblin or Hobgoblin on the same lane to put your opponent into a hole and give yourself the lead in that lane so you can play the World-Eater out. This is a hole made even bigger by Shuri on turn four.

Galactus Alioth

Marvel Snap deck consisting of Yondu, Forge, Wolverine, Green Goblin, Electro, Wave, Hobgoblin, Nimrod, Alioth, Galactus, Destroyer, and Death.
Kneel before Galactus and Alioth. Screenshot via

This is a standard Galactus deck, using cards like Green Goblin and Hobgoblin to put the opponent in a hole at the location you wish to play the world-destroyer, but Alioth is the real problem.

Using Wave or Electro to play Galactus early, you then follow up with Alioth to destroy whatever the opponent plays on turn six, neutralizing any chance they had at trying to nullify Galactus’s now-weakened power.

Forge will buff Galactus’s power by three, giving you more of a chance to have enough power to destroy the other locations since you need to be winning at his location in order for it to trigger.

Win condition cards for this deck

  1. Green Goblin or Hobgoblin
  2. Wave or Electro
  3. Nimrod or Wolverine
  4. Forge
  5. Galactus
  6. Alioth

Put your opponent in a hole at the desired location with the Goblins, play out cards that benefit from destruction like Wolverine or Nimrod, and then use Forge to buff up Galactus’s power to play on turn five along with Wave or Electro, and then finish them off with Alioth if they haven’t already retreated when told to kneel.

Standard Galactus

Marvel Snap deck consisting of Yondu, Wolverine, Green Goblin, Electro, Wave, Hobgoblin, Klaw, Spider-Man, Doctor Octopus, Knull, Galactus, and Death.
Standard Galactus is still a decent contender after the nerf. Screenshot via Dot Esports

This deck should be the simplest and most straightforward way to play Galactus effectively. But after a while, his plays can become more predictable.

The main way to win with Galactus will always be to play him before turn six while accumulating more power than the opponent on the final turn. In addition to being able to use Electro to add energy, Wave is another important tool that allows you to play Galactus on turn four. After Galactus, Death, Knull, and Destroyer will be the key cards to add points to beat your opponent.

Other cards that help increase the power difference on the final turn are Wolverine, who will be destroyed in one location and regenerated in the only available location after Galactus, and the duo of Green Goblin and Hobgoblin, who can be played either before or after Galactus if the opponent fails to play enough cards to fill their spaces in the final location.

Yondu helps lower the cost of Death while posing a considerable threat to an enemy’s key strategy, like destroying a Mister Negative or Lockjaw on the first turn, for example. Doctor Octopus and Spider-Man, on the other hand, both help to lock down locations an opponent may look to exploit.

The best win condition cards for Standard Galactus

Aside from Galactus, the other win condition cards for this deck are:

  • Knull
  • Death
  • Spider-Man
  • Hobgoblin
  • Doctor Octopus

Knull and Death are your main source of Power for this deck. Maximizing the destruction mechanic is the main strategy of this deck’s engine to take advantage of these high-Powered cards, especially with Knull.

Spider-Man, Hobgoblin, and Doctor Octopus are the cards that can lock up your opponents. Typically, these cards are your options for turn five which can set up a devastating turn six courtesy of Knull, Death, or Destroyer, unless your opponent already retreats after you lock their location.

Combo Galactus deck

Marvel Snap deck consisting of Iron Fist, Yondu, Wolverine, Electro, Wave, Shuri, Hobgoblin, Spider-Man, Doctor Octopus, Knull, Galactus, and Death.
Combine your power. Screenshot via Dot Esports

This deck has a more combo-based strategy to ensure that Galactus effect can be activated, courtesy of Iron Fist and Shuri.

Iron Fist moves the next card you will play one location to the left. With Shuri being the next card you will play after Iron Fist, this will leave the now lone location with the double the Power effect. This will pave the way for you to play Galactus on the open location where Shuri was originally placed while giving the big bad 14-Power.

Shuri’s effect can also be a flexible strategy to double some of the usual Galactus staples. This includes Hobgoblin, who can achieve negative 16-Power while having the ability to place itself if the opponent has an open spot on their side of the location. Doctor Octopus can also have a massive 20-Power with Shuri’s help.

Spider-Man used to be useful in one way in a Galactus deck, but now he can be used to remove a powerful card out of Galactus’s lane, offering some utility in a completely different way than before.

Win condition cards for this deck

Aside from Galactus, the other win condition cards for this deck are:

  • Iron Fist
  • Shuri
  • Hobgoblin
  • Doctor Octopus
  • Knull
  • Death

As mentioned, the Iron Fist-Shuri combo helps Galactus to trigger its effect more consistently. Though, it can be a bit predictable. But if you are successful in pulling this off, it would definitely be a great setup for the big bad to dismantle your opponent’s strategy.

Of course, the usual Galactus staples help the deck become effective such as Hobgoblin, Doctor Octopus, Knull, and Death.

How to counter Galactus decks in Marvel Snap

The most direct way to counter a Galactus deck is to prevent it from being able to use its ability. For Galactus to destroy the other locations, he needs to be the only card on the opponent’s side of the board, so cards that interact with the opponent’s board are some of the best options.

Debrii is a very solid option present in Patriot decks that can give a Galactus deck a hard time. Just be sure to play it in a location where the opponent already has a card.

An interesting combo is using Viper to send a card with negative power to the opponent in the location they are keeping empty, like The Hood. Not only does this make the opponent lose power, but it also renders a location unusable for playing Galactus.

Green Goblin is a card that has synergy with Galactus but also is effective against him since it can normally be played turn before Galactus. Occupying the location where Galactus would be played can end the opponent’s strategy.

Cosmo is another very common answer in most decks that prevents Galactus’ effect from being activated, causing the opponent to lose a lot of value when adding a five-cost card with only three power on the board.

The best way for all these strategies to work is to gain priority in the early turns so cards like Mister Fantastic can help indirectly.


David Gealogo
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