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Here are my initial thoughts, and keep in mind that I'm not anywhere close to an expert so folks who are more knowledgeable or competitive-level could probably help out way more, but here's what I see:
  • If you have Bibarel, it's possible you don't need the Gift energies, which don't work with the Dark Patch engine anyway or assist Darkrai VStar's Dark Pulse. Up to you if you want to keep them or replace them with something more useful.
  • The way people KO me with Alolan Raticate is by pairing it with Brute Bonnet, who can poison from the bench (if it has the Ancient Booster Energy Capsule). This means Super Fang can kill pretty much any pokemon--which is really strong! Double Turbo energies might help you here since it'll allow you to get to Super Fang faster with no drawback (normally Double Turbo Energy subtract 20 damage from your attack but I'm at least PRETTY sure it doesn't apply with Super Fang.)
  • I'm wondering if Energy Retrieval is somewhat unhelpful/redundant since you have the Dark Patches that can accelerate energy better and operate from cards in the discard pile. Cycling the patches back into play with Darkrai Vstar's ability is important of course, but you could maybe consider adding the supporter Cyllene to get Dark Patches back into play again. I haven't really seen people doing that with her but could be good.
  • As for your regular Absol, since it works best with a tool card, you might consider using a different tool rather than Exp Share (which is fine to use here but)--if you use Bravery Charm or Luxurious Cape, you could allow Absol to survive a little bit longer which might be what you want to do since Absol is what the deck is all about. You could also try Defiance Band on her, which would allow her to do 110 damage if the opponent is ahead. Spirit Mark/Cursed Duster are also interesting options. They could synergize nicely with Absol ex.
  • Since we're talking Tool Cards, Forest Seal Stone could work with Darkrai V. It's a great card that lets you search for any card you need. It would mean you can't use Star Abyss, but it might be nice to have options.
  • Since we're talking Tool Cards, Arven is a really great card. You can search for the Tool you need, and also you can grab any Dark Patches or Nest Balls you might need.
  • Hisuian Heavy Ball will let you grab basics out of your prize cards. I feel like it's a nice addition to any deck, especially since some of your basics don't have any duplicates.
  • It could be nice to include a stadium in case you need to knock out one that is helping your opponent too much or hurting you. Primordial Altar might be interesting since you could perhaps chain it with Future Sight or knowing when to use Trekking Shoes. Alternatively, any "search for Pokemon" stadium could help in case Future Sight reveals that your upcoming cards are useless. Then using a stadium like that would shuffle your deck into hopefully something better. (But there are also a lot of supporters/items that do that, so probably not necessary.)
  • Absol ex seems like it would pair extremely well with Iono or Roxanne in the late game (especially Roxanne), or maybe Judge (which doesn't activate Cursed Slug but comes close). You could actually think about doing a combo of Judge and the Krookodile card that has the ability "Bully of the Sands." That would enable Cursed Slug in the early game, if you're able to get the combo set up. If the combo works really well, you could even consider adding in Seething Currents Kingdra into your deck which can do a Judge-like action via its ability. That might take up too much space though.
Anyway, those were some of my thoughts; hope you find some part of that helpful!
Tested it with your recommendations and it greatly helped with consistency. Thanks for the advice, Zules!
 

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I've gotten into Cult of the Lamb recently. It's like the child of Stardew Valley, Enter the Gungeon, and Animal Crossing. The best part is that you can just sacrifice the villagers you don't like.
 

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You get home from your first excursion to Diamond City having liberated Hangman's Alley and rescued someone from Backstreet Apparel and you get home to find a pensioner on the roof. Never change Bethesda.
 

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Every time I play FO4, I tell myself "this time I will finish a settlement and start a base to put my things"

And every time I end up as a murder hobo hoarding all my weapons in my inventory
 

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Every time I play FO4, I tell myself "this time I will finish a settlement and start a base to put my things"

And every time I end up as a murder hobo hoarding all my weapons in my inventory
I have a ton of them set up on one of my current characters where I just sell off weapons I don't need, to buy all the resources, to build lots of full settlements, to add at least one artillery cannon (usually closer to 5), then enjoy the lack of frames after marking a target.
 

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I'm playing on Survival difficulty for the first time. The limited carry weight, save only on sleep and food/drink needs really make settlements much more important
 

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I know it's a bit morbid, but last time I played FO4 (modded) I attempted to build a Soylent Green Facility. I never finished it.
I never did much on a the settlements on my playthroughs so far. First time through I build a big wall around the edge and then stuck some turrets up. Problem is the AI of the settlers is so stupid they go out of the main gate to "defend" the place leaving it open, instead of using the walls to keep them safe and letting the turrets do the work.

Second time through I just ignored the settlements entirely.

First time trying survival mode, suddenly I need beds and water everywhere!
 

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Problem is the AI of the settlers is so stupid they go out of the main gate to "defend" the place leaving it open, instead of using the walls to keep them safe and letting the turrets do the work.
Walls with ladders over them sorts this out, settlers are too dumb to get over/out into the wazone.
 

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I never did much on a the settlements on my playthroughs so far. First time through I build a big wall around the edge and then stuck some turrets up. Problem is the AI of the settlers is so stupid they go out of the main gate to "defend" the place leaving it open, instead of using the walls to keep them safe and letting the turrets do the work.

Second time through I just ignored the settlements entirely.

First time trying survival mode, suddenly I need beds and water everywhere!
The stupidity of settlers is what ruined the base building aspect for me too. Defending felt like an annoying escort mission, not like an epic showdown.
 

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The stupidity of settlers is what ruined the base building aspect for me too. Defending felt like an annoying escort mission, not like an epic showdown.
Well quite. That and the fact that they wouldn't build anything themselves. Leave 'em with a workshop full of plantables and they just mill around moaning about being hungry.

There's a mod called SIM Settlements which gets your settlers more involved in base building (and adds a load of other interesting content). Never tried missing though, still base game for me.
 

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The stupidity of settlers is what ruined the base building aspect for me too. Defending felt like an annoying escort mission, not like an epic showdown.
Well quite. That and the fact that they wouldn't build anything themselves. Leave 'em with a workshop full of plantables and they just mill around moaning about being hungry.

There's a mod called SIM Settlements which gets your settlers more involved in base building (and adds a load of other interesting content). Never tried missing though, still base game for me.
I like my docile settlers, saves me a lot of effort tracking them down. Also, does everybody else use Red Rocket Truck stop as the companion dumping ground?
 

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I got a physical repro cart of the Super Silver 97 rom hack. It's a hack that overhauls the leaked Spaceworld 97 demo of the Gold/Silver.
 
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