CARDS: YU-GI-OH! Beyond the Basics


Deck-Building Blocks: Beyond the Basics

Now that you’ve seen the best of all three basic card-types, it’s time for some more advanced strategies. This week, see for yourself how Ritual, Fusion, Synchro and Xyz Monsters can add power and depth to your strategies like never before.

Calm Amidst Confusion
Fusion Monsters, along with Synchro and Xyz Monsters, stay in the Extra Deck before you Summon them. To Fusion Summon, activate a Fusion Spell (e.g. Polymerization) and send its specified Material Monsters from your Hand or Field to the Graveyard. Talk about a short fuse!

Try These:
Elemental and Evil Heroes: Powerful, versatile and by far the most user-friendly Fusion family.
Five-Headed Dragon: Has 5000 ATK and DEF and can only be destroyed by LIGHT monsters. Fuse from any five Dragon-Types.

Future Fusion and Beastking of the Swamp

Know Your Rites
To perform a Ritual Summon, you’ll need both the desired Ritual Monster and its unique Ritual Spell card. First, activate the Spell, then Tribute monsters from the field or your hand until their total Levels equal the Ritual Monster’s. Drawing both the Ritual Monster and Ritual Spell is harder than it sounds, so bring backup!

Try These:
Shinato, King of a Higher Plane: High ATK Ritual monster that deals damage equal to the ATK of the monsters it destroys.
Evigishki Mind Augus: When Summoned, return any five cards in either Graveyard to their owner(s) Deck(s).

Advanced Ritual Art and Manju of the Ten-Thousand Hands

Let It Synch In
Synchro Summoning is also all about Levels. To Synchro Summon, tribute a Tuner and face-up Non-Tuner Monsters whose combined Levels equal the desired Synchro Monster’s. Beware though—some Synchros demand specific monsters!

Try These:
Stardust Dragon: Tribute this card to negate a destructive card-effect.
Ally of Justice Catastor: This card automatically destroys any non-DARK monster.

Plaguespreader Zombie and Battle Waltz

Xyz My French, but…
To Xyx  Summon, you’ll need a specified number of face-up monsters whose Levels equal the desired Xyz Monster’s Rank. Stack these underneath the Xyz monster. When an Effect compels you to detach one afterwards, discard it to the Graveyard.

Try These:
Number 96: Dark Mist: Detach one monster to halve an enemy monster’s ATK. Afterward, increase Dark Mist’s ATK by the same amount.
Thunder End Dragon: Detach one monster to destroy all other Monsters on the Field.

XYZ Reborn and XYZ Territory

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by Chris Turner

About Chris Turner
A casual duelist and former Viz Media intern, Chris has ascended the ranks and now writes for us as a freelancer.


Submitted by tonybj7785 on Mon, 03/05/2012 - 20:49

So I'm not sure why wrote this article, but some better research should have been done... and by research I mean actually reading the cards that are pictured.

Stardust Dragon does not get removed from play for 2 turns, you tribute it to negate the effect and it gets special summoned back at the end of the turn.

Evigishki Mind Augus does not return only monsters. it returns any 5 cards from either grave to the owner's deck.

Submitted by John Bae on Tue, 03/06/2012 - 09:41

You're right tonybj7785. Corrections have been made. Thanks!

Submitted by Bob1200 on Tue, 03/06/2012 - 15:42

Just To Say, To Get A Really Powerful Fusion, I Use Darkness Neosphere And Giant Soldier Of Stone (Can Be Substituted For A Stronger Monster Because I Lack Powerful Rock Monsters lol) With Dark Fusion To Make Evil Hero Dark Gaia With 5,300 Attack, Even More If U Do The Sub For A Stronger Rock Monster

Submitted by Ultim8 on Tue, 03/06/2012 - 15:51

Get kuaku meiru guardian

Submitted by Ultim8 on Tue, 03/06/2012 - 15:51

Get kuaku meiru guardian

Submitted by Bob1200 on Tue, 03/06/2012 - 15:59

Y? How Strong Of A Monster Is That? lol

Submitted by Bob1200 on Tue, 03/06/2012 - 16:16

Nvm, I Have The XYZ Acid Golem Of Destruction, Now Added With His Power, Makes 7,000 Atk Power, lol

Submitted by madhawaiian on Mon, 03/05/2012 - 22:12

You're right, Stardust Dragon does have to be destroyed to negate the effect of a spell, trap, or monster card effect. It's so awesome that he is able to be special summoned back to the field at the end of the turn.

Submitted by 9tailsFoxdemon on Fri, 03/23/2012 - 10:52

do any of you have the three blue eye's white dragon's

Submitted by skyisland on Sat, 07/14/2012 - 20:04

Im trying to create a deck feturing all four of those special monsters,
any suggestions on what card(s) i would need to create one?

Submitted by st432381 on Thu, 09/26/2013 - 18:10