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List of Staple Cards

The list of staple and versatile cards that you can put in almost any deck. Mostly consists of cards that are good for general use.

Anti-meta cards

CardEvaluation
Possessed Dark Soul
Possessed Dark Soul
It is able to take control of your opponent's level 3 or lower monster. It can potentially steal Relinquished and Jerry Beans Man.
Heat Wave
Heat Wave
Both players cannot summon any effect monster the following turn that this card is activated. This card has good synergy with normal, dinosaur-type monsters. Do keep in mind that your opponent can still set monsters.
Skull Lair
Skull Lair
Easily counters Relinquished by removing from play 1 monster card in your graveyard.Can be used to synergize with Doomsday Horror.
Trap Jammer
Trap Jammer
Helps to negate a trap card that is activated only during a battle phase. Great for countering Mirror Wall and Michizure.
Interdimensional Matter Transporter
Interdimensional Matter Transporter
Allows your selected monster to dodge from any targeted effects like the second effect of Enemy Controller. Very versatile in most situations. It can also be used to negate your own monster's attack when your opponent forces his Mirror Wall.
Ready for Intercepting
Ready for Intercepting
It is more situational compared to other cards in this list as it mainly counters Relinquished and Mythical Beast Cerberus.
Straight Flush
Straight Flush
It lets you destroy your opponent's back row cards once they are fully filled. Cards that speed up the back row filling is Relinquished and Pumprincess the Princess of Ghosts.
Divine Wrath
Divine Wrath
This card is meant to counter effect monsters that can turn the tides of the game around. Monsters such as Relinquished, Gravekeeper's Oracle and Levia-Dragon - Daedalus.
Curse of Anubis
Curse of Anubis
It can fend off attacks from effect monsters and change their battle position to defense position, having 0 DEF. It can be activated outside of the battle phase. However, normal monsters are unaffected.

From booster pack

Pack: Ultimate Rising
CardEvaluation
Wonder Balloons
Wonder Balloons
Lowers the ATK of monsters your opponent controls by 300 per discarded card.
Reinforcements
Reinforcements
Used as a trap to destroy unsuspecting enemy monster during your opponent's turn.
Sphere Kuriboh
Sphere Kuriboh
The best card to counter One Turn Kill. Additionally helps you ritual summon a monster.
Order to Charge
Order to Charge
Lets you use your normal monster to take down any 1 monster your opponent controls.
Twister
Twister
A quick-play spell to destroy face up spell/traps. This can be activated during enemy's turn.
Shard of Greed
Shard of Greed
Allows you to draw more cards.
Pack: Age of Discovery
CardEvaluation
Stray Lambs
Stray Lambs
Can be used to defend your Life points from being attacked directly and help you tribute summon (set).
Michizure
Michizure

One of the few monster removal cards.
Yomi Ship
Yomi Ship

Destroys any monster that destroys this card. Can be used as bait or to crash into a monster.
Pack: Neo-Impact
CardEvaluation
Mirror Wall
Mirror Wall
Almost guarantees that it will destroy attacking monsters.
Double Coston
Double Coston
High attack and makes tribute summoning high level DARK monsters easier.
Kaiser Sea Horse
Kaiser Sea Horse
High attack and makes tribute summoning high level LIGHT monsters easier.
Half Shut
Half Shut
Can be used defensively to ensure your monster survives the attack, or offensively to damage attacking mosnter.
Leotaur
Leotaur
2000 attack against effect monsters.
Jerry Beans Man
Jerry Beans Man
High attack and level 3 monster, this makes it unaffected by 4-Starred Ladybug of Doom.
Regretful Rebirth
Regretful Rebirth
Revives your monster for a turn.
Pack: Flame of the Tyrant
CardEvaluation
Sergeant Electro
Sergeant Electro
Locks down your opponent's spell/trap.
The Golden Apples
The Golden Apples
Summons a token based on the attacking monster, it can be made stronger with the field spell Yami.
The Shallow Grave
The Shallow Grave
Revives a monster from your graveyard so it can be used again.
Pack: Valkyrie's Rage
CardEvaluation
Divine Wrath
Divine Wrath
Negate and destroy an effect monster.
Soul Exchange
Soul Exchange
Uses your opponent's monster as a sacrifice for tribute summon, making you stronger and setting your opponent back.
Big Core
B.E.S. Big Core
1 tribute monster that can survive 3 attacks.
Dunames Dark Witch
Dunames Dark Witch
Very high attack normal monster.
The Fiend Megacyber
The Fiend Megacyber
Its effect allows it to be special summoned easily, having 2200 ATK. Great comeback card.
Pumprincess the Princess of Ghosts
Pumprincess the Princess of Ghosts
Continuously lowering your opponent's attack and defense without a cost.
Burning Land
Burning Land
Able to destroy field spells which are common in Duel Links as they are usually activated by character skills. Great for burn decks too.
Wild Tornado
Wild Tornado
Destroys spell/trap cards to counter cards like Mirror Wall or destroy any face up card if it gets destroyed when set.
Xing Zhen Hu
Xing Zhen Hu
Prevents your opponent from being able to use 2 of their set spell/trap.
Straight Flush
Straight Flush
Gets rid of your opponent's back row cards.
Pack: Wonders of the Sky
CardEvaluation
Birdface
Birdface
Almost a staple card to the Harpie deck which is already part of the current meta.
Sonic Duck
Sonic Duck
The new and improved Jerry Beans Man! It can be a 1900 beater with Harpies' Hunting Ground on the field and unaffected by 4-Starred Ladybug of Doom
Skilled Red Magician
Skilled Red Magician
It can special summon an Archfiend monster from your hand, graveyard or deck, which includes Summoned Skull. It is a good card to keep as the Archfiend archetypes might be available soon.
Big Bang Shot
Big Bang Shot
Grants the equipped monster 2 enhancements: Small ATK boost and piercing damage.
Pack: Wonders of the Sky
CardEvaluation
Symbols of Duty
Symbols of Duty
This card can let you special summon any special summonable monster from either player's graveyard.
Eliminating the League
Eliminating the League
Can be used to destroy your opponent's monster without attacking. You won't have to worry about their Mirror Wall or other attack increasing trap cards.
Seven Tools of the Bandit
Seven Tools of the Bandit
Can negate most traps for a cost of 1000 LP.
Double Summon
Double Summon
2 summons in a turn for easier tribute or more monsters to control.

From level reward

CardEvaluation
Character (Level)
Metalmorph
Metalmorph
Necessary to beat a high ATK monster your opponent controls.
Bandit Keith (Lvl 25)
Windstorm of Etaqua
Windstorm of Etaqua
Can be used as substitute for Enemy Controller.
Mai Valentine (Lvl 25)
Curse of Anubis
Curse of Anubis
Useful to counter by boosting the ATK of your monster.
Odion (Lvl 21)
Jar of Greed
Jar of Greed
Essentially lowers the number of cards in your deck by 1.
Pegasus (Lvl 16)
Polymerization
Polymerization
Useful to counter by boosting the ATK of your monster.
Joey Wheeler (Lvl 5)
Interdimensional Matter Transporter
Interdimensional Matter Transporter
Protects your monster by banishing them.
Kaiba (Lvl 16 & 25)
Harpie Lady 1
Harpie Lady 1
Highest attack harpie monster.
Mai Valentine (Lvl 35)

From duel reward

CardEvaluation
Character (Level)
Enemy Controller
Enemy Controller
Can be used in many ways and easy to use due to its quick-spell type.
Seto Kaiba (Lvl 30 or more)
Reverse Trap
Reverse Trap
Attack increasing cards are common, this lets you reverse it to your advantage.
Odion (Lvl 30 or more)
Metalmorph
Metalmorph
Necessary to beat a high ATK monster your opponent controls.
Joey Wheeler (Lvl 30 or more)
Union Attack
Union Attack
Very useful in farming decks, and makes it a lot easier to do.
Yug Muto (Lvl 30 or more) (event only)
Dark Voltanis
Dark Voltanis
Tricky to summon but it has a strong effect that can turn a duel around.
Yami Bakura (Lvl 30 or more) (event only)

From card trader

CardRating Explanation
Required Item
Riryoku
Riryoku

Unlocked at Stage 17
Gives you monster significant ATK boost.
  • 100,000 Gold
  • UR Jewel x3
  • Stone of Spell x30
Mythical Beast Cerberus
Mythical Beast Cerberus
Necessary to high score Cerberus deck.
  • 50,000 Gold
  • SR Jewel x5
  • Stone of Earth x20
Bazoo the Soul-Eater
Bazoo the Soul-Eater
Can have up to 2500 ATK and will be used in any kinds of deck.
  • 50,000 Gold
  • SR Jewel x5
  • Stone of Earth x20
Blue Dragon Summoner
Blue Dragon Summoner

Unlocked at Stage 17
Can search high ATK normal monsters, such as Warrior Dai Grepher and Judge Man.
  • 40,000 Gold
  • SR Jewel x4
  • Stone of Wind x15
Flash Assailant
Flash Assailant

Can have 2000 ATK easily since your starting hand is 4 cards in Duel Links' speed duel.
  • 40,000 Gold
  • SR Jewel x4
  • Stone of Darkness x15
Gravekeeper's Oracle
Gravekeeper's Oracle

Important in a Gravekeeper's deck due to its high versatility.
  • 50,000 Gold
  • SR Jewel x5
  • Stone of Darkness x30
Blazewing Butterfly
Blazewing Butterfly
Very useful in a gemini deck to special summon from graveyard.
  • 35,000 Gold
  • SR Jewel x5
  • Stone of Fire x22
Gokipon
Gokipon
Allows you to search for other insect monsters in your deck.
  • 16,000 Gold
  • R Jewel x20
  • Stone of Earth x22

Rating explanation

Differences from OCG/TCG

There are differences between speed duel format and rules applied to playing OCG/TCG. The rating above is made considering the formal of the game.

Speed DuelOCG/TCG
Deck size20-3040
Field size3 cards5 cards
LP40008000
Starting hand4 cards5 cards

Evaluation criteria

Let you
draw cards
Since deck size in Duel Links is smaller that of TCG/OCG, probability of drawing a card that you want is higher than that of playing TCG/OCG.
High
stats
Since not many effect monsters are available in Duel Links currently , stats, especially high ATK, is the most important to win a duel.
VersatileCards can work alone and without combinations with other cards.

Comments

anoymous 13days ago
chance getting a sr card from ld?
Mohamed said 1/1/1970
i need a card called necrovalley .how i get it
anoymous 1/1/1970
Not available. Only GK Priestess's effect but that's not a true Necrovalley.
anoymous 1/1/1970
necrovalley is at card trader
anoymous 1/1/1970
serious?
anoymous 1/1/1970
serious?
anoymous 1/1/1970
kaiser Sea horse its for light monsters not dark
stupid above 1/1/1970
that's what it says dumb ass
anoymous 1/1/1970
Kaiser sea horse isnt for lights
RTM 1/1/1970
Kaiser Sea it's for LIGHT and Double Coston for DARK.
ALLANACKBART 22days ago
yeh kaiser sea horse is for lights, idjit.
Luis Felipe 1/1/1970
I'll hope someday this cards will be in a better way available in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links:

* Dark Witch (in a pack or as a victory reward)
* Queen of Autumn Leaves (in a pack or as a victory reward)
* Battle Steer (in a pack or as a victory reward)
* Battle Ox (in a pack rather that only by defeating Kaiba)
* Crass Clown (as a victory reward)
* Hunter Owl & Other Owl Monsters (in a pack or as a victory reward)
* Summoned Skull (in a pack or as a victory reward)
* Magician of Black Chaos (in a pack or as a victory reward)
* Black Luster Knight (in a pack or as a victory reward)
* Zera the Mant (in a pack or as a victory reward)
* Garma Sword (in a pack or as a victory reward)
anoymous 1/1/1970
there's warrior dai grepher on flame tyrant deck. Have same attack as ox but have better defense and its only rare rarity so pretty easy to get
anoymous 1/1/1970
Agreed. Wish they had a Black Skull Dragon to with Red Eyes/Summoned Skull.
XY 1/1/1970
A few of those are out now with the new pack!
Yami Mami 1/1/1970
They have summoned skull and his fusion in the new pack as secret rares
Not your valentine 1/1/1970
Why doesn't harpie girl apply to harpie lady effects, it does in game rules..
anoymous 1/1/1970
Harpie girl is technically not called harpie lady so some cards don't work while some do. Such as if the card says a "harpie" card it would work,but if it said "harpie lady" it would not.
JP 13days ago
Be Mai Valentine lol
anoymous 1/1/1970
Uh Axe Raider needs to be replaced by Warrior Dai Grepher and Jerry Beans Man.

And no. Jar of Greed doesn't need to be fixed. There are many cases it's better than Shard of Greed.
anonymous 1/1/1970
They meant the description for Jar of Greed needed to be fixed, since the information above claims it raises ATK.
Yami Mami 1/1/1970
Hope they put in pot of greed as a ultra rare from beating an event character. It's my favorite card next to divine dragon felgrand
anoymous 1/1/1970
Pot of greed is banned.
anoymous 1/1/1970
Jar of Greed is useful to counter by boosting the ATK of your monster... WHAT?
anoymous 1/1/1970
@web-admin: plz update this page. to my understanding at least, jar of greed do not boost atk LOL
anoymous 1/1/1970
oh, also nvr knew curse of anubis boost atk as well :P
anoymous 1/1/1970
This list is out of date & pointless as it has some fairly pointless "necessary" cards on the list... and a lot of fairly necessary cards are omitted.

Such a list would be better replaced with a categorization by rewards (duels/level), card trader, and by sets. Each set's UR/SR cards could be rated out of 10 and put on a list to see the order.
Jeffery 1/1/1970
U can get red eyes metal dragon as a duel reward I got it from Joey as a level 10,reward but you need a assent points over 4000
me 1/1/1970
no you dont need mor than 1000 points, just a random drop and easy
Mason(RadDreams) 1/1/1970
Would really love it if there was a way in duels with real players to allow a time limit for turns. Like possibly allowing each player 1min per turn. For instance if you do not end our turn in time, you time out and your turn ends. Very similar to how Hearthstone works. Also, there needs to be a policy for disconnects or rage quits. If a player leaves the game and does not come back, the person/player still in the game receives a win.
anoymous 1/1/1970
There is.. Its pvp, they teach you about it very early on..
anoymous 1/1/1970
Have you even played the game... Everything you just said already exists in it
Hunter 1/1/1970
Evaluation for Jar of Greed and Polymerization need to be fixed.

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