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"50% Off Sale" - How To Invest and Which Boxes To Pick

Duel Links, Which Boxes To Pick, Which cards are good for investing.
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update 28/10/2019

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Introduction

Older Boxes mostly contain outdated cards that have not seen play in a very long time, which is why, if you have a limited amount of resources available, you should generally just stay away from them.

Nobody should have to dig through a Box like The The Ultimate Rising to try and get a copy of Sphere Kuriboh because they might end up exhausting all their gems in the process, but what if those 200 packs costed 5,000 gems instead of 10,000? Would it be worth it then to invest? This is the question that I’m going to try and answer here; I’m going try and direct you towards the Boxes that contain the highest amount of value in order for you to take full advantage of the current sale.

I will be giving each card that’s good enough to be a reason to invest in a specific Box a rating from one to three stars in order to make this guide easier to go through. Let’s jump into it!

1st Main Box “The Ultimate Rising”

Sphere Kuriboh [UR] ★★★

Sphere Kuriboh
Sphere Kuriboh
DARK Fiend ★1
ATK 300 / DEF 200
The Ultimate Rising [UR]
When an opponent's monster declares an attack: You can send this card from your hand to the Graveyard; change the attacking monster to Defense Position. When you Ritual Summon a monster, you can banish this card from your Graveyard as 1 of the monsters required for the Ritual Summon.

Sphere Kuriboh has managed to stay relevant for a very long time and is still played to this day despite the fact that monsters like Ancient Gear Reactor Dragon are able to bypass it.

Sonic Bird [UR] ★

Sonic Bird
Sonic Bird
WIND Winged Beast ★4
ATK 1400 / DEF 1000
The Ultimate Rising [UR]
When this card is Normal or Flip Summoned, you can add 1 Ritual Spell Card from your Deck to your hand.

Sonic Bird is still played in Vendread, Cyber Angel, and Magician of Chaos decks because of its ability to search any Ritual Spell upon being Normal Summoned. If you are currently playing one of these decks and you are having trouble with consistency, you might want to consider investing in this Main Box.

Twister [SR] ★

Twister
Twister
Quick Spell
The Ultimate Rising [SR]
Pay 500 LP, then target 1 face-up Spell/Trap Card on the field; destroy that target.

This Quick-Play Spell is still seeing play in Geartown Turbo decks together with Breaker the Magical Warrior, Galaxy Cyclone, Double Cyclone, and Uending Nightmare.

Honorable Mentions - Hane-Hane [UR]

Hane-Hane
Hane-Hane
EARTH Beast ★2
ATK 450 / DEF 500
The Ultimate Rising [UR]
FLIP: Return 1 monster on the field to its owner's hand.

You can still return Legendary Six Samurai - Shi En and Elemental HERO Brave Neos to the Extra Deck with Hane-Hane, but the Level 2 EARTH Flip monster has been completely outclassed by Gale Lizard and Flip Flop Frog.

1st Mini Box “Age of Discovery”

There is absolutely no reason to invest in this Mini Box. The most relevant card you can find in Age of Discovery is Needle Sunfish, a Level 3 WATER monster that can be played in Synchro decks together with Psychic Wheeleder.

2nd Main Box “Neo-Impact”

Senju of the Thousand Hands [UR] ★

Senju of the Thousand Hands
Senju of the Thousand Hands
LIGHT Fairy ★4
ATK 1400 / DEF 1000
Neo-Impact [UR]
When this card is Normal or Flip Summoned: You can add 1 Ritual Monster from your Deck to your hand.

Senju of the Thousand Hands is the universal searcher for Ritual Monsters and, just like Sonic Bird, it’s still played in a few specific decks.

Honorable Mentions - Mirror Wall [UR]

Mirror Wall
Mirror Wall
Continuous Trap
Neo-Impact [UR]
Each of your opponent's monsters that conducted an attack while this card was face-up on the field has its ATK halved as long as this card remains on the field. During each of your Standby Phases, pay 2000 LP or destroy this card.

We have a lot of Trap Cards that are potentially more impactful and devastating than Mirror Wall, but I still felt like it was worth mentioning it because of the fact that it can be activated during the Damage Step and because of its synergy with certain Skills.

2nd Mini Box “Flame of the Tyrant”

Legion the Fiend Jester has some synergy with Silent Magician because of the Skill Light and Dark, but we already know the Skill is going to be changed, so there’s no point getting two or three copies of this monster.

The only other cards that are worth mentioning here are The Agent of Creation - Venus and Mystical Shine Ball, but, despite the recent support for “The Agent” archetype, they haven’t seen any competitive play, so Flame of the Tyrant is just another Mini Box that no one should ever dig through.

3rd Main Box Valkyrie’s Rage

Divine Wrath [UR] ★

Divine Wrath
Divine Wrath
Counter Trap
Valkyrie's Rage [UR]
When a monster effect is activated: Discard 1 card; negate the activation, and if you do, destroy that monster.

Because of its ability to negate Monster effects, Divine Wrath can still be considered a viable card. Recent lists that feature this card also include the Rebirth of Parshath, which requires you to reveal a Counter Trap in order to be activated.

Honorable Mentions - Nobleman of Extermination [UR] & Xing Zhen Hu [SR]

Nobleman of Extermination
Nobleman of Extermination
Normal Spell
Valkyrie's Rage [UR]
Select, destroy, and remove from play 1 face-down Spell or Trap Card. If it was a Trap Card, both players must remove from play all copies of that card from their Decks.

Nobleman of Extermination is still a decent option when it comes to backrow removal, but it has arguably been outclassed by cards like Hey, Trunade! and Cosmic Cyclone.

Xing Zhen Hu
Xing Zhen Hu
Continuous Trap
Valkyrie's Rage [UR]
Activate by selecting 2 Set Spell or Trap Cards on the field. The selected Spell or Trap Cards cannot be activated.

Xing Zhen Hu is a Continuous Trap that has actually seen some play relatively recently. Being able to lock your opponent’s backrow during the end of the turn is still pretty good since we only have 3 Spell & Trap Zones available.

3rd Mini Box “Wonders of the Sky”

The most interesting card featured in Wonders of the Sky is the Level 6 Normal Monster Summoned Skull, which is relevant only because of the floating effect of the recently released Level 6 Synchro Archfiends Call. Hardly a good enough reason to invest.

4th Main Box “Chaotic Compliance”

Gale Lizard [UR] ★★

Gale Lizard
Gale Lizard
WATER Reptile ★4
ATK 1400 / DEF 700
Chaotic Compliance [UR]
FLIP: Target 1 monster your opponent's controls; return that target to the hand.

Gale Lizard can still be seen in certain Neos Fusion and Invoked Neos decks because of its ability to get rid of problematic monsters such as Legendary Six Samurai - Shi En, and because of the fact that it’s a Level 4 WATER monster. Flip Flop Frog represents a much cheaper alternative to this card, which is why its rating is so low.

4th Mini Box “Land of the Titans”

Land of the Titans is almost universally recognized as the worst Mini Box that has ever been released in Duel Links and for a good reason. With the exception of Gearfried the Iron Knight and Security Orb, none of these cards have ever seen the competitive play and most of them were completely forgotten just a few months after their release.

Obedience Schooled can still be used to Summon Beast Synchro Monsters, but, since we barely have any, it’s not a good enough reason to throw away your gems.

5th Main Box “Crimson Kingdom”

Gozuki [UR] ★

Gozuki
Gozuki
DARK Zombie ★4
ATK 1700 / DEF 800
Crimson Kingdom [UR]
During your Main Phase: You can send 1 Zombie-Type monster from your Deck to the Graveyard. If this card is sent to the Graveyard: You can banish 1 Zombie-Type monster from your Graveyard, except "Gozuki"; Special Summon 1 Zombie-Type monster from your hand. You can only use each effect of "Gozuki" once per turn.

Gozuki still sees play in Vendread and Vampire decks. Samurai Skull represents a cheaper alternative to this card, but, in order to maximize consistency, they are usually played together.

Buster Blader, the Dragon Destroyer Swordsman [UR] ★★

Buster Blader, the Dragon Destroyer Swordsman
Buster Blader, the Dragon Destroyer Swordsman
LIGHT Warrior ★8
ATK 2800 / DEF
Generation Next [UR]
1 "Buster Blader" + 1 Dragon-Type monsterMust be Fusion Summoned and cannot be Special Summoned by other ways. This card cannot attack directly. This card gains 1000 ATK and DEF for each Dragon-Type monster your opponent controls or is in their Graveyard. Change all Dragon-Type monsters your opponent controls to Defense Position, also Dragon-Type monsters in your opponent's possession cannot activate their effects. If this card attacks a Defense Position monster, inflict piercing battle damage to your opponent.

Buster Blader, the Dragon Destroyer Swordsman is an incredibly powerful card, especially when combined with the Continuous Trap DNA Surgery. Keep in mind that you are going to need both Buster Whelp of the Destruction Swordsman and Destruction Swordsman Fusion in order to play Buster Blader DNA Surgery, neither of which you will find in the Crimson Kingdom.

Buster Blader [R] ★★

Buster Blader
Buster Blader
EARTH Warrior ★7
ATK 2600 / DEF 2300
Crimson Kingdom [R]
This card gains 500 ATK for each Dragon-Type monster your opponent controls or is in their Graveyard.

For some unknown reason Buster Blader was not reprinted in Power of Bravery, so, if you want to play Buster Blader DNA Surgery, you actually have to dig through this Main Box to get it. Even if you get lucky and you manage to pull a Buster Blader, the Dragon Destroyer Swordsman in your very first pack, you still need this card.

Yes, you can play Goddess with the Third Eye and/or The Light - Hex-Sealed Fusion, but Buster Blader can be Special Summoned via Buster Whelp and it can also be searched via Emblem of Dragon Destroyer, so you probably still want to one or two copies of it.

Dekoichi the Battlechanted Locomotive [R] ★★

Dekoichi the Battlechanted Locomotive
Dekoichi the Battlechanted Locomotive
DARK Machine ★4
ATK 1400 / DEF 1000
Crimson Kingdom [R]
Full Metal Desperado [R]
FLIP: Draw 1 card, then draw 1 additional card for each face-up "Bokoichi the Freightening Car" you control.

Dekoichi is still played in Desperado and Cyberdark Desperado decks. Dekoichi increases your chances of drawing Desperado Barrel Dragon and, since it’s a DARK Machine, if destroyed, it also allows you to Special Summon it.

Ultimate Providence [R] ★★

Ultimate Providence
Ultimate Providence
Counter Trap
Crimson Kingdom [R]
When a Spell/Trap Card, or monster effect, is activated: Discard the same type of card (Monster, Spell, or Trap); negate the activation, and if you do, destroy that card.

Honorable Mentions - Sasuke Samurai #2 [R]

Sasuke Samurai #2
Sasuke Samurai #2
WIND Warrior ★1
ATK 200 / DEF 300
Crimson Kingdom [R]
Once per turn, during your Main Phase, you can pay 800 Life Points. If you do this, until the End Phase, Spell and Trap Cards cannot be activated.

Sasuke Samurai #2 has been used in a few Blue-Eyes decks to shut down the opponent’s backrow for the turn.

5th Mini Box “Dawn of Destiny”

Sacred Phoenix of Nephthys [UR] ★

Sacred Phoenix of Nephthys
Sacred Phoenix of Nephthys
FIRE Winged Beast ★8
ATK 2400 / DEF 1600
Dawn of Destiny [UR]
During your next Standby Phase after this card was destroyed by a card effect and sent to the Graveyard: Special Summon this card from the Graveyard. When you do: Destroy all Spell and Trap Cards on the field.

Sacred Phoenix of Nephthys is still played in Yubel and Nephthys Ritual decks. Good synergy with Yubel - Terror Incarnate and recurring value.

Fire King Avatar - Yaksha [R] ★

Fire King Avatar Yaksha
Fire King Avatar Yaksha
FIRE Beast-Warrior ★4
ATK 1800 / DEF 200
Dawn of Destiny [R]
If a face-up "Fire King" monster you control is destroyed by a card effect (except during the Damage Step): You can Special Summon this card from your hand. If this card is destroyed and sent to the Graveyard: You can destroy 1 card in your hand or that you control. You can only use this effect of "Fire King Avatar Yaksha" once per turn.

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happy person 2days ago
I got everything I wanted.
Anonymous 15days ago
I can finally have my 3 copies of baboons and get KoG.
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☆ Osa sama ☆ 15days ago Reply
Woooow gg strongest duelist
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Anonymous 14days ago Reply
It's funny the first time Dkayed uploaded box review on youtube was about the Baboon box. Wonder how many people became the victim of that review and spent all their gems to reset the Baboon box 3 times XD
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Anonymous 2days ago Reply
about 90% of his youtube viewers are complete id!ots when it comes to duel links. im sure they fell victim to the baboon box.
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Anonymous 2days ago Reply
I bet dgayed also said "BABooN TiER 0 EveRYone!!1!!!"
Evan 2days ago
I got buster blader, the dragon destroyer swordsman and Aleister the Invoker.
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Anonymous 2days ago Reply
I got 1 Banishment. No regrets here.
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Anonymous 2days ago Reply
Banishment is awesome
Anonymous 13days ago
All cards recommended here are excellent.. but I don’t like how this guide says for many boxes that every card not mentioned is “not worth investing in”. Cards like Kotetsu and Skreech have a really universal use that will remain good for years and have a lot of future potential due to there always being decks that benefit from their excellent generic use effects.
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Anonymous 13days ago Reply
They mentioned cards that may have good near future applications, but as of right now they most of the spots right on
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Anonymous 13days ago Reply
Theres some really good cards in the old boxes, including cards that help a lot with farming
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Anonymous 2days ago Reply
Aleister is worth trying to get
Anonymous 3days ago
I got drowning and cosmic cyclone
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Anonymous 2days ago Reply
congrats
Seto Kaiba 6days ago
I got my 3rd copy of one of my favorite cards .. KING OF THE SWAMP !!
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Anonymous 6days ago Reply
king of the swamp never gets old
<< Anonymous(Seto Kaiba)
Anonymous 2days ago Reply
Agreed with kaiba
Anonymous 4days ago
Even at half price, it's still rigged...
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KONAMI employee 2days ago Reply
rng is rng. no complaining now :)
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Anonymous 2days ago Reply
not rigged. its random. you have a 1 in 200 chance of drawing the UR you want from 1 pack out of 200 packs. Sometimes you get it early on, sometimes you gotta dig for it.
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Anonymous 2days ago Reply
I already pulled cosmic cyclone
Anonymous 10days ago
got floodgate
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Anonymous 10days ago Reply
floodgate is mvp
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Anonymous 3days ago Reply
it never gets old
Anonymous 15days ago
Hi, so I had a friend just start playing today. Which one of these would you say to buy for a player with absolutely no competitive deck???
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Anonymous 13days ago Reply
Try using flower cardian deck. F2p. No sr and ur imvolved. Just 🔥ous to learn and player to wait for finishing combo
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Anonymous 13days ago Reply
invest for Generation Next pack aim 3 King of Swamp and Flood Gate
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Anonymous 13days ago Reply
I agree for 3x Swamp King and FG. Those were the first box cards I got 3 of
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Anonymous 10days ago Reply
Crimson Kingdom is also a worthy box to get started on. Buster Blader has most of it's main support cards in there, as well as other very good splashable cards like Ultimate Providence as well
Anonymous 13days ago
does summoned skull even worth? i don't see any viable cards from there either
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Anonymous 13days ago Reply
They just made brand new Summoned Skull support cards, including the Synchro monster and the fusion, as well as a ritual one in the IRL card game. He may be worth investing in, they might make even more support cards for him. There's also the Makiu the Magical Mist spell card that works with thunder types and Summoned Skull.
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Anonymous 12days ago Reply
Because of how all his extra deck support monsters that float into him upon dying, picking up the single copy you'd want is a good idea
Anonymous 13days ago
How long is this sale?
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Anonymous 12days ago Reply
November 10
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did someone say...

























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