Archfiend Emperor, the First Lord of Horror | Deck and Rulings

This page notes details of Archfiend Emperor, the First Lord of Horror (DARK/Fiend/Effect Monster) : decks, tips, effect and rulings. Learn and enjoy playing Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links!
update 04/09/2016

Archfiend Emperor, the First Lord of Horror

Archfiend Emperor, the First Lord of Horror
Monster TypeFiend
Card typeEffect
Card Effect TypeSummoning condition / Condition / Continuous Effect / Ignition Effect
Supports ArchetypesArchfiend


You can Normal Summon this card without Tributing, but its original ATK and DEF become halved. If Summoned this way, it is destroyed during the End Phase. You cannot Special Summon any monsters, except Fiend-Type monsters. Once per turn: You can banish 1 "Archfiend" card from your hand or Graveyard, then target 1 card on the field; destroy that target.

How to get

PackAbyss Encounters [UR]
Level-up reward-
Victory against-
Card trader-




  • Great ATK stats.
  • Can destroy any card on the Field by banishing 1 “Archfiend” card from
    your hand or Graveyard.
  • Can be Normal Summoned without Tributes.


  • If Normal Summoned without Tribute, this card will be destroyed during your End Phase.
  • If Normal Summoned without Tribute, this card’s ATK and DEF is halved.
  • Requires 2 Tributes for a Tribute Summon.


  • It is suggested you include more “Archfiend” monsters as banish fodder for Archfiend Emperor to destroy your opponent’s cards.
  • Call of the Archfiend can be banished from your Hand as a cost to activate Archfiend Emperor’s effect.
  • You can also choose to tech Anti-Magic Arrows in favor for your Archfiend Emperor to destroy your opponent’s monsters instead, and possibly end the duel with an OTK.
  • Another advantage of using Trance Archfiend is that it can return 1 banished DARK monsters to your hand, when it was destroyed and sent to the Graveyard. This potentially recycles your banish fodders.
  • You can Normal Summon Archfiend Emperor and activate its effect right away to destroy your opponent’s cards, if you have Archfiend cards in your Hand or Graveyard.


Doomdog Octhros searches for Archfiend Emperor when it was sent from the Field to the Graveyard.

Archfiend Support

Pandemonium is a Field Spell that allows you to search for another “Archfiend” monster from your Deck to your hand which is lower level than Archfiend Emperor, when Archfiend Emperor was destroyed and sent to the Graveyard via its own effect. Archfiend Palabyrinth allows you to target Archfiend Emperor on your Field, then banish another Fiend-type monster from your Field to Special Summon 1 level 8 “Archfiend” monster from your hand, Deck, or Graveyard. Call of the Archfiend is a very powerful continuous Trap that can revive your Archfiend Emperor from the Graveyard to the Field, by discarding any Fiend-type monster as cost. Trance Archfiend can activate its effect to discard Archfiend Emperor from your Hand to the Graveyard, in order to be Special Summoned with Call of the Archfiend. Archfiend General is both a powerful beater, and searcher for Pandemonium Field Spell. Archfiend Cavalry can Special Summon Archfiend Emperor from your Graveyard when it was destroyed by a Card effect.

Additional Support

You can Special Summon banished DARK monsters with this card, after it was banished by Archfiend Emperor to activate its effect.



Work in progress...


Hot New Top
Don't Archfiend want to be sent to the grave? Why the banish effect on both Emperor and Palabyrinth? The in archetypal support from Trance Archfiend is not enough recovery from banishment.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
It's not effect, it's cost.

And cost is supposed to be, well, costly.

In this case, the cost is that you sacrifice the graveyard effect of an Archfiend by banishing it instead, and in exchange, you can destroy 1 card on the field.
skull meister archfiend deck
This is like the final boss of a video game, ex. Dark souls.
Great Maju Garset still exist. Hmmm...
The alpha of all fiend cards
Currently bugged. You can normal summon it with its effect and it will not have halved stats and won't be destroyed at the end of turn.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
That's....a very critical and broken bug lol.
Non a anon
You can summon it with its efefct and equip it with axe of fools to negate its self destructing effects and make it a 4k beater
<< Anonymous(Non a anon)
Anonymous Reply
Emperor's self-destruction effect can't be negated. It still gets destroyed at the end of the turn.
<< Anonymous(Non a anon)
Anonymous Reply
It's still get destroyed.. Because it's part of summon condition not just effect..
Why can´t I destroy a normal monster when I activate his effect? I normal summoned Archfiend Emperor and used his effect, but I couldn't target Red Eye Black Dragon to destroy it.
Do I really need three of these things or can I get by with just 2?
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
2 is fine for f2p
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
You'll want 3 along with Archfiend Palabyrinth if you're going to be competitive with it. You'll walk up to Legend rank if you set the deck up right.
Normal summon this, and before you attack use "Axe of Fools" on him that half atk effect will be negated and
he becomes a nice 4000 atk monster on the field.
He still only lasts until end phase thou
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Most likely, the destruction is part of his Summoning Condition. Which is something that cannot be negated.
<< Anonymous(Mr.Anon)
Val Reply
The best answer to why he's destroyed is this.

It's an exception due to Konami OCG ruling.

There's a card called "Skill Drain" which negates the effects of monsters, just like Axe of Fools. And that's how it was ruled. The effect of losing half ATK/DEF is negated, but it's still destroyed at the End phase.
<< Anonymous(Mr.Anon)
Val Reply
Effects can still be activated, so even with Axe equipped you can still activate the Emperor's effect. You will still need to banish one card (because it's a cost, which is not negated), but you will NOT be able destroy one card (because it's an effect). In short, don't use his ability, or you'll just end up throw ling one card away (not to graveyard, but banished).
<< Anonymous(Mr.Anon)
Val Reply
This is arguably the most OP card in the game.
<< Anonymous(Lacraia!)
Anonymous Reply
Not really
<< Anonymous(Lacraia!)
Anonymous Reply
At three copies, it truly lives up to its name.
Player K
Works perfect with palabrynth, if you have another fiend type normal summon this guy. Use it to special summon empress and when empress get destroyed you can get emporror out + you can use empress to destroy a card + a 3500 atk beater.
Ideal option if you dont have 3 call of the archfiend of 3 escapes of DD
<< Anonymous(Player K)
Anonymous Reply
But you must control at least 2 monster to use this effect

Commens and feedback


Thank you for visiting Duel Links wiki by GameA! We update this Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links community day by day to provide quality guides and the latest news.

Duel Links Wiki Updates

Duel Links News & Events

Duel Links World Championship 2023

Raid Duel - The Last Survivor of Mankind: Zone! Unlock Event

Structure Deck EX: Secret of Magicians

45th Main Box: Raider's Requiem

Yugioh! Card Game 25th Anniversary Campaign

"Power Pros" App x "Yu-Gi-Oh!" Collaboration Campaign

6th Anniversary Campaign on 12 January 2023

Upcoming events [March]

Leaked Characters

Yu-Gi-OH Vrains

Vrains Characters

How to beat/farm Legendary Duelists Lvl 40

Yu-Gi-Oh Arc V

Arc V Characters

How to beat/farm Legendary Duelists Lvl 40

Yu-Gi-Oh Zexal

Legendary Duelists

How to beat/farm Legendary Duelists Lvl 40

Other Zexal Duelists

Yu-Gi-Oh Dark Side of Dimension [DSOD]

Legendary Duelists

How to beat/farm Legendary Duelists Lvl 40

Yu-Gi-Oh 5D's

Legendary Duelists

How to beat/farm Legendary Duelists Lvl 40

Useful links



Decks to farm LD Lvl 40

Characters (Legendary Duelists)

Yu-Gi-Oh! (DM)

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX

Related pages


Card Sleeves & Game Mats

Booster packs/Card Trader

Card Trader & Ranked Rewards

Card TraderRanked Rewards

Card Trader

Ranked Rewards

Card box

Available card boxes
The Ultimate RisingAge of DiscoveryNeo-ImpactFlame of the TyrantValkyries Rage
Wonders of the SkyChaotic ComplianceLand of the TitansCrimson KingdomDawn of Destiny
Electric OverloadEchoes of SilenceServants of KingsGalactic Origin
Blades of Spirit Primal BurstResonance of ContrastAbyss EncounterRampage of the Forest
Valiant SoulsVisions of IceCrusaders BattlegroundClash of WingsBurning Nova
Empire of ScarletGaia GenesisStardust AccelerationPower of BraveryBlackstorm Rising
Secrets of the AncientsRevolution BeginningTornado of PhantomsAbsolute InfernoDimension of the Wizards
Warriors UniteLords of ShiningBlazing RoseGuardians of RockCybernetic Rebellion
Curse of DreadValhalla CallingDark DimensionSpirit of the BeastAerial Assault
Soul of ResurrectionFuture HorizonMasters of ShadowJudgement ForceFortress of Gears
Truth UniverseFlames of the HeartWitchs SorceryChronicle of GloryInfernity Destruction
Arena of SanctuaryShining HopeVoltage of the MetalShark FangRage of Volcano
Infinite RayPhotons of GalaxyAntinomic TheorySign of HarpiesEternal Stream
The King of VermillionDarkness GimmickArts of AtlantisPendulum GenesisIdea of Armageddon
Chaotic SoldiersForce of InfinityFantastic ArcPhantom of RebellionMaximum Gustav
Heart of XyzShining SunriseStars of SynchroLink RevolutionStage of Trickstar
Braver VictoryArms of GiantFuture CircuitLord of BorrelRaiders Requiem

Selection Box

Selection Boxes
Selection Box Vol. 01Selection Box Vol. 01 MiniSelection Box Vol.01 Super MiniSelection Box Vol. 02Selection Box Vol. 02 Mini
Selection Box Vol. 03Selection Box Vol.03 MiniSelection Box Vol.04Selection Box Vol.04 MiniSelection Box Vol.05
Selection Box Vol.06

Special Packs

Special Pack
Special Pack Vol. 01Special Pack Vol. 02Special Pack Vol. 03Special Pack Vol. 04Special Pack Vol. 05

Structure decks

Structure decks
Sorcerers AllianceDragonic ForceHero RisingLegendary WarriorsDestiny Rulers
Dragonic KnightsSpellbound SilenceSynchro ConnectionThe White Dragon of LegendSwordbound Silence
Ancient Gear AwakeningNeos FusionReturn of the Red-EyesFull Metal DesperadoMaster of Chaos
Kings ResonanceDragunity OverdriveGladiators StormHERO GenerationReturn of the Fire Kings
Gagaga XyzTales of the Noble KnightsBlue-Eyes EvolutionStardust NexusRise of Gaia
Evil DominationMagicians ArcD/D/D ApocalypseCyber Style ExtremeSword of Paladin
Tellarknight AdventBrave HopeRuddy Rose BurningCyberse CodeThousand Illusion
Imperial JokerSecret of Magicians

Other Pages

Duel Links Basics


Standard duelists & Legendary Duelist Lvl 30


Comments (updated every hour)

Is there any way to actually win with Fortune Fairies?
I cannot link account it said 403 forbidden why
I want to fúck her
> Go to the latest comments

Popular Decks

Popular Cards


Another Game Site