Big Shield Gardna | Decks and Tips

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Big Shield Gardna

Big Shield Gardna
Monster TypeWarrior
Card typeEffect
Card Effect TypeQuick Effect / Continuous Effect


During either player's turn, when this face-down card (and no other cards) is targeted by a Spell Card: Change this card to face-up Defense Position, and if you do, negate the Spell Card's activation. If this card is attacked, change it to Attack Position at the end of the Damage Step.

How to Get / Rarity

Level-up reward--
Victory against--
Card trader300 EX Jewels [UR]


Rating7.5 /10

Big Shield Gardna (BSG) is one of the well known monster cards that has been introduced since the original series. With a high DEF of 2600, you are very likely to inflict defense battle damage when the opponent attacks this set card. However, BSG is defeated easily if the opponent has more than one monster on the field to forcibly trigger BSG’s effect provided they have the LP to tank the first hit.


BSG is best used with lockdown decks or as a tribute fodder due its vulnerable effect. Avoid having too many BSGs in your deck if you are not building a lockdown deck as its effect is a double edged sword and should not remain on the field for too long once flipped face-up.

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Desert Sunlight
Desert Sunlight
Switches the battle position of BSG to defense again.

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Does his effect prevent OtC as well?
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Order to Charge doesn't work on big shield gardna when he is face down as Order to Charge is a spell card.

to >)) you are wrong.

To person answering >)) Stop being toxic, this isn't league of legends

To sjp91 Thanks for correcting the other 2... and stop being toxic.
<< Anonymous
sjp91 Reply
My toxicity is directed towards arrogant players who think they know everything and yell and scream at those who don't understand yugioh as well as them.News flash elitists not everyone understands rulings etc,you wanna look good/smart? Then go educate less knowledgeable players in a more mature manner (preferably without profanity name calling etc)
<< Anonymous(sjp91)
Anonymous Reply
There will always be such kids around. The world are full of idiots anyway. We can only rant and hope for the best lol
<< Anonymous
sjp91 Reply
I always actually referring to adults, it's understandable coming from kids and I expect (somewhat) such behavior from them, the adult community on the other hand should be setting an example but no such (or at least not much) luck but I digress idiots are just best ignored.
How do you get the other EX stones necessary to get this? I can only get 200 by reward and Bakura isnt dropping any.
<< Anonymous(Trip sucks)
Anonymous Reply
just use duel standby and keep farming
<< Anonymous(Tripsucks)
animos Reply
keep farming until the end of the event bro. pray hope he will give u enough EX for gardna. that 🔥ty bakura wont let us get the gardna. i think i will spend my ex to by tranch arfiend & darklord marie
<< Anonymous(animos)
mangly Reply
Practically impossible to get enough EX with Bakura. What a pain. Not worth the effort any more.
<< Anonymous(mangly)
Anonymous Reply
Agree. It seems impossible to get Gardna. I achieved all the missions, and got all the EXA tokens, but after that Bakura only doles out 4 EX at a time, very very rarely.

How many bloody Archfiend Empresses do I need?

The only real value of this event has been to stack up the coins and the UR/SR tokens for future use at the card trader.
i had approximitally 290 ex jewels but event event),jewels are unavailable.where are my jewels?
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
I love dumb people like you the games tells you MANY different time they expire you deserve to lose all ur ex gems
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
You 🔥ing 🔥, eat a pile of 🔥 and die mother🔥er. No wonder your mother despises you and no one bothers to love you.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Ya 🔥 that guy for not useing his ex gems
When they bring back the first two packs, they should also reintroduce the cards they removed froh the card trader in february which was way too early (like this fine card)
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
i want a first one!
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
I want anyone
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
I want you
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
i want 🔥
Nice of them to bring this back in the anniversary UR ticket.
<< Anonymous
Valencia Reply
I agree. I spent my ticket on it because I missed it before.
<< Anonymous
Yomama Reply
How to use it now? I got two copies
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Same. Used all 3 UR tickets on it straightaway. Might do some Ojama Land shenanigans with it at some point

(Set Gardna, let enemy attack it, then on your turn use Ojama monster (ideally fusion summon Ojama Knight or King) to switch ATK and DEF values and attack with surprise 2600 ATK Boomstick.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
But why did they remove from card trader? I could use tickets on another card :(
I call 🔥 on the vagabound challenges. Gardnas effect activated even when it was the "no effect activation" challenge. So it should have stayed in defense position after being attacked.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
I'm with you on the Vagabond "No effect" crap. I made a deck filled with high stat effect monsters like Boar Soldier and the like. Some of them still activated their effects. Like wtf?
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
No effect activations meaning any effect you have to activate doesn't work
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Because it doesn't stop the negative effects
Why doesn’t this card work against Dark Magical Circle?
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Because DMC is UR and this one is less rare. So your activation priority goes down. Try to also use a more expensive card and see what happens.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
stop trolling!
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
actual, non-trolling answer: BSG only negates the activation of a Spell card that targets it.

DMC's banishing effect is activated long after DMC itself is activated. In other words, it's only the activation of a Spell card's EFFECT.

Basically, BSG only works against cards that immediately targets BSG after activation. Continuous cards that activates their effect later, ignore BSG's effect.
i made a pretty good deck with him:
3 EH Woodsman
2 EH Ocean
1 EH Clayman
1 King of Swamp
1 Gaia the fierce knight
3 Inverse Universe
2 Mirror Wall
2 Wall of Disruption
2 Polymerization

Aditional deck:

2 EH Terra Firma
1 Sky Galloping Gaia the Dragon Champion
1 EH Thunder Giant
1 UFOroid Fighter

i'm thinking in change gaia for another warrior with a good fusion, like EH Neos or Notable Blader, but i'm not sure
<< Anonymous(TerraGaroa)
TerraGaroa Reply
Other option, more consistent, but less technical, since you cant tribute BSG when he is no more usefull in field
<< Anonymous(TerraGaroa)
TerraGaroa Reply
other option, with other great warrior
<< Anonymous(TerraGaroa)
TerraGaroa Reply
You can use it with Joe, Bastion or Jaden, work well with theirs habilities
Why on earth was this card removed? Seems like a pretty well balanced card to me although it is somewhat situational but not op
<< Anonymous(sjp91 )
Anonymous Reply
It's insanely op in burn decks
<< Anonymous(sjp91 )
sjp91 Reply
It helps a lot in burn decks for sure but if you let it too long without protection then you're eventually gonna take damage
in the battle with vagabond with challenge no effect activation.somehow this BSG effect is active but the other card is not.btw BSG is my monster in that battle.can someone explain to me why...?
<< Anonymous
Wallace Reply
I can't explain why the effect didn't trigger, but I've had the exact same issue happen to me.
<< Anonymous
arkantor Reply
I can explain.The reason this happens is because it means no effect activation for you not for the vagabond. Thats how all the vagabond challenges are.
Should I buy bsg or flamvell grunika and other cards?
<< Anonymous(Kafka)
Unlucky at All Reply
I think the 2nd choice is better! Trading the 3 cards that are only obtainable in flip-cards events.
<< Anonymous(Kafka)
LegendaryFarmz Reply
Bsg. Always.
That is untill you have 3. This thing is a beast when nobleman of crossout comes out. Best played first turn. However, in the current format, you're better off with a Grunika and some other cards. Your choice, flip a coin if you cannot choose :P
I can't be with you and I'm so sorry, farewell.
<< Anonymous
Pitufo Reply
Oh no that hurts!
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
It was not meant to be.

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