The Tricky | Decks and Tips

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The Tricky

The Tricky
Monster TypeSpellcaster
Card typeEffect
Card Effect TypeSummoning condition


You can Special Summon this card (from your hand) by discarding 1 card.

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  • Can be Special Summoned to the Field by discarding 1 card from your Hand.


  • Requires 1 discard to Special Summon.
  • Weak DEF stats.


  • This card has some similar effect as Dynatherium except that Dynatherium can be Special Summoned without a discard.
  • You can use Legion of Fiend Jester’s effect, to Tribute Summon The Tricky, then you can add 1 Spellcaster-Type Normal monster from your Deck to your Hand.
  • This card also works well with Treeborn Frog as it can be discarded in order to Special Summon the Tricky, and then it can be returned to the Field, provided you do not control any Spell/Trap.

Spellcaster Support

Tricky Spell 4 allows you to Special Summon “Tricky Tokens” up to the number of monsters your opponent controls, but you need to send 1 face-up The Tricky you control to the Graveyard. This potentially allows you to setup to Tribute summon a level 7 or higher monster. After you have Special Summon The Tricky, you can opt to equip it with Wonder Wand, and send The Tricky to the Graveyard to draw 2 cards. You can equip One-Shot Wand to The Tricky, and after damage calculation, you can send One-Shot Wand to the Graveyard to draw 1 card.

Spellbook Synergy

While you control The Tricky on the Field, you can use these Spellbooks’ effects. Spellbook of Power increases 1 of your Spellcaster monster’s ATK by 1000 until the End Phase. After that monster destroys an opponent’s monster by battle, you can add 1 Spellbook Spell card from your Deck to your Hand. You can use Spellbook of Fate by banishing up to 3 “Spellbook” cards from your Graveyard, and use the corresponding Effect. If you banished 1, you can Return 1 Set Spell/Trap from the Field to the Hand. If you banished 2, you can change any monster on the Field to face down position or face up attack position. If you banished 3, you can banish 1 card your opponent controls. Spellbook of the Master is able to replicate the effect of a “Spellbook” card that is in your Graveyard.


These are some of the cards that can be discarded as cost to Special Summon The Tricky.

  • When discarded, The Fabled Ganashia revives himself with an additional 200 attack.
  • Sinister Serpent can be retrieved from the graveyard during each of your standby phases, but keep in mind if he is sent to the graveyard the turn he was retrieved he will be banished during your opponent's end phase.
  • Discard Gusto Griffin to special summon another Gusto monster from your deck. A good target for this is Caam, Serenity of Gusto because she is able to recycle Gusto Griffin back into the deck for Reuse and also draw a card to replenish your hand.


Blizzard Princess can be Tribute Summoned by using 1 Spellcaster monster as Tribute. This also causes your opponents unable to activate any Spell/Trap card for the rest of the turn. Since you can Special summon The Tricky by discarding 1 card, you can Normal Summon Hazy Flame Sphynx by Tributing The Tricky, and if you have discarded a FIRE monster, you can use Hazy Flame Sphynx’s effect to Special Summon that FIRE monster to the Field.

Useful Skills

[Skill] descriptionUser
Power of Dark (skill)
Begins Duel with the Field Spell "Yami" activated.
Yami Yugi
Yami Yugi
[Skill] descriptionUser
Can be used only once after starting hands are dealt. Reveal and redraw your starting hand.
Bandit Keith
Bandit Keith
[Skill] descriptionUser
Your starting hand will reflect the card balance of your deck.
Seto Kaiba
Seto Kaiba




ActionsDiscards for cost
Summoning CategoriesSpecial Summons itself from your hand


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Tricky + tricky spell 4 + Marik’s Ra tribute skill = 6000 attack beater. Good for farming
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
You don't know? Tokens/Trap summon give 0 atk.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
No it actually works. Tokens from things like golden apples give 0 but if given in description a base ATK, it will work.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Have you even tried it? I face opponent that use Power of Tribute with trap monsters but it gave Ra 0 atk.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Trap Monsters work, not sure why you think they don't. (I used Power of Tribute and Trap Monsters for Mai during the Battle City event.)

Anything with original ATK will work. (Which Trap Monsters do. The ones we have anyway.)
Is this card anygood?I don't think it will work with dark world cause discarding is a cost here(i could b wring tho)
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
The discard is indeed treated like a cost, so it is incompatible with DW monsters.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
It could work with gusto griffen actually discard it to special summon another gusto from your GY
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Yeah, Gusto Griffin's effect activates even if discarded as a cost, and since The Tricky is WIND just like the Gustos, there's some synergy there.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
You can use this with fabled too
This is a better card than CYBER DRAGON. Now fight me
<< Anonymous(YugiSucksMyD)
Anonymous Reply
CyDra is still better because it has 100 more ATK.

In terms of special summoning them, they are equal*, so their stats is all we can compare, and CyDra is better in that department.

*equal because Tricky can be summoned without relying on opp's field, but requires discarding, while CyDra relies on opp's field but doesn't need to discard. They both have a "cost", and both are easy to fulfill.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
plus, LIGHT has a better support than WIND.
<< Anonymous(YugiSucksMyD)
Anonymous Reply
Some cards also have effects that can only be activated once they were sent to the graveyard, so my bet's on the Tricky boi.
Guess it'll be good for tribute summoning monsters like the god cards, Gandora or other monsters that can't really be special summoned.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Idk much about hazy but I think this is an upgrade to Dynatherium as there's no risk of your opponent special summoning something from their graveyard and if you discard a monster you can just special summon it with sphinx. I could be wrong.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
I think Sphinx can special summon beasts types. Tricky is a spellcaster and cannot be special this way.
<< Anonymous
akubane Reply
i think he tried to say, discard a beast for tricky cost and special it with hazy
I can't special summon this even I have a card to discard. It seems happen after the new event duelist chronicles GX appeared. Is this a bug? Anyone that have the same problem with me?
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
really? never happened to me, ive been trying hazy flames + the tricky for easy tribute summons and otk these days. Guess Im going to try the deck again just to c if something weird happens lol
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
same problem
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Can u tell any not so expensive deck please.
<< Anonymous(I)
Anonymous Reply
For ccapac
<< Anonymous(I)
Anonymous Reply
Nice idea.
2200 ATK with yugi's skill
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
´meta confirmed x.x
This dude can replace The Fiend Megacyber in farming decks.
<< Anonymous(Nice)
Anonymous Reply
* takes notes *
Not sure why this card is suggested in various decks. Negging your self isn’t worth summoning this, especially considering how often you see BTH and Paleozoic these days, maybe if we got a 5 card hand in DL.
<< Anonymous(Yugiknowz )
penniless duelist Reply
mvp in synchro-era! along with Fabled or similar card effect.

A) synchro summon level 7 or 8 monster with a 3* tuner.
B) tribute summon for certain card effect.

Sadly, i don't have any copy of this card.
Is it worth getting this and mage power at 3?
The Fabled Cerburrel is good addition to the discard list. I'm thinking of trying to make a synchro deck with these two. Are there any other tuners with good synergy with the Tricky?
This is a better card than CYBER DRAGON. Now fight me

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