Obelisk the Tormentor: deck recipe

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Obelisk the Tormentor is nearly upon us. The last and arguably most anticipated of the three Egyptian God Cards will soon be introduced into the game, but will it manage to make an impact on the current meta? Well, Summoning Obelisk is definitely no easy task, but it also can’t be denied that it is a really powerful card.

4000 ATK and DEF are nothing to scoff at, especially when combined with an immunity to targeting effects, so here are a few ideas on how you can run this Divine Beast.

Junk Synchron Version

Example Deck

Obelisk the TormentorSphere KuribohSphere KuribohSphere KuribohJunk SynchronJunk Synchron
Junk SynchronJunk ForwardJunk ForwardJunk ForwardDouble SummonDouble Summon
Enemy ControllerEnemy ControllerPaleozoic CanadiaPaleozoic CanadiaPaleozoic CanadiaPaleozoic Hallucigenia
Paleozoic HallucigeniaPaleozoic Hallucigenia----
HTS PsyhemuthJunk DestroyerArmades, Keeper of BoundariesArmades, Keeper of BoundariesArmades, Keeper of Boundaries-

Set Skill

[Skill] descriptionUser
What Grows in the Graveyard
Begin the Duel with 1 "Dark Verger" in your Graveyard.
Akiza Izinski
Akiza Izinski

How to Use

Junk Synchron & Junk Forward

You can Normal Summon Junk Synchron, Special Summon Dark Verger (What Grows in the Graveyard) from your Graveyard via its effect and then Special Summon Armades, Keeper of Boundaries or you can Special Summon Junk Forward from your hand, Normal Summon Junk Synchron, Special Summon Dark Verger from the Graveyard and then Special Summon HTS Psyhemuth (Junk Synchron + Junk Forward) or Junk Destroyer (Junk Synchron + Junk Forward + Dark Verger). If you Summon Junk Destroyer this way, you will get to destroy up to two cards on the field.

If you have Double Summon available, the combination of Junk Forward and Junk Synchron can also lead into Obelisk the Tormentor. Normally using so many cards to Summon a single monster would be considered a waste, you would likely leave yourself completely open after this play, but with Obelisk it’s sort of different: this card’s immunity to targeting effects prevents your opponent from taking control of it with an Enemy Controller or from destroying it with a Koa'ki Meiru Maximus or a Vampire Kingdom.

Paleozoic Canadia & Paleozoic Hallucigenia

Both Paleozoic Canadia and Paleozoic Hallucigenia work particularly well with Armades, they can be used after the Level 5 Synchro has declared an attack to prevent your opponent from responding to them, but another thing that is worth mentioning is the fact that they can provide Tribute Material for Obelisk after they have been activated.

Additional Notes


[Skill] description (After 24 Jan)User
KaibaCorp Bling
Can be used each time your Life Points decrease by 1000. Randomly draw a Glossy/Prismatic card from your deck.
Mokuba Kaiba
Mokuba Kaiba

The change has undeniably improved this Skill, making it quite easy to trigger. Cosmic Cyclone could be an interesting card to use in combination with this Skill now, but, since Obelisk doesn’t really have to worry about backrow thanks to its effect, it would be kind of redundant.

[Skill] descriptionUser
What Grows in the Graveyard
Begin the Duel with 1 "Dark Verger" in your Graveyard.
Akiza Izinski
Akiza Izinski

This is the only Skill I would advise running with the second version of the deck, as it pretty much turns Junk Synchron into an automatic Armades, Keeper of Boundaries.

[Skill] descriptionUser
Last Gamble
Can be used in your Main Phase, starting from the fifth turn. Upon activation, reduces your LP to 100 and discards 2 cards from your hand. You roll a die and draw that number of cards. This skill can only be used once per Duel.
Joey Wheeler
Joey Wheeler

If you are going for a huge combination of cards, then Last Gamble is generally a great Skill, but surviving until your 3rd Turn can be quite hard with Koa'ki Meiru, Karakuri and Masked HERO decks around.


  • Kaiba Corp Bling is still pretty slow as a Skill, it still substitutes your draw rather than just adding the card to your hand or giving you the option of shuffling something back into the Deck for it like Reinforcement.
  • If any of your cards are Glossy or Prismatic, your chances of drawing Obelisk will be drastically reduced.
  • Both decks aren’t really able to Summon Obelisk so consistently: the first one uses the Egyptian God Card as its only winning condition, whereas the second one can function without it.


Hot New Top
Wish obelisk was immune to spells and traps that would remove him from the field, unaffected by non divine monsters, and being unable to be tributed or being controlled by your opponent.

PS: Manga EG'S could not be destroyed by battle with non divine monsters
<< Anonymous(Anonymous)
Anonymous Reply
You do realize that this would make Obelisk forbidden and you couldn't use him anymore?
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Kaiba could still use it because he would just screw the rules
Obelisk is not invulnerable, it can be affected by many spells and trap cards that send him to the deck or even destroy him. I think Konami should eliminate or change the description. Instead of say unaffected by spell, trap or card effects, it should say by some spell, trap or card effects and make a list of the cards that affect it. Otherwise there is a lie in that description. Very annoying for me, trying to build a deck with Obelisk as a main power an discover that it is weaker than I thought.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Dude I don't think that you understand the word "target" in YuGiOh.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
i dont understand these people. RULES ARE RULES. stop trying to justify a bug when there isnt any.

2 reply above : no, the definition of 'target' you found on google is not what it means in Yugioh
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
can you read?
<< Anonymous(Cherekan)
Bking Reply
They just ruined my game also.
This is madnes. All anime we have seen went to thrash. Obelisk should not be affected by trap / spell or card effect.

If we follow the logic of konami almost every trap can destroy Obelisk and it does not make any sense. I playd level 10 Ishizu and she was able to destry obelisk. Level 10 !!! crazy !!!

Also the other egyptian gods efects are nullifieed :/.
Ra: Power of the Tributed
Slifer: Card of Sancitity
We need an Obelisk skill that’s only for him and no other cards!
<< Anonymous(Anonymous )
Anonymous Reply
Maybe a skill that gives 2 tokens to be used as tribute for his effect.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
They should make a skill as a tribute to the dsod movie, where Kaiba drew obelisk outside of his deck. For example, this skill can be used if you control 3 monsters and you have less than 1000lp. your next draw will be obelisc.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Skill name: Draw from the floor
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
^hahaha indeed!
3 Hardened Armed Dragons help since it can't be targeted or destroyed by card effects, making Drowning Mirror Force the best counter (which can be easily played around).
Ugh... I facepalm myself with how many blasted idiots think that Obelisk is immune to all effects since the card says he cannot be targeted.
obelisk animation for yugi
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
only for kaiba
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
They both have it actually. Then again, maybe it was added to Yugi later since he didn’t have an animation for Ra at first but got it later.
It can be targeted by effects ...not worthy of it’s name nor to be devine
<< Anonymous(WTF)
Anonymous Reply
It literally says “cannot be targeted” on the card...
<< Anonymous(WTF)
Anonymous Reply
it can be affected by cards that do not target, but not by ones that do target.
<< Anonymous
Red Eyes B. Reply
No, actually it is NOT affected by cards that TARGET (eg: Enemy Controller) but it is still affected by cards that DO NOT target (eg: Mirror Wall).
Are there any suggestions for a new deck, that actually focusses on bringing out Obelisk? I mean not only as a side-strategy...
<< Anonymous(Xeledur)
Anonymous Reply
2000+D and wait
Ra: Power of the Tributed
Slifer: Card of Sancitity
We need an Obelisk skill that’s only for him and no other cards!
If this meta won't change, they'll force me to use Obelisk
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
use it and get destroyed by d.d. prison, widespread ruin, d.d. assailant etc
Pretty much unstoppable, to think one of the best ways to play it is actually with fur hire XD
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
I once saw a Fur Hire deck that uses Obedience Schooled to quickly bring out either Osiris or Obelisk turn 1.
<< Anonymous
Aster is #1 Reply
It is great as long as this doesn't happen. XD

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