Duke Shade, the Sinister Shadow Lord

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Duke Shade, the Sinister Shadow Lord

Duke Shade, the Sinister Shadow Lord
TypeFiend, Effect


You can Tribute any number of DARK monsters; Special Summon this card from your hand, and if you do, it gains 500 ATK for each Tributed monster. If this card is Normal or Special Summoned: You can target 1 Level 5 or higher DARK monster in your GY; add it to your hand. You can only use each effect of "Duke Shade, the Sinister Shadow Lord" once per turn. You cannot Special Summon monsters the turn you activate either of this card's effects, except DARK monsters.

How to Get

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OtherYubel Unlock Event: Rise of the Yubel, the Ultimate Nightmare [UR]




  • Retrieves a level-5 or higher DARK from your graveyard.
  • Can boost own attack.
  • Can be special summoned from your hand.


  • Boosting your attack to a significant amount will cost you alot of advantage.
  • Can only boost his attack up to 2000 with own effect.


You can tribute DARK tokens when special summoning Duke Shade, here are some cards to help you generate multiple DARK tokens. Summon Phantom Skyblaster and he will Special Summon a token.

Use Multiply to tribute Kuriboh and Special Summon up to 3 tokens. Activate Black Wing Revenge when a Blackwing monster is destroyed by battle to Special Summon 2 tokens. Regenerating Rose Special Summons 2 Tokens when she is destroyed.


Retrieve Yubel from your graveyard then destroy it in your hand with something like Fire King Island to Special Summon Yubel - Terror Incarnate from your deck.


You can use this card in a Vampire Deck to retrieve the high-leveled monsters in your graveyard. Then Tribute Duke Shade to summon the monster you retrieve. Vampires are also able to swarm their low-leveled monsters which you can Tribute to Special Summon Duke Shade.


You can retrieve Inzektor Giga-Mantis or Inzektor Giga-Cricket from your graveyard and equip them to one of your weaker face-up Inzektor monsters. Equip them to Inzektor Hopper to attack your opponent directly. Inzektors are also an archetype of DARK monsters making it easier to summon Duke Shade.

Other High-Leveled DARK monsters

Here are some other significant DARK monsters you can retrieve with Duke Shade’s effect.


Looks awesome to be honest and quite versatile, however I feel that he doesn't belong in any deck. I used to play it in darklords
If we ever get Lair of Darkness this card will automatically become top tier
You can recycle yubel with this
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
OCG is known for having cards with the wrong effect
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
I agree with you Sun.June 9th 1am I Normal summoned the Duke and guess what I had Yubel in my graveyard and guess what else..HIS FREAKin effect didn't even give me the chance to activate it he just stood there looking stupid exposed with his 500 attack instead of letting me pull Yubel from my graveyard and I lost the duel..and his effect clearly says if special or NORMAL summoned ...phsss..p.o.s.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Lol what wrong effect, TCG follows OCG in terms of rulings and effects.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
That's highly unlikely to be a glitch. I'd guess you were dumb and Special Summoned a non-DARK monster that turn.
Tribute from anywhere on the field or only monsters you control? That could do with some specifying
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
If it does not specify, then it's always from your field only.
IG: Shaqpane
Land of Ojama's thx me later
Special summon this card in defense by tributing Sangan / Doomdog / Relinkuriboh, you will have a 2000 DEF wall as well as triggering the tributed monster's effect. A good card.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
DEcent card would be more acurate
Demon king Jaden Yuki
Mah boi
Could be used in Archfiends
So, is this guy Jaden?
Good cards..

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