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.
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.
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.
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.