Dark Paladin | Deck and Rulings

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Dark Paladin

Dark Paladin
Monster TypeSpellcaster
Card typeFusion / Effect
Card Effect TypeSummoning condition / Quick Effect / Condition / Continuous Effect


"Dark Magician" + "Buster Blader"
Must be Fusion Summoned and cannot be Special Summoned by other ways. During either player's turn, when a Spell Card is activated: You can discard 1 card; negate the activation, and if you do, destroy it. This card must be face-up on the field to activate and to resolve this effect. This card gains 500 ATK for each Dragon-Type monster on the field or in either player's Graveyard.

How to get / rarity

PackCrimson Kingdom [UR]
Level-up reward--
Victory against--
Card trader--




  • High attack and good defense.
  • Magic Jammer + a better Buster Blader effect in 1 monster.


  • Both the fusion material monsters are level 7 monsters.

Tips, related cards, skills

Trap Jammer

With its ability to stop/prevent spell cards altogether, you can pressure your opponent even further by using Trap Jammer. This will help protect, not just Dark Paladin, but your other monsters from cards like Mirror Wall or other traps.

Fusion substitutes

Dark Magician and Buster Blader uses different supports, and since it doesn't say that it needs those exact monsters as the fusion materials, you can use fusion substitute monsters instead. This will allow both of them to shine individually in their own decks, or make a fusion oriented deck by putting both Dark Paladin and Buster Blader, the Dragon Destroyer Swordsman.

Outstanding Dog Marron

You can use Outstanding Dog Marron or Sword of Deep-Seated so you can activate Dark Paladin's ability without losing a card.

Tour Bus From the Underworld

Allows you to bring back your monster from your graveyard to your deck. This can be good if you have other cards to search for them again.

Diffusion Wave-Motion

Allows Dark Paladin to attack multiple monsters in a turn and negate all their effect monster's effects.

Mirage Dragon

Increases Dark Paladin's attack and prevents your opponent from being able to activate traps during battle phase.





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Anoymous 17days ago
My experience against dragon beatdown decks using Dark Paladin & BB fusion is pretty solid. They barely last 3 turns after you summon the big Boi.

Either rage quit or got wrecked hard
<< Anonymous
Beta 13days ago Reply
Nah duh. They're blatant dragon slayer cards after all...
<< Anonymous
Anoymous 13days ago Reply
or they steal your lonely dragon destroyer with e-con and then rage quit after 5 minutes trying to understand why it can't attack, oh boy hahaha "what's wrong, done already?"
Anoymous 13days ago
if konami releases sinister serpent, would it work if you discard it from your hand using dp? or would it be banished in your opponent next end phase?
i hope it does cause it means you won't lose your draw like when you use Sword of Deep-Seated, would help dp decks alot!
Lol. This card is more like spell lockdown card than anti dragon. With mirage dragon, your opponent literally can't do anything
<< Anonymous
Anoymous 17days ago Reply
*Crash into mako's yomi ship*
<< Anonymous
Beta 13days ago Reply
That's what Diffusion Wave Motion is for. It invests a fair bit to get the stun effect but it can be done.
Beta 13days ago
Marron and Sword of the Deep Seated don't prevent you losing a card, they just go back to deck; your hand still decreases which is what actually matters.

Currently looking into making a Spell Counter deck which can summon this but actually uses Buster Blader and Dark Magician legitimately. There's a few things coming together so I don't know if it will work in Duel Links 20 card format(can go higher, sure, if you really want to) but if anyone has tried it let me know.
Anoymous 24days ago
I dare say that this is the best monster card in the game currently, tied with relinquished. Ppl need to realize how game changing negating spell is. Almost every deck uses spell, bar dino beatdown.
<< Anonymous
Edgar81539 23days ago Reply
Card advantage is important when your damn monster depends on card advantage. Did you totally forgot that Dark Paladin needs to discard cards on hand in order to negate spells? Summon this turn 1, you only have 1 negation. If the meta is so spell heavy as you say that certainly means they're going to have 2 spells to defeat you. Also Mako is going to be meta, this card does nothing againstYomiShip
<< Anonymous(Edgar81539)
NOT THE OP ANOYMOUS 23days ago Reply
Who the f*ck summon dark paladin turn one without protection?set up first, try to gain card advantage using crystal seer etc. Play it with last gamble also help creating your beloved card advantage. Im sick of seeing vanilla otc variants, yet konami help it by releasing red lotus lol. I want to try something new and fun to play. Like this badass dark paladin.
Anoymous 23days ago Reply
If someone CAN summon Dark Paladin first turn, it means they have 3 non-setup cards in their hand. The chance that the final card in their hand is Crystal Seer or something is then extremely small.
Anoymous 23days ago Reply
Uh ppl DO summon dark paladin turn 1. Why? To negate Black Illlusion Ritual, OtC and the currently meta TOON KINGDOM. If your opponent doesn't have anything, most likely they can only summon 1 monster, so they can only use 1 OtC or something
Anoymous 24days ago
LOBO 30days ago
This is my Dark Paladin + Buster Blader Dragon Destruction deck, it's pretty decent against almost all decks, only problems are that it's kinda slow since you have to be careful when you attack with DP once you summon him, because once it's gone you don't have much chance of winning, having at least one card in your hand while DP is on the field is also very important. Major threaths against it are cards like hane-hane (but haven't faced them a lot), Metalmorph, if you don't have Econ it's game over and HHG. Other than that you can almost summon him first to third turn and it's pretty fun to play.

BTW I only managed to get to plat 2 with this deck, I mainly because I started to lose against HHG due to Relinquished and OtC, so many spell cards to keep up with only a few cards on your hand, plus all your traps get rekt easily.
<< Anonymous(LOBO)
LOBO 27days ago Reply
This is my current deck, I opted to replace Ultimate Providence (since they were there mostly to stop hane-hane's effect but haven't faced it a lot to become a constant threath) with skull lair to put use to all the fusion materials and discarded cards due to DP's effect and combo it with EFTDD to special summon dark magician *just in case*
Piè 30days ago
Hi bros!
What do you think about put in this deck crystal seer? May be useful! you can set it on turn 0 if you start first, and give you a free card draw (it means that paladin can negate!)
I have made a deck to use with 3 star demonition skill, but I don't have that skill.. and I need another fusion sage too..
but I want to know what do you think about crystal seer!
<< Anonymous(Piè)
LOBO 29days ago Reply
Yeah, crystal seer works pretty well to easily get DP on the field, plus the "restart" skill when you have a bad starting hand. If you have a dark magician/buster blader + a fusion substitue or polymerization and Crystal Seer in your starting hand (wich is most of the time) you will have DP by your 3rd turn at most and like you said, you will also have a extra card to use DP´s effect
My attempt at a Dark Paladin focused deck. Once he's on the field, and you have 1 or more cards in hand to help eliminate spells, it can be game over.

<< Anonymous
Anoymous 30days ago Reply
Here's the current version after several mods. Running it with Yugi, and his PoD skill for the spellcaster atk boost. I feel the deck flows a bit better with 2 fusion options, 1 dragon, and the other the paladin. All dragon's just add to the paladin's attack. B-Dragon summoner allows you to search your deck for either a red eye's or a Dark mag for fusions. Killing lev 40 mokuba with this..
Anoymous 30days ago
This card is OP...should be higher ranked than 7.0.
This card is an anti Red Eyes Meta.
<< Anonymous
Paladin is broken Reply
It's a dragon meta counter fam
Anonymous Duelist
I happened to attain this card; however, what I would like to know is if the programming code is flawed or not. See, when I tried to attack my opponent, they activated Enemy Controller. I, of course, expected Dark Paladin to negate the spell card, but you see, this did not happen. Twice. Strange thing. So, in a duel against a standard, world duelist, I played one of my own spells when Dark Paladin was on the field. Now, the spell should have been negated (or, it should have granted me an option to discard one card, in order to negate), but it did no such thing. Is this card, perhaps, flawed? --A game bug maybe? What are your thoughts?
<< Anonymous(Hanabi)
Anonymous Duelist Reply
No "Angel 07" was on the field, so yes, it is probably a bug in the system which needs to be resolved as quickly as possible.
<< Anonymous(Anonymous Duelist)
Anoymous Reply
i just played against kaiba with paladin in the field and when he activated enemy controller twice paladin negated it's effect. maybe it was a bug but has been fixed?
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Duelist Reply
Yes, I did try Dark Paladin in PvP duels; yes, his effect did work, however, the same is not veracious for standard duelists in the Duel world. But, I suppose that shouldn't matter to most people.
<< Anonymous(Anonymous Duelist)
Anoymous Reply
Just built a deck around him, and can confirm his effect appears to be working properly in PVP. So long as you have any cards in your hand and he's face up on the field, you should get a prompt. Got prompts for despell, Econ, Order of charge . . canceled them all :)

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