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Alien: deck recipe [August 2020]

Duel Links Alien deck, Alien in the current meta, how to use.
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Overview

One of the new archetypes added with the latest box “Abyssal Encounters”, is the Alien archetype. This archetype revolves around putting “A-Counters” on your opponent’s monsters. These monsters will lose attack/defense when battling an Alien monster but you can also use very powerful and versatile spells/traps that interact with these A-Counters.

This deck, while some versions add some UR/SRs from other boxes, can be easily made by a F2P/Budget-player because most cards are R(ares) from the latest box.

Required Card Boxes

Generation Next Galactic Origin Blades of Spirit Valiant Souls Cybernetic Rebellion Dark Dimension Selection Box Vol. 03

Example deck

Standard Version

Alien AmmoniteAlien AmmoniteAlien AmmoniteAlien OverlordAlien WarriorAlien Kid
Alien TelepathAlien TelepathAlien DogCosmic CycloneCosmic CycloneA Cell Recomposition Device
A Cell Recomposition DeviceA Cell Recomposition DeviceFiendish ChainFiendish ChainFloodgate Trap HoleFloodgate Trap Hole
Powerful RebirthPowerful Rebirth----
Stardust Chronicle Spark DragonCoral DragonArmades, Keeper of BoundariesCosmic Fortress Gol garCosmic Fortress Gol garOld Entity Hastorr
[Skill] descriptionUser
Switcheroo
Can be used each time your Life Points decrease by 1000. Return 1 card in your hand to your Deck and draw another. This skill can only be used once per turn and twice per Duel.
Bandit Keith
Bandit Keith

Invoked Version

Aleister the InvokerAleister the InvokerAleister the InvokerAlien AmmoniteAlien AmmoniteAlien Overlord
Alien WarriorAlien KidAlien TelepathAlien TelepathInvocationEnemy Controller
Enemy ControllerA Cell Recomposition DeviceA Cell Recomposition DeviceA Cell Recomposition DeviceFiendish ChainFiendish Chain
Floodgate Trap HoleFloodgate Trap HolePaleozoic CanadiaPaleozoic Canadia--
Invoked PurgatrioInvoked PurgatrioInvoked PurgatrioInvoked CocytusCosmic Fortress Gol garCosmic Fortress Gol gar
[Skill] descriptionUser
Balance
Your starting hand will reflect the card balance of your deck. This Skill will not activate unless you have at least 6 of each type of card (Monster, Spell, and Trap) in your Deck.
Zane Truesdale
Zane Truesdale

How to Use

Invoked Engine

Aleister the Invoker
Aleister the Invoker
DARK Spellcaster ★4
ATK 1000 / DEF 1800
Dark Dimension [UR]
(Quick Effect): You can send this card from your hand to the GY, then target 1 Fusion Monster you control; it gains 1000 ATK/DEF until the end of this turn. If this card is Normal Summoned or flipped face-up: You can add 1 "Invocation" from your Deck to your hand.
Invocation
Invocation
Normal Spell
Dark Dimension [UR]
Fusion Summon 1 Fusion Monster from your Extra Deck, using monsters from your hand as Fusion Material. If Summoning an "Invoked" Fusion Monster this way, you can also banish monsters from your field and/or either player's GY as Fusion Material. If this card is in your GY: You can target 1 of your banished "Aleister the Invoker"; shuffle this card into the Deck, and if you do, add that card to your hand. You can only use this effect of "Invocation" once per turn.
Invoked Purgatrio
Invoked Purgatrio
FIRE Fiend ★8
ATK 2300 / DEF 2000
Aerial Assault [UR]
"Aleister the Invoker" + 1 FIRE monster
This card gains 200 ATK for each card your opponent controls. This card can attack all monsters your opponent controls, once each. If this card attacks a Defense Position monster, inflict piercing battle damage to your opponent.
Invoked Cocytus
Invoked Cocytus
WATER Dragon ★6
ATK 1800 / DEF 2900
Dark Dimension [R]
"Aleister the Invoker" + 1 WATER monster
Cannot be destroyed by your opponent's card effects. Your opponent cannot target this card with card effects. This card can attack while in face-up Defense Position. If it does, apply its ATK for damage calculation.

Alien Ammonite

Alien Ammonite
Alien Ammonite
LIGHT Reptile ★1
ATK 500 / DEF 200
Cybernetic Rebellion [UR]
When this card is Normal Summoned, you can Special Summon 1 Level 4 or lower "Alien" monster from your Graveyard. Destroy it during the End Phase.

Alien Overlord

Alien Overlord
Alien Overlord
DARK Reptile ★6
ATK 2200 / DEF 1600
Abyss Encounter [R]
You can remove 2 A-Counters from anywhere on the field to Special Summon this card from your hand. Once per turn, you can place 1 A-Counter on each face-up monster your opponent controls. (If a monster with an A-Counter battles an "Alien" monster, it loses 300 ATK and DEF for each A-Counter during damage calculation only.) You can only control 1 face-up "Alien Overlord".

Can either be normal summoned with one tribute, or special summoned by removing 2 A-counters from a card on the field. You can put one A-counter on each of your opponent’s monsters once per turn which is a great way to get all your other effects rolling or just make your Alien monsters stronger than your opponent’s, this is because for each A counter on a monster, when that monster battles one of your Aliens they’ll lose 300 atk/def for each A counter on it.

Alien Telepath

Alien Telepath
Alien Telepath
FIRE Reptile ★4
ATK 1600 / DEF 1000
Abyss Encounter [R]
Once per turn, you can remove 1 A-Counter from a monster your opponent controls, and destroy 1 Spell or Trap Card. (If a monster with an A-Counter battles an "Alien" monster, it loses 300 ATK and DEF for each A-Counter during damage calculation only.)

Once per turn, each one of your Alien Telepaths can destroy a spell/trap card on the field in exchange for removing one A counter from one of your opponent’s monsters. Keep in mind to do plays in the right order, for example if you want to take control of a monster with brainwashing beam that has more than 1 A counter, you can first remove one counter with Alien Telepath to destroy backrow and then follow up by taking control of it.

Alien Warrior

Alien Warrior
Alien Warrior
EARTH Reptile ★4
ATK 1800 / DEF 1000
Abyss Encounter [R]
When this card is destroyed by battle and sent to the Graveyard, place 2 A-Counters on the monster that destroyed it. (If a monster with an A-Counter battles an "Alien" monster, it loses 300 ATK and DEF for each A-Counter during damage calculation only.)

Alien Kids

Alien Kid
Alien Kid
LIGHT Reptile
ATK 1600 / DEF 700
Abyss Encounter [N]
Cybernetic Rebellion [N]
Place 1 A-Counter on all monsters Special Summoned to your opponent's side of the field. (If a monster with an A-Counter battles an "Alien" monster, it loses 300 ATK and DEF for each A-Counter during damage calculation only.)

“A” Cell recombination Device

A Cell Recomposition Device
A Cell Recomposition Device
Quick Spell
Abyss Encounter [R]
Target 1 face-up monster on the field; send 1 "Alien" monster from your Deck to the Graveyard, and if you do, place A-Counters on the targeted monster equal to the sent monster's Level. During your Main Phase, except the turn this card was sent to the Graveyard: You can banish this card from your Graveyard; add 1 "Alien" monster from your Deck to your hand.

Probably the most amazing card in this deck. Not only is it an easy way to get a lot of A-counters on your opponent’s monsters, you get to thin your deck by sending an Alien monster to the graveyard (which can be brought back with Powerful Rebirth for example).
It also has an effect that can be activated from the graveyard (but not the same turn you activated it) which allows you to draw an Alien monster in exchange for banishing this card from the graveyard, so you can search for whatever Alien works best in your current situation. Usually the best Alien to search is Alien Overlord. You can then remove the A-Counters you put with "A" Cell Recomposition Device to special summon Alien Overlord. Alien Overlord will then use his effect to spread A-Counters on the field again.

This is a quick-play spell card which can make a lot of plays possible. For example you can activate this card when your opponent attacks and immediately follow it up with brainwashing beam to take control of that monster. Effectively stopping their attack, defending your monsters and making your field stronger thanks to theirs.

Revive

Powerful Rebirth
Powerful Rebirth
Continuous Trap
Kings Resonance [SR]
Blades of Spirits [SR]
Activate this card by targeting 1 Level 4 or lower monster in your Graveyard; Special Summon that target. Increase its Level by 1 and ATK and DEF by 100. When that monster is destroyed, destroy this card.

Extra Decks

Stardust Chronicle Spark Dragon
Stardust Chronicle Spark Dragon
LIGHT Dragon ★10
ATK 3000 / DEF 2500
Chronicle of Glory [UR]
1 Tuner Synchro Monster + 1 or more non-Tuner Synchro Monsters
Must be Synchro Summoned, and cannot be Special Summoned by other ways. Once per turn, during either player's turn: You can banish 1 Synchro Monster from your Graveyard; this card is unaffected by other cards' effects for the rest of this turn. If this card in its owner's possession is destroyed by an opponent's card (by battle or card effect): You can target 1 of your banished Dragon-Type Synchro Monsters; Special Summon it.
Coral Dragon
Coral Dragon
WATER Dragon ★6
ATK 2400 / DEF 500
Chronicle of Glory [UR]
1 Tuner + 1 or more non-Tuner monsters
Once per turn: You can discard 1 card, then target 1 card your opponent controls; destroy it. If this Synchro Summoned card is sent from the field to the Graveyard: You can draw 1 card. You can only use this effect of "Coral Dragon" once per turn.
Cosmic Fortress Gol gar
Cosmic Fortress Gol gar
LIGHT Reptile ★5
ATK 2600 / DEF 1800
Cybernetic Rebellion [UR]
"Alien Ammonite" + 1 or more non-Tuner "Alien" monsters
Once per turn, you can select any number of face-up Spell or Trap Cards. Return those cards to their owners' hands, and distribute new A-Counters among monsters on the field equal to the number of cards returned. Once per turn, you can remove 2 A-Counters from anywhere on the field to destroy 1 card your opponent controls.
Armades, Keeper of Boundaries
Armades, Keeper of Boundaries
LIGHT Fiend ★5
ATK 2300 / DEF 1500
Secrets of the Ancients [UR]
1 Tuner + 1 or more non-Tuner monstersIf this card attacks or is attacked, your opponent cannot activate cards or effects until the end of the Damage Step.
Old Entity Hastorr
Old Entity Hastorr
WIND Reptile ★4
ATK 2300 / DEF 1000
Masters of Shadow [SR]
1 Tuner + 1 or more non-Tuner monsters
If this card is sent from the Monster Zone to the Graveyard: You can target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; equip this card from your Graveyard to that monster. That monster cannot attack, also its effects are negated. If this card leaves the field while equipped to an opponent's monster by this effect: Take control of the monster this card was equipped to.

Skills Suggestion

[Skill] descriptionUser
Switcheroo
Can be used each time your Life Points decrease by 1000. Return 1 card in your hand to your Deck and draw another. This skill can only be used once per turn and twice per Duel.
Bandit Keith
Bandit Keith
[Skill] descriptionUser
Balance
Your starting hand will reflect the card balance of your deck. This Skill will not activate unless you have at least 6 of each type of card (Monster, Spell, and Trap) in your Deck.
Zane Truesdale
Zane Truesdale

Other Useful Cards

Brainwashing Beam
Brainwashing Beam
Continuous Trap
Abyss Encounter [R]
Select 1 monster with at least 1 A-Counter on your opponent's side of the field, and take control of that monster. During each of your End Phases, remove 1 A-Counter from that controlled monster. If all A-Counters are removed from that monster, or that monster is destroyed, destroy this card.

A very strong swing card which allows for a lot of OTKs. You can take control of one of your opponent’s monsters that has one or more A-counters on it. You can keep control of that monster as long as this trap remains on the field; during your end phase you remove one A counter from that monster, if there are no A counters left this trap is destroyed. With this trap you can quickly change the state of the board field by taking control of your opponent’s monster for multiple turns.

You can take control of a monster during its attack, to stop that attack, plus it’s only during your end phase that an A counter is removed, and not during each end phase.

Works great together with “A” cell recombination device because it allows you to easily take control of one of your opponent’s monsters for 4 turns.

Mysterious Triangle
Mysterious Triangle
Quick Spell
Abyss Encounter [SR]
Destroy 1 monster on the field with an A-Counter. Then, you can Special Summon 1 Level 4 "Alien" monster from your Deck. Destroy it during the End Phase.

Another big swing card that makes OTKs possible. You can destroy a monster with an A counter on it and special summon a level 4 Alien from your deck (it’s destroyed during the end phase). A big thing to keep in mind is that you can also destroy one of your own monsters with an A counter, which you can do after that monster already attacked. You can also do that if the monster you took with Brainwashing Beam is about to lose all its A-counters during this end phase, you destroy it (so your opponent doesn’t get it back) and you get a new monster from your deck.

Comments

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Anonymous
Aliens are powerful, but they can’t recover well and they aren’t consistent. It’s definitely able to take cards off the board, but against Yubel, Ancient Gear, or Subterror, it’s not going to win very often. If you want to play a F2P rogue deck, it can be used, but there are better alternatives.
Anonymous
I loose every time to subterrors how can i beat them

Anonymous
what can i replace powerful rebirth with?
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Maybe mysterious triangle but it destroys the monster after the end of the turn.
<< Anonymous
not dio brando Reply
Depends on your skill. Run brainwashing at 2, and widespread and wall of D at 2 as well for balance, or canadia in place of beam if you're rich enough to afford it.
Anonymous
Make Aliens tier worthy.
Anonymous
Please add this, we can have Alien Synchros. :)
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
I don't know... maybe they are going to add the Alien Citadel first... (I don't remember its exact name I think) but it's a synchro monster that appeared in D.D. tower.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
you are technically asking for an Alien meta deck to come back... hmmm, I dunno, perhaps... next box seems like a fitting one. If they add this tuner then maybe they will add fortress gol'gar as well.
Anonymous
This deck would be better if its mechanics worked half the time. The description for "A counters" is "When a monster with A counters on it battles an alien, it loses X attack and defense for each counter"

As far as I've experienced, this only works during your opponents attack phase if they attack you, not vice versa. It can be super obnoxious to build up counters on something big your opponent has, then when you swing you 🔥 yourself.

Fix the text so it describes the mechanic right or change the mechanic to reflect the text.
<< Anonymous
A guy Reply
I dunno what you mean, dude. The mechanic works just fine for me. The only bit I have to see is uncertain is how much attack is reduced. It's 300 per alien card for every counter on a monster.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
The only thing you really need to know is that the decrease is an effect of monsters like Alien Overlord, it's not an inherent property of the A-Counters themselves. So you actually need a monster(s) with the reduction effect on the field to reduce the ATK, just having a monster like Alien Dog or Alien Shocktrooper won't cause any reduction.
Anonymous
I only have one widespread, is there any other card to replace it
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
is seems like Floodgate is likely to be a great card in the current meta for some months. If you think it's kinda difficult to obtain because it's in a main box, then you could just use etaqua, curse of anubis or enemy controller.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Etaqua/Anubis
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Would canadia work
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
It would be a good addition to the deck, you don't really need too much widespread, and it is an example deck, so you don't have to directly copy it, you can just change it up a little.
Anonymous
this deck still good?
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
up to legendary its good. not for KOG. Waiting for Synchro Aliens ;)
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
It's kog worthy if you play 2 Ananta and some powerful backrow, there was a KC cup alien deck that hit dlv max very fast.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
The deck is still powerful, even with Koa'kis are dominating, they still hanging in.
TroiBoi
I main aliens and get to Legend with little effort. None of the brews shown will get you far. Believe me, in order for aliens to work you will have to understand that it is not a budget archetype. I'm not going to show my deck-list because it is an absolute pain to fight against because of its crazy control. I am happy that they are not meta.
<< Anonymous(TroiBoi)
AlienPlayahz Reply
If you need expensive cards to reach legend with aliens, you're playing aliens wrong..

Especially in the current state of the meta.
Anonymous
In my alien deck I use draw sense: spell/trap to draw recomb or brainwashing beam. It works really well for me when im in a jam.
Anonymous
Extraterrestrials from the space ocean
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
But there is no ocean in the space
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Are you sure?
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
These ETs are actually from an almost unknown manga called YuGiOh R, in which Anzu Mazaki (Téa) gets his soul kidnapped by one of Pegasus' followers. Yugi and wheeler go to rescue her but tons of card professors get in their way, and one of them (Depre) use the alien deck against yuugi.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Depre used a different alien deck actually, he used one based on Zeta Reticulant.
Kaiser
Now this is an archtype I want Synchro for. Give us Gol'gar alredy, it will not break the meta. You still can not easily summon him turn 1 or 2, but he may help turn 3 or later.

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