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New player guide: What packs to buy first? [Mar 2020 Updated]

Duel Links, which packs to buy, which decks to build to reach KOG for new players.
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update 11/03/2020

Overview

If you have just started playing Duel Links or you simply haven’t opened the game in a while, you are probably looking at the Shop, wondering where to start. After all, this game has been out for over two years, and the amount of options available at this point is quite overwhelming. You do, however, have a limited amount of resources, so I am going to try and direct you towards what’s relevant at the moment.

Staples

For starters, let’s talk about some of the most popular cards in the game right now—mostly Spell and Trap Cards that can fit in pretty much any deck. These cards have proven to be a great investment for many players by remaining relevant for a very long time and should be one of your primary foci, if you have just started playing the game.

The cards are sorted by Type and Rarity

Kiteroid

Kiteroid
Kiteroid
WIND Machine ★1
ATK 200 / DEF 400
Tour Guides Mission Bingo Event [SR]
Activate when you discard this card from your hand during damage calculation after a direct attack. Any Battle Damage you would receive from that direct attack becomes 0. Only once, if you remove this card from the game when it is in your Graveyard, any Battle Damage you would receive from a direct attack becomes 0.

Another amazing low-Level monster that can allow you to survive an OTK. Kiteroid has been Semi-Limited pretty much right after its release.

Cosmic Cyclone

Cosmic Cyclone
Cosmic Cyclone
Quick Spell
Galactic Origin [UR]
Pay 1000 LP, then target 1 Spell/Trap Card on the field; banish it.

Quick-Play Spell used for backrow removal; Cosmic Cyclone’s activation cost gives it synergy with a lot of Skills (like Sorcery Conduit).

Enemy Controller

Enemy Controller
Enemy Controller
Quick Spell
Ranked Rewards / Seto Kaiba [SR]
Activate 1 of these effects.● Target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; change that target's battle position.● Tribute 1 monster, then target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; take control of that target until the End Phase.

Versatile Quick-Play Spell that can be used to protect your monsters and/or your Life Points, or to take control of an opponent’s monster. Enemy Controller is currently Semi-Limited.

World Legacy Clash

World Legacy Clash
World Legacy Clash
Quick Spell
Blazing Rose [R]
Banish 1 face-up monster you control (until the End Phase), then target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; that target loses ATK/DEF equal to the original ATK/DEF of that banished monster.

Another Quick-Play Spell that is currently Semi-Limited; World Legacy Clash is used to decrease the stats of the opponent’s monsters, stall, or to trigger certain effects.

Floodgate Trap Hole

Floodgate Trap Hole
Floodgate Trap Hole
Normal Trap
Generation Next [UR]
When your opponent Summons a monster(s): Change that monster(s) to face-down Defense Position. Monsters changed to face-down Defense Position by this effect cannot change their battle positions.

Trap Card that’s generally used to slow down the opponent by locking a monster that has just been Summoned in face-down Defense Position.

Paleozoic Canadia

Paleozoic Canadia
Paleozoic Canadia
Normal Trap
Valiant Souls [UR]
Target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; change it to face-down Defense Position. Once per Chain, when a Trap Card is activated while this card is in your Graveyard: Special Summon this card as a Normal Monster (Aqua-Type/WATER/Level 2/ATK 1200/DEF 0). (This card is NOT treated as a Trap Card.) If Summoned this way, this card is unaffected by monster effects, also banish it when it leaves the field.

Similar to Floodgate Trap Hole, Paleozoic Canadia can flip monsters face-down, but it’s more versatile and it has an additional effect that allows you to Special Summon it from the Graveyard as Level 2 monster.

Treacherous Trap Hole

Treacherous Trap Hole
Treacherous Trap Hole
Normal Trap
Visions of Ice [SR]
If you have no Trap Cards in your Graveyard: Target 2 monsters on the field; destroy those targets.

A Trap Card with a minor activation requirement and the ability to destroy two monsters on the field. Treacherous Trap Hole is currently Semi-Limited.

Recommended Start

Lunalight - The “Budget” Route

Example Core Lunalight Deck

Lunalight Crimson FoxLunalight Crimson FoxLunalight Crimson FoxLunalight Emerald BirdLunalight Emerald BirdLunalight Emerald Bird
Lunalight Yellow MartenLunalight Yellow MartenLunalight Purple ButterflyLunalight White RabbitLunalight White RabbitLunalight Fusion
Lunalight FusionLunalight FusionLunalight Sabre DancerLunalight Cat DancerLunalight Cat DancerLunalight Cat Dancer

Example Filler Lunalight Deck

Keeper of Dragon MagicElemental HERO NeosHey, Trunade!Enemy ControllerNeos FusionElemental HERO Brave Neos

Superheavy Samurai Synchro - The “Budget” Route

Example Core Superheavy Samurai Synchro Deck

Superheavy Samurai WagonSuperheavy Samurai SoulpiercerSuperheavy Samurai SoulpiercerSuperheavy Samurai SoulpeacemakerSuperheavy Samurai SoulpeacemakerSuperheavy Samurai Soulshield WallSuperheavy Samurai Soulshield Wall
Superheavy Samurai TrumpeterSuperheavy Samurai TrumpeterSuperheavy Samurai TrumpeterSuperheavy Samurai SoulhornsSuperheavy Samurai Stealth NinjaSuperheavy Samurai Ogre ShutendojiSuperheavy Samurai Swordmaster Musashi

Example Filler Superheavy Samurai Synchro Deck

Superheavy Samurai FlutistSuperheavy Samurai GigaglovesSphere KuribohKiteroid

Shiranui Synchro - The “Budget” Route

Not long after its debut in the 24th Mini Box Soul of Resurrection, the “Shiranui” archetype has proven itself to be an extremely strong contender in the current meta, being able to compete with both Invoked Elementsabers and Blackwings. Shiranui Synchro is an extremely solid deck that can be built with a relatively small investment of resources, it’s not particularly difficult to pilot, and it still has the potential to grow.

Example Core Shiranui Synchro Deck

Shiranui SolitaireShiranui SolitaireShiranui SquireShiranui SquireShiranui SpiritmasterShiranui Spiritmaster
Shiranui SpiritmasterShiranui Spectralsword ShadeShiranui Spectralsword ShadeShiranui SpectralswordShiranui SpectralswordShiranui Squiresaga
Shiranui SunsagaShiranui ShogunsagaShiranui Samuraisaga---
  • Shiranui Solitaire can Special Summon any Zombie Tuner with 0 DEF directly from your Deck, but most importantly, if it’s banished, it allows you to Special Summon 1 of your other banished “Shiranui” monsters, including Shiranui Samuraisaga, Shiranui Squiresaga, Shiranui Shogunsaga, and Shiranui Sunsaga.

  • Upon being Normal Summoned, Shiranui Squire allows you to Special Summon Shiranui Spectralsword Shade or Spectralsword directly from your Deck. With the Skill Level Augmentation and another Level 4 monster in your hand, Squire becomes a one card Shiranui Sunsaga, which is possibly your best Turn 1 play. If you have enough resources to invest, I would advise getting multiple copies of this card.

  • Another Level 4 monster that is used primarily for Synchro Summoning. When Normal Summoned, Shiranui Spiritmaster allows you to Special Summon another “Shiranui” monster from your hand or Graveyard.

  • Your Level 3 Tuner. Shiranui Spectralsword Shade can be Tributed to Special Summon 2 of your banished Zombie monsters.

  • Shiranui Spectralsword is a Level 2 Tuner that allows you Summon Synchro Monsters that you otherwise would not be able to, like Archfiend Zombie-Skull and Revived King Ha Des.

  • A Level 10 Synchro with 3500 ATK that can prevent Zombie monsters you control from being destroyed.

  • Shiranui Shogunsaga, upon being Special Summoned, is able to drastically increase its ATK, giving itself the ability to get over pretty much any other monster.

  • Shiranui Squiresaga is extremely easy to Summon and it can provide both backrow and monster removal.

Example Filler of Shiranui Synchro Deck

GozukiRaiden, Hand of the LightswornLumina, Lightsworn SummonerShiranui SamuraiGold SarcophagusCharge of the Light Brigade
Dragons MirrorCross BreedSealing Ceremony of KatonNeedlebug NestDragonecro Nethersoul DragonBlack Rose Dragon
Archfiend Zombie-SkullRevived King Ha Des----
  • Shiranui Samurai provides a way of removing problematic monsters such as Invoked Cocytus from the board. I would advise always running at least one copy of Samurai.

  • Gold Sarcophagus allows you to banish Squire, Solitaire, or Spiritmaster from your Deck, but, unlike Aloof Lupine, it doesn’t take up your Normal Summon. If you have picked up this Spell Card with your UR Dream Ticket or you simply have purchased the Spellbound Silence Structure Deck EX, I have good news for you: it’s a fantastic addition to this deck.

  • Both of these cards are featured in Soul of Resurrection and can be really good inclusions in a Shiranui Synchro deck. Dragonecro Nethersoul Dragon represents an alternative win con that is fairly easy to bring out.

  • World Legacy Clash has great synergy with the archetype. The Quick-Play Spell is currently Semi-Limited, but it’s also the only card on the Forbidden/Limited List, aside from Enemy Controller, that I would consider running. Yes, Treacherous Trap Hole would be another good inclusion, but it’s an SR from a relatively old Mini Box, so it’s not going to be mentioned in this section.

  • The fact that Cross Breed has seen pretty much no play up to this point probably has a lot to do with the fact that it takes a lot of resources in a format in which they are particularly limited, but I still want to mention this Spell Card because it’s cheap and it has good synergy with the “Shiranui” archetype. You can use Cross Breed to search Squire and then if you are on the draw, you might have another Level 4 in your hand to reveal for Level Augmentation. Cross Breed does force you to run a lot of monsters, but the payoff, especially if you don’t have multiple copies of Squire, is admittedly there.

  • Sealing Ceremony of Katon provides interaction with your opponent during their turn, which is invaluable, and it also sets up for Shiranui Spectral Sword Shade’s effect. Banish Spiritmaster from your Graveyard, destroy a face-up card on your opponent’s side of the field, and maybe remove Aleister the Invoker, Invocation, or Kiteroid from their Graveyard.

Darklord - The Expensive Route

How much of an impact can the release of a single Spell Card have? Well, if said Spell Card gives you direct access to an entire archetype, enough to bring it back to relevance apparently. To be fair, it’s not the first time this happens, and it’s likely not going to be the last one.

We have already experienced this exact situation when Diamond Core of Koa'ki Meiru was released back in Revolution Beginning, and it’s fair to assume that Banishment of the Darklords will maintain Darklords competitively viable for as long as its predecessor did with Koa'ki Meiru. If you have resources to invest, then why not going for what’s hot right now?

Example Core Darklord Deck

Darklord DesireDarklord TezcatlipocaDarklord SuperbiaDarklord NastenDarklord NastenDarklord Nasten
Darklord AmduscDarklord AmduscDarklord AmduscBanishment of the DarklordsBanishment of the DarklordsBanishment of the Darklords
Darklord ContactDarklord ContactThe Sanctified Darklord---

Example Filler of Darklord Deck

Darklord MorningstarArtifact LanceaDarklord UkobackRaiden, Hand of the LightswornCharge of the Light Brigade-
  • Darklord Morningstar is a powerful monster that can instantly replenish the resources you used in order to bring it out. A 3000 ATK monster that cannot be targeted by your opponent’s card effects as long as you control another “Darklord” monster, and the ability to gain you a few Life Points while also setting up your Graveyard.
  • Artifact Lancea gives Darklords the upper hand against a lot of popular decks. Darklords can easily take advantage of this card because of their incredible draw power.
  • Darklord Ukoback can send Superbia directly from your Deck to the Graveyard, setting up for Darklord Contact. Since you are able to apply the effects of any “Darklord” Spell/Trap Cards in your Graveyard, you can use Ukoback to send Banishment, Contact, or The Sanctified Darklord to the Graveyard.

Other Interesting Options

DeckCost
Cyber Dragon
Cyber Dragon
Budget - Expensive
Dark Magician
Dark Magician
Expensive
Gladiator Beasts
Gladiator Beasts
Premium
Invoked Elementsaber
Invoked Elementsaber
Expensive

Which Boxes are worth investing in?

Which packs should a new player open first? This is the question I want to answer in this section.

While there are certainly a lot of great cards in almost every single one of these BOXes, not all of them are currently relevant: a certain card or even a whole archetype might become very good in the future, but what I will mention here are mostly the ones that are staples in current meta decks and cards that are extremely versatile in general.

In order to properly understand how important these cards are, I will assign each one of them a number that represents the priority a player should give to them from 1 to 3 (1 being high priority and likely relevant in the current meta and 3 low priority and not currently relevant, but worth mentioning because of its versatility).

Main Boxes

PackCard/Rarity
The Ultimate Rising
The Ultimate Rising

Staples

Sphere Kuriboh [2]
Neo-Impact
Neo-Impact
Little to no value.
Valkyries Rage
Valkyries Rage
Little to no value.
Chaotic Compliance
Chaotic Compliance
Little to no value.
Crimson Kingdom
Crimson Kingdom

Vampire / Zombie Support

Gozuki [3]

Buster Blader Support

Buster Blader, the Dragon Destroyer Swordsman [3], Dark Paladin [3], Buster Blader [3]
Electric Overload
Electric Overload
Little to no value.
Generation Next
Generation Next

Staples

Floodgate Trap Hole [2]

Various Deck

Samurai Skull [3]
Galactic Origin
Galactic Origin

Staples

Cosmic Cyclone [1]
 Primal Burst
Primal Burst
Little to no value.
Abyss Encounter
Abyss Encounter
Little to no value.
Valiant Souls
Valiant Souls

Staples

Paleozoic Canadia [2]
Crusaders Battleground
Crusaders Battleground
Little to no value.
Burning Nova
Burning Nova
Batteryman Industrial Strength [3], Batteryman Charger [3], Batteryman Micro-Cell [3]
Gaia Genesis
Gaia Genesis

Staples

Galaxy Cyclone [2], Drowning Mirror Force [1]

U.A Support

U.A. Midfielder [3], U.A. Mighty Slugger [3], U.A. Rival Rebounder [3], U.A. Stadium [3], U.A. Penalty Box [3]

Koa'ki Meiru Support

Koa'ki Meiru Maximus [3], Koa'ki Meiru Sandman [3], Koa'ki Meiru Urnight [3], Koa'ki Meiru Ice [3], Iron Core of Koa'ki Meiru [3]
Stardust Acceleration
Stardust Acceleration

Blue-Eyes Support

Silver's Cry [2]
Blackstorm Rising
Blackstorm Rising

Blackwing Support

Blackwing - Bora the Spear [2], Black Whirlwind [2]
Revolution Beginning
Revolution Beginning

Karakuri Support

Karakuri Shogun mdl 00 "Burei" [3], Karakuri Komachi mdl 224 "Ninishi" [3], Karakuri Merchant mdl 177 "Inashichi" [3], Karakuri Soldier mdl 236 "Nisamu" [3], Karakuri Cash Cache [3], Karakuri Anatomy [3]

Koa'ki Meiru Support

Diamond Core of Koa'ki Meiru [2]
Absolute Inferno
Absolute Inferno

Nephthys / Yubel Nephthys Support

Cerulean Sacred Phoenix of Nephthys [3], Devotee of Nephthys [3], Disciple of Nephthys [2], Rebirth of Nephthys [3]
Warriors Unite
Warriors Unite

Six Samurai Support

Legendary Six Samurai - Shi En [3], Legendary Six Samurai - Kizan [3], Six Samurai United [3], Six Style - Dual Wield [3], Legendary Six Samurai - Enishi [3], Secret Six Samurai - Kizaru [3], Secret Six Samurai - Fuma [3], Legendary Secret of the Six Samurai [3]
Blazing Rose
Blazing Rose

Staples

Black Rose Dragon [1], World Legacy Clash [1]

Red-Eyes Deck

Black Metal Dragon [3], The Black Stone of Legend [3]

Metaphys Support

Metaphys Daedalus [3], Metaphys Tyrant Dragon [3], Metaphys Nephthys [3], Aloof Lupine [3], Asymmetaphys [3], Metaphys Dimension [3]

Subterror Support

Subterror Behemoth Umastryx [3], Subterror Behemoth Stygokraken [3], Subterror Nemesis Warrior [3], Subterror Final Battle [3]
Cybernetic Rebellion
Cybernetic Rebellion

Staples

Crystron Quariongandrax [2], Deep Sea Diva [2]
Valhalla Calling
Valhalla Calling

Darklord Support

Banishment of the Darklords [1]

Fortune Lady Support

Fortune Lady Past [3], Fortune Lady Calling [3], Fortune Lady Every [3]

U.A. Support

U.A. Perfect Ace [3], U.A. Blockbacker [3]
Dark Dimension
Dark Dimension

Staples

Samurai Destroyer [2], Necrovalley [1]

Invoked Support

Invoked Magellanica [2], Invoked Cocytus [1], Aleister the Invoker [1], Invocation [1]

Elementsaber Support

Elementsaber Molehu [1], Palace of the Elemental Lords [1]

Karakuri Support

Karakuri Steel Shogun mdl 00X "Bureido" [3]
Aerial Assault
Aerial Assault

Blackwing Support

Assault Blackwing - Chidori the Rain Sprinkling [2], Assault Blackwing - Raikiri the Rain Shower [2], Blackwing Tamer - Obsidian Hawk Joe [2], Blackwing - Simoon the Poison Wind [2], Blackwing - Zephyros the Elite [2], Blackwing - Gale the Whirlwind [2], Blackwing - Steam the Cloak [2], Blackwing - Oroshi the Squall [2], Blackbird Close [2], Delta Crow - Anti Reverse [2]

Invoked Support

Invoked Purgatrio [1]

Batteryman Support

Batteryman Fuel Cell [3], Batteryman 9-Volt [3]
Future Horizon
Future Horizon

Staples

Artifact Lancea [1], Chain Disappearance [2], Stardust Spark Dragon [3]

Cyber Dragon Support

Cyber Dragon Core [2], Cyberload Fusion [2], Overload Fusion [2], Cybernetic Overflow [2], Chimeratech Rampage Dragon [2]

Dark Magician

Dark Magical Circle [2]

Superheavy Samurai Support

Superheavy Samurai Big Waraji [3], Superheavy Samurai Soulpiercer [3], Superheavy Samurai Wagon [3], Superheavy Samurai Soulshield Wall [3], Superheavy Samurai Flutist [3], Superheavy Samurai Trumpeter [3], Superheavy Samurai Soulpeacemaker [3], Superheavy Samurai Beast Kyubi [3], Superheavy Samurai Stealth Ninja [3], Superheavy Samurai Ogre Shutendoji [3], Superheavy Samurai Swordmaster Musashi [3]
Judgement Force
Judgement Force

Staples

Glow-Up Bulb [3]

Lightsworn Support

Raiden, Hand of the Lightsworn [1], Charge of the Light Brigade [1], Judgment Dragon [2], Lumina, Lightsworn Summoner [2], Felis, Lightsworn Archer [2], Solar Recharge [2], Michael, the Arch-Lightsworn [2]

Blue-Eyes Support

Maiden with Eyes of Blue [2], Sage with Eyes of Blue [2], Blue-Eyes Spirit Dragon [2]

Lunalight Support

Lunalight Crimson Fox [3], Lunalight Emerald Bird [3], Lunalight Yellow Marten [3], Lunalight White Rabbit [3], Lunalight Fusion [3], Lunalight Sabre Dancer [3], Lunalight Cat Dancer [3]

Mini Boxes

PackCard/Rarity
Age of Discovery
Age of Discovery
Little to no value.
Flame of the Tyrant
Flame of the Tyrant
Little to no value.
Wonders of the Sky
Wonders of the Sky
Little to no value.
Land of the Titans
Land of the Titans
Little to no value.
Dawn of Destiny
Dawn of Destiny
Little to no value.
Echoes of Silence
Echoes of Silence
Little to no value.
Servants of Kings
Servants of Kings

Staples

Forbidden Chalice [2], Wall of Disruption [3]
Blades of Spirit
Blades of Spirit
Little to no value.
Resonance of Contrast
Resonance of Contrast

Vampire Support

Vampire Grace [3]
Rampage of the Forest
Rampage of the Forest

Staples

Hey, Trunade![2]
Visions of Ice
Visions of Ice

Staples

Treacherous Trap Hole [1],
Clash of Wings
Clash of Wings

Fur Hire Support

Beat, Bladesman Fur Hire [3], Wiz, Sage Fur Hire [3], Dyna, Hero Fur Hire [3], Donpa, Marksman Fur Hire [3], Recon, Scout Fur Hire [3], Mayhem Fur Hire [3]
Empire of Scarlet
Empire of Scarlet

Vampire Suport

Vampire Familiar [3], Vampire Retainer [3], Vampire Vamp [3], Vampire Kingdom [3], Vampire's Domain [3], Vampire Takeover [3]
Power of Bravery
Power of Bravery

Buster Blader Support

Buster Whelp of the Destruction Swordsman [3], Destruction Swordsman Fusion [3]
Secrets of the Ancients
Secrets of the Ancients

Staples

Armades, Keeper of Boundaries [1]
Tornado of Phantoms
Tornado of Phantoms
Little to no value.
Dimension of the Wizards
Dimension of the Wizards

Psychic Synchro Support

Psychic Wheeleder [1], Psychic Tracker [2]

Staples

Power of the Guardians [3]
Lords of Shining
Lords of Shining

Darklord Support

Darklord Morningstar [2], Darklord Ixchel [1], Darklord Desire [1], Darklord Tezcatlipoca [1], Darklord Superbia [1], Darklord Nasten [1], Darklord Amdusc [1], Darklord Ukoback [1], Darklord Contact [1], The Sanctified Darklord [1]

Blue-Eyes Support

The White Stone of Ancients [2]

Steelswarm Support

Steelswarm Moth [3], Steelswarm Girastag [3], Steelswarm Cell [3], Steelswarm Scout [3]
Guardians of Rock
Guardians of Rock

Triamid Support

Triamid Master [3], Triamid Hunter [3], Triamid Dancer [3], Triamid Cruiser [3], Triamid Kingolem [3], Triamid Fortress [3]
Curse of Dread
Curse of Dread

Vendread Support

Revendread Executor [3], Revendread Slayer [3], Vendread Revenants [3], Vendread Core [3], Revendread Origin [3], Vendread Revolution [3], Vendread Nights [3]
Spirit of the Beast
Spirit of the Beast

Crystron Support

Crystron Thystvern [3], Crystron Impact [3]

Ritual Beast Support

Ritual Beast Ulti-Apelio [3], Ritual Beast Ulti-Cannahawk [3], Ritual Beast Ulti-Pettlephin [3], Spiritual Beast Cannahawk [3], Spiritual Beast Pettlephin [3], Spiritual Beast Tamer Winda [3], Ritual Beast Tamer Elder [3], Ritual Beast Return [3]

Yosenju Support

Yosenju Oyam [3], Yosenju Kama 2 [3], Yosenju Kama 3 [3], Yosenju Izna [3], Yosenju Tsujik [3], Yosenjus Sword Sting [3]
Soul of Resurrection
Soul of Resurrection

Staples

Raigeki Break [2]

Assault Mode Support

Assault Teleport [3], Assault Counter [3]

Shiranui Support

Shiranui Sunsaga [2], Shiranui Shogunsaga [2], Shiranui Squiresaga [2], Shiranui Samuraisaga [2], Shiranui Solitaire [2], Shiranui Spiritmaster [2], Shiranui Squire [2], Shiranui Spectralsword Shade [2], Shiranui Spectralsword [2]
Masters of Shadow
Masters of Shadow

Yosenju Support

Yosenju Kama 1 [3]

Structure Deck

Terms [Updated]

General Terms

SD: (Standard Duelist) Generic duelists that spawn in both Duel World and Duel World GX; you beat them to obtain mainly Gold, Jewels, some low rarity cards and Gate Keys.

LD: (Legendary Duelist) Duelists you can face at the Gate using Gate Keys that can also spawn randomly in Duel World one at a time; you beat them to obtain their unique cards.

Farm(ing): The act of repeatedly beating a Legendary Duelist with a specific deck aimed towards achieving higher scores in order to obtain more and better drops.

PvE: (Player vs Environment) Any type of content in which the player faces an AI.

PvP: (Player vs Player) Any type of content in which the player has to face another player.

KoG: (King of Games) The highest rank you can obtain in PvP.

Card Trader: The character that stands in front of the shop: you can interact with him to exchange materials (Gold, Jewels) for the cards he offers. The cards change every 8 hours, but some of them are always available.

UR: An Ultra Rare card, the highest rarity currently in Duel Links. In each box only one copy of each UR is included.

SR: A Super Rare card. In a main box (180 packs), each SR will have 2 copies included, while in a mini box (100 packs) there will only be one copy of each SR in that box.

Resetting a box: If you are looking to get multiple copies of a UR/SR card from a box, you might want to reset the box when you get it in the first couple of packs, which will put the amount of packs back at 180 or 100 (depending on the box) so you can pull it again.

Skill: In Duel Links you can link a skill to a deck, which will add some sort of advantage. Each character has their own unique exclusive skills that they can learn from levelling up, but they can also obtain skills through a random drop when you duel against Legendary Duelists or PvP.

Legendary Duelist: A legendary duelist is a character from the TV show, these duelists can drop more precious rewards than standard duelists.

Gaming Terms

Backrow: Term that refers to defensive Spell and Traps.

Backrow removal: Cards that can destroy or banish your opponent’s backrow; an example of a backrow removal card is Cosmic Cyclone.

Beatdown Deck: A deck that focuses on applying pressure with high ATK monsters.

Beatstick: A monster likely used just for its ATK value and not for its effect.

Brick: A card that you essentially do not want to draw (but seemingly love to be in your starting hand); examples are Bacon Saver in a Red-Eyes Zombie deck and Wulf, Lightsworn Beast in a Lightsworn deck.

Burn: A strategy centered around repeatedly damaging your opponent with cards’ effects.

Burn Deck: A deck that focuses on burning the opponent.

Deck out: When you run out of cards in your deck and can’t conduct your Draw Phase.

Deck thinning: Generic term that refers in general to decreasing the number of cards in your main deck by adding a card(s) to your hand, sending card(s) from the deck to the Graveyard, Special Summoning a monster(s) from the deck or placing a card(s) in your Spell/Trap Zone from the deck.

Engine: A minimum of two cards in a deck that have good synergy.

Floater: A card that is able to replace itself; an example can be Crystal Seersince the card adds a card to your hand when flipped face-up, essentially replacing itself in your hand.

Handtrap: A card that can be activate from your hand in response to a specific action by your opponent; an example is Sphere Kuriboh, a monster that can be discarded in order to avoid an attack and switch the attacking monster into Defense position.

META: (Most Effective Tactic Available) A term that refers to the current situation in PvP; a META deck is a deck that is a deck that is successful at the current moment.

Mill: Terms that refers to lowering the number of cards in the deck by sending a card(s) from the deck to the Graveyard or banishing a card(s) from the deck.

Mill Deck: A type of deck that focuses on decking out the opponent.

Nerf: Nerfing a card means altering its effect or ruling or limiting its usage.

Recycling: A term that usually refers to utilizing cards that were sent to the Graveyard again; an example can be Sphere Kuriboh since, after being discarded by its effect, it can still be used as tribute for a Ritual monster.

Scoop: Forfeiting a match.

Searcher: A card that can add a specific card or type of cards from your deck to your hand; an example is Gravekeeper's Recruiter, a monster that can add another Gravekeeper’s monster from your deck to your hand when sent from the field to the Graveyard.

Stall: A strategy usually centered around avoiding damage from the opponent.

Stall Deck: A deck that focuses on avoiding damage from the opponent, likely utilizing cards that can slow them down like Floodgate Trap Hole, Paleozoic Canadia or Massivemorph.

Splashable Card: A splashable card is a card that can be used in different decks and boost their consistency; an example is Enemy Controller.

Swarm: A strategy centered around summoning multiple monsters on the field at once; a “Swarm Deck” that’s currently very relevant is Fur Hire.

Tech: Normally refers to cards put in the Side Deck in order to have a better matchup against a certain type of deck, but in Duel Links this use doesn’t exist so it usually refers to single cards placed in a deck to face a certain deck. Example sentence:“Paleozoic Canadia is a good tech against Fur Hire”.

Top-decking: In a very critical situation, drawing the exact you needed is referred to as “top-decking”.

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First time battler 13hour ago
Hi, could someone recommend me a F2P shiranui deck that doesn't need treacherous trap hole?
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new player 28days ago
My first day in the game, I make this deck following some guides, this deck is very cheap and very good I just rerolled for Squire copies
<< Anonymous(new player)
Anonymous 14days ago Reply
super cool deck
<< Anonymous(new player)
Anonymous 2days ago Reply
this archetype is awesome
not KoG 2days ago
This list needs an update.
Shiranui Spectralsword is now limited to two.

It is good to wait for the Selection Box: they have staple cards.
candend 10days ago
In my opinion, good box is that could compete in ranked duel (PvP) and for farming Legendary duelists as well. Abyss Encounters, Battleground Crusaders are still good, tbh. Mini box like Rampage of the forest, Visions of Ice and Clash of Wings are great boxes too.
Anonymous 18days ago
Which character should I level up first? :0
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 18days ago Reply
http://duellinks.gamea.co/c/r0vlys7f will help you with that
Anonymous 30days ago
GameA sorry but your guide is bad, I recommend remake that

Yubel isn't a good for beguinner because you need unlock it, farm to Lv 30 and open 2 old boxes are inrrelevant and Yubel isn't strong deck anymore, all meta/rogue decks have monters with destroy effect

Shiranui have a card limited to 2 what make hard to use some staples and the pure version with 20 cards is expenssive to make it work well

Darklord is dead and expenssive

Assult mode is the worse recommedation in this list

Invoked/Dark Magician/Cyber Dragon is ok. I agree. you just listed not featuted it and classificated it as expessie.. ok I agree with you

Fur Hire is wrong because there is another decks are better than Furhire and there isn't any card on limited list, what help new player to use cards like Controller. Vhandred, Triamads, Subterror are cheap aswell, better and there not any limited card

Super Heavy Samurai should be featured instead Yubel it is very good deck and very cheap

and Aromage, ok you listed a F2P deck but when you click, it send me to oldest aromage page when there was no synchro monsters yet

I recommend you wait 1-2 week and rework all these recommend decks

actually if I would tell you what decks to recommend I would say Featured: Super Heavy Samurai, red eyes Fusion, Vhandred, Lunalight and Lightsworn in my opnion the 5 best recommendation
also you complete page listing Dark magician, BlackWing, Cyber Dragon, Blue eyes and Weveel burn as F2P deck.
<< Anonymous
WoodFrJared 30days ago Reply
Hi, I'm sorry for that, we will update the guide ASAP. Thanks for mentioning the issue.
<< WoodFrJared
Anonymous 30days ago Reply
Also this is small but Black Whirlwind and Blackwing - Simoon the Poison Wind should be at 3 instead of 2.
<< Anonymous
ValleCula 26days ago Reply
I don't think Darklords are dead at all, but the new engine makes them too expensive to keep them on the guide.
beginner best way 29days ago
1 - open soul of resurrection box until get Shiranui Squire, than reset box.. do that 3x time, your focus need be on Squire you need
3 copies of it

2- go to Land of Titan box and open it until get 3 copies of Needlebug Nest(reset box if you got it in first 8 packs

3 - spend your UR dream ticket for Cosmic Cyclone
spend your SR dream ticket for treacherous trap hole

4 - reach stage mission 10 than summon 10x time Wind monsters for unlock 5D's world, than use skill ticket for unlock the skill ''level augmentation'' for Yusei

Your shiranui deck list:
3 Squire
3 Spiritmaster
3 Samurai
2 Spectralsword
1 Shade
1 Solitarie
3 Needlebug Nest
1 Cosmic Cyclone
1 Treacherous trap hole
1 Dragon's Mirror
1 Monster Reborn reborn
EXTRA deck:
1 Dragonecro
1 Squiresaga
1 Samuraisaga
1 Shogunsaga
2 Sunsaga
Skill: level augmentation
Anonymous 30days ago
Don't spend any gems until a week or two after new ban list is implemented. There are 2 important dates at the end of March : ban list implementation and new mini-box. If you want to get KOG this season, just play your last season's KOG deck.
best way 30days ago
Lightsworn is the best investiment actually for F2P, it is the best deck actually, just will be nerfet in 3 month and problably will keep as meta deck after banlist for more 3 month it is a total of 6 month meta deck, it is cheap, very fun to play and it is a enginner, the BEST way for new players and F2P is invest in Lightsworm, u njust need 3 judgment dragon.. just reset box when got 1 judgment dragon.........
best guide 31days ago
Use UR and SR dream ticket for Cosmic Cyclone and Treacherous Trap Hole (100% you dont will regreat)

*reset box if you got UR and SR in first 15 packs or reset box when u got 1 copy of each UR and SR from the deck and punchase packs by single option
*Also you can do reroll to dont waste time grinding gems

Lunalights budget (from new box)
https://imgur.com/a/ClYTJEK (use Fusion Master skill) also u can buy neos structure deck for 1 copy of neos fusion in this deck
Lightsworn budget (from new box + Blair level up rewards)
https://imgur.com/a/ENCI062 (use level duplication skill also only card out from new box is wulf in burning nova box and samurai destroyer from dark dimension)
Super HeavysSamurai budget (Future Horizon box)
https://imgur.com/a/Q2ObOPJ (Defense Charge skill)
Red-eyes Fusion budget (Return of the red-eyes structure deck, Card Trader, SR/UR tickets, dimenssion of wizards box)
https://imgur.com/a/Z7yl87b
Cyber Stein budget (Card Trader, Common tickets and pegasus drop cards, collumn duel/pvp/event SR tickets)
https://imgur.com/a/S2Rdk0o (Life cost 0 skill)
Stall Budget (Card Trader, SR/UR tickets, Odion/Mai/Kaiba DSOD level up rewards)
https://imgur.com/a/hiykxPx (Parasite Infestation skill)

*Lunalight Lightsworn and HeavySamurai if you want a strong cheap deck
Red-eyes if you wish make a deck quickly
Stall and Stein if you dont want waste your gems
best newbie guide
Use UR and SR dream ticket for Cosmic Cyclone and Treacherous Trap Hole (100% you dont will regreat)

There is many good cheap decks (also you can do reroll to dont waste time griding gems)

Lunalights (from new box)
https://imgur.com/a/ClYTJEK (use Fusion Master skill)
Lightsworn (from new box)
https://imgur.com/a/ENCI062 (use level duplication skill also only card out from new box is wulf in burning nova box)

Super HeavysSamurai (Future Horizon box)
https://imgur.com/a/Q2ObOPJ (Defense Charge skill)
Red-eyes Fusion (Return of the red-eyes structure deck)
https://imgur.com/a/Z7yl87b
Cyber Stein (Card Trader, Common tickets and duelist drop cards)
https://imgur.com/a/S2Rdk0o (Life cost 0 skill)
Stall (Card Trader, Common tickets and duelist drop cards)
https://imgur.com/a/71CzPwq (Parasite Infestation skill)
*Lunalight Lightsworn and HeavySamurai if you want a strong cheap deck
Red-eyes if you wish make a deck quickly
Stall and Stein if you dont want waste your gems

*reset box if you got UR and SR in first 15 packs or reset box when u got 1 copy of each UR and SR from the deck and punchase packs by single option
<< Anonymous(best newbie guide)
Anonymous 31days ago Reply
you can get red eyes cards in return of the red eyes structure deck + Tickets + card tarder + dimmenssion of the wizard box
<< Anonymous(best newbie guide)
Anonymous 31days ago Reply
nice guide.. very simply and didect no bla bla bla

good work boy and I think anyone can reach at least Legend rank in only 2 or 3 days account with these decks

nice! very nice!
Anonymous
In current meta (Feb - Mar 2020), no KOG worthy deck is cheaper than Superheavy Samurai.
All cards are from the same box. Without resetting the box you will still get 1 Wagon + 2 Soulpiercer + 2 Soulpiecemaker, which are good enough to help you reach Legend and even KOG.
Lots of skill option : Baggy Sleeves, Level Augmentation, Defense Charge, LP Boost Alpha.
Lava Golem and Kiteroid are nice techs against certain deck.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
What about the extra deck?
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Extra Deck : 2x Stealth Ninja, 2x Shutendoji, 2x Musashi
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
this deck is not bad at all just replace lava golem and kiteroid by any other samurai
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
I would recommend Artifact Vajra as optional tech. It is really good against Sealed Tomb user, also works great with Baggy Sleeves

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But this card wasn't an example of such action - probably to keep the "foreign" fe...
Fault of the player for not having counters for solemn or other negation.
Something about summoning and attacking with Blue-Eyes White Dragon while using Mokuba Kaiba.
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