Archfiend Emperor: deck recipe

Duel Links Archfiend Emperor deck, Fiend Farewell deck, Yami Bakura deck in the meta.
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Archfiend Emperor


As mentioned before in other guides, the latest box Abyssal Encounters came with cards that were only released recently in the OCG/TCG. Call of the Archfiend actually was only released this month (February) in the TCG. This new trap card combined with Archfiend Emperor, The First Lord of Horror (UR) can make for a very strong deck that has a lot of aggression because you can both swarm your board with big fiend monsters, and at the same time get rid of your opponent’s monsters/backrow thanks to Emperor Archfiend’s effect.

The decklist we’ll feature here seems to be one of the more optimal versions that currently exists, which gained a lot of popularity when Dkayed quickly released a YouTube video after the box was released in which he and his girlfriend showcased the power of the deck.

Sample deck

Archfiend Emperor, the First Lord of HorrorArchfiend Emperor, the First Lord of HorrorArchfiend Emperor, the First Lord of HorrorDark NecrofearDark NecrofearDark Necrofear
Sphere KuribohSphere KuribohSphere KuribohTrance ArchfiendTrance ArchfiendTrance Archfiend
Doomdog OcthrosDoomdog OcthrosDoomdog OcthrosEscape from the Dark DimensionEscape from the Dark DimensionCall of the Archfiend
Call of the ArchfiendCall of the Archfiend
[Skill] descriptionUser
Fiend Farewell
Can be used when one of your monsters is destroyed by battle. 1 random Fiend-Type monster from your Deck is sent to the graveyard.
Yami Bakura
Yami Bakura

How to use

Archfiend Emperor

This is the MVP of the deck. Although he is a level 8 monster, he can be normal summoned without a tribute, but in that case his attack will be halved and he’ll be destroyed during the End Phase. The way you’d want to use this card most of the time is by normal summoning him, using its effect to banish one Archfiend card to destroy one card on the field (this includes Call of the Archfiend!) and either attack with 1500 attack, or let it destroy himself. Now that he’s in the graveyard you can special summon him with Call of the Archfiend by discarding one fiend monster (this is an effect so you can use this with Dark World cards!).

  • You can also banish an Archfiend Emperor with the effect of another Archfiend Emperor, and then bring him back with Escape from the Dark Dimension.

  • This card is so strong because it does not have text like “cannot be special summoned” or “Must first be special summoned”, like Dark Necrofear does.

  • Trance Archfiend is also a card that can be discarded for Archfiend Emperor’s effect.

Call of the Archfiend

A very powerful trap that can special summon a level 5 or higher fiend monster from the graveyard but you also need to discard a fiend. As mentioned above, because the text about discarding is after the semicolon (“;”) , this is an effect and not a cost, so it can work well with Dark World cards. This card will mostly be used to bring back your Archfiend Emperor from the graveyard after he was destroyed by his own effect, but it can also be used to bring back Dark Necrofear. Because you can only use this effect once per turn, if you draw extra copies those will be useless, however you can banish them to use Archfiend Emperor’s effect because it is an “Archfiend card”.

Dark Necrofear & Doomdog Octhros

Because this deck only runs fiend monsters and can easily fill the graveyard with fiend monsters (with Trance Archfiend, Sphere Kuriboh, Call of the Archfiend), but also thanks to the skill fiend farewell; Dark Necrofear is an obvious pick for this deck. It has a decent attack and high defense, and even if your opponent can deal with it, you can take control of one of their monsters during the end phase.

You can summon Dark Necrofear with the Call of the Archfiend trap, but Dark Necrofear needs to be special summoned properly first. This means he first needs to be special summoned by banishing 3 fiends from your graveyard, then when he goes to the graveyard later on he can be brought back with Call of the Archfiend.

Doomdog Octhros is in the deck to search for either Dark Necrofear or Archfiend Emperor. This is a great card to set turn 1 if you go first.

Escape from the dark dimension

Because you’ll be banishing a lot of fiend monsters with the effect of either Archfiend Emperor or Dark necrofear, you’ll almost always have a target to bring back with Escape from the dark dimension. This card and Call of the Archfiend are the reason this deck can put on so much pressure on your opponent because your opponent will have to deal with an onslaught of big monsters that keep getting special summoned from the graveyard or banished zone.

Trance Archfiend

Besides Emperor Archfiend and Call of the Archfiend, this is the only other Archfiend card in the deck, so these three are the cards to banish for Archfiend Emperor’s effect. He’s always been a popular pick for fiend decks (in both Dark World and Necrofear decks) because you can quickly fill your graveyard with fiends, but you can also add one of your banished dark monsters to your hand when it’s destroyed, the most popular pick for this effect being Sphere Kuriboh.

Sphere Kuriboh

The only defensive card in this deck. Not much needs to be said about him since almost everyone knows this card by now. It’s a fiend, easily sent to the graveyard, powerful effect to defend your life points or monsters and a good pick to add back to your hand with Trance Archfiend’s second effect after you banished it to special summon Dark Necrofear.

Additional Notes

  • Because Dkayed seems to be the first person to have popularized this deck, we credited him. Definitely go check out his Youtube/Twitch if you are looking to learn more about the game. Some of his achievements in Duel Links include; 1st place (global) KC Cup Nov 2017, 1st place (NA) WCQ, Aug 2017, 2nd place (NA) KC Cup March 2017. ( / / )

  • Don’t forget that you can banish Call of the Archfiend for Archfiend Emperor’s effect if you already have a Call of the Archfiend on the field.

  • Because the discard for Call of the Archfiend is an effect and not a cost you can use it together with Dark World Cards like Broww, Huntsman of Dark World.

Other useful cards

Archfiend Empress
Archfiend Empress
Another Archfiend card, can be special summoned with Call of the Archfiend. Has a useful effect to protect your other monsters by banishing fiends from your graveyard (which adds fuel for Escape from the dark dimension). Can also special summon Emperor Archfiend or Dark Necrofear from your graveyard after this card is destroyed and sent to the graveyard.
Archfiend Palabyrinth
Archfiend Palabyrinth
Boosts all your fiend monsters by 500 atk, and if you control an archfiend monster (say Emperor Archfiend) you can banish another fiend monster you control to special summon, from your hand/graveyard or deck , an Archfiend monster with the same level as that other Archfiend monster. So you could quickly special summon another Emperor Archfiend with this card.
Dark World Lightning
Dark World Lightning
Useful for destroying set monsters or set spell/trap and allows you to discard.
Tribute to The Doomed
Tribute to The Doomed
Similar to Dark World Lightning but mainly for monsters.

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Anonymous 11days ago
From tier 1 to tier 4 lool gamea loool
<< Anonymous
Ojama King 10days ago Reply
i'm playing Archfiends and had already KOG promo match, I'm using now Pandemonium version. possibly i will reach KOG this season as well with this deck.
<< Anonymous(Ojama King)
Anonymous 10days ago Reply
Use palabyrinth works great with archfiends
<< Anonymous(Capitalist prick)
Anonymous 3days ago Reply
Konami dont control this site
<< Anonymous
Konami 3days ago Reply
You keep thinking that
Anonymous 4days ago
even this deck is tier 4, i have no regret for opening abyss encounter packs, because so many competitive decks are in this pack, alien, SSA, flying fish, all are in the same pack, and u dont need to open other packs, because all cards u need are in the same box like SSA or alien...

hopefully next main box will be good too like abyss encounter...
Darth 4days ago
Archfiend is slow because there came the card looking for the deck "Archfiend Heiress", its effect is that when destroyed or sent to the graveyard you can catch any monster archfiend from the deck. Palabyrinth is also the main field spell, which also searches for deck card. If this card came, perhaps archfiend would enter the meta.
<< Anonymous(Darth)
Anonymous 4days ago Reply
Yeah, the deck needs Heiress. But Palabyrinth is already in the game, as Paradox Brothers drop.
<< Anonymous
Darth 4days ago Reply
Yes, but it is useless if it can not be searched on the deck. Unfortunately, there is no such useful and quick card as the Warrior of Atlantis, but Heiress has what we have. It would be the engine that would make the deck run faster.

Another important card is the ArchFiend Commander which can be special summoned.
Effects valued in DL Speed Duel format.
<< Anonymous(Darth)
Anonymous 4days ago Reply
yeah u right lol, i really want to see heiress and commander come out soon, hopefully in the next box, im playing archfiend archetypes right now, and already have all archfiend cards in DL atm, but still need heiress
Anonymous 5days ago
Lol tier4
Archfiend lord 6days ago
Lol got kog with archfiends first 3 days
Frustration 6days ago
I don't get how this is Tier 4 but Aliens is still Tier 1. They're equally slow.
Anonymous 8days ago
Fireking island with archfiend better combo than this
<< Anonymous
n00b 8days ago Reply
i never play fire king or phoenix deck. therefore, i don't see how it works. (i don't use meta deck)

By the way, u r right, the above decks are not consistent enough.

Negropotter's deck is a rush deck with foods for Emperor, it works in speed duel.
Darth 9days ago
Tier 4? hahaha
Game A, Game A.
<< Anonymous(Darth)
n00b 8days ago Reply
Reason: (Game A)
1) No Enemy Controller
2) No floodgate
3) No Super Rush

Therefore -3 point; from Tier 1 to Tier 4
Anonymous 11days ago
Lol this deck is a joke. Easily beaten by aliens and golden flying fish.
Anonymous 13days ago
has any one tried to use this in Dark worlds lol youll love it
Jetfire 15days ago
Reading it back I did answer my own question haha. And yeah new box release every month is annoying as there gems are kinda scarce so cant buy many packs
Faggot 15days ago
The emperor will show u the p2w side.

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