Archfiend Emperor deck (Before Apr 2019)

Duel Links Archfiend Emperor deck, Fiend Farewell deck, Yami Bakura deck in the meta.
update 12/04/2019


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.

Note: :To see the latest update of Archfiend Emperor Decklist, please click the link below:

Example deck

New Box Cards Added Version

Archfiend Emperor, the First Lord of HorrorArchfiend Emperor, the First Lord of HorrorArchfiend Emperor, the First Lord of HorrorArchfiend EmpressArchfiend EmpressArchfiend Empress
Chaos HunterChaos HunterLyla, Lightsworn SorceressLyla, Lightsworn SorceressSphere KuribohD.D.R. - Different Dimension Reincarnation
D.D.R. - Different Dimension ReincarnationCall of the ArchfiendCall of the ArchfiendCall of the ArchfiendArchfiend's RoarArchfiend's Roar
Needlebug NestNeedlebug Nest
[Skill] descriptionUser
Can be used only once after starting hands are dealt. Reveal and redraw your starting hand.
Vellian Crowler
Vellian Crowler

Old Version

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Archfiend Emperor, the First Lord of HorrorArchfiend Emperor, the First Lord of HorrorArchfiend Emperor, the First Lord of HorrorSphere KuribohSphere KuribohArchfiend Empress
Archfiend EmpressArchfiend EmpressTrance ArchfiendDoomdog OcthrosAdvance DrawAdvance Draw
Card of the SoulCard of the SoulCard of the SoulEscape from the Dark DimensionEscape from the Dark DimensionCall of the Archfiend
Call of the ArchfiendCall of the Archfiend
Archfiend Emperor, the First Lord of HorrorArchfiend Emperor, the First Lord of HorrorArchfiend Emperor, the First Lord of HorrorSphere KuribohSphere KuribohArchfiend Empress
Archfiend EmpressTrance ArchfiendTrance ArchfiendArchfiend GeneralArchfiend GeneralPandemonium
PandemoniumCard of the SoulCard of the SoulEscape from the Dark DimensionEscape from the Dark DimensionCall of the Archfiend
Call of the ArchfiendCall of the Archfiend
[Skill] descriptionUser
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Increases starting Life Points by 1000.
Yami Marik
Yami Marik

Fiend Farewell

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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Hot New Top
archfiend emperor holding a grudge from 1700? That's cringe
This deck can use an update, now that Trance and Commander are a thing.
I'm still playing Archfiends(4Lyfe)
Tech that Skull Meister dudes. He puts in good work at 2. Needle bug nest and Canadia have good synergy.
<< Anonymous
Gage Reply
I run dark world archfiends, very good high level plat strategy. Struggles to get above that though. Waiting for Archfiend Heiress to be released to make the pure deck become consistent.
<< Anonymous(Gage)
Anonymous Reply
I hear that. Heiress brings it all together.
Do you need escape from dark dimension to run necrofear version?
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
imo no, escape bricks really hard in this deck
Man this deck struggles so hard with vampires :/
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
and me still struggles so hard to get my 3rd Emperor..
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
yep, archfiends get cucked by vamps.
Too bad.
We need Archfiend Heiress and Archfiend Commander!
<< Anonymous
A.D.I Reply
Yes we do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
does anyone have solid advice how to deal with cosmic cyclone banishing my COTA, very often i just start with barely 1 in my hand
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
well thats tough, ideally you want your GY to be set up so you can use CotA immediatly.
But if your going second and he set CC in the first turn than that wont work.
Use enough other traps beside it, so he hits you AR or NBN instead by chance, i guess.
And run 3 CotA just for the sake of drawing into a second one
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
^ This

Also a good player will probably attack your backrow as soon as they realize you are playing archfiend. So, if you can afford to, don't put cota on the field right away. Give them a less important card to banish.
If i run Needlebug Nest version I shouldnt run Escape from Dark dimension right?
<< Anonymous
Anonymous No. 2 Reply
Needlebug version uses only traps to revive from GY, not the banish>revive mechanic.
The consistency comes from sending your high level Archfiends (preferrable Emperor+Empress) to the graveyard ASAP.
If not for Fur Hire (Wiz), this deck would be recking meta even now (it's particularly good against Heroes and Amazoness).
I reached lvl 20 in the recent KC Cup with Lyla/Needle Archfiends alone.
<< Anonymous(Anonymous No. 2)
Anonymous No. 2 Reply
Skill: Cyber Style
3x Archfiend Emperor
3x Archfiend Empress
3x Call of the Archfiend
3x Archfiend's Roar
2x Chaos Hunter (for Amazoness/U.A. matchup)
2x Lyla
2x Needlebug Nest
1x Relinkuriboh
1x Monster Gate
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
I struggle with Escape from the Dark Dimension. It's a very fun card, but monsters summoned by Escape get re-banished when they are destroyed, so graveyard effects don't work. Empress for instance, when summoned by Escape, gets rebanished when destroyed and you don't get to special summon another monster. :(

Also, if escape is destroyed, your monster is destroyed. :(

It's a bit situational too.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
If you fo run Escape, Yubel's Allure of Darkness skill has good synergy. You can draw an extra card, banish one of your emperors and then use Escape to summon it.
This is the expensive version of golden flying fish deck.
Just asking but why do most people run Needlebug over That Grass in Archfiend decks?
<< Anonymous
Anonymous No. 2 Reply
Because Archfiend traps only work on high level Archfiend monsters, and only 2 monsters meet that requirement and are also good cards - Emperor and Empress.
Running 25-30 cards in your deck would make it even less consistent and you would need to run crappy Archfiend monsters, whereas running 2 Lylas and 2-3 Needlebugs gives you a high chance to draw at least one of those in your opening hand.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
That Grass isn't terrible with archfiend. It's much faster than Needlebug Nest and harder to counter. You can use COtA and Archfiends Roar for traps. The latter works well with Empress and Cavalry because their graveyard effects allow you to special summon another archfiend.

For That Grass, you can use Arkana's Spell Specialist skill to help get That Grass into starting hands.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
With Spell Specialist you need 5 magic cards of different names. So I would recommend:

3x Grass
1x Enemy Controller
1x Archfiends Palabrynth
1x Veil of Darkness
1x Fires of Doomsday

Grass and Veil are both useful for filling your graveyard, though Veil's downfall is that it is a bit slow.
Still a good deck !
How about using Cyberdark to fill your graveyard?
<< Anonymous(Tofu)
Anonymous No. 2 Reply
And what will that do, exactly?
CotA can only special level 5 or higher FIEND monster from the graveyard.
Roar can only special an Archfiend monster from the graveyard.
Cavarly can only special an Archfiend monster when destroyed by a card effect.
Empress can only special level 6 or higher Fiend monster from the graveyard.
Emperor can only destroy by banishing Archfiend cards from your hand or gy.
<< Anonymous(Anonymous No. 2)
Tofu Reply
I'm sorry for using an old deck that one card usually has only one effect.

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