Archfiend Emperor: deck recipe

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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

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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
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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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Anonymous 3days ago
This deck is tier 1. It can shut down Spellbooks, Amazoness and SSA just by having Chaos Hunter and it shuts down Masked Heroes by having Invader of Darkness. It can deal with almost every deck currently at yhe cost of... being bricky
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 2days ago Reply
By having Invader of Darkness of the field, it does also counters many staple spell cards like Econ, Cosmic Cyclone, Super Rush, etc.
Anonymous 3days ago
Kog archi deck may
Anonymous 30days ago
Anyone have budget version of this deck (1-2 Emperor) ?
<< Anonymous
RippedAndSweet 28days ago Reply
You could make it work with two if you run life boost alpha and 3 cards of the soul to search them, will be less consistent though
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 13days ago Reply
You just need "LP Boost α" skill and Card of the Soul, or Doomdog Octhros to search the Emperor.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 7days ago Reply
The skill is Life Boost Alpha
Yami Dovah 14days ago
A good version with Chaos Hunter to counter SSA and Amazoness. I'll try to climb ranked with this, if someone has thoughts to improve it, I would like to hear.
P.S.: The skill is "Restart" (in Portuguese)
<< Anonymous
Malefic 10days ago Reply
It's Monster Gate (Paradox level 40 reward)
<< Anonymous(Yami Dovah)
Anonymous 10days ago Reply
I’ve been running it with balance and have surprisingly gotten consistently good hands. Also I would ideally run 3 chaos hunters (bc I don’t have Lyla) and I’d run a 3rd call if you have it instead of the monster gate, but it’s all preference. This is a very good deck build. How has your climb been with this deck?
<< Anonymous(Yami Dovah)
Anonymous 10days ago Reply
can i replace needlebug nest with dark world dealing or tribute to the doomed? only have 1 needlebug nest atm
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 10days ago Reply
Dark world dealings works well, I’ve never used tribute though
EXoTiC 14days ago
Now the best card to counter Slyvans with archfiend deck is "Forbidden Graveyard" a quick play spell that also can help you to discard Fiend monsters to the graveyard then special summon them using Call Of The Archfiend . ooh it's free card you win by defeating Ishizu

EXoTiC Signing out .
<< Anonymous(EXoTiC)
EXoTiC 14days ago Reply
this is it
<< Anonymous(EXoTiC)
Yami Dovah 14days ago Reply
Actually, only the possibility of OTK sylvians destroying the set monsters with Emperor's effect can counter it. But Forbidden Graveyard is a good card too, and have a good sinergy.
For this I think Archfiends is actually a tier 1 deck. There is a lot of cards that can be used with it (e.g: Chaos Hunter to counter Amazoness/SSA; Invader of Chaos to counter Masked Hero)
<< Anonymous(Yami Dovah)
EXoTiC 13days ago Reply
1st yes archfiend is tier 1 for sure 2nd this card + chaos hunter will make u beat every single deck in current meta
Anonymous 18days ago
What’s that trap card everyone’s running
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 18days ago Reply
SR trap - Call of the Archfiend

R trap (yellow/pink) - Archfiend's Roar

R trap (green/purple) - Needlebug Nest
DeuxF4llen 27days ago
Anonymous 31days ago
this deck is tier 1 not gameas version, but other
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 31days ago Reply
The current batch of the deck runs needlebug for additional mill and going off. It's a very strong deck but quite an expensive one.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 31days ago Reply
yes mine counters sylvans ssa and masked heroes ,ihave a vid on themm
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 29days ago Reply
Also i do not understand why it is in tier 2. As it only does not defeat dakini.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous No. 2 28days ago Reply
If you happen to get Tribute to the Doomed in your hand along with Emperor on the field (or 2 Emperors, or even 1 Emperor and a Snipe Hunter), you can take out CA decks as well.
In an archfiend build should I run 3 call of the archfiend or 2 + 1 Wall of disruption?
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Why would run the second option?
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
For Hazy Flame
Anonymous No. 2
Say you are playing against a Sylvan deck, and your opponent has just Set a monster (so, it's very likely either Merchant or Komushroomo) AND a spell/trap (most likely a Divine Providence). Which one do you go for with your Emperor's effect? Allowing the monster to get flipped can be devastating, but Divine Providence can also prevent your Emperor from being special summoned from your graveyard through CotA, and can also be used to destroy your Emperor the next time it uses its effect when special summoned from the graveyard.
<< Anonymous(Anonymous No. 2)
Anonymous No. 2 Reply
Sorry, Ultimate Providence* (obviously)
<< Anonymous(Anonymous No. 2)
Anonymous Reply
Neither, they'll just discard a monster and negate your Emperor. And then OTK you next turn.
<< Anonymous(Anonymous No. 2)
Anonymous Reply
delay until time runs out .
<< Anonymous(Anonymous No. 2)
Anonymous Reply
Target set monster, search with pandemonium when emperor gets blown up, and then hope they don't mill a marshleaf next turn. If call of the archfiend stays on the field then the emperor can swing his dong around with no problems.
Yami Dovah
I think this deck is underestimated. With neblebug nest and Lyla, it's very easy have the key cards in the Gy (Empress, Emperor and Chivalry). And is very easy to summon them, if you know how to use Archfiend's Roar and Archfiend's call. If the key monsters are destroyed,just set one of this traps and in the next turn they return.
For me, this deck is like REZD: you need know how to play well, or you won't enjoy its potential
Can someone test this combo please?

Have emperor on grave (easy)
Have a cavalry in Hans (easy, can be searched)

Have final destiny in hand with any 5 cards, with the help of LAST GAMBLE (Joey).

-play cavalry
-destroy ALL with destiny
-cavalry brings emperor

I dont have last Gamble tô test :(

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