Darklord Deck: deck recipe [Mar 2020 Updated]

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“Darklord” is an archetype of mostly DARK Fairy monsters whose main strategy revolves around setting up the Graveyard and then swarming the field with various high ATK monsters.

Despite losing their best Skill and seeing two of their best cards added to the Forbidden/Limited List, Darklords are still an extremely threatening deck with incredible draw power and consistency.

Post-Banlist Version

Standard Version [Updated]

Lyla, Lightsworn SorceressRaiden, Hand of the LightswornDarklord DesireDarklord MorningstarDarklord TezcatlipocaDarklord Nasten
Darklord NastenDarklord NastenDarklord AmduscDarklord AmduscDarklord UkobackBanishment of the Darklords
Banishment of the DarklordsBanishment of the DarklordsCharge of the Light BrigadeCharge of the Light BrigadeCharge of the Light BrigadeDarklord Contact
Darklord ContactThe Sanctified Darklord--Michael, the Arch-LightswornFortune Lady Every

Set Skill

[Skill] descriptionUser
No Mortal Can Resist
Can be used when your Life points are at least 1000 less than the opponent's. All monsters in the opponent's Graveyard changes to Skull Servants (Zombie / DARK / Level 1 / ATK: 300 / DEF: 200). This skill can only be used once per turn.
Ishizu Ishtar
Ishizu Ishtar

How To Use [Previous]

Artifact Lancea

During your opponent’s turn, Artifact Lancea can be Tributed from your hand or face-up from your field to prevent both players from banishing cards during that turn.

You can chain Lancea’s effect to Invocation in order to prevent your opponent from Summoning Invoked Cocytus, Invoked Purgatrio, or Invoked Magellanica. Your opponent might still be able to resolve Invocation if they have the Fusion Materials in their hand, but chances are they searched Invocation by Normal Summoning Aleister and they don’t have another copy of the Level 4 Spellcaster in their hand.

Even if your opponent does have another Aleister, they still need a WATER, FIRE, or EARTH monster to send to the Graveyard in order to Summon something from their Extra Deck, which is going to be “very difficult” if their only other monster is Elementsaber Molehu.

Lancea can prevent Blackwings from playing Black Whirlwind from the Deck via Blackwing - Simoon the Poison Wind’s effect, it prevents Crystrons from making certain plays, and it almost completely shuts down both Shiranui and Metaphys.

Superbia gives Artifact Lancea some decent synergy with the archetype and the incredible draw power provided by Ixchel is all you need to have this Hand Trap available when you need it.

Banishment of the Darklords

Consistency is definitely the main thing that Darklords have struggled with ever since their introduction in Lords of Shining, so having access to a Spell Card that allows you to add any other card of the archetype from your Deck to your hand is undoubtedly going to have a positive impact on their performance.

Yes, you can only activate Banishment of the Darklords once per turn, but you can also apply its effect via Darklord Ixchel, Tezcatlipoca, Nasten, or Amdusc’s effect during your opponent’s End Phase or right before they are removed from the field, which significantly improves this Deck’s ability to recover.

Darklord Tezcatlipoca

You can discard Darklord Tezcatlipoca in order to prevent a “Darklord” monster(s) you control from being destroyed by battle or card effect. You might be thinking that running 3 copies of this card is a bit excessive, but having Tezcatlipoca available for Desperado Barrel Dragon and Treacherous Trap Hole is extremely important.

Darklord Ixchel

You can discard Darklord Ixchel and 1 “Darklord” card, which can be another copy of Darklord Ixchel, to draw two cards. Darklord Ixchel allows you to set up your Graveyard and draw through your Deck without losing card advantage at the same time.

By paying 1000 Life Points, Darklord Ixchel allows you to target a “Darklord” Spell/Trap Card in your Graveyard, apply its effect and then shuffle it back into your Deck.

If you use Darklord Ixchel’s effect to apply the effect of The Sanctified Darklord or Darklord Descent, which I’m not advising you to run, you do not have to pay the activation cost. Moreover, since you are simply applying the effect of a Spell/Trap Card and not actually activating it, Legendary Six Samurai - Shi En will not be able to negate it.

Each effect of Darklord Ixchel can only be activated once per turn and you can only Special Summon Darklord Ixchel once per turn. Darklord Nasten and Darklord Tezcatlipoca have the same restrictions.

Darklord Ukoback

If it’s Normal or Special Summoned, Darklord Ukoback allows you to send a “Darklord” card from your Deck to the Graveyard.

  • Normal Summon Darklord Ukoback, send Darklord Superbia from your Deck to the Graveyard, discard Darklord Ixchel and any other “Darklord” card, draw 2 cards, activate Darklord Contact and Special Summon Superbia and then Ixchel from your Graveyard.

  • Normal Summon Darklord Ukoback, send Darklord Contact from your Deck to the Graveyard, discard Darklord Amdusc and any other “Darklord” card, add Contact from your Graveyard to your hand. You don’t need the Banishment of the Darklords to “search” Contact.

Darklord Superbia

When Darklord Superbia is Special Summoned from the Graveyard (Darklord Contact), you can Special Summon 1 Fairy-Type monster from your Graveyard, except Darklord Superbia.

If you use Darklord Ixchel, Darklord Nasten or Darklord Tezcatlipoca’s effect to apply the effect of Darklord Contact and Special Summon Darklord Superbia, you will not be able to Special Summon another “Darklord” monster from your Graveyard.

After the effect of Darklord Contact is applied, the card is shuffled back into the Deck, which makes Darklord Superbia’s effect miss the timing.

Essentially, unless there is no better target, do not Special Summon Darklord Superbia from the Graveyard via Darklord Ixchel, Darklord Nasten, and Darklord Tezcatlipoca’s effect.

The Sanctified Darklord

By sending a “Darklord” monster from your hand or face-up from your field to the Graveyard, you can negate the effects of 1 Effect Monster on the field and then gain Life Points equal to its ATK. The Sanctified Darklord does not target, which means you can even use it to negate the effects of Hazy Flame Peryton and prevent your opponent from swarming the field.

As I mentioned, if you apply the effect of this Trap Card via Darklord Ixchel, Darklord Nasten or Darklord Tezcatlipoca’s effect, you do not pay its activation cost, which definitely makes it a lot easier to use. You can send this card to the Graveyard via Darklord Ukoback’s effect and then, if your opponent tries to use Legendary Six Samurai - Enishi’s effect to return your Darklord Ixchel, Darklord Nasten or Darklord Tezcatlipoca back to your hand, you can pay 1000 Life Points to apply the effect of The Sanctified Darklord and prevent them from doing so.

Gaining Life Points is just an added bonus, but it’s also extremely relevant, as it allows you to use the effects of your “Darklord” monsters with more ease. You can target a monster on your own side of the field with The Sanctified Darklord, so you can use it to negate the effects of Lava Golem, preventing it from inflicting 1000 damage to you and gaining 3000 Life Points in the process.

Additional Notes


[Skill] descriptionUser
Can be used each time your Life Points decreases by 1000. Send the card on the top of your Deck to the Graveyard, and recover 300 LP.
Yami Bakura
Yami Bakura

This Skill can be used multiple times during the same turn, giving you more Life Points to work with and potentially sending cards like The Sanctified Darklord and Banishment of the Darklords to the Graveyard.


  • Legendary Six Samurai - Enishi and Six Style - Dual Wield can bypass Darklord Tezcatlipoca’s protection and Legendary Six Samurai - Shi En can negate the activation of Darklord Contact. Enishi’s effect can be negated by The Sanctified Darklord, but, when it comes to Dual Wield, you can only play around it by not Summoning a second monster, which is still very risky.
  • Although Sealed Tombs is not as relevant as it used to be, it should be noted that it can be used to prevent you Special Summoning your “Darklord” monsters from the Graveyard via Darklord Contact’s effect.


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Anonymous 11days ago
Still tiered. Best investment in Duel Links history, no comparison.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 10days ago Reply
Right? this deck is the best
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 10days ago Reply
How is it the best investment when you need to go into another box to keep it up to date?
<< Anonymous
Zeliotic 3days ago Reply
A lot of tiered decks in this game require going through multiple boxes. Also, your point doesn’t disprove the other. An investment generally remains good once you’ve gotten your money’s worth out of it. I know for me personally I spent hardly any gems at all getting my DL together. I already had lightsworn cards. I was going to Go into the new box anyway. So, it remains a worthwhile investment
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Anonymous 2days ago Reply
The only good investement in this game is if you can reach 1st place KC Cup/WCS without spending money. KOG isn't a solid evidence for good investment, I built Superheavy Samurai without resetting the box and still able to reach KOG 3 seasons in a row with only 1 copy of Wagon, but still I won't call it good investment.
Anonymous 19days ago
I asked this on the Lightsworns page but is it worth it to use a dream ticket on Lyla? I don't have any copies of her, and I'm still finishing the new box.
<< Anonymous
WoodFrJared 19days ago Reply
Hi, well I think you can replace with Lumina instead of use dream ticket to get 1 Lyla, then you can put some synchro monsters like Michael, Samurai Destroyer or Fortune Lady Every
Insta pull prismatic on first draw of pack lol
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
awesome pull m8
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 29days ago Reply
almost a year of awesomeness
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 23days ago Reply
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Anonymous 22days ago Reply
congrats m8
Anonymous 23days ago
If they get a 5th, 6th, 7th hit.

THEY ARE GOING TO BE VIABLE WITH ANY OTHER NEW ENGINE and all losers will be whining and whining just because they don't know how to play the game.

If you don't understand Yu-Gi-Oh!
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 23days ago Reply
just shut your
<< Anonymous
N_T 22days ago Reply
noobs need to play tetris, yes.
<< Anonymous(N_T)
Anonymous 22days ago Reply
never died.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 22days ago Reply
It's awesome. It won't die after 99893248283 limits.
Best F2P Guide 23days ago
I dont recommend if you are F2P or Beginner make this deck unless you're rich or id1ot.

This is very expenssive(3x UR Main Box 3x SR from another main box and 1 SR from mini box), the budget version of this deck is Sh1T, you need deck 100% complete to work well
Anonymous 29days ago
viable during almost a year.
It was an awesome archetype and it might return in the future, just like fur hire, dark magician or neos fusion.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 29days ago Reply
the meta is cyclic, just take a look at bewd.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 23days ago Reply
it's not dead lol
Anonymous 24days ago
Using Charge of Light to mill cards in place of Ichxel is just genius, sadly that means dark lords could potentially get another hit next banlist.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 23days ago Reply
Kinda doubt DL will be hit again.
But cant say the same for Lightsworn though.

Most people can already foresee that Charge of the Light Brigade is going to be semi limited somewhere in the future.

The card is just too good
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 23days ago Reply
Hitting Charge of light will be a hit to DLs.

I think right now Lightsworn DL is having better results in tournaments than pure lightsworns.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 23days ago Reply
BW gt hit twice in a row. I can definitely see them hitting DL again.
Anonymous 24days ago
DL: Well it's about time to 🔥 Darklords. They've been meta for far too long.

Lightsworn: I'm about to end this man's whole career
Anonymous 26days ago
when you think darklord was being nuked but lightsworn save their ass. expecting someone on mcs using that variant.
Anonymous 27days ago
DL still alive :)
Thanks lightsworn for saving him from the death .
noble 29days ago
Zato pinche Autista :y
Anonymous 29days ago
Glad they’re finally killing off this broken op can.cer deck. Good riddance.

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Okay I found a way to somewhat get this to work, you D-mind into dreamer or blademaster, then you...
Just use a yubel farm deck.
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