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Gladiator Beasts: deck recipe [August 2020]

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Overview

All non-Fusion “Gladiator Beast” monsters, with a few exceptions, share the ability to return to the Deck during the end of the Battle Phase of the turn in which they battled, and Special Summon another monster of their archetype from the Deck. When a “Gladiator Beast” monster is Special Summoned this way, it gains different effects that can range from backrow and monster removal (Gladiator Beast Bestiari and Gladiator Beast Murmillo respectively) to Special Summoning from the Graveyard (Gladiator Beast Darius).

Gladiator Beast decks usually rely heavily on their backrow to protect their monsters and allow them to continuously “tag out” and activate their effects, slowly depleting the opponent's resources.

Required Card Boxes

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Example Deck

Standard Version

Gladiator Beast VespasiusGladiator Beast LaquariGladiator Beast EquesteGladiator Beast BestiariGladiator Beast BestiariGladiator Beast Murmillo
Gladiator Beast RetiariNecrovalleyCosmic CycloneCosmic CycloneForbidden LanceForbidden Lance
World Legacy ClashWorld Legacy ClashFloodgate Trap HoleFloodgate Trap HoleGladiator Beast ChargeGladiator Beast Charge
Gladiator Beast War ChariotGladiator Beast War Chariot----
Gladiator Beast HeraklinosGladiator Beast GyzarusGladiator Beast GyzarusGladiator Beast NerokiusGladiator Beast DomitianusGladiator Beast Essedarii

Unexpected Dai Version

Gladiator Beast VespasiusGladiator Beast LaquariGladiator Beast BestiariGladiator Beast BestiariGladiator Beast MurmilloGladiator Beast Retiari
Gladiator Beast AndalGladiator Beast AndalUnexpected DaiUnexpected DaiUnexpected DaiGladiator Rejection
Gladiator RejectionGladiator RejectionFloodgate Trap HoleGladiator Beast ChargeGladiator Beast ChargeGladiator Beast Charge
Gladiator Beast War ChariotGladiator Beast War Chariot----
Gladiator Beast HeraklinosGladiator Beast GyzarusGladiator Beast GyzarusGladiator Beast NerokiusGladiator Beast DomitianusGladiator Beast Essedarii
[Skill] descriptionUser
Balance
Your starting hand will reflect the card balance of your deck. This Skill will not activate unless you have at least 6 of each type of card (Monster, Spell, and Trap) in your Deck.
Zane Truesdale
Zane Truesdale

Endless Trap Hell Version

Gladiator Beast VespasiusGladiator Beast VespasiusGladiator Beast DariusGladiator Beast LaquariGladiator Beast LaquariGladiator Beast Equeste
Gladiator Beast EquesteGladiator Beast BestiariGladiator Beast BestiariGladiator Beast BestiariGladiator Beast MurmilloGladiator Beast Retiari
NecrovalleyForbidden LanceForbidden LanceForbidden LanceFiendish ChainFiendish Chain
Fiendish ChainFloodgate Trap HoleFloodgate Trap HoleFloodgate Trap HoleGladiator Beast ChargeGladiator Beast Charge
Gladiator Beast ChargeBad AimBad AimGladiator Beast War ChariotGladiator Beast War ChariotGladiator Beast War Chariot
Gladiator Beast HeraklinosGladiator Beast GyzarusGladiator Beast GyzarusGladiator Beast NerokiusGladiator Beast DomitianusGladiator Beast Essedarii
[Skill] descriptionUser
Endless Trap Hell
Can be used when you have 3 trap cards in the Graveyard. 1 random Trap Card in your Graveyard is added to your hand. Then, shuffle 1 random Trap Card in your Graveyard into your Deck. This skill can only be used once per Duel.
Odion
Odion

How To Play

Gladiator Beast Monsters

Gladiator Beast Vespasius
Gladiator Beast Vespasius
WATER Sea Serpent ★7
ATK 2300 / DEF 0
Judgement Force [UR]
At the start of the Damage Step, if your "Gladiator Beast" monster battles a monster: You can Special Summon this card from your hand. You can only use this effect of "Gladiator Beast Vespasius" once per turn. While you control this card, Special Summoned by the effect of a "Gladiator Beast" monster, all monsters you control gain 500 ATK. At the end of the Battle Phase, if this card battled: You can shuffle this card into the Deck; Special Summon 1 "Gladiator Beast" monster from your Deck, except "Gladiator Beast Vespasius".
Gladiator Beast Equeste
Gladiator Beast Equeste
WIND Winged Beast ★4
ATK 1600 / DEF 1200
Ranked Rewards [SR]
When this card is Special Summoned by the effect of a "Gladiator Beast" monster: Target 1 "Gladiator Beast" card in your Graveyard; add that target to your hand. At the end of the Battle Phase, if this card attacked or was attacked: You can shuffle it into the Deck; Special Summon 1 "Gladiator Beast" monster from your Deck, except "Gladiator Beast Equeste".
Gladiator Beast Laquari
Gladiator Beast Laquari
FIRE Beast-Warrior ★4
ATK 1800 / DEF 400
Galactic Origin [SR]
If this card was Special Summoned by the effect of a "Gladiator Beast" monster, its original ATK becomes 2100. At the end of the Battle Phase, if this card attacked or was attacked: You can shuffle it into the Deck; Special Summon 1 "Gladiator Beast" monster from your Deck, except "Gladiator Beast Laquari".
Gladiator Beast Darius
Gladiator Beast Darius
EARTH Beast-Warrior ★4
ATK 1700 / DEF 300
Card Trader [UR]
When this card is Special Summoned by the effect of a "Gladiator Beast" monster: You can target 1 "Gladiator Beast" monster in your Graveyard; Special Summon that target, but its effect(s) is negated by this card, and it is shuffled into the Deck when this card leaves the field. At the end of the Battle Phase, if this card attacked or was attacked: You can shuffle it into the Deck; Special Summon 1 "Gladiator Beast" monster from your Deck, except "Gladiator Beast Darius".
Gladiator Beast Bestiari
Gladiator Beast Bestiari
WIND Winged Beast ★4
ATK 1500 / DEF 800
Galactic Origin [R]
If this card is Special Summoned by the effect of a "Gladiator Beast" monster: Target 1 Spell/Trap Card on the field; destroy that target. At the end of the Battle Phase, if this card attacked or was attacked: You can shuffle it into the Deck; Special Summon 1 "Gladiator Beast" monster from your Deck, except "Gladiator Beast Bestiari".

When Gladiator Beast Bestiari is Special Summoned by the effect of another “Gladiator Beast” monster, it destroys a Spell/Trap Card on the field.

Gladiator Beast Murmillo
Gladiator Beast Murmillo
WATER Fish ★3
ATK 800 / DEF 400
Galactic Origin [R]
When this card is Special Summoned by the effect of a "Gladiator Beast" monster: Target 1 face-up monster; destroy that target. At the end of the Battle Phase, if this card attacked or was attacked: You can shuffle it into the Deck; Special Summon 1 "Gladiator Beast" monster from your Deck, except "Gladiator Beast Murmillo".

When Gladiator Beast Murmillo is Special Summoned by the effect of another “Gladiator Beast” monster, it destroys a face-up monster on the field. Murmillo used to be the main way Gladiators had to deal with problematic monsters, it’s a great card despite its poor stats, but keep in mind that its effect is mandatory, so, if your opponent has no face-up monsters on the field when you Special Summon it (or no face-up monsters that can be targeted by its effect), you will have to destroy one of your own.

Gladiator Beast Retiari
Gladiator Beast Retiari
WATER Aqua ★3
ATK 1200 / DEF 800
Duelist Chronicles GX: Society of Light [R]
Duel Island -Gladiator- [R]
When this card is Special Summoned by the effect of a "Gladiator Beast" monster, you can remove from play 1 card from your opponent's Graveyard. At the end of the Battle Phase, if this card attacked or was attacked, you can return it to the Deck to Special Summon 1 "Gladiator Beast" monster from your Deck, except "Gladiator Beast Retiari".

Summoning Gyzarus 1: Unexpected Dai + Bestiari

Unexpected Dai
Unexpected Dai
Normal Spell
Stardust Acceleration [UR]
Gladiator's Storm [UR]
If you control no monsters: Special Summon 1 Level 4 or lower Normal Monster from the Deck.
  • Activate Unexpected Dai and Special Summon Gladiator Beast Andal from your Deck;
  • Normal Summon Gladiator Beast Bestiari;
  • Special Summon Gyzarus from your Extra Deck.

This is possibly the most convoluted way of Summoning Gyzarus. Since the effects of the monster Summoned by Darius are negated, you can even use Tygerius as Fusion Material for Andabata.

Gladiator Rejection

Gladiator Rejection
Gladiator Rejection
Continuous Spell
Judgement Force [N]
Your opponent cannot target "Gladiator Beast" monsters you control with card effects, except during the Battle Phase. If a "Gladiator Beast" monster(s) is Special Summoned from your Main Deck (except during the Damage Step): You can Special Summon 1 "Gladiator Beast" monster from your Deck with a different Type from the monsters you control, in Defense Position. You can only use this effect of "Gladiator Rejection" once per turn.

Necrovalley

Necrovalley
Necrovalley
Field Spell
Dark Dimension [UR]
All "Gravekeeper's" monsters gain 500 ATK and DEF. Cards in the Graveyard cannot be banished. Negate any card effect that would move a card in the Graveyard to a different place. Negate any card effect that changes Types or Attributes in the Graveyard.

Gladiator Beast Charge

Gladiator Beast Charge
Gladiator Beast Charge
Normal Trap
Judgement Force [SR]
Target face-up cards on the field, up to the number of "Gladiator Beast" monsters you control with different names; destroy them.

Gladiator Beast War Chariot

Gladiator Beast War Chariot
Gladiator Beast War Chariot
Counter Trap
Gladiator's Storm [R]
When an Effect Monster's effect is activated, if you control a face-up "Gladiator Beast" monster: Negate the activation and destroy it.

Gladiator Beast War Chariot is possibly the only card that’s keeping this archetype from being completely outdated; a Counter Trap with a minor activation requirement that allows you to prevent your opponent from searching Invocation via Aleister the Invoker, Special Summoning a “Spectralsword” via Shiranui Squiresaga, or from applying the effect of The Sanctified Darklord using Darklord Ixchel, Darklord Nasten, or Darklord Tezcatlipoca.

Extra Decks

Gladiator Beast Domitianus
Gladiator Beast Domitianus
DARK Sea Serpent ★10
ATK 3500 / DEF 1200
Judgement Force [R]
"Gladiator Beast Vespasius" + 2 "Gladiator Beast" monsters
Must first be Special Summoned (from your Extra Deck) by shuffling the above cards you control into the Deck. (You do not use "Polymerization".) Once per turn, when your opponent activates a monster effect (Quick Effect): You can negate the activation, and if you do, destroy it. You choose the attack targets for your opponent's attacks. At the end of the Battle Phase, if this card battled: You can return this card to the Extra Deck; Special Summon 1 "Gladiator Beast" monster from your Deck.
Gladiator Beast Heraklinos
Gladiator Beast Heraklinos
FIRE Beast-Warrior ★8
ATK 3000 / DEF 2800
Galactic Origin [UR]
"Gladiator Beast Laquari" + 2 "Gladiator Beast" monstersMust first be Special Summoned (from your Extra Deck) by shuffling the above cards you control into the Deck. (You do not use "Polymerization".) During either player's turn, when a Spell/Trap Card is activated: You can discard 1 card; negate the activation and destroy it. This card must be face-up on the field to activate and to resolve this effect.
Gladiator Beast Gyzarus
Gladiator Beast Gyzarus
DARK Winged Beast ★6
ATK 2400 / DEF 1500
Gladiator's Storm [UR]
"Gladiator Beast Bestiari" + 1 "Gladiator Beast" monster
Must first be Special Summoned (from your Extra Deck) by shuffling the above cards you control into the Deck. (You do not use "Polymerization".) When this card is Special Summoned: You can target up to 2 cards on the field; destroy those targets. At the end of the Battle Phase, if this card attacked or was attacked: You can shuffle it into the Extra Deck; Special Summon 2 "Gladiator Beast" monsters from your Deck, except "Gladiator Beast Bestiari".

You can Special Summon Gladiator Beast Gyzarus by shuffling Gladiator Beast Bestiari and another “Gladiator Beast” monster into your Deck. When Gyzarus is Special Summoned, you can target up to 2 cards on the field and destroy them.

Gladiator Beast Nerokius
Gladiator Beast Nerokius
DARK Winged Beast ★8
ATK 2800 / DEF 1900
Galactic Origin [SR]
3 "Gladiator Beast" monstersMust first be Special Summoned (from your Extra Deck) by shuffling the above cards you control into the Deck. (You do not use "Polymerization".) Cannot be destroyed by battle. If this card attacks or is attacked, your opponent cannot activate cards or effects until the end of the Damage Step. At the end of the Battle Phase, if this card attacked or was attacked: You can shuffle it into the Extra Deck; Special Summon 2 "Gladiator Beast" monsters from your Deck.

Nerokius requires you to shuffle back into the Deck 3 “Gladiator Beast” monsters, it can't be destroyed by battle and, when it attacks, the opponent cannot activate cards or effect until the end of the Damage Step.

Gladiator Beast Essedarii
Gladiator Beast Essedarii
EARTH Beast ★5
ATK 2500 / DEF 1400
Galactic Origin [R]
Gladiator's Storm [R]
2 "Gladiator Beast" monsters
Must first be Special Summoned (from your Extra Deck) by shuffling the above cards you control into the Deck. (You do not use "Polymerization".)

Gladiator Beast Essedarii is a 2500 ATK monster with no effect. You need to shuffle back into your Deck 2 “Gladiator Beast” monsters in order to Special Summon it, and you can use it to prevent yourself from decking out.

The monsters used to Summon “Gladiator Beast” Fusion Monsters do not have to be face-up, so, even if your opponent flips your Bestiari face-down with Canadia, you can still use it for Gyzarus, Essedarii, or Nerokius.

Skills Suggestion

  • My Monster Cards: This Skill will increase your chances of opening with Test Tiger and reduce the chances of finding Augustus in your hand. “Gladiator Beast” decks love to have a lot of backrow available to disrupt the opponent’s plays, and that’s the main drawback of running My Monster Cards: your hand is going to consist primarily of monsters.
[Skill] descriptionUser
Balance
Your starting hand will reflect the card balance of your deck. This Skill will not activate unless you have at least 6 of each type of card (Monster, Spell, and Trap) in your Deck.
Zane Truesdale
Zane Truesdale
Endless Trap Hell
Can be used when you have 3 trap cards in the Graveyard. 1 random Trap Card in your Graveyard is added to your hand. Then, shuffle 1 random Trap Card in your Graveyard into your Deck. This skill can only be used once per Duel.
Odion
Odion
My Monster Cards
If your Deck contains 6 or more Level 4 or below Monster Cards with different names, you will have improved chances of having a Level 4 Monster Card in your starting hand.
Yugi Muto
Yugi Muto

Weaknesses

  • Treacherous Trap Hole can be used to prevent you from Summoning Gyzarus or from making any sort of ambitious play.

  • Gladiators don’t usually care about Canadia or Floodgate Trap Hole, but flipping your only “Gladiator Beast” monster face-down can prevent you from Summoning Test Tiger.

  • Most “Gladiator Beast” monsters have low stats and rely primarily on their effects to impact the board, but these effects can easily be negated by a number of cards.

  • Chariot only deals with Monster Effects; you’re still gonna have to deal with cards like Drowning Mirror Force.

Other Cards Option

Test Tiger
Test Tiger
EARTH Beast ★3
ATK 600 / DEF 300
Gladiator's Storm [SR]
If you control a face-up "Gladiator Beast" monster, you can Special Summon this card (from your hand). You can Tribute this card to target 1 face-up "Gladiator Beast" monster you control; shuffle that target into the Deck, then Special Summon 1 "Gladiator Beast" from your Deck, and treat it as if it was Special Summoned by the effect of a "Gladiator Beast" monster.
  • Normal Summon a Level 4 or lower “Gladiator Beast” monster
  • Special Summon Test Tiger from your hand via its own effect;
  • Tribute Test Tiger to Summon Gladiator Beast Augustus from your Deck;
  • Special Summon Gladiator Beast Bestiari from your hand via Augustus' effect;
  • Special Summon Gyzarus.
  • Normal Summon a Level 4 or lower “Gladiator Beast” monster;
  • Special Summon Test Tiger;
  • Tribute Test Tiger to Summon Gladiator Beast Augustus from your Deck;
  • Special Summon Gladiator Beast Darius from your hand;
  • Special Summon a “Gladiator Beast” monster from your Graveyard via Darius’s effect;
  • Special Summon Gladiator Beast Andabata;
  • Use Andabata’s effect to Special Summon Gyzarus.
Mirror Wall
Mirror Wall
Continuous Trap
Neo-Impact [UR]
Each of your opponent's monsters that conducted an attack while this card was face-up on the field has its ATK halved as long as this card remains on the field. During each of your Standby Phases, pay 2000 LP or destroy this card.
Fusion Reserve
Fusion Reserve
Normal Trap
Valiant Souls [SR]
Reveal 1 Fusion Monster in your Extra Deck, add 1 of the Fusion Materials listed on that card from your Deck to your hand, then you can add 1 "Polymerization" from your Graveyard to your hand.
Wall of Disruption
Wall of Disruption
Normal Trap
Servants of Kings [SR]
When an opponent's monster declares an attack: All Attack Position monsters your opponent controls lose 800 ATK for each monster they control.

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Candend 24days ago
Heraklinos and Domitianus played together. Yeah with only 3 monster zones, it's impossible to bring 2 of them. You choose 1. Heraklinos can easily get rid of pesky s/t like e-con, floodgate th, canadia, karma cut, treacherous th and many more while Domitianus can easy negate annoying monster like aleister, magician's rod, brd, vdm, michael, lumina, cosmo brain. It might be possible with andabata but it needs augustus.
Anonymous
Yep this deck is the cyber dragon last kc, not many people use it, counter the t1 deck (maybe except invoker) and probably gonna top the kc too
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
This deck is powercrept beyond reasoning, can't do anything once your normal summon dies.
Anonymous
It would be great if we get Tamer Editor and Gladiator beast united
Yoong Kwong
This deck is not bad but i will do some tweaking on it. I beat so many tier deck unless i have bad draw from beginning until the end lol
Anonymous
Any good cheap tech cards that would be easy to put into a F2P version? Currently deck:

2 Vesp
2 Best
1 Darius, Equeste, Murmillo, Test Tiger
3 GB Charge
1 War Chariot, Dai
2 Rejection, Clash

Need some cheaper options to Cosmic Cyclone/Floodgate replacements. Was thinking possibly Bad Aim/Providence from Dragunity structure deck?
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Forgot to mention I also run Andal at 1x too.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Anti-magic arrows you can get from sr ticket. Only prevents them from using spell/traps during battle phase though
Anonymous
pretty 🔥ous if this deck got 1st turn. just realized most of the deck rn had advantage if they got 1st turn
Anonymous
We need Gladiator Beast United, then this deck will be strong again.

https://yugioh.fandom.com/wiki/Gladiator_Beast_United
Anonymous
The combination of deck and new box make glad beasts pretty strong. So much card destruction and new ur makes up for glad beasts naturally low attack
Anonymous
This is the deck I use. It's definitely inferior, but I like it.

I would consider removing the field Spell and Respite in favour of more stun cards. But I don't have any Fiendish Chains that I'd put in.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
You're probably better off adding more defensive cards like impenetrable attack mirror wall or more wod, over the ones that prevent combat so I it triggers glad beast effects
Sliferslacker
Is this deck just booty nowadays? Or do my opponents who use this deck just all happen to suck?
<< Anonymous(Sliferslacker)
Anonymous Reply
It looks like this deck jumping through hoops to do what other top decks can without jumping through hoops.
<< Anonymous(Sliferslacker)
Anonymous Reply
It relies on defensive traps and in a world with cosmic cyclone this deck won't be that great
not KoG
I only bought 2 decks and it works very well
Anonymous
Deck is trash sadly

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