Karakuri: Deck recipe

Duel Links Karakuri deck, Karakuri in the meta, how to use Karakuri cards.
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An archetype that hasn’t received much attention since its release (and for good reason) are the Karakuri cards. The reason this archetype hasn’t had any success in Duel Links, and in fact might never be good in Duel Links is because currently we don’t have any Synchro monsters AND there is no Main Phase 2 in Duel Links. In the TCG/OCG you could attack with your Karakuri monsters, and then when they switch to defense you could use them to synchro summon during your Main Phase 2, that way you could prevent them from being easily killed because of their weak defense.

Example Deck

Karakuri Ninja mdl 339 "Sazank"Karakuri Ninja mdl 339 "Sazank"Karakuri Ninja mdl 339 "Sazank"Karakuri Muso mdl 818 "Haipa"Karakuri Muso mdl 818 "Haipa"Karakuri Muso mdl 818 "Haipa"
Karakuri Bushi mdl 6318 "Muzanichiha"Karakuri Bushi mdl 6318 "Muzanichiha"Karakuri Bushi mdl 6318 "Muzanichiha"Cosmic CycloneCosmic CycloneForbidden Chalice
Forbidden ChaliceForbidden ChaliceKarakuri Showdown CastleSpikeshield with ChainSpikeshield with ChainSpikeshield with Chain
Wall of DisruptionWall of Disruption----

Set skill

[Skill] descriptionUser
Firm as the EARTH
Can be used after your Life Points are at 3000 or below. Play the Field Spell "Gaia Power." If there already is Field Spell on your side of the Field, rerturn it to your hand. This skill can only be used once per Duel.
Bastion Misawa
Bastion Misawa

How to Use

The choices for Karakuri cards are very limited, there really are only 3 usable Karakuri monsters, and beside the field spell, most other Karakuri spells can be replaced by generic spells/traps that do a better job. For now the only way to play with Karakuris is by using them mostly like beatsticks. The Firm as the EARTH skill will increase the attack of all of your monsters because they are all earth and you can easily activate your skill with the addition of Cosmic Cyclone. Cosmic Cyclone will also make it safer for your monsters to attack, and since you are obligated to attack every turn this can be very helpful.

Karakuri Ninja mdl 339 “Sazank”, Karakuri Muso mdl 818 “Haipa” & Karakuri Bushi mdl 6318 “Muzanichiha”

In total there are 4 Karakuri monsters in Duel Links (not counting the spider) , however because Karakuri Ninja mdl 7749 “Nanashick” is a 5 star monster with a very mediocre effect and attack, you never want to use this card.

All Karakuri share the same two effects, which we’ll call the Karakuri effect. They have to attack each turn if able, the only way to prevent this is for example by putting them in defense, that way they aren’t able to attack. The second effect is that when your opponent targets a Karakuri monster for an attack, that Karakuri monster will switch to defense.

Sazank is a great monster to have in your opening hand when going first. You’ll want to set him face-down and when your opponent attacks into it you can target one monster and send it to the graveyard. If your opponent doesn’t attack into him (for example if they played Geargias and used Ties of The Brethren) then you can flip him over on your turn, send a monster to the graveyard and use his effect to attack your opponent directly.
Two important things to note about this card; this card does not destroy, but rather just send to the graveyard, meaning Cyber Angels cannot protect themselves by banishing a ritual spell, and even though the card says “select” , this card was made before Problem-Solving Card Text (PSCT) was introduced, so this effect will not work against an opponent’s Hazy monster (it does in fact “target”).

Haipa is a 4 star monster with 2100 attack, which is actually impressive, however after he attacks he will switch to defense, so in almost every situation, at the end of your turn this monster will be in defense position (either because you placed him like that or he attacked this turn).

Muzanichiha has the second highest attack with 1800, however each time a Karakuri monster is destroyed, he will gain 400 attack, so after one Karakuri is destroyed he already has a higher attack than Haipa.

Spikeshield With Chain

So since all your monsters go into defense position when being attacked (Haipa also goes in defense after having attacked) and all your monsters having low defense, the best way to protect your monsters is by using Spikeshield With Chain.

Spikeshield With Chain will add 500 atk to your monster, and during damage calculation your monster will gain defense equal to its attack.

You might also wonder why you would want to use Firm as earth because the field spell “Gaia Power” will add 500 atk and remove 400 defense, well with Spikeshield with chain the defense reduction is actually negated (you actually gain 100 defense).

  • To give you a quick overview we will list you the attack/defense that each monster would have with Spikeshield with Chain, and to know their defense with Spikeshield with Chain + Gaia Power you just have to add a 100 more defense (and obviously 500 to their attack).
Sazank: 1700 ATK/2900 DEF, Haipa 2600 ATK/3700 DEF, Muzanichiha 2300 ATK/2900 DEF

As you can see their defense can go very high, high enough to even defend against the strongest monsters like Cyber Angel Dakini, Saffira Queen of Dragons, Sylvan Hermitree. You could also deal a lot of battle damage to your opponent or even finish them of if they attack into one of your monsters with a 4 star monster with average attack. With two Spikeshield with Chains you could possibly even OTK your opponent.

Forbidden Chalice

Forbidden Chalice is a great card overall right now in the meta because of all the Cyber Angels, Geargias and Sylvans running wild on the ladder, but you can also use Forbidden Chalice on your own monsters either for the attack boost or to negate your own monster’s effect. For example if you use Forbidden Chalice on your own Haipa you can enjoy a 400 attack boost and your monster won’t switch to defense position at the end of the Battle Phase or if you use it when your monster is attacked it won’t change to defense position and gain 400 attack, however you will have to chain it to your monster’s effect and not wait until the damage step.

Karakuri Showdown Castle

From all the Karakuri spells currently available this field spell fits the best for the strategy of our deck. This field spell will help with the survival of your monsters because whenever you attack a face-up monster you can change its position. You can either change it from defense to attack if you think it is safe and want to get in extra damage, but more often you will change a monster from attack to defense to either be able to get over them (because most popular monsters have a lower defense than attack) and this will also protect your monsters against Mirror Wall, Wall of Disruption, ..

If this card is destroyed you can special summon a level 4 Karakuri monster from your graveyard, however keep in mind that this card can miss the timing.

Additional Notes

  • If you are wondering what the numbers in their name mean; if you multiply the first two numbers , they will equal the third(&fourth) number.
    For example 6318: 6x3=18.

Other Useful Cards

Runaway Karakuri
Runaway Karakuri
This can take your opponent by surprise because they expect your monster to change to defense when attacking but it will stay in attack AND gain a 1000 attack boost. This will also negate Haipa’s effect of changing to defense at the end of the battle phase after you attacked.
Golden Gearbox
Golden Gearbox
If you want to try a strategy that revolves around setting your monsters and making your opponent kill themselves by attacking into your Spikeshield With Chain, you could combine it with this card for an extra 1500 damage. Spikeshield with Chain + Golden Gearbox could be enough to OTK your opponent (since Golden gearbox adds both 500 attack and 1500 defense).
Super Rush Headlong
Super Rush Headlong
Great way to also defend your face-up defense position monsters.
Enemy Controller
Enemy Controller
Can be used both as protection or to surprise lethal your opponent.
Windstorm of Etaqua
Windstorm of Etaqua

Curse of Anubis
Curse of Anubis
Standard protection traps that have been good since the start of Duel Links.


Hot New Top
Yan Cruz
I'm trying to build a deck for Leo. Are these good? Or should I go with Genex?
<< Anonymous(Yan Cruz)
Anonymous Reply
Karakuris suck 🔥 atm. You'd be better off with Genex because of the better support.
I'm looking forward for their synchro support!
Why is this number 1 in popular decks?
Even the overview for it says, it hasn't had much success.
<< Anonymous
Notable Reply
I win about 9 out of every 10 ranked duels with karakuri so it’s totally doable you just need the right cards. Also drowning mirror force can help you stall.
I just hit kog with 2 copies of sazank nd haipa in my geargia deck. Ties of the brethren works on haipa, got me out of sticky stiuations.
Why no Kabuki dragon?
pulse mines + SRH = problem solved?
Pulse mines?
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Yes. I'd replace one chalice and one cyclone for two pulse mines.
gamushara could also work
Other than haipa, Konami released the worst cards in the whole archetype. so other than the synchros i hope the next box will have some decent support for this type
I tried it for all of you so none of you have to, they don’t work with Ninjutsu Art cards. Thought it would be cool to play them similar to Masked Hero decks, but no dice.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
sazank and nanaschick are ninja card, but you cant special summon nanaschick through transformation tho since its not beast, winged beast or insect, and sazank cant transform to black dragon ninja since 3+3 only 6
On a different note,congrats to this site.Guides used to be terribble,but nowadays the write-up has gotten better
Intrigue Shield. Aweosme
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
nvm i'm stupid, it said attack positionm

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