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Monarch: deck recipe [August 2020]

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Overview

“Monarch” monsters are Level 5 or higher monsters with various effects that usually activate upon being Tribute Summoned.

Required Card Boxes

Aerial Assault Judgement Force Infernity Destruction

Example Deck

Simorgh of Darkness Version

Simorgh of DarknessSimorgh of DarknessPlaguespreader ZombiePlaguespreader ZombieGlow-Up BulbErebus the Underworld Monarch
Erebus the Underworld MonarchRaiden, Hand of the LightswornRaiden, Hand of the LightswornRaiden, Hand of the LightswornLumina, Lightsworn SummonerLumina, Lightsworn Summoner
Lumina, Lightsworn SummonerCharge of the Light BrigadeCharge of the Light BrigadeCharge of the Light BrigadeSolar RechargeSolar Recharge
Solar RechargeThe First MonarchThe First MonarchThe First MonarchThe Prime MonarchThe Prime Monarch
The Prime Monarch-----
Vermillion Dragon MechBlack Rose DragonMichael, the Arch-LightswornBrionac, Dragon of the Ice BarrierFortune Lady EveryPSY-Framelord Zeta
[Skill] descriptionUser
Destiny Draw
Can be used when your Life Points decrease by 2000. In the Draw Phase, instead of conducting your normal draw, draw a card of your choice. This Skill can only be used one per Duel.
Yami Yugi
Yami Yugi

Lightsworn Version

Plaguespreader ZombiePlaguespreader ZombieMobius the Frost MonarchZaborg the Thunder MonarchErebus the Underworld MonarchErebus the Underworld Monarch
Erebus the Underworld MonarchRaiden, Hand of the LightswornRaiden, Hand of the LightswornRaiden, Hand of the LightswornKiteroidKiteroid
Lumina, Lightsworn SummonerLumina, Lightsworn SummonerLumina, Lightsworn SummonerBacon SaverCharge of the Light BrigadeCharge of the Light Brigade
Charge of the Light BrigadeSolar RechargeSolar RechargeSolar RechargeFrost Blast of the MonarchsRestoration of the Monarchs
The First MonarchThe First MonarchThe First MonarchThe Prime MonarchThe Prime MonarchThe Prime Monarch
Crystron QuariongandraxVermillion Dragon MechBlack Rose DragonMichael, the Arch-LightswornFortune Lady EverySamurai Destroyer
[Skill] descriptionUser
Baggy Sleeves
If one of your monsters of Level 7 or higher is destroyed in battle, in your next Draw Phase a normal draw gives you 2 cards. The Skill can only activate once per Duel.
Bandit Keith
Bandit Keith

How to Use

Simorgh of Darkness

Simorgh of Darkness
Simorgh of Darkness
DARK Winged Beast ★8
ATK 2900 / DEF 2000
Infernity Destruction [UR]
While face-up on the field, this card is also WIND-Attribute. You can only use each of the following effects of "Simorgh of Darkness" once per turn.
● If you Tribute Summon a DARK or WIND monster: You can Special Summon this card from the GY (if it was there when the monster was Tribute Summoned) or hand (even if not).
● When a Spell/Trap Card or effect is activated (Quick Effect): You can Tribute 1 WIND Winged Beast monster; negate the activation, and if you do, destroy that card.

Erebus the Underworld Monarch

Erebus the Underworld Monarch
Erebus the Underworld Monarch
DARK Zombie ★8
ATK 2800 / DEF 1000
Aerial Assault [SR]
You can Tribute Summon this card by Tributing 1 Tribute Summoned monster. If this card is Tribute Summoned: You can send 2 "Monarch" Spell/Trap Cards with different names from your hand and/or Deck to the Graveyard, and if you do, shuffle 1 card from your opponent's hand (at random), Graveyard, or their side of the field into the Deck. Once per turn, during either player's Main Phase, if this card is in your Graveyard: You can discard 1 "Monarch" Spell/Trap Card, then target 1 monster in your Graveyard with 2400 or more ATK and 1000 DEF; add it to your hand.

Erebus has a very powerful removal effect that does not target, does not destroy, and shuffles the opponent's card into the deck. These factors make the removal hard to counter while bypassing most floating effects. Also, returning your opponent's card to the deck prevents them from recycling it. Being able to remove a card from your opponent's hand lets Erebus reduce your opponent's resources even on the first turn, and returning a card from their graveyard to the deck lets you get rid of graveyard effects like Shiranui Spectralsword.

Erebus' graveyard effect allows you to recover Monarchs from your graveyard while also letting you put Frost Blast or The Prime Monarch in the graveyard for their graveyard effects. This graveyard recovery is what allows Erebus work well with the Lightsworn mill engine, because a milled Erebus can just recover himself or any Monarch in your graveyard.

Erebus sending 2 Monarch Spell/Trap cards from your deck to the graveyard upon summoning helps thin your deck and ready graveyard effects like Frost Blast and The Prime Monarch.

Lightsworn Engine

Raiden, Hand of the Lightsworn
Raiden, Hand of the Lightsworn
LIGHT Warrior ★4
ATK 1700 / DEF 1000
Judgement Force [SR]
During your Main Phase: You can send the top 2 cards of your Deck to the Graveyard, then if any "Lightsworn" monsters were sent to the Graveyard by this effect, this card gains 200 ATK until the end of your opponent's turn. You can only use this effect of "Raiden, Hand of the Lightsworn" once per turn. Once per turn, during your End Phase: Send the top 2 cards of your Deck to the Graveyard.

If there's one thing Lightsworns are known for it's milling. Raiden is unique among Lightsworn monsters because of his ability to mill during the Main Phase. This is quicker than other Lightsworns that only mill during the End Phase, letting you get your graveyard effects ready sooner. Plaguespreader Zombie, Frost Blast, and Prime Monarch are examples of graveyard effects you can make use of during your Main Phase.

Lumina, Lightsworn Summoner
Lumina, Lightsworn Summoner
LIGHT Spellcaster ★3
ATK 1000 / DEF 1000
Judgement Force [R]
Once per turn: You can discard 1 card, then target 1 Level 4 or lower "Lightsworn" monster in your Graveyard; Special Summon that target. During each of your End Phases: Send the top 3 cards of your Deck to the Graveyard.

Lumina has the standard Lightsworn effect of milling your deck during the End Phase to help with graveyard setup. You can use her to revive a Raiden in your graveyard and use both monsters to make an easy level-7 Synchro. The discard cost for her effect lets you load monsters that can get stuck in your hand, like Bacon Saver, into the graveyard.

With enough graveyard setup you can combo Lumina into making Crystron Quariongandrax.

  1. Summon Lumina and use her effect to revive Raiden.
  2. If Plaguespreader Zombie is in the graveyard revive it with its own effect; If Plaguespreader Zombie is not yet in your graveyard, use Raiden's milling to hopefully get it there.
  3. With Lumina, Raiden, and Plaguespreader Zombie make Quariongandrax. With Quariongandrax' mass banishing, you're almost certainly be in a winning position. Even if not, Quariongandrax' floating effect can let you revive one of the monster you banished.
Charge of the Light Brigade
Charge of the Light Brigade
Normal Spell
Judgement Force [SR]
Send the top 3 cards of your Deck to the Graveyard; add 1 Level 4 or lower "Lightsworn" monster from your Deck to your hand.
Solar Recharge
Solar Recharge
Normal Spell
Judgement Force [R]
Discard 1 "Lightsworn" monster; draw 2 cards, then send the top 2 cards of your Deck to the Graveyard.

Charge of the Light Brigade and Solar Recharge are both used to cycle your resources and mill your deck. Using these cards provide a quicker mill engine than just relying on Lightsworn monsters to mill during the End Phase. Like Lumina's effect cost, Solar Recharge can get a card stuck in your hand into the graveyard where it can activate its effect. Lastly, these cards do not have any restrictions on how many times they can be used per turn, so drawing multiples can be quite advantageous.

With Charge of the Light Brigade, you want to search Raiden early game for graveyard setup. If you already have enough graveyard setup and Raiden in your graveyard, you would want a copy of Lumina to ready your Synchro play.

Graveyard Effects

Plaguespreader Zombie
Plaguespreader Zombie
DARK Zombie ★2
ATK 400 / DEF 200
Curse of Dread [UR]
If this card is in your Graveyard: You can place 1 card from your hand on the top of the Deck; Special Summon this card, but banish it when it leaves the field.

Plaguespreader Zombie can be used for many purposes in this deck, and its low cost revival effect contributes to its versatility. Plaguespreader Zombie will usually be put in your graveyard with the Lightsworn mill engine, where you are free to revive it anytime. Revive Plaguespreader Zombie as a synchro material to make Quariongandrax when combined with Lumina and Raiden, make any level-7 Synchro when paired with Zaborg, or make Vermillion Mech Dragon when synchro climbing with a level-7 Synchro. Plaguespreader Zombie's easy self revival also makes it good as tribute fodder for Tribute Summoning Monarchs.

Since Plaguespreader Zombie can be used much more efficiently when in the graveyard, you usually don't want to keep him in your hand. Therefore it is best to use him as discard cost and load him into your graveyard.

Glow-Up Bulb
Glow-Up Bulb
EARTH Plant ★1
ATK 100 / DEF 100
Judgement Force [UR]
If this card is in the Graveyard: You can send the top card of your Deck to the Graveyard, and if you do, Special Summon this card. You can only use this effect of "Glow-Up Bulb" once per Duel.
Kiteroid
Kiteroid
WIND Machine ★1
ATK 200 / DEF 400
Card Trader [SR]
Activate when you discard this card from your hand during damage calculation after a direct attack. Any Battle Damage you would receive from that direct attack becomes 0. Only once, if you remove this card from the game when it is in your Graveyard, any Battle Damage you would receive from a direct attack becomes 0.
Bacon Saver
Bacon Saver
DARK Zombie ★2
ATK 700 / DEF 600
Generation Next [R]
During either player's Battle Step, while an attack is occurring: You can banish this card from your Graveyard; negate the attack. You can only use the effect of "Bacon Saver" once per Duel.

Kiteroid and Bacon Saver are mostly used to stop OTKs. Kiteroid can be used from your hand and graveyard, making him not as bricky as drawing Bacon Saver. A single Kiteroid can let you stop up to 2 lethal attacks, letting you live through most enemy boards. Bacon Saver can only be used from your graveyard but aside from stopping direct attacks can also stop your opponent from attacking your monsters.
Both these monsters have graveyard effects so milling them with Lightsworns is a good way to prepare them.

Monarchs

Zaborg the Thunder Monarch
Zaborg the Thunder Monarch
LIGHT Thunder ★5
ATK 2400 / DEF 1000
Empire of Scarlet [SR]
If this card is Tribute Summoned: Target 1 monster on the field; destroy that target.
Mobius the Frost Monarch
Mobius the Frost Monarch
WATER Aqua ★6
ATK 2400 / DEF 1000
Warriors Unite [UR]
When this card is Tribute Summoned: You can target up to 2 Spell/Trap Cards on the field; destroy those targets.

Simple yet effective, Tribute Summon Monarchs to activate their removal effects and get a good beater onboard. The problem is getting tribute fodder on the field can be slow and costly. For this, Monarch support such as The First Monarch and The Prime Monarch have effects that put them on the field as monsters you can use for your Monarch's tribute summon.

Monarch Spells and Traps

Frost Blast of the Monarchs
Frost Blast of the Monarchs
Normal Spell
Crusaders Battleground [N]
If you control a monster with 2400 or more ATK and 1000 DEF: Target 1 Set card on the field; destroy it. You can banish this card and 1 "Monarch" Spell/Trap Card from your Graveyard, then target 1 Set card on the field; destroy it.

Frost Blast is a costless removal effect you can use when you control a Monarch. Destroying a set card will usually mean getting rid of an opponent's set Spell/Trap, specifically battle traps and backrow that cannot be chained to Frost Blast's activation. But can sometimes let you destroy a set monster when your opponent is on the defensive, letting you push more damage.

Having your monster already on the field before using your backrow removal, leaves the monster susceptible to cards like Raigeki Break and Karma Cut. This is why Frost Blast's graveyard effect is arguably better than its first effect, and why we want to mill it with the Lightsworn Engine.

The First Monarch
The First Monarch
Continuous Trap
Solemn Odion Roaming Event [SR]
Special Summon this card as an Effect Monster (Fiend-Type/DARK/Level 6/ATK 1000/DEF 2400). (This card is also still a Trap Card.) If Summoned this way: You can discard 1 card, then declare 1 Attribute; this card becomes that Attribute, and can be treated as 2 Tributes for the Tribute Summon of a monster with the same Attribute as this card. If this card was Summoned this way, you cannot Special Summon monsters, except monsters with this card's Attribute.

The First Monarch summons itself as a monster to use for your Tribute Summons. Always choose the DARK attribute because only Erebus will benefit from it being treated as 2 tributes. Aside from summoning Erebus you can disregard The First Monarch's attribute changing effect, unless you want to use it as a way to discard and ready a graveyard effect. The First Monarch does not really do anything while in the graveyard, so feel free to use it as cost for The Prime Monarch or Frost Blast.

The Prime Monarch
The Prime Monarch
Continuous Trap
Solemn Odion Roaming Event [SR]
Once per turn: You can target 2 "Monarch" Spell/Trap Cards in your Graveyard; shuffle them into the Deck, then draw 1 card. If this card is in your Graveyard: You can banish 1 other "Monarch" Spell/Trap Card from your Graveyard; Special Summon this card in Defense Position as a Normal Monster (Fairy-Type/LIGHT/Level 5/ATK 1000/DEF 2400). (This card is NOT treated as a Trap Card.) You can only use this effect of "The Prime Monarch" once per turn.

The Lightsworn mill engine works well to fuel The Prime Monarch and also get it in the graveyard. You only really need one The Prime Monarch in your graveyard at any given time, so use the rest as effect cost for a Prime Monarch's draw effect, Prime Monarch's Special Summoning, or Frost Blast.

Returning Monarch Spell/Traps to your deck can help slow down your deck out. And returning The First Monarch or Restoration of the Monarchs to the deck gives you more chances to summon your Monarchs, especially Erebus.

Other Useful Cards

Jet Synchron
Jet Synchron
FIRE Machine ★1
ATK 500 / DEF 0
Aerial Assault [UR]
If this card is sent to the Graveyard as a Synchro Material: You can add 1 "Junk" monster from your Deck to your hand. If this card is in your Graveyard: You can send 1 card from your hand to the Graveyard; Special Summon this card, but banish it when it leaves the field. You can only use 1 "Jet Synchron" effect per turn, and only once that turn.
Sphere Kuriboh
Sphere Kuriboh
DARK Fiend ★1
ATK 300 / DEF 200
The Ultimate Rising [UR]
When an opponent's monster declares an attack: You can send this card from your hand to the Graveyard; change the attacking monster to Defense Position. When you Ritual Summon a monster, you can banish this card from your Graveyard as 1 of the monsters required for the Ritual Summon.
Enemy Controller
Enemy Controller
Quick Spell
Seto Kaiba [SR]
Activate 1 of these effects.● Target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; change that target's battle position.● Tribute 1 monster, then target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; take control of that target until the End Phase.
Escalation of the Monarchs
Escalation of the Monarchs
Continuous Trap
Crusaders Battleground [SR]
Once per turn, during your opponent's Main Phase or your opponent's Battle Phase, you can: Immediately after this effect resolves, Tribute Summon 1 monster.

Comments

Anonymous 7days ago
A timeless deck, but needs eruption trap at least.
Anonymous
Not every deck needs to contain a synchro monster
Anonymous
Lightsworn engine tends to become the same problem as darklord engine was. Hope konami fix it soon. It gives insane card advantage.
Justanuser
The deck says it runs spell specialist but i just see 4 spell cards, what's wrong?
<< Anonymous(Justanuser)
WoodFrJared Reply
The Skill is baggy sleeves. Sorry I forgot to change it when updates the decklist.
Anonymous
Sadly not very viable anymore without heavy starter
Anonymous
lab builder or heavy starter?
LuckyBitLOL
Is Erebus Monarch deck worth to compete with the current meta?If it not,what unrelease card should I look for to make it become a meta changing deck?
<< Anonymous(LuckyBitLOL)
Anonymous Reply
It’s definitely not competitive yet, cards you’ll need to look out for are Esther the Heavenly Monarch and her Heavenly Squire. Heavenly Squire and Underworld Squire have awesome combos, paired with unreleased Monarch cards like the Light Monarch. Definitely a meta to look foward to
Anonymous
Cyberstyle is dead.
Anonymous
Awesome.
Anonymous
Heavy Starter is the better option. This look like you may end up with a slightly bad draw for two turns at least

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