Monarch: deck recipe [Mar 2020 Updated]

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

Example Deck

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
Spell Specialist
If your Deck contains 5 or more Spell Cards with different names, you will have improved chances of having a Spell Card in your starting hand.
Yami Yugi
Yami Yugi

How to Use

Cosmic Cyclone

Cosmic Cyclone allows you to get rid of the opponent’s back row.

Decks that are heavy in back row may give you some trouble: Floodgate Trap Hole and Paleozoic Canadia could put the Monarch you’ve just summoned in face-down Defense Position, making it an easy target for an attack, so preemptively getting rid of them would be ideal.

You can chain Cosmic Cyclone to Treacherous Trap Hole and target it in order to be able to utilize a second one since the Trap Card would end up banished as opposed to in the Graveyard.

Use Mithra and Dynatherium as Tribute Material

Both Mithra and Dynaterium can be Special Summoned from your hand and then used to Tribute Summon a Monarch: Mithra Special Summons a Token on the opponent’s side of the field when she is Special Summoned by her effect, but she also allows you to Tribute Summon a monster during your Main Phase this turn, in addition to your Normal Summon/Set;

Dynaterium allows your opponent to Special Summon a monster from either player’s Graveyard, but it has to be Level 4 and at the beginning of the duel there will likely be nothing to Special Summon.

If your Monarch is locked by a Floodgate Trap Hole/Paleozoic Canadia, thanks to Mithra you can Tribute Summon another one by tributing it.

Thestalos the Firestorm Monarch

When Tribute Summoned, Thestalos forces your opponent to discard a random card from their hand and then, if it was a monster, your opponent also takes damage equal to that card’s Level x100.

Cards in hand are usually pretty limited: Thestalos might force a Fur Hire player with a Wiz, Sage Fur Hire to discard a Fur Hire card they could have used to negate one of your cards or just get rid of a monster that your opponent was going to Special Summon during the Battle Phase in case of an Amazoness matchup.

The damage caused by the effect is not particularly relevant, but it’s a nice addition that could even finish off your opponent.

Zaborg the Thunder Monarch

Monarchs are pretty limited offensively when it comes to raw stats, having exactly 100 ATK less than Dyna, Hero Fur Hire, a monster that you will have to face a lot, so Zaborg with its Monster removal effect is pretty much necessary to play the deck competitively.

Zaborg can destroy a monster your opponent controls, regardless of the its position, which is great when you're facing Amazoness and you have destroy Amazoness Queen or just to get rid of a Wiz, Sage Fur Hire in Defense Position.

Granmarg the Rock Monarch

Granmarg can destroy a set card on the field: ideally this would be a Spell or Trap Card that your opponent controls.
Remember that this effect is mandatory, so wait until you summon him before setting a card, if your opponent has no set cards on his of the field.

Forbidden Chalice

Forbidden Chalice can prevent a Fur Hire monster from activating its effect, it can prevent an Amazoness Princess from searching an Amazoness Onslaught, it works well against Vampires too and it can be used offensively to overcome one of the limitations of these 2400 beaters.

Enemy Controller

Enemy Controller offers an alternative way of dealing with bigger monsters: you can Tribute Mithra the Thunder Vassal or Dynatherium to take control of them and then decide to Tribute Summon a Monarch to get rid of that monster completely or just put it into Defense Position to avoid an Attack.

Treacherous Trap Hole

Treacherous is a great card that can generate so much advantage by destroying two monsters on the field, it can be used to get rid of a Masked HERO Anki, a Dyna, Hero Fur Hire, an Amazoness Queen or anything your Monarchs can't get over.

Additional Notes

  • The deck is really powerful when it goes off, but you do run the risk of bricking by having so many high Level monsters.
  • Going second is usually better with this deck: going first against a Fur Hire deck is really not favourable.
  • Zaborg and Mithra are extremely important: you can the deck without them, but it will be far less consistent.
  • Cyberstyle is great, but it should be sort of your last resort since it can only be used once per turn: wasting the Skill to gain little to no advantage is obviously not advised.
  • The Token Mithra summons is actually great against Fur Hire: while it can be used as tribute for a Dyna, it may fill up the last monster zone preventing monsters from being Special Summoned and thus effects from being activated.
  • Amazoness are usually the most troublesome, especially the Endless Trap Hell variant, with their heavy focus on backrow, Amazoness Queen with the battle protection and Swords Woman with her ability to crush freely into your 2400 ATK monsters.

Other Useful Cards

Angmarl the Fiendish Monarch
Angmarl the Fiendish Monarch
Angmarl can add a Spell Card from your deck to your hand by banishing another copy of that Spell from your Graveyard.
Treeborn Frog
Treeborn Frog
Treeborn Frog has synergy with Enemy Controller: you can chain the Quick-Play Spell to its effect during the Standby Phase to take control of one of your opponent’s monsters and then get it back again.
Sphere Kuriboh
Sphere Kuriboh
Sphere Kuriboh and the regular Kuriboh work pretty well in a Cyberstyle deck: they offer protection and they allow you to generally take how much damage you want for Cyberstyle.
Soul Exchange
Soul Exchange
Being able to Tribute Summon one of your Monarchs using an opponent's monster is great, but it forces you to skip the Battle Phase and a Wiz could mess up this card quite easily.
Hey, Trunade!
Hey, Trunade!
Quick backrow “removal” before you summon Zaborg or Thestalos
Paleozoic Canadia
Paleozoic Canadia
Usual way of dealing with Fur Hires or slowing down almost any kind of deck.


lab builder or heavy starter?
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
Cyberstyle is dead.
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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