Lightsworn: deck recipe [Mar 2020 Updated]

Duel Links Lightsworn deck, Lightsworn in the current meta, how to use.
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“Lightsworn” is an archetype of LIGHT and DARK monsters of various types that have been in Duel Links for quite a long time. After struggling to, and ultimately failing multiple times in the attempt of having an actual impact on the game, likely due to the nature of the format itself, it looks like Lightsworns are getting another chance to shine.

The “Lightsworn” archetype revolves around milling, meaning sending cards from the top of the Deck to the Graveyard. The vast majority of “Lightsworn” monsters mill a number of cards during the End Phase of their controller’s turn and/or can generally benefit from this mechanic.

Example Deck

Standard Version

Judgment DragonJudgment DragonFelis, Lightsworn ArcherFelis, Lightsworn ArcherLyla, Lightsworn SorceressLyla, Lightsworn Sorceress
Raiden, Hand of the LightswornRaiden, Hand of the LightswornRaiden, Hand of the LightswornWulf, Lightsworn BeastWulf, Lightsworn BeastWulf, Lightsworn Beast
Aurkus, Lightsworn DruidLumina, Lightsworn SummonerLumina, Lightsworn SummonerLumina, Lightsworn SummonerRyko, Lightsworn HunterRyko, Lightsworn Hunter
Ryko, Twilightsworn Fighter
KiteroidCharge of the Light BrigadeCharge of the Light BrigadeCharge of the Light BrigadeSolar Recharge
Solar RechargeTwilight Eraser----
Star EaterCrystron QuariongandraxStardust Spark DragonBlack Rose DragonMichael, the Arch-LightswornArmades, Keeper of Boundaries
[Skill] descriptionUser
Draw Sense: High Level
Can be used each time your Life Points decrease by 1000. In the Draw Phase, instead of doing a normal draw, draw a random monster of Level 5 or higher
Tyranno Hassleberry
Tyranno Hassleberry

Erebus Version

Plaguespreader ZombiePlaguespreader ZombiePlaguespreader ZombieGlow-Up BulbErebus the Underworld MonarchErebus the Underworld Monarch
Erebus the Underworld MonarchRaiden, Hand of the LightswornRaiden, Hand of the LightswornRaiden, Hand of the LightswornKiteroidKiteroid
Felis, Lightsworn ArcherFelis, Lightsworn ArcherLumina, Lightsworn SummonerLumina, Lightsworn SummonerLumina, Lightsworn SummonerAmarylease
Charge of the Light BrigadeCharge of the Light BrigadeCharge of the Light BrigadeThat Grass Looks GreenerSolar RechargeRestoration of the Monarchs
Frost Blast of the MonarchsThe Prime MonarchThe Prime MonarchThe Prime MonarchThe First MonarchEscalation of the Monarchs
Vermillion Dragon MechVermillion Dragon MechMichael, the Arch-LightswornMichael, the Arch-LightswornBlack Rose DragonPSY-Framelord Zeta
[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

Setting Up

By sending the top 3 cards of your Deck to the Graveyard, Charge of the Light Brigade allows you to add 1 Level 4 or lower “Lightsworn” monster from your Deck to your hand.
Mill 3 and search Raiden, Hand of the Lightsworn or Lumina, Lightsworn Summoner.

By discarding 1 “Lightsworn” monster, this Spell Card allows you to draw 2 cards and then send the top 2 cards of your Deck to the Graveyard. Solar Recharge is quite similar to Darklord Ixchel since it allows you to draw through your Deck without losing card advantage.

Synchro Summoning

By discarding 1 card, Lumina, Lightsworn Summoner allows you to Special Summon 1 Level 4 or lower “Lightsworn” monster from your Graveyard. You need to have at least 1 Level 4 or lower “Lightsworn” monster in your Graveyard to target in order to activate this effect. Set up the GY with Charge of the Light Brigade and Solar Recharge, and then use Lumina’s effect to Special Summon Raiden, Hand of the Lightsworn or Felis, Lightsworn Archer. You can use Lumina and Raiden or Felis (both Level 4 Tuners) to Synchro Summon Michael, the Arch-Lightsworn.

Once per turn, by paying 1000 Life Points, Michael, the Arch-Lightsworn allows you to target 1 card on the field and banish it.

When Michael is destroyed, you can target any number of other “Lightsworn” monsters in your Graveyard, shuffle them into the Deck, and if you do, you gain 300 Life Points for each card that was returned.

Use Michael to prevent yourself from running out of cards while possibly still leaving enough “Lightsworn” monsters in your Graveyard to Special Summon Judgment Dragon.

Additional Value from Milling

If Wulf, Lightsworn Beast is sent from your Deck to the Graveyard, it Special Summons itself. You can use Wulf as Synchro Material or you can take advantage of its relatively high ATK stat to apply offensive pressure.

Unlike Wulf, Felis, Lightsworn Archer Special Summons itself from the Graveyard only when it’s sent there from the Deck by a monster effect. This is not going to be that difficult, but it’s just more likely to happen during your End Phase rather than your Main Phase, which is a shame since Felis’s effect is not a Quick Effect.


If you have 4 or more "Lightsworn" monsters with different names in your Graveyard, you can Special Summon Judgment Dragon from your hand. By paying 1000 LP, this 3000 ATK monster allows you to destroy all other cards on the field.

You could technically search this absolute behemoth using Minerva, Lightsworn Maiden, but would require a lot of prior setup, and take up your Normal Summon. You are going to either draw Judgment Dragon naturally or through Solar Recharge.

You can target 1 Spell/Trap Card your opponent controls, change Lyla, Lightsworn Sorceress from face-up Attack Position to face-up Defense Position, and, if you do, destroy that Spell/Trap Card.

Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter

When Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter is flipped face-up, you can destroy 1 card on the field and then send the top 3 cards of your Deck to the GY. If there are no cards on the field you want to destroy when Ryko is flipped face-up, you can decide not to activate the first part of its effect, but the milling part is mandatory.

Ryko, Twilightsworn Fighter

If Ryko, Twilightsworn Fighter is Normal Summoned or flipped face-up, you can banish 1 "Lightsworn" monster from your hand or GY to banish 1 card on the field. Having the ability to banish any card on the field without even targeting it is obviously really good since it means you have a way of dealing with Cocytus, although I imagine Invoked is going to be less relevant going forward than it has been up to this point.

Twilight Eraser

If you control 2 or more “Lightsworn” monsters with the same Type but different names, by banishing 2 “Lightsworn” monsters from your Graveyard, this Continuous Trap allows you to target 2 cards on the field and banish them. You can use this effect of Twilight Eraser multiple times during the same turn, even though that would admittedly require a lot of resources.

If Twilight Eraser is sent from the Deck to the GY by the effect of a “Lightsworn” monster, you can Special Summon 1 “Lightsworn” monster from your hand. Unfortunately, if Twilight Eraser is milled by Charge of the Light Brigade or Solar Recharge, this effect will not activate.

Additional Notes


[Skill] descriptionUser
Draw Sense: High Level
Can be used each time your Life Points decrease by 1000. In the Draw Phase, instead of doing a normal draw, draw a random monster of Level 5 or higher
Tyranno Hassleberry
Tyranno Hassleberry

Draw Sense: High Level is the easiest way to get access to Judgment Dragon, but without Cosmic Cyclone, it’s just not as consistent. You could run the Quick-Play Spell, but further increasing the number of cards that, if milled, bring no value doesn’t sound like a good idea.

[Skill] descriptionUser
The Tie that Binds
Until the end of you turn, the ATK of all face-up monsters on your field increases by the number of monsters on your field times 100. This skill can only be used once per turn.
Jaden Yuki
Jaden Yuki

This Skill is quite easy to abuse thanks to the ability to swarm the field that cards like Wulf and Felis provide.


  • Even with the addition of Charge of the Light Brigade and Solar Recharge, Lightsworns still feel inconsistent at times. Activating one of these two Spell Cards and milling other copies them is something you will have to get used to; Show of Nightmares might end up being a fantastic Skill to run for this reason.

  • No practical way of searching Judgment Dragon (other than Draw Sense: High Level), but the Level 8 monster is fortunately not your only win con. This deck has access to a lot of removal, so, even if you end up milling both copies of Judgment Dragon, you definitely still have a shot at winning.

  • Both Raiden and Lumina have Ignition Effects, which means it’s quite easy to disrupt your plays using Paleozoic Canadia, Floodgate Trap Hole, and Treacherous Trap Hole. Going 2nd is usually terrible.


Hot New Top
Anonymous latest
Can’t help but feel this archetype works better as an engine in hybrid builds rather than as a pure build.

Kinda like Invoked, Neos etc.
Anonymous 22days ago
great archetype
<< Anonymous
Nick 11days ago Reply
What archetype?
Roid, Fortune Lady or Monarchs? xD
Anonymous 20days ago
meta thanks to JD obi wan
Anonymous 21days ago
Is it worth using a dream ticket on Lyla? I don't have any copies of her, and I'm still finishing the new box.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 21days ago Reply
Yes if you have all the staples you need.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 21days ago Reply
Lyla is ok but not needed for the deck.
easy 22days ago
I counter this deck BLINDFOLDED and with my right arm tied to my back.

Piece of cake.
Judgment Dragon
Now all we need it's me:
<< Anonymous(Judgment Dragon)
Konami Fan 31days ago Reply
now we get it thanks for suggestion
<< Anonymous(Judgment Dragon)
Anonymous 30days ago Reply
where is my dark law konami >:(
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 26days ago Reply
yea it is kinda make sense to release dark law at current meta
<< Anonymous(Judgment Dragon)
Anonymous 22days ago Reply
nice artwork.
lore 22days ago
according to the official lore, Lightsworns are actually a corrupted version of angels (Darklords) and call themselves LIGHT while being evil and degenerated.
Anonymous 30days ago
lol gamea followed my ideia about lightsworm but modificated some cards... yeah I like this deck
I just dont like eraser aurkus and Lyla but rest is ok
u can use minerva to search judgment and Minerva can be serarched by charge
<< Anonymous
ValleCula 30days ago Reply
I'm actually having second thoughts on those two cards specifically; might get rid of them.
Anonymous 22days ago
Poggers, epic deck bro
Dj Cringe 22days ago
love this deck..
Judgment Dragon
Don't forget about Celestia, and monster reincarnation is good to recycle that useless Wulf in hand
<< Anonymous(Anonymous No. 2)
ValleCula Reply
I'm guessing because your opponent can prevent you from using its effect with a Cosmic Cyclone or a Silver's Cry into Dragon Spirit of White
<< Anonymous(Anonymous No. 2)
Judgment Dragon Reply
Just read the comment from the ValleCula
<< Anonymous(Anonymous No. 2)
Anonymous Reply
Sanctuary only allows you to recycle Lightsworn stuff for Lightsworn Stuff - Lightray Diabolos in grave with enough lights and Bacon Saver in hand REincarnation becomes OP
<< Anonymous(Judgment Dragon)
Anonymous 22days ago Reply
wulf is cool
GameA fix this as Budget Version

3 Charge
3 Solar
3 Felis
3 Raiden
3 Wulf
3 Lumina
2 Kiteroid (or 2 Lily)
2 Mikael
2 Judgment, the Dragon of Heaven
1 GigantCastle
1 Samurai Destroyer
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
also u can use Blow up

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