Vampire: deck recipe

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The strategy of this deck is to swarm the field with multiple DARK Zombie-Type monsters and maintain control of it with Vampire Kingdom.

There are two types of Vampire monsters: the ones that have the ability to send cards from the opponent’s deck to the Graveyard and the ones that use Life Points as a resource to gain advantage.

The archetype is still lacking a few important cards, but, thanks to the fact that all Vampire monsters are Zombie-Type, the deck can use cards like Gozuki and Samurai Skull to increase its consistency.

Example Deck

Bandit Version

GozukiGozukiGozukiSphere KuribohSphere KuribohVampire Retainer
Vampire RetainerVampire FamiliarVampire FamiliarVampire GraceVampire GraceSamurai Skull
Samurai SkullVampire VampVampire KingdomVampire KingdomCosmic CycloneCosmic Cyclone
Vampire's DomainVampire Takeover--------
[Skill] descriptionUser
Bandit (Skill)
Can be used if your Life Points are at 1500 or below. Select and take control of 1 card Set in your opponent's Spell & Trap Zone. This skill can only be used once per Duel.
Bandit Keith
Bandit Keith

Sealed Tomb Version

GozukiGozukiVampire RetainerVampire RetainerVampire FamiliarVampire Familiar
Vampire GraceVampire GraceSamurai SkullSamurai SkullVampire VampVampire Kingdom
Vampire KingdomCosmic CycloneCosmic CycloneVampire's DomainVampire's DesireMirror Wall
Mirror WallVampire Takeover--------
[Skill] descriptionUser
Sealed Tombs
Until the end of the opponent's next turn, neither player can banish cards from the Graveyard or Special Summon monsters from the Graveyard. This skill can only be used once per Duel.
Ishizu Ishtar
Ishizu Ishtar

Beatdown Version

Vampire Scarlet ScourgeVampire VampGozukiGozukiVampire RetainerVampire Retainer
Vampire FamiliarVampire FamiliarVampire GraceVampire GraceSamurai SkullSamurai Skull
Vampire KingdomVampire KingdomVampire's DomainGalaxy CycloneVampire's DesireVampire Takeover
Simultaneous LossSimultaneous Loss--------
[Skill] descriptionUser
This turn, the ATK of all face-up monsters on your field increases by the number of monsters of Level 5 or higher on your field times 300. This skill can only be used once per turn
Seto Kaiba
Seto Kaiba

How to Use

Gozuki & Samurai Skull

Running both Gozuki and Samurai Skull may seem redundant, but it’s necessary: it’s the easiest way to get Vampire Retainer and Vampire Familiar into the Graveyard.

The best way to start the duel is to send either Vampire Retainer or Vampire Familiar to the Graveyard with one of these two.

Gozuki’s secondary effect will not come into play that often since you’d have to banish one of your two searchers from the Graveyard in order to activate it and Special Summon a monster from your hand, but, if Samurai Skull is destroyed by your opponent’s card effect, you will get Special Summon a Level 4 or lower Zombie-Type monster from your deck, trigger Vampire Retainer or Vampire Familiar’s effect.

Vampire Retainer & Vampire Familiar

These two cards allow you to add from your deck to your hand a Vampire Spell/Trap and a Vampire monster respectively when they are Special Summoned at the cost of 500 LP. Retainer and Familiar can be Special Summoned from the Graveyard by their own effects by discarding a Vampire card from your hand or sending a Vampire card from the field to the Graveyard.

Unfortunately neither Gozuki nor Samurai Skull can be used to activate their effects and Special Summon them from the Graveyard since they are not part of the archetype, but you can use any Vampire card. You can activate Vampire's Domain’s effect and then send it to the Graveyard to Special Summon either of these monsters: you will still get the additional Normal Summon/Set of the effect from Continuous Spell.

Retainer and Familiar are incredibly important, they give you access to cards like Vampire Scarlet Scourge or Vampire Kingdom whenever you need them: you don’t necessarily need to run three copies of both thanks to Gozuki and Samurai Skull, but, due to the cost of their Special Summoning effect, having other Vampire cards in the deck doesn’t hurt.

After Special Summoning these cards you can tribute them to get Vampire Scarlet Scourge or Vampire Grace on the field.

Vampire Grace & Vampire Kingdom

Vampire Grace is an incredibly good monster because her “bleed” effect has no requirement: you can just send a card from the opponent’s deck to the Graveyard once per turn. Vampire Lord and Vampire Lady have to inflict battle damage to the opponent, so they should be avoided, but Vampire Grace should definitely be run at one copy: you can search her from the deck with Vampire Familiar, Special Summon her from the deck with Vampire Takeover or from the Graveyard with Vampire Scarlet Scourge.

Why is the “bleed” effect important? It’s certainly not because you are trying to deck out your opponent: it’s because of Vampire Kingdom.

Vampire Kingdom is the Vampire Field Spell, it can be searched by Vampire Retainer or just activated from the deck with Takeover; it gives your Zombie-Type monsters a 500 ATK boost during damage calculation and, when a card is sent from the opponent’s deck to the Graveyard, you can target a card your opponent controls and destroy it. This is the card that allows you to keep control of the field and Vampire Grace is the easiest way to activate its effect.

Vampire's Domain

While this card may look like another Continuous Spell that’s already in the game, Call of the Mummy, there are a few reasons why this one is a better choice in this deck: it can be searched by Retainer, it doesn’t require you to have an empty field to activate its effect, it can be used as activation cost for either Vampire Retainer or Vampire Familiar after its effect is activated and it allows you to gain back some Life Points, which are a very important resource in this deck.

Vampire Takeover

This card was notably better in the TCG: in a 20-30 cards format, there’s a higher chance that you will draw into your Field Spell either before or together with this card.

Vampire Takeover allows you to activate Vampire Kingdom for deck and only from there, which means that, if you draw Vampire Kingdom, Takeover becomes a dead card.

In addition to getting the Field Spell out, Takeover also Special Summons a Vampire monster from your Graveyard in Defense Position.

The only problem this card has, other than becoming a dead card after you draw your Field Spell, is that it’s a Trap Card.

Additional Notes

  • Keep in mind that you can’t use Retainer or Familiar on the field as activation cost for Vampire Retainer or Vampire Familiar if they have been Special Summoned by their own effect because they can’t be sent to the Graveyard.
  • If you think your opponent has a Treacherous Trap Hole face-down, call “Trap Card” with the “bleed” effect, you’ll nullify it.
  • You should not call “Monster Card” against Amazoness (Amazoness Baby Tiger), Masked HERO (Destiny HERO - Celestial).
  • The matchup against Amazoness is rough: if Retainer or Familiar are banished, you can’t get the search effect; a Holy Guard Amazoness deck can just attack into your monsters and banish them freely; Amazoness Queen is problematic without Vampire Kingdom or Treacherous.
  • Going first against Fur Hire is another problem: you’ll have to survive a turn in order to make your plays.
  • Backrow heavy decks are difficult to deal with: packing some more removal or even a Jinzo can be a good idea as it shuts down Amazoness completely.

Other Useful Cards

Vampire Vamp
Vampire Vamp
Vampire Vamp is arguably one of the best Vampire monsters: her effect allows her to equip a monster on the opponent’s side of the field with ATK higher than her own to her; this means that she can get rid of whatever she can’t get over.

This effect triggers she or another Vampire monster is Normal Summoned and it can be triggered multiple times. Vamp’s ATK becomes her own ATK + the sum of the original ATK of the monsters she’s equipped to and then, if she’s sent to the GY while equipped with a card(s), she is Special Summoned back by her effect.

Problems this card has are: her effect triggers on Normal Summon; she is Level 7.

You can try out this card and, when you manage to activate her effect, she can become very powerful, but she was left out of the decklist because of her flaws.
Vampire Lord
Vampire Lord
After Beatdown! and with Vampire Kingdom on the field, Vampire Lord can reach enough ATK (2800) to deal damage to the opponent, so his “bleed” effect will likely activate consistently.

There are better Vampire monsters and Vampire Lord’s revival effect is not that impressive since it triggers only when he’s destroyed by card effect, which leaves him weak against destruction by battle and banishing.
Vampire's Curse
Vampire's Curse
Similar revival effect to Vampire Lord, but it only triggers when he’s destroyed by battle.
Vampire’s Curse really adds nothing to the deck, but, if you lack cards, you can add him to your decklist.
Vampire Grimson
Vampire Grimson
Grimson is not a bad card, his effect allows you to protect your monsters (not limited to Vampire or Zombie-Type monsters) from destruction and he also offers the same effect that Vampire Scarlet Scourge has, but the cost for the protection is way too high and the monsters can still be banished by an Amazoness Onslaught or a Spellbook of Fate.
Forbidden Chalice
Forbidden Chalice
Effect negation without destruction is great against Fur Hire, which is one of the decks you’ll struggle the most against right after Amazoness.
Paleozoic Canadia
Paleozoic Canadia

Floodgate Trap Hole
Floodgate Trap Hole
Two other great cards for protection and stalling, they can slow down your opponent while you draw into the cards that you need.


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Anonymous 14days ago
This should be removed from the tier list, I haven't seen anyone playing it anymore.

<< Anonymous
yuya 14days ago Reply
There are vampires players out there even if there small in numbers.
<< Anonymous(yuya)
Anonymous 14days ago Reply
There are KOG worthy tier for good decks small in numbers
Can I just say that semi limiting skull did little to nothing in this deck, all you need is another Gozoki or 2 and it will be as strong as ever, since many vampire decks don’t need to run Econ or hey trunade. All they did was make vampires a little more expensive
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Bigger change? Nerf everything and make both blue eyes & dark magician tier 1.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 22days ago Reply
That's wrong, skull is better than gozuki in the sense that canadia, a big problem for this deck as a whole, can stop gozuki but not skull.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 18days ago Reply
limiting skull is nothing, i can still find some vamps in legend rank they are capable of challenging tier 1 decks
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 16days ago Reply
You can make it to legend with a lot of bad decks, and no they can't really challenge tier 1 decks, except maybe geartown if they're lucky. I would know, I run vampires in legend.
Anonymous 23days ago
Deck compartilhado! #DuelLinks
You must be a real idiot if you keep making issues and whining about samurai skull. This deck is almost a year old.
ALMOST A YEAR, holy cow and some of you even keep talking about limits of 2018 wow, what's wrong with this place? only idiots comment or something.
<< Anonymous
JJ Reply
there are people who are just 'dumb' enough to write those complains. Just let them be
hy guys new at this game should i spend my gems on this deck or is it too late due to all this banlist and stuff
<< Anonymous(noobi)
Anonymous Reply
It is always better to spend money on newest boxes

If you can afford it just buy Ancient gears EX deck three times it's almost as opressive as Koaki and will not be limited soon because the deck is still new
<< Anonymous(noobi)
anonymous Reply
what about masked heroes guys ,again chance for our heroes to become fav?
<< Anonymous(noobi)
Anonymous Reply
Vampire doesn't need ECon. I never put ECon/Trunade into it.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Yeah, just put 3 Canadia to replace Econ.
Mezuki please!
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
probably they will give you pyramid turtle
When will the first pre/post banlist goblin zombie builds appear???
Dear god, I just started playing this deck with Kiaba Corp Bling, and I kind of feel bad for my opponents (not really.) It’s basically a free ECon take, but I also happen to have glossy Grace and the other cards you would want to pull mid-late game.
Seriously man
This deck WAS listed as tier 1
Because people who have enough experience can beat the rest of the meta with it.

Probably a 22-24 vampire card deck. Full of techs.

If you are the typical idiot who comments BS in GameA, you won't really understand this. Most of the people commenting are the worst players ever.
<< Anonymous(Seriously man)
Anonymous Reply
your comment is quite funny, but it's funny because you are actually telling the truth xD
I didn't feel the banlist at all, I mean, how many months have passed since this deck came out? damn... probably 8 months
Dinos are better and less expensive
Maybe they will add Mezuki in the future

Commens and feedback




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Yes, it has mirror force as well. Also with magical navigation. OP incoming
the 25th or 26th usually
This card's effect is definitely box material, not free drop material
You activated it in the damage step.
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