The unique effect of Gladiator Beast monsters allows them to switch places with another Gladiator Beast monster from your deck. Monsters summoned by this effect get access to an additional strong effect. The strategy of this deck revolves around picking of your opponent’s monsters, spells and traps one at a time. Because the low level Gladiator Beast monsters aren’t that strong on their own the deck runs a lot of strong spells and traps to hinder your opponent from destroying your monsters and allowing them to tag out.
Even though the most optimal version of this deck is quite expensive, a very cheap version can be made by new players. If you just started playing and want to jump into PvP as soon as possible, I highly recommend you try out the cheap version that will be included in this guide.
Aside from your fusion monsters these Gladiator Beasts will be your main attackers, because they relatively high attack or effect that help them in battle.
Gladiator Beast Bestiari - Amazing Gladiator Beast monster as it allows you to destroy your opponent’s spells and traps when it’s special summoned. Don’t forget that you can’t tag out this card for another Gladiator Bestiari in your deck. If you run this deck with the skill Mind Scan you know exactly which spell or trap to target as long as your life points are 3000 or above.
Gladiator Beast Murmillo - This card is the main way for Gladiator Beasts to deal with high attack or annoying monsters if you can’t summon a Gladiator Beast fusion monster. Even though this card has very poor stats, most decklists still run two copies of this card. The reason for this is in case you draw or start
All Gladiator Beast fusion monsters are summoned through contact fusion, meaning you need to control the needed cards on the field and you shuffle them in your deck (you don’t use polymerization).
Every Fusion monster in this deck is great in terms of offense. Additionally, they do not need Polymerization to summon just return the fusion material monsters face-up on the field back to deck.
Because the Gladiator Beast monsters need to survive battle before being able to activate their effects, it’s important to run strong cards spells and traps.
This trap helps you even the playing field for your weaker monsters. It’s also devastating for people that swarm the field and don’t play around it.
This skill helps you play around your opponent’s backrow and decide exactly which spell/trap you want to destroy with the effect of Gladiator Beast Bestiari. Keep in mind when attacking into monsters in defense position (to activate the Gladiator Beast effect) that you won’t be able to use Mind Scan anymore once your life points drop below 3000 life points.
This skill prevents you from taking any battle damage during your turn. This allows you to attack freely into your opponent’s monsters (either in defense position or in combination with Impenetrable Attack/Half Shut when attacking an attack position monster).
This skill allows you to run less monsters and more spells and traps, while still ensuring you start of with at least 1 monster. Keep in mind the Balance skill was recently changed (nerfed). To ensure you start with a monster/spell/trap card you need to run at least 6 of that type of card. Also only 3 of the 4 cards in your opening hand will be determined by this skill, the fourth card will be random. To sum up, if you run at least 6 monsters, 6 spells and 6 traps, you will always start with 1 monster, 1 spell and 1 trap.
When playing against another Gladiator Beast deck, one of the most powerful plays you can make is when both of you Gladiator Beast monsters battled (and survived) you activate Enemy Controller at the end of the Battle Phase and tribute your monster to take control of theirs, this will allow you to shuffle their Gladiator Beast into their deck , and special summon one from yours.
Gladiator Beast Secutor
|Can swarm your field with Gladiator Beast monsters.|
Gladiator Beast Alexander
|Great beater and can be made immune to spell cards.|
Gladiator Beast Octavius
|Easily special summoned in a Gladiator Beast deck. Great beater and can destroy a set spell/trap card.|
Gladiator Beast Augustus
|Easily special summoned in a Gladiator Beast deck. Great beater and special summons a gladiator beast from your hand, greatly helps to summon Gladiator Beast Fusion monsters.|
|A great card to defend your monsters as well. Helps against Ancient Gear and decks that use Anti-Magic Arrow.|
Colosseum - Cage of the Gladiator Beasts
|Increasingly boosts your Gladiator Beasts' attacks.|
Gladiator Beast's Battle Gladius
|Attack boost and returns to your hand when Gladiator Beast returns to deck.|
Gladiator Beast's Battle Halberd
|Destroys spell/trap cards and returns to your hand when Gladiator Beast returns to deck.|
Gladiator Beast's Respite
|Good draw card card for Gladiator Beast decks.|
|Great tech card against Ninja decks who recently gained a lot of popularity.|
Super Rush Headlong
|This spell allows you to defend your monster and take out one of your opponent’s monster as well (can be used offensively and defensively) . The reason this isn’t played in most Gladiator Beast decks is because of this card no battle actually occurred (the monster is destroyed at the start if the damage step), meaning your Gladiator Beast monster won’t be able to tag out if it survives because if this card.|
|A trap, just like wall of disruption, that protects your weaker monsters from your opponent’s stronger monsters. This card is better than Wall of Disruption when playing against Ancient Gears, but is worse when playing against Cyber Angels.|
Fire Formation - Tenken
|Protects a beast-warrior monster from card effects and gives all beast-warriors a boost.|
|Negates a trap card by returning a Gladiator Beast to the deck.|
Windstorm of Etaqua
|Defends your monsters for one turn, and allowing you to hit into a defense position monster during your next turn.|
Curse of Anubis
|Same use as Windstorm of Etaqua.|
|Available card boxes|