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"Aroma" (アロマ Aroma) is an archetype largely consisting of Plant monsters that were introduced in Clash of Rebellions. The archetype's monsters all derive their names from various species of flowers, all of which are used to produce essential oils. Spectre uses these cards in the Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution Video Game.
All "Aroma" monsters share the appearance of a human, wielding staffs, covered in plants. "Aromage" monsters appear as more of a spellcaster (hence their name is a portmanteau of "Aroma" and "Mage"), whereas the "Aromaseraphy" have angelic wings (hence their name is a portmanteau of the words "Aroma" and "Seraph"). "Aromaseraphy" is also a pun on the word aromatherapy, which the plants that they are based on are used as such.
|Bergamot||-||Monarda fistulosa / Bergamot orange|
|Cananga||-||Cananga odorata / Ylang ylang|
|Laurel||-||Lauraceae (Laurier in French)|
Most "Aroma" monsters share two common types of effects: a Continuous Effect that applies while their controller has more LP than the opponent, and a Trigger Effect that activates when their controller gains LP. The Continuous Effect supports Plant monsters and encourage the controller to engage in battle by granting them advantages in that area against the opponent, while the Trigger Effects focus upon increasing utility, partly through field disruption.
|"Aromage"||Effect that requires that your LP is higher than your opponent's LP||Effect that activates when you gain LP|
|Bergamot||The controller's Plant monsters inflict piercing.||Gains 1000 ATK and DEF until the end of the opponent's next turn.|
|Cananga||Reduces the ATK and DEF of the opponent's monsters by 500.||Targets and returns a Spell/Trap Card the opponent controls to the hand.|
|Jasmine||Allows one additional Normal Summon/Set for a Plant monster.||The controller draws a card.|
|Laurel||You can Special Summon this card from your hand.||Target 1 Plant monster on the field: it is treated as a Tuner this turn.|
|Marjoram||You take no battle damage from attacks involving your Plant monsters.||Target cards in your opponent's GY, up to the number of "Aroma" monsters you control; banish them.|
|Rosemary||The opponent cannot activate monster effects when the controller's Plant monster attacks, until the end of the Damage Step.||Targets and changes a face-up monster's battle position.|
|"Aromaseraphy"||Effect that requires that your LP is higher than your opponent's LP||Effect that activates when you gain LP|
|Angelica||While you control an "Aroma" monster, you can Special Summon this card from your GY, but banish it when it leaves the field.||N/A.|
|Jasmine||This card and any Plant monsters it points to cannot be destroyed by battle.||Add 1 Plant monster from your Deck to your hand.|
|Rosemary||All Plant monsters you control gain 500 ATK and DEF.||Target 1 face-up card your opponent controls; that face-up card has its effects negated until the end of this turn.|
|Sweet Marjoram||Your opponent cannot target Plant monsters you control with card effects.||Target 1 card your opponent controls; destroy it.|
The battling aspect that is encouraged by the archetype is also pronounced by its support cards, "Aroma Jar" and "Aroma Garden". "Aroma Jar" is a Flip monster whose Flip effect bestows 500 LP upon the controller during either player's End Phase while it remains face-up. Additionally, its other effect has interactivity with its Flip effect, as it also defends itself from destruction by battle if it was flipped face-up. The archetype's Field Spell Card, "Aroma Garden", grants the controller 500 LP during their turn when they control an "Aroma" monster, while additionally bolstering the ATK and DEF of all of their monsters by 500 until the end of the opponent's next turn (the downside of battling is also covered by the card, which increases the controller's LP by 1000 when an "Aroma" monster they control is destroyed and sent to the Graveyard).
The deck also contains 3 Continuous Trap Cards which further assist the controller by turning the LP they gained into a utilizable asset.
- "Dried Winds" serves as a means to put pressure on the opponent by having the controller target and destroy a monster the opponent controls, each time they gain LP. The card further takes advantage of its controller's tendency to amass mass amounts of LP by allowing them to pay LP equal to the difference between their LP and their opponent's, to destroy monsters with equal or less ATK than the amount of LP paid, provided the controller has at least 3000 more LP than the opponent.
- "Humid Winds" provides the Deck with much needed speed, allowing the controller to search out "Aroma" monsters from their Deck at the cost of 1000 LP, a small sum to pay for the controller. If the controller should find themselves disadvantaged in LP count compared to their opponent, the card further helps them make up the deficit, providing a steady stream of 500 LP per turn until the deficit is bridged.
- "Blessed Winds" provides the deck with utility, allowing you to send a Plant monster from your hand or field to the GY, or shuffle a Plant from your GY into your Deck, in order to regain 500 LP. These allow you to get rid of unwanted plants in your hand or recycle Plants in your GY to regain LP, which can be used to trigger the effects of your "Aroma" monsters. Alternatively, you can instead pay 1000 LP in order to Special Summon an "Aroma" monster from your GY, in order to retrieve your "Aroma" monsters for later use.
The archetype's efficacy can be enhanced with the use of cards that increase the LP of the controller. Such cards should preferably do so by a significant margin, such as with "Griggle" and "Aegis of Gaia", or over a prolonged period of time, such as with "Solemn Wishes" and "Golden Ladybug", to keep the Continuous Effects of the "Aroma" monsters active.
Given that the archetype focuses on gaining LP, it is extremely vulnerable to cards such as "Bad Reaction to Simochi" and "Darklord Nurse Reficule", which subvert LP gaining effects and instead damages you for the same amount. "Asleep at the Switch" presents the archetype with another weakness, as it can be used to destroy "Aroma" monsters when their controller gains LP, an incredibly common occurrence for the Deck. Aroma decks are also very dependent on their back row as a source of repeated life gain and recursion, and thus their monsters can be rendered almost useless by large-scale spell/trap removal.