Black Luster Soldier (archetype)

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Black Luster Soldier
From left to right: "Evening Twilight Knight", "Black Luster Soldier - Super Soldier" and "Beginning Knight".
  • カオス・ソルジャー
  • Kaosu Sorujā (romanized)
  • Chaos Soldier (translated)
  • Soldat du Lustre Noir
  • Schwarz Glänzender Soldat
  • Glorioso Soldato Nero
  • Glorious Black Soldier (translated)
  • 카오스 솔저
  • Kaoseu Soljeo (romanized)
  • Chaos Soldier (translated)
  • Soldado do Lustro Negro
  • Soldado del Brillo Negro
Anime appearances

"Black Luster Soldier", known as "Chaos Soldier" (カオス・ソルジャー Kaosu Sorujā) in the OCG, is an archetype of Warrior monsters used by Yugi Muto/Yami Yugi in the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime and manga, as well as Dimitri in the Yu-Gi-Oh! GX anime, that includes "Black Luster Soldier" and monsters based on it. Members of this archetype have existed since the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters National Tournament, but did not receive support until Dimension of Chaos.

Due to its OCG name, "Black Luster Soldier" is a sub-archetype of the "Chaos" Ritual archetype, and is supported in gameplay by "Chaos" Ritual support. As such, in the TCG, "Chaos" Ritual Monsters and "Black Luster Soldier" Ritual Monsters are supported individually in all "Chaos" support. This archetype is also related by gameplay to the "Gaia The Fierce Knight" archetype.

The archetype is also related by gameplay and aesthetic themes to the LIGHT and DARK Chaos series.


All "Black Luster Soldier" monsters have 3000 ATK, and, save for the Link 3 "Black Luster Soldier - Soldier of Chaos", are all Level 8 and have 2500 DEF. All "Black Luster Soldier" monsters are EARTH or LIGHT monsters, except for the DARK "Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Evening Twilight".

Monster card type Black Luster Soldier Summon procedure
Ritual Black Luster Soldier Black Luster Ritual1
Super Soldier Super Soldier Ritual1
The Legendary Swordmaster Chaos Form or Super Soldier Ritual1
Main Deck
Envoy of the Beginning Banish 1 LIGHT and 1 DARK monster from your GY.2, 3
Envoy of the Evening Twilight Banish all LIGHT monsters or all DARK monsters from your GY,
while you have an equal number of each in your GY.2, 3
Sacred Soldier -
Toon Tribute Toon monsters from your hand or field, whose total Levels equal 8 or more.2
Link Soldier of Chaos 3 monsters with different names4
Normal5 Black Luster Soldier -

  1. Specified Ritual Spell.
  2. Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set. Must be (or must first be) Special Summoned from the hand via this Summoning procedure.
  3. LIGHT and DARK Chaos series-patterned Summoning procedure.
  4. Link Materials.
  5. Prize card for the winner of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters National Tournament in Japan in 1999.


Chibi Soldier

A small series of 3 Level 4 Warrior monsters focused on supporting "Black Luster Soldier" monsters and Ritual Summoning. They are supported by "Super Soldier Soul".

Card type TCG/OCG Support Card
Monster Envoy of Chaos
Beginning Knight
Evening Twilight Knight
Super Soldier Soul
Gaia The Fierce Knight
Card type TCG/OCG Support Card
Monster Arisen Gaia the Fierce Knight
Charging Gaia the Fierce Knight
TCG/OCG Support Card Notes
Gateway to Chaos
Beginning of Heaven and Earth
Super Soldier Rebirth
Super Soldier Shield
General support.
Super Soldier Ritual
Super Soldier Synthesis
Ritual Spells.
Black Luster Ritual
Dragon Master Knight
"Black Luster Soldier"-specific support.
Primal Seed "Envoy of the Beginning"-specific support.
Magician of Chaos
Chaos Form
Master of Chaos
"Chaos" Ritual cross-archetypal support.

Playing style[edit]

A pure "Black Luster Soldier" Deck is a Ritual-focused Deck, focusing on Ritual Summoning "Black Luster Soldier" Ritual Monsters.

Of the many search effects of this archetype, the most prominent are those of the Field Spell Card "Gateway to Chaos", which can add either a "Black Luster Soldier" Ritual Monster or a "Gaia the Fierce Knight" monster upon activation, and with enough Spell Counters can also search for any Ritual Spell Card. Leftover counters can be used to activate the effect of "Super Soldier Shield" in the Graveyard. "Beginning of Heaven and Earth" can set up the Graveyard or "Super Soldier Synthesis" to Ritual Summon him from the Hand or Graveyard.

"Super Soldier Synthesis", "Envoy of Chaos" and "Manju of the Ten Thousand Hands" tend to make Decklists of this archetype Level 4 based because of needing Tribute of exactly Level 8.

"Super Soldier Soul" can Banish itself from the Graveyard to search either Level 4 "Evening Twilight Knight" and "Beginning Knight" Monsters, which can also search when Banished but cannot do this themselves and need effects of "Chaos" Monsters like "Envoy of the Beginning", "Lightpulsar Dragon", "Black Dragon Collapserpent" and "White Dragon Wyverburster" or the Ritual Spell Card "Super Soldier Ritual" to activate them.

"Black Luster Soldier - Sacred Soldier" can be searched or Special Summoned by the effects of both the "Gaia The Fierce Knight" monsters, is able to recycle Banished cards to the Graveyard and when destroyed by an opposing effect can return a card from the Graveyard to the Hand.

"Black Luster" cards are sometimes run alongside "Trade-In" and "The Melody of Awakening Dragon to search cards from the "Blue-Eyes" archetype. Using either "Chaos Form" or "Advanced Ritual Art" to their fullest.

Recommended cards[edit]

Recommended cards
Main Deck

Official Decks[edit]