Dark Magician (archetype)

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Dark Magician
"Dark Magician Girl" and "Dark Magician" (along with "Magic Formula", "Magic Cylinder", and "Magical Dimension") in the artwork of "Magicians' Combination"
  • ブラック・マジシャン
  • Burakku Majishan (romanized)
  • Black Magician (translated)

  • Magicien Sombre

  • Dunkler/s Magier

  • Mago Nero
  • Black Magician (translated)

  • 블랙 매지션
  • Beullaek Maejisyeon (romanized)
  • Black Magician (translated)

  • Mago(a) Negro(a)
  • Black Magician (translated)

  • Mago/a Oscuro/a


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Accomplish magnificently the combination of teacher and student.

— The archetype's tagline in promotional material

"Dark Magician", known as "Black Magician" (ブラック・マジシャン Burakku Majishan) in Japanese, is an archetype that has been a part of the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise since its beginning, with "Dark Magician" appearing as Yugi Muto's ace card. During the Battle City arc and subsequent arcs, more cards were introduced, such as "Dark Magician Girl".

Originally a series, the release of "The Eye of Timaeus" cemented its status as an archetype. The archetype also contains a sub-archetype, "Dark Magician Girl". Due to their Japanese names, "Dark Magician of Chaos" and "Skilled Dark Magician" are not "Dark Magician" cards. However, since support for this archetype only works on monsters that are listed as Fusion Material on a Fusion Monster (which neither of the two are), this is not an issue. Also, this isn't a sub-archetype of the "Magician" archetype.

Some members of this archetype appears as characters in video-games:



The effect of "The Eye of Timaeus" can affect any "Dark Magician" monster, including "Dark Magician Girl" monsters. In German, Portuguese, and Spanish, due to gender-specific conjugation, the card text compounds the "Dark Magician" and "Dark Magician Girl" into a single string („Dunkler/s Magier“, "Mago(a) Negro(a)", and "Mago/a Oscuro/a", respectively) to explicitly include "Dark Magician Girl" monsters as being part of the archetype. In Italian, despite also conjugating based on gender, card text regularly does not spell out differences due to grammatical gender, so only lists the name of "Dark Magician" ("Mago Nero"), with support for "Dark Magician Girl" ("Ragazza Maga Nera") monsters being implicit. In French, due to the inconsolable difference in names between the two monsters, the effect of "The Eye of Timaeus" supports both the "Dark Magician" archetype ("Magicien Sombre") and the "Dark Magician Girl" archetype ("Magicienne des Ténèbres") separately.


"Dark Magician" monsters have several features in common:

  • The armor of most "Dark Magician" monsters is a collection of shiny, curved plates with sharp edges, all of the same color, which covers the torso and shoulder areas. On the edges of the plates are curved trimmings of contrasting shade. "Magician's Robe" is the monster version of it.
  • Some of these monsters also have hats which appear to be similar to a stereotypical wizard's hat, which is usually crooked, leaning forward at the tip and with several rings which segment it. These rings are of the same color of the curved trimmings seen elsewhere on its attire.
  • Some of these monsters have Spell Counters embedded in their staff, shield, sword or armor.
  • Some also have the "Dark Magical Circle" depicted in the background of their card artwork.

Playing style[edit]

Usual opening combo is to use the Normal Summon effect of "Magician's Rod" to search for "Dark Magical Circle", then use the 2nd effect of "Dark Magical Circle" to banish a card during either player's turn. "Dark Magic Inheritance" can continue searching for powerful cards in a similar fashion.

"Dark Magician of Chaos" can banish any monsters it destroys by Battle, and "Ebon Illusion Magician" can Special Summon any Spellcaster Normal Monster from the Hand or Main Deck and Banish any card on the opposing field when a Spellcaster Normal Monster declares an attack (Before damage calculation, so the Normal Monster will attack again). "Illusion Magic" can be used to reload the effect of "Ebon".

Another Monster with search effect is "Apprentice Illusion Magician" that can add a "Dark Magician" to the Hand to fuel the effect of "Magician Navigation". "Apprentice" is also a Level 6 for the Xyz Monster "Magi Magi ☆ Magician Gal", which can Rank-Up itself (without a Spell Card) into "Ebon Illusion Magician" and use Xyz Monster effects on the same Turn.

"Magician Navigation" can Special Summon both "Magician of Dark Illusion" and "Dark Magician" during your opponent's turn while "Magician's Rod" is in your Graveyard and "Dark Magical Circle" is face-up on your side of the field. "Dark Magical Circle" and "Magician's Rod" will both activate and go on a Chain (you chose the order of the Chain Links); make the effect of "Magician's Rod" Chain Link 1 and Tribute the "Dark Magician" you just Summoned as the cost, then activate the effect of "Dark Magical Circle" as Chain Link 2 to banish 1 card your opponent controls. After resolving, you can activate the Trigger Effect of "Magician of Dark Illusion", allowing you to Special Summon "Dark Magician" from the Graveyard.

"Illusion Magic" can reset the "Magician Navigation" combo mentioned. "Magical Dimension" can safely remove the weaker "Magician" and "Magician Girl" monsters from the field and replace them with stronger monsters. "Dark Magic Veil" can also be used similar effect without needing the "Magician Girl" engine mentioned above.

The "Dark Magician" archetype also meshes nicely with the Spellcaster control Decks against Spell/Pendulum-heavy or Trap-heavy Decks, allowing for fast field control while shutting down an opponent's ability to use Spells and Traps, namely "Dark Paladin" and "Sorcerer of Dark Magic". "Dark Paladin" also works well with and against decks focused on Dragon monsters (however, it is vulnerable to the effects of "Divine Dragon Lord Felgrand", "Blue-Eyes Alternative White Dragon" and "Chaos Emperor Dragon", unlike "Buster Blader, the Dragon Destroyer Swordsman", so it is best to back-up "Dark Paladin" with "Solemn Strike" and "Effect Veiler").

"Summoner Monk" and "Elemental HERO Prisma" are useful in combination with "The Eye of Timaeus" by using the effect of "Prisma" to change its own name to "Dark Magician". "Summoner Monk" can also make "Daigusto Emeral" to make further "Dark Magician" and "Trance the Magic Swordsman" combos.

"Berry Magician Girl" can Special Summon a "Magician Girl" monster from the Deck when attacked. Good targets are "Chocolate Magician Girl", which can Special Summon a Spellcaster monster from the Graveyard, and "Lemon Magician Girl", which can Special Summon a Spellcaster monster from the hand.

"Gagaga Magician" can be used as a toolbox with it's own effect and the effect of the "Transmodify" Spell Card from "Magician's Rod" or into "Magician of Dark Illusion"/"Dark Magician". Also, with a Level 7 Spellcaster into "Dark Magician of Chaos".

This archetype pairs well with the "Pendulum Magician" archetype. This will bring high Level Pendulum Summons and, with it, faster Xyz Summoning and monster swarm, in addition to more Normal Spellcaster monsters to use with "Ebon Illusion Magician".

Recommended cards[edit]

Recommended cards

Official Deck[edit]

Palladium Oracle Mahad Deck List[1]
Konami’s Post TDIL Sample Dark Magician Deck[2]


Consisting primarily of Spellcaster monsters allows this archetype to potentially be crippled by "Last Day of Witch". Other cards like "Zombie World" can prevent the Tribute Summoning of "Dark Magician" or "Dark Magician Girl" as well as lockout any effects that require the presence of a Spellcaster monster. These can be averted by using "Skilled Dark Magician" or "Dark Magic Curtain" instead of Tribute Summoning. "Secret Village of the Spellcasters" can be used to prevent the opponent from using Spell Cards, particularly crippling ones such as "Zombie World". "Dark Paladin" can deal with both of these threats, however.

"Koa'ki Meiru Drago" can also cripple this deck, because its effect prevents the Special Summon of LIGHT and DARK monsters, which most monsters in this Deck are.