Darklord

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Darklord
"Darklord Morningstar" and "Darklord Rebellion"
Japanese
  • てん使
  • 堕天使 (base)
  • だてんし (ruby)
  • Datenshi (romanized)
  • Fallen Angel (translated)
French
  • Ange Déchu
German
  • Finsterlord
Italian
  • Signore Oscuro
Korean
  • 타락천사
  • Tarakcheonsa (romanized)
  • Fallen Angel (translated)
Portuguese
  • Senhor(a) Obscuro(a)
Spanish
  • Señoroscuro/a
Sets
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Korean
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"Darklord", known as "Fallen Angel" (てん使 Datenshi) in the Japanese version, is an archetype comprised primarily of DARK Fairy Effect monsters. They are used by Midori Hibiki in the Yu-Gi-Oh! GX manga, and by Anna Des in Yu-Gi-Oh! OCG Structures. Many of their effects are focused on sending "Darklord" monsters to the Graveyard and then Special Summoning them. Much of this archetype have been released as V Jump promotional cards.

Though members of the archetype have existed since 2001, the archetype had no support until the release of Booster SP: Destiny Soldiers in the OCG and Destiny Soldiers in the TCG, both in 2016. In the TCG, "Darklord Marie" and "Darklord Nurse Reficule" were also renamed to their current names in the same set, to clearly mark their status as "Darklord" cards.

Members[edit]

Nearly all members of this archetype (except for three; see below) are based on figures or concepts from Judeo-Christian and Abrahamic theology, and are the contrasting DARK and Fairy types to represent their status as fallen angels.

Darklord Origin
Amdusc Amdusias
Asmodeus Asmodeus
Desire Mammon
Edeh Arae Arae
Ixchel Ixchel
Ixtab
The First Lucifer
Morningstar
Reficule
Nasten Mastema
Nergal Nergal
Superbia Superbia ("pride" in Latin)
Tezcatlipoca Tezcatlipoca
Ukoback Ukobach

Three particular Darklord monsters are not based on theological figures, but instead based on characters featured in the artworks of various "Forbidden" and "Solemn" cards.

Darklord Character Origin Name Origin
Capricious Right figure in "Solemn Scolding" Gluttony
Indulged Left figure in "Solemn Scolding" Lust
Condemned Condemned Maiden N/A

Playing style[edit]

A "Darklord" Deck focuses on sending its cards to the Graveyard and then reviving their monsters, especially "Darklord Superbia" who then in turn can also revive another Fariy monster. Sending "Darklord" cards to the Graveyard can be done with monster effects such as those of "Condemned Darklord", "Darklord Ixchel", "Darklord Nasten" and "Darklord Ukoback". All cards in the archetype can be searched with "Banishment of the Darklords", "Condemned Darklord" or "Indulged Darklord" (though the latter two can only search monsters). Bringing back "Darklord" monsters requires a more permanent solution rather than relying on one-time use cards such as "Monster Reborn", "Call of the Haunted" or "Ribbon of Rebirth" but within the archetype, "Darklord Contact", "Darklord Descent" and "The First Darklord" are viable choices.

With the exception of "Darklord Morningstar", all of the Level 6 and higher Main Deck "Darklord" monsters from Destiny Soldiers and onwards share the following conditions and effect:

  1. "You can only Special Summon "CARD NAME(s)" once per turn."
  2. "(Quick Effect): You can pay 1000 LP, then target 1 "Darklord" Spell/Trap in your GY; this effect becomes that target's effect when that card is activated, then shuffle that target into the Deck. You can only use this/each effect of "CARD NAME" once per turn."

Although Special Summoning from the Graveyard is a major theme of "Darklord", a swarm play-style is unsuitable, due to many of the archetype's newer Main Deck members being limited by this shared condition. This, as well as the variety of Levels "Darklord" monsters have, makes it difficult to Xyz Summon with this archetype (except for Rank 8). On the other hand, their shared Quick Effect allows even a single copy of a "Darklord" Spell/Trap to be potentially "used" twice even on the same turn (despite their only once per turn card activation limitations) or during the opponent's turn whilst recycling them into the Deck. The applications of this effect include an additional search with "Banishment of the Darklords", an additional revival with "Darklord Contact" or "Darklord Descent" and using the other Trap effects to disrupt the opponent's plays which can be done more quickly and easily with the "Darklord" monsters' Quick Effects rather than activating the Trap Cards normally (which all of them except "Darklord Descent" share the card activation cost of sending a "Darklord" monster from the user's hand or field, causing the player to lose hand/field advantage while "Darklord Descent" requires half of the player's LP to be activated). This gives the "Darklord" Traps better utility of being used as discard costs for the effects of other cards. The effects of "Condemned Darklord", "Darklord Uprising" (through activating the card itself) and "The Sanctified Darklord" can increase LP that is needed to keep using the "Darklord" monsters' Quick Effects (including "The First Darklord").

This deck, due to the large accumulation of DARK monsters, can also run DARK monster Deck support cards such as "Dark Illusion", "Allure of Darkness", "Armageddon Knight" or "Dark Grepher". Due to the Deck being able to regulate the number of "Darklord" monsters in the Graveyard (or rather, DARK/Fairy monsters in general), "Archlord Kristya" and "Dark Armed Dragon" can also be used. Additionally, "Trade-In" can be used due to a number of Level 8 monsters present in the deck. Thanks to the effects of various "Darklord" cards, "Darklord" decks are also suitable for supporting Fairy monsters in general.

Recommended cards[edit]