Gaia The Fierce Knight (archetype)

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Gaia The Fierce Knight
The original "Gaia The Fierce Knight".
The original "Gaia The Fierce Knight".
  • あんこくガイア
  • 暗黒騎士ガイア (base)
  • あんこくきしガイア (ruby)
  • Ankoku Kishi Gaia (romanized)
  • Gaia the Dark Knight (translated)
  • Gaïa le Chevalier Implacable
  • Gaia the Ruthless Knight (translated)
  • Gaia, zorniger Ritter
  • Gaia, Enraged Knight (translated)
  • Gaia il Cavaliere
  • Gaia the Knight (translated)
  • 암흑 기사 가이아
  • Amheuk Gisa Gaia (romanized)
  • Gaia the Dark Knight (translated)
  • Gaia, o Cavaleiro Impetuoso
  • Gaia, the Impetuous Knight (translated)
  • Gaia el Caballero Feroz
  • Gaia the Ferocious Knight (translated)
Anime appearances
Manga appearances

"Gaia The Fierce Knight", known as "Gaia the Dark Knight" (あんこくガイア Ankoku Kishi Gaia) in Japan, is an archetype of Level 7 Warrior monsters that includes "Gaia The Fierce Knight" and monsters based on it. All members are DARK, EARTH or LIGHT-Attribute.

This archetype is directly related by gameplay to the "Black Luster Soldier" archetype and the "Gaia the Dragon Champion" archetype, and is indirectly related by gameplay to the "Curse of Dragon" series.

The Gaia Knight series is thematically related to this archetype, but not by gameplay.


With the exception of the original "Gaia The Fierce Knight", the members of this archetype have effects that make it easier to Summon them.

Gaia The Fierce Knight Summoning effect
Gaia The Fierce Knight N/A
Lord Special Summon by controlling no monsters while the opponent controls at least one monster.
Swift Normal Summon without Tributing by having no other cards in the hand.
Black Luster Soldier-related
Arisen Normal Summon without Tributing by controlling fewer monsters than the opponent.
Charging Normal Summon without Tributing, but this card's original ATK becomes 1900 instead of 2300.
Gaia the Dragon Champion/Curse of Dragon-related
Magical Normal Summon without Tributing by controlling no monsters, OR if the opponent controls a monster with 2300 or more ATK.
Origin Special Summon by sending 1 Level 5 or higher monster from the hand to the GY.
Soldier Special Summon by Tributing 1 Dragon Fusion Monster.


Card type TCG/OCG Support Card
Monster Skilled Blue Magician
Black Luster Soldier-related
Card type TCG/OCG Support Card
Monster Envoy of Chaos
Black Luster Soldier - Super Soldier
Spell Gateway to Chaos
Trap Beginning of Heaven and Earth
Gaia the Dragon Champion/Curse of Dragon-related
Card type TCG/OCG Support Card
Monster Artillery Catapult Turtle
Spell Galloping Gaia

Playing style[edit]

As individual cards, "Gaia The Fierce Knight" monsters are generally easily Summonable high-Level beatsticks with some minor battle-related effects. As a singular "Gaia" Deck, the Deck is an OTK Deck focused on Fusion Summoning "Gaia the Dragon Champion" monsters using "Gaia The Fierce Knight" monsters and "Curse of Dragon" monsters. The archetype has some interactions with "Black Luster Soldier" monsters, but these generally do not factor into the "Gaia" Deck's focus on "Gaia the Dragon Champion".

Rather than supporting "Curse of Dragon" monsters as a shared name string, "Gaia The Fierce Knight" and related cards instead support Level 5 Dragon Monsters in general.

The goal of the "Gaia" Deck is to acquire the materials to Fusion Summon one or more "Gaia the Dragon Champion" monsters, preferrably using "Spiral Fusion", which gives the Fusion Summoned "Dragon Champion" a massive combat boost. To search out "Spiral Fusion", the archetype depends on "Curse of Dragon, the Cursed Dragon", who can search a Spell/Trap that mentions "Gaia the Dragon Champion" if summoned.

The Deck's main searchers for "Gaia The Fierce Knight" and "Cursed Dragon" monsters are "Artillery Catapult Turtle" and "Galloping Gaia". The "Gaia The Fierce Knight" monster that specifically interacts with "Cursed Dragon" and supports the "Gaia" Deck's playstyle is "Gaia the Magical Knight", who can Summon any Level 5 Dragon from the hand or GY when summoned, enabling the search of "Cursed Dragon".

The "Gaia the Dragon Champion" monsters serve as the Deck's end boards; functionally, they each require 1 "Gaia The Fierce Knight" monster and 1 "Curse of Dragon" monster as Fusion Materials. "Sky Galloping Gaia the Dragon Champion" can search "Spiral Spear Strike" when summoned to provide piercing and card cycling, while "Gaia the Magical Knight of Dragons" can gain ATK if it destroys a monster and has a Quick Effect card destruction.

"Curse of Dragon, the Magical Knight Dragon" provides an additional extension opportunity by being able to recover a Spell/Trap that mentions "Gaia the Dragon Champion" if summoned, and enabling the player to Fusion Summon "Dragon Champion" using cards in the GY as materials. Its Fusion Materials are also counterparts to the "Gaia" + "Curse of Dragon" combination like the "Dragon Champion" monsters, meaning that if it's summoned with "Spiral Fusion", it can immediately recover "Spiral Fusion" for another Fusion.

Recommended cards[edit]