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Plant (しょくぶつ Shokubutsu) monsters were very overlooked and weak until support for the Type was released in the Crossroads of Chaos, Crimson Crisis and Raging Battle booster sets. A general strategy for Plant Decks is to use cards like "Gigaplant", "Lonefire Blossom" and "Lord Poison" to fill the field with powerful monsters. They can go hand-in-hand with Insects as well with cards like "Prickle Fairy".

One of the strongest Plant monsters is "Tytannial, Princess of Camellias" at 2800 ATK. It has the power to negate any card effects that target simply by sacrificing a Plant monster (which in worst case scenario can even be herself). It can be easily Summoned by Tributing "Lonefire Blossom". In power and strategy, "Tytannial, Princess of Camellias" is followed by "Gigaplant", which has 2400 ATK and the power to Special Summon Plants from the Graveyard and hand.

Other notable Plant monsters include "Mystic Tomato", "Spore", "Dandylion", "Botanical Lion", "Glow-Up Bulb", "Nettles", "Cactus Fighter", "Meliae of the Trees" and "Number 50: Blackship of Corn".

Plants also have Plant version of staple cards like "Solemn Judgment" and "Mirror Force", in the forms of "Pollinosis" and "Wall of Thorns", respectively. Plants have non-Plant support versions of "Marauding Captain" in form of "Twilight Rose Knight", a version of "Witch of the Black Forest" in form of "Violet Witch". Other Plant cards are very similar to certain non-Plant cards, for example: "Dark Verger" and "Quillbolt Hedgehog". Other cards present similarities in the card images like "Wonder Clover" and "Break! Draw!".

The usual Attributes associated with Plants are EARTH or WATER. Plant cards usually revolve around swarming and regenerating back onto the field. Unlike Zombies, Plants are often used to fuel effects such as negations rather than for strictly attacking purposes. They have many cards that allow them to be Special Summoned from the Deck and hand but mostly from the Graveyard. Cards like "Lonefire Blossom", "Plant Food Chain", "Lord Poison", "Gigaplant", "The World Tree" and "Miracle Fertilizer" all add major support to bringing back a swarm of Plant monsters to overwhelm the opponent. There are many good Plant Tuner monsters, like "Copy Plant" and "Spore".

Plant monsters are used by Akiza Izinski in Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's. Her signature card, "Black Rose Dragon", is a staple in Plant-reliant Decks. Plant monsters also appear in Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, used by Tombo Tillbitty and Lotus Hanazoe. Tombo plays with a "Tomato" deck, while Lotus plays a Plant deck with a focus on Special Summoning Plants to Xyz Summon "Battlecruiser Dianthus," which is later Ranked Up to Summon "CXyz Battleship Cherry Blossom". In Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Yuri uses a "Predaplant" Deck focused on manipulating the stats of the opponent's monsters to weaken them, disrupting their strategies, or using them as Fusion Materials for their own bosses. In Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS, Specter uses a "Sunvine"/"Sunavalon" Deck focused on manipulating the tide of the Duel.

Legacy of the Valiant introduced the "Sylvan" archetype, the first one composed solely of Plant monsters. They are focus on the excavate mechanic, have a high variety of Levels and Attributes, being able to build a very flexible Deck, and their effects rely on taking advantage of when they are excavated and sent to the Graveyard; those effects range from searching a monster and recycling cards to destroying a monster and reorganizing the Deck in order to use their effects at their best.

The "Aroma" archetype is largely composed of Plant monsters, and focuses on gaining advantage through having higher LP than the opponent.