Predaplant

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Predaplant
Yuri with "Predaplant Moray Nepenthes" and "Predaplant Squid Drosera"
Japanese
  • 捕食植物プレデター・プランツ
  • 捕食植物 (base)
  • プレデター・プランツ (ruby)
  • Puredetā Purantsu (romanized)
  • Predator Plants (translated)
English
  • Predator Plant (manga)
French
  • Prédaplante
German
  • Raubpflanze
Italian
  • Predapianta
Korean
  • 프레데터 플랜츠
  • Peuredeteo Peullaencheu (romanized)
  • Predator Plants (translated)
Portuguese
  • Predaplanta
Spanish
  • Predaplanta
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"Predaplant", known as "Predator Plants" (捕食植物プレデター・プランツ Puredetā Purantsu) in Japan and "Predator Plant" in the English manga, is an archetype of DARK Plant monsters used by Yuri in the Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V anime and manga. The archetype is a sub-archetype of the "Predap" archetype.

Design[edit]

Appearance[edit]

The monsters are largely based on carnivorous plants, carrion flowers, and/or carnivorous animals. Appearance wise, some "Predaplant" monsters have leaf-like mouth parts lined with thorn-like teeth, while their vine-like appendages resemble hands with thorn-like claws; the others have plant and animal characteristics. However, some Predaplant monsters are not based on carnivorous plants or carrion flowers; "Cordyceps" is based on a parasitic fungus with the same name, "Ophrys Scorpio" is based on a type of orchid whose flowers mimic female bees to fool males into pollinating them, "Banksiogre" is based on a genus of wildflower endemic to Australia, and "Spider Orchid" is based on one of the most popular orchids in the trade.

Etymology[edit]

The names of each monster is a hybridization of an animal and a plant. One of the words used is typically the Latin taxonomic name. The Level 5 and higher monsters are named after mythical creatures (chimera, dragon, hydra) and the revealed Fusion Monsters are named after carrion flowers instead of carnivorous plants. Four "Predaplant" monsters, however, don't seem to follow this trend; "Cordyceps" is based on a fungus, "Ophrys Scorpio" and "Spider Orchid" are based on two different orchids, and "Banksiogre" is based on an Australian wildflower.

Members[edit]

Main Deck[edit]

Predaplant Origin
Plant/fungus Creature
Banksiogre Banksia Ogre
Bufolicula Cephalotus follicularis Bufo
Cephalotusnail Snail
Byblisp Byblis filifolia Wasp
Chlamydosundew Drosera Frilled-neck lizard
Squid Drosera Squid
Cordyceps Cordyceps N/A
Flytrap Venus flytrap
Spinodionaea Spinosaurus
Darlingtonia Cobra Darlingtonia californica Cobra
Drosophyllum Hydra Drosophyllum Hydra
Heliamphorhynchus Heliamphora Rhamphorhynchus
Lilizard Lilium longiflorum Lizard
Moray Nepenthes Nepenthes Moray eel
Pterapenthes Pterosaur
Ophrys Scorpio Ophrys apifera Scorpion
Sarraceniant Sarracenia Ant
Spider Orchid Phalaenopsis Spider
Stapeliaworm Stapelia Worm
Triantis Triantha occidentalis Flower mantis

Extra Deck[edit]

Predaplant Origin
Plant/fungus Creature
Ambulomelides Paepalanthus bromelioides Ambulocetus
Dragostapelia Stapelia Dragon
Chimerafflesia Rafflesia Chimera
Triphyoverutum Triphyophyllum Vertumnus
Verte Anaconda Morelle verte Green anaconda
Starving Venom Predapower Fusion Dragon N/A N/A

Playing style[edit]

"Predap" decks focus on swarming "Predaplant" monsters to Fusion Summon their boss Fusion Monsters for huge damage, destruction and disruption, while placing Predator Counters on the opposing monsters to cripple the opponent and provide additional advantage to the user. Most significantly, the deck has a focus on using the opponent's monsters as tributes or Fusion Materials, fueling the player's own plays while removing opposing monsters.

One of the most important members of the archetype is "Predaplant Ophrys Scorpio" which can Special Summon other "Predaplant" monsters from the Deck, with the most potent choice being "Predaplant Darlingtonia Cobra" which then lets the user search a "Polymerization" or "Fusion" Spell. This is a useful engine that is utilized in decks oustide of pure "Predap" decks. The combo can only be used once per Duel but it is very potent, setting up either a Fusion Summon, a Link Summon, or a Rank 3 Xyz Summon and a Fusion Summon from cards like "Brilliant Fusion" and "Instant Fusion".

"Predaplant Sarraceniant" acts as an emergency wall as it can be Special Summoned from the hand when the opponent makes a direct attack, can take down monsters that battle it and lets the player search a "Predap" card should it be sent to the GY.

Monsters with Predator Counters become Level 1 Monsters which can hinder opposing Ritual, Synchro and Xyz Summons or other Level-dependent plays. On the other hand, the user's "Predaplant" monsters are able to apply/activate most of their effects that require monsters with Predator Counters such as "Predaplant Byblisp" and "Predaplant Heliamphorhynchus" being able to Special Summon themselves while there are monsters with Predator Counters. "Predaplanet" is useful to keep in order to maintain card advantage each time a monster with Predator Counters inevitably leave the field. "Predap" cards which are effective in placing Predator Counters on monsters include "Predaplant Banksiogre", "Predaplant Spinodionaea", "Predaplant Squid Drosera", "Predaplanning" and "Predaplast".

The most notable effects of the user's "Predaplant" monsters that interact with opposing monsters with Predator Counters are those that are able to remove opposing monsters with Predator Counters (particularly troublesome monsters that are otherwise diffcult to remove) by Tributing them for Special Summoning "Predaplant Banksiogre" or "Predaplant Drosophyllum Hydra" or as part of some "Predaplant" monsters' effects, as well as using the opposing monsters as Fusion Material with "Predaplant Chlamydosundew".

The "Predap"/"Predaplant" archetype is highly searchable with "Predaplant Ambulomelides", "Predaplant Byblisp", Predaplant Sarraceniant", "Predapractice" and "Predaplanet".

The "Predaplant" Fusion Monsters range from being powerful beatsticks to having potent disruption effects that interact well with Predator Counters. "Predaplant Chimerafflesia" can steal some ATK of a monster when it attacks and can also banish low-Level monsters (i.e. monsters with a Level having Predator Counters), while being able to search a "Fusion" or "Polymerization" Spell should it be sent to the GY. "Predaplant Dragostapelia" can place Predator Counters on monsters at anytime while also negating their activated effects. "Predaplant Triphyoverutum" can negate Extra Deck Special Summons, become a powerful beatstick while more monsters on the field have Predator Counters and it can revive itself from the GY. "Predaplant Ambulomeliodes" can be used to search or recover "Predap" cards and can Special Summon "Predaplants" from the Deck.

Three of the "Fusion Dragon" monsters that are either related or are also members/support of "Predap" serve as the deck's boss monsters. Although "Starving Venom Fusion Dragon" is not a "Predap" card, it can still be easily Summoned due to its material requirements that can be facilated in a "Predap" deck and is just as potent of a beatstick and a piece of disruption as the "Predaplant" members. Its two upgraded counterparts, "Greedy Venom Fusion Dragon" and "Starving Venom Predapower Fusion Dragon", have powerful effects that can negate cards' effects and can revive themselves should they be destroyed.

As with most Plant decks, "Lonefire Blossom" is just as useful for Summoning needed "Predaplant" monsters.

Recommended cards[edit]

Recommended cards
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Weakness[edit]

  • This archetype relies on Special Summoning, so cards like "Vanity's Emptiness" will slow the archetype down.
  • Cards that take advantage of a player controlling low-Level monster will backfire.
  • "Predaplant" cards are reliant on Predator Counters for their effects. Cards such as "Counter Cleaner" or using the affected monsters as Materials/Tribute will effectively clean them off.
  • Predator Counters does not have much effect on Xyz Monsters and Link Monsters, as they do not have Levels, but they do hinder Xyz Summons by changing the levels of the potential materials, except for a Rank 1 Monster.
    • Regardless, Predator Counters can still be used on those monsters for effects such as "Predaplanet" and "Predaplant Chlamydosundew".
  • Pure "Predap" decks typically can't make use of non-Fusion Monsters in their Extra Deck despite having one Link Monster due to "Predapractice".