"Predaplant", known as "Predator Plants" (
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.
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.
"Predaplant" focus largely on an aggressive Fusion Summon for a huge damage and destruction, while using Predator Counters on the opposing monsters, making them Level 1 Monsters to hinder opposing Ritual, Synchro and Xyz Summons or other Level-based Play and punishes opponents for having them. "Predaplanet" punishes the opponent for losing a monster with Predator Counters by letting a player add a "Predap" card to their hands.
"Predaplant Chlamydosundew" is simply an extra "Polymerization" when on the Field; one that can also use an opposing Monster with a Predator Counter on it as a DARK Fusion Material, making the Fusion Summon of "Starving Venom Fusion Dragon" and "Predaplant Chimerafflesia" easier, as well as potentially getting rid of an opponent's problematic monster.
"Lonefire Blossom" can Special Summon another copy of itself and be used in combination with "Miracle Fertilizer" (Does not matter if the effect is only used once) to setup the Graveyard for effects like "Soul Charge" to swarm the field.
"Predaplants" have a useful engine in the form of "Predaplant Ophrys Scorpio" and "Predaplant Darlingtonia Cobra"; "Ophrys Scorpio" can Special Summon "Darlingtonia Cobra" directly from the Deck, triggering the effect of the latter to search a "Polymerization" or "Fusion" Spell Card. The combo can only be used once per Duel, but 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".
As per the New Master Rule, the Deck loses its fast Fusion Summoning power, causing them to slow down. However, the "Predaplant" Fusion Monsters are relatively strong on their own.
- 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 Xyz Materials, except for a Rank 1 Monster.
- Regardless, Predator Counters can still be used on Xyz or Link Monsters for effects such as "Predaplanet" and "Predaplant Chlamydosundew".