Sacred Beast

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Sacred Beast
From left to right: "Uria", "Raviel" and "Hamon", with "Armityle" in the back, in the artwork of "Dimension Fusion Destruction"
From left to right: "Uria", "Raviel" and "Hamon", with "Armityle" in the back, in the artwork of "Dimension Fusion Destruction"
Japanese
  • さんげん
  • 三幻魔 (base)
  • さんげんま (ruby)
  • Sangenma (romanized)
  • Three Phantasms (translated)
Traditional Chinese
  • 三幻魔
  • Three Phantasms (translated)
French
  • Bêtes Sacrées
German
  • Heiligen Ungeheuer
Italian
  • Bestie Sacre
Korean
  • 삼환마
  • 三幻魔 (Hanja)
  • Samhwanma (romanized)
  • Three Phantasms (translated)
Portuguese
  • Bestas Sagradas
Spanish
  • Bestias Sagradas
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The Sacred Beasts, known in Japan as the Three Phantasms (さんげん Sangenma), are a series of monsters, with the main trio being released in Shadow of Infinity. These are "Uria, Lord of Searing Flames", "Hamon, Lord of Striking Thunder", and "Raviel, Lord of Phantasms". They are used by Kagemaru and Yubel in the Yu-Gi-Oh! GX anime, with the latter also wielding their fused form, "Armityle the Chaos Phantasm".

Each monster resembles one of the Egyptian Gods and are seen as dark counterparts to them, in a similar vein to the Wicked Gods (though unlike the Wicked Gods, they are never stated in-series to have any relation to the Egyptian Gods). Gameplay-wise, each has a Summoning condition that requires it to send to the Graveyard or Tribute 3 cards of a certain type.

Design[edit]

Sacred Beasts linework

The designs of the Sacred Beasts, "Uria", "Hamon" and "Raviel" were overseen by Kenichi Hara. Each of them resembles one of the three Egyptian Gods; "Uria" finds a counterpart in "Slifer the Sky Dragon", "Hamon" in "The Winged Dragon of Ra", and "Raviel" in "Obelisk the Tormentor". Also, like the God Cards, all three Sacred Beast Cards have the same background. Unlike the God Cards, however, they possess certain visual cues that make them distinct from their predecessors, including translucent wings and more pronounced claws and skeletal features.

"Armityle" linework

The three Sacred Beasts are named after characters in Judeo-Christianity.

  • "Uria" is named after Uriah the Hittite, a man mentioned in the Books of Samuel who was murdered by King David because David had an affair with Uriah's wife. "Uria" may also be a reference to the archangel Uriel.
  • "Hamon" is named after Haman, a villain in Book of Esther who tried to depose the King of Persia and kill all the Jews in Persia. Additionally, hamon is a swordsmithing term, originating from the Japanese word 刃文 hamon literally meaning "Blade pattern", that refers to the wave like patterns on the cutting edge.
  • "Raviel" is named after Raziel, an angel known as the Angel of Mysteries.
  • "Armityle" is named after Amatiel, one of the angels of the spring in Pietro d'Abano's grimoire Heptameron.

Appearances[edit]

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX[edit]

The tablets depicting the Sacred Beasts.

In Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, the Sacred Beasts are legendary creatures whose cards were sealed by Kagemaru underneath Duel Academy behind the Spirit Gates, which requires seven Spirit Keys to open, as he could not unlock their power at the time. Should they ever be set free from their stronghold, chaos and darkness will envelop the world, destroying everything.

The three "Sacred Beasts" in card form.

The Shadow Riders sought to acquire the Spirit Keys and revive the Sacred Beasts. In order to open the gate, a strong Dueling presence is required; if the keys are stolen and placed in the gate (as attempted by Don Zaloog), nothing will occur. To meet the challenge of the Shadow Riders, seven of Duel Academy's finest Duelists were selected: Jaden Yuki, Zane Truesdale, Chazz Princeton, Alexis Rhodes, Bastion Misawa, Lyman Banner (the only Shadow Rider to get his key by default, due to the fact his true identity was unknown at the time) and Vellian Crowler. Although the Shadow Riders were defeated, Kagemaru managed to awaken the Sacred Beasts because of the Dueling energy released from the Duels. In exchange for freeing them from imprisonment, the Sacred Beasts slowly returned Kagemaru to a youthful state, empowering him with the energy sapped from Duel Monster spirits, but Jaden's interference resulted in the man's downfall. They were thus locked away once more.

After Duel Academy is transported to an alternate dimension in the third season, a Yubel-possessed Marcel Bonaparte retrieves the Sacred Beasts and builds a Deck around them, which boosts the Summoning speed of the Sacred Beasts and also supports the Summoning of their combined form, "Chaos Phantasm Armityle". When Jesse Anderson reappears after he was possessed by Yubel, he uses them in a Deck based around quickly Summoning the Beasts and "Armityle" for his Duel against Adrian Gecko. Although Yubel didn't use them in her final Duel with Jaden, "Raviel" was shown to be in her Deck. After Yubel merged with Jaden, they are safely returned to their resting place.

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V (manga)[edit]

In the Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga, Eve uses "Phantasm Emperor Trilojig", a Fusion Monster that is a reference to the Sacred Beasts. It can be Summoned by "Dimension Fusion Destruction" in the TCG/OCG.

Playing style[edit]

The three Sacred Beasts historically lacked support cards that worked to effectively support all three monsters, and so were typically played separately as individual decks focused on bringing out one of the three Sacred Beasts, using their own summoning conditions. Later on, as the three Sacred Beasts received consistency support and series-wide support, Sacred Beast Decks gradually homogenized around the new series-wide support.

Before receiving their shared consistency support, historical Sacred Beast decks focused on individual Sacred Beasts differed signicantly between them in order to fulfill the monsters' summoning conditions:

After receiving their shared support, Sacred Beast monsters became far easier to summon thanks to the effects of "Chaos Summoning Beast" and "Dark Summoning Beast", and became far easier to access thanks to the searchers "Dark Beckoning Beast" and "Opening of the Spirit Gates".

Modern Sacred Beast Decks can be built to focus on summoning one of the three Sacred Beasts and use its dedicated Signature move support (e.g. "Cerulean Skyfire") to maximize consistency, or playing multiple different Sacred Beast monsters to enable stronger support cards that require multiple different Sacred Beasts (e.g. "Awakening of the Sacred Beasts"), inluding summoning "Armityle" with the effect of "Dimension Fusion Destruction".

Recommended cards[edit]