Salamangreat

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Salamangreat
Soulburner with "Salamangreat Pyro Phoenix" and "Salamangreat Heatleo"
Japanese
  • サラマングレイト
  • Saramangureito (romanized)
Simplified Chinese
  • 转生炎兽
French
  • Salamangrande
German
  • Grosalamander
Italian
  • Salamagna
Korean
  • 샐러맨그레이트
  • Saelleomaen-geureiteu (romanized)
Portuguese
  • Salamagrande
Spanish
  • Salamangrande
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"Salamangreat" (サラマングレイト Saramangureito) is an archetype of FIRE Cyberse monsters used by Theodore Hamilton in the Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS anime.

Design[edit]

Appearance[edit]

"Salamangreat" appear to have a general fire theme, resembling animals with flaming armor. Additionally, the animals they resemble are largely carnivores.

Etymology[edit]

The name of this archetype is a portmanteau of "salamander" (サラマンダー Saramandā) and "great" (グレート Gurēto). The kanji (転生炎獣) literally translate to "reincarnation flame beast", referencing Theodore's use of Reincarnation Link Summon. The archetype is also loosely inspired by alchemy, with Emerald Eagle being named after the "Emerald Tablet" and Violet Chimera serving as the representation of a chimaera.

Playing style[edit]

The "Salamangreat" archetype focuses around swarming the field with monsters to set up for Link Summons, and setting up their Graveyard with a large amount of easily recoverable resources for an OTK push on later turns. The archetype secondarily uses a unique effect known as Reincarnation Link Summon, where, using the effect of their Field Spell "Salamangreat Sanctuary", the player can Link Summon another copy of a "Salamangreat" Link Monster using a copy of itself as the entire material, granting additional effects to the new Link Monster. The deck is typically played as a control-midrange deck, focusing on setting up a resource loop backed up with Traps or hand traps.

Most "Salamangreat" Main Deck monsters have effects to Special Summon themselves from the hand and/or GY, and individual beneficial effects. The key "Salamangreat" Main Deck monsters are:

  • "Gazelle", who can search a "Salamangreat" card when it's summoned by sending it to GY (which the deck can then easily retrieve)
  • "Spinny", who can revive itself from GY at no cost
  • "Foxy", who excavates for a search on summon, and can revive itself and pop a face-up Spell/Trap at the cost of a card
  • "Jack Jaguar", who can recycle a "Salamangreat" Extra Deck monster from GY (which the Deck quickly runs through) to revive itself
  • "Fowl" and "Falco", who provide additional easily accessible swarming and utility

"Salamangreat" Extra Decks focus on a few key monsters to engage and supply its resource loop:

  • "Balelynx" is a Link 1 that searches the Field Spell "Salamangreat Sanctuary"
  • "Sunlight Wolf" (Link 2) can add back "Salamangreat" Spell/Traps and monsters from GY, making it key to the archetype's recursion
  • "Miragestallio" (Rank 3 Xyz) can Special Summon any "Salamangreat" monster from Deck by detaching 1 material, making an enormous consistency boost

The archetype features many other Spell/Trap support, with the most notable ones being "Will of the Salamangreat", who can revive multiple "Salamangreat" monsters, and "Circle", a searcher for all "Salamangreat" monsters.

While the Deck's setup boards are often unassuming, its plethora of GY recycling effects gives it an incredible level of resilience and OTK potential, and the combination of "Miragestallio", "Gazelle", "Circle", and generic Cyberse support makes its standard combo incredibly consistent to pull off.

On the setup, the archetype typically aims to gain access to its trap cards, "Roar" (an omni-negate) or "Rage" (a Spell Speed 2 card destruction), to provide disruption on the opponent's turn (typically by sending them to GY with "Gazelle", then recovering them with "Sunlight Wolf"). In the player's next turn, the Deck can easily push for an OTK by swarming "Salamangreat" monsters from both hand and GY to make link boss monsters like "Accesscode Talker" boosted with "Update Jammer".

The archetype features three non-Link Extra Deck or Ritual Monsters with effects that emulate Reincarnation Link Summon (as well as some support for Fusion and Ritual summoning), namely the Fusion "Salamangreat Violet Chimera", the Ritual "Salamangreat Emerald Eagle", and the Xyz "Salamangreat Blaze Dragon". Of these three, "Violet Chimera" is a relatively simple and effective beatstick, but "Emerald Eagle" and "Blaze Dragon" have effects that require too much setup and/or provide little payoff for the investment.

Recommended cards[edit]