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Zombie (Japanese: アンデット Andetto, "Undead") is a Type of monster representing undead beings, including mummies, skeletons, Vampires, Yokais, biologically infected humans and animals and ghosts. Gameplay-wise, Zombies are heavily associated with the Graveyard; many of their monster effects and support cards support Special Summoning Zombies from the GY or interacting with Zombies in the GY.
Zombie monsters are used by Bonz and Yami Bakura in Yu-Gi-Oh!, Camula and Abidos the Third in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, Hunter Pace and Haley in Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, Flip Turner (as part of a Flip monster Deck) in Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, Tony Zomboni in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Klarissa Turner/Baira (as fodder for a Virus Deck) and Ridley in Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS, Toombs and Zo Ikitenai in Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS.
Depending on the type of Deck its strength can vary, but the overall power of a Zombie Deck remains: its ability to quickly swarm the field with monsters (it is not uncommon to clog up one's entire Monster Cards zone in one turn) and gaining quite powerful draw power through "Allure of Darkness" and/or "Shutendoji".
Excluding the Zombie Mill variant, however, a Zombie Deck has some weaknesses. The most notable weakness of the Deck is its dependence on the Graveyard. While the extreme swarming capabilities of the Deck can overcome the aforementioned lack of sheer power, cards like "Macro Cosmos", "Dimensional Fissure", "D.D. Crow", and nearly every other card that can banish monsters or lock the Graveyard can effectively put a Zombie player at a severe disadvantage, if not outright disrupt one's strategy and cause the loss of a duel. "Burial from a Different Dimension" and "Imperial Iron Wall" can help to partially solve the problem (though the latter keeps "Plaguespreader Zombie" in the game, it makes "Mezuki" and "Book of Life" completely useless). In other words, the banish Deck can be the worst enemy for zombies because the cards that target the Graveyard are totally useless. But the Zombie Deck has another weakness in cards like "The End of Anubis" that disable your Graveyard, or cards like "Vanity's Fiend" that don't allow you to perform Special Summons.
"Banish" oriented decks and "Gravekeeper's" decks stand as direct opposition of what Zombie decks stand for. "Necrovalley" is an extremely devastating card that can put any deck at a disadvantage, but none more so than Zombies; it essentially puts the Graveyard off limits (as well as making "Mezuki" useless in the Graveyard).
Another weakness is the fact that Zombies tend to have low ATK power for their level, compared to other Types (Examples include "Il Blud" and "Vampire Lord"). This can severely hamper a Zombie Deck player if his/her opponent uses high DEF monsters to stall the game. There are a few cards that can help counteract this problem, most notably "Burden of the Mighty", "Solidarity" and "Pyramid of Wonders". The final, "Temple of the Sun", is a slightly more situational card that still would sit rather well in a Deck focused on Graveyard power.
Zombie Decks got a boost from the release of the Xyz Monsters in the TCG, this is because of the great number of level four Zombies such as "Goblin Zombie" and "Zombie Master". However, the effect of "Goblin Zombie" will not activate when it is detached, because Xyz Material are not considered as being in play. Along with new support such as "Blue-Blooded Oni" and the like, players can pull off some good combos for the Type.
Striker Zombies, while not too notable, have enjoyed some recent success in Japan. Being one of the only Zombie decks to not run a mill engine, they rely greatly on their search power to make plays. The deck was first seen at top 32 YCS Orlando 2011 and was run by Blake Brown.
- Burning Skull
- Dark Mummy
- Ghost Story
- Vampire (except "Vampire Hunter")
- Yo-kai Girl (except "Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit")
- Zombie counterpart
- "Shiranui Samuraisaga" is the first Zombie Synchro Monster that can be Synchro Summoned without "Plaguespreader Zombie", and is also not a Zombie counterpart of an already existing monster.
- The Japanese name of the Zombie Type, Andetto 「アンデット」, is a non-standard romanization of the English word "undead", normally romanized as Andeddo 「アンデッド」. Andeddo has been inconsistently used in earlier Yu-Gi-Oh! works, but was later standardized to Andetto.
- It is unclear why Yu-Gi-Oh! uses this non-standard romanization; it's speculated that Andetto was originally a typo that was maintained for the sake of consistency.