Generic Yugioh Staples Every Duelist Should Own

Updated for May 2019

No matter what deck you run, every archetype and strategy needs some staples backing them up. These cards are incredible, able to fit into almost any deck and instantly upgrading them after doing so. A list of generic cards takes a long, long time to make. I’ve done it though, in the hope that new and/or returning players know exactly which cards they can afford.

Overall, every player should own every card on this list. Budget-wise, I’ve made it easy to know what to get if you’re short on money.

Or if you’re an experienced player looking to separate your staples from your useless commons, this list contains every staple of every card type to make your life easier!

If you acquire every budget staple on this list, you’ll be right as rain to start dueling casually and being successful.

If you acquire literally every card on this list, you’ll just need a meta archetype and you’ll be winning tournaments!

Cards with (B) next to them signify cheap budget options

Also, check out the Ultimate List of Budget Decks!



Engines/Toolboxes are a series of cards you can tech into almost any deck.

They work independently to boost the power of your deck, even if the rest of the deck is unrelated to the engine in terms of archetype/attribute/type etc.

The Brilliant Engine for example gets you a Fusion monster easily and an extra Normal Summon, allowing you to make your Link plays a lot faster and/or tribute summon if needed!

  • Brilliant Engine
  1. Brilliant Fusion (currently limited to 1 which hurts consistency so maybe wait until it’s back to 3)
  2. Gem-Knight Garnet
  3. Gem-Knight Seraphinite
  • (B) Predaplants
  1. Lonefire Blossom
  2. Predaplant Ophrys Scorpio
  3. Predaplant Darlingtonian Cobra
  • Toon Chimeratech
  1. Toon Table of Contents
  2. Toon Cyber Dragon
  3. Chimeratech Megafleet Drago
  • Spellbook
  1. Spellbook Magician of Prophecy
  2. Spellbook of Secrets
  3. Spellbook of Knowledge
  • Windwitch
  1. Windwitch Ice Bell
  2. Windwitch Glass Bell
  3. Windwitch Snow Bell
  4. Level 7 WIND Synchro
  5. Crystal Wing Synchro Dragon
  • Lightsworn Mill
  1. Raiden, Hand of the Lightsworn
  2. Charge of the Light Brigade
  3. Solar Recharge
  • (B) Symphonic Warriors (for an extra Normal Summon and nice pendulum scales)
  1. Symphonic Warrior Guitar x 3
  2. Symphonic Warrior Miccs x 2
  • Frog Level 2 Engine
  1. Swap Frog x 3
  2. Ronintoadin x 2
  3. Dupe Frog x 3
  • Bamboo (extra draw power)
  1. Cursed Bamboo Sword x 3
  2. Golden Bamboo Sword x 3
  3. Broken Bamboo Sword x 1
  4. Foolish Burial Goods x 3
  • Artifacts
  1. Artifact Sanctum x 3
  2. Artifact Scythe x 1-2
  • Super Polymerisation & targets
  1. Starving Venom Fusion Dragon
  2. Mudragon of the Swamp
  • Invoked (Very strong. Which cards you choose depend on the deck you’re putting them in, look up Invoked engines for your archetype)








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23 thoughts on “Generic Yugioh Staples Every Duelist Should Own

  • December 16, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    Should add Dinowrestler Pankratops in my opinion.

    • December 17, 2018 at 11:53 am

      Added, thank you!

  • December 27, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    Hey Ryan McKenna tnk u so much 4 all u make 4 us! Please continue to help us ever! I was desactualized , but tnks u, ‘m ready to play again my favorite game of all.

  • January 3, 2019 at 9:26 am

    Thanks for this list, but the link for “Clear Wing Synchro Dragon” on the list points to the page for “Crystal Wing Synchro Dragon”, just so you know.

    • January 4, 2019 at 2:20 pm

      Ahh thanks for finding that, I’ve updated it πŸ™‚

  • January 4, 2019 at 10:00 am

    Isolde should be on the list
    Is a generic link 2 monster for Warriors
    And some summer summoner should not
    Stand on this list 2 times Summon Sorceress
    Should be on the list its a generic link 3 monster

    • January 4, 2019 at 2:22 pm

      Thanks for the suggestions, I’ve added them!

      Some Summer Summoner definitely should be mentioned though πŸ™‚

  • February 8, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    “Extra-Foolish Burial” is currently listed twice.

  • April 24, 2019 at 8:20 am

    Hmm, maybe “Marauding Captain” should be added, as it lets you Special Summon a Level 4 or lower monster from your hand as soon as it’s Normal Summoned. After all, “Goblindbergh” is already on this list.

    • April 24, 2019 at 9:30 am

      Great shout! I’ll add it immediately πŸ™‚ thank you

  • May 11, 2019 at 12:38 am

    Im.super new to yugioh and I was looking to start a small collection from which i can build decks. This was a great list and I’ll def be using it one question though, what is the (B) for in front of some of the card names.

    • May 13, 2019 at 8:12 am

      It says at the top but they’re budget cards. Meaning they don’t cost much πŸ™‚

  • August 5, 2019 at 9:08 am

    Super Polymerization in group of spells its at 3 now and everyone should own a playset of it

  • August 5, 2019 at 9:35 am

    add starving venom fusion dragon Salamangreat violet chimera yazi evil of the yang zing level 7 synchro
    Salamangreat Almiraj Psy-framelord lambda sky striker engine to the list

  • August 29, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    “Summon Limit” is currently listed twice.

    • September 13, 2019 at 8:34 am

      And very important: Creeping Darkness

  • September 13, 2019 at 8:05 am

    Also Cross Over (maybe)

    • September 13, 2019 at 8:29 am

      And Crossout Designator?

  • October 9, 2019 at 6:15 am

    Nice list! I like that you included “Storming Mirror Force” as it works well with “Trickstar Lycoris”. If I can make a small suggestion, I would add “Exchange” and “Trickstar Reincarnation”. The former is great to mess with any opponent who runs an archetype-themed Deck midway through a duel, and the latter is perfect in any Mill Deck, or Draw Engine, especially when combined with the underestimated “Appropriate”.

  • October 16, 2019 at 1:57 am

    Great list, Tenyi Toolbox would be a nice inclusion

  • October 28, 2019 at 11:39 am

    Any generic Pendulum Monsters for this list?

  • April 5, 2020 at 10:27 am

    how many of each card should i own and is there a site where i can find this information?


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