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Yugioh: Staples Every Duelist Should Own 2021

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!

  • Danger!
  1. 2 x Danger! Bigfoot!
  2. 1 x Danger! Nessie!
  3. 2 x Danger!? Jackalope?
  4. 2 x Danger!? Tsuchinoko?
  • Interrupted Kaiju Slumber Package
  1. Interrupted Kaiju Slumber
  2. 4 Kaiju monsters
  • Brilliant Engine
  1. Brilliant Fusion (currently banned but may return in future)
  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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Sunday 5th of April 2020

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


Monday 28th of October 2019

Any generic Pendulum Monsters for this list?


Wednesday 16th of October 2019

Great list, Tenyi Toolbox would be a nice inclusion


Wednesday 9th of October 2019

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".


Friday 13th of September 2019

Also Cross Over (maybe)


Friday 13th of September 2019

And Crossout Designator?