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Yugioh: Staples Every Duelist Should Own 2022

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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Tuesday 20th of September 2022

Chimeratech Megafleet Drago?


Saturday 23rd of July 2022

Good Work. I would recommend adding the punk and adventure engines Also Miradora, Kshatri-la fenrir(when it comes to TCG), Fairy tail - snow, Change of heart, Ultimate Slayer and Icy Dragon's Prison Would also be nice to clean up and remove some of the older staples which have been powercrept (like grand mole).

among us man

Saturday 4th of June 2022

most of these cards are either banned or not staples anymore lmao

Ryan McKenna

Thursday 7th of July 2022

They're always still good to have :)

Any banned/outdated cards will be remarkably cheap to acquire and could very well reach relevance in the future.


Saturday 22nd of January 2022

Missing some staple cards: - Stall Turn - Unending Nightmare - Wiretap - Soul Drain - Shadow-Imprisoning Mirror - White Howling - Typhoon - All Virus cards - Royal Decree - Macro Cosmos - Dimensional Fissure - Warning Point - Appointer of The Red Lotus - Dogmatika Punishment - Fire and Ice Hand - Lava Golem - Cross Over - Curse of Darkness - Titanocider - Wall of Reflection - Naelshaddoll Ariel - Necroworld Banshee and Zombie World - Honest - Token Collector - Heavenly Zephyr Miradora - Liberty at Last - Koa'ki Meiru Draco - All Solemn and Forbidden Series - Thunder King Rai-Oh - Compulsory Evacuation Device - Trap Hole Series (Especially Gravedigger's Trap Hole and Bottomless) - Stygian Dirge - Necrovalley - System Down - Chimeratech Fortress Dragon - Harpie Feather Storm - All "C" Monsters Series - Alpha, the Master of Beasts - Discord - XYZ Universe - Forbidden Graveyard - Breakthrough Skill - Number 60: Dugares the Timeless - Appalousa, Bow of The Goddess - Most of the Artifact and Traptrix series - Fossil Dyna - HERO (Dark Law, Phoenix Enforcer, Absolute Zero) - Miror Force Series - Broken Line - Monstrous Storm - Malevolent Catastrophe - Starlight Road - Ultimate Providence - Heavy Slump - Spell Canceller - Trap Stun - Ally of Justice - Cycle Reader - Zeus - Grave of The Super Ancient Organism - Transmigration Prophecy - Divine Wrath - Red Blossoms from Underroot (Underrated) - Debunk - Summoning Curse - Banquet of Millions - Trickstar Reincarnation - Earthshattering Event - Different Dimension Ground - Engraver of The Mark - Sales Pitch (Underrated) - Gizmek Kaku - Imperial Iron Wall - Night Beam - Enemy Controller - Bye-bye Damage (Underrated) - Jelly Cannon - Cursed Seal of The Forbidden Spell - Mind Crush - Overworked - Over Capacity - Dark Illusion - White Howling (Underrated) - Fiend Comedian (Underrated) - Spiritual Water Art - Aoi (Underrated) - Ghost of a Grudge - Mana Dragon Zirnitron (Underrated) - Moon Mirror Shield - Double Edged-Sword (Fun) - Mirror of the Ice Barrier (Underrated) - Lullaby of Obedience - Mythical Beast Jackal King - Ice Barrier Series - Icarus Attack - Metaltron XII

For splashable engine: -Dragonmaid -Tri-Brigade - Zoodiac - PK - Lyrical - Sky-Striker - Weather Girl - Virtual World - Drytron


Sunday 5th of April 2020

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