The Best Archetypes of Every Yugioh Type

Freedom of choice in Yugioh is kind of non-existent in the competitive scene, you go with your best deck regardless of whether it’s enjoyable or not, if you want your best chance of winning. Casually though (which is in my opinion, the best way to play Yugioh), you can whip out whatever deck you want for some no-stakes fun.

Monster types are a great way of finding a deck you love, some people find dragons interesting while others prefer fish monsters. With plenty of options available, it can be daunting trying to fit a bunch of random monsters of the same type together. Thankfully, there are multiple archetypes of each type at your disposal.

This list will detail the best archetype of each Yugioh type, so if you’re feeling like you really want a deck focused on a particular type, consult the entries below!


Aqua: Paleozoic Frog

Paleozoic Frogs are the best budget deck you can get in 2018

The first and only pure Aqua archetype to reach a competitive meta level. Palezoic Frogs are perfect together, swarming the field with level 2 Aqua type monsters to use as XYZ fodder for Toadally Awesome (pictured).

It’s so easy to summon Toadally Awesome in your first turn, there it’ll disrupt massively by negating any card effect, then setting that card to your side of the field. Combine this boss monster with the Paleozoic traps for devastating effect, those trap cards are hugely versatile, capable of dealing with any situation.

Even in today’s meta, Palezoic Frogs are still one of the best decks, reaching top 32 at Nationals which is absolutely insane!

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Beast: Raccoon

Number 64: Ronin Raccoon Sangayu, one of the best rank 2 XYZ monsters in Yugioh

Unfortunately, the Beast type has been massively under-represented for many years. Few archetypes are released and even fewer generic Beast type support cards are created too. If you really have your heart set on this type, Raccoons are the archetype for you.

Raccoons in Yugioh are similar to those in real life, they’re pesky creatures that are tough to catch. The pictured Raccoon monster is their greatest boss and while it does seem underwhelming, combining it with other Raccoons and Link monsters is relatively effective.

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Beast-Warrior: Zoodiac

Zoodiac, the best beast-warrior archetype in Yugioh

Top of the meta for a while, until the ban list hit them anyway. Zoodiacs lost the majority of their competence when their main cards were either banned or limited but casually, they’re still the best Beast-Warrior archetype by far.

Full of shiny variants with awesome art, they’re a blast to use, which is something you should value in a fun deck. Maybe one day their presence on the ban list will be reduced too!

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Cyberse: Pure Cyberse

Firewall Dragon, the best link monster in the entire Yugioh game

Despite having both a Starter deck and a Structure deck created for them, Cyberse is still lacking coherency to find themselves meta viable. Konami seems to be on a mission to make them a lot better though, with support constantly being released. Firewall Dragon is their ace card, extending combos and building a board to be feared.

This type is exceptionally fun to use and perfect for those looking to get into Link format. With the entire Extra Deck only needing Link monsters, every player should own a Cyberse type deck!

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Dinosaur: Lost World Dinos

Dinosaurs, one of the best budget decks in Yugioh

The Dinosaur type finally got some leeway to fling themselves out of the forgotten memories of Yugioh. Absolutely no one had bothered to use a Dino deck for many, many years and for good reason, they sucked.

Since the release of the Dinosmasher’s Fury structure deck however, Ultimate Conductor Tyranno and his friends have become one of the best decks in the entire game. Casually or competitively, Lost World Dinos will perform well!

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Dragon: Blue-Eyes

Blue-Eyes, the best Dragon archetype/deck in Yugioh

Blue-Eyes White Dragon is still the most powerful Normal monster in the entire game and it will be forever. A combined ATK/DEF of 5500 is crazy high, so imagine having a deck that can summon multiple copies per turn!

That’s exactly what a Blue-Eyes deck does, summon huge Dragons from the Extra Deck to disrupt and control the game, while the original Blue-Eyes White Dragon inflicts heavy damage. So much support has been released over the years and even more is coming soon.

Competitively, Blue-Eyes can feature as rogue decks, they won’t top any nationals but they’ll put up a fight!

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Fairy: Trickstar

Trickstar, the best fairy archetype in Yugioh

Currently the best monster archetype in the entire game, Trickstars warped the meta upon their release, with their constant burning, recycling and swarming being too much to handle. Of course, a Trickstar deck will empty your wallet but it’ll be pretty much unbeatable.

As well as burning and swarming, Trickstar’s have a ton of disruption in the form of spell/trap support. It’s actually quite crazy just how much they can do, with absolutely no bad match-ups or counters.

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Fiend: Burning Abyss

Burning Abyss, the best Dark Fiend archetype

I really, really wanted D/D to make the cut on this list but Burning Abyss has been performing so well for so long. Despite being released back in 2014, Burning Abyss has received minimal support yet remained a meta rogue deck capable of beating any other deck out there.

Described as fun yet fair by all Yugioh players, this archetype is a fan favorite for being strong, yet not being boring to play against. New builds are released constantly, players are still figuring out the optimal ways of running Burning Abyss!

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Fish: Nimble Fish

Nimble Fish, the best fish archetype in Yugioh

If you really, really want a pure Fish deck, look at the deck-list below and try to make alterations if necessary. I put it together myself, because there’s absolutely no pure Fish archetype to make use of. A problem of the Water attribute is the massive amount of disparity between the 3 types of Aqua, Fish and Sea-Serpent.

I beleive Nimble Fish is the closest you’ll get to a decent, pure Fish type deck. They swarm a large number of fish quickly, as these creatures would do in real life, while making use of the Extra Deck for destructive power and win conditions.

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Insect: Krawler

Krawler, one of the best budget decks in Yugioh

Of all Insect archetypes in Yugioh, the Krawler series swarms the fastest. Based around Flip monsters, all Krawlers have either a destructive, searching or recycling effect and summon 2 more Krawlers when they’re destroyed.

As I’m sure you’re aware, Flip monsters are terrible in Yugioh right now. A face-down monster is just a prime target for being banished, destroyed or attacked and having its effect negated.

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Machine: Cyber Dragon

Cyber Dragons, the best Machine archetype in Yugioh!

Shout out to the previously best Machine archetype, ABCs. Their consistency was destroyed by the addition of A – Assault Core to the Limited list.

Konami adores Cyber Dragons, so much so that they’ve released waves of support over the years. The most recent coming in the Legendary Duelists: White Dragon Abyss set. Cyber Emergency, released in Battles of Legend: Relentless Revenge, is an incredible search card.

It’s never been easier to swarm huge Cyber boss monsters!

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Plant: Predaplant

Predaplant, the best plant archetype in Yugioh

More commonly used as small engines in 60-card decks, Predaplants have been massively overlooked as a pure Plant archetype. They have a formidable fusion boss monster in the form of Predaplant Chimerafflesia, with another fusion yet to be released in the TCG.

Able to swarm Plant monsters quickly, Predaplants are good for Link summoning too. It’s not too difficult to get a nice board going, this archetype is certainly the best Plant archetype in the game. Just know it’s not competitive in any shape or form.

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Psychic: Metalfoes

Heavymetalfoes Electrumite, one of the best Link monsters in Yugioh

Comprised of Pendulum Normal monsters, Metalfoes are unique in their playstyle and type/attribute. Of all 12 Fire/Psychic monsters that exist, Metalfoes take up 11 of them.

With a multitude of Fusion monsters available alongside Heavymetalfoes Electrumite (pictured), acquiring a field full of strong monsters is no problem at all. A pure Metalfoes deck is great but if needed, you can tech this archetype into a number of other decks and strategies too!

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Pyro: Volcanic

Volcanic Doomfire

As you can tell, the Pyro type is in pretty dire need of an upgrade. Absolutely no new archetypes worth mentioning have been released since the Volcanic archetype debuted in 2007. Having said that, Volcanics are still a fun and fairly usable casual fun deck.

Don’t try taking them into any kind of competitive duel but if you have a Pyro itch you need to scratch, this archetype is the best choice.

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Reptile: Worm

Worms, the best reptile archetype in Yugioh

With most of the Worm monsters being released around 2009 to 2011, you can tell the Reptile type is pretty bad right now. The Alien or Venom archetypes might be more up your street but if you want to the most effective Reptile type deck possible, Worms are the only choice.

Each Worm monster has some nice little effects, mostly situational though. Worm Zero is the card you should aspire to summon as soon as possible, as it contains quite a few very nice effects. Using 6 Reptile type monsters for its fusion summon is almost mandatory though for maximum competence.

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Rock: Magnet Warriors

Magnet Warriors, one of the best budget decks in Yugioh

Konami treated the Rock type as the go-to defensive series of cards. It kind of makes sense, Rocks are supposed to be tough and rigid. Magnet Warriors changed everything, becoming a highly powerful deck capable of swarming the field.

The Magnet Warriors themselves aren’t too strong, mostly focusing on searching/special summoning other Magnet Warriors. Their boss monsters however, are awesome. Imperion Magnum the Superconductive Battlebot (pictured) is one of the strongest boss monsters in the entire game!

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Sea-Serpent: Atlantean Mermails

Atlantean Mermails, the best sea-serpent archetype in Yugioh

Of all the Water archetypes, decks and strategies to exist, a combination of Atlanteans and Mermails is the best, by far. One even got as far as the top 16 in June 2018 (link below), which is ludicrous for such an old combination.

Versatility and reliability are featured in this deck, as Atlanteans fit really well with Mermails and other generic Water support cards. Plenty of Extra Deck monsters can be considered too, allowing you to mold your Extra Deck to the deck you’re facing, with many more options than any other deck!

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Spellcaster: Dark Magician

Dark Magician, one of the most nostalgic Yugioh cards

Konami recognises the Dark Magician archetype as one of the leading sets of cards in Yugioh. Used by the ever-popular Yugi Muto, the amount of support they’ve received over the years is justified. Because of said support, a Dark Magician deck is well worth investing in, as it can win duels against any kind of opponent.

Bricking (bad hands) plague them though, it’s not a huge lack of consistency, just not enough to make them competitively viable. Focusing more on control and disruption, rather than raw power like Blue-Eyes, a Dark Magician deck is very fun to use!

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Thunder: Thunder Dragons

Thunder Dragons, the best Thunder archetype in Yugioh

You can’t help but love re-trained archetypes, Thunder Dragons have recently become a great anti-meta deck in the Soul Fusion set. Considered one of the best competitive decks you’ll find in today’s game, Thunder Dragons seek to swarm the field with powerful fusion monsters.

Recycling, great searching and destruction protection make them a scary deck to deal with!

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Warrior: Gouki

Gouki, one of the best budget decks in Yugioh

Right now, Goukis are one of the best meta archetypes in the game. Mind boggling swarming power, infinite recycling capabilities and high ATK stats make them competitively viable. Many players are combining Goukis with other archetypes but on their own, they can still top a local tournament.

Any time a non-Link Gouki monster is sent to the graveyard, you can add another Gouki monster to your hand. Such effects are insane when you consider the support they have, like Gouki Re-Match that can summon 2 from your graveyard!

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Winged-Beast: Blackwing

Blackwing, the best winged-beast archetype in Yugioh

No matter how bad Blackwings are, Konami will still release support for them. They’ve shown this constantly, with seemingly every other set containing another Blackwing support card. This means you can invest in a Blackwing deck now, knowing it’s future-proofed and could become meta at some point.

There’s honestly no set way to build Blackwings, 11 Synchro monsters exist, giving you a ton of leeway when it comes to making your own variant!

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Wyrm: True Draco

True Dracos, the best wyrm archetype in Yugioh

Another archetype to get rekt by the forbidden list, True Dracos are still going strong though. While the banning of Master Peace was an enormous blow to True Draco’s competitive efforts, they can still be used competitively.

Their spell support is still insanely good, granting a ton of backrow removal, draw power, ATK/DEF boosts and monster protection. Combine this with monsters who can search your deck easily for devastating effect.

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Zombie: Vampires

Vampire, one of the best budget decks in Yugioh

Honorable mention to Shiranui, which is an epic Zombie archetype in its own right. Vampires just beat them to the spot on this list though, with slightly more versatility and better match-ups. Focusing on taking control of your opponent’s monsters, Vampires have no trouble swarming their own Zombie monsters as well.

Plenty of new support, particularly from the recent Dark Saviors booster set, increased this archetype’s power considerably.

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11 thoughts on “The Best Archetypes of Every Yugioh Type

  • October 19, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    Are you sure about the cyber dragon isnt the best machine archetype rightnow?

    • Ryan McKenna
      October 22, 2018 at 10:24 am

      After the A – Assault Core reduction to 1 copy per deck you’re right, especially with the new Cyber Dragon support. Will update, cheers šŸ™‚

      • October 22, 2018 at 11:43 pm

        Cool! The cyber dragon deck is currently broken hahahaha

        • October 23, 2018 at 2:17 pm

          Cyber Dragon is broken ? Gimme a break ! It’s a well balanced and fun to play deck, and it has a huge fanbase. It’s no where near broken. Most of its monsters are prone to almost any kind of removal. The only one that has good protection is Infinity

          • December 3, 2018 at 6:59 pm

            I disagree I’m not saying that is broken, but Infinity isn’t the only good monster in Cyber dragons. They have a few extremely good cards besides Infinity such as Eltanin. It may not be a common used card these days, but it’s a heavy monster removal, because it doesn’t target or even destroy is “sends” which makes it deadly on F.As.

  • October 23, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    Are you sure Dark Magician is the best Spellcaster deck ? I personally believe that Altergeist is much better and much more consistent :/
    Still, I once got my ass whooped by DM while playing Sky Striker. Took a Dark Magic Attack to the face and neg like hell.

    Also, best list ever, would defenitely helps me pick some great decks to play, and it also addresses several glaring weaknesses of some type.

    But why did you have to mention the limiting and the end of the love of my life, the ABC šŸ™

    • Ryan McKenna
      October 23, 2018 at 10:15 pm

      For anti-meta yeah Altergeist is better but obviously if you’re knowledgeable about the meta and need to counter it, you probs won’t be looking at this list šŸ˜›

      Dark Magician is a lot better at crushing rogue/casual decks, especially with the new Dark Magician the Dragon Knight turbo variants!

      Glad the list is helping ^^ and I know about ABC, my friend got into Yugioh and put all his heart/soul into his ABC deck, only for it to become half as good haha

  • October 26, 2018 at 1:30 am

    “The first and only pure Aqua archetype to reach a competitive meta level”

    • Ryan McKenna
      October 27, 2018 at 12:21 pm

      What am I missing?

  • November 2, 2018 at 10:03 pm

    Iā€™m so happy! I love krawlers!

  • November 24, 2018 at 9:05 am

    Actually, Vampires are only useful for either their field spell, for Fraulein or for Sucker; Vendeads, Shrianui and Mayakashi all outstrip them in terms of power (Vampires only have 3 Extra Deck Monsters whereas Vendreads, with 1, have 4 Ritual Monsters, Shrianui have 6, and Mayakashi have 6 also). In addition, Zombie cards are being released very quickly now(Red-Eyes Zombie Necro Dragon, Zombie Necronize, Zombie Struggle + Return of the Zombies), and so new-old decks like Skull Servant could easily arise again; by taking control of the new Lightsworn Link Monster , I can see them making a comeback.


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