Kuriboh, one of the most recognisable monsters in the entirety of Yugioh. Whether you’re a new player or a veteran of 15 years, you’ll know and love Kuriboh. I believe everyone should own a Kuriboh deck, not only can it be built from your spare cards, it’s a surprisingly fun deck with plenty of strategies. Your opponent will love facing it too, even if they lose!
Do not use Winged Kuriboh level 10, it honestly sucks as you use so many cards summoning it and its effect is too situational.
This list contains 10 cards you hopefully didn’t know are great in a Kuriboh deck. Other staples (like One for One) can be found in the deck list above!
*Sets have been included to let you know where you can get these cards
Specifically for the tokens, Scapeghost fits snuggly into a Kuriboh deck. While it is a level 1 monster and a tuner, you’ll only make use of its effect to summon up to 4 tokens upon it being flipped. These tokens can be combined with another card you’ll see on this list for devastating effects. It’s definitely worth sticking the one copy in your Kuriboh deck.
9. Rainbow Kuriboh
One of my favorite Kuriboh monsters, Rainbow Kuriboh can shut down even the strongest of boss monsters. No destruction, no negation, just straight up attack prevention. Some would argue it keeps their monster on the field but that’s fine, it’ll force them to get rid of it. Once Rainbow Kuriboh is in the graveyard, it can be revived by its own effect to prevent a direct attack.
8. Creature Swap
Summoning a level 1 monster, only to give him to your opponent is hilarius. Creature Swap doesn’t target, allowing it to bypass a lot of boss monster immunity effects that are so prevalent nowadays. This card is as troll as the deck gets, although it can be a bit of a dead draw if your opponent has a lot of monsters on the field.
Sets: Way too many, see the Wikia for more details
7. Dystopia the Despondent
You could replace Dystopia with an Egyptian God, Sacred Beast or Wicked Beast if needed. Kuriboh monsters are pitiful weak on their own, they exist only to stall until you can get a mega-boss like Dystopia onto the field. Tokens cannot be used (Had to mention this, some people don’t understand “send to the graveyard” rulings with tokens). Personally, I choose Dystopia + Obelisk but you can run into both early, leaving you with nothing to do.
6. Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing
Taking some damage is perfectly fine in a Kuriboh deck, you want to hit that late-game as fast as possible and tanking a hit or 2 will make it a bit easier. Especially when you have this trap card as back-up, letting you summon up to 2 level 1 monsters. Getting your Kuribohs on the field or into the graveyard is important, your main strategy will revolve around this so definitely have a few of these trap cards in your deck.
Sets: Stardust Overdrive
5. Token Sundae
Combining Kuriboh with Multiply and Detonate is a great strategy, Token Sundae is just as good, letting you destroy any tokens, rather than Kuriboh tokens. It isn’t a Quick-Play Spell like Detonate but having both options is perfect for versatility. As I mentioned before, Scapeghost works great with cards like Token Sundae, your opponent won’t expect it!
Sets: Storm of Ragnarok
With its Ritual Spell of course, Relinquished is mandatory in any deck revolving around level 1 monsters. Although this Spellcaster isn’t as strong as it used to be, opponents never even imagine seeing it used against them in today’s game. Such an element of surprise makes Relinquished that little bit more powerful, allowing you to take one of their strongest monsters if you can get one.
An absolute must-have Link monster, not just for a Kuriboh deck but in general. Linkuriboh is not technically in mass-production right now, that’ll all change when the upcoming Starter Deck: Codebreaker is released. Linkuriboh is still classed as a Kuriboh monster, if you have 3 of these guys you can get your graveyard full of Kuriboh monsters in just a turn or 2. Remember, filling your graveyard is key, due to the next entry..
Sets: Starter Deck: Codebreaker (unreleased)
Kuribohrn is vital to a Kuriboh deck’s strategies. You need to stall with your annoying Kuribohs for as long as possible, then use Kuribohrn to bring them back. If you do it right, you can end up with 5 Kuribohs on the field at once, ready to be sacrificed for the greater good. Getting your graveyard full of Kuriboh monsters is simple, using the cards previously on the list. Kuribohrn shines in the later stages of a duel, forcing your opponent to jump through many more hurdles than they usually would have to.
1. Black Luster Soldier – Envoy of the Beginning
The biggest and best boss monster you can have in a Kuriboh deck is Black Luster Soldier – Envoy of the Beginning. Obviously, you’d like Dystopia on the field a bit more but this card is so easy to summon. A Kuriboh and Winged Kuriboh is all you need in the graveyard, banish them both to summon this guy, another tactic your opponent won’t see coming. Dark Armed Dragon can also be added to the deck.
Sets: Invasion of Chaos, Dark Revelation Volume 2, Gold Series 4: Pyramids Edition, Legendary Collection 3: Yugi’s World Mega Pack, Tidal Dragon Rulers of Waterfalls Tin, Premium Gold, Yugi’s Legendary Decks & Duelist Saga