Yu-Gi-Oh! Announces Link Monsters



A new generation of Yu-Gi-Oh is upon us and with that; comes a new type of card to add to your decks to become the next King of Games! With the release of the Starter Pack; Link Strike, duelist will get their first look at Link Monsters.

Every year, new Yu-Gi-Oh cards are released and old ones are made banned as a way to keep duelest on their toes and keep the game fresh and interesting. However with every new generation of the Yu-Gi-Oh anime, comes a complete overhaul that introduces a completly different type of card and new ways to play.

Yu-Gi-Oh GX focused more of Fusions, 5D’s introduced Syncro (my personal favourite), Zexal gave us XYZ, ARC-V gave us the controversial (and if I’m honest, very broken and over powered) Pendulum summons and now VRAINS has introduced Link Monsters.

Example of Link Monsters

These recent inclustions not only brings Link Monsters but will also balance out Pendulum summons by removing the “Pendulum Zones” and moving them into the Spell and trap zone. So if you have 2 pedulam monsters in effect they now take up two spell and trap zones leaving you with only 3 Spell/Trap zones.

In addition, there is now 2 “Extra Monster Zones” allowing players to have more than original 5 monter limit.

Here are some common terms you should know when dealing with Link Monsters;

First Starter Deck to introduce Link Monsters

Link Arrows: These are the big red triangles surrounding the picture of the monster. Only the red ones are Link Arrows.

Link Rating: Link Rating is the number in the lower right hand corner of a Link Monster where the DEF would normally be located. This is the number of Link Arrows the monster has, and also the number of Link Materials you need to use to Link Summon it.

Link Material: These are the face-up monsters on your side of the field that you use to Link Summon. All the monsters you use as Link Material must meet the specification on the Link Monster you’re trying to Summon. Normally, 1 monster = 1 Link Material, but when you’re Link Summoning with a Link Monster as Link Material, you can choose to use it as 1 Link Material, or to substitute its Link Rating as the number of Link Materials it counts as. It’s still only 1 monster no matter how many Link Materials it’s counting as.

Points to:  The Monster Zones and/or monsters that are directly adjacent to the tip of a Link Arrow are the zones and/or monsters that Link Monster “points to”. A Decode Talker placed in an Extra Monster Zone, for example, points to the Main Monster Zone directly above it, as well as the Main Monster Zones diagonally downwards to the left and right. A Decode Talker placed in the center Main Monster Zone does not point to anything, as there are no Monster Zones directly adjacent to the tip of its Link Arrows.

Linked: A monster is “linked” if one or both of the following is true; 1. A Link Arrow is pointing to this monster. 2. This monster is a Link Monster and one of its Link Arrows is pointing to another monster. Consider Ib, the World Chalice Priestess from Code of the Duelist, who says “This linked card cannot be destroyed by battle or card effects.” If Ib is pointing to another monster, she can’t be destroyed by battle or card effect. If another Link Monster is pointing to her, she can’t be destroyed by battle or card effect.

Co-linked: Only Link Monsters can be “co-linked”. Two Link Monsters are “co-linked” if they have Link Arrows that point at each other. As of publication, no card uses this terminology. The first monster that will use it is Firewall Dragon from Code of the Duelist, which counts the number of monsters it’s “co-linked” to in order to determine the strength of its effect. In the following formation, Firewall Dragon is “co-linked” to 2 monsters: Link Spider and Honeybot.

With all these changes it is highly recommend you check out the offical tutorial on how to use these new types of cards;

So will you be converting to the new style or are oyu happy just playing with your current deck?


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