"Flower Cardian Pine", "Flower Cardian Zebra Grass", "Flower Cardian Willow", and "Flower Cardian Paulownia" in the artwork of "Flower Gathering".
"Flower Cardian" monsters look like giant hanafuda cards. The images depicted in them appear to be parodies of the images depicted in the actual playing cards using Yu-Gi-Oh! cards; for example, the image depicted on "Flower Cardian Pine with Crane" is a parody of the image depicted in the "Crane Matsu" card with "Crane Crane".
Main Deck monsters
Each Main Deck monster's Level is equal to the month represented by its suit; for example, "Matsu" is the first suit, so "Flower Cardian Pine" and "Flower Cardian Pine with Crane" are both Level 1. The ATK/DEF of each is equal to 100 times its point value in hanafuda; for example, the "Susuki" hanafuda card is worth 1 point and "Flower Cardian Zebra Grass" has 100 ATK/DEF, while the "Full Moon with Red Sky Susuki" card is worth 20 points and "Flower Cardian Zebra Grass with Moon" has 2000 ATK/DEF.
|Level||Hanafuda suit||Hanafuda card||Points||Flower Cardian||Featured Yu-Gi-Oh! card||ATK/DEF|
|Crane and Sun||20||Pine with Crane||Crane Crane||2000|
|3||Cherry blossom||Camp Curtain||20||Cherry Blossom with Curtain||Curtain of the Dark Ones||2000|
|6||Peony||Butterfly||10||Peony with Butterfly||Blazewing Butterfly||1000|
|7||Bush clover||Boar||10||Clover with Boar||Boar Soldier||1000|
|8||Zebra grass||Normal||1||Zebra Grass||Naturia Cosmobeet||100|
|Full Moon with Red Sky||20||Zebra Grass with Moon||The Wicked Avatar||2000|
|10||Maple||Deer||10||Maple with Deer||Valerifawn, Mystical Beast of the Forest||1000|
|Ono no Michikaze with Umbrella and Frog||20||Willow with Calligrapher||Flower Cardian Lightshower and Poison Draw Frog||2000|
|Fenghuang||20||Paulownia with Phoenix||Fenghuang||2000|
Extra Deck monsters
The Extra Deck monsters are based on yaku (combos) in Koi-Koi, a game played with hanafuda cards.
|Yaku||Yaku requirements||Flower Cardian|
|Ame-Shikō||Any four 20-point cards including Ono no Michikaze||Flower Cardian Lightshower|
|Gokō||All five 20-point cards||Flower Cardian Lightflare|
|Inoshikachō||The Boar, the Deer, and the Butterfly||Flower Cardian Boardefly|
|Tsukimi-zake||The Moon and Sake Cup||Flower Cardian Moonflower|
|Hanami-zake||The Sakura Curtain and Sake Cup|
In Japanese, "Cardian" is written with kanji meaning "Hanafuda" and "Protection". The reading "Cardian" is a pun on "Card" and "Guardian". In English, the addition of the word "Flower" may reflect the fact that "Hanafuda" is written with kanji meaning "Flower" and "Card".
This archetype revolves around performing plays that mirror plays from hanafuda games. Their effects allow the player to Tribute the "Flower Cardian" monsters worth 1 point in hanafuda games on their field to Special Summon the monster of matching Level worth 20 points from their hand, which will then allow the player to draw 1 card. If the drawn card is a "Flower Cardian" who has another of matching Level on the field, the player can keep Special Summoning "Flower Cardian" monsters and drawing cards. This arrangement is meant to gather the right cards on the field to perform a combination named "Yaku", represented by a Synchro Summon.
The archetype uses cards such as "Flower Gathering" to gather cards more quickly. Everything revolves around gathering the right cards to perform a "Yaku" and Synchro Summon the Synchro Monster corresponding to that combo. By using "Flower Stacking" followed by "Super Koi Koi" it's possible to summon any Level 4 or 6 Synchro Monster, or a Rank 2 Xyz Monster.
The "Flower Cardian" Tuners ("Flower Cardian Moonflower", "Flower Cardian Peony with Butterfly" and "Flower Cardian Willow with Calligrapher") can treat other monsters as Level 2 for a Synchro Summon, so it's possible to Special Summon "Level Eater" with its own effect and use it to summon any of the "Flower Cardian" Synchro Monsters.
The Pendulum Effect of "Dragodies, the Empowered Warrior" can be used to help "Flower Cardian Paulownia with Phoenix", "Flower Cardian Pine with Crane" and "Flower Cardian Zebra Grass with Moon" activate their last effects, and its Monster Effect can add any of the "Flower Cardian" monsters from your Deck to your hand.
While this deck has immense draw power and flows well with the average first hand, it has a number of flaws.
- If the player doesn't draw "Super Koi Koi", "Flower Gathering", "Flower Cardian Pine" or "Flower Cardian Cherry Blossom with Curtain", they cannot Summon any other Flower Cardian monsters.
- Cards that prevent Special Summoning monsters, such as "Vanity's Emptiness" and "Vanity's Fiend", prevent this Deck from working.
- If the opponent Tributes "Flower Cardian Lightflare" using something such as a "Kaiju" monster or "Share the Pain", it does not count as leaving the field by a card effect, and hence it cannot use its effect to Summon another "Flower Cardian" Synchro Monster.
- Due to the playing style of this archetype, monsters other than "Flower Cardian" monsters ruin the consistency, slowing down the deck.