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Dark Magician
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"Dark Magician" and "Dark Magician Girl" in the artwork of "Bond Between Teacher and Student"
Japanese

  • ブラック・マジシャン
  • Burakku Majishan (rōmaji)
  • Black Magician (translated)

French

  • Magicien Sombre
  • Magiciène des Ténèbres]

German

  • Dunkler Magier
  • Dunkles Magier-Mädchen

Italian

  • Mago Nero

Portuguese

  • Mago Negro

Spanish

  • Mago Oscuro
  • Maga Oscura


Sets

Anime appearances

Manga appearances


"Dark Magician", known as "Black Magician" (ブラック・マジシャン Burakku Majishan) in Japan, is an archetype that has been a part of the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise since its beginning, with "Dark Magician" appearing as Yugi Muto's ace card. During the Battle City arc and subsequent arcs, more cards were introduced, such as "Dark Magician Girl". Originally a series, the release of "The Eye of Timaeus" cemented its status as an archetype.

The Spanish effect of "The Eye of Timaeus" reads '"Mago/a Oscuro/a"' instead of '"Mago Oscuro" o "Maga Oscura"', somewhat similar to the "Number 10X" archetype.

"Dark Magician of Chaos" and "Skilled Dark Magician" are not "Dark Magician" cards because they do not have 「ブラック・マジシャン」 in their Japanese names.

Commonalities

"Dark Magician" monsters have several features in common:

  • The armor of most "Dark Magician" monsters is a collection of shiny, curved plates with sharp edges, all of the same color, which covers the torso and shoulder areas. On the edges of the plates are curved trimmings of contrasting shade.
  • Some of these monsters also have hats which appear to be similar to a stereotypical wizard's hat, which is usually crooked, leaning forward at the tip and with several rings which segment it. These rings are of the same color of the curved trimmings seen elsewhere on its attire.
  • Some of these monsters have Spell Counters embedded in their staff, shield, sword or armor.
  • Some also have the Arcana Seal depicted in the background.

Play style

The monsters of this archetype are fairly strong on their own, however, they rely a lot on a large amount of support cards to keep them going. The later releases revolve around spell counters. Depending on the way the Deck is built, this archetype can be very slow or fast archetype, occasionally able to out-trump even the "Blackwings", or the "Six Samurai" depending on the draw and how often "Dark Magician" can be Special Summoned. "Magical Dimension" is a great card in order to rush your "Dark Magician" out fast. Protecting a "Skilled Dark Magician" as he gathers up his counters is another way to go, but this strategy relies on how many spell cards you can allow your opponent to play before they gain the upper hand.

Recommended cards

  • Magical Dimension- Arguably the best way to Special Summon a Spellcaster. As long as you have a Spellcaster on the field and one in the hand, you can get out your "Dark Magician" and even destroy one of your opponent's monsters. Additionally, this is a Quick-Play Spell and therefore can be used quite flexibly throughout the Duel.
  • Ancient Rules- If you draw "Dark Magician," he can be useless in your hand unless you have an "Ancient Rules" to instantly Special Summon him.
  • Dark Magic Curtain- "Dark Magic Curtain's" high cost can be curtailed with "Spell Economics," however the summon restriction and the fact that "Dark Magician" must be in the Deck for you to activate it makes it a card worth running only one copy of in your DM deck. Use it in conjunction with "Thousand Knives" and/or "Dark Magic Attack" in your hand before your opponent can destroy your magician.
  • Sage's Stone- It is highly recommended to run "Dark Magician Girl" in a DM Deck, so that you can use "Sage's Stone" to quickly get out your "Dark Magician."
  • Magician's Circle- Useful to quickly search out a "Dark Magician Girl" from the Deck to use that Sage's Stone in your hand. However, searching out a Gagaga Magician for a convenient Xyz summon can be just what you need in certain situations.
  • Swing of Memories- Quickly brings out a Normal Monster (DM) from your Graveyard until the End Phase. Good if you have a DMA or "Thousand Knives" in your hand as well as a DM in the grave. Very situational and can be a dead draw.
  • Dark Magic Attack- Clear out your opponents back row if you have "Dark Magician" on your side of the field. Can be a game changing card against S/T heavy Decks, but can be sided out against Decks that do not use many S/T's.
  • Thousand Knives- If DM is on your side of the field, destroy one monster your opponent controls.
  • Bound Wand- This is a great way to protect your "Dark Magician" once he gets out onto the field, since he is not the easiest monster to get out there and you want to keep him in play as much as possible. Also, this card brings him up to an impressive 3200 ATK.
  • Escape from the Dark Dimension- A great side card for a Dark Magician Deck, for decks that like to banish your ace card.
  • Gagaga Shield- Throw down your "Dark Magician" in Defense Position and equip him with "Gagaga Shield" if you need to play defensive for awhile. This way your Life Points will be safe and you can immeadiately make use of any "Thousand Knives" and "Dark Magic Attack" that you draw.
  • Skilled Dark Magician- This monster needs 3 Spell Counters to bring out a DM from the hand, Deck or graveyard. It's also a nice 1900 beater.
  • Dark Effigy/Double Coston- Both of these cards can be used to Tribute Summon DM, if you are not able to special summon him.
Recommended cards
Pendulum Magician

Weakness

Consisting primarily of Spellcaster-Type monsters allows this archetype to potentially be crippled by "Last Day of Witch". Other cards like "Zombie World" can prevent the Tribute Summoning of "Dark Magician" or "Dark Magician Girl" as well as lockout any effects that require the presence of a Spellcaster-Type monster. Using "Magical Dimension", "Skilled Dark Magician" or "Dark Magic Curtain" is an excellent alternative to the casual and slow two-monster Tribute Summon. "Secret Village of the Spellcasters" can be used to prevent the opponent from using Spell Cards, particularly crippling ones such as "Zombie World".

This archetype also lacks support, with only "The Eye of Timaeus" supporting the archetype as a whole. Most support for cards in the archetype is for "Dark Magician" himself or Spellcasters in general.

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