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"Dark World" (あんこくかい Ankokukai) is an archetype consisting of DARK Fiend monsters. They were introduced in Elemental Energy, with further support in Strike of Neos, Gates of the Underworld Structure Deck and Primal Origin.

They are based around effects that activate when they are discarded from the hand to the Graveyard by a card effect. This does not include costs that require the user to discard, such as "Lightning Vortex" or effects that send cards from the hand to the Graveyard, without discarding, such as "Hand Destruction". "Dark World" cards benefit from the use of cards like "Card Destruction", "Dragged Down into the Grave", "Morphing Jar", "Trance Archfiend" and "Fabled Raven".

Brron, Mad King of Dark World uses this archetype in the Yu-Gi-Oh! GX anime.

The anime-only "Dark Corridor" also belongs to this archetype since its kanji name contains "暗黒界".

"Darkworld Thorns" and "Cyber Soldier of Darkworld" are not "Dark World" cards, reflected by their names using "Darkworld" instead of "Dark World".

Naming

The names of "Dark World" monsters are mostly based on colors, many of which feature prominently in their artwork and their army positions. The English names are based on the words for the colors with extra letters added. The Japanese names are based on the transcriptions of the English words for the colors with one ore more morae deleted. The Chinese names are combinations of the color names and transcription/transliteration of English or Japanese words, in terms of phonetics.

Members

English Japanese Origin
Name Origin Name Origin
Beiige Beige ベージ Bēji ベージBēju Vanguard
Broww Brown ブラウ Burau ブラウBuraun Hunter
Brron Bronze ブロン Buron ブロンBuronzu King
Ceruli Cerulean セルリ Seruri セルリアン Serurian Guru
Cobal Cobalt コバル Kobaru コバルKobaruto Excavator
Colorless Colorless カラレス Kararesu カラレス Karāresu King
Goldd Gold ゴルド Gorudo ルド Gōrudo Wu-Lord
Grapha Graphite グラファ Gurafa グラファイト Gurafaito Dragon Lord
Gren Green グリン Gurin グリ Gurīn Tactician
Kahkki Khaki (literally "soil-colored") カーキ Kāki Guerrilla
Latinum Platinum ラチナ Rachina ラチナ Purachina Exarch
Lucent Translucent ケルト Keruto ケルト Sukeruton
ける Sukeru
Netherlord
Reign-Beaux Rainbow
Reign + Beaux
レイン Rein レインボー Reinbō
レイン Rein
Overlord
Renge Orange レンジ Renji レンジ Orenji Gatekeeper
Scarr Scarlet スカー Sukā スカーレット Sukāretto Scout
Sillva Silver シルバ Shiruba シルバShirubā Warlord
Snoww Snow スノウ Sunou Unlight
Zure Azure ズール Zūru ズール Azūru Knight

Basic strategy

"Dark World" cards are generally intended to gain advantage by activating Summoning, destruction, and other effects through discarding cards (through effects) from your hand into the Graveyard. Many "Dark World" monsters gain extra effects if discarded by an opponent's effect.

"Dark World" monsters can rapidly and aggressively swarm the field and overwhelm the opponent by destroying and discarding your opponent's cards. The deck's main boss monster, "Grapha, Dragon Lord of Dark World", has a built-in destruction effect and the ability to Special Summon itself from the Graveyard; coupled with its high ATK, it is the key card in any "Dark World" Deck.

With the Gates of the Underworld Structure Deck, the Deck picked up more speed in Summoning and getting card effects. In addition to the aforementioned "Grapha", it introduced "Snoww, Unlight of Dark World", whose effect allows for quick searches and Deck thinning. On the other hand, the Deck no longer needed to rely on "Goldd, Wu-Lord of Dark World" and "Sillva, Warlord of Dark World" for power. Their high Level means that they will often sit unused in the hand (although they can still be viable for some strategies, such as a Rank 5 Xyz Summon). Using your discard outlets for other cards such as "Grapha" or "Snoww" is often more favorable to either immediately remove a threat, or search the Deck for a card you need.

Another uncommon strategy is discarding "Ceruli, Guru of Dark World" when you have a "Dark World" monster that gains effects when discarded by an opponent's card effect (e.g. "Reign-Beaux, Overlord of Dark World", "Goldd", or "Snoww"). Since the effect of "Ceruli" summons itself on the opponent's side of the fireld, you are the target of its discard effect; this gives your "Dark World" monster a special effect and wastes the opponent's field space.

"Dark World Brainwashing" and "Dark Deal", disrupt with the opponent's cards as they change Effects into a random discard on you.

As per the New Master Rules, "Dark World" suffers almost nothing and can gain a better field control as the ooponent would lack a strong Monster to take down your Monster.

Discard effects

This section will show exactly which effects are activated with any "Dark World" monster's discard. This also shows exactly the additional effect that happens when the opponent's effect is the cause for the discard.

Dark World Effect after being discarded by…
any card effect an opponent's card effect
Beiige Special Summons itself. N/A
Broww Draw 1 card. Draw 1 more card (simultaneously, in addition to the 1st effect).
Ceruli Special Summons itself to your opponent's field in Defense Position. N/A
Goldd Special Summons itself. Targets up to 2 cards your opponent controls; destroy them.
Grapha Targets 1 opponent's card and destroys it. Look at 1 random card in your opponent's hand; if it is a monster, you can Special Summon it to your side of the field.
Gren Targets 1 Spell or Trap Card on the field; destroy that card. N/A
Kahkki Targets one monster on the field; destroy it. N/A
Latinum Special Summons itself. Target 1 Fiend monster on the field; That monster gains 500 ATK.
Lucent Special Summons itself. Special Summons 1 Fiend monster (from your Deck) to either side of the field.
Reign-Beaux N/A Special Summons itself. Then, destroys all your opponent's Monster OR Spell/Trap Cards.
Sillva Special Summons itself. Your opponent returns exactly 2 cards from their hand to the bottom of their Deck (in any order, of their choice).
Snoww Adds 1 "Dark World" card from your Deck to your hand. Targets 1 monster in your opponent's Graveyard; Special Summon that traget in face-up Defense Position.

"Dark World" cards do not activate if they are discarded as part of a cost (e.g. "Lightning Vortex" or "Monster Reincarnation"), but they have several cards that force discards as an effect (e.g. "Dark World Dealings", "Dark World Lightning" or "Brron, Mad King of Dark World"). The difference has become easier to determine with the July 2011 "Problem-Solving Card Text" solution. Now all cards with a "discard" effect occurring after a semicolon, ";", are effects that will cause "Dark World" monsters' effects to activate. (See Discards for effect for a list of such cards.)

In general, a "Dark World" Deck should not rely too heavily on card effects that require the opponent to force a discard. Although the archetype has some means of forcing the opponent to make you discard, their situational nature means that you will often have difficulty making the most of the effects.

Recommended cards

  • Since all "Dark World" monsters are Fiend, you can add "Solidarity" to boost the ATK of all "Dark World" monsters by 800 as long as there is at least one Fiend monster (and no other Types) in your Graveyard.
  • "Dark World" Decks can run cards such as "Dark Spirit Art - Greed" or "Advance Draw" to benefit from their easy GY Summons (e.g. the effects of "Goldd", "Gateway to Dark World", and especially "Grapha").
  • "Deck Devastation Virus" and "Eradicator Epidemic Virus" for massive destruction.
  • "Dragged Down Into The Grave" allows you to discard and draw, and take away one card in your opponent's hand at your choice. "Mind Crush" can then be used so you can either call out another card that might trouble you, or call it wrong so you can discard for effects.
  • "Trance Archfiend" is a addition for the deck.
    • It can be Normal Summoned
    • its effect allows you to discard a "Dark World" monster to trigger its effect and give itself 500 ATK and can then be used for the "Virus" cards.
    • If it is destroyed, you can add a banished DARK monster to your hand. This works well with "The Gates of Dark World"; by banishing a "Trance Archfiend", you can later recover it by another copy's effect for a Loop.
    • "Trance Archfiend" also makes easy Rank 4 Xyz Summon with "Beiige". "Archfiend Heiress" can be discarded to search for "Trance Archfiend", or be used along with "Tour Guide From the Underworld".
  • Certain "Fabled" monsters can be mixed into a "Dark World" Deck as they have synergy with each other.
  • "Skill Drain" and "Light-Imprisoning Mirror" are both excellent choices for Trap support.
    • "Skill Drain" negates effects on the field, but most "Dark World" monsters are unaffected, since their effects usually activate in the Graveyard.
    • "Light-Imprisoning Mirror" negates effects of LIGHT monsters on the field and in the GY, only hurting you if you have "Fabled Raven" or other LIGHT monsters on the field.
  • "Card Destruction" and "Morphing Jar" are very useful for "Dark World" Decks as they can provide many discards and draws at once.
  • "Fiendish Rhino Warrior" is an effective addition to the Deck.
    • It protects other Fiends from card effects and destruction by battle while it's on the field
    • When it's sent to the GY, it can act as "Foolish Burial".
Recommended cards

Weaknesses and counter-strategies

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