"Specter", "Lantern", "Alucard", "Stein", "Witch", "Yuki-onna" and "Jiangshi" inside the "Ghostrick Mansion"
"Ghostrick" (ゴーストリック Gōsutorikku) (a portmanteau of the words "ghost" and "trick") is an archetype of DARK Fiend, Spellcaster and Zombie-Type monsters that debuted in "Shadow Specters". They are based on various monsters of folklore and Halloween monsters.
All of the non-Xyz Monsters introduced thus far have had a common effect: "Cannot be Normal Summoned, unless you control a "Ghostrick" monster. Once per turn: You can change this card to face-down Defense Position".
Ghostricks are either Level (or Rank) 1, 2, or 3, corresponding to the Fiend, Spellcaster and Zombie type respectively.
Their effects mostly revolves around flipping monsters face-down and protecting themselves as long as they are face-down. In this way, they act like pranksters or mischievous spirits: popping out and scaring people, then running away and hiding as understood by the name "Ghostrick" which is derived from the words "ghost" and "trick", being ghosts that trick.
Most of the Ghostrick monsters aren't strong by themselves, thus they're mostly relying upon activating "Ghostrick Mansion" (can be searched with "Ghostrick Stein") as soon as possible in order to launch several consecutive direct attacks. Since "Mansion" also protect any face-down monsters from attacks, it is easy to repeatedly activating Ghostrick monster's effects like "Ghostrick Jiangshi" and "Ghostrick Witch". "Ghostrick Scare" and "Swords of Concealing Light" are also utilized greatly in this deck to provide disruptions and lockdown, respectively. "Swords of Concealing Light" also serves as set-up for direct attacks when paired with "Ghostrick Mansion". "Ghostrick Specter" and "Ghostrick Lantern" adding more defenses in this deck, and is most valuable when the "Mansion" isn't available.
Most of Ghostrick monsters are Zombies, so it's possible to use support for it in this Deck. "Skull Conductor" can be used to summon "Mummy" + "Des Lacooda" or "Jiangshi" / "Plaguespreader" / "Painter" + "Stein" / "Bone Crusher" for a Xyz or Synchro Summon.
Despite this archetype's unorthodox "bait and switch"-like tactics, "Ghostricks" have many weaknesses.
- First, cards like "Dark Simorgh", "Searchlightman", "Light of Intervention" prevent "Ghostrick" monsters from being Set or flipped face-down in the first place.
- Mass-destruction effects like "Judgment Dragon", "Black Rose Dragon", and the newly-hyped "Evilswarm Exciton Knight" can be absolutely disastrous for this deck, since this deck relies heavily on its field presence to do damage to their opponent.
- Cards like "Ghostrick Vanish" can prevent those destructions (albeit inconsistent).
- Most "Ghostricks" depends on their Field Spell Cards, "Ghostrick Mansion" or "Ghostrick Museum", to deal damage, and will struggle to do much Battle damage to your opponent without it, due to most of them having low ATK stats. This can be even worse with cards like "Spell Shattering Arrow" and "Eradicator Epidemic Virus" around.
- Cards like "Field Barrier", "Stardust Dragon", "Malefic Stardust Dragon" or "Stardust Spark Dragon" can be used to protect it. "Ghostrick Ghoul" also gives a "Ghostrick" monster an ATK boost to compensate for their low ATK.
- Be careful with "Field Barrier", though, as it's protection effect can also backfire if your opponent can somehow remove the Field Spell without destroying it, which can prevent yourself from activating another Field Spell. Most common occurrences with "Lightning Chidori", "Raiza The Storm Monarch" and "Caius the Shadow Monarch".