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"Invoked", known as "Invoked Beast" (しょうかんじゅう Shōkanjū) in the OCG, is an archetype of Fusion Monsters debuting in Booster SP: Fusion Enforcers.

Design

Design-wise, the archetype consists of "Invoked" Fusion Monsters who are seemingly Summoned through magic powers by sorcerers.

Individually, each "Invoked" represents a different Attribute, with their Fusion Materials being "Aleister the Invoker" plus one monster of their specific Attribute, and are named after historical or mythological elements related to said Attribute. They also contain the staff of "Aleister" somewhere in their artworks, but much brighter than the original.

Invoked Support Origin
Aleister the Invoker /
Aleister the Invoker of Madness
Aleister Crowley
Invocation Invocation
Magical Meltdown Unicursal hexagram
The Book of the Law The Book of the Law
Omega Summon To Mega Therion
Level Attribute Type Invoked Origin
4 DARK Beast Caliga Caligula
5 WIND Warrior Raidjin Raijin
6 WATER Dragon Cocytus Cocytus
7 FIRE Fiend Purgatrio Purgatory
8 EARTH Rock Magellanica Terra Australis
9 LIGHT Machine Mechaba Merkabah
10 All Fairy Elysium Elysium

Playing Style

Starting with either the Field Spell "Magical Meltdown" to search "Aleister the Invoker" who searches for this archetype's Fusion Spell card called "Invocation", this can Fusion Summon any monster using Materials from the hand, and can also banish Fusion Materials from either GY or your field if Summoning one of the Invoked monsters. It can also recycle itself to the Deck and a banished "Aleister the Invoker" to your hand. Aleister can also act as a handtrap, giving any Fusion Monster +1000 ATK until the end of the turn.

This traits give the Invoked strategy a lot of versatility for many reasons. Firstly, they can access generic Fusion Monsters without needing Polymerisation or other off-archetype cards. Secondly, you only need one Aleister to produce an unending stream of Invoked monsters. Thirdly, the ability to banish monsters from either GY means you can deny your opponent a chance to recycle important monsters while possibly gaining an unusual Attribute for your Deck. Finally, the ability to banish other monsters from your GY means you can use your monsters on field for a Link/Synchro/other Fusion Summon, before getting a second use from them.

However, it is rare to see "pure" Invoked Decks, as there is not too many Main Deck components to this Deck, and Aleister is the only Main Deck monster, requiring other monsters to be played to access most of the Invoked monsters. As a result, Invoked are most commonly seen as an engine in other Decks, particularly those with little to no Normal Summon reliance, or that play Brilliant Fusion to get an extra Normal Summon. These Decks can give up the Normal Summon to Aleister while successfully executing their main strategy, using the Invoked to provide either offensive firepower or defence to help their plays go off. Examples of Decks that have use Invoked strongly include Windwitch and Mekk-Knights, while Thunder Dragons and Trickstars are modern meta decks that have experimented with this build.

The Invoked Fusion monsters are naturally not all viewed as equally strong, and choosing to play them often revolves around which you can Summon. Caliga, Magellanica and Cocytus are viewed as being comparatively weak, but they can still be viable especially if their Attribute is strong in the current meta, as their Summoning will often be far easier. Elysium is often viewed as practically infeasible to Summon, and as not giving enough rewards for the large investment made in it, so is nearly never played.

Invoked Raidjin is a highly versatile option that effectively provides a Book of Moon every turn. The fact it is a Warrior and can be Summoned off Instant Fusion also makes it popular in Decks that Summon Isolde, Two Tales of the Noble Knights. Invoked Purgatrio is a highly dangerous monster that gains ATK for each card your opponent controls and can attack all monsters your opponent controls. As it also does piercing damage, it can OTK the opponent in a flash, making for a startling contrast to the Deck's mainly more control focussed options. Finally, Invoked Mechaba has an awesome negation effect that can negate any effect in the game once per turn by discarding the same type of card as your opponent activated (Monster/Spell/Trap), and then banish whatever was on the receiving end of this effect. If you can Summon multiple Mechaba, your opponent will have a hard time doing anything if you have the right cards in hand.

With the release of Aleister the Invoker of Madness as a dedicated Link Monster for this archetype, Decks that play Invoked Monsters now can Fusion Summon even more often, and can even use the Invoker of Madness himself for a last Summon, as his name becomes Aleister the Invoker on the field. He also gives better support to the archetype's other non-Fusion Spell/Trap cards, so those may be worth considering more often now.

Recommended Cards

Weaknesses

  • "Chain Disappearance" can be used to banish all copies of "Aleister" at the time it is Normal Summoned. Bear in mind, though, that if "Invocation" is sent to the Graveyard, by a card like "Twin Twisters", "Foolish Burial Goods", etc, those copies can be easily retrieved.
  • "Imperial Iron Wall" can be used to prevent the "Invoked" player from banishing monsters from their opponent's Graveyard, and can also disable the powerful effect of "Invoked Mechaba", since it will not be able to banish the card it would have negated.

Six Attributes
DARK DARK EARTH EARTH FIRE FIRE LIGHT LIGHT WATER WATER WIND WIND
Alchemy Beasts
Summoners (Normal Spell Cards)
Moonface the Silver
Silver Key
Leon the Lead
Lead Compass
Salamandra the Steel
Steel Lamp
Ouroboros the Bronze
Bronze Scale
Ekenas the Mercury
Mercury Hourglass
Aretos the Tin
Tin Spell Circle
Aliens Overlord / Mother / Psychic Shocktrooper / Infiltrator / Warrior Mars / Telepath Ammonite / Dog / Grey / Kid Hunter / Hypno Skull
Altergeists Primebanshee / Kidolga / Multifaker Kunquery Hextia Marionetter Meluseek Silquitous / Pixiel
Aroma None Yet Cananga Bergamot Jasmine / Angelica / Rosemary Rosemary Jar
Attribute Boosters (500 ATK▲/400 DEF▼)
Link Monsters
(500 ATK▲/500 DEF▲)
Field Spells
(500 ATK▲/400 DEF▼)
Equip Spells
(400 ATK▲/200 DEF▼)
Witch's Apprentice
Wee Witch's Apprentice
Mystic Plasma Zone
Sword of Dark Destruction
Milus Radiant
Missus Radiant
Gaia Power
Invigoration
Little Chimera
Duelittle Chimera
Molten Destruction
Burning Spear
Hoshiningen
Hip Hoshiningen
Luminous Spark
Elf's Light
Star Boy
Mistar Boy
Umiiruka
Steel Shell
Bladefly
Greatfly
Rising Air Current
Gust Fan
Attribute Knights Armageddon Dust Brushfire Dawn Shore Altitude
Attribute Reptiles Umbral Soul Raging Earth Firestorm Prominence Radiant Spirit Silent Abyss Destruction Cyclone
Attribute Summoners Mystic Tomato Giant Rat UFO Turtle Shining Angel Mother Grizzly Flying Kamakiri #1
Barrier Statues Abyss Drought Inferno Heavens Torrent Stormwinds
B.E.S. Big Core Covered Core Big Core MK-2 Assault Core / Big Core MK-3 Crystal Core Tetran
Charmers
Familiar-Possessed
Cataclysmic Charmers
Spiritual Arts
Familiar
Possessed Familiars
Dharc
Dharc
None Yet
Greed
Meda Bat
None Yet
Aussa
Aussa
Avalanching Aussa
Kurogane
Marmot
Nefarious
Hiita
Hiita
Blazing Hiita
Kurenai
Fox Fire
Inari Fire
Lyna
Lyna
None Yet
Hijiri
Happy Lover
None Yet
Eria
Eria
Raging Eria
Aoi
Gigobyte
Jigabyte
Wynn
Wynn
Storming Wynn
Miyabi
Petit Dragon
None Yet
Chrysalis
Neo-Spacians
Evolved forms
Contact Fusions
Evolved forms
Triple/Quadruple Contact Fusions
Pantail
Dark Panther
None Yet
Dark Neos
None Yet
Chaos Neos
Mole
Grand Mole
None Yet
Grand Neos
None Yet
Nebula Neos
Larva
Flare Scarab
None Yet
Flare Neos
None Yet
Magma Neos
Pinny
Glow Moss
Twinkle Moss
Glow Neos
None Yet
Cosmo Neos
Dolphin
Aqua Dolphin
Marine Dolphin
Aqua Neos
Marine Neos
None Yet
Chicky
Air Hummingbird
None Yet
Air Neos
None Yet
Storm Neos
Code Talkers
Support
Code / Decode
Micro Coder
Transcode
Code Generator
Powercode
None Yet
Encode
None Yet
Shootingcode
Code Radiator
Excode
None Yet
Color Ninjas
Dragon Ninjas
Strike Ninja
Black Dragon Ninja
Senior Silver Ninja
None Yet
Crimson Ninja
Red Dragon Ninja
White Ninja / Upstart Golden Ninja
White Dragon Ninja / None Yet
Armed Ninja
Blue Dragon Ninja
Yellow Ninja
Yellow Dragon Ninja
Crusadia
(Level 3-4)
None Yet Leonis Reclusia Maximus Arboria Draco
Cubic Vijam / Crimson Nova / Crimson Nova Trinity Dark Garnex Blade Garoodia Duza / Buster Gundil / Indiora Doom Volt None Yet Geira Guile
D/D/D Gilgamesh Darius Genghis None Yet Caesar Alexander
Dice Roll Archfiends Terrorking Vilepawn Infernalqueen Desrook Darkbishop Shadowknight
Double Tributers
Effigies
Double Coston
Dark
The Trojan Horse
Earth
Flame Ruler
None Yet
Kaiser Sea Horse
Light
Unshaven Angler
None Yet
Whirlwind Prodigy
Wind
Dustons
(1/0/1000 Fiends)
Star Yellow Red House / White Blue Green
Elemental HERO Fusion Monsters
(1 "HERO" + 1 matching Attribute)
Escuridao Gaia Nova Master The Shining Absolute Zero Great Tornado
Elemental Lords
Elementsabers
Umbramirage
Molehu
Grandsoil
Aina
Pyrorex
Malo
Phosphorage
Lapauila / Lapauila Mana
Moulinglacia
Nalu
Windrose
Makani
Empowered Warriors
Summoners
Dragonox
None Yet
Terratiger
White Tiger
Arnis
Red Sparrow
Dragodies
None Yet
Hydrortoise
Green Turtle
Ventdra
Blue Dragon
Entities Azathot Nyarla Chthugua N'tss Norden Hastorr
Fortune Fairies
Fortune Ladies
Ann
Dark
Chee
Earth
En
Fire
Hikari
Light
Swee
Water
Hu
Wind
Fur Hire Seal
Folgo
Beat
Dyna
Bravo Rafale Helmer
Wiz
Donpa
Recon
Sagitta
Ghost Girls Ghost Reaper & Winter Cherries Ghost Belle & Haunted Mansion Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit None Yet None Yet
Guardians
Weapons
(Equip Spell Cards)
Baou / Dreadscythe
Wicked-Breaking Flamberge / Reaper Scythe
Grarl
Gravity Axe
Ceal
Shooting Star Bow
Tryce
Twin Swords of Flashing Light
Kay'est
Rod of Silence
Elma / Eatos
Buttefly Dagger / Celestial Sword
Invoked Caliga Magellanica Purgatrio Mechaba / Elysium Cocytus Raidjin
Kaiju Radian Kumongous Dogoran Jizukiru / Mecha-Dogoran / Thunder King Gameciel Gadarla
Knightmare
Link Monsters
Unicorn Cerberus Phoenix Gryphon Mermaid Goblin
Legendary Planets Jupiter / Saturn / Pluto / Sun Terra Firma Mars Venus / Uranus Mercury / Neptune None Yet
Masked HEROes
Non-Fusion Monsters
Level 6 Fusion Monsters
Level 8 Fusion Monsters
Dusk Crow
Dark Law
Anki
Bassols
None Yet
Dian
Inferno
Goka
None Yet
Ray
None Yet
Koga
Fountain
Vapor
Acid
Gust
Blast
Divine Wind
Magician Girls Dark Berry Apple Lemon Chocolate Kiwi
Mirror Force Dark Quaking Blazing Radiant Drowning Storming
Monarchs
Mega Monarchs
Related "Monarch" Spell/Trap Cards
Vassals
Caius / Erebus
Caius the Mega
Tenacity / The First
Lucius / Eidos
Granmarg
Granmarg the Mega
Return
Landrobe
Thestalos
Thestalos the Mega
Erupt
Berlineth
Zaborg / Ehther
Zaborg the Mega
Strike / The Prime
Mithra / Edea
Mobius
Mobius the Mega
Awaken
Escher
Raiza
Raiza the Mega
Stormforth
Garum
Musical Djinns Maestroke Temtempo None Yet Melomelody Humhumming Muzurhythm
Mythyrian Numbers Djinn Buster Lion Heart / Ronin Raccoon Sandayu None Yet Sky Pegasus / Dragluon Abyss Splash / Crystalzero None Yet
Number 10X
Number C10X
None Yet
Umbral Horror Masquerade
Giant Hand
Giant Red Hand
Battlin' Boxer Star Cestus
Battlin' Boxer Comet Cestus
Star Seraph Sentry / Masquerade / Galaxy-Eyes Tachyon Dragon
Archfiend Seraph / Neo Galaxy-Eyes Tachyon Dragon
Silent Honor ARK / Ragnazero
Silent Honor DARK / Ragnafinity
None Yet
None Yet
Odd-Eyes Dragons Odd-Eyes / Pendulum / Rebellion / Raging / Phantom / Persona / Mirage / Supreme King / Venom / Wing / Performapal Metal Claw / Arc Pendulum / Advance Gravity Meteorburst Saber / Lancer / Revolution Absolute Vortex
Pendulum Magicians Stargazer / Timegazer / Xiangke / Timebreaker / Acrobatic / Dragoncaller / Harmonizing / Double Iris / Black Fang / Purple Poison Dragonpulse Nobledragon Xiangsheng / Wisdom-Eye / Dharma-Eye / Performapal Five-Rainbow Dragonpit Oafdragon / White Wing
Resonators Dark / Synkron Clock Flare / Red / Double / Net Barrier / Chain / Mirror Force Creation
El Shaddoll
Fusion Monsters
(1 "Shaddoll" + 1 matching Attribute)
Winda Shekhinaga Grysta Construct Anoyatyllis Wendigo
Signer Dragons Red Archfiend / Black-Winged Life Stream Black Rose Ancient Fairy None Yet Stardust
Six Samurai
Legendary Six Samurai
Secret Six Samurai
Irou
Shi En
Doji
Yariza
Kizan
Kizaru
Kamon
Mizuho
Genba
Zanji
Enishi
Rihan
Yaichi
Shinai
Hatsume
Nisashi
Kageki
Fuma
Sky Striker Ace Raye Kaina Kagari None Yet Shizuku Hayate
Synchro Warriors
Tuner Synchrons
Junk
Junk
Drill
Drill
Nitro / Jet
Nitro / Jet
Road
Road
None Yet
Steam
Turbo
Turbo
The Weathers
Canvas
(Continuous Spell/Trap Cards)
Aurora
Auroral
Snow
Snowy
Sun
Sunny
Thunder / Rainbow
Thundery
Rain
Rainy
Cloud
Cloudy
True Draco and True King All Calamities Lithosazim / Dreiath III Agnimazud / Ignis Heat Metaltron XII / Master Peace / King Master Peace Bahrstos / Dinomight Knight Mariamne / Majesty Maiden
World Chalice
Link Monsters
World Legacy - "World Chalice"
None Yet
Beckoned by the World Chalice
Ningirsu the World Chalice Warrior
Chosen by the World Chalice
Auram the World Chalice Blademaster
Lee the World Chalice Fairy
None Yet
Crowned by the World Chalice
Ib the World Chalice Priestess
World Chalice Guardragon
Imduk the World Chalice Dragon
Yang Zing
Effect Monsters
Synchro Monsters
Jiaotu / Taotie
Yazi
Bi'an / Zefraxi / Zefraniu Suanni Chiwen
Baxia / Chaofeng / Denglong
Bixi Pulao