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"Kaiju" (かいじゅう Kaijū in Japanese) is an archetype of high-Level monsters with different Attributes and Types introduced in Clash of Rebellions. It is one of two TCG-exclusive archetypes that premiered in that set, the other being the "Kozmo" archetype.

The archetype has become infamous for its ability to provide cheap and generic monster removal while bypassing almost any protection the target may have. However, due to Master Rule 4, Kaiju monsters cannot get rid of monsters in the Extra Monster Zone if that player's Main Monster Zone is full.

Design

Appearance

Each "Kaiju" monster is based on a monster from different kaiju franchises, such as Godzilla, Ultraman, Pacific Rim and Gamera. Their Field Spell represents a common setting for the movies, while the other Spell/Trap Cards seem to be common scenes in these movies.

Etymology

Kaiju is a Japanese term meaning "strange beast" or "monster", frequently used to describe giant monsters from movies. However, the Japanese archetype name is a pun, as it is written as 「壊獣」 instead of 「怪獣」 , with a Kanji for "destruction" replacing the one for "strange".

Members

Monster Origin
Dogoran, the Mad Flame Kaiju Burning Godzilla; named after Dogora
Gadarla, the Mystery Dust Kaiju Mothra
Gameciel, the Sea Turtle Kaiju Gamera
Jizukiru, the Star Destroying Kaiju Gigan
Kumongous, the Sticky String Kaiju Kumonga
Radian, the Multidimensional Kaiju Dark Lugiel; named after Rodan
Super Anti-Kaiju War Machine Mecha-Dogoran MechaGodzilla/Kiryu
Thunder King, the Lightningstrike Kaiju King Ghidorah; named after Eleking

Support

Card Origin
Interrupted Kaiju Slumber Breach
Kaiju Capture Mission G-Force
The Kaiju Files
Kyoutou Waterfront Kyoto/Tokyo, Japan

Playing style

Each member with the exception of "Mecha-Dogoran", can Tribute an opponent's monster to Summon it to their side of the field, similar to "Volcanic Queen" or "Lava Golem", and can be Special Summoned from the hand if the opponent controls a "Kaiju" monster, most likely symbolizing the obsession these monsters have with fighting each other in movies. "Kyoutou Waterfront" is a very important card to the archetype as it both provides Kaiju Counters to use the "Kaiju" monsters' effects and searches those monsters from the Deck. Numerous Normal Spell Cards, such as "Upstart Goblin", are recommended to put Kaiju Counters on "Waterfront" and increase consistency. The "Ninja" engine is also very helpful as of Clash of Rebellions, as it helps to Summon the few monsters in the archetype with ease, while also putting counters on "Waterfront" with cards such as "Reinforcement of the Army" and the "Ninjitsu Transformation" cards.

A very useful card to add to this archetype is "Neo-Spacian Grand Mole". If a monster your opponent controls that is owned by you is returned to the hand, it returns to your hand, not your opponent's. Therefore, you can Tribute an opponent's monster to Summon a Kaiju to their field, then Summon a Kaiju to your field, and Normal Summon Grand Mole. Attack the enemy Kaiju with Grand Mole and return both to your hand, then either attack another opponent's monster or attack directly. This combination essentially allows you to Summon a massive, powerful beatstick for free, and Tribute an opponent's monster (thereby getting around any anti-destruction or targeting effects it has too) in the process.

"Castel, the Skyblaster Musketeer" is another card with high utility. He can be summoned easily with "Summoner Monk" and any of several Level 4 staples ("Electromagnetic Turtle", "Planet Pathfinder", etc.), and his first effect can be used to flip Kaijus you control face-down in order to summon more, plus he has additional utility in a tricky situation to get rid of a problematic card.

Recommended Cards

Cyber Dragon Kaiju

"Kaiju" monsters can also work around "Cyber Dragon" decks dedicated to "Cyber Dragon Infinity" due to the fact that they are Special Summoned in Attack Position via their own effects, and can therefore be taken back as Xyz Material for "Cyber Dragon Infinity" immediately, therefore getting over an opponent's monster that would otherwise be immune to targeting (such as "Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon" or certain "Kozmo" monsters), or avoiding their negation effects (such as those of "Shooting Quasar Dragon", "Stardust Sifr Divine Dragon", and "Crystal Wing Synchro Dragon"). This tactic will cause also the last effect of "Shooting Quasar Dragon" to miss its timing, preventing your opponent from negating the effect "Cyber Dragon Infinity" with "Quasar" or Special Summoning "Shooting Star Dragon" after it is tributed.

"Jizukiru, the Star Destroying Kaiju" can also be used in conjunction with "Chimeratech Fortress Dragon" if you control "Cyber Dragon" or any of the monsters that have their name treated as "Cyber Dragon" while face-up on the field to get rid of an opponent's monster, then immediately be used as Fusion Material for "Chimeratech Fortress Dragon". "Chimeratech Fortress Dragon" can then be used with a Level 8 "Kaiju" monster to Xyz Summon "Number 38: Hope Harbinger Dragon Titanic Galaxy", "Divine Dragon Knight Felgrand", or any other Rank 8 Xyz Monster you wish.

"Cyber Repair Plant" can not only search your "Cyber Dragon" monsters, "Electromagnetic Turtle", or "Galaxy Soldier", but "Jizukiru, the Star Destroying Kaiju" as well.

Recommended Cards

Graydle Kaiju

The "Kaiju" monsters hybridize well with the "Graydle" archetype, as the "Graydle" monsters focus on taking control of the opponent's monsters, allowing the "Kaiju" monsters to be used as quick spot removal and then reclaimed. The effect of "Graydle Dragon" can also revive "Gameciel, the Sea Turtle Kaiju" from the Graveyard when it is destroyed. Due to the heavy use of the "Graydles", which will often be used to take control of more than just "Kaiju", "Owner's Seal" and "Remove Brainwashing" are more detrimental than helpful. The "Graydle" monsters also give access to Level 8 Synchro Monsters and Rank 3 and 8 Xyz Monsters (the latter through use of overlaying both Level 8 Synchros and "Kaiju".)

Recommended Cards

Weaknesses

  • This Deck focuses entirely on Special Summoning "Kaiju" monsters in order to win, so cards that disable or counter Special Summoning, like "Fossil Dyna Pachycephalo" or "Black Horn of Heaven", can greatly hinder this Deck.
    • "Fog King" and "Mask of Restrict" can also be used to hinder the Summons of "Kaiju" monsters, as their Special Summons require Tributes of the opponent's monsters. However, these cards cannot prevent "Interrupted Kaiju Slumber" from being used.
  • "Kyoutou Waterfront" is a key element of the Deck, as it can search out "Kaiju" monsters from the Deck once it has 3 or more Kaiju Counters (which can be easily accumulated in most situations). It can be difficult to eliminate, as it can also remove 1 Kaiju Counter from itself to prevent its destruction. However, Decks that are capable of Rank 4 Xyz Summons can use "Castel, the Skyblaster Musketeer" to dispatch it with ease. An alternate option is "Spiritualism", which can avoid negation by the effect of "Gameciel, the Sea Turtle Kaiju".
    • "Gate Blocker" can also be somewhat effective, as its effect will negate "Kyoutou Waterfront" and remove its counters as a result. While it may use up one's Normal Summon and be vulnerable in Attack Position, it also has some merit against the "Kaiju-Graydle" hybrid Deck by drawing the effects of "Graydle" monsters to itself.
    • "Cursed Seal of the Forbidden Spell" and "Prohibition" can disable "Kyoutou Waterfront" near-permanently. "Spell Vanishing" is another option, although some "Kaiju" players will use cards that recover Spells from their Graveyard to counter attempts to destroy their Field Spell.
    • Another option is to use a card effect to banish cards that would normally be sent to the Graveyard (for instance, "Banisher of the Light", "Macro Cosmos", or the Pendulum effect of "Amorphage Goliath"). This will prevent "Kyoutou Waterfront" from accumulating Kaiju Counters, as well as limit the "Kaiju" player's ability to use the second effect of "Interrupted Kaiju Slumber" to search their Deck for more "Kaiju" monsters.
  • As all of the "Kaiju" monsters are high-Level monsters, cards like "Gravity Bind" and "Level Limit - Area B" can easily prevent them from attacking.
    • Since each player can only control 1 "Kaiju" monster at a time, cards like "Scrap-Iron Scarecrow" can be effective at stopping their attacks. However, these options can still be countered with the effects of "Radian, the Multidimensional Kaiju" and "Gameciel, the Sea Turtle Kaiju".
  • "Kaiju" monsters can activate their effects by using Kaiju Counters from anywhere on the field, so your opponent can easily use their effects against you (although "Kaiju Capture Mission" can hinder them by forcing the "Kaiju" into face-down Defense Position before its effect can resolve).
    • In general, careful thought must be made when deciding which "Kaiju" monster you're going to give to the opponent - always make sure that you have a way to retake it or destroy it before your opponent can use it against you.


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
Altergeist Primebanshee Kunquery None Yet Marionetter Meluseek Silquitous
Aroma None Yet Cananga Bergamot Jasmine / Angelica / Rosemary Rosemary Jar
Attribute Boosters (500 ATK▲/400 DEF▼)
Link Monster version (500 ATK▲/500 DEF▲)
Field Spells (500 ATK▲/400 DEF▼)
Equip Spells (400 ATK▲/200 DEF▼)
Witch's Apprentice
None Yet
Mystic Plasma Zone
Sword of Dark Destruction
Milus Radiant
Missus Radiant
Gaia Power
Invigoration
Little Chimera
None Yet
Molten Destruction
Burning Spear
Hoshiningen
None Yet
Luminous Spark
Elf's Light
Star Boy
Mistar Boy
Umiiruka
Steel Shell
Bladefly
None Yet
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 Familiar
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
Contact Fusions
Pantail
Dark Panther
Dark
Mole
Grand Mole
Grand
Larva
Flare Scarab
Flare
Pinny
Glow Moss / Twinkle Moss
Glow / None Yet
Dolphin
Aqua Dolphin / Marine Dolphin
Aqua / Marine
Chicky
Air Hummingbird
Air
code Talker monsters Decode None Yet None Yet Encode None Yet Excode
Cubic Vijam / Crimson Nova / Crimson Nova Trinity Dark Garnex Blade Garoodia Duza / Buster Gundil / Indiora Doom Volt None Yet Geira Guile
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
Empowered Warriors
Correspodent Summoner
Dragonox
None Yet
Terratiger
White Tiger
Arnis
Red Sparrow
Dragodies
None Yet
Hydrortoise
Green Turtle
Ventdra
Blue Dragon
Entity monsters Azzathoth Nyarla Chthugha N'tss Norden Hastorr
Fortune Fairies
Fortune Ladies
Ann
Dark
Chee
Earth
En
Fire
Hikari
Light
Swee
Water
Hu
Wind
Guardians
Guardian Weapons
Baou
Wicked-Breaking Flamberge
Grarl
Gravity Axe
Ceal
Shooting Star Bow
Tryce
Twin Swords of Flashing Light
Kay'est
Rod of Silence
Elma
Buttefly Dagger
Invoked Caliga Magellanica Purgatrio Mechaba / Elysium Cocytus Raidjin
Kaiju Radian Kumongous Dogoran Jizukiru / Mecha-Dogoran / Thunder King Gameciel Gadarla
Legendary Planets Jupiter / Saturn / Pluto / Sun Terra Firma Mars Venus / Uranus Mercury / Neptune None Yet
Non-Fusion Masked HERO
Level 6 M-HERO Fusion Monster
Level 8 M-HERO Fusion Monster
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 variants Dark Quaking Blazing Radiant Drowning Storming
Monarch
Mega Monarch
Related "Monarch" Spell/Trap Card
Vassal
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 the Symphony Temtempo the Percussion None Yet Melomelody the Brass Humhumming the Key Muzurhythm the String
Odd-Eyes Dragons Odd-Eyes / Pendulum / Rebellion / Raging / Phantom / Persona / Mirage / Supreme King / Venom / Wing / Performapal Metal Claw Gravity Meteorburst Saber / Lancer 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
Six Samurai
Legendary Six Samurai
Shadow Six Samurai
Irou
Shi En
Douji
Yariza
Kizan
Kizaru
Kamon
Mizuho
Genba
Zanji
Enishi
Rihan
Yaichi
Shinai
Hatsume
Nisashi
Kageki
Fuhma
Synchro Warriors
Tuner Synchrons
Junk
Junk
Drill
Drill
Nitro / Jet
Nitro / Jet
Road
Road
None Yet
Steam
Turbo
Turbo
True Draco and True King All Calamities Lithosazim / Dreiath III Agnimazud / Ignis Heat Metaltron XII / Master Peace Bahrstos / Dinomight Knight Mariamne / Majesty Maiden
Weathery Monsters
Weathery Patterns
Lampla
Aurora
Ciel
Snowy
Bengala
Sunny
Turmer / Arciel
Thunder
Lazula
Rain
Threat
Cloudy
World Chalice
Link Monster version
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
Yang Zing Synchro Monsters
Jiaotu / Taotie
Yazi
Bi'an / Zefraxi / Zefraniu Suanni Chiwen
Baxia / Chaofeng / Denglong
Bixi Pulao

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