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"Knightmare", known as "Troymare" (トロイメア, Toroimea) in the OCG, is an archetype that debuted in Flames of Destruction. The archetype is related to, and supported by, the "World Legacy" archetype and is focused on Link Summons and being co-linked. All of the archetype's Link Monsters so far are Fiend.

Design

Appearance

The "Knightmare" Link monsters have different Attributes and the ones with the four elemental Attributes have a color scheme that corresponds to that Attribute. Their bodies, which appear to be derived from the "Mekk-Knight" monsters, are comprised of a combination of a glowing translucent substance and silvery metallic armor with a gold and black design etched into them. Parts of their armoring and bodies also appear to be made out of charred or blackened junk, mostly weapons. Finally, each one carries a symbol of musical notation somewhere on their body, usually their head.

Etymology

Troymare appears to be played on the word "Troy" and "mare" (female horse), both are likely referred to "Trojan Horse", given the main strategy of "Iblee" (who is a female monster, fitting "mare" part) by giving her to the opponent and punish them, while Knightmare is played on the word "nightmare" and "mare", with a further connection to the "Mekk-Knight" archetype. The names of "Knightmare" monsters are based on mythological creatures and beings.

Members

Main Deck

Monster Origin Musical symbol
Knightmare Corruptor Iblee Iblis Treble clef

Extra Deck

Card Origin Musical Symbol Associated Mekk-Knight
Knightmare Mermaid Mermaid Fermata Indigo Eclipse
Knightmare Phoenix Phoenix Coda Red Moon
Knightmare Goblin Goblin Double repetition mark Green Horizon
Knightmare Cerberus Cerberus Dal segno Orange Sunset
Knightmare Unicorn Unicorn Sustain pedal (up) Yellow Star
Knightmare Gryphon Gryphon Alla breve Purple Nightfall

Playing Style

The main goal of this archetype is to build a field with as many co-linked monsters as possible, to the point of achieving a state of Extra Link. All the "Knightmare" Link monsters revealed so far have effects that activate when they are Link Summoned, by discarding 1 card as cost, and if they were co-linked when those effects were activated - draw 1 card as a bonus; also, they have Continuous Effects that either benefit monsters that are co-linked or burden monsters that are not.

Since they do not require Link Materials of specific Type(s) or Attribute(s), any engine capable of swarming the field with monsters with different names may help Link Summon them. Monsters that are already used in Link-oriented strategies, such as "Cyberse Gadget", "Dotscaper", "Stack Reviver" and "Bitrooper" can be helpful.

Due to their first effect requiring a discard as a cost, they may have synergy with "Fabled" monsters; also, they tend to allow the player to control the field by achieving an Extra Link and disabling the opponent from Special Summon monsters from the Extra Deck. This goal can be further deepened by Special Summoning "Knightmare Corruptor Iblee" to the opponent's field and preventing the opponent from disrupting the "Knightmare" player's strategy by Special Summoning a "Kaiju" monster, for example.

The Link-2 "Knightmare" monsters were designed to provide a blanket protection to their peers, while the Link-3 "Knightmare Unicorn" compensates the huge investment required to build a field with at least 3 co-linked "Knightmares", and the Link-4 "Gryphon" penalizes Special Summoned monsters that are not linked, commonly the opponent's; its effect can be useful against monsters that can bypass the Continuous Effects of the Link-2 "Knightmares", such as "Shinobaron Peacock", "Metaphys Daedalus", etc.

Knightmare Link Arrows Attribute Trigger Effect upon being Link Summoned Continuous Effect
Mermaid

Top-Left Top Top-Right

Left Right

Bottom-Left Bottom Bottom-Right

WATER WATER Special Summons a "Knightmare" monster from the Main Deck. Monsters on the field lose 1000 ATK/DEF, unless they are co-linked.
Phoenix

Top-Left Top Top-Right

Left Right

Bottom-Left Bottom Bottom-Right

FIRE FIRE Destroys an opponent's Spell/Trap Card. Co-linked monsters on its controller's field cannot be destroyed by battle.
Goblin

Top-Left Top Top-Right

Left Right

Bottom-Left Bottom Bottom-Right

WIND WIND Allows 1 additional Normal Summon to a zone it points to during the Main Phase of this turn. Co-linked monsters on its controller's field cannot be targeted by card effects.
Cerberus

Top-Left Top Top-Right

Left Right

Bottom-Left Bottom Bottom-Right

EARTH EARTH Destroys an opponent's Special Summoned monster in their Main Monster Zone. Co-linked monsters on its controller's field cannot be destroyed by card effects.
Unicorn

Top-Left Top Top-Right

Left Right

Bottom-Left Bottom Bottom-Right

DARK DARK Shuffles a card on the field into the Deck. Its controller draws cards for their normal draw during their Draw Phase equal to the number of different "Knightmare" co-linked monsters on the field.
Gryphon

Top-Left Top Top-Right

Left Right

Bottom-Left Bottom Bottom-Right

LIGHT LIGHT Sets a Spell/Trap Card in its controller's Graveyard to their field. Special Summoned monsters cannot activate their effects, unless they are linked.

Decklists

Recommended cards

Recommended cards

Official Decklist

Konami's "Knightmare" Deck Recipe[1]

Weaknesses

  • The most basic weakness of the Deck is the need for a discard as a cost to activate the Link monsters' Trigger Effect. Without the proper setup, this may have the player running out of resources before they can build a solid field; the "Fabled" engine may aleviate this, though.
  • Due to the need of Special Summoning many monsters on the field in order to achieve an Extra Link, or at least having 3 or 4 "Knightmare" monsters co-linked to each other, the Deck may have disadvantage with cards like "Summon Limit", "Maxx "C"", "Vanity's Fiend", etc.
  • Also, the "Knightmare" player must control many monsters at once for the strategy to work at its full potential, which may render the Deck vulnerable to mass-removal cards, especially "Evenly Matched", that ignores all blanket protections provided by the "Knightmare" co-linked monsters, as it neither targets nor destroys.
  • Even if "Knightmare Iblee" is on the opponent's field, preventing a "Kaiju" monster from disrupting the string of co-linked monsters, "The Winged Dragon of Ra - Sphere Mode" can make a much more huge impact, by removing three of them at once.

Trivia

  • The archetype shares a name with the Mecha used in the popular anime series Code Geass.
  • The "Knightmare" Link Monsters wear armors which bear similarities with a "Mekk-Knight" of the same color:

References

  1. https://ygorganization.com/thetiamatonofyourdreams/


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 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
None Yet
Dolphin
Aqua Dolphin
Marine Dolphin
Aqua Neos
Marine Neos
None Yet
Chicky
Air Hummingbird
None Yet
Air Neos
None Yet
Storm Neos
Code Talkers Code / Decode Transcode Powercode Encode Shootingcode Excode
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 None Yet Leonis Reclusia Maximus / Equimax / Magius / Regulex / Versparda Arboria Draco
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
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 Unicorn / Iblee Cerberus Phoenix Gryphon Mermaid Goblin
Legendary Planets Jupiter / Saturn / Pluto / Sun Terra Firma Mars Venus / Uranus Mercury / Neptune None Yet
Non-Fusion Masked HEROes
Level 6 M-HERO Fusion Monsters
Level 8 M-HERO 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 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 None Yet 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