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"Magician" (じゅつ, Majutsushi), also unofficially known as "Pendulum Magician", is an archetype that consists of both Spellcaster monsters used by Yuya Sakaki and Continuous Spell Cards used by Yusho Sakaki in the Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V anime. They first debuted in Starter Deck 2014 with "Stargazer Magician" and "Timegazer Magician". The archetype is related to the "Odd-Eyes" and "Performapal" archetypes, both of which are also used by Yuya.

Due to their Japanese names, a number of older cards, such as "Time Wizard" and "Night Wing Sorceress", also fall into this archetype. Also, several older cards, such as the "Dark Magician" archetype and "Magician of Faith", include "Magician" in their English names but are not part of this archetype. However, because TCG and OCG support for this archetype only works on Pendulum Monsters and Continuous Spell Cards, neither have been an issue.

Members

Pairs

Some "Magician" Pendulum Monsters are paired, with each member of a pair having the same naming scheme of the other but representing an opposing concept, and most of the time a Pendulum Scale that allows a wide range of Levels for monsters to be Pendulum Summoned if placed with it. Additionally, each pair supports a particular Special Summoning method.

Scales Magician Supported Summon
Lower Scale Higher Scale
1 - 8 Dragonpulse Dragonpit Pendulum
Stargazer Timegazer
2 - 5 Dharma-Eye Wisdom-Eye
Oafdragon Nobledragon Synchro
3 - 8 Xiangke Xiangsheng Xyz

Z-ARC

Another group of "Magician" Pendulum Monsters, usually called "Z-ARC Magicians" or "Four Dragon's Magicians", are based on the Four Dimension Dragons. They are all Level 4 monsters who each possess both an Attribute and a Pendulum Effect that mimics their respective Dragon's effect at the cost of destroying themselves, and are always treated as one of those Dragon's archetype. They can also Summon their corresponding Dragon by using themselves and another appropriate monster as Material. In tandem with "Supreme King Dragon Darkwurm", they can also Summon the "Supreme King Dragon" counterparts.

The Pendulum Effects for the Scale 1 members are Trigger-based, while the Scale 8 members are Ignition-based.

Scale Magician Support
Dragon Archetype
1 Purple Poison Starving Venom Fusion Dragon
White Wing Clear Wing Synchro Dragon
8 Black Fang Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon
Double Iris Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon

Standalone

The remaining "Magician" Pendulum Monsters are independent from the others and thus share little synergy with any of them.

Scale Magician
2 Acrobatic
Dragoncaller
Timebreaker
8 Harmonizing
12 Performapal Five-Rainbow

Playing style

Usually opening off of the search and 1 turn protection effect of "Pendulum Call" Spell Card: "Dragonpit Magician" and "Dragonpulse Magician" both have Pendulum Scale effects to "Discard 1 Pendulum Monster" to Destroy an opposing card on the FIeld. "Ebon Illusion Magician" can also use them as targets to Banish any opposing Card on the Field.

While opening off of "Wisdom-Eye Magician" was much the same: except, instead of "Dragonpulse", "Oafdragon Magician" is used as a Pendulum Scale to recovers "Wisdom-Eye" and be Special Summoned to recover a target for the "Discard 1 Pendulum Monster" effects mentioned above.

The last key component of this archetype, without speaking of combinations with other archetypes, is the three Tuner Monsters. "Tuning Magician" and "Nobledragon Magician" can both Special Summon themselves from the Hand or Graveyard. Potentially be used for two Synchro Summons each in the same turn.

The third Tuner Monster: "Harmonizing Magician" Special Summons any other "Pendulum Magician" from the Deck but cannot be Pendulum Summoned from the Extra Deck and repeat it's effect without the help of "Oafdragon". Summoning a Level 3-7 "Pendulum Magician" Monster that are, in turn, useful as Material for "Nirvana High Paladin" or "Odd-Eyes Raging Dragon".

Since "Pendulum Call" is Limited: "Sky Iris" for the "Odd-Eyes" and "Performapal Pendulum Sorcerer" are recommended to Add additional Pendulum Scales. "Pendulum Call" can be recycled by the effects of "Enlightenment Paladin" and "Nirvana High Paladin".

"Performapal Skullcrobat Joker" can search any "Odd-Eyes", "Pendulum Magician" or "Performapal" when Normal Summoned and can be repeated by using "Majespecter Unicorn - Kirin" to Return "Skullcrobat" to the Hand.

"Xiangsheng Magician" and "Timebreaker Magician" have the Monster removal effects for this archetype, 1-for-1 style each turn.

"Odd-Eyes" Monsters are an asset for this archetype, "Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon" can search for the vast majority of "Magicians" by destroying itself in the Pendulum Zone and "Sky Iris" can search for additional Pendulum Scales for extra consistency.

"Xiangke Magician" has the highest ATK of all "Magician" cards and can Negate the effect of a LIGHT monster; this Monster (alongside Dragonpit Magician) is most often seen when this archetype is used to support "Dark Magician", "Odd-Eyes" and "Red-Eyes" archetypes that all have powerful Rank 7 Monsters.

"Nobledragon Magician" is usually used as support for "Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon" but can also be used with any Level 4 Monster to Synchro Summon "Odd-Eyes Meteorburst Dragon", which in turn; can Special Summon a Pendulum Scale to extend a combo or usually make a Rank 7 play off of "Dragonpit Magician".

With "Supreme King Z-ARC"

The "Z-ARC Magicians" can also be used in the Deck as their Scales of 1 and 8 are within the normal range of the Magician archetype while being Level 4 at the same time. However they play rather a bit differently than the rest due to having a bigger focus on self-destruction, as well as the "Pendulumgraph" cards, both "Astrograph Sorcerer" and "Chronograph Sorcerer" and finally "Supreme King Z-ARC". Their monster effect upon destruction also force your opponent to think twice before Negating their Summon and destroy them, and thus, protect other Pendulum Summoned monsters. Also, any of your opponent's attempt of negating their effect and destroying the "Z-ARC Magcians" will only backfire as it can be activated again.

For notes on the Four Dimension Dragons, see the "Odd-Eyes" archetype.

Other Additions

As with other Pendulum-based archetypes, the "Dracoslayer" archetype can be used with this Deck, with "Luster Pendulum, the Dracoslayer" or "Master Pendulum, the Dracoslayer" being the main components to Summon their Extra Deck counterparts in "Ignister Prominence", "Majester Paladin", and "Dinoster Power". All three of those monsters provide support to Pendulum Monsters by destroying Pendulum cards to return other cards to the Deck, searching out Pendulum Monsters from the Deck, and protecting Pendulum cards from being destroyed by the opponent, respectively.

As per the New Master Rules, "Pendulum Magician" are now drasticallty devastated with the usual power of Pendulum Summon greatly limited and only up to 3 Spell/Trap cards to use as the 2 Zone are Pendulum Zones. Combined with the 2 "Pendulumgraphs", the Player may only use up to 1 Spell/Trap card at a time. But the Master Rule also enhance the destruction power of "Timebreaker Magician" and "Time Pendulumgraph", which can now completely breaks the opponent's Link, and to the worst extent, Extra Link.

Recommended cards

Official Decks

Magician Official V Jump Deck[1]
"Supreme King Z-ARC" + "Pendulum Evolution" Deck[2]

Trivia

  • All "Magician" Tuner monsters are female.

References

  1. YGOrganization Magician Deck Recipe
  2. YGOrganization [OCG] Supreme King Z-ARC + SD31 Deck Recipe


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 Hextia 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
Do-Little Chimera
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 Code
Decode
None Yet Powercode 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 / 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
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 / 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
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
The Weather Painters
Patterns
Lampla
Aurora
Ciel
Snowy
Bengala
Sunny
Turmer / Arciel
Thunder
Lazula
Rain
Threat
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 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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