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Masked HERO
Mat-Judge-HERO
From left to right: "Dark Law", "Koga", "Shadow Mist", "Divine Wind" and "Chaos"
Japanese

  • M・HEROマスクドヒーロー
  • M・HERO (base)
  • マスクドヒーロー (ruby)
  • Masukudo Hīrō (romanized)
  • マスクドHEROヒーロー (manga)
  • M・HERO (base)
  • マスクド・ヒーロー (ruby)

French

  • HÉROS Masqué

German

  • Maskierter HELD

Italian

  • EROE Mascherato

Korean

  • 마스크드 히어로
  • Maseukeudeu Hieoro (romanized)

Portuguese

  • HERÓI Mascarado

Spanish

  • HEROE Enmascarado


Sets

Manga appearances


"Masked HERO" (M・HEROマスクドヒーロー Masukudo Hīrō in Japan, written as マスクドHEROヒーロー or マスクドヒーロー in the Japanese manga) is a "HERO" sub-archetype used by Jaden Yuki in the Yu-Gi-Oh! GX manga. Jaden started using this archetype after the tournament to Duel the Kaiser, when he decided to build an "all-his Deck", which would eventually grow into his ultimate Deck (since the "Elemental HERO" monsters he used previously were from Koyo Hibiki's Deck).

The Transformation Summon method is utilized by this archetype.

Design

While the "Elemental HERO" archetype is said to be based off of American superheroes, it can also be assumed that the "Masked HERO" archetype is a salute to Japanese Kamen Rider heroes. In addition to "Kamen" meaning "Masked", there are several similarities between the two, such the recurring "form changing" and transformations of Kamen Riders. The Double Attacks are also similar to the original Kamen Riders' (1 and 2) "Rider Double" techniques.

Playing Style

Rather than Fusion Summoning like most Fusion Monsters do, "Masked HERO" monsters use cards like "Mask Change" to be Special Summoned from the Extra Deck. In the manga, Chazz Princeton was amazed seeing how "Masked HERO" monsters could use the same effect of "Fusion" using one single material rather than 2 or more.

This archetype favors a fairly straight-forward beatdown strategy. Their "transforming" cards being Quick-Play Spell Cards allows them to be transformed at any time, including during the Battle Phase, for multiple attacks, or in response to an opponent's effect or attack.

While "Masked HERO" is an independent archetype in the manga, in the TCG/OCG they were revamped to be a general "HERO" support, making them splashable options for any "HERO" Deck (though they essentially work well only with "Elemental HERO" monsters, due to their varied Attributes). "Mask Change II" takes this even further by allowing "Masked HERO" monsters to be splashable in any Deck, as long as one can handle the increased cost and Extra Deck real estate.

An efficient build can consist of running a few "Elemental HERO" monsters that help you conduct Fusion Summons (Like "Elemental HERO Blazeman" and "Elemental Hero Woodsman") to Fusion Summon "Elemental HERO Absolute Zero" ("King of the Swamp" help this even further) which has 2 advantages: it can be Fusion Summoned using even "Masked Hero" monsters, and when combined with "Mask Change" or "Form Change", lets you get a WATER or high Leveled "Masked HERO" while destroying your opponents' monsters.

Recommended Cards


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
Aroma None Yet Cananga Bergamot Jasmine / Angelica / Rosemary Rosemary Jar
Attribute Fields
(500 ATK▲/400 DEF▼)
Mystic Plasma Zone Gaia Power Molten Destruction Luminous Spark Umiiruka Rising Air Current
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 Crystal Core Tetran
Boosters (500 ATK▲/400 DEF▼) Witch's Apprentice Milus Radiant Little Chimera Hoshiningen Star Boy Bladefly
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
None Yet
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
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 Outer Entity Azzathoth Outer Entity Nyarla Old Entity Chthugha Elder Entity N'tss Elder Entity Norden Old Entity Hastorr
Equip Spells
(400 ATK▲/200 DEF▼)
Sword of Dark Destruction Invigoration Burning Spear Elf's Light Steel Shell Gust Fan
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
Kaiju Radian Kumongous Dogoran Jizukiru / Mecha-Dogoran / Thunder King Gameciel Gadarla
Legendary Planets Jupiter / Saturn / 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
Monarchs Caius / Delg / Erebus / Angmarl / Tenma Granmarg Thestalos Zaborg / Kuraz / Ehther Mobius Raiza
Mega Monarch
Related "Monarch" Spell/Trap Card
Caius / None Yet / None Yet / None Yet / None Yet
Tenacity / None Yet / The First / None Yet / None Yet
Granmarg
Return
Thestalos
Erupt
Zaborg / None Yet / None Yet
Strike / None Yet / The Prime
Mobius
Awaken
Raiza
Stormforth
Monarch "Vassal" Lucius / None Yet / Eidos / None Yet / None Yet Landrobe Berlineth Mithra / None Yet / Edea Escher 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 / Phantom / Persona Gravity Meteorburst Saber Absolute Vortex
Pendulum Magicians Stargazer / Timegazer / Xiangke / Timebreaker / Acrobatic / Descend Dragon Dragonpulse Nobledragon Xiangsheng / Wisdom-Eye / Dharma-Eye Dragonpit Oafdragon
Resonators
(below Level 4 Fiend-type tuners)
Dark / Synkron Clock Flare / Red 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
Irou
Shi En
Yariza
Kizan
Kamon
Mizuho
Zanji
Enishi
Yaichi
Shinai
Nisashi
Kageki
Synchro Warriors
Tuner Synchrons
Junk
Junk
Drill
Drill
Nitro / Jet
Nitro / Jet
Road
Road
None Yet
Steam
Turbo
Turbo
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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