From left to right: "Thestalos", "Raiza", "Caius", "Mobius" and "Zaborg", with "Granmarg" in the back.
These cards may be a reference to the seven kings of Ancient Rome, but with the addition of "Delg the Dark Monarch", this is somewhat doubted, though "Delg the Dark Monarch" may be a reference to the eighth king of Rome in the book of Revelation. (Rev 17,9-11 : "Here is a clue for one who has wisdom. The seven heads represent seven hills upon which the woman sits. They also represent seven kings: five have already fallen, one still lives, and the last has not yet come, and when he comes he must remain only for a short while. The beast that existed once but exists no longer is an eighth king, but really belongs to the seven and is headed for destruction.")
Each has a unique ability that activates upon their Tribute Summoning, dealing with the removal of cards, although "Kuraz the Light Monarch" and "Delg the Dark Monarch" do not require to be Tribute Summoned or even normal summoned to trigger their abilities. Another similarity that these cards share is that they all have 2400 ATK and 1000 DEF and are Level 6, with the exception of "Zaborg", who is Level 5.
Shadow Specters introduced that will be having a series of upgraded form for each "Monarch". Probably, these cards share is that they all have 2800 ATK and 1000 DEF and are Level 8. The first is "Granmarg the Mega Monarch".
The Continuous Spell Cards "March of the Monarchs" and "Return of the Monarchs" are obviously support cards, mainly because their effects target tribute summoned Monsters, but also they are illustrated on the cards.
|Monarch||Attribute||Type||Trigger Effect when Tribute Summoned||Mega version||Basic effect||Additional effect|
|Caius the Shadow||DARK||Fiend||Banish one card (if it is a DARK Monster, inflict 1000 damage to opponent).|
|Delg the Dark||DARK||Spellcaster||(Normal/Special Summoned) Banish up to two cards from opponent's Graveyard (optional). For each, send the top card from opponent's Deck to Graveyard. Can't attack this turn.|
|Granmarg the Rock||EARTH||Rock||Destroy one face-down card.||Granmarg the Mega||Destroy up to two face-down cards.||Draw a card.|
|Kuraz the Light||LIGHT||Warrior||(Normal/Special Summoned) Destroy up to two cards (optional). For each, its controller draws 1 card. Can't attack this turn.|
|Mobius the Frost||WATER||Aqua||Destroy up to two Spell or Traps. (optional)||Mobius the Mega||Destroy up to three Spell/Trap Cards.||Prevent the activation of those cards.|
|Raiza the Storm||WIND||Winged Beast||Return one card to the top of its owner's Deck.|
|Thestalos the Firestorm||FIRE||Pyro||Discard one random card from your opponent's hand (if it is a Monster, inflict damage to opponent equal to level x 100).|
|Zaborg the Thunder||LIGHT||Thunder||Destroy one monster.|
"Monarch" Decks tend to be very aggressive and powerful, because "Monarchs" destroy the opponent's assets just by hitting the Field, and they are strong enough in ATK to be able to press their advantage and destroy nearly any lower-level monster the opponent may happen to use in response. Monarchs have no real weaknesses other than decks that strictly run Zombie World, which almost completely shuts down the "Monarchs", and their insatiable need to generate Tribute fodder for more "Monarchs" to be Summoned and that they cannot use their effects when Special Summoned (with the exceptions of "Kuraz" and "Delg".)
- Tokens: Many tokens have restrictions on how they can be used, but some sources, like "Dandylion", "Fiend's Sanctuary","Phantom Skyblaster" "Goka, the Pyre of Malice" and "Stray Lambs", have few limitations on their tokens.
- "Soul Exchange": It's nice to be able to tribute summon with your own monsters, but it is even nicer to tribute your opponent's Monster to summon your own. Good to use on strong monsters your opponent has payed in to accumulate.
- "Reborn Tengu": This is perfect for tribute fodder, for if you tribute it, another one will spawn and if it's destroyed by battle you have another one ready as tribute fodder.
- Special Summon From Hand: Some monsters Special Summon themselves from the hand, and that saves the Normal Summon for a Monarch. The better ones include "Cyber Dragon", "Evil Hero Infernal Prodigy", "Gilasaurus", "Jester Confit", "Level Warrior", "Spell Striker", "The Tricky", "Vice Dragon", "Oracle of the Sun", "Naturia Cosmobeet", "Battle Fader", and "Swap Frog" in Frognarchs variants.
- Trap Monsters: These provide both Tribute Fodder and defense against the opponent's tactics, but they are easily destroyed.
- D.D. Survivor and D.D. Scout Plane: When these cards are banished, they automatically return themselves to the field. Use "Banisher of the Radiance", "Banisher of the Light", "Dimensional Fissure" or "Macro Cosmos" to keep them coming back, the only problem is that the Monarchs then have to make sure they don't get banished.
- Treeborn Frog: So long as you control no Spell or Trap cards, this card will come back every turn. This drawback reduces the card's effectiveness in some builds, but it provides some defense in case of a cleared field.
- Advance Devoter: Similar to "Treeborn Frog", but without the Spell/Trasp restriction. Its other effect won't be a problem if using "March/Return of the Monarchs".
- Level Eater: By reducing the level of a high-level Monster, this card revives itself from the Graveyard; each Monarch, except "Zaborg the Thunder Monarch", can spawn up to two.
- Destiny Hero - Malicious: Its effect lets you banish one copy in the Graveyard from play to Special Summon another from your Deck. This card is particularly effective for its Deck-thinning function.
- Soul Exchange This card can gain extra advantage by allowing opponent's monsters to be Tributed for Monarchs. Best used to summon "Kuraz" or "Delg" as their effects already restrict them from attacking upon being summoned.
- Chain Summoning and Double Summon: These cards allow multiple Normal Summons to occur in a single turn, very good for getting out Tribute Fodder and multiple Monarchs. This is particularly effective with "Samsara Kaiser".
- Instant Fusion: At a cost of 1000 Life Points, this card can bring out a low level Fusion Monster for Tribute fodder.
Monarchs can be difficult to overcome due to the fact that they destroy cards simply by appearing, but there are still some good strategies against them. These include:
- Divine Wrath, Forced Back, Solemn Warning, Pulling the Rug: These cards negate the Monarchs' Summon, and thereby their effects, and remove them from the field, essentially wasting the Monarch user's efforts.
- Mask of Restrict, Fog King or Zombie World: These cards effectively prevent Tribute Summons and as a result prevent Monarchs from hitting the field and activating their effects (except for Kuraz or Delg since their effects activate when Normal Summoned without a Tribute or when Special Summoned too).
- Vanity's Fiend, Vanity's Ruler, Fossil Dyna Pachycephalo, Archlord Kristya: These cards can completely shut down Frognarch/Formula Monarch decks, as they rely heavily on Special Summoning to get out tribute fodder (Treeborn Frog, namely) and Synchro Monsters. This is particularly deadly against builds that don't use Soul Exchange.
- By Order of the Emperor, Destiny Hero - Plasma and Skill Drain: These cards negate on-field effects, turning Monarchs into beat-sticks. "Grave of the Super Ancient Organism" can be used to limit "Kuraz" and "Delg" use, but it is not recomended since it targets only special summoned monsters and they can still be tributed if needed.
- Intercept: Lets you take control of a Monarch right when it gets summoned which can be a nasty surprise for most Monarch users.
- Blast Held by a Tribute: Even more destructive than a "Mirror Force" since it also inflicts damage, but not as reliable as other methods of getting the better of Monarchs, since there is a chance that they will destroy this card before they attack.
- Prime Material Dragon, Stardust Dragon and Destruction Jammer: Counteract effects that destroy cards. Note that they won't be able to stop "Raiza", "Thestalos", "Delg" or "Caius", since they don't destroy cards.
- Turbo Warrior: His effect makes him immune to "Zaborg", "Raiza", "Caius", and "Kuraz's" effects and he has just enough attack power to be able to destroy any of them in battle.
- Rivalry of Warlords: This card prevents having more than one Type of monsters on the field. It also prevents a new Type from being summoned, including Tribute summoning; so if the opponent controls a "Gravekeeper's Spy", they cannot Tribute it to summon any Monarch (except for Delg). "Gozen Match" is not recommended as an alternative as most tributes are DARK and "Caius" is the most used Monarch.
- Ritual Cage: It protects Ritual Monsters from most Monarchs and makes them waste their effect.
- The Huge Revolution is Over: Stops "Kuras" or "Mobius" from destroying your cards, and then you get rid of them for quite some time by having them banished.
- "March of the Monarchs" is almost a must since it will protect your Tribute Summoned monsters from the effects of any kind of card that try to target them or destroy them, making them a lot harder to be demolish, though it comes at the cost of denying you access to the Extra Deck.
- "The Seal of Orichalcos" is a great, if not the only, option to give all your Monarchs the boost they may need. It affects only your monsters no matter the attribute or the type. You can only use it once in duel, but since it's hard to destroy, it may be all you need. Like "March of the Monarchs," the "Seal" prevents you from using your Extra Deck, so you must know whether or not you need to Xyz Summon.
- Gorz the Emissary of Darkness may save you while in a pinch. Not only can he hold his own with 2700 ATK, but the Token that he summons can be used as a Tribute for a "Monarch".
- Royal Oppression (Traditional Format only) Disrupts any Special Summons as the Monarchs are unaffected. In this case, you should use extra Normal Summon effects in order to bring out the Monarchs.
As the name implies, this Monarch variant is build around using the effects of "March of the Monarchs" and "Return of the Monarchs" to protect and search for Monarch monsters, respectively. March of the Monarchs will protect any monsters summoned via a "Tribute Summon" from being targeted or destroyed by card effects, while Molding the Monarchs allows you to search for a Monarch every time you Tribute Summon. Since the both aforementioned cards prevent the player from summoning monsters from the "Extra Deck", the deck rarely utilizes "Synchro Monsters" or "Xyz Monsters" , although it's still possible to summon them at times. This disadvantage, however, also allows the deck to run "The Seal of Orichalcos", which can bring all your Monarchs up to a hefty 2900 ATK. "Treeborn Frog" is very ineffective in this build due to the consistent presence of "Continuous Spell Cards", so multiple copies of "Soul Exchange" is highly recommended both to create tribute fodder and remove the opponent's powerful monsters from the field. "Spell Striker" also works well in this variant due to the large number of Spells. Like any Monarch deck, it suffers from potential bad opening hands. "Pot of Duality" is recommended to help remedy this, and provide extra Spells for Spell Striker to remove. Overall, the deck's wins can usually be attributed to successive Monarch summons (and therefore searches from "Return") each turn, with "March" protecting them from card effects.
Monarch Control is a Deck that quickly Special Summons monsters to the Field and Tribute those monsters to summon a "Monarch" monster and activate their effects to gain more Field advantage. Some good Tributes are "Spell Striker", "Samsara Kaiser", "Marshmallon" and many more. Each "Monarch" has unique effects to gain Field advantage when Tribute Summoned, this will be the key of winning with this Deck. The "Treeborn Monarch combo" might work at this Deck, since Treeborn Frog shall always be Summoned from your Graveyard, allowing a Tribute fodder for the Monarchs. "Gorz the Emissary of Darkness" is a great addition to this Deck because this can be Tributed for Monarchs and when your Field is empty, you can Special Summon this. "Light and Darkness Dragon" is also a great addition because it will protect the "Monarchs" from getting destroyed and when this card is destroyed, you can Special Summon a monster from your graveyard to be Tributed for a "Monarch". Also, a good addition to this Deck would be some 'searchers' like "Mystic Tomato" or "Shining Angel" because if it is destroyed by battle, you can search for another monster, ensuring a monster to tribute for a "Monarch" during your next turn.
This Deck relies on reusing the effects of "D.D. Survivor" and "D.D. Scout Plane" with the help of "Macro Cosmos" and/or "Dimensional Fissure", which will allow the said monsters to keep coming back each End Phase, allowing you to Tribute Summon a "Monarch" each turn. Other cards that are commonly used in this Deck are "Cyber Valley," some of the other D.D. Monsters, like "D.D. Warrior Lady", "Soul Absorption", which can give its controller massive Life Point gain each turn, and "Gravekeeper's Servant", which can make a lock for all of your opponent's Monsters, preventing them from attacking for as long as they cannot send a card from their Deck to their Graveyard. You can use "Enemy Controller" to tribute a "D.D. Survivor" or "D.D. Scout Plane" and take control of one of your opponents monsters. Then tribute it for a Monarch, and the "D.D. Scout Plane" or "D.D. Survivor" will return in the End Phase.
Perfect Circle Monarch
This Deck uses the "Destiny Hero" engine to get an advantage in their game, but with the banning of "Destiny Hero - Disk Commander", it has become less effective. These are Graveyard based Decks that can easily bring out a level 8 Synchro Monster or draw cards.
- See also:Perfect Circle
Deck has a similar purpose to Frognarchs. You have "Tytannial, Princess of Camellias" to give the ability to stop you opponent. You have "Spore" as a tuner. You also have "Dandylion", "Naturia Pineapple", "Naturia Cherries", and" Treeborn Frog" as tribute fodder. You can also use "Mark of the Rose" to gain "Monarch" control. The downside to this Deck is that if you cannot main only Beast-Type and Plant-Type monsters in your graveyard, "Naturia Pineapple" becomes useless.
Or you run the Genex Undine engine with Genex Controller to thin the deck with the help of the plant monsters. You will always have a hand and keep something on the field.