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Phantom Beast
HornofthePhantomBeast-TF05-JP-VG
"Horn of the Phantom Beast".
Japanese

  • 幻獣
  • Genjū (Rōmaji)


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Manga appearances


"Phantom Beast" (幻獣 Genjū) is an archetype of mostly Beast-Warrior and Machine-Type monsters.

In the TCG, two of these monsters ("Gazelle the King of Mythical Beasts" and "Chimera the Flying Mythical Beast") have "Mythical Beast" in their name but count as "Phantom Beasts" due to their Japanese names; in the TCG, "Chimera the Flying Mythical Beast" has an archetype condition that treats it as a Phantom Beast" monster, while "Gazelle the King of Mythical Beasts" is always specifically included in effects that target "Phantom Beast" monsters.

They are based around aggressive beatdown tactics, gaining advantages when sent to/while in the Graveyard, or inflicting extra damage when battling. The effects of the Beast-Types seem to be based on those of the "White Knights" used by Chazz Princeton in the Yu-Gi-Oh! GX anime. The archetype also includes a sub-archetype, the "Mecha Phantom Beasts".

Recommended Cards

Symbols of Rock-Lizard

This Deck mitigateswhat was known as "Symbols" of "Coelacanth", a Fish-Type Deck circling around aggressive Synchro Summons and Graveyard tactics. This Deck uses "Gladiator Beast Andal" in conjunction with "Gladiator Proving Ground" and "Symbols of Duty" to return "Phantom Beast Rock-Lizard" to the field multiple times in a Duel. "Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter" can aid in getting him into the Graveyard faster as well as provide destruction in part to defend yourself. "Exodius the Ultimate Forbidden Lord" can also be used to put "Phantom Beast Cross-Wing" or "Phantom Beast Rock-Lizard" into the Graveyard.

Recommended Cards

Weaknesses

Austere cards such as "4-Starred Ladybug of Doom" (majority of "Phantom Beast"s are Level 4), and either "Bladefly" or even "Acidic Downpour" ("Phantom Beast"s are not very daunting ATK/DEF-wise on their own) are two simple ways to cause trouble for "Phantom Beast" Duelists. Also, epigrammatic banishers like "Disappear" "Soul Release" and "Kycoo the Ghost Destroyer" can take "Cross Wing", "Thunder Pegasus" and/or "Chimaera"'s Fusion Material Monsters out of the Graveyard and hence nullify a motley of benefits that "Phantom Beasts" can't otherwise get much of from other support cards. This can be contested with "Imperial Iron Wall". You can also use "Solidarity", "Gaia Power" and/or even "Forest" and/or "Sogen" for additional stat boosts and cards like "Impenetrable Attack". "Threatening Roar" and "Thunder of Ruler" to repel attacks.

"Tualatin" is perchance a perfect mis-match against standard "Phantom Beast" Decks as this card can keep them off the field wholly, an Archetype that is heftily needy on Field presence and offensive stratagems. "Array of Revealing Light" can also temporize their plan of attack long enough to be dispersed from the Field.

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