Several "Predaplant" monsters in the artwork of "Predaplast".
"Predaplant", known as "Predator Plants" (
The monsters are largely based on carnivorous plants, carrion flowers, and/or carnivorous animals. Appearance wise, some "Predaplant" monsters have leaf-like mouth parts lined with thorn-like teeth, while their vine-like appendages resemble hands with thorn-like claws; the others have plant and animal characteristics. However, three of Predaplant Effect Monsters ("Ophrys Scorpio" "Cordyceps", and "Banksia Ogre") are not based on carnivorous plants. "Cordyceps" is based on the parasitic fungus with the same name, "Ophrys Scorpio" is based on a perennial herbaceous plant belonging to the family Orchidaceae, and "Banksia Ogre" is based on a genus of wildflower endemic to Australia.
The names of each monster is a hybridization of an animal and a plant. One of the words used is typically the Latin taxonomic name. The Level 5 and higher monsters are named after mythical animals (chimera, dragon, hydra) and the revealed Fusion Monsters are named after carrion flowers instead of carnivorous plants. Three revealed monsters in Maximum Crisis and Code of the Duelist also don't follow this trend; "Cordyceps" is based on a fungus, "Ophrys Scorpio" is based on an orchid, and "Banksia Ogre" is based on an Australian wildflower.
"Predaplant Flytrap", "Predaplant Squid Drosera", "Predaplant Pterapenthes", "Predaplant Dragostapelia", "Predaplant Spinodionaea", and "Predaplast" have effects to place Predator Counter(s) on the opposing monsters, making them Level 1 Monsters to hinder opposing Ritual, Synchro and Xyz Summons and punish opponents for having the Predator Counters in the first place. "Predaplanet" punishes the opponent for losing a monster with Predator Counters by letting a player add a "Predap" card to their hands.
"Predaplant Chlamydosundew" is simply an extra "Polymerization" when on the Field; one that can also use an opposing Monster with a Predator Counter on it as a DARK Fusion Material, making the Fusion Summon of "Starving Venom Fusion Dragon" and "Predaplant Chimerafflesia" easier, as well as potentially getting rid of an opponent's problematic monster.
"Lonefire Blossom" can Special Summon another copy of itself and be used in combination with "Miracle Fertilizer" (Does not matter if the effect is only used once) to setup the Graveyard for effects like "Soul Charge" to swarm the field. "Super Solar Nutrient" can be used to Special Summon "Gigaplant" and further extend plays from the Graveyard.
"Predaplants" have a useful engine in the form of "Predaplant Ophrys Scorpio" and "Predaplant Darlingtonia Cobra"; "Ophrys Scorpio" can Special Summon "Darlingtonia Cobra" directly from the Deck, triggering the effect of the latter to search a "Polymerization" or "Fusion" Spell Card. The combo can only be used once per Duel, but is very potent; setting up either a Fusion Summon, or a Rank 3 Xyz Summon and a Fusion Summon from cards like "Brilliant Fusion" and "Instant Fusion".
- This archetype relies on Special Summoning, so cards like "Vanity's Emptiness" will slow the archetype down.
- Cards that take advantage of a Player controlling Low-Leveled monster will backfire.
- "Predaplant" cards are reliant on Predator Counters for their effects. Cards such as "Counter Cleaner" or using the affected monsters as Materials will effectively clean them off.
- Predator Counters does not have much effect on Xyz Monsters, as they do not have Levels, but they do hinder Xyz Summons by changing the levels of the potential Xyz Materials, except for a Rank 1 Monster. Regardless, Predator Counters can still be used on Xyz Monsters for effects such as "Predaplanet" and "Predaplant Chlamydosundew".