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Clockwise from center: "Defender", "Warrior" and "Archer" are attacking "Stalagmo" and "Voltelluric" in the artwork of "Subterror Cave Clash"


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"Subterror" is an archetype that first appeared in The Dark Illusion. It is one of two TCG-exclusive archetypes that premiered in that set, the other being the "SPYRAL" archetype.

While all members of this archetype are EARTH, each one have an unique Level and Type. It includes the "Subterror Behemoth" sub-archetype.


The "Subterror" archetype is a combination of the "Subterror Behemoth" monsters - colossal beasts whose names are a reference to subterranean anomalies or types of rock - and the "Subterror Nemesis" monsters, who are human hunters who confront them.

Level Type Subterror member/support Origin
1 Spellcaster Subterror Fiendess Succubus
2 Beast-Warrior Subterror Nemesis Defender Defender
3 Fairy Subterror Nemesis Archer Archer
4 Warrior Subterror Nemesis Warrior Warrior
5 Sea Serpent Subterror Behemoth Stygokraken Stygofauna / Kraken
6 Zombie Subterror Behemoth Dragossuary‎ Dragon / Ossuary
7 Reptile Subterror Behemoth Umastryx Uromastyx
8 - - -
9 Thunder Subterror Behemoth Voltelluric Volt / Telluric current
10 Rock Subterror Behemoth Stalagmo Stalagmite
11 - - -
12 Pyro Subterror Behemoth Ultramafus Volcanic ultramafic rocks
- - The Hidden City Shambhala

Playing style

The effects of the two "Subterror Nemesis" monsters are very necessary in order to Special Summon the "Subterror Behemoth" monsters from the Deck face-up or face-down. Since "Subterror Nemesis Warrior" has the ability to be continually re-used, it is common to see the cards "Speedroid Terrortop" and "Speedroid Taketomborg" being used to Xyz Summon "M-X-Saber Invoker" simply to search it out. "Tour Guide From the Underworld" with any Level 3 Fiend-Type monster or "Predaplant Ophrys Scorpio" with "Predaplant Darling Cobra" can have the same result, with the ability to search "Instant Fusion" if using the "Predaplant" engine.

Flipping the "Subterror Behemoth" monsters face-up and face-down can be controlled through card effects such as "Prediction Princess Tarotrei", "Book of Taiyou", and "The Hidden City".

Recommended cards

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