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"ZW -", short for "ZEXAL Weapon" (ZWゼアル・ウェポン Zearu Wepon), is an archetype of monsters with various Attributes (primarily LIGHT) and Types (primarily Beast) used by Yuma Tsukumo and Astral in Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, created through the power of ZEXAL via the Shining Draw. All ZW - act as support cards for "Number 39: Utopia" and its evolved forms. "ZW -" monsters can be equipped to "Utopia" monsters from the hand or field. They grant "Utopia" monsters an increase in ATK or DEF, as well as new effects.

Design

The "ZW -" monsters are based off a combination of mythical beasts and weapons.

Story

"ZEXAL Weapons" debuted during Yuma and Astral's Duel against Kite Tenjo within the Pocket Dimension of the Emperor's Key, being created through a Shining Draw using the ZEXAL power. Each "ZW -" card is created to help Yuma and Astral overcome an opponent's monster they can't otherwise defeat. "ZW - Unicorn Spear" was the first ZEXAL weapon to be created in order to counter the banishing effect of "Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon" and defeat Kite. It destroyed "Galaxy-Eyes", but Kite forced a draw.

During their Duel with Trey, "ZW - Phoenix Bow" was created to inflict damage to Trey, which the effects of "Number 6: Chronomaly Atlandis" made near impossible otherwise.

Later on, in the WDC final, "ZW - Lightning Blade", "ZW - Tornado Bringer", and "ZW - Leo Arms" were created to allow "Number C39: Utopia Ray" fight Vetrix's seemingly unbeatable "Number 69: Heraldry Crest" on equal footing. "ZW - Ultimate Shield" then was created to turn the table on Dr. Faker/Vector's destruction-defying "Number 92: Heart-eartH Dragon" in the final battle.

In the Barian Invasion arc, "ZW - Eagle Claw" was formed to counter Alito's numerous usage of Counter Trap Cards. After that, "ZW - Asura Blow" and "ZW - Sleipnir Mail" were created to counter Number 96's array of "Number C" monsters.

When Dueling against Shark/Nash for the final time, "ZW - Sylphid Wing" was created and used along with "Double or Nothing!" in a final attempt to defeat "CXyz Barian Hope". By using its effect to allow "Utopia" to stop its own attack, Yuma prevented "Utopia" from triggering "Glory of the Seven Emperors" and won the Duel. No more "ZW -" were created after this; but two "ZS" (Zexal Servers) were created prior to the Duel between Yuma and Nash: "ZS - Vanish Sage" and "ZS - Ouroboros Sage".

DZW - Dark ZEXAL Weapon

During the Battle of Sargasso, when ZEXAL was thrown into an alternate form caused by the darkness within Astral, and the subsequent initiation of ZEXAL and resulted in Dark ZEXAL, Astral performed a Dark Draw resulting in the creation of a "DZW -".

Currently, the only "DZW" is "Chimera Clad", which was created to grant "Utopia Ray V" the ability to prevent itself from being destroyed in battle, as well as doubling its ATK and allowing it to attack again. It is highly unlikely anymore "DZW" will ever be created, as the conditions for Dark ZEXAL have been permanently undone.

Members

Main Deck

Level Monster Origin
Mythical Beast Weapon
1 DZW - Chimera Clad Chimera Cloth/Scythe
3 ZW - Phoenix Bow Phoenix Bow
4 SZW - Fenrir Sword Fenrir Sword
ZW - Asura Strike Asura Gauntlet
ZW - Sleipnir Mail Sleipnir Mail/Steed
ZW - Sylphid Wing Sylph Wings
ZW - Ultimate Shield Black Tortoise Shield
ZW - Unicorn Spear Unicorn Spear
5 ZW - Eagle Claw Gandaberunda Claws
ZW - Lightning Blade White Tiger Sword
ZW - Tornado Bringer Chinese/Oriental Dragon

Extra Deck

Rank Monster Origin
Mythical Beast Weapon
5 ZW - Leo Arms Leo Armor

Recommended cards

Recommended Cards

From Special reversal combo in ZW

Deck A (Yuma Image)
デッキA(遊馬イメージ)
Deck B (Constellar Specialized)
デッキB(セイクリッド特化)

From Starter ZW - Deck sample

Starter ZW Deck
スターターZWデッキ

Weaknesses and Counter-Strategies

  • "Ice Beast Zerofyne" is a particularly strong counter to the "ZW -" Equip Cards, given that they all have to be face-up to trigger their effects, and lock up their owner's Spell & Trap Card Zones.

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