ZW -", short for " ZEXAL Weapon" ( ＺＷ ( ゼアル・ウェポン ) Zearu Wepon), is an archetype of cards used by Yuma Tsukumo and Astral in anime which are created by the power of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL ZEXAL through the Shining Draw. So far, 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 and/or field. They grant "Utopia" monsters an increase in ATK or DEF as well as new effects.
ZEXAL Weapons debuted during the Yuma and Astral duel against
Kite Tenjo within the Pocket Dimension through Shining Draw using ZEXAL power. Each "ZW -" card is created for a specific challenge Yuma must overcome. " 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.
During the Duel with
Trey, " ZW - Phoenix Bow" was created to overcome the invincible " Number 6: Chronomaly Atlandis". Later on, in the WDC final, " ZW - Lightning Blade", " ZW - Tornado Bringer", and " ZW - Leo Arms" were created to defeat Vetrix's seemingly unbeatable " Number 69: Heraldry Crest". " ZW - Ultimate Shield" then was created to take down Vector's destruction-defying " Number 92: Heart-eartH Dragon" in the final battle.
Barian Invasion arc, " ZW - Eagle Claw" was formed to counter Alito's numerous usage of Counter Trap Cards. And finally, when faced with Dark Mist's array of " Number C" monsters, " ZW - Asura Blow" and " ZW - Sleipnir Mail" were created to counter them.
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".
The "ZW -" monsters are based off of both mythical beasts and weapons.
DZW - Dark ZEXAL Weapon
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 "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.
Deck A (Yuma Image)
Deck B (Constellar Specialized)
Starter ZW Deck
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.