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Beast (Japanese: (けもの) Kemono) is a Type of monster consisting mainly of wild animals. They are typically EARTH Attribute monsters, although LIGHT and FIRE monsters of this type are not uncommon. Beast-Type monsters are often overlooked, but often have great utility. Because they are relatively low in number compared to more popular monster types, there is not one specific theme or strategy common to them, though many have effects that assist them during the Battle Phase. Many Beasts are weaker utility monsters that splash well into other Decks, like "Nimble Momonga", but a few Beasts are potent on their own, such as "Green Baboon, Defender of the Forest", which Summons itself whenever ANY Beast is destroyed and sent to the Graveyard, "Master of Oz", which is one of the strongest Fusion Monsters available in terms of sheer ATK, and "Naturia Beast", which has a potent Spell Card lockdown. One Beast-type card, "Rescue Cat", was previously only truly useful for setting up Ojama Fusions, but after the release of Synchro Monsters it became a near-invaluable staple card by Summoning a Beast-Type Tuner monster and another Beast for an immediate Synchro Summon; due to this, it was the source of many OTKs, and eventually became Forbidden, and then errata'd years later. This strategy has been supported in Duelist Revolution with the inclusion of several cards used by Team Unicorn, where as their Decks are based on Synchro Summoning using mostly Beast-Type monsters to Summon their "Thunder Unicorn", "Voltic Bicorn", and "Lightning Tricorn", which are all Beast-type Synchro Monsters.

Archetypes include the "Ojamas", "Sphinx", the "Koala" monsters, "Nordic Beasts" and "The Fabled" sub-archetype. In addition, a good portion of the "Crystal Beasts" fall underneath this Type as well as the "Performapal" and "ZW -" archetypes.

Beast cards are most notably played by Maico Kato, Chumley Huffington, Jesse Anderson, Devack, Dragan, Team Unicorn, Ponta and Naoki Shima, Schrödinger Nekoyama, Caterpillio Zomyoji and Nick Yagi in the anime and manga.

Some other respectable Beast-Type monsters are "Rescue Rabbit", "Super-Nimble Mega Hamster", "Zeman the Ape King", "Earthbound Immortal Cusillu", "Green Baboon, Defender of the Forest", "Yellow Baboon, Archer of the Forest", "Bazoo the Soul-Eater", "Berserk Gorilla", "King Tiger Wanghu", "Outstanding Dog Marron", "Mosaic Manticore", "Behemoth the King of All Animals", "Neo-Spacian Dark Panther", "ZW - Leo Arms" and "Voltic Kong".

Beast Decks[]

Moja Deck[]

A Moja Deck is based around three TCG-Exclusive cards released in Raging Battle; "Moja", "King of the Beasts", and "Beast Striker". The idea is to have a King of the Beasts in the Graveyard and continuously re-summon Moja so that King of the Beasts can continually revive itself no matter how many times it is destroyed. An example decklist can be found here.

For this Deck, you can use cards such as:

Imperial Beast Deck[]

This Deck basically uses Kinka-Byo to bring out a Moja or a Key Mouse and Special Summon as many Chain Dogs as you can. Then use the appropriate effect: If you choose a Moja bring a King of the Beasts or Synchro summon a Naturia Leodrake, Mist Wurm, Naturia Beast or Thunder Unicorn if is a Key Mouse. Trishula can't be an option because you must use Imperial Iron Wall to recycle Chain Dog and protect your cards from being banished like Green Baboon, Defender of the Forest and the monster that is Special Summoned by your Kinka-Byo. This Deck must be fast so cards such as Hand Destruction, Foolish Burial, Card Destruction and Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter can help this.

For this Deck, you can use cards such as:

Weenie Beasts[]

This Deck is based around swarming the field with beasts, mainly using Rescue Cat, and increasing their ATK for an OTK. The Deck is known as "Weenie" Beasts because, individually, most of the monsters in this Deck have quite low ATK. (Note that rescue cat is "Limited" and can be activated a "Hard Once Per Turn")

Some suggestions of cards to use for this Deck:

  • Rescue Cat: One of the key cards in this Deck. It can be used to search out most of the monsters in the Deck and is essential for pulling off an OTK. You can search for either cards like "Milus Radiant" to pull off an OTK, or you can use it to grab "X-Saber Airbellum" and another card for a quick synchro.
  • Milus Radiant: Another very important monster, it can give a boost to your entire field; more than one on the field at a time can be deadly.
  • Tree Otter: Another very important card, it can give a boost to another beast; more than one on the field at a time can be powerful. Very useful with "Rescue Cat".
  • Hyena: Another very important monster if your Deck is based around swarming Beasts, it can give a powerful combo with "Rescue Cat" and "Creature Swap.
  • Chain Dog: Another very important beast if your deck is based around swarming Beasts, Special Summons from your Graveyard if you control exactly 2 face-up Beast-Type monsters, combine with X-Saber Airbellum and Synchro Summon Voltic Bicorn.
  • Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter: Mills 3 cards and destroys a card, a perfect fit for this Deck
  • Naturia Beast: An easy-to-summon Synchro Monster, as most cards in this Deck are Earth Attribute. It shuts down Spells and mills 2 cards each time, which is another perfect fit. It's also very easy to summon with "Rescue Cat".
  • Key Mouse: Can search out most cards in the Deck.
  • Giant Rat: Can search out a lot of cards, including "Rescue Cat".
  • Inferno Reckless Summon: Can be extremely useful in combination with such cards as "Milus Radiant".
  • Spiritual Earth Art - Kurogane: Can pull a Rescue Cat from your grave, which you can cycle for two more cards. It can also get a "Milus Radiant", which you can use "Inferno Reckless Summon" on for two more.
  • Green Baboon, Defender of the Forest: A useful card that can be used in combination with Rescue Cat's ability, which destroys the monsters at the end of the turn.
  • Gaia Power: A free attack boost to your whole field.
  • X-Saber Airbellum: A beast-type tuner that can be searched out with Rescue Cat.
  • Sea Koala: Can help destroy any attack position monster on the opponent's side of the field.
  • Closed Forest: one powerful field for swarming beasts down deck, because all face-up Beast-Type monsters you control gain 100 ATK for each monster in your Graveyard and neither player can activate Field Spell Cards. Field Spell Cards cannot be activated during the turn this it is destroyed.
  • Spiritual Forest: Each turn, the first face-up Beast-Type you control that would be destroyed by battle is not destroyed. This card will protect the first Beast extremely useful for several combo.
  • Level Limit - Area B: Can be used for stalling, but can hinder "Green Baboon". On the bright side, it doesn't stop "Naturia Beast's" effect.
  • Poison Fangs: Each time a Beast-Type monster inflicts Battle Damage to your opponent, inflict extra 500 damage.
  • The Big March of Animals: It can give up to a most of your 1000 ATK boost to your whole field.
  • Wild Nature's Release: Increase the ATK of 1 Beast by an amount equal to its DEF. Destroy the monster during the End Phase of the turn that this card is activated. after you can pay 1000 Life Points to Special Summon Green Baboon, Defender of the Forest from your hand or the Graveyard.
  • Solidarity: An extra 800 ATK each is amazing and can stack up quickly.
  • Gravity Bind: See above "Level Limit - Area B".
"This Deck can also be built using Royal Decree; just take out most of the traps and put these in."

Sphinx Beasts[]

The Sphinx Beasts can be used as additional support for most Beast Decks, especially the ones that don't have very powerful Monster Cards.

Tiger Beasts[]

This build revolves around Flame Tiger and sometimes Chain Dog, to perform quick Xyz Summons. Flamvell Firedog is recommended, as it Summons Flame Tiger instantly, allowing you to speed up the setup. Some builds revolve around Skill Drain since it will not negate the Deck's key cards (as both tiger and dog will work in the graveyard) and ruins most of the setups in the current meta.