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"Code Talker" (コード・トーカー Kōdo Tōkā) is an archetype of Cyberse Link Monsters used by Yusaku Fujiki in Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS. With the exception of "Code Talker" and "Inverted Code Talker", all of its members are Link-3 monsters with 2300 ATK. They also all have either Cyberse or Effect Monsters listed as their Link Materials, except for the non-specific "Powercode Talker".

Starting with Structure Deck: Master Link, the series received more support from the "Cynet" archetype.

Design

Appearance

The "Code Talkers" resemble warrior-like cybernetic humanoids whose armor is colored after their corresponding Attribute. They also each wield a different weapon to use in battle. Their bodies underneath the armor appear similar to the Ignis, especially Ai and Flame with their black designs.

Etymology

The archetype's name is derived from code talkers, individuals (typically Native American) who were used by the United States during wars in the 20th century as a means of encrypting and decrypting communications by using obscure languages that were not widespread, and were difficult to translate.

Playing style

Each member of this archetype have Link Arrows that aid their effects, regardless of being in the Extra or Main Monster Zone, and are compatible with co-linked related effects. Through Link Arrows, they share "power-up" effects that can apply to either themselves or ally monsters.

The archetype typically synergizes strongly with Cyberse support, but also has some support cards of its own. The Deck typically requires a near-pure Cyberse Deck to function well, due to their summoning requirements (typically Cyberse monsters) and effects (often functioning best with Cyberse monsters). Due to the raw number of Cyberse monsters and support cards, one should more carefully choose which ones to include than with other archetypes, which are typically smaller and more straightforward. This is especially true for the Extra Deck, which is already cramped with its 15-card limit and the "Code Talkers" taking up the majority of the slots, which typically require 7 to 9 slots if running one copy of each "Code Talker" and duplicates of several ones (such as "Transcode" and the Link-2 "Code Talker").

Their vast numbers and the tendency to have 'hard' "once per turn" clauses on their effects also discourages running 3 copies of the 'best' Cyberse monsters. As is the case with most orientations of Cyberse Decks, a "Code Talker" oriented Cyberse Deck has a strong toolbox character.

With the help of "Recoded Alive", you can switch your "Code Talker" monster with ones in the Extra Deck for the first effect and with the second effect revive ones used for the first effect.

"Limit Code" is an equipping Trap that summons a "Code Talker" from the Extra Deck if there are any Cyberse Link Monsters in your GY, allowing for both a combo start or extension of combos.

Several "Cynet" Spells and Traps support the archetype directly and indirectly:

  • "Optimization" has a second effect that prevents the opponent from responding to a "Code Talker's" attacks in a fashion similar to "Armades, Keeper of Boundaries". In addition, its generic Cyberse-supporting effect greatly aids the summoning of "Code Talkers", working well with monsters added through "Codec".
  • "Codec" allows for several searches in the Deck per turn for more Cyberse monsters with Attributes corresponding to your summoned "Code Talkers", allowing for long consecutive Link Summoning of "Code Talkers". This way, it also encourages using different Attributes of Cyberse monsters and "Code Talkers". This includes ones that would otherwise be less likely to be used, such as "Encode Talker" whose lackluster effects are compensated by its Attribute granting "Codec" access to useful LIGHT Cyberse monsters such as "Cyberse White Hat", "Backup Secretary" and "Balancer Lord". For useful monsters for each Attribute, check 'Recommended cards' below.
  • "Conflict" serves as the archetype's 'negate and destroy'-card with a small touch of "Called by the Grave", banishing negated cards and preventing other cards of the same name from activating until the end of the next turn.

Several monsters also serve the archetype.

  • "Micro Coder" and "Code Radiator" can be used as materials from the hand as long as a Cyberse monster on the field is being used for the "Code Talker's" summon, then triggering other strong effects after the summon.
  • "Talkback Lancer" is a useful card to revive fallen "Code Talkers", especially late-game. This is especially useful if it revives "Transcode Talker", which can revive another "Code Talker" consecutively.

The archetype has a fair amount of synergy with "Cynet Fusion" and "Cyberse Clock Dragon". Once some momentum has been built, it is simple for the Deck to control two or even three Link-3 "Code Talkers" without controlling any in the Extra Monster Zones, mainly thanks to "Transcode Talker's" effect to revive its brethren. This can potentially bring "Cyberse Clock Dragon" to ATK values of 10,000. Its required Fusion Material "Clock Wyvern" is typically already present in the Deck, being a staple for most Cyberse Decks and the easy-to-summon "Clock Spartoi" can search "Cynet Fusion" easily, rendering a single copy of it sufficient for the Fusion engine to work. This is not equally true for "Cyberse Witch" and the Ritual Monster "Cyberse Magician", as it requires dedicating more card slots in the Deck to the engine and can provide dead draws with just a single Ritual Monster or Ritual Spell.

Members

Monster Effect Weapon
Stat changing Unique
Code Talker Gains 500 ATK for each monster it points to. While this card points to a monster, it cannot be destroyed by battle or your opponent's card effects. Sword
Decode Talker Tribute 1 monster this card points to when your opponent activates a card or effect that targets a card(s) you control; negate the activation and destroy that card.
Decode Talker Extended
  1. This card's name becomes "Decode Talker" while on the field.
  2. Gains 500 ATK for each monster it points to.
During your Battle Phase, if a monster(s) this card points to is destroyed by battle or sent to the GY, it can make a second attack during each Battle Phase that turn. Sabers
Encode Talker After damage calculation when its unique effect is activated, this card or 1 monster it points to gains ATK equal to the ATK of the battled opponent's monster until the end of that turn. If your monster this card points to battles an opponent's monster with higher ATK than it, before damage calculation, that monster is unable to be destroyed by that battle while you take no battle damage from that battle. Shield
Excode Talker Monsters this card points to gain 500 ATK and cannot be destroyed by card effects. When Link Summoned, choose unused Main Monster Zones equal to the number of monsters currently in the Extra Monster Zones; they cannot be used while this card is face-up on the field. Claws
Inverted Code Talker N/A When Link Summoned, Special Summon 1 Cyberse monster from your hand to your zone this card points to. Spear
Powercode Talker Tribute 1 monster this card points to during damage calculation if it battles an opponent's monster; this card's ATK becomes double its original ATK during that damage calculation only. Target 1 face-up monster on the field; negate its effects until the end of that turn. Grapnel
Shootingcode Talker This card can make attacks on your opponent's monsters up to the number of monsters it currently points to +1 at the start of your Battle Phase, but loses 400 ATK when it attacks their only monster during that damage calculation only. At the end of the Battle Phase when this card's stat changing effect is activated, draw cards equal to the number of monsters it destroyed by battle that turn. Bow
Transcode Talker While it is co-linked, this card and its co-linked monsters gain 500 ATK, and your opponent cannot target any of them with card effects. Target 1 Link-3 or lower Cyberse Link Monster other than "Transcode Talker" in your GY; Special Summon it to your zone this card points to, but you cannot Special Summon non-Cyberse monsters the turn you activate this effect. Rifle

Support

Monster Effect after being sent from a specific location to the GY as Link Material for the Link Summon of a "Code Talker" monster Origin
Hand Field
Code Exporter Add 1 Level 4 or lower Cyberse monster from your GY to your hand. Special Summon 1 Level 4 or lower Cyberse monster from your GY, but its effects are negated. Export
Code Generator Send 1 Cyberse monster with 1200 or less ATK from your Deck to the GY. Add 1 Cyberse monster with 1200 or less ATK from your Deck to your hand. Generator
Code Radiator Target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; its ATK becomes 0 and its effects are negated. Target 2 face-up monsters your opponent controls; their ATK become 0 and their effects are negated. Radiator
Micro Coder Add 1 "Cynet" Spell/Trap from your Deck to your hand. Add 1 Level 4 Cyberse monster from your Deck to your hand. Microcomputer

Recommended cards

The following Monster Card listing has been sorted by Attribute to provide a structured overview of what cards can be useful with "Cynet Codec".

Recommended cards

Trivia

  • This is the first archetype/series composed entirely of Cyberse monsters, as well as the first one made purely of Link Monsters.
  • The attack names of all "Code Talkers" in the Japanese version contain a conclusive word in addition to the "code" portion of their names, with the exception of "Powercode Talker" and "Shootingcode Talker" who simply have the portion before the "code" part of their names.
    • "Decode Talker" - Decode End
    • "Encode Talker" - Final Encode
    • "Excode Talker" - Excode Close
    • "Powercode Talker" - Power Termination Smash
    • "Shootingcode Talker" - Shooting Complete
    • "Transcode Talker" - Transcode Finish


Six Attributes
DARK DARK EARTH EARTH FIRE FIRE LIGHT LIGHT WATER WATER WIND WIND
/Assault Modes Red Dragon Archfiend / Colossal Fighter Hyper Psychic Blaster / T.G. Halberd Cannon Doomkaiser Dragon Arcanite Magician n/a Stardust Dragon
@Ignisters
(2300 ATK)
Dark Templar Earth Golem Fire Phoenix Light Dragon Water Leviathan Wind Pegasus
Alchemy Beasts
Summoners (Normal Spell Cards)
Moonface the Silver
Silver Key
Leon the Lead
Lead Compass
Salamandra the Steel
Steel Lamp
Ouroboros the Bronze
Bronze Scale
Ekenas the Mercury
Mercury Hourglass
Aretos the Tin
Tin Spell Circle
Aliens Overlord / Mother / Psychic Shocktrooper / Infiltrator / Warrior Mars / Telepath Ammonite / Dog / Grey / Kid / Shocktrooper Mighty/Frame Hunter / Hypno Skull
Altergeists Primebanshee / Kidolga / Multifaker / Fifinellag / Dragvirion / Pookuery Kunquery Hexstia Marionetter Meluseek / Fijialert Silquitous / Pixiel
Aromages Marjoram Cananga Bergamot Jasmine Rosemary Laurier
Attribute Boosters (500 ATK▲/400 DEF▼)
Link Monsters
(500 ATK▲/500 DEF▲)
Field Spells
(500 ATK▲/400 DEF▼)
Equip Spells
(400 ATK▲/200 DEF▼)
Witch's Apprentice
Wee Witch's Apprentice
Mystic Plasma Zone
Sword of Dark Destruction
Milus Radiant
Missus Radiant
Gaia Power
Invigoration
Little Chimera
Duelittle Chimera
Molten Destruction
Burning Spear
Hoshiningen
Hip Hoshiningen
Luminous Spark
Elf's Light
Star Boy
Mistar Boy
Umiiruka
Steel Shell
Bladefly
Greatfly
Rising Air Current
Gust Fan
Attribute Knights Armageddon Dust Brushfire Dawn Shore Altitude
Attribute Reptiles Umbral Soul Raging Earth Firestorm Prominence Radiant Spirit Silent Abyss Destruction Cyclone
Attribute Spirits Luna the Dark Spirit The Rock Spirit Spirit of Flames Diana the Light Spirit Aqua Spirit Garuda the Wind Spirit
Attribute Summoners Mystic Tomato Giant Rat UFO Turtle Shining Angel Mother Grizzly Flying Kamakiri #1
Barrier Statues Abyss Drought Inferno Heavens Torrent Stormwinds
B.E.S. Big Core Covered Core / Blaster Cannon Core Big Core MK-2 Big Core MK-3 Crystal Core Tetran
Charmers
Familiar-Possessed
Cataclysmic Charmers
Spiritual Arts
Familiar
Possessed Familiars
Dharc
Dharc
n/a
Greed
Meda Bat
n/a
Aussa
Aussa
Avalanching Aussa
Kurogane
Marmot
Nefarious
Hiita
Hiita
Blazing Hiita
Kurenai
Fox Fire
Inari Fire
Lyna
Lyna
n/a
Hijiri
Happy Lover
n/a
Eria
Eria
Raging Eria
Aoi
Gigobyte
Jigabyte
Wynn
Wynn
Storming Wynn
Miyabi
Petit Dragon
Ranryu
Chrysalis
Neo-Spacians
Evolved forms
Contact Fusions
Evolved forms
Advanced Contact Fusions
Pantail
Dark Panther
n/a
Dark Neos
n/a
Chaos Neos
Mole
Grand Mole
n/a
Grand Neos
n/a
Nebula Neos
Larva
Flare Scarab
n/a
Flare Neos
n/a
Magma Neos
Pinny
Glow Moss
Twinkle Moss
Glow Neos
n/a
Cosmo Neos
Dolphin
Aqua Dolphin
Marine Dolphin
Aqua Neos
Marine Neos
n/a
Chicky
Air Hummingbird
n/a
Air Neos
n/a
Storm Neos
Code Talkers
(Link-3/2300 ATK)
Decode (Extended) Transcode Powercode Encode Shootingcode Excode
Color Ninjas
Dragon Ninjas
Strike Ninja
Black Dragon Ninja
Senior Silver Ninja
n/a
Crimson Ninja
Red Dragon Ninja
White Ninja / Upstart Golden Ninja
White Dragon Ninja / n/a
Armed Ninja
Blue Dragon Ninja
Yellow Ninja
Yellow Dragon Ninja
Cubic Vijam / Crimson Nova (Trinity) Dark Garnex Blade Garoodia Duza / Buster Gundil / Indiora Doom Volt n/a Geira Guile
CXyz Mechquipped Djinn Angeneral / Dark Fairy Cheer Girl Comics Hero Legend Arthur / Battleship Cherry Blossom Coach Lord Ultimatrainer Simon the Great Moral Leader / Barian Hope n/a Skypalace Babylon
Dice Roll Archfiends Terrorking / Masterking Vilepawn Infernalqueen Desrook Darkbishop Shadowknight
Double Tributers
Effigies
Double Coston
Dark
The Trojan Horse
Earth
Flame Ruler
n/a
Kaiser Sea Horse
Light
Unshaven Angler
n/a
Whirlwind Prodigy
Wind
Dustons
(1/0/1000/Fiends)
Star / Diamond Yellow Red House / White Blue Green
Elemental HERO Fusion Monsters
(1 "HERO" + 1 matching Attribute)
Escuridao Gaia Nova Master The Shining Absolute Zero Great Tornado
Elemental Lords
Elementsabers
Umbramirage
Molehu
Grandsoil
Aina
Pyrorex
Malo
Phosphorage
Lapauila (Mana)
Moulinglacia
Nalu
Windrose
Makani
Empowered Warriors
Summoners
Dragonox
n/a
Terratiger
White Tiger
Arnis
Red Sparrow
Dragodies
n/a
Hydrortoise
Green Turtle
Ventdra
Blue Dragon
Endymion Master Magician / Mighty Master of Magic Magister Rogue Crusader / Reflection n/a Servant
Entities Azathot Nyarla Chthugua N'tss Norden Hastorr
Fortune Fairies
Fortune Ladies
Ann
Dark / Past
Chee
Earth
En
Fire
Hikari
Light / Every
Swee
Water
Hu
Wind
Fur Hire Seal
Folgo
Beat
Dyna
Bravo Rafale Helmer
Wiz
Donpa
Recon
Sagitta
Generaids Hel Dvergs
Jormungandr
Naglfar Mardoll Nidhogg Fraudir
Ghost Girls Ghost Reaper & Winter Cherries Ghost Belle & Haunted Mansion Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit Ghost Sister & Spooky Dogwood n/a
Guardians
Weapons
(Equip Spell Cards)
Baou / Dreadscythe
Wicked-Breaking Flamberge / Reaper Scythe
Grarl
Gravity Axe
Ceal
Shooting Star Bow
Tryce
Twin Swords of Flashing Light
Kay'est
Rod of Silence
Elma / Eatos
Buttefly Dagger / Celestial Sword
Invoked Caliga Magellanica Purgatrio Mechaba / Elysium Cocytus Raidjin
Kaiju Radian Kumongous Dogoran Jizukiru / Mecha-Dogoran / Thunder King Gameciel Gadarla
Knightmare
Link Monsters
Unicorn Cerberus Phoenix Gryphon Mermaid Goblin
Legendary Planets Jupiter / Saturn / Pluto / Sun Terra Firma Mars Venus / Uranus Mercury / Neptune n/a
Masked HEROes
Non-Fusion Monsters
Level 6 Fusion Monsters
Level 8 Fusion Monsters
Dusk Crow
Dark Law
Anki
Bassols
n/a
Dian
Inferno
Goka
n/a
Ray
n/a
Koga
Fountain
Vapor
Acid
Gust
Blast
Divine Wind
Magician Girls Dark Berry Apple Lemon Chocolate Kiwi
Mirror Force Dark Quaking Blazing Radiant Drowning Storming
Monarchs
Mega Monarchs
Related "Monarch" Spell/Trap Cards
Vassals
Caius / Erebus
Caius the Mega
Tenacity / The First
Lucius / Eidos
Granmarg
Granmarg the Mega
Return
Landrobe / Samsara Kaiser
Thestalos
Thestalos the Mega
Erupt
Berlineth
Zaborg / Ehther
Zaborg the Mega
Strike / The Prime
Mithra / Edea
Mobius
Mobius the Mega
Awaken
Escher
Raiza
Raiza the Mega
Stormforth
Garum
Musical Djinns Maestroke Temtempo n/a Melomelody Humhumming Muzurhythm
Mythyrian Numbers Djinn Buster Lion Heart / Ronin Raccoon Sandayu n/a Sky Pegasus / Dragluon Abyss Splash / Crystalzero n/a
Number 10X
Number C10X
n/a
Umbral Horror Masquerade
Giant Hand
Giant Red Hand
Battlin' Boxer Star Cestus
Battlin' Boxer Comet Cestus
Star Seraph Sentry / Masquerade / Galaxy-Eyes Tachyon Dragon
Archfiend Seraph / Neo Galaxy-Eyes Tachyon Dragon
Silent Honor ARK / Ragnazero
Silent Honor DARK / Ragnafinity
n/a
n/a
Odd-Eyes Dragons Odd-Eyes / Pendulum / Rebellion / Raging / Phantom / Persona / Mirage / Supreme King / Venom / Wing / Performapal Metal Claw / Arc Pendulum / Advance Gravity Meteorburst Saber / Lancer / Revolution Absolute Vortex
Pendulum Magicians Stargazer / Timegazer / Xiangke / Timebreaker / Acrobatic / Dragoncaller / Harmonizing / Double Iris / Black Fang / Purple Poison Dragonpulse Nobledragon Xiangsheng / Wisdom-Eye / Dharma-Eye / Performapal Five-Rainbow Dragonpit Oafdragon / White Wing
Prediction Princesses Astromorrigan Coinorma / Petalelf n/a Tarotrei Crystaldine Arrowsylph
Resonators Dark / Synkron Clock Flare / Red / Double / Net Barrier / Chain / Mirror Force Creation
El Shaddoll
Fusion Monsters
(1 "Shaddoll" + 1 matching Attribute)
Winda Shekhinaga Grysta Construct Anoyatyllis Wendigo
Signer Dragons Red Archfiend / Black-Winged Life Stream Black Rose Ancient Fairy n/a Stardust
Six Samurai
Legendary Six Samurai
Secret Six Samurai
Irou
Shi En
Doji
Yariza
Kizan
Kizaru
Kamon
Mizuho
Genba
Zanji
Enishi
Rihan
Yaichi
Shinai
Hatsume
Nisashi
Kageki
Fuma
Synchro Warriors
Tuner Synchrons
Junk
Junk
Drill
Drill
Nitro / Jet
Nitro / Jet
Road
Road
n/a
Steam
Turbo
Turbo
Tenyi Spirits
Link Monsters
Vishuda
Berserker
Adhara
Monk
Mapura
Shaman
Ashuna
Master of the Dragon Fist
Sthana
n/a
Nahata
n/a
The Weathers
Canvas
(Continuous Spell/Trap Cards)
Aurora
Auroral
Snow
Snowy
Sun
Sunny
Thunder / Rainbow
Thundery / Rainbowed
Rain
Rainy
Cloud
Cloudy
Timelords Vorpgate Kamion / Hailon Metaion / Michion / Lazion Sandaion / Sephylon Gabrion / Zaphion Sadion / Raphion
True Draco and True King All Calamities Lithosazim / Dreiath III Agnimazud / Ignis Heat Metaltron XII / Master Peace / King Master Peace Bahrstos / Dinomight Knight Mariamne / Majesty Maiden
Witchcrafters Haine Potterie Schmitta Edel / Verre / Golem Aruru Pittore n/a
World Chalice
Link Monsters
World Legacy - "World Chalice"
n/a
Beckoned by the World Chalice
Ningirsu the World Chalice Warrior
Chosen by the World Chalice
Auram the World Chalice Blademaster
Lee the World Chalice Fairy
n/a
Crowned by the World Chalice
Ib the World Chalice Priestess
World Chalice Guardragon
Imduk the World Chalice Dragon
Yang Zing
Effect Monsters
Synchro Monsters
Jiaotu / Taotie
Yazi
Bi'an / Zefraxi / Zefraniu Suanni Chiwen
Baxia / Chaofeng / Denglong
Bixi Pulao
ZW - Chimera Clad Ultimate Shield Phoenix Bow / Asura Strike Unicorn Spear / Lightning Blade / Leo Arms / Sleipnir Mail / Sylphid Wing / Fenrir Sword n/a Tornado Bringer / Eagle Claw
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