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"Dark Contract", known as "Contract" ( (けい) (やく) (しょ) Keiyakusho) in the Japanese version, is an archetype of Continuous Spell and Trap Cards related to the "D/D" archetype, both of which are used by Declan Akaba in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V.

Design and Etymology

Appearance-wise the actual "Dark Contracts" featured on the cards appear as pages of ruined text (with the exception of "Dark Contract with the Witch", which appears as a feather with text written on it), often accompanied by a featured monster(s) such as "Dark Witch", "King of the Swamp", and "King of Yamimakai", suggesting they represent magical contracts with those monsters.

In the real world, a contract is a promise or set of promises that are legally enforceable and, if violated, allow the injured party access to legal remedies. This is represented in-game via the Dark Contracts having powerful effects that helps the deck but have a hefty cost of LP that you cannot prevent without the help of other card effects.

Playing style

The "Dark Contract" cards deal damage to their controller each Standby Phases of their turn, in exchange for other advantageous effects. They are supported by some "D/D" monsters and have great synergy with them, helping the "D/Ds" to perform all kinds of Summons without losing much Hand Advantage. They are also supported by other cards used by Declan, such as "Contract Laundering", which allows the player to abuse the advantageous effects of the "Dark Contracts" cards while getting rid of them before their "payment" kicks in. As a bonus, the trap even "refunds" the player with an extra draw and 1000 LP for each "Dark Contract" destroyed, removing almost all conceivable disadvantage the "Dark Contract" payments could impose.

Apart from "Contract Laundering" other cards can be used to combo with the toll from the "Dark Contracts" without destroying them. For example "D/D/D Rebel King Leonidas" can Special Summon itself upon its user taking effect damage as the "Dark Contracts" inflict, while providing a solid body of 2600 ATK and restoring the lost LP, he also prevents further effect damage, allowing the Dark Contracts to be used as much as one wants without consequences, provided "Leonidas" is alive.

An even more impressive play involves "D/D/D Oracle King d'Arc" which can convert any effect damage into restoring, thus being able to amass an impressive amount of LP each turn, being able to reverse the negative effect of the "Dark Contracts" that can result in large values of LP through cumulative gain. Furthermore due to converting the effect damage into LP, even if "d'Arc" and "Leonidas" are together, "Leonidas" won't interfere with "d'Arc" enabling the LP gain to continue. Through this method, the "Dark Contracts" generate several advantages at no downside.

If neither "d'Arc" or "Leonidas" are available and in a desperate need to conserve LP one can also employ other less sophisticated methods, for example using "Dark Contract with the Witch" to destroy itself or other "Dark Contracts" before the damage takes place.


1000 LP

Dark Contract with Contractor Unique effect
Errors Fiendish Chain If you control a D/D monster, negate all Trap Card effects on the field (other than this card's) for the rest of this turn (even if this card leaves the field).
The Eternal Darkness Eternal Darkness While you have 2 "D/D" cards in your Pendulum Zones, your opponent cannot target monsters on the field with Spell/Trap effects, Tribute them for a Tribute Summon, nor use them as Materials for a Fusion, Synchro, or Xyz Summon.
The Gate Gate Once per turn, during your Main Phase: You can add 1 "D/D" monster from your Deck to your hand.
The Swamp King King of the Swamp Once per turn, Fusion Summon 1 Fiend-Type Fusion Monster from your Extra Deck. If Summoning a "D/D" Fusion Monster this way, you can also banish monsters from your Graveyard as Fusion Material.
The Witch Dark Witch You can send 1 "D/D" or "Dark Contract" card from your hand to the Graveyard, then target 1 card on the field; destroy it. Also, all "D/D" monsters gain 1000 ATK during the opponent's turn only.
The Yamimakai King of Yamimakai Place 1 "D/D" Pendulum Monster from the GY and 1 from the Extra Deck in your Pendulum Zone.

2000 LP

Dark Contract with Contractor Unique effect
The Entities Entity Gains unique effects based on Extra Deck Monsters (sans Link).
The Swamp King King of the Swamp Once per turn: You can Special Summon 1 "D/D/D" monster from your hand in Defense Position, but its effects are negated. You can also Fusion Summon 1 Fiend-Type Fusion Monster from your Extra Deck, using monsters from your hand or field as Fusion Materials, including a monster Special Summoned by this card with the above effect.