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"Flower Cardian", known as "Cardian" (花札衛 (カーディアン) Kādian) in the OCG, is an archetype of DARK Warrior monsters used by Chojiro Tokumatsu in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V based on hanafuda playing cards.


"Flower Cardian" monsters look like giant hanafuda cards. The images depicted in them appear to be parodies of the images depicted in the actual playing cards using Yu-Gi-Oh! cards; for example, the image depicted on "Flower Cardian Pine with Crane" is a parody of the image depicted in the "Crane Matsu" card with "Crane Crane".


Main Deck

Each Main Deck monster's Level is equal to the month represented by its suit; for example, "Matsu" is the first suit, so "Flower Cardian Pine" and "Flower Cardian Pine with Crane" are both Level 1. The ATK/DEF of each is equal to 100 times its point value in hanafuda; for example, the "Susuki" hanafuda card is worth 1 point and "Flower Cardian Zebra Grass" has 100 ATK/DEF, while the "Full Moon with Red Sky Susuki" card is worth 20 points and "Flower Cardian Zebra Grass with Moon" has 2000 ATK/DEF.

Level Hanafuda suit Hanafuda card Points Flower Cardian Featured Yu-Gi-Oh! card ATK/DEF
1 Pine Normal 1 Pine N/A 100
Crane and Sun 20 Pine with Crane Crane Crane 2000
3 Cherry blossom Normal 1 Cherry Blossom Naturia Beetle 100
Camp Curtain 20 Cherry Blossom with Curtain Curtain of the Dark Ones 2000
6 Peony Butterfly 10 Peony with Butterfly Blazewing Butterfly 1000
7 Bush clover Boar 10 Clover with Boar Boar Soldier 1000
8 Zebra grass Normal 1 Zebra Grass Naturia Cosmobeet 100
Full Moon with Red Sky 20 Zebra Grass with Moon The Wicked Avatar 2000
10 Maple Deer 10 Maple with Deer Valerifawn, Mystical Beast of the Forest 1000
11 Willow Normal 1 Willow Giant Trunade 100
Ono no Michikaze with Umbrella and Frog 20 Willow with Calligrapher Flower Cardian Lightshower and Poison Draw Frog 2000
12 Paulownia Normal 1 Paulownia Tentacle Plant 100
Fenghuang 20 Paulownia with Phoenix Fenghuang 2000

Extra Deck

The Extra Deck monsters are based on yaku (combos) in Koi-Koi, a game played with hanafuda cards.

Yaku Yaku requirements Flower Cardian
Ame-Shikō Any four 20-point cards including Ono no Michikaze Lightshower
Gokō All five 20-point cards Lightflare
Inoshikachō The Boar, the Deer, and the Butterfly Boardefly
Tsukimi-zake The Moon and Sake Cup Moonflowerviewing
Hanami-zake The Sakura Curtain and Sake Cup


In Japanese, "Cardian" is written with kanji meaning "Hanafuda" and "Protection". The reading "Cardian" is a pun on "Card" and "Guardian". In English, the addition of the word "Flower" may reflect the fact that "Hanafuda" is written with kanji meaning "Flower" and "Card".

Playing style

This archetype revolves around performing plays that mirror plays from hanafuda games. Their effects allow the player to Tribute the "Flower Cardian" monsters worth 1 point in hanafuda games on their field to Special Summon the monster of matching Level worth 20 points from their hand, which will then allow the player to draw 1 card. If the drawn card is a "Flower Cardian" who has another of matching Level on the field, the player can keep Special Summoning "Flower Cardian" monsters and drawing cards. This arrangement is meant to gather the right cards on the field to perform a combination named "Yaku", represented by a Synchro Summon.

The archetype uses cards such as "Flower Gathering" to gather cards more quickly. Everything revolves around gathering the right cards to perform a "Yaku" and Synchro Summon the Synchro Monster corresponding to that combo. By using "Flower Stacking" followed by "Super Koi Koi" it's possible to summon any Level 4 or 6 Synchro Monster, or a Rank 2 Xyz Monster.

The "Flower Cardian" Tuners ("Flower Cardian Moonflower", "Flower Cardian Peony with Butterfly" and "Flower Cardian Willow with Calligrapher") can treat other monsters as Level 2 for a Synchro Summon, so it's possible to Special Summon "Level Eater" with its own effect and use it to summon any of the "Flower Cardian" Synchro Monsters.

The Pendulum Effect of "Dragodies, the Empowered Warrior" can be used to help "Flower Cardian Paulownia with Phoenix", "Flower Cardian Pine with Crane" and "Flower Cardian Zebra Grass with Moon" activate their last effects, and its Monster Effect can add any of the "Flower Cardian" monsters from your Deck to your hand.


While this deck has immense draw power and flows well with the average first hand, it has a number of flaws.

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