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"Frog" (ガエル Gaeru) is an archetype of WATER Aqua-Type monsters archetype that debuted in Cybernetic Revolution. This archetype is the first WATER archetype and the first Aqua-Type archetype. The archetype is used by Princess Rose in the Yu-Gi-Oh! GX anime.
The Toad series is a related series of monsters that support the "Frog" archetype.
"Froggy Forcefield" is not a "Frog" card, because it does not have 「ガエル」 in its Japanese name. "Slime Toad", previously known as "Frog the Jam", is also not a "Frog" card because of its Japanese name, and was renamed to clarify this.
In Italian and Spanish, since November 2016, the archetype name is capitalized as "RANA". This prevents the archetype name clashing with other archetype names in those languages, such as "Ancient Gear" ("Ingranaggio Antico" in Italian). This is similar to how the "LV" and "HERO" archetypes are capitalized in all TCG languages.
True to their their name, the "Frog" as well as the related Toad monsters resemble their real-life counterparts. Some "Frog" monsters like "Flip Flop Frog" and "Poison Draw Frog" showcase their long, sticky tongues in their artwork. Most of the "Frog" and Toad monsters have distinctive colorful markings on their bodies and heads, most notably "Swap Frog", "Dupe Frog", "Beelze Frog", and "Ronintoadin".
Some "Frog" and Toad monsters resemble angels like "Amphibian Angel - Frog-Hael" and "Treeborn Frog, while others resemble demons like "Beelze Frog" and "Swap Frog". This thematic resemblance to angels and demons is further highlighted by the contrasting half-angel, half-demon appearances of "Substitoad" and "Tradetoad".
All members of the "Frog" (ガエル Gaeru) archetype, as well as members of the Toad (カエル Kaeru) series (which support the "Frog" archetype), integrate puns into their Japanese names. While both Gaeru and Kaeru mean "Frog" in Japanese, the latter is translated as Toad in the TCG in order to distinguish the different words.
The puns in their names mostly rely on the fact that Gaeru (ガエル) and Kaeru (カエル) are homonymous with the plain form conjugation of some Japanese verbs. These puns were not retained in the TCG names, if not replaced by different ones, since they are mostly untranslateable.
|"Frog"||Japanese (romaji)||Japanese (base)||Japanese (translation)||Japanese pun (base)||Japanese pun (translation)|
|Amphibian Angel - Frog-Hael||Ryōseirui Tenshi - Migaeru||両生類天使－ミ・ガエル||Amphibian Angel - Mifrog||両生類天使－ミカエル||Amphibian Angel Michael|
|Beelze Frog||Amagaeru||悪魔ガエル||Devil Frog||雨蛙||Japanese tree frog|
|D.3.S. Frog||Gaeru Sandesu||ガエル・サンデス||Frog Three-Death||ガエルさんです||I'm Mr. Frog|
|Des Frog||Desugaeru||デスガエル||Death Frog||ですがえる||to come across|
|Dupe Frog||Machigaeru||魔知ガエル||Evil Wisdom Frog||間違える||to make a mistake|
|Flip Flop Frog||Uragaeru||裏ガエル||Reverse Frog||裏返る||to be turned inside-out|
|Poison Draw Frog||Hikigaeru||引きガエル||Draw Frog||蟇蛙||Japanese common toad|
|Submarine Frog||Michigaeru||未知ガエル||Unknown Frog||見違える||to be hardly recognized|
|Swap Frog||Onigaeru||鬼ガエル||Ogre Frog||着替える||to change clothes|
|Treeborn Frog||Yomigaeru||黄泉ガエル||Underworld Frog||蘇る||to be revived|
|Unifrog||Kangaeru||貫ガエル||Penetrating Frog||考える||to think about|
Though weak, "Frog" cards can unleash devastating effects that include rapid Summoning, the option to increase their ATK or protect themselves from destruction, and wiping out all cards the opponent controls. Many "Frog" cards have low Levels, which lets them benefit from cards like "Gravity Bind", "Pride of the Weak" and "Graceful Revival".
One card that kept "Frogs" versatile and powerful was "Substitoad", but after Frog FTK won the 2010 World Championships, it was Forbidden, so many "Frog" Decks lost their supreme speed. "One for One" allows easy Summoning of "Substitoad", so a Normal Summon/Set is not spent to get "Substitoad" out.
"Fishborg Blaster" (Traditional Format only) and "Deep Sea Diva" are good Tuners to include in a Frog Deck; they are easily Special Summoned and benefit from "Aegis of the Ocean Dragon Lord", "Water Hazard" and other WATER support. "Cryomancer of the Ice Barrier" is another effective Tuner, as "Wetlands" grants him 2500 ATK. "Dewdark of the Ice Barrier" also works thanks to his ability to attack directly while you only control Level 2 or lower monsters, which is easily manageable with the Frogs teamed up with "Wetlands" in this Deck.
Frog Decks benefit the most from the use the Field Spell "Wetlands" that increases the ATK of all Level 2 or lower WATER/Aqua Monsters by 1200. The goal of a Wetlands Beatdown Deck is usually to provide an early game beatdown and then lock down an increasingly defensive opponent through cards like "Gravity Bind", a Double "Dupe Frog" Lock, or the effect of "Cryomancer of the Ice Barrier". "Flip Flop Frog" can be set up during a lockdown to clear the opponent's field and get an OTK.
"Terraforming" and "Metaverse" can easily seatch for "Wetlands". Alongside "Wetlands", the Attribute Boosters "Star Boy" and "Mistar Boy" can further power up "Frog" and Toad monsters in a flash. Cards that can switch ATK and DEF such as "Performapal Turn Toad" can easily turn defensive "Dupe Frog"s and "Ronintoadin"s into offensive beatsicks.
Because this Deck heavily revolves around "Wetlands" and can easily swarm the field with "Frog" monsters, it can easily accommodate an "Earthbound Immortal". "Earthbound Immortal Chacu Challhua" works superbly because its effect lets it deal damage even with cards like "Gravity Bind" active. "Earthbound Immortals" that require Tributes for their effects, such as "Earthbound Immortal Uru", also have great synergy with the Frogs' aforementioned swarming power.
When incorporating Synchros, "Junk Synchron" works very well as almost all "Frog" monsters are Level 2 or lower, but "Cryomancer of the Ice Barrier" is also an excellent tuner. "Brionac, Dragon of the Ice Barrier" can be easily summoned using "Cryomancer of the Ice Barrier" and a "Mother Grizzly" or two of any Level two monster. The Synchro monster "Junk Warrior" can boast a very high attack by gaining the attack of every Level 2 monster on the field with its effect which means "Wetlands" makes it incredibly strong if you have at least one "Frog" monster on the field.
This Deck type which combines "Frog" and "Monarch" monsters. The idea of the Deck is to use "Treeborn Frog", "Swap Frog" and "Ronintoadin" to make tribute fodder. Another purpose of "Swap Frog" is to send "Treeborn Frog" or "Ronintoadin" to the Graveyard and to return "Monarchs" to hand for later use. "Swap Frog" can also be used to abuse the effect of "Raiza the Storm Monarch in a popular play to return "Raiza" to your hand to continually return a card controlled by the opponent to the top of their Deck, disallowing them to Draw any new cards.
Toadally Awesome Beatdown
"Toadally Awesome" can negate the activation of any Spell/Trap Card or monster effect, then Set that card on your side of the field. A well-structured usage of "Ronintoadin" and "Swap Frog" can easily swarm the field and grave with Level 2 monsters to either Summon "Toadally Awesome" or be used as fodder for it.
Beware of cards such as "Zombie World" (which will prevent you from summoning "Toadally Awesome" at all) and cards that banish what goes into your Graveyard such as "Masked HERO Dark Law" and "Dimensional Fissure".
This Deck uses "Ronintoadin" to banish your own frogs, while "Sea Lancer" brings them back from the banished zone and equips them onto itself. "Gachi Gachi Gantetsu" can be brought out easily with this Deck being able to Summon Level 2 monsters very quickly. It is recommended to use both "Dupe Frog" and "Poison Draw Frog" because both get their effects when they are sent as "Sea Lancer's" equip card to the Graveyard.
Des Frog OTK
The rapid summoning of "Des Frog"s can be used to OTK as follows: 1. Tribute Summon "Des Frog" when at least 2 "T.A.D.P.O.L.E.s" are in your Graveyard. See below for 1 turn set-up. 2. Use "Des Croaking" to destroy all cards on your opponent's side of the field 3. (option A): Activate "Solidarity" or "United We Stand" and then attack for 8100 damage with the 3 "Des Frogs". 3. (option B): Attack with all "Des Frog"s, then activate "Super Polymerization", summoning "D.3.S. Frog" and finally attacking for 8200 damage.
Special Summon "Ronintoadin" card from your Graveyard then, activate "Inferno Reckless Summon" and Special Summon 3 "Des Frog". Then use "Des Croaking" to clear your opponent's field. Xyz Summon Rank 5 like "Shark Fortress" then, Xyz Summon "Daigusto Phoenix" and win.
Use "Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls", "Swap Frog" and "Foolish Burial" with the help "Salvage" to send "T.A.D.P.O.L.E.", "Gazer Shark" or "Des Frog" to the Graveyard. You can banish Gazer Shark for a free Rank 5 WATER Xyz Summon. "Sea Lancer" can also be used to recycle "Gazer Shark".
- Activate "One for One" and discard "T.A.D.P.O.L.E." from your hand to Special Summon "T.A.D.P.O.L.E." from your Deck
- Discard one "T.A.D.P.O.L.E." from your hand to Special Summon "Swap Frog", then use its effect to send the second "T.A.D.P.O.L.E." from your Deck to the Graveyard.
Tribute your Monster for a "Des Frog" and follow from stage 2 above!
It is also possible to Normal Summon "Substitoad", then Special Summon with "One for One" or "Swap Frog" to tribute for "Substitoad"'s effect. Summon "Swap Frog" and use its effect to send "T.A.D.P.O.L.E." to the Graveyard. Tribute "Swap Frog" to Summon another if you need to to make sure you have two "T.A.D.P.O.L.E."s in your Graveyard, then use "Swap Frog's effect by returning it or "Substitoad" to your hand to Tribute Summon your "Des Frog".
You can use the Frog search cards like "Moray of Greed" and "Substitoad", "Tradetoad", along with stall cards like "Dupe Frog", "Treeborn Frog" and "Froggy Forcefield" to more reliably complete this OTK/FTK. Watch out for "Starlight Road", "Bottomless Trap Hole" and "D.D. Crow", however.
Use "Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls", "Swap Frog" and "Foolish Burial" with the help "Salvage" to send "T.A.D.P.O.L.E.", "Gazer Shark" or "Des Frog" to the Graveyard. You can banish "Gazer Shark" for a free Rank 5 WATER Xyz Summon. "Sea Lancer" can also be used to recycle "Gazer Shark".
Frog Burn FTK (Classic)
This FTK is hard to stop, and relatively easy to pull off. First, you need to get a "Substitoad" on the field (easy with "One for One" or "Swap Frog" + "Salvage"). Then, you just need another monster on the field as fodder for his effect. At that point, dump as many Frogs as you possibly can into your Graveyard (cards like "Banisher of the Light" and "Dimensional Fissure" are the bane of this strategy). If you have three copies of "Ronintoadin" in your Deck, there is a very good chance that if he's not already in your hand, he will be very soon, likewise with "Mass Driver" (Traditional Only). All you need to do now is get "Ronintoadin" in the Graveyard, either by "Swap Frog's" effect or by other means (Magical Merchant), and "Mass Driver" (Possible to substitute "Cannon Soldier" instead) on the Field. Use the effect of "Ronintoadin" to bring him back to the Field and then Tribute him for 400 LP damage. Repeat until you win.
With the banning of "Substitoad" in September 2010 and "Mass Driver" in March 2011, this strategy is no longer playable in the Advanced Format.
Dragon Frog Exodia (Classic)
This strategy uses "Substitoad" (Traditional Only), "DNA Surgery"/"D. Tribe" & "Super Rejuvenation" to draw through your entire Deck in one turn in order to cause a win condition using the 5 parts of "Exodia".
Like most "Frog" combos, use "One for One" and such to get "Substitoad" as fast as possible, and from there setup the rest of the 3 card combo. Other cards that could be used are "A Cat of Ill Omen" to search for the Type Changing traps, as well as "Magical Mallet" / "Hand Destruction" to allow controlled drawing through the Deck, in order not to lose any parts of "Exodia".
- You can use "Swap Frog" to send them to the graveyard from the field to activate their own effects when "Swap Frog" is Summoned, however they will not actually be 'tributed' and therefore will not count for "Super Rejuvenation".