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{{For|the ''[[Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS]]'' anime character|Frog (character)}}
 
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| image = D3SFrog-TF04-JP-VG.jpg
 
| image = D3SFrog-TF04-JP-VG.jpg
 
| caption = "[[D.3.S. Frog]]", three "[[Treeborn Frog]]s" and three "[[Des Frog]]s" all in the artwork of "D.3.S. Frog"
 
| caption = "[[D.3.S. Frog]]", three "[[Treeborn Frog]]s" and three "[[Des Frog]]s" all in the artwork of "D.3.S. Frog"
| ja_name = ガエル
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| ja_name = ガエル
| romaji = Gaeru
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| romaji = Gaeru
| zh_name = 蛙
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| zh_name = 蛙
| zh_pinyin = Wā
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| zh_pinyin = Wā
| zh_jyutping = Waa1
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| zh_jyutping = Waa1
| fr_name = Grenouille
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| fr_name = Grenouille
| de_name = Frosch
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| de_name = Frosch
| it_name = RANA
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| it_name = RANA
| ko_name = 개구리
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| ko_name = 개구리
 
| ko_romanized = Gaeguri
 
| ko_romanized = Gaeguri
| pt_name = Sapo
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| pt_name = Sapo
| es_name = RANA
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| pt_trans = Toad
| sets =
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| es_name = RANA
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| sets =
 
* [[Cybernetic Revolution]]
 
* [[Cybernetic Revolution]]
 
* [[Shadow of Infinity]]
 
* [[Shadow of Infinity]]
* [[Champion Pack: Game Four]]
 
* [[Dark Revelation Volume 4]]
 
 
* [[Light of Destruction]]
 
* [[Light of Destruction]]
 
* [[Crimson Crisis]]
 
* [[Crimson Crisis]]
* [[Gold Series 2009]]
 
 
* [[Stardust Overdrive]]
 
* [[Stardust Overdrive]]
* [[Extra Pack Volume 2]]
 
 
* [[The Shining Darkness]]
 
* [[The Shining Darkness]]
 
* [[Extreme Victory]]
 
* [[Extreme Victory]]
 
* [[Invasion: Vengeance]]
 
* [[Invasion: Vengeance]]
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* [[Cybernetic Horizon]]
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| tcg =
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* [[Champion Pack: Game Four]]
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* [[Dark Revelation Volume 4]]
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* [[Gold Series 2009]]
 
* [[OTS Tournament Pack 3]]
 
* [[OTS Tournament Pack 3]]
* [[20th Anniversary Pack 1st Wave]]
 
 
* [[Duelist Saga]]
 
* [[Duelist Saga]]
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| ocg =
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* [[20th Anniversary Pack 1st Wave]]
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* [[Extra Pack Volume 2]]
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* [[Rarity Collection Premium Gold Edition]]
 
| anime =
 
| anime =
 
* [[Yu-Gi-Oh! GX]]
 
* [[Yu-Gi-Oh! GX]]
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"'''Frog'''" (ガエル ''Gaeru'') is the first [[WATER]] [[archetype]] and [[Aqua]] archetype, debuted in ''[[Cybernetic Revolution]]''. It is supported by a few related "Toad" (カエル ''Kaeru'') cards. The archetype is used by [[Princess Rose]] in the ''[[Yu-Gi-Oh! GX]]'' anime.
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"'''Frog'''" (ガエル ''Gaeru'') is an [[archetype]] of [[WATER]] [[Aqua]] [[Monster Card|monsters]] that debuted in ''[[Cybernetic Revolution]]''. This was both the first WATER archetype and the first Aqua 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.
   
 
==Design==
 
==Design==
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 "Frogs" and "Toads" 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 "[[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]]".
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True to their their name, the general design of "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]]".
   
==Etymology==
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Some "Frog" and Toad monsters resemble angels like "[[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]]".
   
"[[Froggy Forcefield]]" is not a "Frog" card, because it does not have 「ガエル」 in its Japanese name, as with "Frog the Jam" (which was eventually renamed to "[[Slime Toad]]" for clarity).
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===Etymology===
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The Japanese name of the "Frog", ''Gaeru'' archetype derives from a [[wikipedia:Rendaku|voiced]] form of the word for "frog", ''Kaeru'', which in turn is used for the names of "Toad" monsters. In most of the ''[[TCG]]'', ''Gaeru'' is translated to words for "frog", while ''Kaeru'' to words for "toad" to avoid ambiguity. In the Portuguese version, however, the reverse is true: "Frog" is translated as "Sapo" (which in fact means ''toad''), while "Toad" is called "Rã" (''frog''). In the Japanese version, members of both the "Frog" archetype and the "Toad" series have their name be puns based on ''Gaeru''/''Kaeru'' and various expressions, chiefly verbs, that happen to have ''gaeru''/''kaeru'' as part of them.
   
Since the late 2016, the archetype name was capitalized as "RANA" for in Spanish and Italian to make it more distinguishable, similar to how the "[[HERO]]" archetype is capitalized in all ''[[TCG]]'' languages.
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==Members==
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{| class="wikitable sortable" style="text-align: center"
All members of the "Frog" archetype and the supporting "Toad" cards have their Japanese names designed to be intended as puns. These puns are mostly based off the fact that the word for "Frog" (ガエル ''Gaeru'') and "Toad" (カエル ''Kaeru'') is a homonym with the neural conjugation of some Japanese verbs. These puns have been removed from the ''[[TCG]]'' names, if not replaced by different ones, since they are largely untranslateable.
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! English name !! Japanese name (romaji)!! Japanese name (translation) !! Japanese pun (translation)
 
===Frog Naming Puns===
 
{| class="wikitable sortable"
 
! Monster !! Japanese (romaji) !! Japanese (base) !! Japanese (translation) !! Japanese Pun (base) !! Japanese Pun (translation)
 
 
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| [[Beelze Frog]] || Amagaeru || 悪魔ガエル || Devil Frog || 雨蛙 || [[wikipedia:Hylidae|Tree frogs]]
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| [[Beelze Frog]] || Amagaeru || Devil Frog || [[wikipedia:Japanese tree frog|Japanese tree frog]]
 
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| [[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
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| [[Centerfrog]] || Negaeru || Sleeping Frog || "to switch sides or to betray"
 
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| [[Des Frog]] || Desugaeru || デスガエル || Death Frog || ですがえる || to come across
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| [[D.3.S. Frog]] || Gaeru Sandesu || Frog Three-Death || "I'm Mr. Frog"
 
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| [[Dupe Frog]] || Machigaeru || 魔知ガエル || Evil Wisdom Frog || 間違える || to make a mistake
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| [[Des Frog]] || Desugaeru || Death Frog || "to come across"
 
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| [[Flip Flop Frog]] || Uragaeru || 裏ガエル || Reverse Frog || 裏返る || to be turned inside-out
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| [[Dupe Frog]] || Machigaeru || Evil Wisdom Frog || "to make a mistake"
 
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| [[Poison Draw Frog]] || Hikigaeru || 引きガエル || Draw Frog || 蟇蛙 || "[[wikipedia:True toad|True toad]]s"
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| [[Flip Flop Frog]] || Uragaeru || Reverse Frog || "to be turned inside-out"
 
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| [[Submarine Frog]] || Michigaeru || 未知ガエル || Unknown Frog || 見違える || to be hardly recognized
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| [[Poison Draw Frog]] || Hikigaeru || Draw Frog || [[wikipedia:Japanese common toad|Japanese common toad]]
 
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| [[Swap Frog]] || Onigaeru || 鬼ガエル || Ogre Frog || 着替える || to change clothes
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| [[Submarine Frog]] || Michigaeru || Unknown Frog || "to be hardly recognized"
 
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| [[Treeborn Frog]] || Yomigaeru || 黄泉ガエル || Underworld Frog || 蘇る || to be revived
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| [[Swap Frog]] || Onigaeru || [[wikipedia:Oni|Ogre]] Frog || "to change clothes"
 
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| [[Unifrog]] || Kangaeru || 貫ガエル || Penetrating Frog || 考える || to think about
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| [[T.A.D.P.O.L.E.]] || Otamajakushi || Anagram of "evil, soul, vice, pain, stop" || [[wikipedia:Tadpole|Tadpole]]
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===Toad Naming Puns===
 
{| class="wikitable sortable"
 
! Monster !! Japanese (romaji) !! Japanese (base) !! Japanese (translation) !! Japanese Pun (base) !! Japanese Pun (translation)
 
 
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| [[Performapal Turn Toad]] || Entameito Hikkurikaeru || EMヒックリカエル || Entermate Turn Toad || ひっくり返る || to be overturned or topple over
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| [[Treeborn Frog]] || Yomigaeru || [[wikipedia:Yomi|Underworld]] Frog || "to be revived"
 
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| [[Ronintoadin]] || Ikikaeru || 粋カエル || Classy Toad || 生き返る || to return to life
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| [[Unifrog]] || Kangaeru || Penetrating Frog || "to think about"
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| [[Substitoad]] || Irekaeru || イレカエル || Substitute Toad || 入れ替える || to swap around
 
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| [[Tradetoad]] || Sashikaeru || サシカエル || Replace Toad || 差し替える || to replace
 
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| [[Toadally Awesome]] || Mochi Kaeru || 餅カエル || Mochi Toad || 持ち帰る || to bring back or carry home
 
 
|}
 
|}
   
 
==Playing style==
 
==Playing style==
Though weak, "Frog" cards can unleash devastating effects that include rapid [[Summon]]ing, 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]]".
 
   
Frog Decks use the Field Spell "[[Wetlands]]" that increases the [[ATK]] of all Level 2 or lower WATER/Aqua Monsters by 1200. Frogs can use "[[T.A.D.P.O.L.E.]]" (which allows you to add up to 2 more copies of itself from your deck to your hand when destroyed by battle), "[[Substitoad]]" ([[Traditional Format]]), "[[Flip Flop Frog]]", "[[Treeborn Frog]]" (though you can't Special Summon him with "[[Wetlands]]" out), "[[Froggy Forcefield]]", and "[[Dupe Frog]]" to stall while building up combos. "[[Beelze Frog]]" can gain up to 2100 ATK with all 3 "[[T.A.D.P.O.L.E.]]" in the Graveyard, a sizeable amount for a Level 3 monster. "[[Mermaid Archer]]" is also useful with Frogs, since all Frogs except for "[[Des Frog]]" are Level 3 or lower. "[[Star Boy]]" can power up Frogs in a flash; even with only "[[Wetlands]]" and its own effect, it has 2250 [[ATK]]. "[[Unifrog]]" can be used to make [[direct attack]]s, having 1600 ATK while "Wetlands" is active, and can also destroy an opponent's Spell/Trap Card if you control another Frog.
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Though with weak stats, "Frog" monsters are very versatile and their effects include rapid Summoning, the option to increase their ATK or protect themselves from destruction, and wiping out all cards the opponent controls, with "[[Des Croaking]]". Many "Frog" cards have low Levels, which lets them benefit from cards like "[[Gravity Bind]]", "[[Wetlands]]", "[[Pride of the Weak]]" and "[[Graceful Revival]]".
   
Because this Deck often heavily revolves around "[[Wetlands]]" and easily swarms the field with Frogs for Tribute fodder, 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.
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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 card that kept "Frogs" versatile and powerful was "[[Substitoad]]", but after [[Frog FTK]] won the 2010 World Championships, it was [[Forbidden]], so many "Frog" [[Deck]]s lost their supreme speed. "[[One for One]]" allows easy Summoning of "[[Substitoad]]", so a [[Normal Summon]]/[[Normal Set|Set]] is not spent to get "[[Substitoad]]" out.
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Before "[[Monarch]]" monsters gained support through recent years, they were commonly combined with monsters like "Treeborn Frog", "Swap Frog" and "Ronintoadin", that could provide fodders for the Tribute Summons. This granted them popularity and competitive viability and the Deck became known as ''[[Frog Monarch]]''.
   
"[[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.
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Another popular combination is "[[Sea Lancer]]". It can equip itself with as many banished Aqua, Fish and Sea Serpent monsters as possible, which raises is ATK by 1000 and those targets can be easily provided by "Ronintoadin". It can send an equipped monster to the Graveyard to prevent its destruction and by sending a "[[Dupe Frog]]" or "[[Poison Draw Frog]]", it is possible to prevent a loss in card advantage, by drawing a card or search/retrieve a "Frog" monster.
   
==Frog FTK/OTK Decks==
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In 2016, with the ''[[Invasion: Vengeance]]'' Booster Pack, the archetype gained its boss monster, "[[Toadally Awesome]]", a very solid Xyz that is able to negate the activation of cards and effects, steal the negated card, Special Summon a "Frog" monster from the Deck and retrieve a WATER monster when it is sent to the Graveyard. Combined with the "[[Paleozoic]]" Trap Cards, that can Summon themselves from the Graveyard as Level 2 Aqua monsters, the Deck rapidily gained popularity and competitive relevance, which later resulted in "Toadally Awesome" becoming [[Limited]] in the OCG.
===Frog Burn FTK/Mass Driver FTK (Traditional)===
 
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]].
 
 
{{See also|[[Frog Burn FTK]]}}
 
 
===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 Frog]]s".
 
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".
 
 
There can also be an FTK if you add a "[[One for One]]" or "[[Swap Frog]]" into your Deck. If you draw a "[[Des Frog]]", a "[[Des Croaking]]", a "[[T.A.D.P.O.L.E.]]" and "[[One for One]]" or a "[[Swap Frog]]", you can either:
 
* 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
 
OR
 
* 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]]".
 
 
As an alternative for step 3.(B), use "[[Polymerization]]" after using "[[Des Croaking]]", then "[[De-Fusion]]" after attacking with "[[D.3.S. 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.
 
 
===Dragon Frog Exodia (Traditional)===
 
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]]".
 
 
First get the "[[Substitoad]]" & your Type change trap on the field, then after playing "[[Super Rejuvenation]]" tribute enough "Frogs" to draw the rest of your Deck during the End Phase.
 
 
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]]".
 
 
Bear in mind that when you tribute "[[Poison Draw Frog]]" or "[[Dupe Frog]]", their effects do not activate.
 
* 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]]".
 
 
==Frog beatdown Decks==
 
Keep in mind that, in a Beatdown Deck, "[[Wetlands]]" is much more important than in a OTK Deck. Make sure you use 3, and at least one "[[Terraforming]]". Not drawing "[[Wetlands]]" can be a huge problem. Hybrid Decks involving other monsters using Wetlands can be found on the [[Wetlands Deck]] page.
 
 
Using "[[Flip Flop Frog]]" is also crucial as you can easily clear the field every turn as long as he's not destroyed, and can also be a powerful beatstick with "[[Wetlands]]".
 
 
Although not a "Frog", "[[Penguin Soldier]]" can be a great help. You can use it to return 2 monsters on the field for a Direct Attack, and it gains the attack boost for "[[Wetlands]]".
 
 
[[Ancient Prophecy]] also added some great new support for low Level WATER monsters including "[[Aegis of the Ocean Dragon Lord]]" to prevent your Frogs from being destroyed by any means. This is particularly useful against "[[Lightning Vortex]]", "[[Mirror Force]]" and "[[Torrential Tribute]]". Also, "[[Moray of Greed]]", while a powerful card, is skippable as it's better to use "[[Pot of Avarice]]".
 
 
Since a combo of 2 "[[Dupe Frog]]s" or a "[[Dupe Frog]]" in Defense Position and a "[[Substitoad]]" (Traditional Only) essentially renders your opponents attacks completely useless, your main worry is monster destruction. It is therefore essential to include cards to negate this, such as the aforementioned "[[Aegis of the Ocean Dragon Lord]]" or "[[Destruction Jammer]]" from the Light of Destruction set.
 
 
If you want to incorporate Synchros, "[[Junk Synchron]]" works well as almost all Frogs are Level 2 or lower, but "[[Cryomancer of the Ice Barrier]]" is one of the best tuners for Frogs. Not only is it the strongest monster affected by "[[Wetlands]]", he also has a powerful stalling effect (Though this would require running other "Ice Barrier" monsters). You can easily summon "[[Brionac, Dragon of the Ice Barrier]]" using "[[Cryomancer of the Ice Barrier]]" and a "[[Mother Grizzly]]" or two of any Level two monster. "[[Junk Warrior]]" is probably the best synchro monster for a Frog Deck to to his gaining the attack of every Level 2 monster on the field which means "Wetlands" makes him incredibly strong if you have at least one frog on the field.
 
 
Finally, it should be noted that a "Frog" Deck is excellent at quickly filling the field with monsters thanks to its ability to lock down the opponents attacks. This makes it an ideal Deck to include some very powerful monsters, as you will be able to easily summon even monsters requiring three tributes.
 
 
Without using high Level monsters, "[[Dewdark of the Ice Barrier]]" is a great monster to combo with "[[Cryomancer of the Ice Barrier]]" because it can be a 2400 Direct Attacker and also block attacks from Level 4+ monsters.
 
 
{{See also|[[Wetlands Deck]]}}
 
 
===Frognarch===
 
This type of Deck utilizes "[[Swap Frog]]" and "[[Substitoad]]" (Traditional Only) to speed up the chances of getting "[[Treeborn Frog]]" on the Field. This Deck utilizes the potential of getting "[[Light and Darkness Dragon]]" out to stop your opponents, but also using "[[Dupe Frog]]" to stall, and "[[Ronintoadin]]" to get even more Tribute fodder.
 
 
Use "[[Swap Frog]]'s" effect to bounce a "[[Monarch (series)|Monarch]]" monster back to your hand, and then tribute a monster like "[[Treeborn Frog]]" or a opponent monster using cards like "[[Soul Exchange]]" and "[[Enemy Controller]]" to Normal Summon the "Monarch" and use its effect again.
 
 
Normal Summon "[[Substitoad]]", tribute for its own effect, and then Special Summon a "[[Swap Frog]]" to dump a "[[Treeborn Frog]]" to the Graveyard.
 
 
A popular play is the "Raiza Loop", which uses "[[Swap Frog]]" to return "[[Raiza the Storm Monarch]]" 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.
 
 
This Deck can be played without "[[Substitoad]]" meaning you will have a Frognarch Deck ready for advanced format. Just use "[[Swap Frog]]" to thin the Deck and you can thin it very quickly. Other then that the Deck is basically the same as the above.
 
 
''See the article: [[Frognarchs]] or [[Frog Engine]]''
 
 
===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]]".
 
 
===Lancer Frogs===
 
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.
 
 
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".
 
 
==Recommended cards==
 
 
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| effect monsters =
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|normal monsters =
* [[Beelze Frog]]
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* [[Megalosmasher X]]
* [[Cryomancer of the Ice Barrier]]
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|effect monsters =
* [[Des Frog]]
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* [[Swap Frog]]
* [[Dewdark of the Ice Barrier]]
 
 
* [[Dupe Frog]]
 
* [[Dupe Frog]]
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* [[Ronintoadin]]
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* [[Poison Draw Frog]]
 
* [[Flip Flop Frog]]
 
* [[Flip Flop Frog]]
* [[Gazer Shark]]
 
* [[Junk Synchron]]
 
* [[Light and Darkness Dragon]]
 
* [[Mother Grizzly]]
 
* [[Moulinglacia the Elemental Lord]]
 
* [[Poison Draw Frog]]
 
* [[Poseidra, the Atlantean Dragon]]
 
* [[Prior of the Ice Barrier]]
 
* [[Ronintoadin]]
 
* [[Sea Lancer]]
 
* [[Shark Cruiser]]
 
* [[Star Boy]]
 
 
* [[Submarine Frog]]
 
* [[Submarine Frog]]
* [[Substitoad]]
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* [[Rescue Rabbit]]
* [[Swap Frog]]
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* [[Tin Goldfish]]
* [[T.A.D.P.O.L.E.]]
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* [[Silent Angler]]
* [[Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls]]
 
* [[Tradetoad]]
 
* [[Treeborn Frog]]
 
* [[Unifrog]]
 
|fusion monsters =
 
* [[D.3.S. Frog]]
 
* [[Elemental HERO Absolute Zero]]
 
|synchro monsters =
 
* [[Armory Arm]]
 
* [[Brionac, Dragon of the Ice Barrier]]
 
* [[Junk Warrior]]
 
* [[Sea Dragon Lord Gishilnodon]]
 
* [[Stardust Dragon]]
 
 
|xyz monsters =
 
|xyz monsters =
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* [[Toadally Awesome]]
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* [[Bahamut Shark]]
 
* [[Gachi Gachi Gantetsu]]
 
* [[Gachi Gachi Gantetsu]]
 
* [[Daigusto Phoenix]]
 
* [[Daigusto Phoenix]]
 
* [[Number 96: Dark Mist]]
 
* [[Number 96: Dark Mist]]
* [[Number 73: Abyss Splash]]
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* [[Number 29: Mannequin Cat]]
* [[Tiras, Keeper of Genesis]]
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* [[Cat Shark]]
* [[Shark Fortress]]
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|link monsters =
* [[Number 12: Crimson Shadow Armor Ninja]]
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* [[Mistar Boy]]
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* [[Mermail Abyssalacia]]
 
|spells =
 
|spells =
* [[Des Croaking]]
 
* [[Inferno Reckless Summon]]
 
 
* [[Level Limit - Area B]]
 
* [[Level Limit - Area B]]
 
* [[Moray of Greed]]
 
* [[Moray of Greed]]
* [[One for One]]
 
* [[Polymerization]]
 
* [[Pot of Avarice]]
 
 
* [[Salvage]]
 
* [[Salvage]]
* [[Shield & Sword]]
 
* [[Solidarity]]
 
* [[Super Polymerization]]
 
* [[Surface]]
 
* [[Wetlands]]
 
 
|traps =
 
|traps =
* [[Aegis of the Ocean Dragon Lord]]
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* ''[[Paleozoic]]'' Trap Cards
* [[Battle of the Elements]]
 
* [[Broken Blocker]]
 
* [[Chain Destruction]]
 
* [[Froggy Forcefield]]
 
 
* [[Gozen Match]]
 
* [[Gozen Match]]
* [[Graceful Revival]]
 
* [[Gravity Bind]]
 
* [[Inverse Universe]]
 
 
* [[Rivalry of Warlords]]
 
* [[Rivalry of Warlords]]
* [[Slip Summon]]
 
* [[Starlight Road]]
 
* [[Time Machine]]
 
 
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==Weaknesses==
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Cards such as "[[Zombie World]]" can be used to prevent "Toadally Awesome" from being Summoned. Card effects that banish cards that would be sent to the Graveyard, such as "[[Masked HERO Dark Law]]" and "[[Dimensional Fissure]]", greatly hamper the strategies of "Frog" Decks..
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==Trivia==
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"[[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. Until that erratum, all cards that mentioned a "Frog" monster had the sentence "except 'Frog the Jam'", [https://www.reddit.com/r/yugioh/comments/53pn6s/frog_the_jam_whats_with_all_the_hype/ which made that monster become a meme] among players.
   
 
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Latest revision as of 13:44, February 7, 2020

"Frog" (ガエル Gaeru) is an archetype of WATER Aqua monsters that debuted in Cybernetic Revolution. This was both the first WATER archetype and the first Aqua 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.

DesignEdit

True to their their name, the general design of "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 "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".

EtymologyEdit

The Japanese name of the "Frog", Gaeru archetype derives from a voiced form of the word for "frog", Kaeru, which in turn is used for the names of "Toad" monsters. In most of the TCG, Gaeru is translated to words for "frog", while Kaeru to words for "toad" to avoid ambiguity. In the Portuguese version, however, the reverse is true: "Frog" is translated as "Sapo" (which in fact means toad), while "Toad" is called "Rã" (frog). In the Japanese version, members of both the "Frog" archetype and the "Toad" series have their name be puns based on Gaeru/Kaeru and various expressions, chiefly verbs, that happen to have gaeru/kaeru as part of them.

MembersEdit

English name Japanese name (romaji) Japanese name (translation) Japanese pun (translation)
Beelze Frog Amagaeru Devil Frog Japanese tree frog
Centerfrog Negaeru Sleeping Frog "to switch sides or to betray"
D.3.S. Frog Gaeru Sandesu Frog Three-Death "I'm Mr. Frog"
Des Frog Desugaeru Death Frog "to come across"
Dupe Frog Machigaeru Evil Wisdom Frog "to make a mistake"
Flip Flop Frog Uragaeru Reverse Frog "to be turned inside-out"
Poison Draw Frog Hikigaeru Draw Frog Japanese common toad
Submarine Frog Michigaeru Unknown Frog "to be hardly recognized"
Swap Frog Onigaeru Ogre Frog "to change clothes"
T.A.D.P.O.L.E. Otamajakushi Anagram of "evil, soul, vice, pain, stop" Tadpole
Treeborn Frog Yomigaeru Underworld Frog "to be revived"
Unifrog Kangaeru Penetrating Frog "to think about"

Playing styleEdit

Though with weak stats, "Frog" monsters are very versatile and their effects include rapid Summoning, the option to increase their ATK or protect themselves from destruction, and wiping out all cards the opponent controls, with "Des Croaking". Many "Frog" cards have low Levels, which lets them benefit from cards like "Gravity Bind", "Wetlands", "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.

Before "Monarch" monsters gained support through recent years, they were commonly combined with monsters like "Treeborn Frog", "Swap Frog" and "Ronintoadin", that could provide fodders for the Tribute Summons. This granted them popularity and competitive viability and the Deck became known as Frog Monarch.

Another popular combination is "Sea Lancer". It can equip itself with as many banished Aqua, Fish and Sea Serpent monsters as possible, which raises is ATK by 1000 and those targets can be easily provided by "Ronintoadin". It can send an equipped monster to the Graveyard to prevent its destruction and by sending a "Dupe Frog" or "Poison Draw Frog", it is possible to prevent a loss in card advantage, by drawing a card or search/retrieve a "Frog" monster.

In 2016, with the Invasion: Vengeance Booster Pack, the archetype gained its boss monster, "Toadally Awesome", a very solid Xyz that is able to negate the activation of cards and effects, steal the negated card, Special Summon a "Frog" monster from the Deck and retrieve a WATER monster when it is sent to the Graveyard. Combined with the "Paleozoic" Trap Cards, that can Summon themselves from the Graveyard as Level 2 Aqua monsters, the Deck rapidily gained popularity and competitive relevance, which later resulted in "Toadally Awesome" becoming Limited in the OCG.

Recommended cards

WeaknessesEdit

Cards such as "Zombie World" can be used to prevent "Toadally Awesome" from being Summoned. Card effects that banish cards that would be sent to the Graveyard, such as "Masked HERO Dark Law" and "Dimensional Fissure", greatly hamper the strategies of "Frog" Decks..

TriviaEdit

"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. Until that erratum, all cards that mentioned a "Frog" monster had the sentence "except 'Frog the Jam'", which made that monster become a meme among players.

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