"Gaia The Fierce Knight", known as "Gaia the Darkness Knight" (
This archetype is related to the "Black Luster Soldier" archetype, referencing the fact that in the original anime series, when Yugi first Ritual Summoned "Black Luster Soldier", "Gaia The Fierce Knight" was one of the Tributes. The "Gaia Knight" series is a subset of this archetype, although it is excluded from support.
Any "Gaia the Fierce Knight" monster can be used with any Dragon monster to Fusion Summon "Sky Galloping Gaia the Dragon Champion", which in turn searches for the "Spiral Spear Strike" Spell Card upon being Summoned.
"Gateway to Chaos" can be used to search for a "Charging Gaia the Fierce Knight" to use as a Level 7 Fusion or Xyz Material that can be Normal Summoned from the Hand without Tribute. The second effect of "Gateway to Chaos" can search for any Ritual Spell Card and has the potential to run "Spiral Spear Strike" for sending Dragon Monsters to fuel this effect.
"Gaia Knight" monster cards can be mixed with the "Black Luster Soldier" archetype Monsters for the two "If this card is Tributed" effects of "Arisen Gaia" and "Charging Gaia" can add a "Black Luster Soldier" Monster or Special Summon a "Soldier" from the Hand or Graveyard. With the optional: "Black Luster Soldier - Sacred Soldier" Monster card that can add any Level 7 or lower Warrior to the Hand from the Graveyard, when it Destroys an opposing Monster in Battle.
As with the various Xyz and Fusion Summons, the Gaia Knights can be used as Synchro Material with level 1 Tuners summoned through Mausoleum of White. With cards such as Chain Resonator, Effect Veiler, One for One, Resonator Call, and other Tuners the Gaia Knights can make a near-perfect setup for archetypes like Red Dragon Archfiend (archetype), /Assault Mode, or even a Stardust/Blue-Eyes hybrid.
A common trait among the "Gaia The Fierce Knight" monsters, except for the original "Gaia The Fierce Knight", is that they can be Normal Summoned to the field without needing any Tributes depending on certain conditions, such as having no other cards in the hand or having fewer monsters than the opponent. This allows them to hit the field faster, granting the player powerful monsters quicker, as they'd all normally require two Tributes to be Normal Summoned otherwise. "Lord Gaia" can be Special Summoned if you control no monsters while your opponent does, in vein of "Cyber Dragon" and "Hieratic Dragon of Tefnuit".
|Gaia the Fierce Knight||Effect|
|Arisen||Normal Summon this card without Tributing if your opponent controls more monsters than you do. Special Summon 1 "Black Luster Solder" monster from your hand or GY if this card is Tributed.||Banish this card from your GY as 1 of the monsters required for the Ritual Summon of a "Black Luster Soldier" monster.|
|Charging||Normal Summon this card without Tributing at the cost of its original ATK becoming 1900.||Add 1 "Black Luster Soldier" monster from your Deck to your hand if this card is Tributed.|
|Lord||Special Summon this card from your hand if your opponent controls a monster and you control no monsters.||Gains 700 ATK if a monster(s) with higher ATK than this card is Special Summoned to your opponent's field until the end of the turn.|
|Soldier||Special Summon this card from your hand by Tributing 1 Dragon Fusion Monster.||Change 1 Attack Position monster on the field to Defense Position if this card is Special Summoned. Add 1 Level 7 or higher Warrior monster, except "Soldier Gaia The Fierce Knight", from your Deck to your hand by Tributing this card.|
|Swift||Normal Summon this card without Tributing if it is the only one in your hand.||N/A|