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"Guardian" (ガーディアン Gādian) is an archetype of monsters with various Attributes (primarily DARK and WIND) and Types (primarily Fairy and Fiend) used by Rafael in the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime, as well as Apollo and Diana in the Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V anime. The original "Guardian" monsters each have a corresponding Equip Spell Card.

"Celtic Guardian", "Winged Dragon, Guardian of the Fortress #1", "Winged Dragon, Guardian of the Fortress #2", "Guardian of the Labyrinth" and "The Reliable Guardian" are not "Guardian" cards as they do not include 「ガーディアン」 in their Japanese names. As such, the only "Guardian" support card in the TCG/OCG, "Arsenal Summoner", has specifically excluded them. In other TCG languages, "Arsenal Summoner" has also excluded the following cards:

The core "Guardian" monsters were initially released in Dark Crisis and re-released in Dark Revelation Volume 1. They can only be Summoned if the player already controls their corresponding Equip Spell Card. However, they can still be Set without controlling their respective Equip Spell Card. The Equip Spell does not have to be equipped to their corresponding monster, and due to their Summoning conditions, usually cannot be. "Guardian Eatos" is the only one of the "Guardians" with an associated Equip Spell Card who can be Summoned without restrictions.

Members

Guardian Corresponding weapon
Baou Wicked-Breaking Flamberge
Ceal Shooting Star Bow
Dreadscythe Reaper Scythe
Eatos Celestial Sword
Elma Butterfly Dagger
Grarl Gravity Axe
Kay'est Rod of Silence
Tryce Twin Swords of Flashing Light

Playing style

The Guardian monsters are all centered on supporting their corresponding Equip spells and most of them cannot be summoned unless they’re face-up on the field already. As a result, search cards like "Hidden Armory" and "Iron Blacksmith Kotetsu" can be included to add consistency and make their summon much easier.

"Armory Call" can also be used to search your equip spells. Despite being trap card in comparison to its counterpart, it doesn’t eat the normal summon and it can equip the card straight from the deck, which can come in handy during the battle phase.

"Arsenal Summoner" is the deck’s main searcher so it’s highly recommended that you run as many copies as possible. One monster that can make the summon of each Guardian so much easier is "Fairy Tail - Rella", as it can equip any equip card to itself straight from the deck, easing the summoning requirement for any Guardian monster.

The deck doesn’t rely too much on face down cards, since it’s centered around equip spells, so some Anti-Meta cards can be included like "Denko Sekka". The archetype’s monsters are also of different types and attributes so "There Can Be Only One" is an interesting option. The higher level Guardian monsters can be more easily summoned if you include cards like "The Monarchs Stormforth", and because the deck doesn’t special summon too often, cards like "Jowgen the Spiritualist", "Fossil Dyna Pachycephalo", and "Vanity's" cards would be a possible inclusion.

"Guardian Kay'est" is a battle protection card, and combined with cards like "Spirit Barrier", the opponent will be locked out of attacking any monsters or being able to inflict any battle damage either.

Recommended cards


Weaknesses

While the deck can incorporate Anti-meta strategies to compete with other decks, several other cards can be fatal to the deck such as "Anti-Spell Fragrance" or "Imperial Order", postponing the activation of your equip spells. Cards like "Gozen Match" and "Rivalry of Warlords" can also be devastating since all of the Guardians are of different types and attributes. Cards that banish can also be a problem for the deck, locking you out of using your graveyard for resources (a good counter to this can be "Imperial Iron Wall" or "Chaos Hunter").


Six Attributes
DARK DARK.svg EARTH EARTH.svg FIRE FIRE.svg LIGHT LIGHT.svg WATER WATER.svg WIND WIND.svg
/Assault Modes Red Dragon Archfiend / Colossal Fighter Hyper Psychic Blaster / T.G. Halberd Cannon Doomkaiser Dragon Arcanite Magician n/a Stardust Dragon
@Ignisters
Base forms
Evolved forms
Doyon
Dark Templar
Doshin
Earth Golem
Achichi
Fire Phoenix
Pikari
Light Dragon
Hiyari
Water Leviathan
Bururu
Wind Pegasus
Alchemy Beasts
Summoners
(Normal Spell Cards)
Moonface the Silver
Silver Key
Leon the Lead
Lead Compass
Salamandra the Steel
Steel Lamp
Ouroboros the Bronze
Bronze Scale
Ekenas the Mercury
Mercury Hourglass
Aretos the Tin
Tin Spell Circle
Aliens Overlord / Mother / Psychic Shocktrooper / Infiltrator / Warrior Mars / Telepath Ammonite / Dog / Grey / Kid / Shocktrooper M-Frame Hunter / Hypno Skull
Altergeists Primebanshee / Multifaker / Kidolga / Fifinellag / Dragvirion / Memorygant / Pookuery Kunquery Hexstia Marionetter Meluseek / Fijialert Silquitous / Pixiel
Aromages Marjoram Cananga Bergamot Jasmine Rosemary Laurel
Attribute Boosters (500 ATK▲/400 DEF▼)
Link Monsters
(500 ATK▲/500 DEF▲)
Field Spells
(500 ATK▲/400 DEF▼)
Equip Spells
(400 ATK▲/200 DEF▼)
Witch's Apprentice
Wee Witch's Apprentice
Mystic Plasma Zone
Sword of Dark Destruction
Milus Radiant
Missus Radiant
Gaia Power
Invigoration
Little Chimera
Duelittle Chimera
Molten Destruction
Burning Spear
Hoshiningen
Hip Hoshiningen
Luminous Spark
Elf's Light
Star Boy
Mistar Boy
Umiiruka
Steel Shell
Bladefly
Greatfly
Rising Air Current
Gust Fan
Attribute Knights Armageddon Dust Brushfire Dawn Shore Altitude
Attribute Reptiles Umbral Soul Raging Earth Firestorm Prominence Radiant Spirit Silent Abyss Destruction Cyclone
Attribute Sorcerers
(4/1500/0/Spellcasters)
Dark n/a Fire Light Aqua n/a
Attribute Spirits Luna the Dark Spirit The Rock Spirit Spirit of Flames Diana the Light Spirit Aqua Spirit Garuda the Wind Spirit
Attribute Summoners Mystic Tomato Giant Rat UFO Turtle Shining Angel Mother Grizzly Flying Kamakiri #1
B.E.S. Big Core Covered Core / Blaster Cannon Core Big Core MK-2 Big Core MK-3 Crystal Core Tetran
Barrier Statues Abyss Drought Inferno Heavens Torrent Stormwinds
Beast Gear World Catapult Devilkong Motor Wolf / Trike Fox / King Convoy Ligeon Buggy Dog n/a n/a Gyro Jackal
Charmers
Familiar-Possessed
Cataclysmic Charmers
Spiritual Arts
Familiar
Possessed Familiars
Dharc
Dharc
n/a
Greed
Meda Bat
n/a
Aussa
Aussa
Avalanching Aussa
Kurogane
Marmot
Nefarious
Hiita
Hiita
Blazing Hiita
Kurenai
Fox Fire
Inari Fire
Lyna
Lyna
n/a
Hijiri
Happy Lover
n/a
Eria
Eria
Raging Eria
Aoi
Gigobyte
Jigabyte
Wynn
Wynn
Storming Wynn
Miyabi
Petit Dragon
Ranryu
Chrysalis
Neo-Spacians
Evolved forms
Contact Fusions
Evolved forms
Advanced Contact Fusions
Pantail
Dark Panther
n/a
Dark Neos
n/a
Chaos Neos
Mole
Grand Mole
n/a
Grand Neos
n/a
Nebula Neos
Larva
Flare Scarab
n/a
Flare Neos
n/a
Magma Neos
Pinny
Glow Moss
Twinkle Moss
Glow Neos
n/a
Cosmo Neos
Dolphin
Aqua Dolphin
Marine Dolphin
Aqua Neos
Marine Neos
n/a
Chicky
Air Hummingbird
n/a
Air Neos
n/a
Storm Neos
Code Talkers
(Link-3)
Decode
(Extended)
Transcode Powercode Encode Shootingcode Excode
Color Ninjas
Dragon Ninjas
Strike
Black
Senior Silver
n/a
n/a
Red
White
White
n/a
Blue
Yellow
Yellow
Cubic Vijam / Crimson Nova (Trinity) Dark Garnex Blade Garoodia Duza / Buster Gundil / Indiora Doom Volt n/a Geira Guile
CXyz Dark Fairy Cheer Girl / Mechquipped Djinn Angeneral Comics Hero Legend Arthur / Battleship Cherry Blossom / Zubaba Saikyo General Coach Lord Ultimatrainer Simon the Great Moral Leader / Barian Hope n/a Skypalace Babylon
Dice Roll Archfiends Terrorking / Masterking Vilepawn Infernalqueen Desrook Darkbishop Shadowknight
Double Tributers
Effigies
Double Coston
Dark
The Trojan Horse
Earth
Flame Ruler
n/a
Kaiser Sea Horse
Light
Unshaven Angler
n/a
Whirlwind Prodigy
Wind
Dragonmaids
Human forms
Dragon forms
Chamber
n/a
Nurse
Ernus
Kitchen
Tinkhec
House
Sheou
Laundry
Nudyarl
Parlor
Lorpar
Dustons
(1/0/1000/Fiends)
Star Yellow Red House / White Blue Green
Elemental HERO
Fusion Monsters
(1 "HERO" + 1 matching Attribute)
Escuridao Gaia Nova Master The Shining Absolute Zero Great Tornado
Elemental Lords
Elementsabers
Umbramirage
Molehu
Grandsoil
Aina
Pyrorex
Malo
Phosphorage
Lapauila (Mana)
Moulinglacia
Nalu
Windrose
Makani
Empowered Warriors
Summoners
Dragonox
n/a
Terratiger
White Tiger
Arnis
Red Sparrow
Dragodies
Golden Dragon
Hydrortoise
Green Turtle
Ventdra
Blue Dragon
Endymion Master Magician / Mighty Master of Magic Magister Rogue Crusader / Reflection Magistus of Mastery Servant
Entities Azathot Nyarla Chthugua N'tss Norden Hastorr
Fortune Fairies
Fortune Ladies
Ann
Dark / Past
Chee
Earth
En
Fire
Hikari
Light / Every
Swee
Water
Hu
Wind
Fur Hire Seal / Folgo Beat / Dyna Bravo Rafale Helmer / Wiz Donpa / Recon / Sagitta
Generaiders Hela / Harr Dovelgus / Jormungandr Naglfar / Loptr Mardel / Utgarda Nidhogg Frodi
Gizmek Orochi Uka Kaku Yata Okami Mikoto
Guardians
Weapons
(Equip Spell Cards)
Baou / Dreadscythe
Wicked-Breaking Flamberge / Reaper Scythe
Grarl
Gravity Axe
Ceal
Shooting Star Bow
Tryce
Twin Swords of Flashing Light
Kay'est
Rod of Silence
Elma / Eatos
Buttefly Dagger / Celestial Sword
Invoked
(1 "Aleister the Invoker" + 1 matching Attribute)
Caliga Magellanica Purgatrio Mechaba Cocytus Raidjin
Kaiju Radian Kumongous Dogoran Jizukiru / Mecha-Dogoran / Thunder King / Mecha-Thunder-King Gameciel Gadarla
Knightmare Iblee / Unicorn / Orcust / Idlee Cerberus Phoenix Gryphon Mermaid Goblin
Legendary Planets Sun / Jupiter / Saturn / Pluto Terra Firma Mars Venus / Uranus Mercury / Neptune n/a
Masked HEROes Dark Law / Anki Dian Goka Koga Vapor / Acid Divine Wind / Blast
Magician Girls (Toon)
Dark
(Dragon Knight)
Berry Apple Lemon Chocolate Kiwi
Magikey Clavkiys / Batosbuster / Ansyalabolas Garesglasser Transfurlmine Mafteal Vepartu Andrabime
Magistus Grimoire Crowley Goddess Ninaruru Flame Zoroa / Dragon Vafram Verre Cendrillon / Maiden Artemis Master Endymion Saint Aiwass
Mirror Force Dark Quaking Blazing Radiant Drowning Storming
Monarchs
Mega Monarchs
Related "Monarch" Spell/Trap Cards
Vassals
Caius / Erebus
Caius the Mega
Tenacity / The First
Lucius / Eidos
Granmarg
Granmarg the Mega
Return
Landrobe / Samsara Kaiser
Thestalos
Thestalos the Mega
Erupt
Berlineth
Zaborg / Ehther
Zaborg the Mega
Strike / The Prime
Mithra / Edea
Mobius
Mobius the Mega
Awaken
Escher
Raiza
Raiza the Mega
Stormforth
Garum
Musical Djinns Maestroke Temtempo n/a Melomelody Humhumming Muzurhythm
Mythyrian Numbers Djinn Buster Lion Heart / Ronin Raccoon Sandayu n/a Sky Pegasus / Dragluon Abyss Splash / Crystalzero n/a
Nemeses Protos Keystone Flag Eschatos Umbrella Corridor
Number 10X
Number C10X
n/a
Umbral Horror Masquerade
Giant Hand
Giant Red Hand
Battlin' Boxer Star Cestus
Battlin' Boxer Comet Cestus
Star Seraph Sentry / Masquerade / Galaxy-Eyes Tachyon Dragon
Archfiend Seraph / Neo Galaxy-Eyes Tachyon Dragon
Silent Honor ARK / Ragnazero
Silent Honor DARK / Ragnafinity
n/a
n/a
Odd-Eyes Dragons Odd-Eyes / Pendulum / Rebellion (Overlord) / Persona / Phantom / Mirage / Performapal Metal Claw / Raging / Supreme King / Wing / Venom / Arc Pendulum / Advance / Wizard Gravity Meteorburst Saber / Lancer / Revolution Absolute Vortex
Pendulum Magicians Stargazer / Timegazer / Xiangke / Timebreaker / Acrobatic / Dragoncaller / Harmonizing / Double Iris / Black Fang / Purple Poison / Performapal Celestial Dragonpulse Nobledragon Wisdom-Eye / Xiangsheng / Dharma-Eye / Performapal Five-Rainbow Dragonpit Oafdragon / White Wing
Prediction Princesses Astromorrigan Coinorma / Petalelf n/a Tarotrei Crystaldine Arrowsylph
Resonators Dark / Synkron / Crimson Clock Flare / Red / Double / Net Barrier / Chain / Mirror Force Creation
Road Magic N/A Diastrophism Explosion Rays Alter Backflow Tempest
El Shaddoll
Fusion Monsters
(1 "Shaddoll" + 1 matching Attribute)
Winda Shekhinaga Grysta Construct Anoyatyllis Wendigo
Signer Dragons Red Archfiend / Black-Winged Life Stream Black Rose Ancient Fairy n/a Stardust
Six Samurai
Legendary Six Samurai
Secret Six Samurai
Irou
Shi En
Doji
Yariza
Kizan
Kizaru
Kamon
Mizuho
Genba
Zanji
Enishi
Rihan
Yaichi
Shinai
Hatsume
Nisashi
Kageki
Fuma
Sky Striker Ace Raye / Zeke Kaina Kagari Roze Shizuku Hayate
Sushi Angels Spider Roll Monkey Roll n/a Garibel / Agaribel Tiger Roll Dragon Roll
Synchro Warriors
Tuner Synchrons
Junk / Satellite
Junk / Satellite
Drill
Drill
Nitro / Jet
Nitro / Jet
Road
Road
n/a
Steam
Turbo
Turbo
Tenyi Spirits Vishuda Adhara Mapura Ashuna / Sahasrara Sthana Nahata
The Weathers
Canvas
(Continuous Spell/Trap Cards)
Aurora
Auroral
Snow
Snowy
Sun
Sunny
Thunder / Rainbow
Thundery / Rainbowed
Rain
Rainy
Cloud
Cloudy
Timelords Vorpgate Kamion / Hailon Metaion / Lazion / Michion Sephylon / Sandaion Zaphion / Gabrion Sadion / Raphion
True Draco and True King All Calamities Lithosazim / Dreiath III Agnimazud / Ignis Heat Master Peace (King) / Metaltron XII Bahrstos / Dinomight Knight Majesty Maiden / Mariamne
Witchcrafters Haine Potterie Schmitta Edel / Madame Verre / Golem Aruru Pittore Genni
World Chalice World Legacy Beckoned / Ningirsu Chosen / Auram Lee Crowned / Ib (Priestess/Justiciar) Guardragon / Imduk / Almarduke
Yang Zing Taotie / Jiaotu / Yazi Bi'an / Zefraxi / Zefraniu Suanni Chiwen / Baxia / Chaofeng / Denglong Bixi Pulao
Yo-kai Girls Ghost Reaper & Winter Cherries Ghost Belle & Haunted Mansion Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit Ghost Sister & Spooky Dogwood Ghost Mourner & Moonlit Chill
ZW - Chimera Clad / Dragonic Halberd Ultimate Shield Phoenix Bow / Asura Strike Unicorn Spear / Lightning Blade / Leo Arms / Sleipnir Mail / Fenrir Sword / Pegasus Twin Saber / Sylphid Wing n/a Tornado Bringer / Eagle Claw
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