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"Magician" ( () (じゅつ) () , Majutsushi) is an archetype that consists of both Spellcaster monsters used by Yuya Sakaki and Continuous Spell Cards used by Yusho Sakaki in the Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V anime. They first debuted in Starter Deck 2014 with "Stargazer Magician" and "Timegazer Magician". The archetype is related to the "Odd-Eyes" and "Performapal" archetypes, both of which are also used by Yuya.

Due to their Japanese names, a number of older cards, such as "Time Wizard" and "Night Wing Sorceress", also fall into this archetype. Also, several older cards, such as the "Dark Magician" archetype and "Magician of Faith", include "Magician" in their English names but are not part of this archetype. However, because TCG and OCG support for this archetype only works on Pendulum Monsters and Continuous Spell Cards, neither have been an issue in the English version. In the Italian version, the inclusion of female Pendulum Monsters such as "Harmonizing Magician", "Nobledragon Magician", "White Wing Magician" and "Xiangsheng Magician" seems to be implicit because their names don't contain "Mago".

Members

Pairs

Some "Magician" Pendulum Monsters are paired, with each member of a pair having the same naming scheme as the other but representing an opposing concept, and most of the time a Pendulum Scale that allows a wide range of Levels for monsters to be Pendulum Summoned if placed with it. Additionally, each pair supports a particular Special Summoning method.

Scales Magician Supported Summon
Lower Scale Higher Scale
1 - 8 Dragonpulse Dragonpit Pendulum
Stargazer Timegazer
2 - 5 Dharma-Eye Wisdom-Eye
Oafdragon Nobledragon Synchro
3 - 8 Xiangke Xiangsheng Xyz

Z-ARC

Another group of "Magician" Pendulum Monsters, usually called "Z-ARC Magicians" or "Four Dragon's Magicians", are based on the Four Dimension Dragons. They are all Level 4 monsters who each possess both an Attribute and a Pendulum Effect that mimics their respective Dragon's effect at the cost of destroying themselves, and are always treated as one of those Dragon's archetype. They can also Summon their corresponding Dragon by using themselves and another appropriate monster as Material. In tandem with "Supreme King Dragon Darkwurm", they can also Summon the "Supreme King Dragon" counterparts.

The Pendulum Effects for the Scale 1 members are Trigger-based, while the Scale 8 members are Ignition-based.

Scale Magician Support
Dragon Archetype
1 Purple Poison Starving Venom Fusion Dragon
White Wing Clear Wing Synchro Dragon
8 Black Fang Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon
Double Iris Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon

Standalone

The remaining "Magician" Pendulum Monsters are independent from the others and thus share little synergy with any of them.

Scale Magician
2 Acrobatic
Dragoncaller
Timebreaker
8 Harmonizing
Hope
12 Performapal Five-Rainbow

Playing style

Opening with "Wisdom-Eye Magician" or "Pendulum Call" is usually second to the many Pendulum cards like "Astrograph Sorcerer" and "Chronograph Sorcerer", that can easily Special Summon themselves from the Hand and other cards with a similar effect to open up to any generic Link Monster, or more typically, Heavymetalfoes Electrumite, opening the Field up and then after all that is over and done with; Pendulum Summon.

Pendulum Magicians "Black Fang", "Double Iris" and "Purple Poison" all have effects in the Pendulum Zone that blow themselves and self-activate their "When Destroyed" effects. This gives a 2 for 1 bonus and "Double Iris" usually adds "Star Pendulumgraph" first; which is also a Searcher but permanent.

"Xiangke Magician" has the highest ATK of all "Magician" cards, can negate the effect of a LIGHT monster at Instant Speed and with a few other Level 7 Monsters gives access to "Odd-Eyes Raging Dragon and Rebellion Dragon": both having game ending effects.

With "Supreme King Z-ARC"

The "Z-ARC Magicians" can also be used in the Deck as their Scales of 1 and 8 are within the normal range of the Magician archetype while being Level 4 at the same time. However they play rather a bit differently than the rest due to having a bigger focus on self-destruction, as well as the "Pendulumgraph" cards, both "Astrograph Sorcerer" and "Chronograph Sorcerer" and finally "Supreme King Z-ARC". Their monster effect upon destruction also force your opponent to think twice before negating their Summon and destroy them, and thus, protect other Pendulum Summoned monsters. Also, any of your opponent's attempt of negating their effect and destroying the "Z-ARC Magicians" will only backfire as it can be activated again.

This archetype has been competitively successful for a long period in Yu-Gi-Oh's history, going back to the now-infamous Performage/Performapal decks that ruled the post-Nekroz era with their mass summoning, often using Magician monsters help support their plays, which lead to them taking repeated hits on the banlist. While they faded from the competitive scene in late 2016 with the banning of that Deck, they recovered enough of their cards to come out from Zoodiac format as a powerful force, but they initially struggled with the new Link Format. With the release of more generic Link monsters, they emerged as the dominant deck in early 2018. They used Astrograph and Chronograph to repeatedly Summon monsters and search out cards, Double Iris to search Pendulumgraphs, and Performapal Skullcrobat Joker to utilise their otherwise near-redundant Normal Summon.

The Deck was first hit by banning Double Iris and Joker, effectively also banning the Pendulumgraphs as they were now unsearchable, but with Heavymetalfoes Electrumite to control the Extra Deck and trigger Astrograph over and over, the deck remained at the top. It even become more dominant as an FTK was discovered using Instant Fusion to Summon Lyrilusc - Independent Nightingale and then summoning 2 Supreme King Dragon Starving Venom to copy its effect and burn your opponent to death. This lead to both Astrograph and Starving Venom being banned, reducing the deck to a less successful, but no less potent, strategy revolving around repeatedly summoning Chronograph into Electrumite and again and again to amass Link/Synchro/Xyz Materials. This lead to Electrumite being Limited, effectively ending this deck as a top-tier strategy, although it remains a powerful lower-tier deck due to its synergy with various other Pendulum engines.

Recommended cards

Recommended cards

Official Decks

Magician Official V Jump Deck[1]
"Supreme King Z-ARC" + "Pendulum Evolution" Deck[2]
“Hope Magician” Deck[3]

Trivia

  • All "Magician" Tuner monsters are female.

References

  1. YGOrganization Magician Deck Recipe
  2. YGOrganization [OCG] Supreme King Z-ARC + SD31 Deck Recipe
  3. [1] Hope Magician Deck


Six Attributes
DARK DARK EARTH EARTH FIRE FIRE LIGHT LIGHT WATER WATER WIND WIND
/Assault Modes Red Dragon Archfiend / Colossal Fighter Hyper Psychic Blaster / T.G. Halberd Cannon Doomkaiser Dragon Arcanite Magician n/a Stardust Dragon
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 Mighty/Frame Hunter / Hypno Skull
Altergeists Primebanshee / Kidolga / Multifaker / Fifinellag / Dragvirion Kunquery Hexstia Marionetter Meluseek Silquitous / Pixiel
Aroma n/a Cananga Bergamot Jasmine / Angelica / Rosemary Rosemary Jar
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 Summoners Mystic Tomato Giant Rat UFO Turtle Shining Angel Mother Grizzly Flying Kamakiri #1
Barrier Statues Abyss Drought Inferno Heavens Torrent Stormwinds
B.E.S. Big Core Covered Core / Blaster Cannon Core Big Core MK-2 Big Core MK-3 Crystal Core Tetran
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
n/a
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 Decode Transcode Powercode Encode Shootingcode Excode
Color Ninjas
Dragon Ninjas
Strike Ninja
Black Dragon Ninja
Senior Silver Ninja
n/a
Crimson Ninja
Red Dragon Ninja
White Ninja / Upstart Golden Ninja
White Dragon Ninja / n/a
Armed Ninja
Blue Dragon Ninja
Yellow Ninja
Yellow Dragon Ninja
Crusadia
(Level 3-4)
n/a Leonis Reclusia Maximus Arboria Draco
Cubic Vijam / Crimson Nova / Crimson Nova Trinity Dark Garnex Blade Garoodia Duza / Buster Gundil / Indiora Doom Volt n/a Geira Guile
CXyz Mechquipped Djinn Angeneral / Dark Fairy Cheer Girl Comics Hero Legend Arthur / Battleship Cherry Blossom Coach Lord Ultimatrainer Simon the Great Moral Leader / Barian Hope n/a Skypalace Babylon
D/D/D Gilgamesh Darius Genghis n/a Caesar Alexander
Dice Roll Archfiends Terrorking 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
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 / Lapauila Mana
Moulinglacia
Nalu
Windrose
Makani
Empowered Warriors
Summoners
Dragonox
n/a
Terratiger
White Tiger
Arnis
Red Sparrow
Dragodies
n/a
Hydrortoise
Green Turtle
Ventdra
Blue Dragon
Endymion Master Magician / Mighty Master of Magic Magister Rogue Crusader / Reflection n/a 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
Ghost Girls Ghost Reaper & Winter Cherries Ghost Belle & Haunted Mansion Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit Ghost Sister & Spooky Dogwood n/a
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 Caliga Magellanica Purgatrio Mechaba / Elysium Cocytus Raidjin
Kaiju Radian Kumongous Dogoran Jizukiru / Mecha-Dogoran / Thunder King Gameciel Gadarla
Knightmare
Link Monsters
Unicorn Cerberus Phoenix Gryphon Mermaid Goblin
Legendary Planets Jupiter / Saturn / Pluto / Sun Terra Firma Mars Venus / Uranus Mercury / Neptune n/a
Masked HEROes
Non-Fusion Monsters
Level 6 Fusion Monsters
Level 8 Fusion Monsters
Dusk Crow
Dark Law
Anki
Bassols
n/a
Dian
Inferno
Goka
n/a
Ray
n/a
Koga
Fountain
Vapor
Acid
Gust
Blast
Divine Wind
Magician Girls Dark Berry Apple Lemon Chocolate Kiwi
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
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
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 / Raging / Phantom / Persona / Mirage / Supreme King / Venom / Wing / Performapal Metal Claw / Arc Pendulum / Advance Gravity Meteorburst Saber / Lancer / Revolution Absolute Vortex
Pendulum Magicians Stargazer / Timegazer / Xiangke / Timebreaker / Acrobatic / Dragoncaller / Harmonizing / Double Iris / Black Fang / Purple Poison Dragonpulse Nobledragon Xiangsheng / Wisdom-Eye / Dharma-Eye / Performapal Five-Rainbow Dragonpit Oafdragon / White Wing
Prediction Princesses Astromorrigan Coinorma / Petalelf n/a Tarotrei Crystaldine Arrowsylph
Resonators Dark / Synkron Clock Flare / Red / Double / Net Barrier / Chain / Mirror Force Creation
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 Kaina Kagari n/a Shizuku Hayate
Synchro Warriors
Tuner Synchrons
Junk
Junk
Drill
Drill
Nitro / Jet
Nitro / Jet
Road
Road
n/a
Steam
Turbo
Turbo
Tenyi Dragons
Link Monsters
Vishudda
Ashura
Adhara
Barefisted Monk
Manira
Dragon Sage
Ashuna
n/a
Sthana
n/a
Nahata
n/a
The Weathers
Canvas
(Continuous Spell/Trap Cards)
Aurora
Auroral
Snow
Snowy
Sun
Sunny
Thunder / Rainbow
Thundery / Rainbowed
Rain
Rainy
Cloud
Cloudy
Timelords Vulgate Kamion
Hailon
Metaion
Michion
Lazion
Sandaion
Sephylon
Gabrion
Zaphion
Sadion
Raphion
True Draco and True King All Calamities Lithosazim / Dreiath III Agnimazud / Ignis Heat Metaltron XII / Master Peace / King Master Peace Bahrstos / Dinomight Knight Mariamne / Majesty Maiden
Witchcrafter Haine Potterie Schmitta Edel
Verre
Golem Aruru
Pittore n/a
World Chalice
Link Monsters
World Legacy - "World Chalice"
n/a
Beckoned by the World Chalice
Ningirsu the World Chalice Warrior
Chosen by the World Chalice
Auram the World Chalice Blademaster
Lee the World Chalice Fairy
n/a
Crowned by the World Chalice
Ib the World Chalice Priestess
World Chalice Guardragon
Imduk the World Chalice Dragon
Yang Zing
Effect Monsters
Synchro Monsters
Jiaotu / Taotie
Yazi
Bi'an / Zefraxi / Zefraniu Suanni Chiwen
Baxia / Chaofeng / Denglong
Bixi Pulao
ZW - Chimera Clad Ultimate Shield Phoenix Bow / Asura Strike Unicorn Spear / Lightning Blade / Leo Arms / Sleipnir Mail / Sylphid Wing / Fenrir Sword n/a Tornado Bringer / Eagle Claw