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"Nordic Relic", known as "Polar Star Relic" ( (きょく) (せい) (ほう) Kyokuseihō) in the OCG, is an archetype of Spell and Trap Cards that aid the "Nordic" and "Aesir" monsters.


Nordic Relic Origin
Brisingamen Brísingamen
Draupnir Draupnir
Gungnir Gungnir
Laevateinn Lævateinn
Megingjord Megingjörð

Playing style

The main card in this sub-archetype is "Nordic Relic Draupnir", which, when destroyed while equipped to a "Nordic" or an "Aesir" monster, can search out any "Nordic Relic" card, including another "Draupnir". While "Dverg of the Nordic Alfar" can recycle a "Nordic Relic" from the Graveyard, Deck support for this sub-archetype was not introduced until Battle of Chaos, when "Nordic Smith Ivaldi", which can search out "Draupnir" or another "Nordic Relic" card from your Deck, was revealed.

"Nordic Relic Hlidskjalf" can Special Summon a "Nordic" monster from your Deck, with the drawback that only "Aesir" monsters can be summoned from your Extra Deck. If played correctly, it can ultimately lead to a prompt Synchro Summon of an "Aesir" monster.

"Nordic Relic Laevateinn" (whose effect to destroy any monster that destroyed an opposing monster in battle cannot be countered) and "Nordic Relic Brisingamen" (which can equalize the ATK of 1 of your monsters with the ATK of 1 of your opponent's monsters) are virtually splashable and can work with nearly any kind of Deck.

"Nordic Relic Gungnir" (which can banish an "Aesir" or a "Nordic" monster from the field and destroy 1 other card), "Nordic Relic Megingjord" (considered to be the strongest in the sub-archetype; a selected "Aesir"/"Nordic" monster has their ATK and DEF doubled when activated), and "Nordic Relic Svalinn" (which can negate the effects of all your opponent's face-up cards if you control an "Aesir" and summon an "Aesir" from your Graveyard by Tributing a "Nordic" monster you control) are more "Nordic"/"Aesir" focused.

Many players who run "Nordic" Decks may want to use "Release Restraint Wave" when running these cards, as "Release Restraint Wave" destroys an Equip Spell Card you control, as well as your opponent's face-down Spell and Trap Cards. You can use this strategy on "Nordic Relic Draupnir" to gain access to its effect.