Dark Magician (Archetype)

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Dark Magician is an archetype of cards in Yu-Gi-Oh!. The archetype of the Dark Magician mostly features spellcasters. Some of the monsters are warriors and dragons. The main monster in the archetype is the Dark Magician.


Dark Magician is an iconic monster, and his set of cards is one of the most popular archetypes in Yu-Gi-Oh!. Dark Magician is Yugi’s signature monster. The spellcaster has various forms as powerful fusion monsters and effect monsters.


Dark Magician is the centerpiece of the archetype. The Dark Magician is a normal monster without any effects. He relies on other cards in the deck’s strategy. Dark Magician uses powerful spells to control the field.

Furthermore, spells and traps can special summon Dark Magician to the field. These cards lower the cost to play the card. Eternal Soul special summons one Dark Magician without a cost.

In addition, Dark Magician has synergy with cards from other archetypes for spellcasters. Spellbooks are generic support for spellcasters, and they fit the archetype. These cards expand the deck’s strategy and style.


Many monsters in the Dark Magician’s archetype include Dark Magician in their names. Dark Magician Girl and Dark Magician and Dark Magician Girl the Dragon Knight have the title of Dark Magician. They all support the main monster of the deck.

In addition, many monsters support the Dark Magician. They provide useful effects for the ultimate wizard. For example, Magicians’ Souls and Palladium Oracle Mahad special summon Dark Magician

  • List of Monsters:
NameCard TypeTypeLevelAttribute
Dark MagicianNormal MonsterSpellcaster7Dark
Dark Magician GirlEffect MonsterSpellcaster6Dark
Dark Magician KnightEffect MonsterWarrior7Dark
  • List of Support:
NameCard TypeTypeLevelAttribute
Apprentice Illusion MagicianEffect MonsterSpellcaster6Dark
Chocolate Magician GirlEffect MonsterSpellcaster4Dark
Dark SageEffect MonsterSpellcaster9Dark
Magician of Dark IllusionEffect MonsterSpellcaster7Dark
Magician's RobeEffect MonsterSpellcaster2Dark
Magician's RodEffect MonsterSpellcaster3Dark
Magicians' SoulsEffect MonsterSpellcaster1Dark
Palladium Oracle MahadEffect MonsterSpellcaster7Light

Fusion Monsters:

Fusion Monsters add another dimension to the archetype. These cards are mostly spellcasters and dragons with powerful abilities. Dark Magician and Dark Magician Girl are often one or both of the fusion materials for these fusion monsters.

Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon is the gold standard for Dark Magician’s fusion monsters in the archetype. Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon instantly puts the game in your favor when you summon him. He is one of the strongest cards in the game of Yu-Gi-Oh!.

  • List of Fusion Monsters:
NameCard TypeFusion MaterialTypeLevelAttribute
Amulet DragonFusion Monster"Dark Magician" + 1 Dragon monsterDragon8Dark
Dark CavalryFusion Monster“Dark Magician” + 1 Warrior monsterSpellcaster8Dark
Dark Magician the Dragon KnightFusion Monster"Dark Magician" + 1 Dragon monsterDragon8Dark
Dark Magician Girl the Dragon KnightFusion Monster"Dark Magician Girl" + 1 Dragon monsterDragon7Dark
Dark PaladinFusion Monster"Dark Magician" + "Buster Blader"Spellcaster8Dark
Master of ChaosFusion Monster
"Dark Magician" + 1 "Chaos" or "Black Luster Soldier" Ritual Monster

Ritual Monsters

Dark Magician has many Ritual Monsters in his archetype. Many of them share a theme and design with Magician of Black Chaos. Most of them have powerful abilities.

  • List of Ritual Monsters
NameCard TypeTypeLevelAttribute
Magician of Black ChaosRitual MonsterSpellcaster8Dark
Magician of Black Chaos MAXRitual MonsterSpellcaster8Dark
Magician of ChaosRitual MonsterSpellcaster7Dark


Spells are essential cards for the Dark Magician. They provide a variety of effects. Some spells destroy the opponent’s monsters, spells, or traps. Other spells special summon monsters in the Dark Magician’s archetype.

In addition, some of the spells in this archetype require Dark Magician or Dark Magician Girl on the field. You must have the correct monster or set of monsters on the field. Many spells can set up the field for you can have Dark Magician.

  • List of Spells:
Chaos Scepter BlastQuick-Play Spell Card
Dark Burning AttackNormal Spell Card
Dark Magic AttackNormal Spell Card
Dark Magic ExpandedQuick-Play Spell Card
Dark Magic Twin BurstNormal Spell Card
Illusion MagicQuick-Play Spell Card
Soul ServantQuick-Play Spell Card
The Eye of TimaeusNormal Spell Card
Thousand KnivesNormal Spell Card


The ultimate wizard in terms of attack and defense has effective trap cards. Similar to the Dark Magician’s spells, the trap cards in the archetype provide various effects. They may special summon monsters in the archetype or grant protection.

  • List of Traps:
Card NameType
Destined RivalsNormal Trap Card
Eternal SoulContinuous Trap Card
Magician NavigationNormal Trap Card
Magicians' CombinationContinuous Trap Card


Koa’ki Meiru Drago cripples this deck with its effect. Koa’ki Meiru Drago prevents players from playing Light and Dark monsters. The majority of cards in the Dark Magician’s  archetype are dark monsters. Therefore, Koa’ki Meiru Drago prevents players from playing Dark Magician.

Unleash the Ultimate Wizard!

I suggest building a deck of the Dark Magician. You have a huge library cards. You can create a Dark Magician Knight, Dark Magician Ritual, or a Dark Magician Girl deck. There are many options to choose from.

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