Yu-Gi-Oh! Card Review: Elemental HERO Terra Firma

[Warrior/Fusion/Effect]

ATK/2,500 DEF/2,000

“Elemental HERO Ocean” + “Elemental HERO Woodsman”
Must be Fusion Summoned and cannot be Special Summoned by other ways. You can Tribute 1 face-up “Elemental HERO” monster; this card gains ATK equal to the Tributed monster’s ATK, until the End Phase.

Elemental HERO Terra Firma is a level 8 Fusion Monster, and this card appears in the manga of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX. He is also a member of the Elemental Heroes. This monster has two effects. The fusion materials for Elemental HERO Terra Firma are Elemental HERO Ocean and Elemental HERO Woodsman.

Manga:

Elemental Hero Terra Firma is Jaden Yuki’s signature card in the Yu-Gi-Oh! GX manga series. Koyo Hibiki gave this card and deck to Jaden. Elemental HERO Terra Firma’s attack is Magma Slash in the manga.

First Effect:

The first effect of Elemental HERO Terra Firma restricts your options for special summoning the fusion monster. You can only fusion summon Elemental HERO Terra Firma. You cannot special summon it with other options. This restriction hurts the ability to regain the monster after he leaves the field. If an opponent destroys Elemental HERO Terra Firma, then your best option is playing another copy of it from the extra deck.

Therefore, cards with the ability to special summon monsters cannot special summon Elemental HERO Terra Firma. Monster Reborn would not be able to play this card from the graveyard. You would not be able to regain this fusion monster under most conditions.

You can bypass this condition with Elemental HERO Core’s effect. Elemental HERO Core special summons an Elemental HERO fusion monster from your graveyard regardless of its conditions. It is a rare effect in Yu-Gi-Oh!. You can special summon Elemental HERO Terra Firma with this effect.

Second Effect:

Elemental Hero Terra Firma is an offensive powerhouse. You can tribute one Elemental HERO and add its ATK to Elemental Hero Terra Firma until the end of the turn. His main strategy is destroying powerful monsters and dealing massive damage.

Furthermore, Elemental HERO Terra Firma’s ATK can reach very high levels and surpass many monsters in the game. The best options for tributes are monsters with 1,000 or more ATK. This amount of offense swings the momentum in your favor.

For example, Elemental HERO Stratos has 1,800 ATK and he would increase Elemental HERO Terra Firma’s ATK to 4,300. Elemental HERO Terra Firma would be able to easily destroy most monsters by battle. A direct attack would deal massive damage from a single attack.

However, this effect is not a good fit for Elemental HERO. The archetype relies on monsters for effects and fusion summons. Therefore, Elemental HERO Terra Firma is removing a key card from your strategy in exchange for ATK. It is not an effect strategy in many situations.

Play these cards with Elemental HERO Terra Firma!
  • E – Emergency Call
  • Elemental HERO Core

Fusion Summon:

Elemental HERO Terra Firma requires Elemental HERO Ocean and Elemental HERO Woodsman for his fusion. The requirements are easy conditions to meet. You only need those cards in your hand or on the field.

Furthermore, Super Polymerization is a unique option for the fusion summon against opponents with a similar deck. You can use the opponent’s Elemental HERO Ocean or Elemental HERO Woodsman for the fusion summon. This strategy saves your resources for additional plays.

Play these cards to Fusion Summon Elemental HERO Terra Firma!

Card Rating:

Overall, Elemental HERO Terra Firma is a mediocre monster for Elemental Heroes. He does not elevate the archetype’s strategy. In contrast, his second effect hurts the archetype. You want to use Elemental Heroes for fusions instead of tributes for temporary power. I only recommend playing Elemental HERO Terra Firma in a casual deck.

Card Rating: 2 out of 5 stars (2 / 5)

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