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Without a doubt, one of my favorite archetypes in all of Yu-Gi-Oh! is the Elemental HERO cards. I cannot wait for them to make their way into Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links. (The cards are in the datamine, so it is just a matter of time).

As an avid fan of superheroes, this archetype just appeals to me on so many levels.Elemental HERO BurstinaxtrixBelow are five reasons (in no particular order of significance) as to why I think people should become thrilled to see this archetype make its way into Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links at some point.

1. Aesthetically Cool

The fact is, when it comes to card games, the artwork does matter. But right off the bat, Elemental HERO cards are some of the slicker designs in the visual department. As an archetype full of superheroes, most of the cards are often colorful, dynamic and eye-catching.

I totally would read a comic book about Elemental HERO characters just for the artwork alone.

Also, Elemental HERO Sparkman will always be my favorite character in the archetype.
Elemental HERO Sparkman

2. Fusion Frenzy

If you are a fan of Fusion Summons in Yu-Gi-Oh!, you’ll get your fill and then some with the Elemental HERO archetype. The primary strategy is to Fusion Summon with different types of heroes to form new ones.


This archetype boasts some incredibly powerful Fusion Monsters. Elemental HERO cards represent what a team of superheroes can do when (literally) combining their powers together. Not to mention, it is always interesting to see the variety of different heroes you can create.

Elemental HERO Flame Wingman

3. Versatility

If there is one strength to say about this archetype, it is the versatility the cards bring to the table. Because of its multitude of differing effects, Elemental HERO cards can pull off a lot of maneuvers and tricks.

Elemental HERO Thunder Giant

Of course, some effects are significantly better than others, but I think there is some quality among the quantity. There are plenty of great heroes with handy effects to choose.

4. Flavorful Support Cards

Achieving flavor through in-game mechanics is always something worth appreciating. The Elemental HERO cards have many theme-appropriate support that establish the superhero fantasy. In fitting fashion, no less.


From their iconic Skyscraper Field Spell that depicts a city for the heroes to defend or the Hero Signal Trap Card that makes a nod to the famous Bat-Signal from Batman, this archetype sells its superhero concept well.

Hero Signal

5. Fun Playstyle

In regards to the “classic” Elemental HERO playstyle (before the newer cards changed the base strategy dramatically), using this archetype meant sacrificing efficiency for eclectic, yet creative tactics.

Sure, I would not call the original archetype a tier-one set, even during its heyday. Regardless, I love using the heroes to play against my opponent in an unorthodox fashion.

Elemental HERO Bubbleman

Especially in the context of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links, I believe this archetype has a lot of promise in mixing up gameplay in a positive, outside-of-the-box kind of manner.

Which archetype would you like to see in the game?

Elemental HERO Avian

See you all in Duel World.

All Yu-Gi-Oh! card images belong to Konami. ©1996 KAZUKI TAKAHASHI

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