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  1. /dlg/ - Duel Links General FAQ
  3. "Should I choose to start with Yugi or Kaiba?"
  4. There is no difference beyond who you unlock first, the other is unlocked by progressing through stages naturally so you lose out on nothing.
  6. "How do I get cards?"
  7. Cards can be obtained from character and stage level-ups, event rewards, pvp tickets, gate rewards and most notably boxes which the main currency gems are spent on for packs in the card shop.
  9. "Are there any decks you can make that don't require box purchases?"
  10. You can make free to play decks but to optimize them you'll need staples from boxes on top of cards that would help those decks specifically. Generally they aren't as viable as decks you have to spend gems to make. Currently the best completely F2P decks are Cyberdarks from Zane's gate drop rewards and Aromages from the Card Trader, both of which can serve as decent starting decks if you're new and don't want to buy EX decks.
  12. "What deck should I spend gems on?"
  13. The most notable current meta decks include Six Sams, Heroes, Ancient Gears and Amazoness. Consider whether you're F2P or willing to spend money before picking a deck to invest in to see how much it actually requires before you can complete it:
  14. -Six Sams are almost entirely in the Warriors Unite box and play by swarming the field and going into their boss synchro Shi En while gaining massive card advantage. Go through the box until you get one of the UR Six Sam Kizan and one Shi En then reset the box for extra Kizan as optimal builds run multiple, everything else you will need for the deck are lower rarities you will get multiples of like Fuma, Six Samurai United, Enishi and Dojo. The only other cards you might want for the deck outside of this box are from the Crusaders Battleground box with a single Grandmaster and Rihan along with whatever other staples and synchros that are good like Armades but the cards from Warriors Unite alone will carry you well. While building this you'll also gain access to Deskbots which are a cheap and easy to use deck until you complete Sams.
  15. -Heroes are based around main deck Destiny Hero monsters and using Mask Change to go into Masked Hero Anki for swift OTK games. You can get all the Destiny Heroes you need buying one copy of the Destiny Rulers structure deck along with Destiny Hero Decider from the card trader. After that you need three Mask Change and Anki from Valiant Souls for one of the best offensive decks in the game. Valiant Souls is also good for having one of the best current staples in Paleozoic Canadia so try and get it before resetting the box.
  16. -Amazoness are a control/burn archetype focused on grinding away the opponents resources. You can get the core cards in two Amazoness Princess from UR tickets you get on new accounts or PvP ranked UR tickers, after that get a single Amazoness Onslaught from the Valiant Souls box. After that all the remaining core cards are also free to acquire with Amazoness Swordswoman in Mai's gate drops and Amazoness Queen from her level 45 drop. After that the only cards you need are tech choices like Lava Golem or generic staples like Canadia/Floodgate that are good to acquire anyway. Very cheap to make but infuriating to most players to play.
  17. -Ancient Gears play by spamming the field with Reactor Dragon's through systematic self-explosion of Geartown and Ancient Gear Fortress. They are a pay only deck as you need to buy two copies of the Ancient Gear Awakening EX Structure Deck with real money to build that but it is quick to build if you are a paypig if nothing else.
  18. -Finally there are many other strong/rogue decks you can consider building and climbing to King of Games with. These include Dinos (If you were around to get Survival's End), Yubel (If you did her event), Karakuri, Ultra Athletes, (((Control))), Fur-Hire and many more. If none of the above decks interest you look at others in-game, on websites in the OP or ask in the thread for anything that might appeal to you.
  20. "What else should I know about boxes?"
  21. If you are a pure free to play player it is generally recommended to invest in miniboxes over main boxes when starting out due to them being far easier to clear out and get desired cards, even with miniboxes post-Clash of Wings being increased to 100 packs because Konami is a terrible company. The exception is for main boxes with a high overall value and a great deck you can make from it like Valiant Souls or Warriors Unite currently. General spell/trap staples (Cosmic/Galaxy Cyclone, Drowning Mirror Force, Floodgate, Paleozoic Canadia, Treacherous Trap Hole, etc.) are spread out across multiple boxes which you should be aware of and decide if they're worth investing for or using Dream Tickets on. If you have any specific questions on any decks or cards and how to build one feel free to ask in the thread.
  22. Lastly don't buy Land of the Titans even if people recommend it, it is an infamously bad box people meme about to get others to open, ignore it unless there is something you really want from it like Obedience Schooled. Otherwise you should look through each box to see what catches your interest. Keep in mind that many older boxes (i.e. anything pre-Abyss Encounters) are incredibly outdated in their card pool on average even if they have 1-2 potential staples and it is not advised to spend gems on them unless you have plenty to spare or really want certain cards.
  24. "I see some structure decks on the store, should I buy one of those?"
  25. The best structure decks are currently the Destiny Rulers and Ancient Gear Awakening EX boxes. The Destiny Rulers structure deck is necessary for Masked Hero decks with the useful monsters Drilldark and Celestial. After banlist hits you only need the one copy of this you can buy with 500 gems. Ancient Gear Awakening includes their modern main deck boss monster in AG Reactor Dragon along with Geartown, Ancient Gear Fortress and their searcher AG Wyvern. It is an extremely powerful deck but needs to be purchased three times for an optimal list.
  26. The Legendary Dragon of White EX Structure Deck includes Dragon Spirit of White and Cosmo Brain which is very useful for Blue-Eyes decks. The Silent Swordsman structure includes Silent Swordsman which works well in Warrior-based decks due to its spell negation and floating into Silent Swordsman LV 7 but it requires three purchases to make optimal. If you have no interest in building Heroes, Blue-Eyes or using Silent Swordsman safely ignore them, and do the same for other structure decks unless they include something that you really want. Keep in mind you can only buy one set of a structure deck with gems (500 for regular and 1000 for EX decks) after that they require money to purchase. The exception is the Spellbound Silence EX structure deck which can only be bought with money, if you want to build Spellbooks it includes a powerful monster for the deck in Silent Magician but buying it is proof to everyone you're both a waifufag and someone who spent money to be one on top of that.
  28. "I need more gems, wtf do I do?"
  29. Level up your characters to the max and get your stages to 60/30(GX)/15(5Ds). At that point you will have depleted most of the gems you can get for free and all you can do now is to hope for Konami to give out gems during events or when a new box is released. There are few gem sources that don't dry up, such as ranking up, cumulative PvP victories and dueling against Legendary Duelists.
  30. Like a true addict you're also able to sift through the trash: In the over world the fountain, the lanterns, the shop sign and the trashcan (toolbox in 5Ds world) are clickable and will occasionally give you 1, 3 or 5 gems. This is repeatable every few hours. There's also the duel review which gives you 5 gems a day and the loaner deck challenge which sometimes rewards you with 3.
  32. "What characters should I level up first?"
  33. You should focus on Mai and Odion since they give two decent free traps in their level-up rewards, Windstorm of Etaqua for Mai and Curse of Anubis for Odion, which will help you early on before you make optimized decks. Potential characters of note include Kaiba for Melody of Awakening Dragon, Arkana and Yami Yugi for Dark Magician support and Jaden for Card Trooper. Otherwise level up who you like and has rewards that interest you.
  35. "What are skills?"
  36. Skills are character abilities that affect duels. Some are passive, some you can activate, some have specific conditions before they can be activated and so on. There are a wide variety of skills with some being shared between characters and some being exclusive to certain characters. Some skills you acquire from simply leveling up the character but most are gotten from random duel rewards after fighting Legendary Duelists or in ranked PvP. Many decks rely on or are helped by certain skills so it is always a good idea to see what skills go best with which deck before playing it.
  38. "Should I spend money on this game?"
  39. Ideally no unless you have more money on you than you should for a digital children's card game. If you have to waste your money save for the $1 UR/SR deals which are statistically the best investments. The exception is for the EX structure decks if you really can't resist wanting to fuck Silent Magician's hip windows, love rusty robots or are a scalie.
  41. "I have some other SR/UR tickets, what should I do with those?"
  42. They stand for Super Rare/Ultra Rare tickets; you can exchange them by going to the PVP building and then pressing "Exchange Tickets". As for card choices: get one Enemy Controller if you don't want to farm Kaiba at the gate for one. The Mokuba unlock bingo grants one free Enemy Controller already and it is one of the most best cards you can get especially since it's free. Since it is currently semi-limited on the banlist you only need two.
  43. As for UR choices, all of them are equally mediocre. The best options (if you're not interested in a specific card) are the alternate art Blue-Eyes/Dark Magician that will also bump the amount of your starting iconic monsters to 3. There is a list of cards that are available exclusively with tickets below.
  44. A 'Dream UR/SR' ticket is a special ticket that has only been given thrice so far. Dream UR tickets are different from Ranked or Gift UR tickets in that you can get UR cards from most of the boxes in the shop. It is recommended to use it on Cosmic Cyclone (best generic Spell/Trap removal right now) or some other staple or card for a deck you want to play. Dream SRs are the same but for SR rarity box cards.
  46. "What the fuck why are white cards in this game I thought this was old school Yu-Gi-Oh?"
  47. 5Ds is ten years old now and Synchros aren't even that relevant so you can ignore them right now.
  49. "I just went into PVP and this guy special summoned a bunch of monsters in one turn and killed me right then! I remember this game differently!"
  50. Aside from not having most of the recent card mechanics (XYZ, Pendulum, Link) yet, the card selection of Duel Links goes all the way through the years and many modern cards dominate the meta.
  52. "Someone post an x deck!"
  53. You can check http://duellinks.gamea.co/ for older decks and http://duellinksmeta.com/ for recent competitive decks.
  55. "Who is this Vagabond guy?"
  56. He is the protagonist of the Yu-Gi-Oh Tag Force game series; duel him every time he's available for huge amounts of experience. Losing only gives half the EXP he would normally give so be prepared when dueling him.
  57. The Vagabond shows one card from his deck in a preview before dueling so you can build your deck around what he's using if you're unsure about your chances.
  58. You can also purchase a black colored variant of the Vagabond called the Vagrant with real money which gives large amounts of EXP upon beating him, but the price is steep and not recommended just to level characters up faster unless you have too much cash to burn.
  60. "I see a friend list. Does it matter?"
  61. After dueling the Vagabond, he has 2 standard messages - one congratulating you and one where he asks you for a friend to duel against. The more active friends you have, the more Vagabonds you will receive and the faster you will level up your characters.
  62. Feel free to post your ID in the thread so people can add you for more Vagabonds.
  64. "What challenge should I give to a friend?"
  65. It is recommended to send one of these three Vagabond challenges to others:
  66. -You cannot Special Summon (3 star)
  67. -Monster effects cannot be used (3 star)
  68. -Both players begin the duel with 3 Monsters on the field (2 star)
  69. The first two give the most potential EXP on winning and are far easier than the one card challenge which only gives the same amount of EXP. The three monster challenge gives slightly less EXP but can be a guaranteed win with a deck where the only monsters you have lock your opponent out of doing anything with Jinzo/Sorcerer of Dark Magic, Horus the Black Flame Dragon LV 8 and Destiny HERO - Plasma. Jinzo/Sorcerer and Plasma are completely free to get while Horus can be substituted with Invader of Darkness if you do not have one.
  71. "What is this Card Trader thing?"
  72. You can use the gold and stones you get from dueling to buy a crafted card selection from the trader or upgrade cards in the pool to glossy/prismatic. Nothing from the card shop is there. The Card Trader EX is a special card trader that only appears in some events that give EX Jewels. These are special jewels that can be obtained in duels during these events and can only be used for the Card Trader EX for cards in that events drop pool. They expire after a certain time.
  74. "What is this "convert cards" thing?"
  76. YET.
  77. You can exchange any card you have for the equivalent in stones (1 rarity stone, 1 card type stone) and gold. However, the rewards are measly. Even if you think that SR/UR you just got as a gift/from opening packs is useless, don't convert it. Many people have regretted it later.
  78. Be careful not to amass too many cards though. If you convert 10000 R cards at once, you will never be able to retrieve the R jewels from your gift box because the limit you can hold is 9999. (This also applies to other jewels)
  80. "What is the modded APK?"
  81. Its been dead for a while now and no new version has been uploaded. If you want to do shit like auto-duel at the gate you need to find or make macros for it.
  83. List of ticket exclusive cards:
  85. N:
  86. Shark Cruiser
  87. Maji-Gire Panda
  88. Return Zombie
  89. Eagle Eye
  90. Hoshiningen
  91. Samsara Kaiser
  92. Impenetrable Formation
  93. Ancient Leaf
  94. Roaring Earth
  95. Commander of Swords
  96. Contact Out
  97. Rabidragon
  98. Cold Feet
  99. Swordsman from a Distant Land
  100. Leogun
  101. Barox
  103. R:
  104. Rare Metal Dragon
  105. Oyster Meister
  106. Kalantosa
  107. Transmodify
  108. The Sanctuary in the Sky
  109. A Feather of the Phoenix
  110. Hallowed Life Barrier
  111. The League of Uniform Nomenclature
  112. Covering Fire
  113. Astral Barrier
  114. Tyranno Infinity
  115. Berserker Crush
  116. Dark Catapulter
  117. Necklace of Command
  118. Flyfang
  119. Horus' Servant
  120. Energy Bravery
  121. Union Rider
  122. Wind Effigy
  123. Shadow Tamer
  124. Really Eternal Rest
  125. Quick-span Knight
  126. Mist Valley Shaman
  127. GB Hunter
  128. Synchro Magnet
  130. SR:
  131. Perfect Machine King
  132. Neo-Parshath the Sky Paladin
  133. Behemoth the King of all Animals
  134. Anteatereatingant
  135. Amulet of Ambition
  136. Creature Seizure
  137. Gravity Blaster
  138. Solemn Scolding
  139. Pikeru's Circle of Enchantment
  140. Legacy of Yata-Garasu
  141. Black Brachios
  142. Phantom Magician
  143. The Light - Hex-Sealed Fusion
  144. Rose Archer
  145. Cyber Archfiend
  146. Throwstone Unit
  147. Maiden of the Aqua
  148. Malevolent Nuzzler
  149. Spellbreaker of the Ice Barrier
  150. Earth Effigy
  151. Djinn Presider of Rituals
  152. Hyper Psychic Blaster
  153. Gem-Turtle
  154. Genesis Dragon
  155. Dwarf Star Dragon Planeter
  156. Fusilier Dragon
  158. UR:
  159. The Big Cattle Drive
  160. Overdone Burial
  161. Dynatherium
  162. Silent Doom
  163. Fiendish Engine Ω
  164. King Dragun
  165. Simorgh, Bird of Ancestry
  166. D.D. Sprite
  167. Vortex the Whirlwind
  168. Avenging Knight Parshath
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