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Missing: Number Monsters

August 16th, 2016

Meanwhile in the original Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL universe, we know that all of the “Number” cards were eventually gathered by Astral, but not all of them were actually seen on screen. Dragons of Legend: Unleashed will unleash 6 more of these “missing” Numbers on the Dueling world, and you can get a sneak peek at them right now!

If Number 39: Utopia had nightmares about being pulled into the bathroom mirror and trapped there eternally by a twisted reflection of itself, Number 98: Antitopian would be that twisted reflection. Its first effect is effectively the same thing as Utopia’s in that it’s a Trigger Effect that you activate when a monster declares an attack that stops the attack. Just not by negating the attack like Utopia does. The second effect of Number 98: Antitopian is the whole “dragging Utopia into the mirror and replacing it” thing, so I guess the moral of the story here is don’t turn your back on a cracked mirror.

Number 59: Crooked Cook
looks like he should have bid a little more aggressively on the “have to do all of your cooking with a hand-mounted backpack flamethrower” sabotage, but he’s still giving it his all. This is a “build around me” card if ever there was one. You Summon it with any 2 Level 4 monsters as Xyz Material, and if you control no other cards, Number 59 becomes unaffected by the effects of other cards. Furthermore, you can detach an Xyz Material during either player’s turn to wipe the field of all your other cards and have Number 59 gain 300 ATK for the rest of the turn for each monster you destroyed and sent to the Graveyard with that effect. Pack your Deck full of things that want to be destroyed, like “Artifact” monsters, and you can pull some pretty slick combos with this card. Watch out though because the destruction and ATK gain are sequential, not simultaneous.

Another variant on the Raigeki Bottle concept, once Number 51: Finisher the Strong Arm battles 3 times, detaching 1 Material at the end of each fight, it gains the ability to wipe out every card your opponent controls at the end of every Battle Phase that it battles in. Furthermore, Number 51 can’t be destroyed by battle at all, making it that much easier to keep it around long enough for the requisite battles. The Xyz Materials here are 3 Level 3 monsters, which happens to be one of the Levels with a lot of easy, free Special Summons available.

Number 45: Crumble Logos the Prophet of Demolition
will leave you short of breath if you try to use its name more than once in a complete sentence. It’s made of 2 or more Level 2 monsters, making it a great way to clear out space on your side of the field while offering a powerful disruptive effect. Once per turn you can detach 1 Xyz Material to negate the effects of a face-up card your opponent controls for as long as Number 45 is face-up on the field. But that’s not all: for as long as the targeted card is face-up on the field, all copies of that card and their effects can’t be activated. The most practical application of this is as a silver bullet against Decks reliant on extremely powerful Field Spells. Shutting off the effects of Necrovalley or Kozmotown while preventing your opponent from playing a new copy can leave their associated Decks underpowered and searching for answers.


Number 78: Number Archive can do just about everything, but it also might do a whole lot of nothing. It depends on how you construct your Extra Deck – how many cards you put in it, whether or not you’re using Pendulum Monsters, and whether you’re going to use cards other than “Number” monsters. During either player’s turn you can detach a Material from Number Archive to force your opponent to choose a random card from your Extra Deck. If it’s a “Number” monster between 1 and 99, you Summon it using Number Archive as its Material and transfer over the remaining Material from Number Archive. The monster is banished during the End Phase and you can’t Special Summon for the rest of the turn you use this effect, but for one shining moment you can have access to a ridiculously powerful effect that your Deck has no business using.

This monster is useful in situations where you get a lot of Level 1 monsters for free, like using Machine Duplication on SPYRAL Quik-Fix, and reaches peak entertainment value when you hit Number 7: Lucky Straight and then roll a 6 + 1 to wipe the board and swing for 4200. A less flashy but more reliable outcome would be hitting Number 77: The Seven Sins, and if you’re looking for something you might want to play on your opponent’s turn, we’d recommend the last of the missing Numbers from Dragons of Legend: Unleashed


Number 24: Dragulas the Vampiric Dragon is currently the only known Wyrm-Type “Number” monster and it’s the perfect thing to Summon with Number Archive because of its Quick Effect that can change a monster Special Summoned from the Extra Deck to face-down Defense Position. The best target for that ability is Dragulas itself: by flipping Dragulas face-down you bypass Number Archive’s banishing effect and set yourself up to use another one of Dragulas’ abilities. If it’s flipped face-up you send any 1 card on the field to the Graveyard. This effect doesn’t target and doesn’t destroy anything, allowing it bypass most forms of protection that a monster might have. Dragulas also has a unique protective effect of its own. If your opponent banishes it or sends it to the Graveyard with a card effect while its face-up, you can Special Summon it back to the field face-down, setting you up to flip it again and send another card to the Graveyard. One thing to note here is that you’ll only be able to flip Dragulas face-down with its own ability once, as being flipped face-down makes it no longer “Special Summoned from the Extra Deck”.

Dragons of Legend: Unleashed is almost here! Look for it this Friday, the 19th!