It’s time to d-d-d-d-duel!! The legendary CCG Yu-Gi-Oh! finally comes to mobile platforms in the form of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links! Duelists from around the globe are emerging and now’s your chance to challenge them all! Duel Links features the same great Yu-Gi-Oh! card gameplay you know and love, all wrapped up in an easy-to-pick-up mobile package. We’ve got a couple tips to help you get started, so here’s our Yu-Gi-Oh! cheats, tips and tricks strategy guide!

1. Complete the Duel Quizzes!

When you reach Stage 4, one of your missions will be to complete the the Duel Quizzes up to 1-5. We recommend that you continue onward and complete all of the 1 star quizzes as you’ll receive some essential cards as rewards. Completing quiz 1-6 will reward you with Block Attack, a spell card that forces monsters in attack position to switch to defense position. Quiz 1-7 rewards you with Banner of Courage, a spell card that boosts your monsters’ ATK. Quiz 1-11 has the Remove Trap spell card that does exactly what it sounds like it would do. These are all very helpful cards so it’s in your best interest to complete them as soon as you can.

2. Use your UR cards!

From the launch celebration event you’ll find three Ultra Rare cards waiting for you in the gift box. These cards are Dark Magician (the one Yugi has), Blue-Eyes White Dragon, and Red-Eyes Black Dragon. These cards are level 7 and 8 cards, which means you’ll need to do tribute summoning. Build a deck around these awesome cards to really stomp your foes! Just make sure not too use too many of them in one deck; two ultra rare cards is a good starting point.

3. General deck strategies!

Having trouble putting together a deck of your liking? Here’s some pointers:

  • A majority of your deck should be comprised for 1-4 star monsters. Consider these monsters as your early game offense and defense, as you’ll be using them to defend yourself and chip away at your opponent while you build up to stronger monsters.
  • You should also have a couple of spell cards in your deck as well. Try to have an even mix of offensive spells, buff spells, and utility spells. Offensive spells like Raimei can help pressure your opponent while you buff your own monsters with cards like Dragon Treasure (+300 ATK and DEF to Dragon-types). Utility spells are perhaps the most useful but require precision timing to be used effectively. Block Attack and Stop Defense are prime examples. Using these cards at the perfect time can really put your opponent in a bad spot.
  • Trap cards are a little more situational. These cards are designed to counter very specific things, so you’ll need an idea of what kind of cards your opponent will be using. Use your own discretion when including these into your deck.
  • R and UR or Rare/Ultra Rare cards usually come in the form of 6+ star and above monsters. These guys are real powerhouses of your deck. As we mentioned above, try not to have too many of them in your deck as you’ll find yourself in situations without any summonable monsters. Keep in mind that you’ll need to ritual summon these guys so you’ll have to work around them. When played correctly however these monsters can easily win the game for you. Just be careful – as you learned in the Duel Quizzes, with the right monsters, spells, or traps, your UR monsters can go down just as fast as regular monsters if not properly guarded!

4. Know when to attack and defend!

Placing a monster in defense position will force incoming attacks to go against their defense stat instead of their attack stat. Even if a monster is defeated in defense position, you won’t receive any damage to your LP. Knowing when to place a monster in attack or defense position is a crucial part of strategy, so study the situation and your current hand to figure out the best outcome! This is why we emphasize cards like Block Attack as they can really throw a wrench in your opponent’s plans.

We’ve got a lot of to cover still, but that’s all we have for now. If you have any other tips or tricks for Duel Links, let us know in the comments below!

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