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6 Spell Cards for Any Yu-Gi-Oh Deck

Jeremy enjoys dueling in between working as a chemical analyst and campus building manager.

Spell Cards

Easy, C-A-R-D-S. Oh, not that kind of spell? Spells, Magic, whatever you prefer to call them, these green-backgrounded cards have been with duelists since the advent of Yu-Gi-Oh. With literally thousands to choose from, players often struggle to find the best ones for their decks. So today, we'll begin reviewing sets of six to fit snugly into just about any assortment of cards!

No worries, we're not putting banned cards on today's list; we all know Pot of Greed will clean house anywhere. Limited (one copy allowed) and Semi-Limited (two copies) will be present, though.

Pot of Duality

Pot of Duality

6. Pot of Duality

Yikes, now there's a pot only a mother could love, with Lord Voldemort sticking out the back. Still, Pot of Duality functions well in almost any deck. It lets you "excavate" (look at) the top three cards of your deck, pick one to add to your hand, then shuffle the others back into the deck.

Basically, you're trading Duality for a card of your choice, allowing you to draw what you want when you need it. The catch? You can't Special Summon during the turn you activate this card.

Still, you can Normal Summon, and its benefit typically outweighs waiting one turn to Special Summon. Give it a chance, especially in decks where you absolutely need to draw specific cards.

Swords of Revealing Light

Swords of Revealing Light

5. Swords of Revealing Light

A card that's gradually drifted from forbidden to completely unrestricted, Swords of Revealing Light has defended duelists for years. Play it, and you'll automatically flip over all your opponent's face-down monsters. Even better, Swords will remain on the field for three turns, and during that time, your opponent cannot attack you in. Not in the game anyway. Watch out in real life, duelists are a fickle, often caffeinated species, prone to strike at any moment.

Three turns of protection (assuming it isn't destroyed) plus a free monster reveal? Yes, please.

Pot of Desires

Pot of Desires

4. Pot of Desires

Infamous Pot of Greed draws twice, but probably won't get unbanned without an errata. This substitute offers the same effect, with the drawback of first banishing your deck's top ten cards face-down (so only you can see them).

As long as you're not up against a mill deck, odds are slim you'll deck-out, making the cost here largely irrelevant. Plus, it can empower banish effects on cards like Eater of Millions



3. Raigeki

Uh-oh. Your opponent has filled all five monster slots with powerful behemoths ready to tear you apart. Blue Eyes-White Dragon, Dark Magician, and even the mighty Basic Insect stare you down. What can you do?

Enter Raigeki, young duelist. Whip out this Spell, and (for no cost) all your opponent's monsters are destroyed. Also, since it doesn't target them, it can eliminate pesky creatures with effects that prevent them from being targeted. This amazing card was long banned, but it recently moved to the limited classification, allowing one in your deck.

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It's probably the best of today's cards, but pretend I didn't say that and you didn't already know it so we can draw (no pun intended) attention to cards that aren't restricted.

Harpie's Feather Duster

Harpie's Feather Duster

2. Harpie's Feather Duster

After years of being banned, this one's finally been bumped to limited. Duster simply destroys all opposing spells/traps, with no cost are drawbacks! While many modern spells and traps have beneficial destruction effects, this is still a brutal nuke that can potentially eliminate six cards in one (including the field spell).

Non-limited spells to eliminate spells/traps include Mystical Space Typhoon and Twin Twisters.

Supply Squad

Supply Squad

1. Supply Squad

Where do you think the phrase "Squad Goals" came from? Well okay, not here, but still, Supply Squad solidifies many a victory. It's a Continuous Spell, staying on the field until it's destroyed. During that time, once per turn, whenever a monster of yours perishes, you draw one card. This takes something normally bad (your monster being destroyed—do I really have to spell this out?) and cushions the blow by refilling your hand whenever it happens.

The best part? Though it will only work once per turn, this effect can activate on both players' turns, meaning you'll rapidly bring in reinforcements. Give this awesome card a try and see if you love it as much as I do.

Spell Trivia

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. Which card is an Equip Spell?
    • Premature Burial
    • Monster Reborn
    • Call of the Haunted
    • Charizard
  2. Which Spell raises a monster's Attack stat by 1000?
    • Axe of Might
    • Axe of Bloodlust
    • Axe of Despair
    • Axe Body Spray
  3. What does the Spell "Where Arf Thou?" do?
    • Adds a Level One monster from your deck to the hand.
    • Adds a Level Two monster from your deck to the hand.
    • Adds a Level Three monster from your deck to the hand.
    • There's no way that's a legit Spell card.

Answer Key

  1. Premature Burial
  2. Axe of Despair
  3. Adds a Level One monster from your deck to the hand.

Interpreting Your Score

If you got 0 correct answers: You missed them all, ya dingus.

If you got 1 correct answer: One out of three. Yikes.

If you got 2 correct answers: Not bad!

If you got 3 correct answers: Perfect, great job!

Your Vote

Gone are the dark dueling days where hand replenishment cards were few and far between. Thanks to non-banned options like Supply Squad and Shard of Greed, Yu-Gi-Oh has developed into a more natural, strategic contest, and I hope it continues to grow as time passes.

Heck, even the anime has drastically improved; Arc-V set a new bar for what Yu-Gi-Oh anime should be, despite having a protagonist with hair that resembles a Christmas Tomato.

Feel free to vote for your favorite card in the poll to the right, and I'll see you at our next countdown!

© 2016 Jeremy Gill


BEWARE DANGER on June 21, 2018:

Thanks for the reply

Jeremy Gill (author) from Louisiana on June 20, 2018:


Definitely! For those who don't know, Poison of the Old Man can either heal you 1200 life points or inflict 800 damage to your opponent. Both are nice abilities, and the option to adjust your choice depending on the duel's situation lends the card extra versatility.

BEWARE DANGER on December 08, 2017:

Also would poison of the old man count on this list?

BEWARE DANGER on November 24, 2017:

Thanks for the reply!

Jeremy Gill (author) from Louisiana on November 21, 2017:


I'm no legal expert, but as long as you don't sell proxies claiming to be the real thing (and their flimsy paper status should prevent that confusion) you're fine. They probably won't be accepted in tournaments but most groups are cool with it in casual play.

BEWARE DANGER on November 19, 2017:

Could you please tell me is printing fake cards illegal?

Jeremy Gill (author) from Louisiana on November 17, 2017:


Yes, wikis can be edited, but very few people have the time and desire to purposefully corrupt Yu-Gi-Oh cards. It's a concise way to search for any card, and you can easily confirm its knowledge on other sites.

As far as card prices go, since you're already playing casual matches, consider using proxies (printed paper cards in sleeves with any real card behind them for structure).

BEWARE DANGER on November 16, 2017:

Oh, sorry about that please ignore my previous comment as I have found the email, well thank you very much for the advice also the answer is yes my deck isn't based on tournament rules so I am aware that it contains banned cards. The only reason I don't use harpies feather duster and raigeki is because they cost too much on ebay: harpies feather duster, $10.00, raigeki: $30.00 but thanks for replying, also I will remove winged kuriboh as you requested.

BEWARE DANGER on November 16, 2017:

Um, could you tell where do find the email?

BEWARE DANGER on November 16, 2017:

I'm very sorry, but rule number 4, never trust anything that has wiki in it's name! Because ANYONE can edit the info making it fake

Jeremy Gill (author) from Louisiana on November 16, 2017:

Sure, check it out for yourself on the yugioh wiki for more details. Chimeratech just needs Cyber Dragon and one or more Machine monsters on *either* field.

Meaning if an Extra Deck has some spare room, might as well throw one in!

BEWARE DANGER on November 16, 2017:

Thanks for replying, also is it actually true that you can summon Chimeratech Fortress Dragon using your opponent's monsters and for a fact, one of the players I duel against has a overpowering deck based on cyber dragons and with it he can defeat me in one turn!

Jeremy Gill (author) from Louisiana on November 14, 2017:


Yes, I emailed you back. As a general tip to you and other duelists, don't leave your Extra Deck empty even if you don't think it'll help much. You can always find some Xyz monsters with ranks that match your levels, and if you use any tuners, you might as well toss in some Synchros.

If absolutely nothing else, throw in a few creatures like "Chimeratech Fortress Dragon", which can be summoned using your opponent's monsters!

BEWARE DANGER on November 14, 2017:

Did you get my decklist?

BEWARE DANGER on November 13, 2017:

Well, the thing is I don't use a extra deck for my defense deck and it's not based on tournament rules (contains banned cards) and I'll contact you as soon as possible, thanks for replying!

Jeremy Gill (author) from Louisiana on November 13, 2017:


Sure, feel free to send me a quick decklist using the "contact author" feature above. Don't forget to include the Extra Deck too!

BEWARE DANGER on November 12, 2017:

And about the dare of shard of greed I've found out a deck it wouldn't fit in an anti-spell defense deck

BEWARE DANGER on November 12, 2017:

Well, thanks for the reply anyways. Also you please help me with my deck, I've been recently losing against many other players and I think I need a expert to check it who can actually help me. If you're willing to help, please send me a reply.

Jeremy Gill (author) from Louisiana on November 12, 2017:


I hate to give such a vague answer, but it really does depend on the deck. Shard relies on sticking around for a few turns, making it good for builds with enough defense to ensure you'll have time to use it.

It also depends on much you need its card-advantage benefits. Decks that already have strong draw capabilities, like the Gishki or Scrap archetypes, have less use of such functions. Hope this helps!

Oh, and I very much agree Messenger of Peace is a superb defense tactic, though it can potentially protect your opponent too.

BEWARE DANGER on November 12, 2017:

Hey jeremy, could you please tell me what is the best number/quantity of shard of greeds you should have in a deck

BEWARE DANGER on November 05, 2017:

I think raigeki should be banned for a good reason, also since I play with a defense deck, in my opinion I think messenger of peace is much better than swords

Jeremy Gill (author) from Louisiana on October 15, 2017:


Three, Swords isn't limited in any way!


Thanks man! Shard is definitely showing some signs of age, though I still think it's a decent-enough way to soon gain card advantage, and it doesn't rely on other cards or a full Graveyard. Like you said though, it may be a bit slow for the age of super-fast Pendulum Summons. I'm curious to see the effects of Link Summoning, which I predict will slow the game somewhat, and possibly make long-term options like it viable again.

me on September 17, 2017:

how many sword of revealing light can i have in my deck for 2017

Forgedphoenix09 on May 23, 2017:

I lost my supply squad card but that is undoubtedly one of the best spells I have

7531yo on December 18, 2016:

The good ol' MST. A legend of Blue-Eyes white dragon original, it is still one of the most overused spell/trap destruction cards today.

Zeron87 on November 06, 2016:

I had to vote for Swords of Revealing Light because I loooovvvve my Majespecters, and if you can't destroy my monsters by targeting them or by card effect, what can you do ^_^? The duelist in me winces at Shard of Greed though (it's too slow in today's game, IMO), but thinks Supply Squad is underestimated. Informative and funny hub, man. Keep 'em coming.

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