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How to Summon Link Monsters in Yu-Gi-Oh!
Link monsters can only exist in attack position, but they compensate with versatile summoning conditions and arrows that point to other zones, allowing additional link summons.
To link, check a link monster's requirements and link rating. The above Decode Talker has a link rating of three and requires effect monsters as material, so you could use any three effect monsters to summon him. However, he says "2+" effect monsters—this is because you can use a link-two or higher monster to count as multiple materials. So you could also summon Decode Talker using Wee Witch's Apprentice (who has a link rating of 2) and any other effect monster.
Of course, link monsters enjoy their own batch of support cards, often monsters that reward you for using them as link material—here are ten great cards to use for link summoning in Yu-Gi-Oh!
Scapegoat summons four tokens, weak fodder that nonetheless block hits. You can't summon other monsters the turn you play Scapegoat, but since it's a quick-play, you can simply use it on an opponent's round to sidestep this restriction.
If any of your tokens survive combat, they make great material for link monsters that accept them—since they're earth attribute, you can use two of them for Aussa the Earth Charmer, Immovable. If the other two tokens are still around, you can use them and Aussa for Unchained Abomination, netting a link-four beatstick off of one card!
9. Marincess Blue Tang
Normal or special summoning Blue Tang sends another Marincess from deck to GY, often Mandarin (who can revive herself by controlling two Marincesses). From there, use Blue Tang as link material (Marincesses have several link-1 options); when used to summon a water link monster, Tang reveals your deck's top three cards and adds any Marincess card (even a spell/trap) from deck to hand.
The Marciness archetype is pretty restrictive, so you're either running them or not, but if you are, you definitely want Blue Tang's link-easing powers.
8. Salamangreat Fennec
Fennec can summon itself from hand or graveyard when a cyberse-type link monster is destroyed by your opponent's card, but doing so will banish Fennec when he leaves the field (though you can avoid this by using him as xyz material).
Either way, when you summon a link-two or higher cyberse monster using Fennec, he adds a Salamangreat normal spell from deck to hand. Like the Marincessess, you're either in the archetype or not, but Fennec deserves mention, especially since Salamangreats have seen competitive success in the past.
7. Prank-Kids Dropsies
Dropsies is one of several Prank-Kids that gains 1000 life and summons a differently-named Prank-Kids from hand or deck when sent to the graveyard as fusion or link material of a Prank-Kids monster.
What can I say; that's simply a versatile effect with numerous applications. I've seen Dropsies win tournament games when time ran out at the start of the third round (in best-2-of-3), where the player with higher life points wins. The opponent hadn't been hit, but the 1000 bonus life gave the win.
6. Stack Reviver
Moving away from archetype-specific cards to more general monsters, you'll want to use Reviver as material alongside another level four or lower cyberse monster; doing so lets Reviver, well, revive that monster in defense position. HIs dark attribute also means he synergizes with cards like Allure of Darkness.
5. Firewall Guardian
Guardian has strong DEF for his level at 2000, but more than that, he revives himself when used as link material for a cyberse monster, banishing himself when he leaves the field.
Try getting him back in your graveyard by using him as xyz material, as he has an interesting GY effect, letting you banish Guardian when your link monster battles another link monster to negate the attack and make the opposing monster's ATK 0 for the turn.
4. Formud Skipper
Skipper lets you reveal a link monster in your extra deck to let you treat him as having that card's name, type, and attribute (but sadly not link rating) when used as link material. This accesses tons of hard-to-get cards, and when used as link material, Skipper searches a level 5 or higher cyberse monster from your deck.
3. Noctovision Dragon
Noctovision Dragon has 0 ATK but 2800 DEF, so he's a powerful blocker, and despite his high level, he's easy to summon, casting himself from hand when you special summon a different dark dragon. From there, use him as link material to gain a bonus draw.
But wait, there's more! You can banish Noctovision from your graveyard to negate an opponent's effect that targets at least one of your face-down cards and prevent them from targeting those cards for the rest of the turn.
This effect makes Noctovision a great target to mill with Dragon Shrine; no matter how you use him, he's mercifully cheap, costing well under one dollar!
2. Micro Coder
When you link summon a Code Talker monster using a cyberse monster, you can also use Coder from your hand, great since it preserves your normal summon for other materials.
Plus, when used as link material, Coder searches a Cynet spell/trap, or can instead search a level four or lower cyberse if sent from the field. Either way, you're getting bonus cards plus the ability to access materials from hand, just like with . . .
1. Code Exporter
Like Coder, Exporter can be used as material from hand when summoning a Code Talker using a cyberse monster on the field. When used as link material, Exporter can add a level four or lower cyberse from your graveyard to hand, or if used on the field, special summon it with effects negated.
Like before, we've got easy summoning alongside advantage, and I like that Exporter's level 5 means you can add him with Formud Skipper.
Advantages to Link Summoning
Compared to other extra deck summons, link summoning has several advantages; you don't need a spell (fusion) or to tinker with levels (synchro/xyz). Many link monsters even accept tokens as part of their cost, and their link ratings reduce the cost of summoning higher-link monsters.
Mastering link summons is key to dueling, and we'll see where the game evolves from here, but for now, vote for your favorite link material and I'll see you at our next Yu-Gi-Oh countdown!
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