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Plant Monsters in Yu-Gi-Oh!
Plant monsters are a unique breed with various traits. Usually earth or water-attributed, they tend to have lower battle stats and few destructive effects. However, they compensate with swarming, regeneration, and negation, controlling the board and reviving themselves from the graveyard.
Plants are usually pretty tribal, working well with other flora—how can you exploit their powers? Here are ten great Yu-Gi-Oh! plant support cards!
10. Phoenixian Cluster Amaryllis
Cluster's an amazing card that would rank higher if it weren't currently banned. It can't be special summoned except by its own effect (or Phoenixian Seed, but he's pretty bad). However, get Cluster into your graveyard by discarding or milling it; from there, you can special summon it during your end phase in defense position by banishing another graveyard plant monster.
Sure, with 0 DEF he's easy to beat, but still a great way to maintain blockers or tributes for other plant effects, and if Cluster is destroyed, he'll inflict 800 points of effect damage to your opponent as a parting blow.
9. Black Rose Dragon
Type: Synchro Monster
Black Rose is used far and wide as an easy board-wipe, as when synchro summoned, you can (but don't have to) destroy all cards on the field. If you don't, Rose can once per turn banish a plant from your graveyard to switch an opponent's defense position monster to attack and make its ATK 0 for the turn, rendering it easy to destroy in battle (and inflict heavy damage).
Great to splash in any synchro deck, Black Rose now has his own archetype full of main deck supports to consider, like Red, White, and Blue Rose Dragon.
8. Rose Paladin
Oddly, some plant supports stem from warrior-type monsters like Paladin. For a level-4, she has impressive 1800 ATK, and when she destroys a monster in battle, you can tribute her to summon a plant from your hand or deck in defense position.
Or, you can simply use her hand-activated effect, discarding her to add any level 7 or higher plant from deck to hand. Either way, she's great for finding whichever flora you need.
7. Periallis, Empress of Blossoms
Type: Synchro Monster
Periallis here competes with Black Rose as the preferred level-7 synchro for plant themes. While her ATK looks weak at 1600, she gains 400 ATK per your other plant monsters, and 2400 DEF helps survive in a pinch.
More than that, she can once per turn summon a level 5 or higher plant from your hand or graveyard in defense, great for reviving fallen aces and boosting her own stats.
6. Rikka Petal
Petal here works best in her own Rikka archetype but can honestly function in any plant deck. While her stats are both 0, she lets you add a Rikka monster from deck to hand during your main phase, though you can't special summon non-plants for the rest of the turn.
Better yet, during your opponent's end phase, you can special summon Petal from your graveyard if you control no monsters or only plants, providing reusable tribute and link fodder.
Gigaplant's long been a staple in plant decks, and for good reason. As a gemini card, he counts as a normal monster while on the field or in the graveyard (useful for certain effects). But you can normal summon him while fielded to make him an effect card that once per turn summons an insect or plant from your hand or graveyard.
Protect Gigaplant with other effects, and this reusable revival will rapidly swarm your field. Plus, his 2400 ATK is just high enough to qualify for a tutor we'll later see.
4. Rose Girl
Rose Girl's stats are weak, but she's a tuner, helping synchro summon, and you can special summon her from your hand when your face-up plant is sent to the graveyard. Even better, you can once per turn add Rose Girl to hand from the graveyard while there's a face-up plant on the field (even an opponent's).
You can only use one of her effects per turn, but free summons and easy revival make her a plant staple.
3. Aromaseraphy Jasmine
Type: Link Monster
Jasmine prefers her life point-gaining Aroma archetype, but since she accepts any two plants (even tokens) as material, she works well outside it too. Her ATK isn't great at 1800, but while your LP are higher than your opponent's, she and any plants she points to can't be destroyed by battle.
Also, she can tribute a plant she points at to summon a plant from your deck in defense, and when you gain LP, she can once per turn add a plant from deck to hand.
2. Rose Bell of Revelation
This spell simply adds a plant with 2400 or more ATK from deck to hand. Later, you can banish it from your graveyard to summon a plant with 2400+ ATK from hand.
Now, the thing to remember here is you can only use one Rose effect per turn, so you can't use the special summon the same round you tutor, but it's still an excellent way to cast high-level monsters while maintaining card advantage. You can also set it as a bluff to draw removal from your other spells/traps, then later use the GY effect.
Essential to any plant build, Rose Bell is also one of today's cheapest cards, costing well under a single dollar!
1. Lonefire Blossom
Formerly limited, Blossom is now unrestricted, so run as many copies as you like. It simply tributes itself to summon any plant from your deck, no tricks or drawbacks required. Well, technically it tributes a plant, so you could sacrifice a token or something to reuse the effect on a future turn, but usually, you'll sacrifice Blossom itself.
Plus, its 500 ATK is just low enough to qualify for revival with the tuner Debris Dragon, which gives an easy level 7 synchro summon (perhaps into Black Rose Dragon).
Plant Archetypes in Yu-Gi-Oh!
We've seen several great generic plant supports; here's a quick rundown of plant-focused archetypes to cultivate your own greenhouse deck:
- Naturia (Control-based effects that restrict opponent)
- Sylvan (Excavate-empowered swarming)
- Aroma (Cards benefit from having higher LP than opponent)
- Predaplant (Fusion summons and weakening opposing monsters)
- Sunvine/Sunavalon (Defensive link-based theme)
Other prominent plants include the long-banned Dandylion, but for now, vote for your favorite floral support and I'll see you at our next YGO countdown!
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