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Gem Guide

Overview

This is a living guide which automatically updates itself based on daily new top decks and weekly Tier List updates to give you the most up-to-date gem investment advice possible. The green/red arrows — / — found on cards throughout the guide represent recent trends in those cards' usage rates.

Quick Links

  • Recommended Deck: The best deck for new or returning players to pick up and immediately become competitive.
  • Top Staples: All the cards used in multiple top-tier decks; these cards are very flexible and powerful.
  • Trending Cards: Take a look at which cards are currently going up or down in usage.
  • Set Breakdown: Full list of relevant boxes and structure decks along with the most competive cards inside them.
  • Analysis Details: Technical details about how this page chooses what to show and recommend.


Recommended Deck


The average cost to build Six Samurais (Tier 3) is 27,000 gems. This comes from the 22,000 gems needed for the core UR/SR cards:
1x Duel Links Card: Armades,%20Keeper%20of%20Boundaries
2x Duel Links Card: Legendary%20Six%20Samurai%20-%20Shi%20En
1x Duel Links Card: Secret%20Six%20Samurai%20-%20Rihan
3x Duel Links Card: Legendary%20Six%20Samurai%20-%20Kizan
2x Duel Links Card: Six%20Samurai%20United
as well as the core R/N cards: along with the roughly 4,000 gems used for tech cards like Asceticism of the Six Samurai. The rest of the core cards are free to obtain:
1x Duel Links Card: Giganticastle

Other Top Decks:

  1. Ancient Gears (Tier 2) – 25,000 gems + $11
  2. Cyberdarks (Tier 3) – 19,000 gems + $11 ()
  3. Koa'ki Meiru (Tier 3) – 27,000 gems + $11 ()
  4. Amazoness (Tier 3) – 38,000 gems ()
  5. Vampires (Tier 3) – 47,000 gems
  6. Neos (Tier 1) – 41,000 gems + $11
  7. Blue-Eyes (Tier 1) – 42,000 gems + $11
  • These are decks that require significant in-game play time to build. Because they make heavy use of cards from sources like drop rewards, ranked tickets, the Card Trader, and level-up rewards, these decks can be difficult for a new player to obtain.
  • These are decks whose best versions involve the skill KaibaCorp Bling with glossy/prismatic copies of non-free cards. Pursuing these versions can be prohibitively expensive, so proceed with caution.

Note: Before investing in a deck, take the time to look into the play-style of the deck as well as general opinions on the deck. Be sure that you'll enjoy playing the deck and that it's not in danger of suddenly becoming irrelevant.


Top Staples

Warning: Not all box staples are in good boxes. Chasing cards from much older boxes is almost never a good idea for newer players.

Boxes/Structure Decks
Duel Links Card: Sphere%20Kuriboh
Duel Links Card: Karakuri%20Ninja%20mdl%20339%20%22Sazank%22
Duel Links Card: Cosmic%20Cyclone
Duel Links Card: Neos%20Fusion
Duel Links Card: Elemental%20HERO%20Brave%20Neos
Free In-Game
Duel Links Card: Enemy%20Controller
Duel Links Card: Elemental%20HERO%20Neos
Duel Links Card: Lava%20Golem
Duel Links Card: Giganticastle
Duel Links Card: Miracle%20Contact


Trending Cards

On the Rise 

Duel Links Card: Steelswarm%20Girastag
Duel Links Card: Legendary%20Secret%20of%20the%20Six%20Samurai
Duel Links Card: Steelswarm%20Scout

In Decline 

Duel Links Card: Koa'ki%20Meiru%20Sandman
Duel Links Card: Koa'ki%20Meiru%20Urnight
Duel Links Card: Legendary%20Six%20Samurai%20-%20Kageki
Duel Links Card: Twister
Duel Links Card: Asceticism%20of%20the%20Six%20Samurai


Set Breakdown

Boxes and structure decks that are not in the list below have no cards that are frequently used in current top-tier decks. Competitive free-to-play duelists should not invest in them right now.

For more information on each set, the banner images will take you to full overview pages with complete card lists.

SELECTION BOX VOL.02

This box contains support for Neos (Tier 1).

Duel Links Card: Elemental%20HERO%20Nova%20Master
Duel Links Card: Elemental%20HERO%20Gaia

Note: This Selection Box is available until June 10th. Only a limited number of packs can be purchased with gems.

SELECTION BOX MINI VOL.01

This box contains support for Amazoness (Tier 3) and Vampires (Tier 3), as well as multiple popular staple cards.

Duel Links Card: Wall%20of%20Disruption
Duel Links Card: Samurai%20Skull
Duel Links Card: Bacon%20Saver
Duel Links Card: Cosmic%20Cyclone

Note: This Selection Box is available until June 10th. Only a limited number of packs can be purchased with gems.

SELECTION BOX VOL.01

This box contains support for Ancient Gears (Tier 2) and Vampires (Tier 3). Sphere Kuriboh is also one of the best staple cards in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Double%20Cyclone
Duel Links Card: Gozuki
Duel Links Card: Sphere%20Kuriboh

Note: This Selection Box is available until June 10th. Only a limited number of packs can be purchased with gems.

LORDS OF SHINING

This box contains support for Blue-Eyes (Tier 1) and Neos (Tier 1).

Duel Links Card: The%20White%20Stone%20of%20Ancients
Duel Links Card: Elemental%20HERO%20The%20Shining
Duel Links Card: Steelswarm%20Girastag
Duel Links Card: Steelswarm%20Scout

NEOS FUSION

This structure deck contains multiple popular staple cards.

Duel Links Card: Elemental%20HERO%20Brave%20Neos
Duel Links Card: Elemental%20HERO%20Neos%20Knight
Duel Links Card: Neos%20Fusion

Note: This structure deck can only be purchased once with gems. Be careful about pursuing decks that use these cards if you do not want to spend money.

WARRIORS UNITE

This box contains support for Six Samurais (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Legendary%20Six%20Samurai%20-%20Shi%20En
Duel Links Card: Legendary%20Six%20Samurai%20-%20Kizan
Duel Links Card: Legendary%20Six%20Samurai%20-%20Enishi
Duel Links Card: Legendary%20Six%20Samurai%20-%20Kageki
Duel Links Card: Secret%20Six%20Samurai%20-%20Fuma
Duel Links Card: Legendary%20Secret%20of%20the%20Six%20Samurai
Duel Links Card: Six%20Samurai%20United
Duel Links Card: Asceticism%20of%20the%20Six%20Samurai
Duel Links Card: Shien's%20Dojo
Duel Links Card: Six%20Style%20-%20Dual%20Wield

ABSOLUTE INFERNO

This box contains support for Blue-Eyes (Tier 1).

Duel Links Card: Red%20Dragon%20Archfiend

ANCIENT GEAR AWAKENING

This structure deck contains support for Ancient Gears (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Ancient%20Gear%20Reactor%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Ancient%20Gear%20Wyvern
Duel Links Card: Double%20Cyclone
Duel Links Card: Geartown
Duel Links Card: Ancient%20Gear%20Fortress

Note: This structure deck can only be purchased once with gems. Be careful about pursuing decks that use these cards if you do not want to spend money.

Note: Some relevant cards in this structure deck are also currently available in a Selection Box (until June 10th).

REVOLUTION BEGINNING

This box contains support for Neos (Tier 1) and Koa'ki Meiru (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Miracle%20Fusion
Duel Links Card: Diamond%20Core%20of%20Koa'ki%20Meiru

SECRETS OF THE ANCIENTS

Armades, Keeper of Boundaries is a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Armades,%20Keeper%20of%20Boundaries

BLACKSTORM RISING

This box contains support for Ancient Gears (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Breaker%20the%20Magical%20Warrior

THE WHITE DRAGON OF LEGEND

This structure deck contains support for Blue-Eyes (Tier 1).

Duel Links Card: Dragon%20Spirit%20of%20White
Duel Links Card: Cosmo%20Brain

Note: This structure deck can only be purchased once with gems. Be careful about pursuing decks that use these cards if you do not want to spend money.

STARDUST ACCELERATION

This box contains support for Blue-Eyes (Tier 1).

Duel Links Card: Stardust%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Azure-Eyes%20Silver%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Silver's%20Cry

GAIA GENESIS

This box contains support for Neos (Tier 1), Ancient Gears (Tier 2), and Koa'ki Meiru (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Elemental%20HERO%20Gaia
Duel Links Card: Galaxy%20Cyclone
Duel Links Card: Koa'ki%20Meiru%20Sandman
Duel Links Card: Koa'ki%20Meiru%20Urnight
Duel Links Card: Koa'ki%20Meiru%20Maximus
Duel Links Card: Koa'ki%20Meiru%20Ice
Duel Links Card: Iron%20Core%20of%20Koa'ki%20Meiru

Note: Some relevant cards in this box are also currently available in a Selection Box (until June 10th).

EMPIRE OF SCARLET

This box contains support for Vampires (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Vampire%20Retainer
Duel Links Card: Vampire%20Familiar
Duel Links Card: Vampire%20Vamp
Duel Links Card: Vampire%20Kingdom
Duel Links Card: Vampire's%20Desire
Duel Links Card: Vampire's%20Domain
Duel Links Card: Vampire%20Takeover

BURNING NOVA

This box contains support for Neos (Tier 1).

Duel Links Card: Elemental%20HERO%20Nova%20Master

Note: All relevant cards in this box are currently available in a Selection Box (until June 10th).

CRUSADERS' BATTLEGROUNDS

This box contains support for Six Samurais (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Secret%20Six%20Samurai%20-%20Rihan
Duel Links Card: Secret%20Six%20Samurai%20-%20Kizaru

VISIONS OF ICE

Treacherous Trap Hole is a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Treacherous%20Trap%20Hole

VALIANT SOULS

This box contains support for Ancient Gears (Tier 2) and Amazoness (Tier 3). Karakuri Ninja mdl 339 "Sazank" is also a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Double%20Cyclone
Duel Links Card: Paleozoic%20Canadia
Duel Links Card: Amazoness%20Onslaught
Duel Links Card: Karakuri%20Ninja%20mdl%20339%20%22Sazank%22

Note: Some relevant cards in this box are also currently available in a Selection Box (until June 10th).

Warning: Some relevant cards in this box may also be found in newer sets. Think carefully before investing your gems here.

RESONANCE OF CONTRAST

This box contains support for Blue-Eyes (Tier 1) and Vampires (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Snipe%20Hunter
Duel Links Card: Dawn%20Knight
Duel Links Card: Vampire%20Grace

PRIMAL BURST

This box contains support for Six Samurais (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Shien's%20Dojo

Warning: All relevant cards in this box have been reprinted in newer sets. Be extremely cautious about investing your gems here.

BLADES OF SPIRITS

Elemental HERO Neos Knight is a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Elemental%20HERO%20Neos%20Knight

Warning: All relevant cards in this box have been reprinted in newer sets. Be extremely cautious about investing your gems here.

GALACTIC ORIGIN

Cosmic Cyclone is a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Cosmic%20Cyclone

Note: All relevant cards in this box are currently available in a Selection Box (until June 10th).

SERVANTS OF KINGS

This box contains support for Amazoness (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Wall%20of%20Disruption

Note: All relevant cards in this box are currently available in a Selection Box (until June 10th).

GENERATION NEXT

This box contains support for Amazoness (Tier 3) and Vampires (Tier 3). Bacon Saver is also a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Floodgate%20Trap%20Hole
Duel Links Card: Samurai%20Skull
Duel Links Card: Bacon%20Saver

Note: Some relevant cards in this box are also currently available in a Selection Box (until June 10th).

CRIMSON KINGDOM

This box contains support for Vampires (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Gozuki

Note: All relevant cards in this box are currently available in a Selection Box (until June 10th).

CHAOTIC COMPLIANCE

This box contains support for Neos (Tier 1).

Duel Links Card: Gale%20Lizard

THE ULTIMATE RISING

This box contains support for Ancient Gears (Tier 2). Sphere Kuriboh is also one of the best staple cards in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Twister
Duel Links Card: Sphere%20Kuriboh

Note: Some relevant cards in this box are also currently available in a Selection Box (until June 10th).

FREE IN-GAME SOURCES

The best cards from free, in-game sources consist of support for Blue-Eyes (Tier 1), Neos (Tier 1), Amazoness (Tier 3), and Cyberdarks (Tier 3), as well as multiple popular staple cards.

Duel Links Card: Blue-Eyes%20White%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: A/D%20Changer
Duel Links Card: Amazoness%20Princess
Duel Links Card: Amazoness%20Queen
Duel Links Card: Amazoness%20Swords%20Woman
Duel Links Card: Jade%20Insect%20Whistle
Duel Links Card: Amazoness%20Willpower
Duel Links Card: Cyberdark%20Edge
Duel Links Card: Tackle%20Crusader
Duel Links Card: Cyberdark%20Cannon
Duel Links Card: Giganticastle
Duel Links Card: Lava%20Golem
Duel Links Card: Elemental%20HERO%20Neos
Duel Links Card: Miracle%20Contact
Duel Links Card: Enemy%20Controller


Analysis Details

This page works by analyzing recent top decks from the past few weeks, automatically accounting for any changes to the Forbidden/Limited List and Tier List. Only cards which are used in those decks above a certain "usage threshold rate" are counted on this page, so the cards you see above are guaranteed to have been successful in multiple top decks from multiple players.

A "staple" card is classified as any card which is commonly used in multiple top-tier decks. Cards may shift from being staples to being classified as "archetype-specific support" if all but one of the decks using that card fall off the Tier List. Similarly, cards may become staples as other decks that use the card are promoted on to the Tier List.

The recommended deck is the best, most accessible deck on the Tier List, perfect for new or returning players. The price of each deck is estimated by looking at the "core" cards and then factoring in how expensive common "tech" cards are. If you're instead looking for information on one of the non-recommended decks, the deck-type pages have full statistical breakdowns of the cards used in every deck.