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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 Dinos (Tier 2) is 19,000 gems (). This comes from the 10,000 gems needed for the core UR/SR cards:
1x Duel Links Card: Megalosmasher%20X
as well as the core R/N cards:
  • 2x Babycerasaurus
  • 3x Paleozoic Marrella
along with the roughly 9,000 gems used for tech cards like Paleozoic Canadia. The rest of the core cards are free to obtain:
2x Duel Links Card: Evilswarm%20Salamandra
1x Duel Links Card: Giant%20Rex
2x Duel Links Card: Enemy%20Controller
3x Duel Links Card: Survival's%20End

Other Top Decks:

  1. Koa'ki Meiru (Tier 2) – 33,000 gems
  2. Amazoness (Tier 2) – 32,000 gems ()
  3. Karakuri (Tier 3) – 37,000 gems
  4. Masked Heroes (Tier 2) – 41,000 gems
  5. Ancient Gears (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.

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: Paleozoic%20Canadia
Duel Links Card: Floodgate%20Trap%20Hole
Duel Links Card: Cosmic%20Cyclone
Duel Links Card: Offerings%20to%20the%20Doomed
Duel Links Card: Mirror%20Wall
Free In-Game
Duel Links Card: Enemy%20Controller


Trending Cards

On the Rise 

Duel Links Card: Skull%20Meister
Duel Links Card: Cosmic%20Cyclone

In Decline 

Duel Links Card: Fossil%20Dig
Duel Links Card: Paleozoic%20Canadia
Duel Links Card: Swamp%20Mirrorer
Duel Links Card: Unending%20Nightmare


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.

ABSOLUTE INFERNO

This box contains support for Amazoness (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Bad%20Aim

ANCIENT GEAR AWAKENING

This structure deck contains support for Ancient Gears (Tier 1).

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.

REVOLUTION BEGINNING

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

Duel Links Card: Unending%20Nightmare
Duel Links Card: Koa'ki%20Meiru%20Wall
Duel Links Card: Diamond%20Core%20of%20Koa'ki%20Meiru
Duel Links Card: Karakuri%20Shogun%20mdl%2000%20%22Burei%22
Duel Links Card: Karakuri%20Komachi%20mdl%20224%20%22Ninishi%22
Duel Links Card: Karakuri%20Merchant%20mdl%20177%20%22Inashichi%22
Duel Links Card: Karakuri%20Soldier%20mdl%20236%20%22Nisamu%22
Duel Links Card: Karakuri%20Strategist%20mdl%20248%20%22Nishipachi%22
Duel Links Card: Karakuri%20Cash%20Cache
Duel Links Card: Karakuri%20Anatomy

SECRETS OF THE ANCIENTS

This box contains support for Karakuri (Tier 3).

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

BLACKSTORM RISING

This box contains support for Ancient Gears (Tier 1).

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

STARDUST ACCELERATION

This box contains support for Karakuri (Tier 3). Offerings to the Doomed is also a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Stardust%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Offerings%20to%20the%20Doomed

GAIA GENESIS

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

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

BURNING NOVA

This box contains support for Dinos (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Megalosmasher%20X

VALIANT SOULS

This box contains support for Ancient Gears (Tier 1), Amazoness (Tier 2), Dinos (Tier 2), Masked Heroes (Tier 2), and Karakuri (Tier 3). Paleozoic Canadia is also a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Double%20Cyclone
Duel Links Card: Amazoness%20Baby%20Tiger
Duel Links Card: Amazoness%20Onslaught
Duel Links Card: Paleozoic%20Marrella
Duel Links Card: Masked%20HERO%20Anki
Duel Links Card: Mask%20Change
Duel Links Card: Karakuri%20Anatomy
Duel Links Card: Paleozoic%20Canadia

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

RAMPAGE OF THE FOREST

This box contains support for Karakuri (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Hey,%20Trunade!

DESTINY RULERS

This structure deck contains support for Masked Heroes (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Destiny%20HERO%20-%20Celestial
Duel Links Card: Destiny%20HERO%20-%20Drilldark

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.

BLADES OF SPIRITS

This box contains support for Dinos (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Sabersaurus

GALACTIC ORIGIN

Cosmic Cyclone is a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Cosmic%20Cyclone

SERVANTS OF KINGS

This box contains support for Amazoness (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Wall%20of%20Disruption

GENERATION NEXT

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

Duel Links Card: Floodgate%20Trap%20Hole

CHAOTIC COMPLIANCE

This box contains support for Dinos (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Babycerasaurus

VALKYRIE'S RAGE

This box contains support for Masked Heroes (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Xing%20Zhen%20Hu

NEO-IMPACT

Mirror Wall is a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Mirror%20Wall

FREE IN-GAME SOURCES

The best cards from free, in-game sources consist of support for Ancient Gears (Tier 1), Amazoness (Tier 2), Dinos (Tier 2), Masked Heroes (Tier 2), and Karakuri (Tier 3). Enemy Controller is also one of the best staple cards in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Skull%20Meister
Duel Links Card: Amazoness%20Princess
Duel Links Card: Amazoness%20Queen
Duel Links Card: Amazoness%20Swords%20Woman
Duel Links Card: Amazoness%20Willpower
Duel Links Card: Evilswarm%20Salamandra
Duel Links Card: Giant%20Rex
Duel Links Card: Fossil%20Dig
Duel Links Card: Swamp%20Mirrorer
Duel Links Card: Survival's%20End
Duel Links Card: Destiny%20HERO%20-%20Decider
Duel Links Card: Destiny%20Draw
Duel Links Card: Giganticastle
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.


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