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Luck is a Part of Skill Farming: A Guide

Introduction

Hello and Welcome Duel Links Meta Fans! My Name is Jadehex, and I'm your residential Farm Expert. I am also one of the few people in DLM with every single Skill currently in Duel Links (and I usually get all the Skills for new Legendary Duelists within a few days), so I decided to share my experience on obtaining Skills with you guys.

Overview

As you should already know, Skills are one of the major differing factors between the Speed Duel Format of Duel Links and the TCG. Each Legendary Duelist has roughly 13 Skills attributed to them: some of which come from a generic pool and some of which are unique to them. These Skills are obtained through 1 of 3 possible ways: Level-Up, Drop Reward, or Event Reward.

Take Yami Yugi, for example, who has 17 different Skills as follows:

Skill Generic or Unique Method of Obtaining
Spell Specialist Generic Drop Reward
Sorcery Conduit Exclusive Level-Up
Power of Dark Generic Level-Up
Master of Magicians Generic Event Reward
LP Boost Gamma Generic Drop Reward
LP Boost Beta Generic Drop Reward
LP Boost Alpha Generic Drop Reward
Draw Sense: Spell/Trap Generic Level-Up
Draw Sense: Low-Level Generic Drop Reward
Draw Sense: FIRE Generic Drop Reward
Draw Sense: EARTH Generic Drop Reward
Draw Sense: DARK Generic Drop Reward
Draw Pass Generic Drop Reward
Destiny Draw Exclusive Drop Reward
Card of Sanctity Exclusive Event Reward
Balance Generic Drop Reward
A Card Entrusted Exclusive Event Reward

While Level-Up and Event Rewards are pretty self-explanatory, we're going to focus on the Drop Reward Skills, as they involve the most effort to obtain through Skill Farming.


What Is Skill Farming?

Skill Farming is the process of Dueling with the express intent of obtaining Skills via Drop Rewards. In order to obtain a Skill for any given character, you must Duel with said character (either against Legendary Duelists or other players in the PVP Arena). For example, if we want to obtain Destiny Draw for our Cyberdark Deck, we need to duel with Yami Yugi, as it's a Skill exclusive to him. We're going to cover Skill Farming both through PVP and Legendary Duelists, as different players prefer different methods, depending on what they value.

In either case, a "Skill Farming Deck" is a deck that can be used without relying on any particular Skill, and as such is usable by any Legendary Duelist to obtain Skills for said Duelist.


Skill Farming Through PVP

To obtain Skills through PVP all you have to do is use the desired Legendary Duelist in either Ranked Duels or Casual Duels. This method requires the least amount of thought as all you're doing is playing the game. It also helps you make progress towards your Monthly Ranked Duels Rewards. However, it's also the most RNG/Luck intensive, as while the PVP Drop pool isn't as crowded (since you cannot receive Cards as PVP Drop Rewards), you also receive less rewards on average (since PVP duels usually don't have very high Duel Assesments). I personally don't reccomend this method because of its high variance of success.

There are two generally reccomended methods of PVP Farming: OTK Decks and Suicide Decks. In either case I would reccomend using Results Boosters to maximize your Drop Chance.

OTK Decks

The aim of these Decks are to end the Duel quickly in order to get a relatively high Duel Assessment as frequent as possible. Decks like Ultimate Ancient Gear Golem, Six Samurai and Cyber Angels also have the benefit of getting the "3000+ Damage", "Fusion Summon", "Synchro Summon" and/or "Ritual Summon" bonuses to further boost their Duel Assessment. Although you can use any viable PVP deck for this method, it is important that the Deck can be used without relying on any particular Skill, as it must be usable on any Character.

Duel Links Card: Ancient%20Gear%20Golem
Duel Links Card: Ancient%20Gear%20Golem
Duel Links Card: Ancient%20Gear%20Golem
Duel Links Card: King%20of%20the%20Swamp
Duel Links Card: King%20of%20the%20Swamp
Duel Links Card: King%20of%20the%20Swamp
Duel Links Card: Ancient%20Gear%20Box
Duel Links Card: Ancient%20Gear%20Box
Duel Links Card: Ancient%20Gear%20Frame
Duel Links Card: Ancient%20Gear%20Frame
Duel Links Card: Ancient%20Gear%20Frame
Duel Links Card: Ancient%20Gear%20Wyvern
Duel Links Card: Ancient%20Gear%20Wyvern
Duel Links Card: Ancient%20Gear%20Wyvern
Duel Links Card: Concentrating%20Current
Duel Links Card: Concentrating%20Current
Duel Links Card: Concentrating%20Current
Duel Links Card: Polymerization
Duel Links Card: Polymerization
Duel Links Card: Polymerization
Duel Links Card: Ultimate%20Ancient%20Gear%20Golem
Duel Links Card: Ultimate%20Ancient%20Gear%20Golem
Duel Links Card: Ultimate%20Ancient%20Gear%20Golem
Duel Links Card: Pair%20Cycroid
Duel Links Card: Pair%20Cycroid
Duel Links Card: Chimeratech%20Overdragon

Suicide Decks

These decks should ONLY be used during "Bonus Duel Assesment" campaigns, as they are incredibly inefficient otherwise. The aim of these decks is to make yourself lose with Destruction of Destiny as quick as possible by running a deck full of Spells and Traps, thus burning yourself for 3000 Damage. By combining Destruction with cards that have 1000 LP Costs like Cosmic Cyclone you can end the Duel by your opponent's first Draw Phase. Thus granting your quick 1000-3000 (depending on Results Boosters/Bonus Assesment) DA for your chance to drop Skills.

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Duel Links Card: Cosmic%20Cyclone
Duel Links Card: Cosmic%20Cyclone
Duel Links Card: Ante
Duel Links Card: Toon%20World
Duel Links Card: Toon%20World
Duel Links Card: Toon%20World
Duel Links Card: Dicephoon
Duel Links Card: Dicephoon
Duel Links Card: Dicephoon
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Duel Links Card: Hieroglyph%20Lithograph
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Duel Links Card: Abyssal%20Designator
Duel Links Card: Abyssal%20Designator
Duel Links Card: Abyssal%20Designator
Duel Links Card: Seal%20of%20the%20Ancients
Duel Links Card: Destruction%20of%20Destiny
Duel Links Card: Destruction%20of%20Destiny
Duel Links Card: Destruction%20of%20Destiny

Skill Farming at the Gate

Skill Farming at the Gate involves using a Skill Farming deck in order to get 8000 Duel Assessment against Level 40 Legendary Duelists (Level 30 is also suitable but will take longer). This is my preferred method of Skill Farming as although it is slow, it is reliable, as you can usually get all the Drop Skills for a given Legendary Duelist within 150-200 Farms. Here I'll list a couple examples of Skill Farm Decks and who they're effective against.

Red-Eyes Farm Deck

This is probably the fastest farm deck availiable to us that doesn't require a particular skill. The aim of the deck is to use either Red-Eyes Spirit or Red-Eyes Fusion (both searchable with Red-Eyes Insight) in order to put a monster on the field that is too big for the opponent to deal with. You then aim to thin through your deck with cards like Cards of the Red Stone or White Elephant's Gift before finishing off the Duel with Gravekeeper's Vassal. This deck only really works against the weaker Legendary Duelists like Rex, Tea and Odion, although you can also use it against Bonz and Syrus but it's much more fragile against them.

Non-Fusion (F2P) Version

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Duel Links Card: Red-Eyes%20Zombie%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Red-Eyes%20Zombie%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Gravekeeper's%20Vassal
Duel Links Card: Red-Eyes%20B.%20Dragon
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Duel Links Card: Red-Eyes%20B.%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Red-Eyes%20Insight
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Duel Links Card: Red-Eyes%20Insight
Duel Links Card: Union%20Attack
Duel Links Card: Union%20Attack
Duel Links Card: Cards%20of%20the%20Red%20Stone
Duel Links Card: Cards%20of%20the%20Red%20Stone
Duel Links Card: Cards%20of%20the%20Red%20Stone
Duel Links Card: Magical%20Mallet
Duel Links Card: Secret%20Pass%20to%20the%20Treasures
Duel Links Card: Red-Eyes%20Spirit
Duel Links Card: Red-Eyes%20Spirit
Duel Links Card: Red-Eyes%20Spirit

Fusion (Requires 3 SDs) Version

Duel Links Card: Red-Eyes%20Wyvern
Duel Links Card: Gravekeeper's%20Vassal
Duel Links Card: A/D%20Changer
Duel Links Card: A/D%20Changer
Duel Links Card: Red-Eyes%20B.%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Red-Eyes%20B.%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Red-Eyes%20B.%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Red-Eyes%20Fusion
Duel Links Card: Red-Eyes%20Fusion
Duel Links Card: Red-Eyes%20Fusion
Duel Links Card: Red-Eyes%20Insight
Duel Links Card: Red-Eyes%20Insight
Duel Links Card: Red-Eyes%20Insight
Duel Links Card: Union%20Attack
Duel Links Card: Union%20Attack
Duel Links Card: White%20Elephant's%20Gift
Duel Links Card: White%20Elephant's%20Gift
Duel Links Card: White%20Elephant's%20Gift
Duel Links Card: Secret%20Pass%20to%20the%20Treasures
Duel Links Card: Return%20of%20the%20Red-Eyes
Duel Links Card: Red-Eyes%20Slash%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Red-Eyes%20Slash%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Red-Eyes%20Slash%20Dragon

Yubel Farm Deck

The idea behind this deck is to summon Yubel - Terror Incarnate by destroying Yubel with either Fire King Island, Fire King Avatar Yaksha, Disciple of Nephthys, or Defender of Nephthys. The deck then aims to thins through the rest of the deck before summoning Montage Dragon before doing the Union Attack + Gravekeeper's Vassal combo. This deck works against a large variety of Legendary Duelists such as Joey, Leo, Akiza, Jack, Hassleberry, Rex, Tea, Odion and more. However since Sangan (a Main BOX UR) is a super important consistency piece, it might not be overly accessible for a lot of newer players. Please note that some Legendary Duelists like Hassleberry and Jack require Secret Pass to the Treasures and the list will need to change slightly to accomodate that (usually by Dropping a Planet Pathfinder / Chronicler of Nephthys)

Fire King Island Version

Duel Links Card: Yubel%20-%20Terror%20Incarnate
Duel Links Card: Yubel
Duel Links Card: Yubel
Duel Links Card: Yubel
Duel Links Card: Montage%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Sangan
Duel Links Card: Sangan
Duel Links Card: Sangan
Duel Links Card: Fire%20King%20Avatar%20Yaksha
Duel Links Card: Fire%20King%20Avatar%20Yaksha
Duel Links Card: Fire%20King%20Avatar%20Yaksha
Duel Links Card: Gravekeeper's%20Vassal
Duel Links Card: Planet%20Pathfinder
Duel Links Card: Planet%20Pathfinder
Duel Links Card: Planet%20Pathfinder
Duel Links Card: Union%20Attack
Duel Links Card: Union%20Attack
Duel Links Card: Fire%20King%20Island
Duel Links Card: Fire%20King%20Island
Duel Links Card: Fire%20King%20Island

Nephthys Version

Duel Links Card: Yubel%20-%20Terror%20Incarnate
Duel Links Card: Yubel
Duel Links Card: Yubel
Duel Links Card: Yubel
Duel Links Card: Montage%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Sangan
Duel Links Card: Sangan
Duel Links Card: Sangan
Duel Links Card: Fire%20King%20Avatar%20Yaksha
Duel Links Card: Fire%20King%20Avatar%20Yaksha
Duel Links Card: Fire%20King%20Avatar%20Yaksha
Duel Links Card: Gravekeeper's%20Vassal
Duel Links Card: Defender%20of%20Nephthys
Duel Links Card: Defender%20of%20Nephthys
Duel Links Card: Disciple%20of%20Nephthys
Duel Links Card: Disciple%20of%20Nephthys
Duel Links Card: Disciple%20of%20Nephthys
Duel Links Card: Chronicler%20of%20Nephthys
Duel Links Card: Union%20Attack
Duel Links Card: Union%20Attack

Blue-Eyes Farm

This deck is similar to the Red-Eyes deck but it also works agains Weevil and Mako due to the higher ATK values. The idea is to use Ancient Rules, Kaibaman and Kidmodo Dragon to summon Blue-Eyes White Dragon then proceding to thin the deck before ending the duel with Gravekeeper's Vassal. This deck is incredibly new player friendly as almost every card aside from Secret Pass to the Treasures is available from Legendary Duelists, PVP Tickets, or the Card Trader.

Duel Links Card: Kaibaman
Duel Links Card: Kaibaman
Duel Links Card: Kaibaman
Duel Links Card: Blue%20Dragon%20Summoner
Duel Links Card: Blue%20Dragon%20Summoner
Duel Links Card: Blue%20Dragon%20Summoner
Duel Links Card: Kidmodo%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Gravekeeper's%20Vassal
Duel Links Card: Blue-Eyes%20White%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Blue-Eyes%20White%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Blue-Eyes%20White%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Union%20Attack
Duel Links Card: Union%20Attack
Duel Links Card: Wonder%20Wand
Duel Links Card: Wonder%20Wand
Duel Links Card: Wonder%20Wand
Duel Links Card: Ancient%20Rules
Duel Links Card: Ancient%20Rules
Duel Links Card: Ancient%20Rules
Duel Links Card: Secret%20Pass%20to%20the%20Treasures

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Conclusion

I hope this guide has informed you about how Skill Farming works and how to go about it. Thank you for reading! If you need any additional help with Farming you can check out my Youtube or ask questions in the Farm Discussion channel in the DLM Discord. Cheers!

~Jeed


Written and Formatted by Jadehex.
Thumbnail designed and created by Jadehex.