Dark Magician Deck Guide | Duel Links

This is a guide for building a Dark Magician deck in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links. Learn which cards are needed to build this deck, how to play the Dark Magician, as well as counters, and more!

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This is a guide for building a Dark Magician deck in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links. Learn which cards are needed to build this deck, how to play the Dark Magician, as well as counters, and more!

Dark Magician Deck Information

Dark Magician Basic Information

Rating Core Card
One Kill
Magician of Dark Illusion.pngEnlarge Magician of Dark Illusion


  • Easy to play for beginners.
  • Strong deck to climb the ladder.
  • Versatile playstyle.

Deck Concept

Use your support cards to remove opposing monsters and negate spell and trap cards until you can summon Dark Magician to end the game.

Boxes and Structure Decks Needed

Box/Structure Deck Image Box/Structure Deck Name
Crimson Kingdom Crimson Kingdom
Future Horizon Future Horizon
Guardians of Rock Guardians of Rock
Soul of Resurrection Soul of Resurrection
Masters of Chaos Masters of Chaos

Dark Magician Deck Build


Character Skill
Mokuba Kaiba (DSOD)Mokuba Kaiba (DSOD) See You Later!
Select 1 monster you control and who you are the original owner of. Return the selected monster to the hand. This Skill can only be used once per Duel.

Main Deck

Card Name Copies
MagicianEnlarge Magician's Rod x2
Magician of Dark IllusionEnlarge Magician of Dark Illusion x2
Dark MagicianEnlarge Dark Magician x3
The Eye of TimaeusEnlarge The Eye of Timaeus x1
Illusion MagicEnlarge Illusion Magic x1
Magician NavigationEnlarge Magician Navigation x3
Raigeki BreakEnlarge Raigeki Break x2

Extra Deck

Card Name Copies
Dark CavalryEnlarge Dark Cavalry x1
Amulet DragonEnlarge Amulet Dragon x1
Dark PaladinEnlarge Dark Paladin x1

Card Alternatives

D.D. CrowD.D. Crow Donpa Marksman Fur HireCosmic Cyclone Karma CutKarma Cut

How to Play Dark Magician Decks

Summon Dark Magician to Gain Tempo

Dark Magician.png

1. During your opponent's turn, tribute Magician's Rod with Illusion Magic to draw two Dark Magician.
2. Activate your Magician Navigation to special summon the Dark Magician in your hand as well as the Magician of Dark Illusion from your Deck.
3. Activate your Magician's Rod's Graveyard effect to tribute your Dark Magician and add your Magician's Rod back to your hand.
4. Use your Dark Magical Circle in order to banish a strong card your opponent controls.
5. During your turn, normal summon your Magician's Rod to look for a second Dark Magical Circle which will trigger your Magician of Dark illusion to special summon the Dark Magician in the Graveyard and get another banish with your Dark Magical Circle.

Attacking Four Times

1. Have Dark Magician, Magician of Dark Illusion, another monster on the field and at least one Dark Magician in your Deck or Graveyard plus an Illusion Magic in your hand.
2. After attacking with all your monsters, activate Illusion of Magic to tribute your Dark Magician while adding another Dark Magician to your hand. This will trigger the effects of Magician of Dark Illusion to re-summon the Dark Magician for an additional attack.
3. Additionally, it will trigger Dark Magical Circle in order to help banish a card on the field.

Counters for Dark Magician Decks


  • Weak boss monster stat wise.
  • Hard time dealing with removal.
  • Heavily reliant on Dark Magician.

Card Removal

If you manage to limit the field to one monster or spell/trap card, you should be able to control the match.

Big Monsters

Dark Magician is not a strong boss monster. While the stats are high, it does not offer any effect making it weaker compared to other boss monsters.

Related Links

Deck Types

Control Beatdown Burn
Deck Destruction Special Victory

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