Gimmick Puppet Deck Guide | Duel Links

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

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

Gimmick Puppet Deck Information

Gimmick Puppet Basic Information

Rating Core Card
Attack
Defense
One Kill
Stability
★★★★☆
★★★★☆
★★☆☆☆
★★★★★
Number 15: Gimmick Puppet Giant Grinder

Strengths

  • One of the best decks to run Rank 8 Xyz Monsters due to how easy they can meet the requirements.
  • The archtype is known for having various Graveyard effects, and the ability to swarm the field with monsters for Xyz plays.
  • For a Deck that focuses on Special Summoning, one of the key cards of the Deck specifically counters Special Summoned monsters.

Deck Concept

A unique Xyz-focused Deck that may rely heavily on its Extra Deck for its true strength to shine, but relies more on control of the field rather than sheer firepower. Don't let those Main Deck monsters with low ATK fool you-- they can easily swarm the field and set up Xyz Summons in the blink of an eye.

Boxes and Structure Decks Needed

Main Box
Mini Box
Structure Deck
Others
Box/Structure Deck Image Box/Structure Deck Name
Shining Hope Shining Hope
Antinomic Theory Antinomic Theory
Darkness Gimmick Darkness Gimmick
There are no Boxes or Structure Decks for this Deck.
There are no Boxes or Structure Decks for this Deck.
There are no Boxes or Structure Decks for this Deck.

Gimmick Puppet Deck Build

Skill

General
Exclusive
Draw Sense: DARK
Can be used each time your Life Points decrease by 1500. In the Draw Phase, instead of doing a normal draw, draw a random DARK-attribute monster.
Mokuba Kaiba (DSOD)Mokuba Kaiba (DSOD) Yami YugiYami Yugi OdionOdion
Yuma and AstralYuma and Astral Yugi MutoYugi Muto Maximillion PegasusMaximillion Pegasus
Seto Kaiba (DSOD)Seto Kaiba (DSOD) Jaden YukiJaden Yuki Jaden/YubelJaden/Yubel
Yusei FudoYusei Fudo Crow HoganCrow Hogan Akiza IzinskiAkiza Izinski
Aster PhoenixAster Phoenix Zane TruesdaleZane Truesdale SeraSera
Kalin KesslerKalin Kessler Dark Signer Kalin KesslerDark Signer Kalin Kessler Dark Signer Rex GoodwinDark Signer Rex Goodwin
YubelYubel Lumis and UmbraLumis and Umbra Ishizu IshtarIshizu Ishtar
ArkanaArkana Bandit KeithBandit Keith BonzBonz
Espa RobaEspa Roba Yami MarikYami Marik Yami BakuraYami Bakura
Bastion MisawaBastion Misawa Dr. Vellian CrowlerDr. Vellian Crowler Dark Signer Carly CarmineDark Signer Carly Carmine
Jack Atlas Jack Atlas PrimoPrimo QuattroQuattro
Supreme King JadenSupreme King Jaden
Overlay Regeneration
Place 1 Spell Card in your hand underneath 1 Xyz Monster you control to make it an Xyz Material. This Skill can only be used once per Duel.
QuattroQuattro TreyTrey
Character Skill
YubelYubelPrimoPrimo Allured by Darkness
Can be used each time your Life Points decrease by 1800. instead of conducting your normal draw, Allure of Darkness is added to your hand from outside of your Deck.
Character Skill
QuattroQuattro Puppet - String of Fates
At the beginning of the Duel, 1 "Number 15: Gimmick Puppet Giant Grinder" is added to your Extra Deck. In addition, the following effect can be used the turn you have activated the effect of a monster whose original name is "Number 15: Gimmick Puppet Giant Grinder":
Remove 1 Xyz Material from your field and play 1 Xyz Monster in your opponent's Graveyard to your opponent's field in Defense Position.
Character Skill
QuattroQuattro Relinquished Puppet
Send 1 Level 8 "Gimmick Puppet" monster in your hand or Deck to your Graveyard. Then, play 1 "Gimmick Puppet Des Troy" from outside of your Deck.
This Skill can only be used if you begin the Duel with a Deck/Extra Deck that contains no monsters other than "Gimmick Puppet" monsters and DARK "Number" monsters. This Skill can be used once per Duel.
Character Skill
QuattroQuattro Gimmick Puppet - Gear Changer
Reveal 1 "Gimmick Puppet Gear Changer" in your hand and change the Level of a "Gimmick Puppet" monster on your field to either 4 or 8.
This Skill can only be used once per turn and twice per Duel.
Character Skill
QuattroQuattro Gimmick Puppet - Replacement
Send up to 3 monsters whose total Levels equal 8 from your hand to the Graveyard. Then, add 1 Level 8 "Gimmick Puppet" monster to your hand from your Deck. This Skill can only be used if you begin the Duel with a Deck that contains no monsters other than DARK Machine-Type monsters. This Skill can only be used once per Duel.
Character Skill
QuattroQuattro Gimmick Puppet - Returning
Return all banished "Gimmick Puppet" monsters to the Graveyard. This Skill can only be used once per turn and twice per Duel.

Main Deck

Card Alternatives

Main Deck Monsters

  • Special mention goes to the other two Gimmick Puppet monsters, Nightmare and Twilight Joker. The latter can be Special Summoned after a fellow Gimmick Puppet is destroyed by battle, and Nightmare--even with its steep cost--has the ability of making a Special Summon chain through its effect.
  • Stealthroid can provide protection from monster attacks to your monsters, preventing destruction by battle. If the player wants more flexibility on monsters, Fusilier Dragon can both serve as a Level 8 or, through its effect, a Level 4 monster.

Spells

  • Usual staples in controlling the field even more include Enemy Controller, Cosmic Cyclone and Dark Ruler No More. Feel free to cycle between these cards depending on what you think the Deck needs.
  • Offensive support is good for Gimmick Puppets, who are considerably balanced with offense and defense. Gravity Blaster can permanently boost a key monster's ATK constantly (as used in Quattro's Raid Event Deck), while Concentrating Current lets you all in on a single monster with a boost based on DEF.
  • Dark World Dealings lets you draw 1 while tossing a card from the hand to to the Graveyard. Considering how important the GY is to Gimmick Puppets, having draw power on top of that makes this card a special fit if the player so desires.

Traps

  • With so many effects controlling the field in just Monsters and Spells alone, Trap Cards can be a nice surprise to catch expecting players off guard. Wall of Disruption and Treacherous Trap Hole can be good additions versus aggressive Decks.
  • If you want more control on Traps, consider Mind Drain to target enemy monster effects, while Pulse Mines can stop any attempt to attack after a slew of Special Summons in a single turn through position changing.
  • Consider running Traps that synergize with Gimmick Puppet's reliance Xyz Summonings. Xyz Effect destroys a card, while XYZ Block can negate monster effects; both needed an Xyz Summon before they can be activated.

Extra Deck Monsters

  • If your skill doesn't restrict you from using exclusive Gimmick Puppet monsters in your Extra Deck, consider running other Rank 4 or Rank 8 Xyz Monsters, provided you have the slots for it other than the Deck's key monsters.
  • For Rank 4s, top picks include Number 70: Malevolent Sin for its ability for temporarily banishing a monster, Evilswarm Ouroboros with its variety of effects, and Steelswarm Roach can deny the opponent from Special Summoning monsters Level 5 and above.
  • Rank 8 Xyz Monsters include Number 68: Sanaphond the Sky Prison for its ability to lock monsters from the Graveyard from being Special Summoned, Hieratic Sun Dragon Overlord of Heliopolis for its card destruction effect and amazing statline, and Number 22: Zombiestein for its sky-high ATK and ability to lock a monster out of its effect.

How to Play Gimmick Puppet

Basic Combo

Number 15 Gimmick Puppet Giant Grinder.png

1. Activate Gimmick Puppet Bisque Doll to send a fellow "Gimmick Puppet" from your hand to the Graveyard and Special Summon this card from your hand. Ideally, send a monster that is also Level 8, like perhaps a copy of itself, or Gimmick Puppet Dreary Doll.
2. Normal Summon Gimmick Puppet Terror Baby, and use its effect to Special Summon the Gimmick Puppet monster you discarded to the Graveyard earlier.
3. Use Gimmick Puppet Bisque Doll and the second Level 8 Gimmick Puppet monster you recently Special Summoned, and use them as materal for an Xyz Summon.
4. Depending on your situation, take your pick for the Xyz Monster to summon:
・If you need a game-ending monster to push for the win, Xyz Summon Number 40: Gimmick Puppet of Strings for its high ATK, and the delayed ability to destroy monsters and inflict burn damage.
・If you need to clear your opponent's field from Special Summoned monsters, summon Number 15: Gimmick Puppet of Strings instead, and it has the added bonus of inflicting burn damage based on half the destroyed monsters' ATK.

Counters for Gimmick Puppet

Weaknesses

  • Main Deck monsters have generally low statlines, making their efficiency reliant on the Extra Deck.
  • Depending on the Skill being used on Quattro, you may be locked out from flexible options in your Extra Deck and Main Deck.
  • The Deck is exclusively dedicated to Xyz Summoning; using this archtype as an engine isn't feasible for other summoning methods.

Block the Extra Deck

The Main Deck monsters have very low stats, but their ability to swarm the field because of their effects is something most Decks want as it grants access to Extra Deck plays. Try to bottleneck their access there by using varying floodgates that stops the enemy from summoning too much.

Deny the Graveyard

Gimmick Puppets use the Graveyard as a secondary resource as quite a number of the archtype's monsters have Graveyard effects. Try using effects that banish cards from their Graveyard way before they get to use it for their effects.

Related Links

Deck Types

Control Beatdown Burn
Deck Destruction Special Victory

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