Paleozoic Deck – 60 Cards *Updated April 2017* New Banlist


Monsters: 13

3 Ghost Reaper & Winter Cherries
3 Swap Frog
2 Ronintoadin
3 Dupe Frog
2 Graydle Slime Jr.

Spells: 9

3 That Grass Looks Greener
1 Raigeki
3 Pot of Desires
2 Dark Hole

Traps: 38

1 Paleozoic Leanchoillia
3 Storming Mirror Force
2 Aegis of the Ocean Dragon Lord
2 Legacy of Yata-Garasu
3 Paleozoic Olenoides
3 Paleozoic Dinomischus
3 Quaking Mirror Force
3 Paleozoic Marrella
3 Lost Winds
3 Breakthrough Skill
2 Jar of Greed
3 Needle Ceiling
3 Paleozoic Canadia
3 Accumulated Fortune
3 Call of the Haunted

Extra Deck: 15

1 Zoodiac Beast Tiger Motor
1 Zoodiac Beast Drident
2 Paleozoic Anomalocaris
3 Toadally Awesome
2 Sky Calvary Centaurea
1 Daigusto Phoenix
1 Cat Shark
3 Paleozoic Opabinia
1 Number F0: Utopic Future


Playing style

The “Paleozoic” archetype is mainly composed of Normal Trap Cards. Each one have its particular effect but they have in common the capacity of Special Summoning themselves from the Graveyard as a Level 2 WATER Aqua-Type Normal Monster with 1200 ATK and 0 DEF whenever a Trap Card is activated, thus allowing them to quickly swarm the field through normal usage of their own Trap Effects. The ace cards of the Archetype are their Xyz monsters, namely “Paleozoic Anomalocaris” and “Paleozoic Opabinia”.

“Anomalocaris” helps to maintain hand advantage by excavating the Deck and adding an excavated Trap Card to the hand (be it a “Paleozoic” Card or not); this effect triggers when a Trap Card is sent from the Spell/Trap Zone to the Graveyard. “Opabinia” speeds up the Deck’s strategy, by allowing “Paleozoic” cards from being activated directly from the hand. Both of them are unaffected by other monster’s effects and have an additional effect that basically rewards their owner for using them in a dedicated “Paleozoic” Deck, by either destroying a troublesome card on the field or fetching a “Paleozoic” Card from the Deck.

The archetype’s Trap Cards banish themselves when they leaves the field after being Summoned from the Graveyard by their own effects, which can be avoided by using them as Xyz Materials. Thus, the archetype also benefits from utilizing other Rank 2 Xyz Monsters such as “Armored Kappa” and “Sky Cavalry Centaurea” in concert with “Anomalocaris” and “Opabinia”. As the archetype’s Trap Cards are all Level 2 WATER Aqua-Type monsters while they are treated as monsters, “Wetlands” can be included in the Deck to give these cards a much needed power boost, as they all have low ATK, which can raise issues regarding their ability to survive on the field.

The deck itself also has amazing synergy with the Frog engine, mainly “Swap Frog”, “Dupe Frog” and “Ronintoadin” since they are also Level 2 Aqua monsters. Due to this, and the fact that the Paleozoic cards themselves are treated as Aqua-type monsters while on the field, they can play the Rank 2 Xyz “Toadally Awesome”.

Due to their own self-banishing effect, which can serve as a deterrent from using the archetype’s cards for any purpose other than Xyz Summon (such as Tribute or Synchro Summons), this archetype is best suited only for Xyz Summoning Rank 2 Xyz Monsters, which can prove to be inflexible, given the low number of different Rank 2 Xyz Monsters in the game. This weakness can, however, be mitigated through the use of “Imperial Iron Wall” to keep the Trap Cards from banishing themselves. The effect of “Paleozoic Leanchoilia” can also be used to return banished “Paleozoic” Trap Cards to the Graveyard for later re-use.

Additionally, as the archetype is dependent on activating Set Trap Cards to trigger their effects to Special Summon themselves from the Graveyard, “Denko Sekka” and, to a lesser extent, “Jinzo” are capable of easily locking them down, preventing the Set Trap Cards from even activating, as well as additional Trap Cards from being Set in the case of the former. Cards such as “Royal Prison” and “Vanity’s Emptiness” can also inhibit the Trap Cards’ re-usability, but they can be cleared away with the effects of “Paleozoic Olenoides” and “Paleozoic Dinomischus”.

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