You can only activate this effect during a Battle
Step of your turn. Decrease the ATK of this card by
400 points, then during battle between this
attacking card a Defense Position monster
whose DEF is lower than the ATK of this card,
inflict the difference as Battle Damage to your
opponent's Life Points. This effect continues until
the End Phase of the turn this effect is activated.
Card Number - CT2-EN002
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale 1 being the worst.
3 ... average. 5 is the highest rating.
Date Reviewed - 09.23.05
This card was pretty highly anticipated, and now
that it’s been released, people are using it to
counter the Goat-heavy metagame. With 1800 ATK and
1900 DEF, Exarion Universe is a very solid monster.
It’s DARK and a Beast-Warrior, etc, etc, so yeah.
His effect activates in the Battle Step. Note: That
is NOT the same as the Damage Step, nor is it
another way of saying the entire Battle Phase. The
Battle Step means the Battle Step. That’s when you
activate Mirror Force and Magic Cylinder. THAT’S the
Battle Step, and that’s when Exarion Universe’s
You can lower his ATK by 400 to give him trample. So
if there’s a Sheep Token you want to get rid of, you
can do it – and do 1400 damage in the process. If
you have Wild Nature’s Release handy, you can do
quite a bit more (I have theorized before that WNR
was meant to go along with this card).
Does he belong in every deck? No. Will he be as good
if the new Forbidden/Restricted List for America
also limits Scapegoat to one per deck? No. But he’s
a good monster.
When a card isn't even out for a month, and then
shows up in 7 out of 8 of the Top 8 Shonen Jump
Championship decks, you know it's good.
Instead of getting a card that we have a better
version of already, we get a better version of a
card everyone was using. Enraged Battle Ox, meet
Exarion has almost everything going for it.
Dark-type -- overly supported as it is. 1900 DEF --
stands up to almost anything played that isn't a
Tribute monster or Berserk Gorilla, even holding off
that evil goat-trampling Parshath. He either takes
Kycoo's spot or Enraged's spot in your cookie-cutter
deck. If it's taking Kycoo's spot post-October 1st,
then you don't really have to think about it that
much. If it's taking Enraged's, you have to compare
the two honestly -- either a 1700 ATKer with trample
at 1700, or an 1800 ATKer with trample at 1400?
The Shonen Jump players answered that for us a
couple weeks ago.
It's too bad that this guy comes out right before
he's going to lose some of his usefulness -- without
the extra Scapegoats to abuse and the possible drop
in Magician of Faith play, he really loses a lot of
4.75/5 Old Advanced
3.75/5 New Advanced
Our final card this week is Exarion Universe, the
monster that CC loves and that everyone else finds
While I may find EU to be exactly what it's
abbreviation suggests (ew), I do have the time to
notice it's very workable stats: 1800 ATK splatters
all tech monsters that are needlessly thrown around
these days. Additionally, it's got the mega high
1900 DEF, making it a nice wall if it's shifted to
Defense Position with a Tsukuyomi or Book of Moon.
And hey! Those two cards are the brokeners
doughkeners in a CC area, and seeing as that's the
only place EU is likely to see play, it roxors mores
than ever! Additionally, it's a Beast-Warrior,
gaining what could be considered an unnecessary
piercing ability form Enraged Battle Ox. And let us
not forget it's DARK Attribute, making it even more
appealing (for the time being [presumably]) to CCs!
During the Battle Step of a turn that EU attacks, EU
can decrease its ATK by 400 points in order to gain
a piercing ability, all of which goes away at the
end of the turn (meaning it re-gains those 400 ATK
points and loses it's new skill). So… EU can weaken
itself to simply to can the upper hand over Defense
Position monsters. That sounds like a bargain. I
mean, this is WAY better than EBO, specifically
because it's got a killer DEF and predictable
Attribute. I mean, who cares if EBO gets a similar
effect for free, maintains a higher ATK, and
benefits its animal brethren? EU is anti/pro-meta!
Overall, I'm very tired today. And EU is crap…
outside of CC Decks. Inside of CC though, it's
genetically enhanced gold! Everywhere else: it
stinks on ice.
Advanced: 4/5. Anti-goat. Anti-Tsuky. Pro-Chaos.
Vote for EU in 2007. (But try to use EBO instead)
Traditional: 4/5. I really should find out what's
used in Traditional these days. I'm such a slacker.
Art: 1/5. I have no freakin' idea what that's
supposed to be.
our week of reviewing the tin cards comes to a
close, we come to Dark Magician Girl! Yes, that’s
right, Dark Magician Girl! That’s right, that means
we are not ever in a million, billion, trillion
years reviewing Exarion Universe.
I just wanted DMG here to talk about her sexy new
artwork. It’s so sexy, as stated, to be able to see
her whole body in the picture.
Quite the collector’s item for you Spellcaster/DMG
fans out there.
Use it if you do, you know what this gets people/5
Seriously though, we ARE reviewing Exarion Universe
today. Exarion has extremely good stats with 1800
attack and a great 1900 defense. Iggy is also a Dark
monster and yes, he is a Beast Warrior too.
Along with having quite respectable stats for a
Level 4 monster, Iggy also has the ability to give
himself trample during the Damage Step.
By lowering his own attack from 1800 to 1400, bam!
Trample for Iggy.
This works very well against cards with low defense
such as Scapegoat.
However, Scapegoat may very well be restricted in
just a couple of weeks, but Iggy can take out other
defense monsters such as Sangan, Magician of Faith,
and even Tsukuyomi. This monster is great right now,
while we have 3 Scapegoat.
Traditional Beast-Warrior: 3.5/5
Traditional Goat Control: 4.0/5
Stats :Exarion Universe is a Level 4
Dark/Beast-Warrior. This is very nice, at least
at the moment. It works as Chaos Food.
It can work well in a Dark or
non-Attribute-themed Beastdown. It has an ATK
of 1800. While not as good as a Berserk
Gorilla or Vorse Raider, it is still
very, very solid. It also has a 1900 DEF. That
is actually useful. It’s pretty safe in DEF
mode (barring cards that naturally nail DEF
cards, like Nobleman of Crossout). All
in all, it would be a solid, but sub par Monster
(since we have so many “good” Monsters, just
being solid isn’t enough). But this isn’t a
Normal Monster. This is an effect Monster. And
the effect, as we will see, is good.
When you declare an attack, you have the option
of lowering your ATK score by 400. Why would
you do this? Because when you do, you get
Trample (you still do battle damage to DEF
position Monsters). The decrease lasts until
the end of the turn, making it fairly trivial
(most commonly encountered Set Monsters will be
Flip Effects with a low DEF). A good effect on
a solid Monster leads to a great card.
Separately, an 1800 ATK Level 4 beatstick and a
1400 ATK Trampler would be pretty poor. Make
them one Monster (who will be the higher ATK
score when an opponent attacks it) that is both
“Beast Friendly” and Chaos compliant, and
you have a very slick card. Give it a 1900 DEF,
and it honestly seems to border on “broken”.
Seriously, Book of Moon/ Tsukuyomi
without a follow up Nobleman of Crossout,
and most commonly played beatsticks can’t get
rid of this card. Even for the “modern”
standard of beatsticks with good effects, or
even beatsticks without good effects, DEF
scores are rarely this high. Think about it:
below 1000, only the weakest non-attacking
support Monsters, like Magician of Faith,
would be stopped. Well, above 300 DEF, but
below 1000 DEF. 1000-1500 DEF means some random
support Monsters can beat it, but some can’t.
At 1600, you something has to qualify as a
beatstick to get rid of it (meaning a Monster
dedicated to attacking). At 1800 DEF, you need
to start relying on “vanilla”, effect-less
beatsticks. A 1900 DEF Monster is only
vulnerable to “plain” battle by tributes and
Berserk Gorilla (of what is commonly
played)-except the popular Airknight Parshath.
Now again, on its own, it isn’t much, but just
like all these incremental ATK increases, this
kind of thing can add up and become a pain on
Now, for something most of you will really like:
Scapegoat killer. If you activate
Scapegoat against this, it triggers a
replay, and Exarion Universe still gets
you use its effect. Sure, you reduce the damage
taken by 400, but you’re used to getting 2-3
turns with no damage from battle. For
cookie-cutter Chaos, I can see dumping
the TecHed in Enraged-Battle Ox for a
copy of this, and probably dropping one other
4/5-Looks good to me. Sure it won’t last that
long, but it’s a nice big beatstick that can do
trample if needed. Solid topdeck since it can
even be a defensive play.
3.75/5-Counters the current metagames most
common (well, perhaps second most common)
defensive play: Scapegoat. It also makes
using your own Book of Moon/Tsukuyomi
tricks more effective (force your Berserk
Gorilla face down, then skewer it).
N/A, but it might be close to a 5/5. I mean, it
would just be that good in a Limited event.
Please remember that I often give composite
scores. So for a Cookie Cutter Chaos
build, this card is probably close to a 4/5
(which is the Traditional score since that is
Traditional). If Black Luster Soldier –
Envoy of the Beginning gets banned as we
hope, it won’t be quite as useful, nor will it
be so hot if Scapegoat and Book of
Moon get restricted. So enjoy it while you
can, it will be a little less abused soon. I
still feel it sets a bad precedent though: the
same recipe could be used for a burn beatstick,
a bounce beatstick, etc. and we’d have another
sick general archetype. I mean, Abyss
Soldier is good now, but imagine if it had
an effect that could be used without requiring a
Water Monster to discard? Then tack a great DEF
on it as well. Yeesh.
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