Darken the rainbow, taste the rainbow! Hello Pojo Readers, Crunch$G here to tell you everything you need to know about the last pack to release in 2022 for the Yu-Gi-Oh TCG, Battles of Legend: Crystal Revenge. This set continues the Battles of Legend legacy by giving us many anime cards players have waited on for years to be printed, alongside several key reprints that have been needed for some time and others getting rarity upgrades. We also continue the trend of putting Starlight Rares in Battles of Legend that started in 2020 with Armageddon, but this one ups the count. There’s several things to cover in this set, so let’s get started.
The Starlight Rares
Of course we got to start with the Starlight Rares included in this year’s Battles of Legend. Now while in previous years we’ve only seen 2 Starlight Rares in these sets, this year we go all the way up to 10 Starlight Rares being included to pull this year. The only 2 Starlight Rares to be included as part of the main set to be pulled regularly as well are Borreload Savage Dragon and Accesscode Talker, the other 8 are add-ons only able to be pulled in Starlight Rare. The first one is the classic card that was finally released from the Forbidden section this year, Yata-Garasu. The second Starlight Rare goes alongside Darkwing Blast’s release as we get Blackwing Armor Master to join Black-Winged Dragon. The third Starlight is one of the more popular Spells in the game, especially since the release of Garura, Wings of Resonant Life, as we have Super Polymerization. Finally, as we saw in OCG’s World Premiere Pack 2022, we have the entire set of Exodia able to be pulled in Starlight Rare.
Other Side of the Rainbow
We start looking at new cards now by starting with the full fledged archetypes included in this set, starting with the archetype that takes front and center on the box and packs, which are the Advanced Crystal Beasts from the GX anime. Now, all the Advanced Crystal Beasts share the same traits where they are sent from the Monster Zone to the graveyard if Advanced Dark is not in the Field Zone, as well as the classic Crystal Beast effects where being destroyed in the Monster Zone will let you put them in the Spell & Trap Zone as Continuous Spells. Now with all the similarities out of the way, we look at what makes each monster unique. Advanced Crystal Beast Ruby Carbuncle is a Level 3 LIGHT Fairy that while it’s treated as a Continuous Spell, you can Special Summon it and as many Advanced Crystal Beast monsters in your Spell & Trap Zone as possible. Advanced Crystal Beast Amethyst Cat is a Level 3 EARTH Beast who lets your Advanced Crystal Beast monsters attack directly, but any damage they do using this effect becomes halved. Advanced Crystal Beast Emerald Tortoise is a Level 3 WATER Aqua who has a soft once per turn Quick Effect to target a face-up monster on the field and change its battle position. Advanced Crystal Beast Topaz Tiger is a Level 4 EARTH Beast who lets all your Advanced Crystal Beast monsters gain 400 ATK and DEF while the opponent’s monsters lose 400 ATK and DEF. Advanced Crystal Beast Amber Mammoth is a Level 4 EARTH Beast who has a Quick Effect once per turn when the opponent activates a card or effect that targets your Advanced Crystal Beast card(s) or Advanced Dark, letting you negate the activation, also it has another once per turn effect when one of your Advanced Crystal Beasts are targeted for an attack, letting you negate that attack. Advanced Crystal Beast Cobalt Eagle is a Level 4 WIND Winged Beast who can be sent from the hand or field to the graveyard to let you add an Advanced Dark from your Deck to your hand, also it can let you target an Advanced Crystal Beast you control and either return it to your hand or place it on top of the Deck. Finally, Advanced Crystal Beast Sapphire Pegasus is a Level 4 WIND Beast who on summon can let you place an Advanced Crystal Beast into your Spell & Trap Zone as a Continuous Spell from your hand, Deck, graveyard, or banished pile.
GG G Golems
The only other full wave of archetype support in this set is the G Golem archetype from the VRAINS anime, giving us an EARTH-based Cyberse strategy to use from the show. G Golem Rock Hammer is a Level 6 EARTH Cyberse who if it’s in your hand, you can discard another Cyberse monster to decrease this card’s Level by 2, also you can tribute this monster to summon 3 G Golem Tokens (Cyberse/EARTH/Level 1/ATK 0/DEF 0) in Defense Position, but you can only Special Summon Cyberse monsters for the rest of that turn. G Golem Pebble Dog is a Level 2 EARTH Cyberse who on Normal or Special Summon lets you summon a G Golem Pebble Dog from your Deck, but you can only Special Summon Cyberse monsters for the rest of the turn, also if this card is sent from the hand to the graveyard, you can add a G Golem card from your Deck to your hand. G Golem Crystal Heart is a Link-2 WATER Cyberse with arrows pointing Left and Down, needs 2 Cyberse monsters to summon, can target an EARTH Link in your graveyard to Special Summon it to a zone this card points to and then this card gains a GG Counter, also all EARTH Links co-linked to this card gains 600 ATK for each GG Counter on this card, also it can attack twice and deal piercing damage. G Golem Stubborn Menhir is a Link-2 EARTH Cyberse with arrows pointing Up and Down, needs 2 EARTH monsters to summon, and if Special Summoned from the graveyard, you can target an EARTH monster in your graveyard that can be Normal Summoned or Set and either Special Summon it (but its effects are negated and it’s banished when it leaves the field) or add it to your hand. G Golem Invalid Dolmen is a Link-3 EARTH Cyberse with arrows pointing Up, Left, and Right, needs 2+ EARTH monsters to summon, lets co-linked monsters you control be unaffected by the monster effects activated on the opponent’s field, makes all monsters the opponent controls that are able to attack to attack this card, once per turn lets you discard a Cyberse monster to draw a card, and if destroyed while co-linked can negate the effects of all face-up cards the opponent currently controls. G Golem Dignified Trilithon is a Link-4 EARTH Cyberse with arrows pointing Up, Down, Left, and Right, needs 2+ EARTH monsters to summon, makes all monsters the opponent controls attack this card, if able, once per battle when it battles an opponent’s monster, you get a Quick Effect to send an EARTH monster from your hand to the graveyard to make the opponent’s monster lose 200 ATK and have its effects negated, and when your opponent activates a card or effect that targets a Link Monster you control, you get a Quick Effect to negate that effect and destroy that card. Finally, Gravity Balance is a Normal Spell that’s always treated as a G Golem card, lets you target 2 of your EARTH monsters with the same name that are banished or in your graveyard and Special Summon them with their effects negated and ATK/DEF becoming 0, also they’re destroyed during the End Phase, also if a G Golem monster(s) you control would be destroyed by battle or opponent’s card effect, you can banish this card from the graveyard instead.
Now we look at all the other cards from the animes that have finally been released in this set that have nothing to do with the bigger archetypes in this set. Royal Straight Slasher is a Level 6 EARTH Warrior who cannot be Normal Summoned/Set and must be summoned with Royal Straight, if you have Queen’s Knight, King’s Knight, and Jack’s Knight in your graveyard you get to send 5 monsters with different Levels between 1-5 from your hand and/or Deck to the graveyard to destroy all cards the opponent controls, and upon being destroyed in battle can let you target up to 3 LIGHT Warriors in your graveyard and Special Summon them. Royal Straight is a Quick-Play Spell that lets you send Queen’s Knight, King’s Knight, and Jack’s Knight from your hand and/or face-up field to the graveyard to Special Summon a monster from your hand, Deck, Extra Deck, or graveyard that mentions all 3. Dragon Nails is an Equip Spell that can only be equipped to a DARK monster, the monster equipped with this gains 600 ATK and cannot be destroyed by the opponent’s card effects, also if this card is sent to the graveyard because the equipped monster was destroyed in battle, you can Special Summon that monster and re-equip this card to it, but this card is banished when it leaves the field. Thunder Ball is a Level 3 DARK Fiend who can be Special Summoned from the hand at the end of the Damage Step if a monster battled, can let you send a Trap from your hand or that’s set on the field to the graveyard to destroy all other monsters in this card’s column, and if this card in the Monster Zone is destroyed by battle or card effect and sent to the graveyard, you can target a card in the graveyard and roll a six-sided dice, letting you add the target from the grave to your hand if you roll a 6. Dice Dungeon is a Field Spell that on activation lets you add a Dimension Dice from your Deck to your hand, and at the start of the Battle Phase you can make each player roll a six-sided dice and apply the following effects based on that player’s result to all monsters they control with 1 making all monsters lose 1000 ATK, 2 making all monsters gain 1000 ATK, 3 making all monsters lose 500 ATK, 4 making all monsters gain 500 ATK, 5 halving the ATK of all monsters, and 6 doubling the ATK of all monsters. Dimension Dice is a Normal Spell that if you control a card with a die-rolling effect, you can tribute a monster to summon a monster with a die-rolling effect from your hand or Deck. Clockwork Night is a Continuous Spell that makes all monsters on the field become Machines, makes all Machines you control gain 500 ATK and DEF while all Machines the opponent controls lose 500 ATK and DEF, and you can banish this card from the graveyard and discard a card to add an EARTH Machine from your Deck to your hand. EN Shuffle is a Normal Spell that lets you shuffle an Elemental HERO or Neo-Spacian monster you control into the Deck to summon an Elemental HERO or Neo-Spacian monster with a different name from your Deck, also you can banish this card from the graveyard to shuffle both an Elemental HERO monster and a Neo-Spacian monster or just an Elemental HERO Neos from your graveyard into the Deck to let you draw a card. Battle of Sleeping Spirits is a Quick-Play Spell that lets each player Special Summon a monster that was destroyed in battle that turn in Attack Position, and if you summon Elemental HERO Neos by this effect and it battles an opponent’s monster, it’s ATK becomes doubled during the Damage Step only. Dyna Base is a Level 4 EARTH Machine who can be Special Summoned from the hand if your LP are lower than the opponent’s and also you can Fusion Summon a monster during your Main Phase using this card you control and monsters from your hand or field as material. Dyna Tank is a Level 7 EARTH Machine Fusion between any Dinosaur monster and any Machine monster, gains ATK equal to the original ATK of the Dinosaur monster used for this card’s Fusion Summon, has a Quick Effect when a card or effect would target just this card on the field to let you target another appropriate target on the field to change the target to that card, and you can Special Summon a Dinosaur monster from the graveyard if this card in its owner’s possession is destroyed by an opponent’s card. Gadget Box is a Continuous Spell that’s always treated as a Morphtronic card, gains 3 Morph Counters on activation, lets you remove a Morph Counter once per turn during your Main Phase to summon a Gadget Box Token (Machine/EARTH/Level 1/ATK 0/DEF 0) and while that Token is in the Monster Zone, the player that summoned it can only summon Synchro Monsters from the Extra Deck. Morphtronic Impact Return is a Normal Trap that targets up to 2 Spells/Traps the opponent controls, shuffles a Morphtronic monster from the hand into the Deck, and shuffles the targeted cards into the opponent’s Deck, also you can banish this card from the graveyard to target a Morphtronic monster that’s banished or in your graveyard and Special Summon it in Defense Position. Tool Box is a Continuous Spell where if you control a monster, you can reveal 2 Equip Spells with different names from your Deck to let the opponent randomly add one to your hand while the other returns to the bottom of the Deck. Crystal Skull is a Level 1 WATER Rock who on summon deals you 1000 damage and then changes to Defense Position, and during the End Phase of a turn you didn’t take effect damage, you can add any Rock monster with 0 ATK from your Deck to your hand or Special Summon it. Curse Reflection Doll is a Quick-Play Spell where if you would take damage by a monster’s effect, you can inflict it to the opponent instead, also if you take battle damage while this card is in the graveyard, you can set it back to your field. Stonehenge is an Equip Spell that lets you target a monster with 0 ATK in your graveyard and Special Summons it in Attack Position, but the monster equipped by this effect is destroyed if this card leaves the field. Dream Shark is a Level 5 WATER Fish who cannot be destroyed in battle each turn the first time it would be destroyed, can be Special Summoned from the hand if you control no monsters or all monsters you control are WATER, and when a card or effect is activated that would inflict damage to you while this card is in your graveyard, you can Special Summon this card to make that damage become 0, but this card loses 1000 DEF and it’s banished when it leaves the field. Heroic Call is a Normal Spell that lets you Special Summon a Warrior from your hand or graveyard, but its effects are negated and it cannot attack unless it’s a Heroic monster, also you can banish this card from the graveyard to target a face-up monster you control to have it gain 500 ATK for each Heroic card you control and for each Heroic card attached to an Xyz Monster you control as material. Oily Cicada is a Level 3 WIND Insect who on Normal or Special Summon can reduce the Levels of all Insect monsters you control by 1, also if the battle position of this card changes, you can Special Summon an Oily Cicada from your hand, Deck, or graveyard. Dream Cicada is a Level 3 WIND Insect who can be Special Summoned from the hand if you control an Attack Position Insect monster, and upon Normal or Special Summon can let you target a monster on the field to change its battle position. Number 2: Ninja Shadow Mosquito is a Rank 2 WIND Insect Xyz that needs 2+ Level 2s to summon, cannot be destroyed in battle and you take no battle damage from battles involving this card, makes all monsters the opponent controls attack if able, and when an attack is declared you can either detach a material from this card to place a Hallucination Counter on a face-up monster the opponent controls (effects of monsters with these counters are negated) or you can inflict damage to the opponent equal to the ATK of a monster with a Hallucination Counter. Ninjitsu Art of Mosquito Marching is a Normal Spell that lets you Special Summon up to 2 Level 4 or lower Insect monsters from your hand (with the same Level, if summoning 2), and if you control Number 2: Ninja Shadow Mosquito you can banish this card from the graveyard to target face-up monsters the opponent controls up to the number of Insect monsters you control to give them all Hallucination Counters, with the effects of any monsters with these counters being negated. Performapal Odd-Eyes Seer is a Level 6 Scale 1 DARK Spellcaster Pendulum with a Pendulum Effect that lets you target a Performapal or Odd-Eyes card in your graveyard and add it to your hand, then destroy this card, and a Monster Effect where during the Main Phase where you control this Pendulum Summoned card, you can activate an effect based on its battle position with Attack Position letting you banish this card to target a Performapal or Odd-Eyes in your graveyard and Special Summon it, and Defense Position letting you take a Performapal or Odd-Eyes Pendulum Monster from your Deck and either add it to your Extra Deck face-up or send it to the graveyard. Doodle Beast – Stego is a Level 5 EARTH Dinosaur who can be Special Summoned from the hand if you control no monsters or all monsters you control are Dinosaurs, and upon this card being Normal or Special Summoned, you can add a Doodlebook Spell/Trap from your Deck to your hand and then discard a card. Doodle Beast – Tyranno is a Level 8 EARTH Dinosaur who can be Tribute Summoned by just tributing 1 Dinosaur monster, has a Quick Effect to Tribute Summon this card from the hand if a Dinosaur monster is on the field, and upon Normal Summon can let you destroy a monster on the field and then if this was Tribute Summoned using a Doodle Beast monster, this card gains ATK equal to half the destroyed monster’s ATK on field. Doodlebook – Uh uh uh! is a Normal Trap where when your Dinosaur monster is targeted for an attack, you can negate that attack and then you can Special Summon a Doodle Beast from your graveyard that cannot be destroyed in battle and is destroyed during the End Phase of your next turn, also you can banish this card from the graveyard, except during the turn it was sent there, to add any Level 5 or higher Dinosaur from your Deck to your hand. Todoroki the Earthbolt Star is a Level 6 EARTH Warrior who can be Special Summoned from the hand by sending another monster from the hand to the graveyard, but this card loses 500 ATK, also it has a Quick Effect during the Battle Phase to let you pay 500 LP to Fusion Summon a Warrior Fusion using monsters from your hand or field as material. Senko the Skybolt Star is a Level 7 LIGHT Warrior who can be Special Summoned from the hand if your Normal or Special Summon an EARTH monster(s), also you can banish this card from the graveyard to target a Level 5 or higher Warrior you control and an Attack Position monster the opponent controls to have your monster lose exactly 1500 ATK and the opponent’s monster is destroyed. Raijin the Breakbolt Star is a Level 10 LIGHT Warrior Fusion between any Level 5 or higher LIGHT Warrior and any EARTH Warrior, deals piercing battle damage, doubles any damage from a battle involving this card and a monster with no Level, and during the End Phase if it’s in the graveyard because it was destroyed and sent there this turn, you can target 2 Level 7 or lower Warriors in your graveyard and Special Summon them. Amazoness Hall is a Continuous Trap that upon actviation can let you take an Amazoness monster from your graveyard or face-up Extra Deck and either add it to your hand or place it in your Pendulum Zone if it was a Pendulum Monster, also if a monster(s) is Special Summoned to the opponent’s field while you control an Amazoness monster, you can target 1 of those summoned monsters to gain LP equal to that monster’s ATK. Finally, Amazoness Hot Spring is a Continuous Trap that upon activation can let you take an Amazoness monster in your Deck and either add it to your hand or place it in the Pendulum Zone if it was a Pendulum Monster, also when you take battle damage while you control an Amazoness monster, you can gain LP equal to the damage you took.
We end things off with all the reprints in this set that Battles of Legend is known for. We start with reprints for all 7 of the original Crystal Beasts: Ruby Carbuncle, Amethyst Cat, Emerald Tortoise, Topaz Tiger, Amber Mammoth, Cobalt Eagle, and Sapphire Pegasus alongside both Advanced Dark and Rainbow Bridge all coming in Ultra Rare. We get a bunch of Blackwing reprints with Gale the Whirlwind, Bora the Spear, Sirocco the Dawn, Blizzard the Far North, Breeze the Zephyr, Simoon the Poison Wind, Gram the Shining Star, and Full Armor Master all coming in Ultra Rare while Vayu the Emblem of Honor comes in Secret Rare. We see the Toons from Toon Chaos with Toon Black Luster Soldier, Toon Bookmark, and Toon Page-Flip all coming in Secret Rare while Toon Harpie Lady and Toon Terror come in Ultra Rare. We also got reprints for the Chaos cards from Toon Chaos with The Chaos Creator and Chaos Space coming in Secret Rare while Chaos Daedalus and Chaos Valkyria are both Ultra Rare. We got a few Odd-Eyes reprints with both Odd-Eyes Persona Dragon and Odd-Eyes Phantasma Dragon coming in Secret Rare while Odd-Eyes Rebellion Dragon comes in Ultra Rare. We see a few hand trap reprints with both D.D. Crow and Token Collector coming in Ultra Rare. Edge Imp Chain and Frightfur Patchwork are both in here to give that package a reprint in Ultra Rare. Koa’ki Meiru Supplier gets a reprint in Secret Rare since it did miss the 2021 Tins. We got some Zombie Synchros reprinted for Edison Format with both Revived King Ha Des and Doomkaiser Dragon coming in Secret Rare. Some Numbers get reprinted with Number 100: Numeron Dragon and Number F0: Utopic Draco Future coming in Secret Rare. Salamangreat Circle gets an Ultra Rare reprint since it recently came to 3 not long ago. Fusion Destiny also gets a Secret Rare reprint to go with the recently reprinted Destroyer Phoenix Enforcer. Emblem of the Plunder Patroll gets an Ultra Rare reprint while Blackbead, the Plunder Patroll Captain gets a Secret Rare reprint to help finish that archetype’s needed reprints. We get a few niche Link Monsters reprinted with Hieratic Seal of the Heavenly Spheres and Avendread Savior both coming in Ultra Rare while Selene, Queen of the Master Magicians and Artemis, the Magistus Moon Maiden come in Secret Rare. We see both Evil Twin Links get reprinted in Secret Rare with both Ki-sikil and Lil-la. Finally, for the two biggest reprints, we get Borreload Savage Dragon and Accesscode Talker both in Secret Rare to go with the previously mentioned Starlight Rare print.
This is probably a better Battles of Legend set than the previous 2, to be honest. The reprints in this set are much better, and we got some very pretty Secret Rare upgrades. The new cards probably won’t impact the meta, but G Golems have potential, EN Shuffle is great for HEROs, and it’s cool to see things like the Advanced Crystal Beasts finally printed in physical form. The Starlight Rares are the big chase of the set, like always, and pull rates are up to being 1 per case nearly since they did double the total number of Starlights, which offer some nice things for competitive players, past format players, and collectors. It’s a great set to end the year on, but we got 1 more Structure Deck remaining before 2022 is over.
Thanks for reading,