Despian Quaeritis – #DAMA-EN034
1 “Despia” monster + 1 LIGHT or DARK monster – During the Main Phase (Quick Effect): You can change the ATK of all monsters currently on the field to 0 until the end of this turn, except Level 8 or higher Fusion Monsters. If this face-up card in its owner’s control leaves the field because of an opponent’s card effect: You can add to your hand, or Special Summon, 1 “Fallen of Albaz” or 1 “Despia” monster, from your Deck. You can only use each effect of “Despian Quaeritis” once per turn.
Date Reviewed: October 22nd, 2021
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale. 1 is awful. 3 is average. 5 is excellent.
Hello Pojo Fans,
Despian Quaeritis wraps up the week and is the other Fusion Desia monster I hinted at while reviewing Theater.
Despia monster and a LIGHT or DARK monster is easy to come by for requirements, keeping it mostly in the Despia archetype. You can make simply by using two of your Main Deck Despia monsters or use a Fusion Monster alongside a Despia and plus (presumably) off the Fusion Monster hitting the graveyard.
Ability to make All monsters expect Level 8 or higher Fusion Monsters ATK 0 for the turn is something you see in the other Despia Fusion Monster and works alongside a few cards in the archetype, but the main benefit of this effect is making the monster’s ATK 0 to do big damage or stop your opponent from attacking because it is a Quick-Effect. Seraches Fallen of Albaz or a Despia from the deck when your opponent gets rid of it, always good to see a 1-for-1 when you lose a monster. You can use Quaeritis to help make Despian Proskenion and set Quaeritis for Theater, since Proskenion does burn damage when destroying a monster equal to that monster’s original ATK: the two are a 1-2 punch while not losing any advantage when Theater is factored in.
Despian Quaeritis is a powerful Fusion Monster that each turn can stop your opponent from being able to attack. It can swing the game because of its ability to drop all monsters to 0ATK that your opponent likely has.
Until Next Time
Of course we got to end on a Fusion Monster, so the week ends with probably the main Fusion for Despia: Despian Quaeritis.
Quaeritis is a Level 8 LIGHT Fiend Fusion with 2500 ATK and DEF. Fine stats, a weirdly good Type/Attribute combination different from what we’ve seen previously as well. Requirements to summon are any Despia monster and any LIGHT or DARK monster, which the entire archetype being DARK should help provide materials. During the Main Phase, as a Quick Effect, you can make the ATK of all monsters that aren’t Level 8 or higher Fusions become 0 for the turn. Interesting effect, can help prevent an OTK. Would be nice to do this during the Battle Phase so the opponent can ram a 0 ATK monster into this, but I’m sure they wouldn’t even walk into that anyways. This just means your opponent can stay in Main Phase to make more plays after you try to trigger this effect to make everything 0 before they would enter the Battle Phase. Second effect is if this card leaves the field by an opponent’s card effect while in its owner’s control, you can add to your hand or summon a Fallen of Albaz or any Despia monster from Deck. Pretty good floating effect, consdering the opponent is going to struggle to run over this when you’re making their monsters have 0 ATK. Getting Fallen of Albaz from Deck is nice for an instant Fusion Summon using the opponent’s field, or just getting an archetype monster can help get a search off Aluber or some negation with Dramaturge for example. Each effect is a hard once per turn, which I dunno if the first effect is strong enough to warrant that restriction, but it isn’t the biggest deal. It’s a fine Fusion for the archetype. It’s easy to summon and the effects are good, though not great. Still worth having for Despia.
Advanced Rating: 3.5/5
Art: 5/5 I guess Fleurdelis became The Iris Swordsoul because her armor got possessed.
Speaking of Light/Fiend Monsters (which continues to grow and has more support than most probably realize) here’s Despian Quaeritis to to close the week. Level 8 Fusion, 2500 attack and defense, with semi-open requirements needing any Despian Monster + a Light or Dark Monster. So it works well within the hybrid of these here we’ve looked at this week. A Main Phase Quick Effect lets you make the attack of ALL Monsters on the Field 0 (save Level 8 and above Fusion Monsters…I think we covered something related to this on Wednesday) until the End of the Turn. Wow. If you get a couple of these out and can attack through your opponent, given this Effect these are essentially Direct Attacks. Of course, note this hits your Monsters as well, but you’re playing around/through that, so it’s not a big issue at all. You can add to your Hand or Special Summon a Despia Monster or Fallen of Albaz from your Deck when this card leaves the Field because of an opponent’s Card Effect. Now this one doesn’t include Battle, so that’s a downside, and remember, it has to be under your control as well. So they could take it and destroy it via Effect, plus Battle this time, so this guy is more vulnerable. There’s certainly a place for this here, and while it’s not as good as I want (normal once per Turn per Effect clause attached to) I feel maybe the attack could’ve been higher.
Art: 4.25/5 This, like the other couple Monsters, is just amazing. Very Nightmare Before Christmas like in the art on them this week.
Just a bit of intro: I love the theme of the archetype (Theatre/Thespians), as a big fan of Shakespeare and theatre! The Despian archetype is not quite meta-relevant yet, but it does have great synergy with the Dogmatika engine. Despian Quaeritis is also the corrupted version of ‘Dogmatika Felurdelis, the Knighted’ in the card lore behind Dogmatikas and Despians!
Now to Quaeritis: The best part of Quaeritis’ effect is that it’s reduction of all opponent’s monsters ATK points to 0 is not limited to just your Main Phase; this can be done in your opponent’s main phase too! If this were an unlimited Quick Effect (e.g. Machina Citadel, which can activate its effect at any time) and not restricted to only the Main Phase of a turn it may be slightly better, but it’s still a pretty great effect.
Given the Despian archetype is heavily based around using its LV8 or higher fusion monsters, its also unlikely the negative side of this effect will affect you and will only hit your opponent (unless they too are using LV8+ Fusions, e.g. HERO’S or Cyber Dragons).
If Quaeritis is removed from the field by your opponent during your turn, you can also immediately special summon ‘Fallen of Albaz’ to conduct yet another fusion summon using his effect! That’s a great link-up play to Albaz!!!
Rating: 3.5 / 5 ~ Really solid effect from one of the more powerful ‘Despians’ and packs a punch too!
Art: 4/5 ~ The artwork looks insane, especially through how it shows the corruption of Fleurdelis, but at the same time there’s so much going on I’m not sure where to look!
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