The Bystial Lubellion – #DABL-EN009
Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set. Must be Special Summoned (from your hand or GY) by Tributing 1 Level 6 or higher DARK Dragon monster. You can only Special Summon “The Bystial Lubellion” once per turn this way. You can send this card from your hand to the GY; add 1 “Bystial” monster from your Deck to your hand, except “The Bystial Lubellion”. During your Main Phase: You can place 1 “Branded” Continuous Spell/Trap from your Deck face-up on your field. You can only use each effect of “The Bystial Lubellion” once per turn.
Date Reviewed: February 17th, 2023
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale. 1 is awful. 3 is average. 5 is excellent.
Hello Pojo Fans,
The Bystial Lubellion ends our week and was Alubur’s best shot at claiming victory so far in the story lore.
Stronger DEF than ATK, Lubellion needs a Level 6 or higher DARK Dragon monster tributed to be Special Summoned. While you get to Special Summon Lubellion from the hand or grave, it means giving up one of your Bystials. You’ll get the effect of the Bystial when it hits the grave, so overall you’ll be breaking even. If you send Lubellion from the hand to the grave first, you get a Bystial search, which is nice since it would likely facilitate Lubellion’s summon from the grave. This path is a deck thin and the Bystial grave effect activated with Lubellion ending up the field with the same ATK as the Bystial monster you tributed for him. Lubellion can place a Branded Continuous Spell/Trap face-up on the field from the Deck though, and that means Branded Regained or Branded Beast. Lubellion is a deck thinner of two at minimum and potentially three if you pair him with Magnamhut.
The Bystial Lubellion has great synergy with the Bystial monsters and Branded Spell/Trap cards in such a way that you can run them and get to them all once you get Lubellion. Discard to get to your Bystial, summon that Bystial, pop to Special Lubellion from the grave, get that Bystial effect, search and activate a Branded Continuous Spell/Trap from the Deck, go from there. It may be this reason why they kept the 2500ATK theme instead of giving him higher ATK.
Until Next Time
The week ends off with the big boss of the Bystials (that they actually run) and evolution of Lubellion the Searing Dragon as he becomes The Bystial Lubellion.
The Bystial Lubellion is a Level 8 LIGHT Dragon with 2500 ATK and 3000 DEF. Would of preferred the stats swapped, but they’re still fine, being a Dragon is always great, and LIGHT is still good, even if it still falls behind DARK. It cannot be Normal Summoned or Set and must be Special Summoned from the hand or graveyard by tributing a Level 6 or higher DARK Dragon, which all the regular Bystials meet the requirement for, so it should be easy to get onto the field. You can only summon it once a turn this way, so no spamming the field with them, and the remaining effects are a hard once per turn. The first lets you discard this card to add a Bystial monster from Deck to hand besides another Lubellion, so it gets into the graveyard while also searching for a monster to disrupt the graveyard and offer as fodder to summon this, which is very good. The final effect lets you place a Branded Continuous Spell/Trap directly from the Deck face-up into your Spell & Trap Zone, making it a very easy way to get Branded Beast on the field and active as soon as possible, or other Branded cards like Branded Regained or Branded Lost. The Bystial Lubellion is a great card for Bystial/Branded Decks as it gets to your Bystials as soon as possible. Decks just using Bystials might not need it though since that clogs their Deck more for cards that don’t offer much to their strategies, but Decks like Chaos strategies, Dragon Decks, or Branded Despia will love to use the full Bystial package with 3 Lubellion.
Advanced Rating: 4.25/5
Art: 5/5 Oh man, what happened to you Lubellion? You honestly look cooler.
Curiously, we’re not covering the archetype’s actual (mediocre) boss, but instead Bystial’s sub-boss, The Bystial Lubellion. A twist on Aluber’s Fusion form, The Bystial Lubellion is also a level 8 LIGHT Dragon monster, albeit in the main deck this time. Notably, it is LIGHT instead of DARK, which means you can get to it with Chaos Space from the mini Bystials, and being a LIGHT Dragon is almost as good as being a DARK Dragon. Lubellion also packs the same stat spread as its Fusion form, with 2500 attack and 3000 defense, so it’s a serviceable beater and wall for the most part.
Lubellion can’t be Normal Summoned or Set, as you can Special Summon it once per turn by tributing a level 6 or higher DARK Dragon monster while it’s in your hand or Graveyard. Obviously, you’re meant to tribute one of the DARK Bystials, but you can also use popular DARK Dragon monsters like Absorouter Dragon, Noctovision Dragon, and Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon. Lubellion’s other two effects are hard once per turns, the first letting you discard it to search any Bystial monster except itself. There’s basically no reason not to do this, since Lubellion Special Summons itself from the Graveyard and can be fuel to summon the Bystial you just searched. While Lubellion doesn’t kick off any combos by itself, you can at least get to Bystial Saronir, which is the most combo-oriented of the Bystials. Lubellion’s last effect lets you place a Branded Continuous Spell or Trap directly from your deck to your field face-up during the Main Phase. Most of the time, you’ll be using this effect to grab Branded Beast, since it’ll instantly be live. If you already have Beast, you can always grab Branded Regained or Branded Lost in builds that lean more towards Branded Despia. Overall, a very versatile monster for Bystial hybrid decks, though there’s no reason to splash it generically like the DARK Bystials.
Art: 4/5 I’m sure Pokemon fans have some gripes about him “standing up”.
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