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Pojo's Yu-Gi-Oh Card of the Day

Archlord Zerato
Ultra Rare

Fairy / Effect Monster
This card cannot be Normal Summoned or Set. This card cannot be Special Summoned except by offering 1 face-up "Warrior of Zera" on your side of the field as a Tribute while "The Sanctuary in the Sky" is on the field. If "The Sanctuary in the Sky" is on your side of the field, discard 1 LIGHT Monster Card from your hand to the Graveyard to destroy all monsters on your opponent's side of the field.

Type - Light / 8 / 2800 / 2300
Card Number
- AST-034

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale 1 being 
the worst.  3 ... average.  5 is the highest rating

Date Reviewed - 6.18.04

ExMinion OfDarkness Friday:
Archlord Zerato

The biggest Angel in the set. GREAT effect if you can pull it off, but as far as special summonable monsters go, this isn't that easy to do.

This requires two things to work: SitS on the field AND Warrior of Zera down as well. The Sanctuary isn't that unreasonable -- Terraforming and An Owl of Luck can help you pull it faster.

My issue is with Warrior of Zera. It's only searchable by Reinforcements of the Army -- no Sangan, no Witch, no Last Will, etc...You either have to play 3 of a non-effect 1600 attacker (EW!) or Reinforcements of the Army to thin your Deck and search it out.

Assuming you ARE able to get both down and the Archlord in hand, it's a nice trade-off. You can turn any Light monster into a Raigeki (as long as that Sanctuary is still there.) Again, they're using more specialized discards now in a faint (yet hopeless) attempt to balance the game -- Cursed Seal requires a Spell card, Spell-Shield type 8 requires a Spell card, Double Spell, etc...but all of the older cards don't require anything like that.

This card's also nice in that the SitS has to be on YOUR side of the field. Meaning if your opponent Snatch Steals it, they can't just automatically pitch that D. D. Warrior Lady or Reflect Bounder, kill all of your monsters, and then use it to summon up CED or BLS. A nice protection for the Fairy player against the archetypical Chaos deck.

Although the effect is wonderful, and 2800 is going to hold its own against almost anything, I'm going to have to give this card a fairly low score because of its difficulty to summon. If cards like BLS and CED didn't exist, then there wouldn't be this standard of special summoning everyone has -- expecting a really easy summon with such awesome effects.

Tranorix Friday: Archlord Zerato

Zerato is definitely a powerful card. You can only summon it when The Sanctuary of the Sky is on the field, so that's a little restricting; and you can only summon it if you have Warrior of Zera on the field, which is even more restricting. But you ONLY need to offer Warrior of Zera, which makes this Level 8 monster a mere one tribute. That isn't bad at all.

The stats are amazing; 2800 will overpower everything seen in normal decks save the Chaos monsters, and 2300 will also stand up to a lot (though I don't see why you'd put this guy into DEF).

The effect is also incredible. I like to think of it as "While this card is face up on the field, every LIGHT monster in your hand is treated as 'Raigeki'". Now THAT is useful. Of course, I wouldn't play Zerato in any deck other than a Fairy deck; he's just too hard to use otherwise.

Typical tournament deck: 1.5/5
Fairy deck: 4.5/5
Omega Archlord Zerato is simply an amazing monster in an Angel deck. A 2800 attack monster for a simple tribute is useful in just about any deck.

Itís very easy to summon Archlord Zerato due to the fact it only requires Warrior of Zera as a tribute. So just summon Warrior of Zera, then immediately sacrifice it to summon Zerato. However The Sanctuary in the Sky must be on the field or else you wonít meet Zeratoís summoning requirements.

Zerato has a built in Raigeki effect that is activated by discarding 1 light type monster from your hand. This can be used strategically by discarding Airknight Parshath or Guardian Angel Joan so they can be revived later on without tributes. And once again this effect requires The Sanctuary in the Sky to be on the field.

Unfortunately both Zerato and Warrior of Zera have stats too high to be searched through Witch of the Black Forrest, and Sangan. But Warrior of Zera has the added bonus of being a Warrior, so you might want to include 1 Reinforcements of the Army to fetch him when the time is right.

Archlord Zerato is a welcome addition to any Angel deck. Even ones that donít revolve around life point gain, as he doesnít have any penalties for having your life points lower than your opponents.

Iím giving Archlord Zerato a 4.5/5. Like most of the cards this week, he needs The Sanctuary to use his full potential, but the benefits are worth it in the end. 
dawnyoshi Finally, for this angel week, we've got...Archlod Zerato. I tried this beefy angel out a few weeks ago in a Japanese Deck (note: ban lists were enforced in my duels). Let's just say I took the deck apart that night.

Zerato's effect is simply amazing. Simply discard a light monster from your hand, and your opponent's monsters blow up in a fury of thunder and lightning, struck down from the heavens! The requirement of having Sanctuary on the field isn't too hard to fulfill either. Either way, you have a massive attacker out. However, summoning it is the problem. This requires you to have 3, count it, THREE CARDS in order to summon this monster. You need Warrior of Zera successfully summoned, Sanctuary in the Sky on the field, and Zerato in your hand. The good news is that pulling this angel out on turn 1 isn't hard...the bad news is he can't be revived, meaning you need a slew of negation to protect Zerato...My Body as a Shield anyone? Still, the cost is rather large, and currently, it's too big of a drain on your hand.

Constructed: 2/5

Limited: 1/5

Don't even try for this in limited. The requirements for you to summon this are too big of a drain in draft. If you're drafting this, it's purely to add to your collection. It's dead weight in your deck. 
Kuro Basara Archlord Zerato

Zerato isn't bad, but he's not good. As you can see I am very disappointed
in this set, but of course I'll keep going while barfing along the way.

Zerato is a Light, Fairy, 8 Star, with 2800 atk, and 2300 defense. Whats
interesting about this card is the way it needs to be summoned. It, "cannot
be Normal Summoned or Set. This card cannot be Special Summoned except by
offering 1 face-up "Warrior of Zera" on your side of the field as a Tribute
while "The Sanctuary in the Sky" is on the field." Oh and looky what it can
do, "If "The Sanctuary in the Sky" is on your side of the field, discard 1
LIGHT Monster Card from your hand to the Graveyard to destroy all monsters
on your opponent's side of the field."
VERY iffy in my opinion. Its made for more of a fun deck. You can REALLY
put your D.D. Warrior Ladies to use in a "Light" deck. Uh, yeah.

Tourney: 1.0
Casual: 1.5 


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