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When this card is Normal Summoned: You can target 1 "Utopia" monster in your Graveyard; Special Summon that target. You can target 1 "Number C39: Utopia Ray V" you control; equip this monster you control to that target. Once per turn, while this card is equipped to a monster: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from the equipped monster; negate the equipped monster's effects (even after this card leaves the field or the monster becomes unaffected by card effects), and if you do, destroy all monsters your opponent controls, and if you do that, inflict 1000 damage to your opponent for each monster destroyed by this effect.
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst.
3 is average.
5 is the highest rating.
Date Reviewed - Sept. 9, 2013
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Back to looking at cards from the new set we come
to a real piece of work in V Salamander. Fire,
Spellcaster, Level 4, 1500 attack and 1300 defense.
This card has a lot going for it, believe it or
not. But it has just as much, if not more, working
against it. This card works only with an XYZ
Monster in your Extra Deck (or I suppose a series of
them, in various forms of Utopia). So the
playability of this card is very limited. It can do
some neat tricks, eventually being able to setting
up to destroy all your opponent's Monsters and
inflicting 1000 damage per destroyed Monster. It
can pull off a couple other nifty effects I suppose,
but even if you were playing the Utopia series,
you're better off without this. Utopia is ending up
with more support than Elemental Heroes, and like
E-Heroes, most of it is garbage.
We start the week off with a card that I believe
could be a lot of fun to play in a fun deck. V
Salamander is tailor made to be run in a deck that
centers on Utopia. I do not know how many of you
have actually played with the Super Starter Deck V
of Victory or played in a Super Starter Deck
tournament (raises his hand), but it can be rather
fun. In this type of deck, making Utopia and Utopia
Ray is rather easy and all you need is Rank-Up-Magic
Limited Barian’s Force to make Number: C39: Utopia
Ray V. Once you make these monsters and use their
effects by detaching Utopia, V Salamander becomes a
very strong monster.
This type of deck can work amazingly well against
decks that play Scapegoats or spam a lot of monsters
to the field. Imagine attaching V Salamander to your
Utopia Ray V and using the effect to destroy all 4
Scapegoat tokens to inflict 4000 damage! Not only do
you destroy all of your opponent’s monsters, but you
also get to inflict massive damage. Note that you
have to destroy all of your opponent’s monsters so
if one survives, then you do not inflict damage.
V Salamander is a level four monster so it works
great as material for Utopia, and it is a fire
monster with 1500 attack so it will work with UFO
Turtle. It is also conveniently enough a Spellcaster
so it works well with the Gagaga monsters in the
theme deck. It is kind of like they made Salamander
specifically for the Super Starter theme deck.
There may be an OTK build with this card for those
of you innovative enough to create it. Nightmare
Today's Card of the Day review is a Rare card
from the Judgment of the Light booster set: V
Salamander, a card that appeared on the Yugioh Zexal
This card is a Level 4 FIRE Attribute Spellcaster,
which is a weird Type considering the card looks
like a fiery fiend from the underworld. It is also
Utopia support as well.
Personally, the most important part of this card is
the effect gained when Normal Summoned, in which it
will allow you to Special Summon a "Utopia" monster
from your Graveyard. That can be the original Number
39, Number C39: Utopia Ray, or either of the
remaining Number C39 that was recently released,
Utopia Ray V and Utopia Ray Victory. In this case,
the best targets to revive is the 2 Rank 4 Utopia
monsters (which is Number 39: Utopia and Number C39:
Utopia Ray). Remember that whichever you target, it
will come back with its effects but with no Xyz
Anyway, once you do so, you can use a Rank-Up Magic
card to bring that Rank 4 "Utopia" Xyz monster to go
into either of the Rank 5 "Utopia" Xyz monsters.
Also, if you are curious, yes, you can bring back
Number C39: Utopia Ray and it will eligible for you
to play a Rank-Up Magic Spell to bring it up to
Utopia Ray V and Utopia Ray Victory. Also, to add to
this, since both Utopia Ray V and Utopia Ray Victory
only require "Utopia" monsters equipped to it as an
Xyz Material, Number C39: Utopia Ray will work just
fine if you want to use their effects.
This is just one of the abilities V Salamander
offers. Another benefit it brings is if you need a
mass board wipe. For example, if your opponent has
too many monsters on board for you to deal with, V
Salamander itself can help you solve that problem.
By bringing back a Rank 4 "Utopia" monster, and then
Rank-Up-Magic it to Number C39: Utopia Ray V, you
can make use of V Salamander's second effect. This
allow you to detach an Xyz Material from Utopia Ray
V to negate its own effects, destroy all of your
opponent's monsters, and your opponent takes 1000
damage for each monster destroyed this way. That's
quite brutal. Not only can you wipe the board clean
but you also deal a solid amount of damage as well.
Another thing to keep in mind is that the monsters
doesn't need to go to the Graveyard so this effect
will work on Tokens or monsters that would be
banished once removed from the field. You can also
do it again if Utopia Ray V remains on the field
next turn. Lastly, this will allow you to attack
with Utopia Ray V just the same if the damage done
wasn't enough to end the game.
That's quite a lethal power boost and flexibility
that this deck needs. It brings back fallen "Utopia"
monsters, making Rank-Up-Magic based decks easier to
use, and gives those who is willing to run the deck
an accessible way to basically Raigeki your
opponent's side of the field. Unfortunately, it is
almost impossible to search for it whenever you need
it but outside of that, this card is quite brutal
and, I would say, it is one of the most underrated
cards in this set.
If you ever want to find a reason to toy with Utopia
Ray V and Utopia Ray Victory but is frustrated by
the lack of ways to keep them on the field, V
Salamander is one of the, if not the, best ways to
fix that issue. I know I will be finding a way to
put all of these cards and make a budget Gagaga deck
with 2 of these and some Rank-Up-Magic spells to
make a cheap but yet powerful Utopia-based deck.
Traditional Format: 2/5 (This card is actually good
enough to be ran there, in my opinion. It's
something to consider if you ever get the Yuma fever
Advanced Format: 4/5 (This card is worth its weight
in gold for Yuma/Utopia fans out there. It does so
much for the deck and it only comes as a 10 cent
Rare to boot. It gives a huge amount of playability
boost to Rank-Up-Magic Utopia decks that is
strangely not even getting a quarter of the
attention it deserves. It is definitely something
worth exploring for the budget players out there.
When this card is Normal Summoned: You can target 1
"Utopia" monster in your Graveyard; Special Summon
that target. You can target 1 "Number C39: Utopia
Ray V" you control; equip this monster you control
to that target. Once per turn, while this card is
equipped to a monster: You can detach 1 Xyz Material
from the equipped monster; negate the equipped
monster's effects (even after this card leaves the
field or the monster becomes unaffected by card
effects), and if you do, destroy all monsters your
opponent controls, and if you do that, inflict 1000
damage to your opponent for each monster destroyed
by this effect.
This week we are looking at some of the cards that
didn’t get into the Judgement of the Light Top 10
and first of is V Salamander and support card for
the Utopia series of monsters. Statwise, V
Salamander doesn’t have anything of interest, but
why is it a Spellcaster? Salamanders are amphibians
so this card should be Aqua or Reptile. Konami seems
to have a big a grasp on biology as the designers of
But what about its effects, first off when it is
normal summoned it can special summon 1 “Utopia”
monster from your Graveyard. A handy effect
especially since it can be any Utopia monsters and
not just a specific monster. Also you can equip this
card to a Number C39: Utopia Ray V. Then by
detaching a Xyz Material from your Number C39:
Utopia Ray V you lose Number C39: Utopia Ray V’s
regular effect and now it gets a really powerful
effect which is a mix of Raigeki and a more powerful
However there are a couple of problems. First of
all, unless you are playing a lot Utopia monsters
and in particular Number C39: Utopia Ray V, this
card is largely useless. Second it does cost Number
C39: Utopia Ray V its effect even if this card is no
longer attached which is a big problem.
Overall, both effects are very powerful and very
useful if you play a lot of Utopia monsters but the
main effect does come with a lot of drawbacks and
the monster itself isn’t anything of note.
Hey guys today we are going V Slamandra and I
really feel that this card was a nice add to the
Utopia deck. Being able destroy all of your
opponents monsters then inflict 1000 points of
damage is pretty broke if you ask me. I'm glad this
card is a little more situational than there other
Utopia cards but the ability to summon Utopia from
the graveyard gives you easier access to Ray V.
Overall a pretty decent card just not in a great