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Glow-up Bulb

You can send the top card of your Deck to the Graveyard and Special Summon this card from the Graveyard. You can only use this effect once per Duel.

Card Ratings
Traditional: 3.43
Advanced: 3.86 

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 is Horrible. 3 is Average. 5 is the highest rating.

Date Reviewed:
Oct. 7, 2014

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Glow-Up Bulb


Unbanned and now at one.  But since it has a once per duel clause, why not just put it at 3?


G-UB hasn't been reviewed in 4 years (before it was banned)




At the time, Synchros were rampant, the Hyper Librarian combo was insane and decks were geared toward spamming Synchros.  Nowadays, like I said in the review for Formula Synchron, Synchros are weaker.  And it's good to give them more strength to make them even with XYZ's.


This is a better version of Plaguespreader since it can Special Summon without losing a card from your hand (unless you really need a DARK LV2).  It summons itself for free.  Tune into almost anything you want in any situation, or tribute it for something.  I can totally see Lightsworn decks (or any deck with milling and discarding) using this.  It's not splashable for just any deck with Synchro's though.


It's not broken anymore.  We just had to wait for time to bring it back down to earth.  It's not as jaw-dropping as it once was, but it's still very good (with the right deck of course).




Power -- 3

Versatility -- 4

Dependability -- 3

Advantage -- 4

Speed -- 4


Traditional – 4

Advanced – 3.5


Glow-Up Bulb


Plant lovers rejoice as the favourite son returns home…

I feel that this card should have returned earlier as while it can Special Summon itself from the Graveyard with it’s own effect, compared to many cards in existence it’s effect on the game is not going to be as large as it once was.


Now don’t let that convince you that this card isn’t quite so good anymore, or that it’s not going to be able to have an impact on the game… Because it is!


With this card back in the game, Synchro’s will become just that little bit more playable again, and the “Engine” of Dandylion, Lonefire Blossom, Spore and Glow-Up Bulb is certain to see the light of day once more. It also means that Formula Synchron becomes just that little bit better as well since it can be made with no actual investment. And since Glow-Up Bulb is an excellent Tuner Level of 1, this can even allow just the odd Synchro to be slotted into the Extra Deck, something that is certain to change the dynamics of a game.


Ally of Justice Catastor, Black Rose Dragon, Scrap Dragon and Stardust Dragon amongst others are some likely candidates for taking up just 1 or 2 slots in the Extra Deck if you use Glow-Up Bulb as your stand alone Tuner.


Any Deck that mills, excavates or needs cards to discard or needs a monster to Tribute Summon can all hope to benefit from Glow-Up Bulb being included in their Deck. And while not every Deck will actually run it, there really is no downside to doing so at all.


Personally I’m pretty excited to see this card brought back into the game as it really lends itself to being used in so many Decks, and with no downside I’m expecting it to see quite a lot of play.


Traditional: 4. It’s already so good here since it can be used to create Naturia Synchro’s, be involved in the Summoning of Shooting Quasar Dragon and so much more!


Advanced: 4. Versatile, and that’s what makes this card so truly good. I’m expecting to see it played quite a bit.


We continue our look at the new banlist with Glow-Up Bulb, a popular Tuner that was banned but is now limited. Statwise is completely irrelevant since it’s a level 1 Tuner and this is never going to be on field long enough for its Stats to be important.

Effectwise, Glow-Up Blow can special summon itself from the graveyard, by sending the top card of your deck to the graveyard. However you can only use this Once per Duel, so you can’t abuse the effect. Of course, before this was banned this was one of the main Tuners used to get out Formula Synchron which is turn was used to get out Shooting Quasar Dragon. If this was in the graveyard, you were hoping that the card milled would be something like Dandylion so you could get a level 1 Token.

Of course this becoming Limited and Formula Synchron coming off the banlist is nothing to do with Legendary Collection: Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds coming out with Shooting Quasar Dragon being one of the promos, he types sarcastically.

Overall, a great and powerful Tuner has returned to give Synchro Decks a huge boost. This will definitely see play again.
Traditional: 4.5/5
Advanced: 4.5/5


Hello Pojo Fans,
Back from the ban list is our favorite little Tuner, Glow-Up Bulb. You should get two Synchro Summons out of this plant-type before it is banished. Top card off the deck to the grave to Special Summon him, awesome and gives him flexibility in any deck. Discarded, milled, Glow-Up Bulb doesn't care. One For One Special Summons it, then pop it up from the graveyard in the same turn. Glow-Up Bulb can be played in any deck that wants to Synchro Summon, but it can also be used to combo with other cards to create more advantage. Lightsworns can run it and use it to Special Summon Wulf or Felis. Dandylion sent to the grave off the top of the deck will give you an instant Formula Synchron. Shaddolls will benefit from Glow-Up topping a card off the deck to the grave, while Dragons get a Tuner to give them easier level 8 Synchro monster options. Quickdraw Dandywarrior used this and Spore to overwhelm their opponents in past formats. Sylvan players may have lost two Soul Charges, but they get Glow-Up Bulb to help with their comboing.
May be one of the best Tuners, if not the best ever because of the support, ways to summon, and combo possibilities that come with it. Deserved to be banned, will be fun to see how much of an impact it has.
Until Next Time

Glow-Up Bulb...I don't think ANYONE ever saw this coming back. Bulb is one of the greatest tuners in the game right now. It allows you in Dragon Rulers to easily place 2 level 8 synchros on the field in 1 turn, Karakuri Machina Plant is viable again, and once Shaddolls get their Earth Fusion, well, you catch my drift. Now, this card is ironically not the best in the major plant deck of sylvans, because it doesn't trigger any of their effects but i'm sure it will be used and a lot of decks gain some support with Glow Up returning. Gravekeepers(a long time favorite), have access to Naturia Beast thanks to Bulb, AND it gets around Necrovalley's graveyard restriction, in fact a single spy flip can make a level 8 or 9 synchro utilizing GUB.

Traditional 2/5 - I'm sure they'll find some way to use it
Advanced 4/5 - Again, the best and most splashable tuner in the game. The number of decks that can run this are near limitless and if you follow youtube, Joe Giorlando put up some videos about the crazy combos you can make with just a couple cards utilizing glowup bulb along the way


I’ve missed you, my friend.


Glow-Up Bulb is one of the two cards to come off of the Forbidden List this time around, having been banned in March 2012. If the first sentence didn’t tip you off, I freaking love this card.


Bulb is arguably the best Tuner in the history of the game. A virtually free Tuner that can potentially be used twice if drawn or summoned from the Deck is good at almost any point in the game. The fact that Level 1 is the most flexible Level for a Tuner only adds to the benefit, and the mill allows you to get obscenely lucky at times. Even for a once per Duel effect, Bulb is very good at what it does.


Good as it is, however, I hold the belief that Bulb was never the true culprit; I believe it was really Trishula. Whether or not you disagree, it is also of note that Bulb does not really have much of a place in the current metagame: Neither Satellarknight nor Burning Abyss focus on Synchro Summoning, and even when Burning Abyss gets that ability in November they won’t be able to use Bulb due to the restriction on each of the BA monsters. Without an EARTH El Shaddoll Fusion Monster, there isn’t much of a reason for Shaddoll to make use of it either.


This does not mean Bulb is unwelcome though. Any Synchro based Deck such as Dragon Ruler greatly welcomes the card. Additionally, Bulb’s return is a massive boost to the Plant Engine, which first became relevant because of Bulb. And while Shaddoll cannot use the card now, the release of the EARTH El Shaddoll in November will give the Deck an easy way to put Bulb in the Graveyard; this can be used either as an easy play into Armades or Armory Arm, or it can be used with the EARTH Fusion to make Star Eater, giving the Deck a reliable out to the boss monster of the upcoming Qliphort Deck.


While the game is not particularly kind to Bulb, time will tell to see if it was worth bringing back after these two years without it.


Traditional: 3/5

Advanced: 3/5


The F&L list week rolls on. Glow-Up Bulb is back with us at 1, and this card is at 1 for a reason. A level 1 EARTH/Plant tuner monster, it's poor stats of 100/100 for ATK/DEF won't stand up against much....but that's not the point. If Bulb is in the graveyard, for the mere price of sending the top card to your grave, you can special summon it. You can only special summon this card with this effect only once per duel. Don't even get me started on the insane amount of ways you can simply put this card in your graveyard. You got Lightsworn, One Big Warrior, Sylvans, The Tricky, Foolish Burial, Lightning Vortex and my personal favorite, One for One just for starters. With any of those methods, you can then special summon Bulb to get whatever Synchro you are setting up for. All sorts of shenanigans can be cause by Glow-Up Bulb. It's perfect at one. I can't see this card being back at forbidden status no time soon.
Traditional: 2
Advanced: 3.5

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