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Gofu the Vague Shadow
Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set. Must first be Special Summoned (from your hand) while you control no monsters. When this card is Special Summoned from the hand: You can Special Summon 2 "Vague Shadow Tokens" (Winged Beast-Type/DARK/Level 1/ATK 0/DEF 0), but they cannot be Tributed or be used as Synchro Material. You can banish this card and 1 or more face-up non-Tuners you control, then target 1 "Blackwing" Synchro Monster in your Graveyard whose Level equals the total Levels the banished monsters had on the field; Special Summon it, and if you do, it is treated as a Tuner.
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 is Horrible.
3 is Average.
5 is the highest rating.
Date Reviewed: Aug. 15, 2016
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Blackwing - Gofu the Vague Shadow
I like it when sets release "Generic" type cards,
and this for me is the epitome of a very good
And based on how useful I feel that it actually can
be, I'm surprised that this card was printed only as
a Common... Especially since currently, everyone I
know isn't letting go of any copies until they at
least have their own personal playset.
While Gofu is a "Blackwing" and while it will of
course be incredibly useful in Blackwings due to the
fact that it alone is able to revive any Level 6 or
7 Blackwing Synchro monster from your Graveyard as
well as be searched via Black Whirlwind, its use is
most certainly able to be expanded outside of
The first use, although maybe initially not quite so
obvious is the fact that Gofu is not only a Tuner,
but a Level 5, and this makes it useful for making
Ultimaya Tzolkin... But not only useful, but easier,
generally, Ultimaya Tzolkin is created using
something like Quickdraw Synchron, and that requires
a discard whereas Gofu requires nothing other than
an empty field.
Additionally, it allows for Rank 5's to be made
using it instead of Super Quantum Red Layer... In
the current Rank 5'ing Deck of Extra Deck Monarchs.
Speaking of Monarchs, if used in Monarchs, not only
does Gofu provide easy access to Ultimaya Tzolkin as
well as providing ways with which to Rank 5 with,
but because Gofu is able to make 2 Tokens, those
Tokens can be combined with Kuraz for an easy way to
Draw more cards.
And of course at the very worst, Gofu is able to at
least theoretically block up to 3 attacks.
Gofu is a card that is able to be useful in numerous
ways, and more than just the few that I've suggested
upon above, this is a card that I'll be certain to
acquire 3 of, and this is one that I'd actually
expect that most will aim to do so as well.
Rating: 3.75. While the fact that Gofu can only be
Summoned via Special Summon while you control no
monsters initially certainly hurts how useful this
card can be, the ability to use it in multiple ways
and in multiple Decks/ Strategy's certainly makes up
for this. Its certainly going to be a card that I'd
expect to see being used not only just now, but in
the future as well.
In an effort to get Blackwings to be faster, a
series of new monsters were released that attempt to
special summon the synchro monsters at a high clip
for lesser cost than normal. Gofu is a very good new
piece that is part of that movement. It’s
essentially an option to summon a level 6 or 7
previously synchro summoned monster from the grave
just by itself by using the tokens, and that’s
really good, especially since he can special summon
himself and can be used for the synchro summon of
any other synchro without restriction (you just
can’t use the tokens in those cases).
Essentially, Gofu can easily summon synchro monsters
ranging from 6 to 9: 6 to 7 from the grave, or level
8 to 9 and even level 10 from the extra deck.
Unfortunately, there aren’t any level 9 or 10
Blackwing synchros, and there’s only 1 Level 8, and
that monster, Silverwind, can’t be summoned with
just two material. However, there are a dearth of
generic level 8 options, including Beelze, which
make Gofu a valuable option in many situations when
you also have a non-tuner level 3 Blackwing. But
most likely, the best play would be to summon
Raikiri early in the game and then bring him out
again later with Gofu when you need a quick pop
Gofu has some downsides, as almost all Blackwings do
to my chagrin. He has no offensive power, and he
can’t be normal summoned. Also, it’s extremely
tragic that his tokens aren’t Blackwings, which
would have boosted cards like Raikiri and Delta
Crow. Not only that, but those tokens can’t be
tributed, which stinks because they would have been
extremely useful in Blackwing builds utilizing
Icarus Attack. Overall, Gofu is a solid support card
that adds some flavor and defense, but he’s not
outstanding. He should see play, even if Blackwings
receive even more support in the future.
Future Potential: 3/5
I seem to be in Pennsylvania instead of New York
this morning. My phone just doesn't have the same
appeal as my laptop for reviews. I have a vague
suspicion that this will be a quick review of a
great card for Blackwings.
Gofu - the Vague Shadow is a Level 5 Dark Winged
Beast-type Tuner monster with 0 Atk and 0 Def. It's
unfortunate that this cannot be Normal Summoned, but
Special Summoning itself from the hand while there
are no monsters on the field is pretty good. The
tokens it summons alongside itself are meh for
traditional synchro plays, but Gofu can instead get
an old Blackwing Synchro monster from the grave by
banishing itself and non tuners equal to the
combined level. Then that new Synchro Monster is
also a Tuner. Gofu is great early, middle, and end
game. Blackwing decks love to Synchro and Gofu can
give them some cheap rebirth all by itself. In other
decks it can be used as tribute fodder or generic
synchro/xyz support but the tokens are mandatory and
can clog the field. Good luck.
Score: 4/5 Weak with balanced effect.
Art: 4.5/5 Kinda creepy in an awesome way.
New week, new cards, and we're opening with a
Blackwing. Gofu the Vague Shadow. First
off, you'll note this is a Level 5 Monster, but has
0 attack and defense. But you're also going to
note you can't Normal Summon or Set this card, and
it can only be Special Summoned when you control no
Monsters. Gofu is also a Dark, Winged Beast
Monster, and benefits from being a Tuner. When
Special Summoned from the Hand, you gain two tokens,
although, these tokens can't be Tributed or used for
Synchro Summon. However, you can you can
remove this card from play, as well as any face-up,
non-Tuners you control, to Special Summon a
Blackwing Synchro from your Graveyard. The
Level of the Synchro you choose has to equal the
Level of the total Monsters you removed. In
situations like that, I prefer equal to or less
than, but this is still a good card with a good
effect, that gives speed to an all ready quick Deck.
Oh, and finally too, the Synchro you choose to
Special Summon also becomes a Tuner, so you've got
that going for you after you use this card for its