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Erebus the Underworld Monarch
- #SR01-EN001

You can Tribute Summon this card by Tributing 1 Tribute Summoned monster. If this card is Tribute Summoned: You can send 2 "Monarch" Spell/Trap Cards with different names from your hand and/or Deck to the Graveyard, and if you do, shuffle 1 card from your opponent's hand (at random), Graveyard, or their side of the field into the Deck. Once per turn, during either player's Main Phase, if this card is in your Graveyard: You can discard 1 "Monarch" Spell/Trap Card, then target 1 monster in your Graveyard with 2400 or more ATK and 1000 DEF; add it to your hand.

Card Rating
Advanced: 4.10 

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

Date Reviewed:
February 25, 2016

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FINALLY Monarchs have received some support!!! Although this new support much like it did with the release of the Legendary Six Samurai's has changed much about the Deck and how it is played as a whole.

No longer are Monarchs a Deck that gains its advantage slowly over the turns of a Game by gaining a +1 here and a +1 there, now they are capable of so much more.

This Monarch could essentially be considered to be an "Upgrade" due to the fact that it can hit a card from anywhere that your opponent has a card, their hand, graveyard or field, furthermore, what makes this effect so effective is that it does NOT "Target" and as such it is able to remove most problem cards from the field, something like Kozmo Dark Destroyer comes to mind here, remove a card that would otherwise be able to be reused that is already in the Graveyard like Glow-Up Bulb or Satellarknight Deneb. But with what may be the best part of its effect is that it CAN also hit a random card in your opponent's hand, this means that you can Summon Erebus even when going first and still make it worthwhile. As part of the effect to do this is that you must send 2 Monarch Spell or Trap cards to the Graveyard, you will be able to use this to further benefit your own Strategy such as by sending Pantheism of the Monarchs and The Prime Monarch from your Deck to the Graveyard... But this will all depend on how you've opened etc.
As an additional effect, Erebus allows you to return a Monarch from your Graveyard to your hand, this can be particularity helpful if you are running short on Monarchs or need something like Ehther in your hand to disrupt your opponent's plays during their turn.
Overall this card is a great new Monarch addition to the Monarch family, and this card is a part of the reason that Monarchs are now a much more competitive Deck as a whole. This card alone does not complete the entire picture (of the Deck) but it does form a decent chunk of it.
Rating: 3.75. As this is a Level 8 Tribute monster it still falls victim to requiring 2 Tributes to Summon it, in addition it only hits just 1 card. While often crucial for setting the Deck up, herein also lies this cards biggest weakness, you NEED it to set the Deck up! The Monarch recovery effect while seemingly quite useful can also be an incredibly useless effect due to the fact that by the time you actually want to use this effect you no longer have Monarch Spells (I say Spells on purpose here) left that you want to "Burn" for its effect.


Hello Pojo Fans,
Erebus the Underworld Monarch is on the level of the “Mega Monarchs”. Same stats as them, DARK and Zombie support to aid him along with Monarch-themed support, Erebus can gain advantage for you quickly.
Using the support from earlier this week, tribute a Monarch for Erebus, then thin your deck of 2 “Monarch” s/t cards with different names and shuffle back a card your opponent has. You can use “Monarch” s/t from your hand, but thinning the deck is preferred to increase your chances of getting better draws. The Prime Monarch and Pantheism of the Monarchs are the ideal choices to pull from your deck. Activate both these cards in the graveyard the same turn you send them to the graveyard to get a plus out of Erebus.
Erebus can also work while in your grave. A “Monarch” s/t for a 2400ATK/1000DEF monster (Monarch likely) is a 1-for-1 at the least. If you discard any of the two “Monarch” s/t mentioned in the previous paragraph, you'll be plusing during either players turn. This is huge for Monarchs to keep pressure on their opponent and maintain presence.
If you are running a Monarch deck, Erebus is now a choice you need. Yes, you have to run the spell/trap support for the archetype to get the full benefits out of him, but you were already going to run those spell/traps anyways. The potential plusing off of Erebus whether in the grave or on the field, along with the wide support he has backing him make him a formidable ally.
Until Next Time


Finally, a monster with some muscle. Erebus the Underworld Monarch is a Level 8 Dark Zombie-type monster with 2800 Atk and 1000 Def. This card's level can be reduced with Domain of the True Monarchs. Dark helps the deck with Chaos variants. Zombie doesn't really matter because types don't really matter in that deck. 2800 Atk is a very safe number for a two tribute monster to have. It's strong enough to have earned the eight stars, but weak enough to need some awesome effects. 
The first effect of Erebus the Underworld Monarch is that he can be tribute Summoned by tributing a Tribute Summoned Monster already on the field. So it can be one opponent's monster (thank you, Stormforth), another Erebus, anything that was Tribute Summoned. Then if he is Tribute Summoned, you can send 2 Monarch Spell or Trap Cards with different names from your Hand or your Deck to your Graveyard to non-target spin any one card from your opponent's Hand, Field, or Graveyard back into the deck. That effect alone is enough to play 3 Erebus in a Monarch deck. But, wait. There's more. Erebus gets a Graveyard once per turn effect during either player's Main Phase. Just discard a Monarch Spell or Trap Card to bring a monster with 1000 Def and 2400 or more Atk from your grave to your hand. You could bring back 1 Tribute monarchs, 2 Tribute Mega Monarchs, that exact same copy of Erebus that just activated his effect, or even Dark Armed Dragon. The only restriction is the defense, so go digging for monsters that you want back in your hand with 2400 or more Atk. The utility of Erebus is phenomenal and Monarch decks need him.
Score: 4.5/5 Non-targeting non-destruction effects are the best.
Art: 3/5 I would need to see more 'raising the dead' imagery. 

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