Arkana Anime Deck


In this edition of our anime deck series, we’ll be taking a look at the (Ex) Magician Illusionist, Masked Man known as Arkana. We’re looking at all of the cards he used in the anime and creating the best 40 card Arkana anime deck we possibly can.


Arkana Anime Deck Profile


Arkana is a minor character appearing in the Battle City arc of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters. Arkana is a member of the cult group known as the Rare Hunters, a underground organization led by the evil Marik Ishtar, specializing in acquiring the rarest Yu-Gi-Oh! cards by any means necessary.

Arkana dueled once in the anime, against Yami Yugi in the Battle City tournament. Arkana had an agreement with Marik in that if Arkana could defeat Yugi Muto in a duel, Marik would reunite Arkana with his lost love, Katherine, who he had previously driven away from his life after a horrific stage performance accident.

Keeping in line to his previous “magician” occupation, Arkana’s deck is heavily magician focused, more specifically “Dark Magician” focused. Arkana’s deck is built around “Dark Magician” and uses many “Dark Magician” support cards in his deck to support it such as “Thousand Knives” and “Dark Magic Curtain“. Should his “Dark Magician” be destroyed, he is able to bring it back to the field quickly using cards such as “Dark Renewal” and “Monster Reborn”.

As the duel progresses, Arkana’s strategy switches to targeting Yugi’s Life Points directly, by sacrificing his own monsters with the “Ectoplasmer” card and using the effect of “Malice Doll Of Demise” in combination, to revive itself from the graveyard every time it’s sacrificed via “Ectoplasmer. (Thus giving Arkana a constant “Ectoplasmer” target every turn).

In the end, Arkana is unaware that Yugi has another “Dark Magician” monster in his deck, the “Dark Magician Girl“, and when Arkana uses “Dark Magic Curtain” to summon his own “Dark Magician”, it backfires. With the cards effect, Yugi is able to also special summon “Dark Magician Girl” from his deck, who he uses to destroy Arkana’s “Dark Magician” and ultimately win the match.

Here are a few pointers about our anime deck series before we begin:

We will only be using cards a character used or had in their deck in the anime for our series, and the yugioh fandom site to cross-check the cards used.

We will do everything we can to avoid adding duplicates of cards a character used, unless they used multiple copies of course.

We aim to strike a fine balance between monsters, spell and traps, so we will aim for 20 monsters, 10 spells and 10 traps, if it can be achieved.

Where a character has less than 40 cards, we will then use multiple copies of cards they used, always trying to keep a balanced card ratio in their deck. This will be the case for allot of the minor characters in the series.

Certain cards in our decks have anime exclusive effects (anime cards) which differ from the TCG.  All anime exclusive cards will have “anime” next to their name in the card list below. (For example, in the anime, Thousand Dragon was played as a main deck monster but in the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG, it’s treated as a fusion monster)

So with abit of work, lets see what we came up with as our best attempt at a 40 card Arkana Deck. You will notice the monster count for Arkana in our deck here is pretty low compared to some of the others we have done so far, this is because, as far as we can tell, these are only four monster cards Arkana was shown to have in his deck.

Despite this, the deck kind of still works. Arkana uses many destructive spell cards such as “Beckon To Darkness” and “Tragedy” to keep the field clear should he be in danger. And with cards such as “Legion The Fiend Jester” (can tribute summon Dark Magician by himself) “Dark Magic Curtain” and “Monster Reborn”, Arkana’s “Dark Magician” should never be gone for too long.


Arkana Anime Deck Screenshot


arkana anime deck profile


Arkana Anime Deck List


Monsters (12)


Dark Magician x3

Malice Doll Of Demise x3

Mystic Tomato x3

Legion The Fiend Jester x3


Spell Cards (19)


Thousand Knives x3

Monster Reborn x1

Beckon To Darkness x3 (anime – Send 1 monster your opponent controls to the graveyard)

Dark Magic Curtain x3 (anime – Both players can pay half their LP, special summon 1 Spellcaster-Type monster from their deck)

Tragedy x3 (anime – Destroy 1 monster your opponent controls)

Anti-Magic Arrows x3 (anime – Your opponent cannot activate face-down spell or trap cards this turn. This card’s activation and effect cannot be negated)

Ectoplasmer x3


Trap Cards (9)


Dark Renewal x3 (anime – When your opponent summons a monster, send 1 of those monsters and 1 monster you control to the graveyard, and if you do, Special Summon 1 Spellcaster-Type monster from your graveyard)

Shadow Balace x3 (anime – When your opponent summons a monster, and they control more monsters than you do: Destroy monsters your opponent controls until both players control the same number of monsters)

Nightmare’s Chains x3 (anime – When a Trap your opponent controls is activated: Negate the activation. Also, 1 Spellcaster-Type monster on the field cannot attack and cannot be targeted for attacks, but does not prevent the opponent from attacking directly)


Thanks for reading our Arkana anime deck profile from the first series. What are your thoughts on Arkana’s anime deck? Stay tuned for our next installment in our anime deck series!

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