Welcome back Duelists! As you probably know by now, believing in the heart of the cards is the number one step to victory, and to do that you’ll need some awesome cards! We’re here with a guide on how to get more cards and gems in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links. Of course you’ll need some gems to shop with, so we have some pointers on getting those too.

Like most mobile collectible card games, a lot of getting the cards you want has to do with luck. There are other methods of gaining cards of course, which is what we’ll go over in this guide. Let’s get started with our guide on how to get more cards and gems in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links!

1. Level up character decks!

When you use individual character decks, all experience earned goes into that deck. Sometimes when you level up a character unique deck, you’ll earn precious gems, and sometimes you’ll get cards out of it too. This is one of the easiest ways to get new cards and gems at the same time, so make sure to try out all of the character decks – don’t just stick to using one character! Just remember that each character has prerequisites that you’ll need to fulfill before you unlock them.

2. Score high on the Duel Assessment!

At the end of every duel, you’ll be graded on your performance. Certain actions you take during a duel will add points to your total score, and you’ll earn rewards at the end! For every 1000 points you score, you’ll get to open a chest. Chests sometimes have new cards and gems inside them, so it’s important that you do your best! Here’s a couple of conditions we’ve discovered:

  • Simply winning a duel nets you 2000 points.
  • Taking no damage to you LP is worth 500 points.
  • Activating spell cards are 100 points each.
  • Tribute summoning higher level monsters is worth 300 points.

Of course there are more conditions to discover, so play your best!

3. Check out the card trader!

The Card Trader shows up once you reach Stage 7. He sells a variety of cards ranging from normal cards to ultra rare ones! However, if you want to buy cards better than normal rarity, you’ll need items in addition to the gold. You can get items by converting old cards you don’t use anymore. The main items you’ll need for trading are the elemental stones. The stones you’ll get match the element of the monster you’re converting. For example, converting the light-type Wattkid will get you a Stone of Light.

The Card Trader is probably the only surefire way to get specific cards, but just be ready to work for it – you’ll need a lot of elemental stones to get the best cards!

4. Check the possible rewards!

If you’re hunting after a specific card, it might be helpful to check the possible drops. When dueling legendary duelists in the gate, you can tap on the “Lv. ? Victory Rewards” button at the bottom of the screen. Here you’ll see a list of possible card drops from winning the duel. The higher the level of your opponent, the better the rewards will be.

5. Shop around!

Of course, you can always visit the Card Shop to buy packs using your hard-earned gems. Card packs have three cards inside them and you can either buy one pack for 50 gems or 10 packs for 500 gems. Unfortunately there is no “buy 10 get 1 free” deal here like other card games, so it’s up to you which options to go for. The current lineup you see doesn’t last forever, so make sure to buy packs if you see cards you like.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links is a card-battling mobile game that takes place in the well-known Yu-Gi-Oh! universe. There’s a lot to learn here, and it can be intimidating at first.

While in-game tutorials will help a bit, Gamezebo’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links Tips, Cheats and Strategies has your back when it comes to everything else. We’ll get you started with figuring out the difference between a monster card and a trap card, and before you know it, you’ll be a dueling master.

Building Your Deck

  • Building your deck is crucial when it comes to any card dueling game. Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links is much the same.
  • You can hit the ‘create auto deck’ button if you really want to, but it’s not recommended. You’ll do far better figuring things out for yourself. Honest.
  • To start off, much of your deck should be comprised of 1-4 star monsters. Your aim here is to chip away at your opponent while you build up to better monsters.
  • Keep a couple of spell cards aside in your deck too. You want to have a mixture of offensive spells, utility spells, and buff spells if you can. It provides a good mixture of moves, ensuring you’re ready for anything.
  • Utility spells, in particular, can make all the difference if you time when you use them just so.
  • How about trap cards? These are trickier. You need to use them to counter certain attacks, so keep an eye on what kind of cards your opponent is using and gauge it accordingly.
  • Remember to go into a defensive or offensive position accordingly. By placing a monster in a defensive position, you can redirect attacks against their defensive stat. It sounds confusing at first, but the more you play, the more you’ll realise how important it is do this. It can make a huge difference in battle.

Gaining New Cards and Gems

  • You have quite a few options when it comes to gaining new cards. You can earn them through dueling NPCs or Legendary Duelists. That’s the most straight forward method, but you need some good cards to be able to succeed.
  • You can also buy them from the Card Trader, or use your gems to pick out booster packs in the Card Shop. Don’t go nuts with gem purchases, but it is an option.
  • Gems are most easily gained through daily login bonuses, levelling up, and completing missions.
  • Check your mission log regularly, and see what simple quests you can complete in order to gain them. Often, it’s pretty straight forward.
  • Remember – you have to physically check in on the mission log in order to gain the gems. They don’t come to you automatically.

Bits and Pieces

  • Logged in during the launch celebration event? Perfect! You’ve gained three Ultra Rare cards if you check out your gift box. Each is a level 7 or 8 card, which means they’re super powerful. Build your deck around them to really stand a chance early on.
  • When you hit Stage 4, you unlock a mission that requires you to complete Duel Quizzes up to 1-5. Do so. By completing all of the 1 star quizzes, you receive some useful cards as a reward. Going further and completing even more quizzes unlocks additional cards, and they are all pretty useful. Make the effort!
  • Don’t be afraid to check into the Duel School to consult the tutorials again. Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links throws a ton at you early on, and a lot of it won’t make sense till you’ve been playing a while.

In this article, we will be explaining how to build a deck and what are some cards that are recommended for your first deck. The deck will be a general deck that can get you far. As you progress through the game, you will get better and get stronger cards which you can then include in your deck later on in the game.

Duel Links in a Nutshell:

Duel Links is not your standard Yu-Gi-Oh! game. It has been simplified for everyone to use. First of all, there are only three monster zones, three spell/trap zones, a graveyard, an Extra Deck zone (only 5 monsters can be added), a field spell zone, and your deck. Cards can be removed from play. There is no “2nd Stand By Phase”, so you have to set your spell and trap cards. Once you are finished with your “Battle Phase”, you can then end your turn.You only have 4000 life points.

Accessing Your Deck:

You can edit and build your deck by going to the “Deck Editor” screen. You can get there by going to the “Card Studio” or by tapping on your character icon on the bottom right and tapping on the deck box icon on the top. The minimum cards that can be in the deck is 20 cards (not 40) and the maximum number of cards in your extra deck can be 5 fusion or ritual monster cards.

Editing Your Deck:

You edit your deck by tapping on the “Deck Edit” tab then tapping on the card in your deck or in your collection that you want to edit. You can add or remove cards by tapping on the “Add” or “Remove” arrow icon. You can have a maximum of 3 of the same card in your deck. By tapping on the “Sort/Filter” triangle icon on the bottom tab, you can search your card collection and build your own unique deck. To simplify the search, you can filter the cards shown by category or even by attack, power, etc.

How to Obtain New Cards:

You can get new cards in many ways.You can obtain new cards by dueling NPCs and Legendary Duelists. You can also buy cards from the “Card Trader”. You can also use your gems and try your luck at pulling cards from card packs in the “Card Shop”. You can obtain gems by dueling, completing missions, leveling up, and from daily login bonuses.

Take Into Mind When Building Your Deck:

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links is taking you back to the beginning of dueling, so there are almost no cards from the second generation and beyond. You won’t be seeing any super meta cards like Syncros or XYZs. The key to victory is just to power-up your cards and don’t let your opponent play for higher attack monsters. Cards like “Reinforcements” that increase your attack and equip spell cards are very good to have, especially when battling AI opponents. When battling online opponents, you might want to add spell cards like “Twister” and “De-Spell” that destroys traps and spell cards. AI opponents are very easy in the beginning because they usually just summon weak normal monsters in attack mode. Just click the Auto-Duel option and make a sandwich.

Get Those Gems:

The best way to build a deck is just to use those Super Rare (SR) and Ultra Rare (UR). The way to get those cards is to get Gems and buy booster packs from the card shop. Gems are very important so you will want to try to do as much missions as possible to collect Gems and pull those SR and UR cards from the card shop.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links takes you back to the past, before all these Syncro and XYZs cards even existed. It is very fun and interesting to see combos with cards that nobody plays now. You are forced to think outside the box with the limited non-meta cards that you have. If you miss the good ol’ days of Yu-Gi-Oh! this game is definitely for you.