Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Best Beast Decks, Ranked (2023)

The game of Yu-Gi-Oh! has over 24 different Types of Monsters. Each of them has a plethora of options when it comes to building decks (well, except for the Fish Type). As such, there are plenty of different decks when it comes to each Type.

The Beast Type in Yu-Gi-Oh! has plenty of powerful support cards that make it one of the best Types in the game. While its power level isn't quite the same level as the likes of Dragon and Spellcasters, Beast-based decks can still pack a punch. There are plenty of strong beast Monsters, with some of the decks that use them among the best in the game.

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Updated April 15, 2022, by Johnny Garcia: Yu-Gi-Oh! players have some of the most access to multiple forms of play than they ever have. If one format isn't enjoyable, there are multiple other ones available to play. The TCG is going strong, with in-person events finally returning along with new Sets constantly being released. If digital is more your speed, Master Duel is available for free, and almost every deck you want to play can easily be obtained without spending a penny. An alternate paper format is also available and active, that being Speed Duels. Speed Duels recently have had an influx of new cards and Skills, thanks to the release of the GX Box. Whatever your preference, these beasts should be on your watch list.


15 Mystical Beast

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Mystical Beast is a small Archetype of Beast Monsters, though ones all with powerful effects that support the Beast Types of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Monster can be used for setting up the field, protecting Monsters, or interrupting the opponent's plays.

Kalantosa, Mystical Beast Of The Forest is a key card of the Archetype, allowing you to destroy a card on the field when it's special summoned by another Beast Monster. It can be paired with Valerifawn, Mystical Beast Of The Forest, which can special summon Kalantosa from the Graveyard and pop a card before using it as either a Synchro or Xyz Summon.

14 Rescue

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Rescue is a series of Monsters that have effects that go off by either tributing them or sending them away from the field. A lot of Rescue Monsters have been in and out of the meta, with Rescue Cat and Rescue Rabbit being the main two.

All the Rescue Monsters have 300 Attack and 100 Defense, which gives them access to Emerging Emergency Rescute Rescue, a searcher for any of the Rescue Monsters. This allows you to fetch out any Rescue Monster you may need at any given point in the course of a duel.

13 Performapal

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Performapal is the largest Archetype in the entire game, by a rather large margin. So, it's no surprise that there a plenty of strong Beast Monsters in the Archetype. One of them, Performapal Monkeyboard, is so powerful that it had to be banned.

Performapal is a series of Pendulum and Effect Monsters built around flooding the field and getting too far ahead of the opponent for them to catch up. They have Levels of every kind, allowing you to access just about any kind of Extra Deck Monster that you desire.

12 Yosenju

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Yosenju is one of the few Spirit Archetypes, and one of the best of its kind. Yosenju is a battle-focused Archetype, with them flooding the field through Pendulum Summoning before returning to the hand so the opponent cannot get rid of them.

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If you don't Pendulum Summon, all the Yosenju Monsters have effects that go off when they are Normal Summoned. Many of them share the effect to allow you to get an extra Normal Summon of another Yosenju Monster. This allows Yosenju to flood the field easily, even without access to their Pendulum Monsters.

11 Ursarctic

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Ursarctic is one of the newest Beast Archetypes and one that is quite powerful. Ursarctic is all high-Level Monsters, which can easily special summon themselves from the hand by tributing a Level Seven or higher Monster from your hand. They all have powerful Attack stats, making them difficult to take care of by battle. They all have effects that trigger on their special summon as well.

Ursarctic is a mixture of Beast non-Tuners and Beast-Warrior Tuners, which allow them to go into their powerful Synchro Monsters. Thanks to their Levels, they have access to generic support cards for high-Level Monsters, such as Trade-In.

10 Ojama

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The Ojamas spent a long time as a bit of a joke Archetype. However, as time went on, Ojama got more and more support that made them into a competent deck. The Ojama support is definitely bloated, and often times overcomplicated but it's enough to make it playable.

The Ojamas work well as an engine, and as their own deck. In a solo Ojama deck, they tend to act more like a stun engine, preventing the opponent from being able to use their zones while altering the statline of Monsters to oftentimes give them lower Attack.

9 Crystal Beast

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Crystal Beast made their debut late during the GX anime era, and made for one of the more interesting Archetypes. After they are destroyed, rather than going to the Graveyard, they go to the Spell and Trap zone instead, the first Archetype based around this.

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Crystal Beast cards come with a plethora of powerful support cards, ranging from ways to flood the field to searching out any card they need at any given time. Cards like Rainbow Neos and Rainbow Dragon retrains have given them powerful Boss Monsters to boot.

8 Raccoons

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Raccoons are a series of Level Two Beast Monsters, based around flooding the field with their fellow Raccoons and other Level Two Beast Monsters straight from the deck. Afterward, they go into Rank Two Xyz Monsters, with Number 64: Ronin Raccoon Sandayu being the main target for Raccoon decks.

Number 64: Ronin Raccoon Sandayu can create tokens that can then be used for both Synchro and Link Summoning, allowing Raccoons to be able to go into the Extra Deck more easily rather than going all in on their main Boss Monster.

7 Fabled

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The Fabled Archetype is a mixture of Beast and Fiend Monsters, with the Beast Type Monsters of the Archetype being the core of the deck. Fabled decks are based around discarding themselves in order to get powerful effects, with certain Monsters gaining effects if you don't have many cards in your hand.

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Over time, Fabled has received more support to make it a competent Rogue deck, capable of winning duels thanks to some of their powerful and consistent support cards. There are plenty of discard outlets, and as more get added Fabled only gets better.

6 Melffy

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On top of being one of the cutest Archetypes out there, Melffy is also a deceptively strong deck utilizing nothing but Beast Type Monsters. They are able to consistently get their effects, allowing them to pop cards on the opponent's turn or even Synchro Summon.

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They have access to great Xyz Monsters as well, capable of searching out any Melffy Monster you need as well as negating the effects of the opponent's Monsters while they are on the field. Thanks to generic support, Melffy decks are surprisingly consistent, making for a solid Rouge deck.

5 Fur Hire

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Fur Hire, aside from making a joke out of PSCT, is a solid deck capable of flooding the field, all while triggering powerful effects when fellow Fur Hire Monsters are special summoned on their field. Fur Hire decks utilize just about every Type of Monster, with the Beast Monster being the highlight of the Archetype.

Folgo, Justice Fur Hire is one of the craziest cards out there, capable of allowing you to draw three cards by destroying an opponent's Monster, an effect most Archetypes dream of. They can flood the field easily, and if the opponent can't negate the Normal Summon, Fur Hire gets out of hand quite quickly with fantastic negates and Monsters.

4 X-Saber

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X-Saber (and by extension, XX-Saber) is an Archetype consisting of Beast, Beast-Warrior, Warrior, and Insect Monsters. The Beast Monsters of the Archetype are what enables the deck so much. X-Saber Airbellum is what enabled the deck so hard, as it was able to be brought out through cards like Rescue Cat.

X-Saber was once one of the best decks in the entire game. They could easily flood the field and then go into powerful Extra Deck Monsters to keep the opponent out of the game to ensure that you would win the duel.

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3 Bujin

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The Bujin Archetype consists of Beast, Beast-Warrior, and Winged Beast Monsters. The part of the Archetype that's Beast would be the Bujingi. The Bujingi are all cards that are capable of protecting the other Bujin Monsters on the field or effect the board state by destroying cards.

Often, Bujin cards have effects that are applied either by discarding them or banishing them from the Graveyard. Bujin is a fan-favorite Archetype, with a plethora of different cards available to them in order to give them extra consistency for a solid Rogue deck.

2 Gladiator Beast

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Gladiator Beasts were the deck that shifted Dark Armed Dragon out of the meta during its reign of terror, and it was cemented as a fan-favorite Archetype. Gladiator Beasts are built around tagging out into different Monsters after they battle, often getting effects from doing so.

In the modern game, Gladiator Beasts have become a surprisingly solid Control deck after spending a long time as aggro. Thanks to modern support, they have access to powerful, easily accessible Extra Deck Monsters to control the board and deal out devastating amounts of damage.

1 Tri-Brigade

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Tri-Brigade is an Archetype of Beast, Winged Beast, and Beast-Warrior Monsters, and quickly cemented themselves as the best engine for all of those Archetypes. Thanks to their ability to support all of those Types, not just one at a time, Tri-Brigade is one of the strongest decks in the current Yu-Gi-Oh! metagame.

Tri-Brigade can easily flood the field and cheat out powerful Link Monsters, allowing them to set up negates for the opponent's turn. Their Monster effects are generic and easily abusable, making Tri-Brigade the best Beast deck out there.

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