If this card is in your Graveyard during your
Standby Phase and there are no Spell or Trap Cards
on your side of the field, you can Special Summon
this card to your side of the field. This effect
cannot be activated if there is a face-up "Treeborn
Frog" on your side of the field.
Type - Aqua/Effect
Card Number - SOI-EN025
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale 1 being the worst.
3 ... average. 5 is the highest rating.
Date Reviewed - 03.21.06
The best card out of Shadow of Infinity. PERIOD.
This is the toned-down version of Sinister Serpent.
100/100 1-star that's a free Special Summon if you
don't have any S/Ts down at the Standby phase. You
can't use it if you have another one on the field
already, but this most likely won't matter because
it's almost surely getting restricted to 1 over here
(eat it, Soul Control.) Obviously, you'd use this as
Tribute fodder for something with Monarch in its
name to generate advantage. If it wasn't for the
future restriction, we'd see 12-monarch decks
running 3 Treeborns swarming the metagame. And then
we'd see Chain Disappearance take out the Treeborn
Frogs and we'd laugh.
After getting Sacred Beasts for resale value, anyone
who went to the Sneak Preview last month probably
made this their next priority in picking up. We'll
see what the new format says in regards to
Treeborn's playability, but undoubtedly we'll see at
least a little boost for Monarchs no matter what the
restriction (or lack thereof).
Check out my CotD of Inferno Reckless Summon…
which went up late. >_<
Stats:Treeborn Frog is a Level 1, which means
it is easy to Normal Summon, slips under things
like Level Limit-Area B and Gravity
Bind. It won’t add much for Ritual Summons
and can be used with Metamorphosis to get
It is a Water Monster… which is good. Abyss
Soldier can use it for discard fodder. It’s
not much, but it’s something. Of course it’d be
extra sick if it were Dark or Light (and thus
Chaos food). If they are ever foolish
enough to bring back Tribe-Infecting Virus
then being an Aqua Monster will be useful.
Otherwise it’s just sort of there.
The ATK is a paltry 100 points, as is the DEF.
This card is not being played for its stats,
though at least they are highly searchable (Mother
Grizzly, Sangan, Last Will).
TreebornFrog does one thing and does it well: it
keeps reviving itself. So long as you have no
Spells or Traps on your side of the field, you
can Special Summon this card from your Graveyard
during your Stand-By Phase. It’s simple, but
quite, quite useful. Even though it’s puny, it
can block an attack and is Tribute Fodder.
This card isn’t for all decks, but for the one’s
it fits in it is quite welcome. Monarch
decks obviously love it: yes they may need to
cut back on non-chainable Spell/Traps and/or
that remain on the field, but most they’d still
consider are potent enough not to matter:
Mirror Force is a 1:1 trade outside of a few
Monster effects, and if they aren’t using S/T
removal on it (still a 1:1) they lose a Monster
for an S/T. If it blocks Treeborn Frog,
it’s okay because at the very least you’re still
protected. And you aren’t apt to play it until
after they’ve burned some S/T removal. Same
reason you still run Call of the Haunted
and Torrential Tribute with Treeborn
Frog. What might go are cards like
Sakuretsu Armor, a 1:1 trade if they attack
into it, and not as helpful if they can Special
Summon an extra Monster. There are many, many
useful and highly “chainable” Spell/Trap cards
you can use: old favorites like Waboku
and Threatening Roar. Enemy
Controller is another likely candidate,
since aside from classic defensive uses, you can
revive a Frog, activate Enemy
Controller from hand (still in your Stand-By
Phase), sac the Frog, “borrow” an
opponent’s Monster and revive Treeborn Frog
again. The thing to remember is that as long as
it’s worth having “insurance” of a small Monster
should your S/Ts suddenly run dry it still might
be worth running Treeborn. It is a
single card, after all.
For example, Water decks might consider
Treeborn even if they run stuff like A
Legendary Ocean – how often are you hurt by
your opponent taking out A Legendary Ocean,
leaving you high and dry with something that is
now a Tribute in hand? Treeborn Frog can
also be used as discard fodder for Abyss
Soldier, so it’s probably worth testing. I
know the deck that I’ve been testing (that
depends upon A Legendary Ocean and a few
other Continuous Spells) has one major issue;
those cards often hide in the deck. So if I
can’t freely drop a Giga Gagagigo from
hand via A Legendary Ocean, having
Treeborn Frog as back up sounds promising.
If you didn’t already think me insane, let me
share a deck I’ve been testing on-line. Only
had a few battles, but at least it can work some
of the time. The concept is… different. You
use Sacred Phoenix of Nephthys with
Treeborn Frog… and Dark Dusk Spirit.
The main goal is to constantly clear the field
of Spells, Traps and Monsters. You can still
play Traps for protection since
clears them for you if they are unneeded, or
just use the chainable stuff like Waboku
since Dark Dusk Spirit clears anything
that tried to attack out of the way. It
basically forces the opponent to start Setting
Monsters, hoping to draw a card to remove
or Frog from the game… which is why I
include cards to return them from that state.
Anyway, it’s still pretty raw but it is fun.
3/5 – This is definitely a guess. It’s based on
some things I can explain though: topdecking
makes you Yata-lock bait, so this gives
you an annoying way to hopefully block the bird.
3/5 – This is in general: it’s handy as a
fallback for nearly any deck. A deck that
specializes in using it, however, will find it’s
more a 4/5.
4/5 – Defensive and tribute fodder, and what are
the odds you’ll have all that many good
Spells/Traps that remain in play?
This seems to be a successful “downgrade” for
Sinister Serpent at the moment: not as
broken, still useful in general, but best in
decks planned to take advantage with it. All in
all, a great card I am hoping won’t become
this is one of the coolest cards to come around in a
while, and I'm basing that on the fact that I really
like this card's picture...of course I speak of
Treeborn Frog is a very interesting monster with an
equally interesting effect. If it exists in your
graveyard during your Standby Phase and you have no
Magic or Trap cards on your field, this card can be
Special Summoned to your side of the field from your
Who cares right, what good is an extra 100 atk. and
100 def. monster going to do for you? Well, not a
whole lot, you're right, but this card needs to be
in it's own deck in order to be used properly.
The first and most fitting deck for Treeborn Frog to
be used in is the Frog Deck, which I'll be
constructing soon in an article, so stay tuned. It
can also help power up the Fusion D.3.S. Frog, which
I all ready did an article about, click the
link to read more.
The only other deck I see Treeborn Frog fitting in
is a Tribute heavy deck that uses more than the
traditional two or three tribute monsters.
It's a free Special Summon which never hurts tribute
monsters, but feel free to use one too if you aren't
having success bringing out your Jinzo, Mobius,
Traditional Tribute Heavy Deck: 3/5
Traditional Frog Deck: 4.25/5
That sound you hear is millions of people
simultaneously adding this amphibian to their decks.
This card basically makes tribute monsters rather
good as it is a free tribute every turn you haven't
set an unchainable card (dagnabit, they banned Time
I'm sure many articles will be written about him and
his greatness. All I shall add is that Mobius is now
godly, and that this is NOT Sinister, in any way,
and should not be blindly added to every deck.
A card that has caused much controversy lately as
well as being recently banned despite the
restrictions of its own effect.
Treeborn frog simply rewards over extension and is
simply superb for players like me who blow out their
hand in one turn. Treeborn frog saves us so0o0o0o
Seen as the replacement for sinister, in some cases
this is its superior. Treeborn frog loves Soul
control and other tribute oriented decks.
Its only downside is its minor restriction where you
cant special summon it if you have a s/t on the
field. For this reason Stall cannot benefit from it,
and neither can conservative players. To put it
simply , Treeborn fog can only axel in specific
decks. Its effectiveness varies with the player.
Traditional : 4/5 for simply owning the CED Yata
Advanced : 5/5 Depending on the deck.
Art ; 4/5 Pretty sweet, I like frogs…
Maltos Preference Score (MPS) : 5/5
I love this card.
Not only does it aid in tribute support, but it is a
freaking godsend. If it did not have the magic
limitation, I would dare say it would have been
better than sinister serpent. Band-aids, as some
call it, was given to me by a good friend. He said,
"You have to run it, he is a staple."
So since I have gotten one I have been running him.
He is not broken, and sadly he does not go into
every deck. I also do not understand why he was
limited. His effect stops full field abuse.
Nonetheless, this card is cool. It looks cool and
scares a scapegoat token and skull servant with his
godly 100 att.
If you can abuse him, run him. Sadly, nobleman is
his fate most of the time. But one torrential with
him and sangan on the field makes your opp. pissed:P
He also works great with graceful and merchant. I
love Band-aids and think his potential should be
explored. I do not believe he is for every deck,
simply because Return from the D.D. and warrior
rush, anything looking to win in the first 5 moves,
makes him useless.
Also, smile at all of your opp. who rams a D.D.
Warrior Lady into this card. Or smashing ground him
and att. you with a kycoo. Hence he becomes a one
for one that probably did something else.
Not Broken, but definitely COOL.
honestly hope I don't have to tell you everything
this card can do. Used properly, this card is an
insane advantage engine that allows players to do
things they should not be allowed to do, like gain
1-3 advantage a turn consistently. It is ridiculous
with Sacred Phoenix of Nephthys, it's an intense
advantage engine that requires a lot of skill and
careful deckbuilding to use properly, and it's just
You only need one of this beast unless you're going
to the SJC this weekend. Don't bother collecting.
The card works really well. Use it with Book of Moon
and Enemy Controller to ensure chainables. Use it
with Dust Tornado, Time Seal, Jar of Greed,
whatever. Just use it. Spiritual Water Art – Aoi is
a fun one. Or Raigeki Break. This card is the most
intensely powerful addition to our card pool in what
seems like forever… Yet it can't be abused in the
same fashion as Pot of Greed or Delinquent Duo. This
card is potent in the hands of a potent player and
lacking elsewhere. It is well-designed. This is what
Sinister Serpent should have been.
This card does not deserve a position in your deck
automatically, but it's damned close. Just… Potent.
Just plain potent. You can't abuse multiples very
easily anyway because of a restriction placed upon
the card itself, yet it's STILL being restricted
April 1. Just wow.
The best monster to be released since Cyber Dragon.
Its uses are near limitless: discard fodder, tribute
bait, a continuous wall, potential for +1 every
turn, morph bait, the list goes on.
I could go over ever use, but that would be
pointless, if you don’t know them I’m sure that
other reviewers will cover them, or you’ll find them
out eventually. I’m too busy working on a banned
The main comparison is the Frog to the Snake. Well
although they are similar IMO they both go towards
solving different problems. The Snake is infinitely
times better as discard fodder, he’s what made TIV
so devastating, meanwhile the Frog is only good for
one use. The frog’s main strength though is tribute
fodder, the snake could be but it required a turn of
being set each time, meanwhile the Frog instantly
comes back. This is huge, I don’t think I can stress
how good that is, you essentially get Monarchs at LV
4 each time.
Even with the restriction to one I personally don’t
see much hindering this card being used and abused
by skilled players. He’s just that good.
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