Cannot be Special Summoned. During the End Phase of the turn this card is Normal Summoned or flipped face-up: Return it to the hand. When this card is Normal Summoned or flipped face-up: Destroy all Set Spell/Trap Cards your opponent controls.
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst.
3 is average.
5 is the highest rating.
Date Reviewed - Nov. 18, 2011
Closing the week we look at Fenghuang. A new
Spirit Monster...interesting. That alone could
almost be enough to kill any card that isn't an evil
little bird...anyway, this is a Level 6 Monster
(requiring a Tribute, if we didn't have enough
hurting this card in being a Spirit) of the Fire
attribute, and a Winged-Beast, with 2100 attack and
1800 defense. Tribute, Spirit, and low attack
and defense...this isn't looking good...OH, and you
can't Special Summon this card? Is Fenghuang
really that powerful? When Normal Summoned or
flipped face up, destroy all Set Magic and Trap
cards your opponent controls. That isn't bad,
but in a format with Heavy Storm AND triple MST,
it's not really useful. Especially on a
Monster with everything as stated going against it.
I guess you could say that today’s monster was
inevitable. We already had a spirit monster that
destroyed all face-up monsters on the field in Dark
Dust Spirit, so we needed a spirit monster that
destroyed all face-down spells and traps. Enter
Fenghuang. With a name like that, we have to get a
little more background on it. Fenghuang comes from
Chinese Legend and is a Mythological Beast. The
Japanese name for it is Ho-o. Sound familiar?
Fenghuang is the spirit equivalent to Sacred Phoenix
of Nephthy’s which is also a Winged-Beast Fire
monster that destroys spells and traps.
Here is the problem that I have with this card.
Mobious the Frost Monarch does pretty much the same
thing as Fenghuang except that it also destroys
face-up cards including field spell cards. Mobious
is not seeing play so why should we expect anything
different from Fenghuang? It doesn’t even have a
good attack for a level 6 monster with only 2100
I usually try to say something positive about cards
I review so I shall not disappoint you. If you
tribute set Fenghuang, you can destroy your
opponents set spells and traps without fear of being
Effect Veilered, Solemned, or having a spell or trap
chained to it if it was attacked and flipped
face-up. That could be a good tactic against a T.G.
deck that has not activated its continuous trap
cards yet. You could use it with Soul Exchange and
Treeborn Frog for some easy summons and use each
turn. I guess you could even play this card in a
spirit deck, but they are not top tier.
Our last card that the all mighty pojo has
ordered us to review this week is Fenghuang. A
rather interesting bird, Fenghuang is a Level 6,
Fire/Winged Beast and is a Spirit monster. With 2100
ATK and 1800 DEF. Fenghuang's effect is like most
other spirit monsters, that they cannot be special
summoned, only normal or flipped face up. If you do
normal summon or it gets flipped it face up, you can
destroy all set spell and trap cards your opponent
controls. Return this card to your hand during the
endphase it was normal summoned or flipped face up.
This card can win a few games if used at the right
time. With 2100 ATK, it's a bit below what we are
used to when it comes to 1 tribute monsters, but its
effect makes up for it. Fenghuang's ability to wipe
out all set cards in your opponent's backrow is
pretty good, even if it gets caught in something
like Bottomless Trap Hole. It combos well with
Treeborn Frog, so you can wreck your opponent's back
row over and over. Fenghuang's weaknesses are Divine
Wrath, Skill Drain or just being stuck in the
graveyard or deck in general. Looking for something
new to try out, I suggest Fenghuang for getting rid
of those pesky face downs.
Fun Friday Fact: Leonardo Da Vinci could write with
one hand and draw with the other at the same time.
Spirit monsters have made a
brief return with this card, Fenghuang!
Today’s card is a Level 6,
Fire, Winged-Beast spirit monster. Now seeing as
this card needs a tribute and returns to the
hand at the end phase, this card needs an effect to
compensate to the effect. Fortunately, it has one.
When normal summoned or flipped face-up, you destroy
all of your opponent’s set Spell and Trap cards.
There’s a varient of Frognarchs that uses Dark Dust
Spirit and Treeborn Frog to constantly destroy the
opponent’s monsters. Fenghuang can be summoned first
to clear the way for Dark Dust Spirit. They won’t
solemn a Treeborn since it can just summon itself.
So when you summon Fenghuang, you apply the pressure
needed to force a solemn since they lose their
This format is considered to
have a lighter backrow, so Fenghuang should probably
be placed in the side deck unless you face someone
with a potent backrow. Have a nice weekend everyone!
Traditional: 1.5/5 (tributes
and backrows are too slow)
Advanced: 2.5/5 in generic, but 4.5/5 when using
Treeborn Frog (you only need to summon it once to
really psych them out)
Art: 5/5 (many colored pallet and nice pose)
"Cannot be Special Summoned. During the End Phase of
the turn this card is Normal Summoned or flipped
face-up: Return it to the hand. When this card is
Normal Summoned or flipped face-up: Destroy all Set
Spell/Trap Cards your opponent controls."
Well, he has a great effect and in the right
deck, could be a killer. I run a deck that includes
Dark Dust Spirit, who would pair up perfectly with
this guy. A Harpy Feather Duster effect is always
good. The only drawback is that he returns to the
hand at the end of the turn, so that hurts his
reusability in most decks. Feng deserves his own
deck, perhaps alongside of DD Spirit.
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