You can only use each effect of "Evilswarm Kerykeion" once per turn. While this card is in the Graveyard, if it was sent there this turn, you can Normal Summon 1 "lswarm" monster for 1 less Tribute.
You can banish 1 "lswarm" monster from your Graveyard, then target 1 "lswarm" monster in your Graveyard; add that target to your hand, also, this card gains the following effect.
● This turn: You can activate this effect; Normal Summon 1 "lswarm" monster.
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Date Reviewed - July 1, 2013
Welcome to a new week, albeit a short one, as we
have Thursday and Friday off in observance of the
4th of July. We open this week with Evilswarm
Kerkeion. We have a Level 4, Dark attributed
Spellcaster Monster, with 1600 attack and 1550
defense. This Monster has a variety of tricks, but
are any of them any good? If sent to the Graveyard
this turn, and in the Graveyard this turn, you can
Normal Summon an "lswarm" Monster for one less
Tribute, so this would include Steelswarm I guess if
you were playing a hybrid or the latter instead. You
can banish an "lswarm" Monster from your Graveyard
to add an "lswarm" Monster from your Graveyard to
your Hand. Then this turn, you can Normal Summon an
"lswarm" Monster from your Hand. Honestly, this card
isn't awful, there are just better ways to go about
doing these things.
Evilswarm Kerykeion is an important piece to the
Evilswarm theme. It can single handedly special
summon a rank 4 Xyz monster. With an Evilswarm
Caster in the hand or grave, an Evilswarm in the
hand, and two in the grave, you can even special
summon Shock Master to stop those nasty Spellbooks
and E-Dragons. Just summon Kerykeion and use its
effect to banish an Evilswarm monster and bring
Caster to your hand. Then normal summon Caster with
Kerykeion’s effect and normal summon your other
Evilswarm with Caster’s effect and wham! bam! thank
you Ma’am! – Shock Master or Evilswarm Ouroboros.
With just Kerykeion and two Evilswarm in the grave,
we are summoning the all powerful Ophion to shut
down meta decks or Bahamut to take our opponent’s
Even though Evilswarm decks have not cracked the
top tier, they are still very powerful against the
meta. I have been testing a banish variant with
Macro Cosmos and Dimensional Fissure with great
success. Believe it or not, the banishment portion
of the deck is not hindering Kerykeion. The thousand
dollar decks are completely shut down when they
cannot special summon level 5 or higher monsters
(High Priestess and E-Dragons) and they can not
build a graveyard due to your banishment cards.
Evilswarm decks are not that expensive to make and
can really control the field. Evilswarm Kerykeion is
a key card and should be played in threes.
Today we are looking at:
“You can only use each effect
of "Evilswarm Kerykeion" once per turn. While this
card is in the Graveyard, if it was sent there this
turn, you can Normal Summon 1 "lswarm" monster for 1
You can banish 1 "lswarm"
monster from your Graveyard, then target 1 "lswarm"
monster in your Graveyard; add that target to your
hand, also, this card gains the following effect.
● This turn: You can activate
this effect; Normal Summon 1 "lswarm" monster.”
This card is one of the main
ways Evilswarms are still a semi-viable deck. The
one less tribute is nice, but the real meat and
potatoes of his effect is in his ability to remove
one Evilswarm from the grave to add another one back
to your hand; and then, as the coup d’état it lets
you normal summon it. This progression of effects
acts as a catalytic backbone to the deck. If you
play Evilswarms play this card.
There are two different kinds of "lswarm" families. There are the
Steelswarms and the Evilswarms. The Evilswarms are a
part of the Steelswarms, so there are no cards that
benefit only Evilswarms, only cards that benefit
Steelswarms and cards that benefit both.
Nevertheless, the Steelswarm strategy (Tribute
monsters) can not bring out monsters as quickly as a
dedicated Evilswarm Deck, which uses swarm
strategies to Xyz Summon quickly.
Kerykeion is a fantastic help for that Xyz engine by himself. You can
Normal Summon him, then use his effect to easily add
another lswarm from your Graveyard to your hand.
Once you do that, you can Normal Summon again,
including the lswarm you JUST added. After that,
boom, Rank 4 Xyz, usually into Evilswarm Ophion.
Perhaps Ophion is being threatened by a large
opposing monster that was somehow summoned despite
Ophion preventing Level 5 or higher monsters from
being Special Summoned. No problem; use Infestation
Infection to return Ophion to the Extra Deck and get
another Kerykeion from your Deck. Now you can use
this guy to summon Evilswarm Bahamut and steal your
So far I've been talking about the second of Kerykeion's two effects.
What about his first? If he gets sent to the
Graveyard, you get to play a Level 5 or 6 lswarm
without a Tribute, a Level 7 or higher lswarm with
only one Tribute, and Steelswarm Hercules with two
Tributes. Problem is, there are only two Evilswarms
that are over Level 4 and neither is really that
powerful. There are six Steelswarms over Level 4,
but problems arise because if you don't actually
Tribute monsters for their Tribute Summons, they
don't get their effects! The only exception is the
three-Tribute Steelswarm Hercules. Also, Steelswarm
Longhorn requires two Tributes but only needs one
for its effect, so I suppose Kerykeion can work with
In short, Kerykeion's first effect rarely gives benefits, or if it does,
it makes you sacrifice resources for it. The second
effect is great for helping swarm with Xyzs or at
least to recycle monsters.
Trad: 2.8/5 (Evilswarms might see a degree of success here, but
Kerykeion's effect requires the duel to have gone on
a little bit, since it needs at least two other
lswarms to work) Adv: 4/5 Aesthetics: 5/5 Together, the tribes of the Duel Terminal (Gishkis,
Lavals, Gustos, Gem-Knights), with the Vylons'
help, have defeated the Steelswarms that crawled out
of the ground. The Vylons went mad, creating Vylon
Disigma to absorb the powers of the tribes and to
use it against them, but Gem-Knight Pearl was immune
to its effect and was able to destroy it. The
Infestation virus from the bodies of the Steelswarm
monsters leaked out and began transforming
incredible amounts of monsters, even the legendary
Ice Barrier Dragons. Brionac became Bahamut, Gungnir
became Ophion, and Trishula became Ouroboros. With
so much distortion caused by the fighting, the queen
of the Duel Terminal herself, Sophia, arose and
threatened to reset the whole universe. In response,
Constellar Rasalhague took the power of Gishki
Aquamirror, turning the Evilswarm Ice Barrier
Dragons into their orange orbed state. The orbs
swirled around Rasalhague, giving it power and
upgrading him into Evilswarm Kerykeion. Together
with Constellar Sombre, they led the attack against
Sophia. The staff that Kerykeion carries in its
right hand is called a caduceus (which can also be
called a kerykeion), a winged stick surrounded by
two snakes. It is used as a symbol of commerce and
is usually mixed up with the Rod of Asclepius, which
is a sign for medicine (the Rod of Asclepius has
only one snake and no wings).
Philosophy Corner: "Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we
have to fear is fear itself - nameless, unreasoning,
unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to
convert retreat into advance." -first inaugural
address of Franklin Roosevelt, United States
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