If this card is in your Graveyard, except the turn this card was sent to the Graveyard: You can target 1 non-Tuner Zombie-Type monster in your Graveyard; banish both it and this card, and if you do, Special Summon 1 Zombie-Type Synchro Monster from your Extra Deck whose Level equals the total Levels those 2 monsters had. You can only use this effect of "Shiranui Spectralsword" once per turn.
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Date Reviewed: Oct. 11, 2016
I’ve had to do a lot of defending of this card, and
I’m going to do so here as well. Shiranui
Spectralsword is a must in Shiranui decks,
especially non-hybrids. His ability to bring out
powerful monsters at no charge is unrivaled in
today’s game, and he would be banned if not for his
What’s important to note is that Spectralsword was
infinitely boosted in power by Solitaire. The reason
is because it allows you to tech Spectralsword
(despite my defense of him, I still only recommend
1-2 copies in a deck) and still use his effect
multiple times per duel. The main play at the moment
is to banish Spectralsword and Solitaire to summon
Archfiend Zombie Skull (yes, you can summon Zombie
Skull. Spectralsword says “special summon” not “synchro
summon”) and then use Solitaire’s banished effect to
summon Spectralsword, then synchro into Crystal
Wing. This by itself is an amazing, outrageous play.
You’ve already used both Spectralsword and Solitaire
and now they are in the grave, so getting to summon
Crystal Wing for free is just outrageous. But wait,
there’s more! Thanks to Solitaire, Spectralsword is
back in the grave and now, next turn, you can banish
it and Zombie Skull to go into Shogunsaga… for free.
But wait, there’s more! If you can get another
Spectralsword or the same one back into the grave
(not hard at all), then you can banish him once more
along with Shogunsaga once he’s in the grave to
summon Homuragami. We’re talking 4 legit synchro
monsters for free that you can trigger at any time
from the grave after waiting the one required turn.
Where I’ve had to defend Spectralsword is in his
apparent lack of speed. I hear all the time: “You
have to wait a turn. That’s not good enough.” But
that logic is severely flawed. Zombies are the
easiest type to get into the grave. If you have
Solitaire in the hand, you can turn him into Uni-Zombie
and dump Spectralsword, and you’re set. You haven’t
lost anything, and zombies are easy to protect and
re-summon. What exactly did you lose? Continue with
your play! You can’t last one turn to summon Crystal
Wing, which wrecks all other decks? There’s no
defense for not running at least one Spectralsword
when you get to summon so many massive monsters for
free from the graveyard. Spectralsword is an
unparalleled beast and should see a lot of play for
years to come.
I like to think of this
card as Plaguespreader and Vayu
You can use this card as a
tuner twice, on field and in grave.
Not being able to use its
graveyard effect during the same
turn it was sent there is a
However, it's worth noting
that this prevents the player from
abusing this card, if such a thing
Unfortunately, do you have
to banish another Zombie monster
(and Zombie decks want their
monsters in grave).
It's vital for Shiranui
decks, but also splashable in other
Hello Pojo Fans,
Shiranui Spectralsword is the archetype's Tuner, and
continues the standard trends the monsters of the
archetype have: 0 DEF, FIRE, and Zombie-Type.
As the Tuner, Spectralsword will double the tuning
ability alongside Plaguespreader Zombie (if run).
While tuning with the monster is pretty normal, it
has a Vayu-like ability while in the grave. Banish
it and another Zombie and you can summon a Zombie
Synchro that matches the total level. No
restrictions on the new Synchro summoned this way,
which is a big plus. Typically this kind of effect
would negate the Synchro Monster's effect(s) or make
it unable to attack or destroy it at the End Phase.
Restricting it to a Zombie does limit it: only two
Zombie-Type Synchro monsters do not require
Plaguespreader Zombie (both within this archetype).
It's an okay monster, but Plague I think will work
better in the deck in place of this. While Plague
won't benefit from archetype-specific support, it
gives more flex to Synchro Summons.
The tuner of the bunch. Since Shiranui is a
Synchro based deck, it is a little weird that the
main effect doesn't actually perform a Synchro
Summon. Anyway, Shiranui Spectralsword is a Level 2
Fire Zombie-type Tuner monster with 800 Atk and 0
Def. It's not uncommon for a Tuner to be so weak
compared to the other Main Deck monsters, but more
Atk would have been appreciated. All of the other
stats are just standard Shiranui like yesterday's
card and some other cards this week. They are ok.
The only effect of Shiranui Spectralsword is worded
differently than a hard once per turn. Instead the
effect can only be used once per turn. I believe if
it's negated you can activate another Shiranui
Spectralsword from the grave, but I could be wrong.
All she has to do to Special Summon any Zombie-type
Synchro Monster from the Extra Deck is to banish
herself and any other Zombie-type nonTuner from the
grave whose Levels equal the Level of the Special
Summoned monster. There are some drawbacks. She
targets the nonTuner as cost which can disappear
before resolution, resulting in nothing. This isn't
an effect that can spam Shiranui because it can't be
activated the turn she's sent to the grave. Since it
doesn't Synchro Summon a monster properly, they
can't be Special Summoned from the grave or banished
zone later. While Shiranui Spectralsword's effect
will trigger other Shiranui banish effects, she has
none of her own to take advantage of. All that being
said, having a free Special Summon from the grave
that isn't archetype specific in cost or effect is
very good. More targets in the future will continue
to keep this engine available and viable for many
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