GamePress

F2P Survival Guide

F2P Survival Guide

Credit to /u/DarkProjectM

Overview

Like in every game that gives the option to pay money to advance quicker, being F2P in Duel Links takes patience, determination, and time. This guide goes over topics that F2P players may find useful, such as how to spend your gems efficiently, and which decks to build.

Cost-Efficient Competitive Decks
Cost-Efficient Competitive Decks

F2P players should focus on building the following three competitive decks.

Kaibaman

A solid competitive deck built mainly on cards obtained through character drops/level-ups/trading. The only card you need to open packs for is Sphere Kuriboh, which is a great card that you'd always want to have anyway.

Harpies

Another solid, inexpensive deck. It'll require more gems than the Kaibaman deck, but it's well worth the gems.

Gravekeepers

One of the best competitive decks in the game right now, and what we recommend F2P players work towards. It's also a lot less pack-intensive than other top-tier competitive decks, such as Relinquished. You'll be spending most of your gems on getting three copies of Soul Exchange.

Which Boxes to Pull From
Which Boxes to Pull From
Card Pack Tier List

The five best boxes to pull from for F2P players are, in order of priority:

  1. 1. Ultimate Rising
  2. 2. Wonders of the Sky
  3. 3. Neo-Impact
  4. 4. Flame of the Tyrant
  5. 5. Valkyrie's Rage
The rest of the packs aren't particularly worth spending gems on, though you may want to go for one copy of Piranha Army from Age of Discovery and one copy of Gift of the Martyr (and, optionally, two copies of Double Summon) from Chaotic Compliance to help with farming. Piranha Army and Gift of the Martyr are both of Normal rarity, so they shouldn't take too many gems to find. Double Summon is a Super Rare, so it'll take more gems, but it may be worth if you want a more aggressive Gravekeepers deck.
When to Reset a Box
The following is a guide on when you should reset a box, and when you should stop buying packs from that box.
Reset After Getting: after you pull all of these cards, resetting the box is usually a good idea, either because the remaining cards aren't worth it, or because the cards you pulled are important enough to warrant resetting the box for extra copies of them.
Stop When You Have: when you have these cards, it's usually okay to stop pulling from that box, as you'll have enough copies of the important cards to make the decks you need.
Ultimate Rising
Ultimate Rising
Wonders of the Sky
Wonders of Sky
Reset After Getting
1x Birdface

Stop When You Have
2x Birdface
1x Big Bang Shot
3x Sonic Duck
3x Pot of Benevolence
Neo-Impact
Neo-Impact
Flame of the Tyrant
Flame of the Tyrant
Valkyrie's Rage
Valkyrie's Rage
Crimson Kingdom
Crimson Kingdom
What to Spend Gold On

The Card Trader provides a lot of the main cards that you need for building the Kaibaman deck. There are also a lot of essential farming cards in there, such as Cerberus. In order to buy these cards, you'll need stones, gold, and jewels. Fortunately, a generous amount of gold and SR jewels are handed out while going through the stages. UR jewels may be a little harder to come by, as you only get three from the Stage Missions. Participating in events (Pegasus, Paradox Brothers) will net you another three, along with several more SR jewels.

Here are the cards you should save your gold and stones for:

Card Quantity
Riryoku 1
Kaibaman 3
Gravekeepers Oracle 2
Blue Dragon Summoner 2
Mystical Beast Cerberus 3
Wonder Wand 2
Murmur of the Forest 1
Guardian Statue 3
Jar of Greed 3
Riryoku Field 3

It's recommended that you go for the cards to build your farming decks first, as you'll want to be able to farm Legendary Duelists as soon as possible. These cards are Mystical Beast Cerberus, Wonder Wand, and Riryoku Field.

Converting Cards

No matter how tempting it may be, you should avoid converting any cards unless you have three or more copies of it. You should also never convert limited-availability cards, such as Insect Queen (only one copy of this card is obtainable in-game - by leveling Weevil). If you keep farming and participating in events, you should eventually acquire enough SR and UR jewels to make the cards you want, with minimal conversions.

Card Farming
Card Farming

Farming is another important source of cards. Building a farming deck can be pretty challenging (especially one to farm Kaiba), but is still very possible for an F2P player to make. For suggestions on farming decks, view our list of budget farming decks.

Ultimately, you'll want to farm these characters:

Kaiba Lvl 40
Kaiba Lvl 40
Joey Lvl 40
Joey Lvl 40
Tea Lvl 40
Tea Lvl 40
Weevil Lvl 40
Weevil Lvl 40
Ishizu Lvl 40
Ishizu Lvl 40
Odion Lvl 40
Odion Lvl 40
Skill Farming
Skill Farming

Example Skill Farm Deck

In addition to cards, you'll also want to unlock particular skills on each character. Here are those skills, and the character you'll want to unlock them on:

Character Skill
Joey Wheeler Last Gamble
Yami Yugi Destiny Draw
Mai Valentine Harpies' Hunting Ground
Tea Gardner Duel Standby!
Paradox Brothers Three-Star Demotion
Rex Raptor Titan Showdown
Level-Up Rewards
Level-Up Rewards

Leveling up characters is another good source of cards. Best of all, it's absolutely free, albeit grindy. A good strategy is to get a group of friends to send each other the "Opening Hand: 1 Card" challenge. This challenge gives the highest amount of EXP, and is easier than the 3 opponent monster challenge.

The main cards you'll want to get this way are:

Card Source
Windstorm of Etaqua Mai Valentine lvl 25
Harpy Lady #1 Mai Valentine lvl 35
Smoke Grenade of the Thief Bandit Keith lvl 14
Metalmorph Bandit Keith lvl 25
Gravekeeper's Vassal Ishizu Ishtar lvl 3
Gravekeeper's Curse Ishizu Ishtar lvl 11
Gravekeeper's Priestess Ishizu Ishtar lvl 23
Gravekeeper's Stele Ishizu Ishtar lvl 25
Curse of Royal Odion lvl 16
Curse of Anubis Odion lvl 21
Temple of the Kings Odion lvl 23
Mystical Beast of Serket Odion lvl 25
Result
After several days/weeks of grinding, if you've followed this guide, you should have all the cards to play a decent Harpies, Kaibaman, and Gravekeepers deck, all without spending a dime on packs. These decks are all good enough for you to climb to the King of Games rank.