Gladiator Beast Lanista

March 23, 2011

Few months ago, V-Jump Edition 3 (VE03) was released.

The cards have been used in various theme decks accordingly and Gladiator Beast Lanista has been used in Gladiator Beast deck.

Gladiator Beast Lanista

Level: 4
Attribute: Wind
Type: Winged Beast/Effect
ATT/DEF: 1800/1200

When this card is Special Summoned by the effect of a “Gladiator Beast” monster, you can select and remove from play 1 “Gladiator Beast” monster from your Graveyard. This card’s name becomes the removed monster’s name, until the End Phase. At the end of the Battle Phase, if this card attacked or was attacked, you can return it to the Deck to Special Summon 1 “Gladiator Beast” monster from your Deck, except “Gladiator Beast Lanista”.

Its stats is good, with 1800 attack. Gladiator Beast usually has problem to deal with high attack monsters and uses spell or trap to solve the problem. Laquari is usually the monster with the highest attack in the main deck, and it can only beat anything that is <1800 by itself. Furthermore, after Laquari attacks, it can’t ‘tag out’ another Laquari with 2100 attack for board presence. Darius is probably the best option for this attack move.

Now with Lanista, it is possible to attack with a 1800 attack Gladiator Beast and ‘tag out’ Laquari at the end of the battle phase. Effectively, it adds more options when the player has Proving Ground in hand. Lanista has a high attack for a level 4 monster and it can ‘tag out’ any other Gladiator Beast include Laquari.

Being a Winged Beast type just makes it even better. In the past, when Bestiari was not restricted, Icarus Attack was picked in most Gladiator Beast decks. After it was restricted to one, Icarus Attack was not as popular as before. Now with Lanista, Bestiari and Equeste, Icarus Attack could be utilised better.

Its Gladiator Beast effect allows it to change its name by removing another Gladiator Beast in grave. The first card comes to mind is Bestiari, which allows a player to summon Gyzarus. Darius does a better job than Lanista in this aspect, whereby a player wants to summon Gyzarus with Bestiari in grave. However, when a player has Darius in hand, then ‘tag out’ Lanista is an option. Of course, that will require another Gladiator Beast on field as well. Another name that Lanista can change into is Laquari which allows a player to summon Heraklinos.

I expect to see it in most Gladiator Beast decks. Below is an example, the team won the 10th ISD Championship and 2 members played Gladiator Beast with Lanista.

Tournament: 10th ISD Championship
Player: マロ

(Source: ヒマツブシ, Translation: World of OCG)

Monster: 11

1x Gladiator Beast Retiari
2x Gladiator Beast Lanista
2x Gladiator Beast Laquari
1x Gladiator Beast Murmillo
1x Gladiator Beast Hoplomus
1x Gladiator Beast Bestiari
1x Gladiator Beast Darius
2x Gladiator Beast Equeste

Spells: 10

2x Shrink
1x Indomitable Gladiator Beast
3x Gladiator Proving Ground
1x Book of Moon
3x Forbidden Lance

Traps: 19

2x Bottomless Trap Hole
2x Seven Tools of the Bandit
1x Mirror Force
1x Solemn Judgment
2x Solemn Warning
3x Dimensional Prison
3x Gladiator Beast War Chariot
3x Trap Stun
2x Icarus Attack

Side Deck: 15

2x Ally Salvo
2x D.D. Crow
2x Kinetic Soldier
1x Gladiator Beast Hoplomus
3x Consecrated Light
2x Light-Imprisoning Mirror
3x Super Polymerization

Extra Deck: 15

2x Elemental Hero Great TORNADO
2x Elemental Hero The Shining
1x Elemental Hero Absolute Zero
1x Elemental Hero Gaia
1x Elemental Hero Nova Master
1x Vision Hero Adoration
1x Chimeratech Fortress Dragon
3x Gladiator Beast Gyzarus
1x Gladiator Beast Heraklinos
1x Superalloy Beast Raptinus
1x Dragon Knight Draco-Equiste



  1. “Another name that Lanista can change into is Darius which allows a player to summon Heraklinos.”

    You mean Laquari rite?

  2. not bad

  3. dark hole, mst’s and trunade. you missed the most important stuff. double seven tools and ONE trap stun if youre running so many traps

    • Double trap stun works better, I personally run 3 dark bribe. Mad yes, but it works well right now.

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