Decode Talker


Cyberse / Link / Effect 
2+ Effect Monsters
Gains 500 ATK for each monster it points to. When your opponent activates a card or effect that targets a card(s) you control (Quick Effect): You can Tribute 1 monster this card points to; negate the activation, and if you do, destroy that card.

ATK/2300 [LINK-3] 
CARD ID: 01861629
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YuGiOh! TCG karta: Decode Talker

TCG SETS

TCG SetSymbolRarityLowAvgTrend
OTS Tournament Pack 6 OP06-EN001 Ultimate Rare12.00€13.63€13.48€
Star Pack VRAINS SP18-EN031 Starfoil Rare0.99€1.51€1.99€
Starter Deck: Codebreaker YS18-EN043 Common0.15€0.56€0.63€
Starter Deck: Link Strike YS17-EN041 Ultra Rare0.30€1.06€0.84€

Card Trivia

 This was the first Link Monster revealed in the OCG/TCG, as well as the first Link Monster to be Summoned in the Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS anime.
This monster and Firewall Dragon are the first ace monsters of a spin-off protagonist whose Type is neither Dragon nor Warrior, thus breaking the pattern of the spin-off protagonists' ace monsters (though Decode Talker does resemble a Warrior and Firewall Dragon does resemble a Dragon, so they only break the pattern semantically).
It is also the first time a protagonist uses a newly created Type (in this case, Cyberse).
This card eventually being replaced by the 2500 ATK Firewall Dragon as Yusaku's ace monster mirrors Jaden Yuki's Elemental HERO Flame Wingman, who eventually got replaced by the 2500 ATK Elemental HERO Neos, Yusei Fudo's Junk Warrior, who eventually got replaced by the 2500 ATK Stardust Dragon, and Yuya Sakaki's Odd-Eyes Dragon, who was replaced by Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon.
This is mirrors Yusei Fudo more as both their ace monsters are replaced from a warrior type (or warrior like) monster to a monster with Dragon in its name.
Decode Talker and Junk Warrior are also both DARK monsters with 2300 ATK and effects that boost their ATK through ally monsters.
This card's second effect is similar to that of Stardust Dragon. Both sacrifice something to protect cards on the field.
However, Decode Talker is used more often than Firewall Dragon.
This monster has several counterparts.
Attributes
EARTH: Transcode Talker
FIRE: Powercode Talker
LIGHT: Encode Talker
WATER: Shootingcode Talker
WIND: Excode Talker
Miscellaneous
Base form: Code Talker
This card being a protagonist's purple warrior-themed monster of the same card type as its user's ace with 2300 ATK, power up capabilities based on other monsters, and being the start of a monster archetype that its user frequently uses is similar to Gaia The Fierce Knight and Junk Warrior.
This monster appears in the artworks of Recoded Alive, Link Restart,Limit Code, Urgent Link, Dimension Link, Cynet Codec, and Decode Destruction.
This card can be viewed as a personification of Yusaku because it gains power by using others to achieve its goals (similar to how Yusaku views Ai as a tool for his ends).
Furthermore, its effect that requires sacrificing a monster it is Linked to for the safety of its allies is similar to how Yusaku wouldn't hesitate to delete Ai if one of the Knights of Hanoi didn't stop his destruction of LINK VRAINS.

Rulings




OCG Rulings



The effect "Gains 500 ATK for each monster it points to." is a Continuous Effect. (If the number of monsters this card points to changes, the gained ATK also changes immediately.): Decode Talker

While "Decode Talker" is in the Extra Monster Zone, it gains ATK even if there is a monster in your opponent's Main Monster Zone pointed by its Link Arrows.

The effect "When your opponent activates a card or effect that targets a card(s) you control (Quick Effect): You can Tribute 1 monster this card points to; negate the activation, and if you do, destroy that card." is a Quick Effect. (It can also be activated during the Damage Step.)

The effect "negate the activation, and if you do, destroy that card." does not target. It is activated directly in Chain to the activation of an opponent's Spell/Trap Card, the activation of the effect of an opponent's Spell/Trap Card, or the activation of an opponent's monster effect, that targets a card(s) you control.

Tributing 1 of your monsters pointed by this card's Link Arrows is a cost to activate the effect "negate the activation, and if you do, destroy that card.". (While "Decode Talker" is in the Extra Monster Zone, even if there is a monster in your opponent's Main Monster Zone pointed by its Link Arrows, that opponent's monster cannot be Tributed as a cost.)