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DM-04 Challenge of Black Shadow

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Translation: Knight of the Darkness Strikes Back
Challenge of Blackshadow
Gallery: DM-04 Card Set Gallery (OCG)
Rulings: Set FAQ
Release Date: December 26, 2002
Next Set: DM-05 Return of the Survivor
Previous Set: DM-03 Master of Destruction
Block: Beginner's Block
Set Icon: text-align

Challenge of Black Shadow is the 4th booster pack in the OCG.


The main theme of the set involves the conflict of the Light and Nature civilizations against the Darkness and Fire civilizations, in particular the battle between the Light army led by Alcadeias, Lord of Spirits and the Darkness army led by Ballom, Master of Death.

As such, the set has a heavy civilization focus with many Light and Darkness cards (such as Milieus, the Daystretcher or Purple Piercer) being "hate cards" for the opposing civilization.

  • Cards in the Nature civilization offer support for Light cards, while cards in the Fire civilization offer support for Darkness cards.
  • Water offers support for both the Light and Darkness civilizations, being an Allied Civilization for both (such as Aquan).

This set also focuses on cards with abilities that affect another civilizations, based on their Allied Civilizations.

Due to the focus on this battle, instead of the usual balance of card in the Set contents between civilizations, there are 15 cards each for both Light and Darkness (and 10 cards each for the other civilizations).

Alcadeias, Lord of Spirits and Ballom, Master of Death is seen on this booster pack illustration.

This set has a TCG equivalent, DM-04 Shadowclash of Blinding Night.


This set features no new keywords, however Shield Trigger is used on creatures for the first time.

Shield Trigger Shield trigger (When this creature is put into your hand from your shield zone, you may summon it immediately for no cost.)


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Light and Darkness
(Many Light and Darkness cards in this set have a mirrored pair in the opposing civilization with similarities characteristics or ability.)

Light and Darkness support
(A vertical cycle of water cards that support the Light and Darkness civilizations.)

Cost Increase
(A cycle of creatures that increase summoning cost of creatures for the Light or Darkness civilization.)

Shield Trigger Creatures
(A cycle of creatures that have the "Shield Trigger" keyword.)