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Darkness Civilization
やみ (Yami)


The Darkness Capital is located underground,
above a gaping crater.
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The Darkness Civilization Darkness is a monocolored civilization.


It is distinguished by a black color frame and is represented by a color-coded black and white mask with four horns.


The Darkness Civilization focuses mainly on destroying the opponent's creatures and forcing the opponent to discard cards from their hand. It also focuses on utilizing the Graveyard for advantages such as Reanimating creatures and hand replenishment.

Unlike other civilizations, Darkness has no reliable Card removal options in order to balance the game out, giving them a hard time against non-creature or spell structures, such as Castles and Cross Gear. However, aside from this, Darkness is the best civilization to function on its own and decks with only it can win tournaments.


The Darkness civilization resides in the underground part of the creature world and was ruled by Tyrant Black Monarch with an iron fist. Near it is the Fiona Woods of the Nature Civilization.

Toxic gas fills the air and total darkness envelops the vast underground world of the Darkness civilization. Here in this inhospitable place, lifespans are short, and inhabitants are consumed with the desire for immortality. Endless attempts to lengthen their lives have served only to spoil the land and contaminate their surroundings.

Experiments have generated numerous deadly diseases, disrupted the space-time continuum, and poisoned and confused the natural order of things. For now, only a few cities remain in a jumble of clashing architecture. Everyone and everything is out of sync, life is incoherent and events are incongruous. It is as if a demon had cast a spell on them all.

Darkness creatures are most easily recognized by their masks and armor made of bone. Their bodies are disfigured and misshapen, with flesh rotting off, from the toxic gas and diseases that pervade their world. After living in darkness for so long, most Darkness creatures are completely blind.

To survive the toxic gas, Darkness creatures keep their masks on at all times. Even outside of the Dark World, they are unable to survive without gas masks. Consequently, they are extremely vulnerable in a clean-air environment.

Darkness inhabitants are on a never-ending search for immortality. Driven by madness and selfishness, tormented by fear and despair, they struggle to conquer and control.

Dragon Saga[]

Their leader is Deathshiraz, Devil Corrupt King.

The Funky Knightmares of the civilization enjoy seeking the thrill of dying while the Demon Command Dragons enjoy bringing out punishment. As a result, the Demon Command Dragons kill Funky Knightmares while the Funky Knightmares liked it. As a result, a symbiotic relationship was born. They wage war with the Light Civilization, Fire Civilization and Water Civilization, in which the latter two are friends with the Darkness civilization in the world in Episode 3 and before.

The power of Tsumitobatsu, Misfortune Hero destroyed the Pythagoras, Geometry Squadron easily.

The Darkness Civilization lost many of its Demon Command Dragons during their battle with Glenmalt, but Deathshiraz revived them with his powers.

Meanwhile, in order to win the survival competition "Duel Masters", Funky Knightmares that specialized in assassination instead of suicide appeared.

However, as Uroborof gained dominance over multiple draghearts, in order to take revenge against The=Deadman who once sealed him, Deathshiraz left Uroborof and decided to act himself.

Deathshiraz was the sole finisher of the bloodiest race in the long-running history of Duel Masters. All other participants were killed by Deathshiraz. But then he disappeared, and his soul was sealed into a Dragheart by The=Deadman. All previous winners disappeared too and were all sealed by The=Deadman.

A long time after his sealing, and when that competition's memory faded away, Deathshiraz met Uroborof and Dragsolutioned. Deathshiraz, turned into a Dragheart, materialized sins into Demon Dragons, but that wasn't enough to defeat The=Deadman.

Deathshiraz, who broke away from Uroborof, craved more power and fused with Welcome Hell to become Deathgoros, the pinnacle of the power of Demon Dragons. That unparalleled power of death did not only affect Darkness, but other civilizations too, and thus Recycle was born. Deathgoros and Hellborof, who had obtained power to affect other civilization, battled with The=Deadman and chased him to the brink of their victory.

But The=Deadman had a card up his sleeve. The ultimate Dragheart with all civilizations, Niga=Vermut, Evil King. This let victory slip away from Deathgoros' hands.

When Deathgoros was preparing tactics against Niga=Vermut, a messenger from Pythagoras, Aqua Mediacreator, appeared before him. He proposed a plan to combine the powers from all civilizations to defeat The=Deadman. Deathgoros understood that he must cooperate with the other civilizations to defeat The=Deadman. But he wanted to defeat him with his own hands. Hellborof thus said to Deathgoros, "It would be fun to cooperate with Malt." That was all it took to persuade Deathgoros, who had been affected by Malt's heat.

The=Deadman was defeated and Deathgoros' soul was freed. Lastly, he said to Hellborof, "It wasn't bad to be with you. This might be what they call fun." "That was slow of you, Makaiou-sama. (Devil Corrupt King, referring to Deathgoros' suffix)" Hellborof laughed as he ran towards the goal.

Unlike the original Darkness civilization, this one inhabits the surface world and the air there seems to be clean.

Dragon Saga main characters

Revolution Saga main characters



Revolution Final main characters

Team Acme



After the fallout in Revolution Final, the Darkness civilization inhabits all areas outside the pillar. They are ruled by the Mafi Gang. The environment, like the old darkness civilization, is pretty much toxic for everyone save for a few inhabitants of the civilization due to a Dark Sun. This Dark sun has the ability to weaken other creatures just by slightly shining on them, and the Shadow people Mafi Gangs can easily move between them without any demerits.

However, the dark sun gives multiple opportunities, and unlike the first iteration of the Civilization, order is perfectly existent. The Dark Sun produces weapons that can be used to create Devil Mafi Gangs, the soldier of the civilization. Another group of Mafi Gangs known as the doctors are capable of creating these Devils, and these Devils, if good, are given a single-digit number. However while their objective is to destroy other civilizations, they don't fight with all their might, so destroying other civilizations might not be the true purpose of Darkness. A mysterious group of Kings resides as the rulers of the civilization.

At the end, it was revealed they still want to expand onto other civilizations, but were holding back until the return of their own master known as Ze-ro and his master card 卍 De Szark 卍. Ze-ro attacks the Nature Civilization only to be warded off by Minogami (with Minogami himself becoming a target of the Jokers due to his destructive behavior). After his first defeat, Ze-ro gained the ability to use Gacharange courtesy of Gap's meddling. He later got the Zeron Nebula's assistance to attack the other civilizations, only for the Jokers to kill him by destroying Zeron. With Zeron destroyed and Ze-ro killed by accident, the Darkness Civilization, by the Ten Kings era, fell into chaos, although some still believe that their age will soon return.

Ze-ro's son, Zero Jr. enter earth from a crater as the Master of Team Zero and seeks the Jokers for revenge.

Interactions with the other civilizations[]

The Darkness Civilization is allied with the Water Civilization as both of then share the same deceptive and selfish personalities.

It is also allied with the Fire Civilization as both do not fear death and sacrifice.

The Darkness Civilization is enemies with the Light civilization as both are mortal enemies who conflict in belief and element.

It is also enemies with the Nature Civilization as they fear death and disrespect sacrifice.


  • For a full list of cards that support Darkness cards, see here.


In the Abyss Revolution block, the Darkness Civilization focused on the Race Category of Abyss.

Shared Races[]

(A race marked with ☆ appears in all civilizations.)

Unique abilities[]

(While some of these abilities are found in the other civilizations, they are primarily focused in this civilization.)

Ability: Example cards:
Slayer Bone Assassin, the Ripper
Immortal Blade
Discarding the opponent's hand Lost Soul
Jenny, the Dismantling Puppet
Moving of creatures from graveyard to hand or battle zone Zombie Carnival
Inferno Sign
Creature destruction Terror Pit
Chaos Worm
Self-destructing creatures Deathraios, Cursed Blade Reaper
Wicked Soul Reincarnation
Sacrificing creature for benefit School Man
Chains of Sacrifice
Reducing (enemy) creatures' power Zainty Zain
Dark Sanji, Darkfang Ninja
Milling from you or your opponent's deck Slash Charger
Hell Slash
Picking up of one's own shields (may or may not allow Shield Trigger abilities to be used) Kodamanma, All-Devouring Doll
Jewel Spider
Abilities that only trigger when a creature is the only creature in its owner's battle zone Destolonely, Demon Dragon King


(This gallery is an example of a card of each card type in the Darkness Civilization.)


  • The Darkness civilization is usually seen as an antagonistic Civilization and are the center antagonists of many parts in the background story. Many antagonists also tend to use the Darkness Civilization, such as Kyoshiro Kokujo, Zakira and Basara when he was possessed by Dokindam X in the later stages. Protagonists such as Flynn (In the Duel Masters: Cobalt game, who holds a darkness themed deck), Katta Kirifuda (during Victory and Victory V), as well as allies such as Puramai Rei, Kojiro Sasaki and Zero Jr. also use it, however.
  • Early episodes of the Duel Masters anime give warning that Darkness cards may control their owners' minds. However, in practice, this only happens with specific creatures such as Dormageddon X, Forbidden Armageddon or DARK MATERIAL COMPLEX (as well as at least one failed attempt from Jashin-kun), with most Darkness cards being otherwise perfectly safe to use.
  • Early Darkness civilization creatures tend to have lower than the usual cost to power ratio. For example, they may have a ratio of 4 to 3000 while a usual creature from other civilizations has 3 to 3000. Or they may have a higher than usual ratio (Such as 5 to 9000) in exchange for a drawback.
Races in the Darkness Civilization
Abyss BabyAbyss ChannelAbyss ChimeraAbyss DragonAbyss KasAbyss Royale
Abyss SistersAbyss PoliceBlack Command DragonBrain JackerChimera
CorocoroyaleDark KnightmareDangerous AbyssDark LordDark Monster
Dragons ZeroDeath PuppetDemon CommandDemon Command DragonDevil Mask
Funky KnightmareGargoyleGhostHedrianInvader ZEROInvitation to the Abyss
Living DeadMafi GangMagic ToolMaster DolszakMaster Dragon Z
Mecha Abyss CelesNoir AbyssParasite WormPandora's BoxZerolistZombie Dragon
Civilizations of the Creature World
Light Light Water Water Darkness Darkness Fire Fire Nature Nature
Zero Zero Jokers J
2 Color Allied: LWLNWDDFFN
4 Color Light Water Darkness Fire
5 Color Light Water Darkness Fire Nature