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"Nubatama" (ぬばたま) is a clan from the nation of Dragon Empire, and introduced in Booster Set 1: Descent of the King of Knights, although the clan was unsupported until Booster Set 13: Catastrophic Outbreak, two seasons after its introduction. In the lore, they are one of the Dragon Empire's espionage corps, with a focus on gathering intelligence. This clan has no known leader, although it does seem to be led by the "Congo" faction. In the events of the Cardfight!! Vanguard G series, a shadow dragon has a fateful meeting with a demon from the past, one that would affect both Planet Cray and Planet Earth greatly.

Playstyle

This clan's playstyle revolves around the themes of "stealth and sabotage". The clan focuses on reducing the opponent's resources, either directly by forcing them to discard, or indirectly by binding cards so they cannot be used to guard until the turn's end. Nubatama also gains various benefits for binding cards, including power bonuses or gaining the ability to send those cards to the drop zone. The stealth aspect is reinforced with their keyword "Afterimage", which allows them to return rear-guards to their hand once an opponent's bound card is returned to their hand. This allows them to use hit-and-run tactics throughout the game to keep their important units safe.

This clan gained a second keyword in Cardfight!! Vanguard G: NEXT based around taking control of the opponent's units and forcing them to attack their allies, aptly named "Dominate". This is the ability given to the shadow dragon by the demon from the past and thus is only used by Shiranui and his followers. While the keyword itself takes control of the opponent's rear-guards, there are some cards that force the opponent to revive cards from the drop zone, while others give power when a Dominated rear-guard attacks, allowing for more targets to control and weaker rear-guards to gain enough power to attack the opponent's vanguard.

Backgrounds

What is Nubatama? (Card of the Day, 18th December 2015)

It is the Espionage Corp of "Dragon Empire", the militant nation of the dragons. Its members are experts who master the unique martial arts and dark arts passed in the eastern territory of the Empire. Their main mission is intelligence collection and spying. Led by black dragons said to be born from darkness itself, the corps is relentless, not hesitant of self-sacrifice if ordered. To them, "accomplishment of missions" is more important than their lives.


Some Factions of Nubatama

Known/Notable Fighters

Design

Concept

This clan is based off of ninjas and dragons, which is apparent in their designs and playstyles. As a clan of the Dragon Empire, most of the units here are dragons, although there are some creatures and demons as well. Like its counterpart Murakumo, the clan is heavily influenced by Japanese culture, with a darker color scheme and a focus on shadows and destruction. Most of the units have "Stealth" in their titles, as well as a type of stealth, and a form of being, whether it be "Beast", "Fiend", "Rogue", or "Dragon". The Shura Stealth Dragons share the suffix "-congo", as "Congo" is a familial clan inside Nubatama. The inhabitants of this clan are beasts, dragons, ghosts, and demons.

Races

Name Type Description
Abyss Dragon Shared
Demon Shared
Ghost Shared
Human Shared
Shadow Dragon Unique
Warbeast Shared
Winged Dragon Shared

Themes

Name Type Description
Shiranui Archetype
Shura Stealth Dragons Sub-clan

Sets containing Nubatama cards

Booster Sets

Set Name No. of Cards
Booster Set 1: Descent of the King of Knights 4
Booster Set 13: Catastrophic Outbreak 18
G Booster Set 11: Demonic Advent 22
G Booster Set 12: Dragon King's Awakening 11

​Extra Booster Sets

Set Name No. of Cards
G Technical Booster 1: The RECKLESS RAMPAGE 25

Decks and Starter Sets

Set Name No. of Cards
G Trial Deck 13: Evil Eye Sovereign 18

Extra Collections

Set Name No. of Cards
Fighters Collection 2014 1
Fighters Collection 2015 2
Fighters Collection 2015 Winter 2
Fighters Collection 2016 2
Fighters Collection 2017 3

List of Nubatama cards

Grade 0

Card Name Race Type
Almsgiving Stealth Rogue, Jirokichi Demon Trigger unit (Draw)
Aggressive Stealth Rogue, Cheenah Demon Trigger unit (Draw)
Banquet Stealth Rogue, Shutenmaru Demon
Good Luck Smile, Zashikihime Ghost Trigger unit (Heal)
Hardworking Stealth Rogue, Torasada Demon Trigger unit (Critical)
Killing Method Stealth Rogue, Samidare Demon Trigger unit (Critical)
Living Method Stealth Rogue, Shigure Demon Trigger unit (Heal)
Stealth Beast, Hagakure Warbeast
Stealth Beast, Karasudoji High Beast
Stealth Beast, Kazemomo High Beast
Stealth Beast, Kuroko Warbeast
Stealth Beast, Tobihiko Warbeast Trigger unit (Critical)
Stealth Dragon, Kokusha Abyss Dragon Trigger unit (Critical)
Stealth Dragon, Kurogane Abyss Dragon Trigger unit (Critical)
Stealth Dragon, Madoi Abyss Dragon
Stealth Dragon, Noroi Abyss Dragon Trigger unit (Critical)
Stealth Dragon, Onibidoushi Winged Dragon Trigger unit (Stand)
Stealth Fiend, Daruma Collapse Ghost Trigger unit (Stand)
Stealth Fiend, Kakuregama Warbeast Trigger unit (Stand)
Stealth Fiend, Mashiromomen Ghost Trigger unit (Stand)
Stealth Fiend, Ohtsuzura Warbeast Trigger unit (Draw)
Stealth Fiend, Warashibehime Ghost Trigger unit (Draw)
Stealth Fiend, Zashikihime Ghost Trigger unit (Heal)
Stealth Rogue of the Wintry Wind, Kamojigusa Demon
Voracious Stealth Rogue, Kosode Demon Trigger unit (Heal)


Grade 1

Card Name Race Type
Isolation Stealth Rogue, Matsuba Demon Sentinel (Perfect Guard)
Scattering Stealth Rogue, Tsuruchiyo Demon
Stealth Beast, Aramatatabi High Beast Sentinel (Perfect Guard)
Stealth Beast, Gekisouookami Warbeast
Stealth Beast, Katarigitsune Warbeast
Stealth Beast, Kurosakazuki Warbeast
Stealth Beast, Meimoudanuki Warbeast
Stealth Beast, Mijingakure Warbeast Sentinel (Perfect Guard)
Stealth Dragon, Chigiregumo Abyss Dragon
Stealth Dragon, Dreadmaster Shadow Dragon
Stealth Dragon, Gouka Abyss Dragon
Stealth Dragon, Kodachifubuki Abyss Dragon
Stealth Dragon, Seizui Abyss Dragon
Stealth Dragon, Tengai Abyss Dragon
Stealth Dragon, Tenrei Abyss Dragon
Stealth Dragon, Utsuroi Abyss Dragon Sentinel (Perfect Guard)
Stealth Fiend, Mezuou Warbeast
Stealth Rogue of Running Off, Ichinose Demon
Stealth Rogue of the Mirrored Moon, Tsubakuro Demon
Stealth Rogue of the Night, Sakurafubuki Demon
Stealth Rogue of Veils, Kurenai Demon Sentinel (Perfect Guard)
Tempest Stealth Rogue, Fuuki Demon


Grade 2

Card Name Race Type
Blasting Stealth Rogue, Teruyoshi Demon
Dashing Stealth Rogue, Genzou Demon
Shura Stealth Dragon, Daranicongo Abyss Dragon
Shura Stealth Dragon, Murasamecongo Abyss Dragon
Stealth Beast, Chigasumi Warbeast
Stealth Beast, Higanguma Warbeast
Stealth Beast, Kabe Itachi Warbeast
Stealth Beast, Kibamaru Warbeast
Stealth Beast, Tamahagane Warbeast
Stealth Beast, Tamahagane "Metsu" Warbeast
Stealth Beast, Uzuitachi Warbeast
Stealth Dragon, Fuurai Abyss Dragon
Stealth Dragon, Genkai Abyss Dragon
Stealth Dragon, Hashiribi Abyss Dragon
Stealth Dragon, Houjin Abyss Dragon
Stealth Dragon, Kokujyo Abyss Dragon
Stealth Dragon, Nibikatabira Abyss Dragon
Stealth Dragon, Shibari Kusari Abyss Dragon
Stealth Dragon, Ungai Abyss Dragon
Stealth Fiend, Gozuou Warbeast
Stealth Rogue of a Thousand Blades, Oborozakura Demon
Stealth Rogue of Departed Soul, Toranaga Demon
Stealth Rogue of Night Fog, Agitomaru Demon
Stealth Rogue of Night Fog, Miyabi Demon


Grade 3

Card Name Race Type
Demon Stealth Dragon, Kassen Myouou Abyss Dragon
Demon Stealth Dragon, Jaken Myouou Abyss Dragon
Demon Stealth Dragon, Shiranui "Oboro" Abyss Dragon
Demon Stealth Rogue, Genba Demon
Remarkable Stealth Rogue, Morishige Demon
Shura Stealth Dragon, Hokagecongo Abyss Dragon
Shura Stealth Dragon, Kabukicongo Abyss Dragon
Shura Stealth Dragon, Kujikiricongo Abyss Dragon
Shura Stealth Dragon, Mandoracongo Abyss Dragon
Shura Stealth Dragon, Yozakuracongo Abyss Dragon
Stealth Beast, Hagurejishi Warbeast
Stealth Dragon, Kegareshinmyo Abyss Dragon
Stealth Dragon, Shiranui Abyss Dragon
Stealth Dragon, Voidmaster Shadow Dragon
Stealth Fiend, Daidarahoushi Demon
Stealth Rogue of Rejection, Yorihira Demon


Grade 4

Card Name Race Type
Enma Stealth Dragon, Kingoku Tenbu Abyss Dragon G unit (Stride)
Enma Stealth Dragon, Maguntenbu Abyss Dragon G unit (Stride)
Enma Stealth Rogue, Mujinlord Demon G unit (Stride)
Evil-eye Hades Emperor, Shiranui "Mukuro" Abyss Dragon G unit (Stride)
Jinx Stealth Fiend, Zashikihime Ghost G unit (G guardian)
Jinx Stealth Hermit, Abudataishi Human G unit (G guardian)
Rikudo Stealth Dragon, Gedatsurakan Abyss Dragon G unit (Stride)
Rikudo Stealth Dragon, Gehourakan Abyss Dragon G unit (G guardian)
Rikudo Stealth Dragon, Gounrakan Abyss Dragon G unit (Stride)
Rikudo Stealth Dragon, Jorurirakan Abyss Dragon G unit (Stride)
Rikudo Stealth Dragon, Rokushikirakan Abyss Dragon G unit (Stride)
Rikudo Stealth Dragon, Tsukumorakan Abyss Dragon G unit (Stride)
Rikudo Stealth Dragon, Zaramerakan Abyss Dragon G unit (Stride)
Rikudo Stealth Rogue, Atagolord Demon G unit (Stride)
Rikudo Stealth Rogue, Kurehalord Demon G unit (Stride)
Secret Message Stealth Hermit, Abudataishi Human G unit (G guardian)
Steel Blade Shura Stealth Dragon, Hayakujirakan Abyss Dragon G unit (Stride)


Trivia

  • Nubatama (射干玉) are the seeds of Iris Domestica. This word is used as a metaphor of "black".
  • Nubatama was the clan that took the longest time before becoming fully playable after its initial debut.
  • The Abyss Dragon G units have the tradition of including the phrase "rakan" at the end of their names, which is taken from the word "羅漢", which translates to "Achiever of Nirvana".
  • The "Rikudo" (六道, literally Six Paths) from the G units name refers to The Six Domains of the Desire realm in Buddhism.
  • The "Enma" (閻魔) from the G units name refers to Yama, the one who judges the dead.
  • Nubatama is one of 13 clans to not have at least one Яeverse unit.