If you control no monsters, you can Special Summon this card (from your hand). Once per turn: You can increase the Levels of all Insect-Type monsters you currently control by 1.
Can Be Found In: V Jump Fall 2014 Subscription Bonus (VJMP-JP090)
Despite Insects being one of the oldest Types and even most memorable in the original series, they sincerelly haven’t got much to work with in the card game. Quite recently Inzektor gave them a wonderful spotlight in the competitive scene and still are a wonderful build to work with, and builds like Spiders and Naturia can become a serious threat in the right hands. Outside of archetypes however, despite having great cards like “Doom Dozer” or “Verdant Sanctuary”, they mainly had a support role in decks unrelated to the Type since the very first days of the card game with the classic “Man-Eater Bug”.
"Primitive Butterfly" is a creature ready to give a great push to Insect decks in an age where players are in a race to constantly play Extra Deck setups. If our field is empty of monsters we can special summon it right away from our hand, so makes it great for either start a turn or even a comeback. As a plus, "Primitive Butterfly" has the ability to increase the level of all Insects in our field by 1, therefore allowing us to create more expensive summons with ease. Either you go towards a Synchro or Xyz summon, "Primitive Butterfly" can become a solid ally in any deck even if you don’t use its level increase ability.
Under most circumstances “Primitive Butterfly” will be summoned by its own effect, so using other resources for bring it to the field are mostly optional. Cards like “Danipon” and “Resonance Insect” will mostly replace themselves by adding “Butterfly” on our hand with their defeat, while similarly “Verdant Sanctuary” can search it if a Level 5 on our field is destroyed. If you truly can’t wait to be summoned from the hand, “Howling Insect“‘s destruction in battle will summon it from the deck while “Insect Imitation” will tribute a Level 4 Insect to bring it inmediately. But a great play can come out once the opponent controls a monster, using “Inferno Reckless Summon” once we special summon “Butterfly” to bring two other copies on the field and therefore use their increasing levels to Xyz summon Rank 5 to 8 monsters.
How we play “Primitive Butterfly” will depend of the kind of Extra Deck we go arround with. Synchro strategies have it easier, as they can summon this creature along a Tuner for then pull out practically any Synchro monster up our choice, specially with the level increase effect. With Xyz monsters however can be more tricky, as outside Inzektor there’s not many solid options to match levels with “Primitive Butterfly”. However it can compensate by working outside the Type, since monsters with a similar summoning like “Solar Wind Jammer” and “Cyber Dragon” easily work together to inmediately prepare a Rank 5 Xyz summon or even Synchro summon. The big difference though is that “Butterfly” can use the level up effect on itself, becoming an optional material even for Rank 6 builds.
"Primitive Butterfly" is pretty much a material ready to assist with our Extra Deck and does its job as well as monsters with an identical self-summon. Special summoning a Level 5 creature gives us great start to either Synchro or Xyz summon with the right follow up monster(s), with the bonus of increasing level of itself and/or other Insects and as a result expand our options. However and as mentioned before, it can be difficult for Insect decks to work arround Xyz monsters with this card, as there’s no many options to expand their options compared to Synchro summoning. But regardless is still a pretty solid creature which even outside its Type can use the level increase to easily assist heavier summons.
Personal Rating: A
+ Special summons itself for start a turn or even a comeback
+ Solid assistance for Xyz and Synchro summons
+ Can increase its level as well other Insects
- Excluding Inzektor the Type doesn’t have many options to go arround high Rank Xyz summons