Penumbral Soldier Lady
If this card battles a LIGHT monster, this card gains 1000 ATK during the Damage Step only.
Can Be Found In: Dark Revelation Volume 3 (DR3-EN033), Soul of the Duelist (SOD-EN033)
Like any card game, if a strategy or sort of monsters dominates most Duels, soon enough they’ll release countermeasures to atleast place in the Side Deck. While builds and what kind of exploits players runs with continuously changes, there’s no doubt that both LIGHT and DARK attribute have the upper hand compared to the other Attributes. They contain a quite number of powerful archetypes which even can create sinergy with each other, several graveyard strategies players likes to rely on, as well a good number of powerful creatures they can come out as easy they can change the Duel in our favor. Because of it, cards against these two Attributes are often more prominent than others since the debut of the card game.
"Penumbral Soldier Lady" at first seems a weakling for today’s standards arround high level creatures, but her true potential comes through facing LIGHT creautres. When battling a monster of said attribute, she boosts her ATK by 1000 and overall become a 3100 ATK creature. More than enough ATK to defeat the vast majority of creatures of the attribute, going from the legendary "Blue-Eyes White Dragon" to more recent additions like "Stellarknight Delteros".
"Penumbral" by default requires a single tribute to be normal summoned, so is not very hard to pull out for the right occasion. From monsters like they can summon themselves like "Cyber Dragon" and "Jester Confit" to monsters answering opponent actions like "Battle Fader" and "Tragoedia", there’s a high number of creatures we can easily pull out to be tributed. "Instant Fusion" can summon a weak Fusion monster from our Extra Deck if we have the space for it. We can deal with other opponent monsters right when she hits the field by either "Soul Exchange" and "The Monarchs Stormforth", tributing any threat which can get in the way of "Penumbral" before is too late. But obviously we can always take a special summon approach to bring her into the battlefield, from getting the right scales for a Pendulum Summon from the hand to several revival tools we can pull out on late turns.
Obviously, the entire point of “Penumbral Soldier Lady” is to face LIGHT monsters, therefore she will be more effective against builds arround said attribute. Archetypes like Agent, Lightsworn, or Star Seraph are practically all about LIGHT, giving “Penumbral” the boost she needs to face any of them. However, be very aware that LIGHT nowadays relies on the unpredictable boost of “Honest”, so have cards like “Debunk” and “Chivalry” to stop him an any other threats in battle. If you are facing a non-LIGHT deck, “DNA Transplant” can easily assist “Penumbral” by turning all monsters on the field of said attribute. This is also a great opportunity to get the assistance of the Ally of Justice monsters, and archetype completely focused on disrupting the LIGHT strategies going from limiting summons with “Ally of Justice Quarantine” to destroying further cards on the field with “Ally of Justice Core Destroyer” and “Ally Salvo”.
If facing LIGHT monsters, “Penumbral Soldier Lady” pretty much is a one tribute 3100 ATK. That’s a quite considerable stat to defeat all LIGHT monsters in the game save for some special exceptions. Obviously the problem comes that such effect only is powerful against a single attribute, either making her a Side Deck option or forced to rely on “DNA Transplant”. Also, the paranoia the attribute often causes for having “Honest” in every deck they run is a high risk to rely on “Penumbral” to defeat monsters in battle, specially when Ally of Justice along Anti-Meta effects provides several methods and chances to stop LIGHT in alternative ways. Regardless, “Penumbral Soldier Lady” is a good enough monster for face any creature in battle as long they are LIGHT, and might fit perfectly from decks arround tributes to slower decks which needs a little help against said attribute.
Personal Rating: B-
+ 3100 ATK defeats most LIGHT monsters in the game
+ "DNA Transplant" turns any deck LIGHT for her advantage
+ Ally of Justice can provide further assistance
- "Honest" can severely counter her if we can’t predict him
- Pretty much a Side Deck card
- There’s other tools which can deal with LIGHT on easier ways