Yu-Gi-Oh! is one of the most popular card games out there, and has been for quite some time. The trading card game has a wide variety of spells and traps, and also a wide variety of monster cards. One category that contains some of the best cards is dragons. Since dragons have been a mainstay ever since Kaiba introduced the Blue-Eyes White Dragon in the first episode of the series, it’s not a surprise that they’re some of the best cards around.
Not only do they have some of the highest ATK in the game, but they also often have some amazing effects. Between anime monsters and certain cards in the TCG, dragons are frequently staples not only in the meta, but also in decks that don’t even normally use dragons.
Updated by Sage Ashford on November 24, 2022:Dragons are some of the most powerful monsters in the Yu-Gi-Oh! Over the years, Konami has added several dragons that have become must-plays for both Dragon decks and the metagame. We have updated this list to reflect some of these changes.
10/10 The five headed dragon has the highest printed attack at 5000
Known as Five God Dragon in Japan, Five-Headed Dragon is a fusion card first released in 2006 and has the highest ATK and DEF stats at 5000 each. The power of the card is only balanced by its summoning requirements. Five-Headed Dragon needs to “sacrifice” 5 dragon monsters through fusion.
However, the fusion pays off as it cannot be destroyed by battle with a Dark, Earth, Fire, Water, or Wind monster. The combination of high stats and nearly impenetrable defense conditions really make Five-Headed Dragon a card worth fearing.
9/10 Greedy Venom Fusion Dragon is one of the strongest Fusion Monsters
A unique looking monster, the Greedy Venom Fusion Dragon is a high level dark dragon card with 3300 ATK and 2500 DEF. Greedy Venom Fusion Dragon is Fusion Summoned using a “Predaplant” monster and an originally Level 8 or higher Dark monster.
What makes Greedy Venom Fusion Dragon stand out is its effects on both a target monster and destruction. Once per turn, the card can essentially paralyze a target by reducing its ATK to 9 and negating all its effects. In case Greedy Venom Fusion Dragon is destroyed, you can “destroy as many monsters on the field as possible” and bring back a level 8 or higher Dark monster from the graveyard.
8/10 Blue-Eyes Alternative Ultimate Dragon is an update of Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon
Although there is already a Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon card out there, the simple one just can’t compare to the alternative. A powerful fusion of 3 Blue-Eyes White Dragons, the Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon proves its worth given its impressive stats of 4500 ATK and 3800 DEF.
Blue-Eyes Alternative Ultimate Dragon’s effects also provide it with additional defense and attack. The card cannot be targeted or destroyed using card effects, and once per turn, you can destroy a single card your opponent controls. The latter is improved if, for the fusion that forms this card, a Blue-Eyes Alternate White Dragon is used, allowing you to select 3 cards to destroy instead of just one.
7/10 Bystial Druiswurm can appear at any time
One of the newer cards added to Yu-Gi-Oh!, Bystial Druiswurm was released in the Darkwing Blast set. A powerful Chaos card, Druiswurm can Summons itself by banishing a Light or Dark monster in either player’s graveyard to be Special Summoned. This can happen during either player’s turn if the opponent has a monster, which means that at any time the opponent can be facing a 2500 ATK monster.
Even more impressive is Druiswurm’s other effect: if it leaves the field, it can target a Special Summoned monster the opponent has and send it to the Graveyard. This trigger means the opponent will have to think hard about how to get rid of it.
6/10 Chaos Dragon Levianeer offers removal of Chaos Decks
Chaos Dragon Levianeer is another card that works not just for dragons, but for Chaos decks in general. The player Special Summons it by banishing a combination of three Light or Dark monsters from the Graveyard, meaning the card can always be Summoned if the Graveyard is full. At the very least, it will always work as a 3000 ATK beatstick.
When summoned, Chaos Dragon Levianeer has a variety of effects depending on the monsters that were used to summon it. the absolute the worst what it can do is Special Summon another monster from the grave, but at best Chaos Dragon Levianeer is capable of destroying two cards on the field. With the kind of power this monster packs, it’s no surprise that Chaos Dragon Levianeer continues to find its way into dragon decks years after the card was introduced.
5/10 Trishula, Dragon Of The Ice Barrier is one of the best Synchro monsters
Trishula is one of the most powerful Synchro Monsters ever created. Originally an Ice Barrier monster, the card quickly found use outside of its archetype and in any meta deck that could use it. Upon summoning, Trishula banishes a card from the opponent’s hand, field, and graveyard at random.
Trishula is a devastating effect to deal with alone, but it’s truly monstrous for decks that can summon multiple copies. Three copies of Trishula on the field could force the opponent to start the duel with just three cards… or even less if the opponent can re-summon Trishula.
Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon doesn’t have the same power it once did, but this card was a must-have in any Dragon deck for almost a decade. Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon Special Summoned itself by banishing a face-up Dragon monster, which meant the player could easily swap out a Level 4 monster for a 2800 ATK boss monster.
Far more impressive was his ability to Special Summon any Dragon monster from his hand or Graveyard. This felt like a rule breaking effect, as Red-Eyes Darkness could also revive Extra Deck monsters. This effect was supposed to be once per turn, but players could simply summon other Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragons to use the effect again. It took Konami a decade to finally errand the effect to make it difficult once per turn. Until then, it was a terrifying effect for any opponent who had to deal with Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon.
3/10 Hot Red Dragon Archfiend King Calamity is a powerful card for dark decks
Introduced in 2016, Hot Red Dragon Archfiend King Calamity is a powerful Synchro Dragon card with stats of 4000 ATK and 3500 DEF. As its type indicates, Hot Red Dragon Archfiend King Calamity requires a Synchro Summon with 2 Tuners and a non-Tuner Dark Dragon for materials. Although the summon price seems pretty high, the card’s stats aren’t the only things that make this summon worthwhile.
Upon activation, your opponent is immobilized in various ways: unable to activate cards, activate controlled card effects, respond to your card activation. Additionally, you can deal direct damage to your opponent if Hot Red Dragon Archfiend King Calamity is destroyed by battle, its monster’s ATK being the amount that damages your opponent’s LP. If Hot Red Dragon Archfiend King Calamity is destroyed while in your possession, you can also “resurrect” a Level 8 or lower Dark Dragon Synchro Monster.
2/10 Borrelsword Dragon is a great boss monster for any deck
Borrelsword Dragon spent years as a key card in people’s add-on decks for a reason. It is a 3000 ATK monster that cannot be destroyed by battle, making it a problem for the opponent in each in turn they cannot get rid of it. But having a monster that can fight can also be dangerous for the opponent.
Each time Borrelsword Dragon attacks a monster, it has an effect that allows it to gain half of that monster’s attack, Y cause that monster to lose half of its own attack. With another effect that allows it to attack twice each turn by switching an Attack Position monster to Defense, Borrelsword Dragon is the ultimate boss monster for any deck.
1/10 Borreload Savage Dragon can negate the opponent’s effects
Borreload Savage Dragon is one of the few Synchro Monsters that is still relevant in the modern age. Like many “Borrel” cards before it, Borreload Savage Dragon is a boss monster worth including in any deck capable of using it. When summoned, Borreload Savage Dragon can equip a Link monster from the Graveyard to gain half that monster’s Attack and “Borrel Counters” equal to the monster’s Link Rating.
The counters can later be used to negate the effects of the opponent’s cards by removing them, closing off potential options for taking the card off the field. Considering that its Attack is almost always going to be above 3000, Borreload Savage Dragon is a difficult monster to take out.
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