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Today, we're going to look at 15 of bestDuel Monsterscards out there. We've included some notorious cards on principal. We've added others due to their real-life tournament win rates and popularity. Finally, we've added a handful of cards that even a die-hard duelist won't expect. So without further ado, it's time to d-d-d-d decide which 15Yu-Gi-Oh!cards are the most powerful!
Updated by Caleb Bailey on March 4th, 2020:Before we reveal our d-d-d-d decisions, we wanted to put the spotlight on several upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! events. Multiple release dates for Yu-Gi-Oh card packs were released in January of this year, as well as the start date for the Lost Art Promotion 2020 in North and Latin America. Numerous major card packs were given release dates in February of this year as well - such as the re-release of Jaden Yuki's Duelist Pack and Korea's LINK VRAINS pack 3. Suffice it to say that 2020 is going to be a bust year for Yu-Gi-Oh! The way we see it, that just means that we'll probably have even more OP cards to analyze by the end of this year.
At first glance, you might not think much of Jinzo; he's got relatively unimpressive stats, and he looks like a bargain bin version of Pinhead from theHellraiserfranchise. In reality, Jinzo was once such a powerful card that nearly every Duelist ran him in their decks. You see, Jinzo possessed the insanely OP ability to negate almost every Trap card in the game! Unless your opponent possessed one of Jinzo's few counters, they'd effectively be powerless to stop him and his persistent, board-dominating effect. Jinzo is proof that you should never judge a book - or a Yu-Gi-Oh! card - by its cover.
14.Elemental HERO Stratos
Stratos is yet another OP Monster who's might isn't apparent just from looking at him; he's got 1800 Attack, 300 Defense, and 2 big ol' CD player wing things glued to his back. In the wrong hands, Stratos will do very little to change the course of any given Duel. In the right hands, however, Stratos possesses an ungodly amount of utility; he can specifically search forany other HERO Monsterin your deck, or he can destroy your opponents' Trap and Spell type cards. Stratos was such a powerful card that he was banned from competitive play in 2013.
Whether or not you win or lose in a card game, you probably won't have a sever case of sour grapes if you felt like you had a fair shot at winning; you managed to play all of your cards and implement your strategies, but your opponent simply outplayed in the end. Fair enough - you can hold your head up high and genuinely tell your opponent "good game." What feels bad when you'replaying a CCGis not having a fighting chance at all. For 1000 Life Points, Confiscation can rob your opponent of a fair game by forcing them to discard a card of your choice. Confiscation was such an un-fun card to play against, that it was banned from the competitive scene.
12.Cyber Dragon Infinity
Unlike a lot of the other cards in this article, Cyber Dragon Infinity looks and sounds as overpowered as it is. This stinkin' thing looks like a hidden Super Boss from aFinal Fantasy game, or the most powerful form of an anime villain. It also has the word "infinity" in its name, as in "I've got an infinite number of ways to beat the brakes off your deck." While that might be an exaggeration, Cyber Dragon Infinity is one of the strongest Duel Monsters to ever enter play. Infinity gobbles up other monsters, then adds their stats to its own - making a mathematical monstrosity that most players simply don't have the answer to.
11.Dark Strike Fighter
OTK means One Turn Kill in the CCG world. It doesn't necessarily mean that you'll defeat your opponent on the first turn per se. However, the ultimate goal of all OTK decks is to achieve your win condition on one turn. Typically, OTK decks are extremely risky and require tons of skill to effectively play. That isn't the case with Dark Strike Fighter. This bulky douche-bag commits two major offenses; itassaults the senseswith its poop-brown color scheme, then it wrecks players' faces by dealing damage equal to the level of a Monster that you'll have to sacrifice. Times200!With the proper set up, Dark Strike Fighter could OTK players very early on in a match.
A wise man once said "simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." In the realm of CCGs, this age old adage often rings true; most of the other cards in this article either require tons of effort to properly use, or necessitateimmense amounts of technical skillfrom the Duelist who plays them - or both, in the cases of some extremely OP cards. However, the opposite is precisely what makes Dark Hole such a terrifying Spell card; you don't need to be the greatest Duelist to ever play the game, nor do you need set this card up. You simply play Dark Hole, and do exactly what its flavor text says - you "destroy all monsters on the field" in one fell swoop.
SJ is one of theYu-Gi-Ohcards that got banned due to overuse. The funny thing is that this card didn't see much play early on. Solemn Judgement allows you to negate an opponent's monster summoning or spell activation attempts once. The catch is that you have to pay half your Life Points to make SJ work!
Most players initially wrote Solemn Judgement off - why bring yourself closer to defeat just to stop one play? But a few players realized SJ's potential and kept using it. Before long, Solemn Judgement users could shut down mass summoning plays and OTK's with just one card.
ThisYu-Gi-Ohcard might look silly but it has strong negation properties. Toadally Awesome has the unique ability to detach Xyz Material during the Standby Phase. With a bit of know-how, a duelist can then set up their opponents later in the match. The next time your foe tries to activate a Spell or Trap card, you can negate it!
TA is more balanced than most of the other cards on this list. As strong as its negation powers are, they only work once per turn. Toadally Awesome is also very easy to target and take out of the game - at least in comparison to other monsters in this article.
ThisYu-Gi-Ohcard proves that big things can come in small packages. On her own, the Wightprincess isn't too strong. However, she can reduce the attack power of all enemies monsters to zero once combined with the right cards. To be more specific, Wightprincess becomes an absolute terror when she teams up with Skull Servant and King of the Skull Servants.
By triggering her effects, a player can shut even the machine cards and declaw the deadliest dragons! Most Wightprincess/ King of the Skull Servants decks tend to have very high win rates across the board. The caveat is that it takes a lot of skill to use them.
6.Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon
This beast of a Dragon-Type card is a gift that keeps on giving. Not only does it look like something that flew off the cover of a Judas Priest album, but Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon is also crazy strong! If you banish one of your face-up Dragon cards, you can summon Red-Eyes once per turn.
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In turn, Red-Eyes can special summon another dragon from the graveyard. The catch is that you can only have one Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon in your deck. And no, Red-Eyes can't summon itself from the Graveyard. An experienced duelist can play multiple cards withthis metal menace!An inexperienced player will at least have a cool card to lose with.
5.The Winged Dragon Of Ra
Egyptian God cards are some of the most powerful inYu-Gi-Ohby default. TheDuel Monstersmanga and anime went to great lengths to display how powerful these beings are! The Winged Dragon of Ra is a tough customer. For years, he's graced the tournament scene with his divine presence. His aid also doesn't come cheap by any stretch of the imagination.
To summon Ra, you have to sacrifice 3 tributes. Once Ra enters the arena, other cards and effects can't activate for a time. As a test of one's devotion, Ra demands that a duelist use their Life points to fuel his power. If you transfer a 1000 LP to Ra, he'll instantly destroy an enemy monster!
4.Super Quantal Mech King Great Magnus
ThisYu-Gi-Ohis as overpowered as its name is overly long! It's like someone at Konami was angry one day and decided to make a card that immediately kills the fun of any duel when played. If you're dueling against a friend and they whip out this card, you might find yourself reevaluating that relationship.
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Super Quantal Mech King Great Magnus takes a lot of effort to put in play - a player has to sacrifice six or more materials before their opponent can beat them. Should they succeed, said duelist will gain a Rank 12 Infinite machine that prevents enemies from adding cards to their hands! As an added bonus, itlooks like a mech fromPower Rangers.
3.Exodia, The Forbidden One
At the beginning of this article, we briefly brought up the term OTK. For those who don't know, it's an acronym that stands for 'One Turn Kill.' Entire decks exist for the sole purpose of reaching their win conditions as soon as possible. Others drag matches out and aim to stall for as long as possible.
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Exodia, the Forbidden One is the king of OTK's in theYu-Gi-Ohuniverse. He isn't one card - rather, he's split up into five separate pieces. If a duelist can assemble all five parts before their opponent can beat them, Exodia will instantly end the game! Exodia is to Yu-Gi-Oh whatThanos was to the MCU.
Apoqliphort Towers is anotherYu-Gi-Ohcard that comes straight off the ban list! AT can't be special summoned and demands the blood of three Qliphort monsters. If a duelist manages to pay that high cost, however, they'll earn a wrecking ball of a machine!
Immunity is what makes Apoqliphort Towers so overpowered; it can resist the effects of most Spell and Trap cards with ease. It's also immune to effects of any monsters with a lower level than itself. AT is a Level 10 card. For added context, most monsters cap out at level 12! Link Monsters eventually helped even things out.
You're near the end of a heated duel with a very skilled opponent. Via a series of top tier plays, they've drained your life points below the 1000 point threshold. Things aren't looking good for you at all; most of your best monsters are chilling in the Graveyard, and you're all out of Spell and Trap cards. Without a doubt, your opponent's next turn will be your last.
Then you draw thisinsanely powerful card - Last Turn. You choose one of your few remaining monsters, banish all others to the Graveyard, and allow your foe to special summon a monster as well. And if you chose a monster that prevents special summons, then you instantly win the game!
What is the most Powerfulest Yugioh card? ›
1. Apoqliphort Towers. This card is so powerful that it was actually banned from Yu-Gi-Oh! tournaments.What is the number 1 Yu-Gi-Oh card? ›
Blue-Eyes White Dragon
Beyond this, however, Blue-Eyes White Dragon can boast its status as one of the most valuable Yu-Gi-Oh! cards released to date. As the rarest card to pull in the original Legend of Blue-Eyes White Dragon booster pack, a first-edition copy can sell at auction for thousands of dollars.
1 Solemn Judgement
"Solemn Judgment" is probably the most powerful Trap Konami has ever produced in the game. Often referred to as “God Says No” by players, "Solemn Judgment" is a Trap that stops any player from doing...well, literally anything.
Crush Card Virus' Prize Card version is by far the rarest and most valuable Trap Card, and it's not even close. Thanks to its iconic status in both the anime and the actual TCG, the Shonen Jump version will fetch you a pretty $115,033 penny.Who is the strongest duelist in all Yu-Gi-Oh series? ›
1 Yugi Moto
Yugi has been so fond of puzzles most of his life, so it's no wonder he's a natural when it comes to Duel Monsters. Winning both the Duelist Kingdom and Battle City Tournaments definitely puts him on top of the leaderboard as the best duelist ever.
That Blue-Eyes White Dragon was released in Starter Deck Kaiba (SDK) in March 2002 where, as you may have guessed, it was the first card of the deck.Does Yugi get all the God cards? ›
By the end of the following season, all three god cards, including Slifer the Sky Dragon and The Winged Dragon of Ra, would eventually come to be owned by Yugi Mutou. At the end of the original anime series, the god cards are returned to Ancient Egypt, but their legacy lives on in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX.What is Yugi's signature card? ›
|Yami Yugi||Dark Magician and Dark Magician Girl Kuriboh Summoned Skull Magician of Black Chaos Black Luster Soldier Egyptian Gods Eye of Timaeus (Waking the Dragons)|
|Yugi Muto||Dark Magician Kuriboh Gandora the Dragon of Destruction Silent Swordsman LV0 Silent Magician LV0|
(a) The rank of the cards used in all types of poker other than low poker, for the determination of winning hands, in order of highest to lowest rank, shall be: ace, king, queen, jack, 10, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three and two.Who is the king of card? ›
The king is usually the highest-ranking face card. In the French version of playing cards and tarot decks, the king immediately outranks the queen. In Italian and Spanish playing cards, the king immediately outranks the knight. In German and Swiss playing cards, the king immediately outranks the Ober.
What card is higher than a joker? ›
Rank of Cards
Joker, A, K, Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2.
But if you watch many veteran Duelists, you'll notice they don't set all their Spell and Trap Cards right away. The main reason for this is the Spell Card “Heavy Storm.” “Heavy Storm” destroys all Spell and Trap Cards on the field.What is the strongest card in Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel? ›
There is only one monster in the card game with a high enough base ATK to end the game in a single attack: Don Thousand Monster B & C. At 100,000 base ATK, Don Thousand is by far the strongest boss monster in the TCG.What is the best trap in Yu-Gi-Oh? ›
- Infinite Impermanence.
- Solemn Judgment.
- Solemn Strike.
- Skill Drain.
- Non-Fusion Area.
- Anti-Spell Fragrance.
- Rivalry of Warlords (and Gozen Match)
- Evenly Matched.
Tournament Black Luster Soldier: $2 Million
The Tournament Black Luster Soldier is one of the rarest cards in the Yu-Gi-Oh! card game, and it's definitely the most expensive. The original owner of the card put a $10 million price tag on it, but it reportedly sold for around $2 million.
Blue-Eyes White Dragon
It's still the strongest normal monster card in the game with an ATK of 3,000. In short, this is the most iconic YuGiOh card there is.
Konami, the creator of the cards, has never come out with an official number, but the Yu-Gi-Oh! Fandom Wiki has catalogued that there are 12,456 in the Official Card Game and 11,145 in the Trading Card Game.Who is the best Yu-Gi-Oh character? ›
- 8 Yami Bakura.
- 6 Mai Valentine.
- 5 Téa Gardner.
- 4 Joey Wheeler.
- 3 Seto Kaiba.
- 2 Yami Yugi.
- 1 Yugi Muto.
Rafael holds the rare distinction of having defeated Yugi Muto, something that very few duelists have managed to do. This was due largely in part to Yugi playing the Seal of Orichalcos, but nevertheless, Rafael was able to rely on his dueling skills to take on the Pharaoh.What is the rarest card in the world? ›
The Shichifukujin Dragon, created to celebrate the opening of the DCI Tournament Center in Tokyo, Japan, is also the only one of its kind in existence. In Japanese mythology, 'Shichifukujin' is the name given to the Seven Deities of Good Fortune.
Who is the youngest Yu-Gi-Oh protagonist? ›
At 11 years old, Yuga is the youngest main protagonist of any Yu-Gi-Oh! series. He is also the first main protagonist to be a preteen instead of a teenager at the start of his series.What is the most expensive Yugioh card sold? ›
1. Tournament Black Luster Soldier - $2,000,000 (reportedly) Easily the most valuable card on this list, the Black Luster Soldier was an exclusive prize card awarded at the first-ever Yu-Gi-Oh! tournament in 1999.Is Obelisk a God? ›
Obelisk is one of the three Egyptian Gods, along with Slifer the Sky Dragon and The Winged Dragon of Ra. These monsters were only capable of being summoned by the Pharaoh.Which God is Obelisk based on? ›
In Egyptian mythology, the obelisk symbolized the sun god Ra, and during the religious reformation of Akhenaten it was said to have been a petrified ray of the Aten, the sundisk.Who is God in Yu-Gi-Oh? ›
G.O.D. ( Ｇ・Ｏ・Ｄ ゴッド Goddo), also known as simply the God cards, is a series of Level 10 Pendulum Monsters in the Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga. They are cards created from the power of Genesis Omega Dragon, also known as "G.O.D.", including "Genesis Omega Dragon" itself, who is held by Eve. The other two G.O.D.Who is Yugi's ace? ›
Characters as central as Yugi have several ace monsters, such as Dark Magician, Dark Magician Girl, and Kuriboh.What is Yami Yugi strongest card? ›
An incredibly powerful God Card, Slifer the Sky Dragon becomes Yugi's go-to card after he wins it in his duel against Strings. Its attack and defense points aren't listed, and that's because Slifer gains 1000 attack and defense points for every card in its owner's hand.What is Yugi's favorite monster? ›
1 Dark Magician
The Dark Magician has been a part of Yugi's deck since the very first episode of the series, and has solidified itself as the true ace card of Yugi's deck. It has won him countless fights and duels, and always had a trick up its sleeve to defeat its opponents.
The highest credit card color is black, in large part because of the ultra-exclusive Centurion® Card from American Express, which is also known as the “Black Card” due to its color.How many king of cards are there? ›
Deck of Cards Questions - There are 52 cards in a standard deck of cards - There are 4 of each card (4 Aces, 4 Kings, 4 Queens, etc.)
What is the lowest card in a deck? ›
There are 52 cards in a deck, divided into four suits of 13 ranks each. The suits are all of equal value - no suit is higher than any other suit. In Poker, the Ace is the highest card and the 2 card (Deuce) is the lowest.What card beats king? ›
There are 52 cards in the pack, and the ranking of the individual cards, from high to low, is ace, king, queen, jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2.Who are the 4 kings in cards? ›
It was the French card-makers in the late 16th century who standardized the suits of spades, hearts, diamonds, and clubs and designated the four kings as David, Alexander, Charlemagne, and Augustus.Who is the queen of hearts card? ›
Well, in France – who were the inspiration for the English styles, each face card already had a real life person on whom it was based. The Queen of Hearts represented the Biblical Judith, and the King of Hearts was Charlemagne.Does anything beat ace in war? ›
The ranking of the cards is from ace (high) down to six (low), except that a six beats an ace. In other words, if a six and an ace are played the six counts as the highest card and wins the trick, but if a six is played an no one played an ace the six counts as lowest.Is 2 of spades higher than joker? ›
From highest to lowest they are "Big" Joker, "Little" Joker, 2 of Spades, A, K, Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 of clubs.What does the black joker card mean? ›
🃏Playing Card Black Joker emoji
Quite often, the emoji is used to convey a sense of evil, creepiness, or mischief.
He's a DARK Machine-Type monster with 2400 ATK. And he hates Trap Cards. In the classic series, he disintegrates Trap Cards with his laser beam eyes. In real life, he cripples any opponent that relies on Traps by making it impossible to activate Traps and negating all Traps that have already been activated.Does jinzo negate Trap cards? ›
Trap Cards, and their effects on the field, cannot be activated. Negate all Trap effects on the field.What card stops hand traps? ›
- "Debunk" can be used to stop and banish hand traps.
- "Divine Wrath" can stop any monster effect including those that are activated from the hand.
- "Macro Cosmos" neutralizes hand traps that specifically state they need to be sent to the graveyard to activate.
What is the most op Yu-Gi-Oh deck? ›
- Yugioh Sky Striker Deck. 9.00 / 10. Read Reviews. ...
- Yugioh Eldlich Deck. 9.00 / 10. Read Reviews. ...
- Yugioh Dino Deck. 9.40 / 10. Read Reviews. ...
- Yugioh True Draco Deck. 8.80 / 10. ...
- Yugioh Tri-Brigade Zoodiac Deck. 9.00 / 10. ...
- Yugioh Rokket Dragon Link Deck. 9.00 / 10. ...
- Yugioh Virtual World Deck. 9.00 / 10. ...
- Yugioh Invoked Shaddoll Deck. 9.00 / 10.
Conversation. Yugioh main protag duel ratios: Yugi: 34 wins, 05 losses, 01 draw Jaden: 78 wins, 05 losses, 03 draw Yusei: 52 wins, 01 loss Yuma: 54 wins, 11 losses, 01 draw Yuya: 39 wins, 05 losses, 01 draws Yusaku: 24 wins, 0 losses, 3 draws Yusaku had the best duel record of the 6.What is the strongest thing in Yu-Gi-Oh? ›
franchise has likely heard of the legendary Blue-Eyes White Dragon. It is the strongest regular Normal Monster in the game and an icon known as a bringer of destruction. It is the favorite card of Seto Kaiba, who uses his 3 Blue-Eyes to reign devastation upon his foes as often as he can.What is the best Yu-Gi-Oh game right now? ›
- Forbidden Memories.
- The Duelist of the Roses.
- GX: Spirit Caller.
- 5D's Wheelie Breakers.
- Master Duel.
No, for several reasons. Exodia can refer to either a singular card or to a set of 5 cards. If you are referring to the singular card called Exodia the Forbidden One without the rest of the set, it's a 1000/1000 normal monster that can't even be treated as a normal monster for the purposes of effects.Does anything beat exodia? ›
If they're playing Trap Stall Exodia, Royal Decree and Trap Stun will kill them. When they're relying on Battle Fader or Swift Scarecrow to block attacks, negate them with Solemn Strike, etc, or prevent them from activating entirely with a card like Utopia the Lightning, Armades, or Odd-Eyes Meteorburst Dragon.What card can stop exodia? ›
use divine wrath it stops any card effect. Including Exodia.What God is exodia? ›
Not just any god, though—"God" as in "the Abrahamic deity YHWH", seen through the eyes of the Egyptian Pharaohs who invented Duel Monsters.What Yugioh card has the longest effect? ›
It probably won't surprise you to learn that Endymion, the Mighty Master of Magic has the most words in its effect text of any card in the game. Endymion's Pendulum effect alone has the most words of any Pendulum monster in the game.