Yu-Gi-Oh! The Sacred Cards is a video game for the Game Boy Advance that was released in North America on November 4, 2003. It is remembered as asomewhat short game that wasfull of awesome dueling action, the type of stuff that makesgamesabout the popular Yu-Gi-Oh!so interesting.
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The story follows the Battle City arc of the anime, where Yugi and his friends participate in a Duel Monsters tournament hosted by KaibaCorp set in the middle of an urban landscape. In addition to the fun gameplay and unique story that delves into the past, players can obtain a ton of incredibly powerful monster cardswith which to crush their AI competition.
The best possess monstrously high Attack and colossal Defense while a few even have powerful effects for when sheer force is not enough. These powerhouses also come with neat little card descriptions unique to the game that elaborate on their existence and lore; a nice feature for fans of the franchise's long history and innovative creature designs. The Egyptian God cards will be left out, asacquiring themis locked behindstory events and are otherwise unobtainable for one's deck.
Updated on August 7, 2021, by Reyadh Rahaman:It is not enough to simply have powerful monster cards in one's deck, as duelists will need to meet their often high and possibly very specific summoning requirements. If these summoning requirements weren't in place, these already overpowered creatures would be even more broken to use against the limited AI of in-game opponents.
The smartest players will insert cards into their deck that revolves around summoning their powerhouse monster or buffing them in some way, as synergy between cards is of vital importance inThe Sacred Cards. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to increase the chances of bringing out a player's favorite card consistently.
10 Dark Sage - Attack 2800 | Defense 3200
"An imposing and powerful sage that dons striking black clothes. He is a 'Dark Magician' who gained power over many years."
One can think of Dark Sage as an evolution of a Dark Magician, for they are greater in both stats and effects. To summon this elder Spellcaster, duelists will need to sacrifice a Dark Magician immediately after resolving the effect of Time Wizard in which one called the correct outcome of the coin toss. While being very situational, players can thankfully summon Dark Sage directly from their deck.
Players should try to get cards that manipulate the outcome of coin tosses or that can be used as a failsafe for if one calls the outcome of Time Wizard's effects incorrectly. Trap cards that prevent damage could be used for such a feat to great effect.
9 Cosmo Queen - Attack 2900 | Defense 2450
"A woman of distinguished demeanor and enormous power. She is said to rule over all the stars and planets in the cosmos."
A behemoth of a Normal Monster card, Cosmo Queen is renowned for being one of the Spellcasters with the highest base attack stat. One would essentially summon her in order to flatten the opposition with brute force. She can become even more mighty after being equipped with one of the many cards that can buff Dark-type monsters.
Getting 2 tributes to stay on the field can be tricky if the opponent has a strong monster on the field, so having monsters with high defense points can be useful for getting enough tribute material to stay on the field long enough to summon Cosmo Queen from one's hand.
8 Blue-Eyes White Dragon - Attack 3000 | Defense 2500
"A legendary dragon that takes pride in its enormous power. Its power of destruction far exceeds comprehension."
Anyone who has ever had even the slightest interest in theYu-Gi-Oh! franchise has likely heard of thelegendary 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.
There are quite a few dragon-themed spell cards that can help one summon Blue-Eyes from one's deck, so be on the lookout for those as one plays through the game and acquires booster packs.
7 Blue-Eyes Toon Dragon - Attack 3000 | Defense 2500
"A cartoony dragon that was a Blue-Eyes White Dragon. It had been drawn into the Toon World and transformed."
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The animated version of a Blue-Eyes White Dragon that has been sucked into and warped by Toon World. It possesses the same tremendous Attack and Defense as the original Blue-Eyes White Dragon, though now also comes with the usual effects of a "Toon" monster, which, among a few other things, lets them attack the opponents directly if the foe does not have a Toon monster of their own.
Having other Toon monsters alongside Blue-Eyes Toon Dragon in a deck would definitely be the best play, as taking advantage of multiple Toon monsters can allow players to steamroll the opposition and devastating their Life Points directly.
6 Black Luster Soldier - Attack 3000 | Defense 2500
"The strongest of all warriors, it suitably wears black. It equals the Blue-Eyes White Dragon in ability."
As its description mentions, it is on par with the mighty Blue-Eyes White Dragon in combat potential, however, Black Luster Soldier is a Ritual Monster that can only be summoned with the "Black Luster Ritual" Spell card. They possess no effects, like their lore-rival, meaning that this card is one ideally used for brute force tactics or possibly greater strategies.
Since Black Magic Ritual is crucial for summoning Black Luster Soldier, players should insert some cards into their deck that can help one search their deck and draw spell cards. This will alleviate having to wait for half of the cards needed to bring out this ritual monster.
5 Black Skull Dragon - Attack 3200 | Defense 2500
"A fiendish dark dragon that is of extremely high rarity. It is the fusion of a rare fiend and a dragon."
Without even looking at Black Skull Dragon's stats, one can glean the depths of their power by taking a gander at their fusion components: one of the strongest Fiend-type monsters and a legendarily powerful Dragon-type beast of darkness. Black Skull Dragon's 3200 Attackis a massive threat to anyone facing this Fusion monster, plus, it also can be boosted by cards that enhance "Archfiends",as this Dark attribute Dragon counts as one.
Decks specializing in fusing monsters will need spell cards that allow such merging to happen,though, cards and card effects that allow one to search their deck for spell cards can be very useful here as well.
4 Gate Guardian - Attack 3750 | Defense 3400
"A combined being that consists of Sanga, Kazejin, and Suijin. Its powers place it among the strongest of all beings."
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Gate Guardian is one of the few monsters that are essentially the combination of others but do not need a fusion card to merge. Their special summoning requirement is actually more expensive, in that one must tribute Sanga of the Thunder, Kazejin, and Suijin to get this crazily powerful Warrior onto the field. Sadly, they don't retain the effects of any of their component monsters, which results in them simply being a beastly force of high Attack and Defense points, though one that is not likely to be overpowered.
The toughest part will be to get all 3 component monsters onto the field to tribute, however, once a duelist has summoned 1 of them, gathering the others will be easier, as preventing the opponent from attacking one's weaker tribute monsters is easier with a beefy ally on the field. Using traps that prevent attacks can be useful as well for gathering tribute monsters on one's side.
3 Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon - Attack 4500 | Defense 3800
"The ultimate of all dragons that has three awe-inspiring heads."
A short and sweet description that says it all. Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon is a fusion of 3 Blue-Eyes White Dragons and possesses a power that feels appropriate for its name, lore, and component monsters. It can be tricky to gather the resources to summon this beast of blinding destruction, but it is always worth it to have this mighty Dragon on one's side.
Typical fusion strategies would work to help players summon the Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon, though, since it requires 3 specific monster cards, players will need to wait until they draw 3 Blue-Eyes White Dragons as well as have a means of fusing them. Since so many components are needed, players should insert cards that let them draw more every turn in order to get the cards they need quicker.
2 F.G.D. (Five-Headed Dragon) - Attack 5000 | Defense 5000
"A gargantuan dragon with five heads that is simply invincible. It is formed by the fusion of five strong dragons."
While F.G.D. (which stands for "Five God Dragon") inThe Sacred Cards,the real-world card is known in North America as Five-Headed Dragon and is a Dark-type monster with an effect that makes them nearly indestructible. However, the version inYu-Gi-Oh! The Sacred Cards is a bit different; instead of being Dark-type, they are Divine-type and they also lack their overpowered effect, resulting in them becomingone of the two strongest monsters in the game in terms of stats instead of just being a completely broken card that everyone would use all the time.
Players will need a very varied Dragon-themed deck to even consider summoning Five-Headed Dragon, as well as a means to fuse 5 monsters at once.
1 Master Of Dragon Soldier (Dragon Master Knight) - Attack 5000 | Defense 5000
"A huge and awesomely strong dragon that can be powered up based on the number of dragons on the player's field."
Equally mighty to F.G.D. is the Dragon Master Knight, known inThe Scared Cards as Master of Dragon Soldier, this Light-type monster is a fusion beast borne from Black Luster Soldier and Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon. In addition to having ridiculously high Attack and Defense, they also possess an effect that increases their already colossal Attack by 500 for every other Dragon ally on the field.
Players can combine the strategies mentioned for both the Black Luster Soldier and Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon cards in a deck meant for this immensely powerful creature.