Yu-Gi-Oh: Egyptian God Card Countdown

Updated on March 1, 2018
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Jeremy enjoys dueling in-between working as a chemical analyst and campus building manager.

Ra, Slifer, and Obelisk
Ra, Slifer, and Obelisk | Source

The Egyptian God Cards

Many monsters with various effects exist within Yu-Gi-Oh; some of the most well-known are the three Egyptian god cards. Even if you aren't a fan of the game, it's quite possible you've heard of these famous beasts, each of which brandishes the ultra-rare "divine" monster attribute alongside the "divine-beast" type.

Similar to Pokemon's Charizard or Mewtwo, even non-fans tend to appreciate their awesome design and strength. In the Yu-Gi-Oh anime, their effects differ from the real-life versions; today, we'll countdown the three best legal (non-anime) Egyptian god cards!

The Winged Dragon Of Ra
The Winged Dragon Of Ra

3. The Winged Dragon of Ra

ATK: ?
DEF: ?
Anime user: Marik Ishtar

Some fans may be surprised to see that Ra comes into last place; it's probably the most well-known of the trio. Still, while mighty, its effects just aren't as helpful as you'd expect. First, you need to sacrifice three of your monsters to summon it; you can't special summon it from your graveyard, and you can only place it into attack position.

Then, the moment you call it, you can reduce your own Life Points to 100, and the amount you reduced is added to Ra's ATK and DEF. If you were at full life, Ra's battle attributes would thus become 7900. Powerful, yes, but very risky; reducing your life to that extent means your opponent needs to only damage you once to win.

Ra's next effect allows you to pay 1000 Life Points to destroy one of your opponent's monsters (or one of your own, if you wish). It's a nice option, but if you just used the first ability, you won't even possess enough life to utilize this effect. Essentially, Ra's abilities just don't combo well, and summoning it places your precious health reserves in danger. Use this formidable beast with caution.

Slifer the Sky Dragon
Slifer the Sky Dragon

2. Slifer the Sky Dragon

ATK: ?
DEF: ?
Anime user: Yugi Moto

Next, the crimson monster used by Yugi Moto himself. Like Ra, summoning it (again, only in attack position) requires a tribute of three other monsters. Unlike Ra, Slifer can be summoned from the graveyard, but when the turn you do this in ends, Slifer will destroy itself. Also, Slifer brandishes fluctuating battle stats: it gains 1000 ATK and DEF for each card in your hand. A low hand equals a weak monster; conversely, when you have 5 or 6 cards, Slifer accesses great power..

Slifer's fluctuating ATK may be unpredictable but its next effect consistently proves fatal to your opponent: whenever they summon a monster in attack mode, it instantly loses 2000 ATK. If its power is reduced to zero from this effect, that monster is destroyed.

Essentially, Slifer can serve as a mighty offensive force while simultaneously weakening adversaries.

Obelisk the Tormentor
Obelisk the Tormentor

1. Obelisk the Tormentor

ATK: 4000
DEF: 4000
Anime user: Seto Kaiba

Kaiba's blue titan earns first place. Like the other Egyptian gods, you need to sacrifice three monsters to summon him, and can only do so in attack mode. Similarly to Slifer, you can special summon him from the graveyard, but only for a single turn.

Obelisk tends to be more reliable in battle, as he has fixed battle stats: 4000 ATK and DEF, easily higher than most monsters in the game. He has an ability allowing you to sacrifice any two of your monsters; if you do so, Obelisk cannot attack this turn, but all of your opponent's monsters are instantly destroyed.

Obelisk excels defensively as well: he cannot be targeted by spells, traps, or monster effects. This makes him irritatingly difficult to remove. While the ability doesn't prevent him from being destroyed in battle, his high stats make that quite a rare occurrence. For Obelisk's consistent strength and targeting immunity, he easily deserves first place.

One More?

There you have it: an analysis of each of the god card's powers. They're all formidable.. but perhaps another, lesser-known god card exists, one that may surpass even Obelisk in strength. I'm speaking of none other than the mighty..

The Creator God of Light, Horakhty
The Creator God of Light, Horakhty

0. The Creator God of Light, Horakhty

ATK: ?
DEF: ?

The strongest god card is summoned by combining the powers of the three other monsters. When Ra, Slifer, and Obelisk are all on your field, you can sacrifice them to call forth the imposing Horakhty. This monster's battle stats don't even matter. You see, when Horakhty enters the field... you win. Instantly.

There's no stopping the summon, either; Horakhty has an effect that prevents its entrance from being negated (no Solemn Judgment trap to prevent the entrance of this divine creature). Essentially, Horakhty is invincible and unbeatable. The only trouble to using him is you have to gather the three god cards at once to your field, which can take quite some effort.

Keep in mind Slifer and Obelisk can both be summoned from the graveyard for a single turn; you'll need the call forth Ra the old-fashioned way. Nevertheless, once you have your legendary monsters in place, and this card in hand, the duel is as good as over.

Your Vote

Now that we've really reviewed all the monsters, feel free to vote for your favorite god card. The Egyptian monsters take some effort to summon, but offer varied and powerful effects.

Work one into your deck to conceal a mighty ace up your sleeve, and I'll see you at our next card countdown!

Your Favorite

Which of today's monsters do you prefer?

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Questions & Answers

  • Does Exodia the Forbidden One by far surpass these gods?

    If you gather all five Exodia cards to hand, you instantly win, so in that regard, yes. However, in terms of battle, Exodia would get demolished by these guys.

  • Not considering Ra's ability to lower your life points, is he the best of Egyptian hod card?

    No. Removing a mediocre ability from a card only makes it worse, not better.

  • What Egyptian god card do you prefer in a non-themed deck?

    I definitely prefer Obelisk for his reliable ATK and immunity to being targeted.

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      Jeremy Gill 

      2 months ago from Louisiana

      @James AP

      We should clarify what you're referring to. Power of the Tributed is a skill from the game Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Links, which operates under different rules than the regular TCG. And honestly, even with Power of the Tributed, I'm still convinced Ra's legal version pales in comparison to Slifer and Obelisk.

      That said, I look forward to future support members for all three divine beasts; who doesn't love the god cards?

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      James AP 

      2 months ago

      Now I personally prefer Slifer, but if you have the card Power Of The Tributed alongside Ra he can be the most powerfull because in addition to gaining the ATK and DEF of the tributed monsters you can also sacrifice a large amount of your LP and give it to Ra and he would have easily a total of at least 9000 ATK and DEF points.

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      6 months ago

      I really like a ra and he was better in the anime as he also had the attack of the monsters used to summon him.

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      9 months ago

      wow that was awsome and thank you for this list


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