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Top Six Level 12 Monsters in Yu-Gi-Oh

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Level 12 Monsters In Yu-Gi-Oh

Here we are—the pinnacle of Yu-Gi-Oh monster cards, the mighty level 12 behemoths. They're rare and powerful, with amazingly high ATK and DEF scores plus some nasty effects.

As a quick refresher, you can tell a monster's rank by counting the number of orange stars in the upper right corner of the card. Creatures with more than 4 stars require one tribute to normal summon, and ones with more than 7 require two. But with ultimate behemoths reign supreme?

These are the six best level twelves in the Yu-Gi-Oh trading card game!

  • Dragon Master Knight
  • Barbaroid, the Ultimate Battle Machine
  • Yubel, the Ultimate Nightmare
  • Five-Headed Dragon
  • Herald of Ultimateness
  • Dystopia the Despondent
Dragon Master Knight

Dragon Master Knight

6. Dragon Master Knight

ATK: 5000
DEF: 5000

Dragon Master Knight is a fusion monster that requires two specific materials (at least it's not five, as we'll soon see): Black Luster Soldier and Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon.


  • Incredible ATK
  • Incredible DEF
  • Effect boosts ATK even further for other dragons you control

Dragon Master Knight doesn't wield the impressive effects of today's other monsters, but its simplicity and power earn it its place. Note that Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon itself has to be fusion summoned, but Black Luster Soldier can simply be fused from the hand to call forth this titan. Cards that can substitute for any material, like King of the Swamp, also help.

Barbaroid, the Ultimate Battle Machine

Barbaroid, the Ultimate Battle Machine

5. Barbaroid, the Ultimate Battle Machine

ATK: 4000
DEF: 4000

Like our last entry, this card's purple background labels it as a fusion monster, a card available to you throughout the duel in your extra deck. The fusion material monsters this time are five machine-type "roid" monsters, so only "roid" archetypes can really make use of this card.


  • Great ATK and DEF
  • Can attack twice per turn
  • Negates the effects of monsters it destroys
  • Inflicts 1000 damage when it destroys a monster

These are some awesome powers, but remember that while this card can attack twice each turn, it can't attack directly, meaning you should use it to wipe out your opponent's creatures, then attack directly with your other warriors. Powerful and possessing some unique effects, the Ultimate Battle Machine belongs in any "roid" deck.

Yubel, the Ultimate Nightmare

Yubel, the Ultimate Nightmare

4. Yubel, the Ultimate Nightmare

ATK: 0
DEF: 0

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Zero ATK and DEF on a level 12? behemoth Yep, but check out its effects:


  • Cannot be destroyed in battle
  • You take no battle damage from attacks involving this card
  • Destroys monsters it battles with its effect, then inflicts damage to your opponent equal to their ATK

Thus, despite low stats, Yubel is actually very effective at eliminating monsters and inflicting loads of burn damage. As long as you control this card, your opponent's monsters (and life points) won't last long.

Five-Headed Dragon

Five-Headed Dragon

3. Five-Headed Dragon

ATK: 5000
DEF: 5000

Next, another fusion monster, the ferocious Five-Headed Dragon. Check out his powerful strengths:

  • Accepts any five dragons as fusion materials
  • Awesome ATK and DEF
  • Cannot be destroyed in battle by a dark, earth, fire, water, or wind monster

Five-Headed Dragon requires five dragon-type monsters as its fusion materials. However, they can be absolutely any five dragons; utilize cards like Future Fusion or Dragon's Mirror to quickly reach your quota without losing card advantage. Simple and powerful, Five-Headed Dragon is one heck of an obstacle to overcome.

Herald of Ultimateness

Herald of Ultimateness

2. Herald of Ultimateness

ATK: 2000
DEF: 3000

Cards with an azure background are mighty ritual monsters, summoned from your hand using various ritual spells; in this case, Oracle of the Herald. Now, 2000 ATK is somewhat low for a level 12, but Herald's 3000 DEF and effects should astound any duelist. During either player's turn, when your opponent special summons a monster or activates a spell, trap, or monster effect, you can send one fairy-type monster from your hand to the Graveyard to negate the effect and destroy that card!

Thus, as long as you have fairy-types available in your hand, you can essentially negate anything your opponent does. The only exception is a normal summon, but few normal summoned monsters will be able to overcome Herald's battle stats (and if your adversary tries to activate an effect that boosts its strength, you can negate it). Today's most defensive monster works great in fairy-type decks, and few opponents can surmount this behemoth.

Dystopia the Despondent

Dystopia the Despondent

1. Dystopia the Despondent

ATK: 5000
DEF: 5000

Dystopia the Despondent cannot be normal summoned or set; instead, it has a very unique special summon: you must send four level-one monsters you control to the Graveyard from either your hand or Graveyard. Swarming typically isn't hard with level 1s, especially with token-producing spells like Scapegoat around. The Kuriboh archetype also works well.

Once Dystopia's out, you're in good shape, although it prevents your other monsters from attacking. However, during either player's turn, when this card battles, you can remove from play one level 1 monster in your Graveyard (which should have at least four) to render this card indestructible by battle and unaffected by card effects! This often saves Dystopia from traps, magic, or monster removals that would otherwise eliminate it (not to mention battle, but overcoming 5000 ATK/DEF isn't easy).

Finally, even if Dystopia is destroyed, by gathering four kevel 1s to your field again, you can always revive this monster from your Graveyard. Sturdy, able to prevent its destruction, and capable of being resurrected, Dystopia definitely deserves today's golden medal.

Your Vote

Hopefully you've enjoyed examining the best of the fearsome level 12 monsters. When properly fielded, their sheer strength should annihilate opposing forces quickly to seize you the win. These represent a rare breed of formidable titans, but I'm optimistic we'll see more formidable level 12s in the future.

But for now, as we eagerly await more high-level gargantuan in future expansions from Konami, let me know which monstrosity you prefer and I'll see you at our next Yu-Gi-Oh countdown!

© 2015 Jeremy Gill


Ivan Hernandez on May 29, 2018:

Wow. Great information.

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