Yu-Gi-Oh's Top 6 Tuner Monsters for Almost Any Deck

Updated on October 16, 2019
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Tuner and Synchro Monsters

In a previous Yu-Gi-Oh countdown, we reviewed powerful Synchro monsters; here we'll rank the monsters used to summon them: tuners. Basically, when you have a tuner and a non-tuner monster fielded, you can sacrifice the two to summon a synchro monster whose level equals the total of the two sacrifices.

For example, the level 3 tuner Junk Synchron and any non-tuner level 2 monster could be sacrificed to call forth a level 5 synchro creature. All tuners are capable of calling forth powerful monsters, but a select few have unusually high attack or helpful effects, enabling them to stand above the rest. To see the best of the best, today we'll review six awesome tuners that fit snugly in almost any deck!

Masked Chameleon
Masked Chameleon

6. Masked Chameleon

  • ATK: 1600
  • DEF: 1100

First up, the level 4 Masked Chameleon. Now, tuners tend to have low ATK, but Masked Chameleon's actually is respectably terrible for its level. Even better, its monster effect allows you to summon a monster from your Graveyard, setting you up perfectly for a synchro summon with the pair.

The catch is that the monster you summon from the Graveyard must have a DEF of zero. Many decks have at least one of these, so this usually isn't a huge problem. Even if you aren't able to use its effect, it can still synchro and has reasonable attack, making it a popular option.

Update: Masked Chameleon has stood the test of time, and is also great at calling a level 4 from the Graveyard for an xyz summon.

Flamvell Guard
Flamvell Guard

5. Flamvell Guard

  • ATK: 100
  • DEF: 2000

A normal monster, Flamvell wields no effect and has very low ATK. However, it can still be set it into defense position, where its impressive defense (especially for a tuner) will help it survive until you can synchro.

It's a simple card, but can both help summon synchro monsters or be used as a shield to guard your life points. Flamvell's low level also helps with cards relying on level one creatures. It' dragon type, normal monster status, and Flamvell name also put it into a variety of specialty decks, further increasing its synergies with several archetypes.

X-Saber Airbellum
X-Saber Airbellum

4. X-Saber Airbellum

  • ATK: 1600
  • DEF: 200

X-Saber Airbellum fits right into the X-Saber series but aids other configurations just as well. For a tuner, Airbellum has decent ATK; just don't set it into defense position, or it'll get massacred. If it lands a direct attack on your opponent (when they have no monsters to defend), Airbellum forces them to discard a random card from their hand. This adds insult to injury by reducing their ability to counterattack when they most need to.

In short, use X-Saber to get rid of opposing cards, then tune it into a synchro to decimate rivals.

Reese the Ice Mistress
Reese the Ice Mistress

3. Reese the Ice Mistress

  • ATK: 800
  • DEF: 800

Reese's ATK and DEF are pretty low, but she has a great monster effect: she can't be destroyed in battle by level 4 or higher monsters. Level 4s and above tend to have much better ATK than 3s and below; even if your opponent calls out something less than 4, its ATK will likely fail to destroy Reese. As long as she can survive one turn with her effect, you can normal summon another monster to tune her with.

Also, in emergencies, you could simply place Reese into defense position and leave her there; as long as your opponent doesn't summon a low-level monster with good attack, they can't attack your life points.

Update: Reese's value has admittedly diminished over time, but she still works in almost any synchro deck, and can really save your bacon if your opponent relies too heavily on powerful high-level monsters.


2. Krebons

  • ATK: 1200
  • DEF: 400

When an opponent tries to attack Krebons, its effect allows you to pay 800 life points to negate the battle. This helps it stay alive during your opponent's turn so that you can summon a monster to tune it with on your next turn. You'll pay the price to do it, but Krebons is a reliable way to stall foes even in non-synchro decks. Additionally, consider that some effects allow psychic monsters to use their abilities without paying the usual life point cost.

Similarly to Reese, as a last resort, you can simply keep Krebons out without tuning it to block your opponent's attacks (for 800 life points each). Combine Krebons with life point-restoring cards (Golden Ladybug works well) to ensure you have enough health in your reservoir to use its effect.

Honorable Mentions

Psychic Commander
1400/ 800
Pays life points to reduce the attack of an opponent's monster.
X-Saber Pashuul
100/ 0
Cannot be destroyed by battle, but you must pay 1000 life points during each of your opponent's turns.
Trap Eater
1900/ 1600
Can only be summoned by destroying one of your opponent's face-up trap cards.
Three more recommended tuners

1. Junk Synchron

  • ATK: 1300
  • DEF: 200

Yep, our example from earlier is actually today's number one monster, popularized by protagonist Yusei in the anime 5Ds. When you play this card, you may select a level 1 or 2 monster in your graveyard and summon it.

Once you have pipsqueak in the graveyard, you can simply summon Junk Synchron and synchro in a single turn. It can be used for many synchros, including a few (such as Junk Warrior) who only accept it as the tuner. Not many other cards can so easily, quickly, and inexpensively synchro like this little machine.

Vote for Your Favorite

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The Future of Synchro

When constructing your build, remember to fill your extra deck with synchro monsters whose levels will match the levels of your tuners and non-tuners, and pay attention to any special summoning requirements.

Though we now have pendulum, xyz, and link summoning, synchros and tuners still see much competitive use and receive new support cards with each installment. No doubt tuners and synchro monsters will remain viable for many years to come, and I'm eager to see what the future has in store for them. But for now, vote for your favorite monster, and I'll see you at our next Yu-Gi-Oh countdown!

Questions & Answers

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        23 months ago

        Do you have good cards

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        2 years ago

        red resonator

        effect veiler

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        2 years ago

        i love junk synchron hes my best tuner i have

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        3 years ago

        Remember when Flamevell Guard was actually good?

      • Jeremy Gill profile imageAUTHOR

        Jeremy Gill 

        3 years ago from Louisiana

        Sorry about that typo, Toga, fixed it.

        Agreed, while this list still features some useful tuners, it's a bit old by now. I hope to make an updated countdown soon, and I'm betting Masked Chameleon will be near the top in it!

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        3 years ago

        Junk synchron written stats are wrong it should be 1300 ATK and 500 DEF. Also Junk Synchron is a great monster but unfortunatly there are few level 4 and 5 synchro monsters that are very relavent is most decks. Also I would like to argue that Masked Chameleon is currently better than Krebons as Krebons no longer has the 2 E-tele's and so psychic decks are now a lot weaker. Also zombies have 0 DEF usually.

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        Jeremy Gill 

        3 years ago from Louisiana

        I don't mind constructive criticism, but politeness goes a long way, Tarotrei.

        This list is definitely in need of an update, it was made years before several of the cards you mention came out, or were popularized. And even so, all of these tuners still have a place in many decks, especially Masked Chameleon and Junk Synchron.

        Reese definitely isn't quite as impressive anymore, but can single-handedly stall decks that relies on attack-heavy Level 4 and above monsters. Several of the tuners you mention are good, but you need a very specialized deck to use them (Mind Master, and Fishborg, which require specific types and levels of monsters, for example). Today's list was more of Tuners-for-any-deck array to help newcomers learn some options.

        I definitely look forward to making an updated list with more current tuners soon.

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        3 years ago

        This is a terrible list. You're missing so many tuners it's not even funny. Where is Blackwing - Gale the Whirlwind? Effect Veiler? Quickdraw Synchron? Debris Dragon? T.G. Striker? Spore? Glow-up Bulb? Plaguespreader Zombie? Deep Sea Diva? Blackwing - Vayu the Emblem of Honor? Mind Master? Fishborg Blaster? Maiden with Eyes of Blue? Genex Ally Birdman? Some of these cards were meta defining and you pick stuff like Reese the Ice Mistress? Really?

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        Jeremy Gill 

        4 years ago from Louisiana

        Flare Resonator has awful attack and defense (300, 100), but you're right - its ability to increase the attack of the synchro monster is very useful.

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        dhika afrisandy 

        4 years ago

        Flare resonator is also good,cause it can increase synchro monster attack by 300


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