Yu-Gi-Oh's Top Six Synchro Monsters

An example synchro monster, Junk Warrior. You can tell what level it is by counting the stars in the upper right corner.
An example synchro monster, Junk Warrior. You can tell what level it is by counting the stars in the upper right corner.

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As a big fan, I've been playing Duel Monsters for several years. It's often marketed to kids, but the strategy involved in building a deck (and using it well) can appeal to all ages. I particularly like synchro monsters because I find them fair, yet powerful. Perhaps I'll test my own synchro deck in a tournament one day!

Synchro Summons

Looks like it's time for another Yu-Gi-Oh monster countdown. We've already ranked six powerful effect monsters; today, we'll focus on the white-backgrounded synchro creatures. Remember that the Yu-Gi-Oh card game (also called Duel Monsters) involves players using monster, spell, and trap cards to reduce their opponent's Life Points (which begin at 8000) to zero. Well, some monsters are categorized as "tuners". If you have a tuner and non-tuner monster out on your field at the same time, you can sacrifice them to call forth a "synchro" monster. However, your monsters' levels must add up to that synchro monster's level. Check out the example card to the right, Junk Warrior. It's a level 5, and it demands that the tuner monster, Junk Synchron, be used with a non-tuner. Junk Synchron is a level 3, so if you have it and any level 2 monster out, you can send your two monsters to your Graveyard (discard pile), and call forth Junk Warrior. In other words, 3 + 2 = 5. Junk Warrior requires Junk Synchron to be the tuner, but many synchro monsters are more flexible, and will take any tuner monster as long as the levels add up to the correct amount.

Basically, synchro summons are a quick way to get powerful monsters out on your field. Some synchro creatures are so strong that they become restricted in tournament play; instead of the normal three, you may only be allowed two, one, or even zero copies of the card in your deck. But enough reviewing the rules, let's begin our countdown of the top six synchro monsters in Yu-Gi-Oh!

Dark Strike Fighter
Dark Strike Fighter

6. Dark Strike Fighter

Attack: 2600 Defense: 1800 Level: 7

Unlike our example card above, Dark Strike Fighter will accept any tuner monster. It's a level 7, so your tuner and non-tuner could be levels 3 and 4, 2 and 5, or 1 and 6. Regardless of what you use to summon it, its 2600 attack can overcome most enemy monsters. If that fails, the card's monster effect lets you sacrifice one monster per turn to deal damage to your opponent based on that monster's level. You could even tribute Dark Strike Fighter itself, inflicting 1400 damage (level 7 times 200). Currently, we're only allowed to carry one of these into a duel. It's easy to summon, strong, and can assault your rival in multiple ways.

T.G. Hyper Librarian
T.G. Hyper Librarian

5. T.G. Hyper Librarian

Attack: 2400 Defense: 1800: Level: 5

Next, we have another monster you can only use once in a deck. T.G. Hyper Librarian is a Level 5, and will also accept any tuner monster. It has good attack, and its helpful effect will let you draw a card whenever you or your opponent synchro summons a monster. That may not sound overwhelming, but gaining a card advantage can really help turn the tide of a duel. Combine this with effects that will let you synchro summon easily, and watch as your numerous cards give you the edge in the battle

Brionac, Dragon of the Ice Barrier
Brionac, Dragon of the Ice Barrier

4. Brionac, Dragon of the Ice Barrier

Attack: 2300 Defense: 1400 Level: 6

Fourth place goes to the level 6 Brionac, Dragon of the Ice Barrier. This card is forbidden for use in tournaments. Its attack is decent, and it'll take any tuner monster, but its effect is the main draw. You can discard any amount of cards from your hand to return the same number of cards on the field to their respective owner's hand. Discarding cards reduces your hand, but if you place some Graveyard-activated cards in your deck, it can actually be an advantage. You can use Brionac's effect to return a powerful monster your opponent summoned to their hand, forcing them to resummon it (and sacrifice weaker monsters to call it out again). Or, you could even use the effect to return a card you have played to your hand to reset its timer. For example, the magic card "Swords of Revealing Light" flips all of your opponent's face-down monsters over, and prevents your opponent from attacking you for three turns. After two of those turns have passed, activate Brionac's ability to return Swords to your hand, allowing you to use its spell for three more turns. Definitely a powerful monster.

Dewloren, Tiger King of the Ice Barrier
Dewloren, Tiger King of the Ice Barrier

3. Dewloren, Tiger King of the Ice Barrier

Attack: 2000 Defense: 1400 Level: 6

Here we have another Ice Barrier monster, with a similar effect to Brionac's. Dewloren can also return cards to the hand; unfortunately, he can only return your own cards. However, you don't have to discard any from your hand to use this effect, and Dewloren will gain 500 attack for each card you return, so he'll usually be stronger than Brionac. We'll give the Tiger King the edge, especially since we're actually allowed to use one copy of him in regulated duels. Use him with cards such as Swords of Revealing Light or Call of the Haunted to reuse their effects. But don't worry, we have another Ice Barrier dragon to explore.

Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier
Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier

2. Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier

Attack: 2700 Defense: 2000 Level: 9

In addition to looking awesome, this card has great attack and a powerful effect. When synchro summoned, Trishula allows you to remove from play(*see below) card from your opponent's hand, field, and Graveyard. This is an incredible power that can simultaneously destroy one of your opponent's monsters, reduce their hand, and eliminate a card they can activate from the Graveyard. There are two reasons why this powerful and forbidden card isn't number one. First, its effect can only be used once, unlike most monsters on this list. Second, Trishula will take any tuner, but also requires at least two non-tuner monsters, making it harder to summon than the other synchros in the countdown. Still, Trishula's effect can really decimate an opponent's strategy, and should not be overlooked.

*Removing from play

In Duel Monsters, you essentially have two discard piles. You've got your Graveyard, where cards will usually go when defeated or used up, and you have your "removed from play" cards. These cards are considered out of the game; sometimes you can use certain effects to activate cards in the Graveyard, but it's very rare that you can do the same with anything removed from play.

Honorable Mentions

Magical Android
Whenever you end your turn, gain 600 Life Points for each psychic-type monster you control.
Stardust Dragon
Can negate an opponent's effect that destroys a card on the field.
Black Rose Dragon
Can destroy all cards on the field, and can reduce opposing monsters' attack to zero by removing from play a plant-type monster from your Graveyard.
Each of these monsters have solid attack, defense, and effects.
Goyo Guardian
Goyo Guardian

1. Goyo Guardian

Attack: 2800 Defense: 2000 Level: 6

Our number one spot goes to my personal favorite synchro monster, Goyo Guardian. Goyo is a level 6, and will accept any tuner monster. He has a massive 2800 attack, unusually high for a level 6 monster. His defense is pretty decent, too. And check out Goyo's effect: whenever he defeats an opponent's monster (not hard, given his high attack), he can summon the defeated monster to your field in defense position. Yep, Goyo basically steals monsters from your opponent, and can do so multiple times in a duel. Your new pilfered monsters may have helpful effects to aid you, or you could use them as sacrifices to summon higher-level monsters. At the very least, since they come out in defense mode (and you can change monster positions once per turn), they'll act as a shield to protect your Life Points. Considering its high power and amazing effect, would you believe that this card is not at all limited in tournament play? It sometimes becomes Semi-Limited (two copies per deck), but currently is completed unrestricted. You can have up to three of these odd-looking warriors bashing rivals and stealing monsters.

Your Vote

Which monster seems best to you?

  • Goyo Guardian.
  • Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier.
  • Dewloren, Tiger King of the Ice Barrier.
  • Brionac, Dragon of the Ice Barrier.
  • T.G. Hyper Librarian.
  • Dark Strike Fighter.
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Future Countdowns

This concludes our look at some amazing synchro monsters. By now, we've ranked several kinds of Yu-Gi-Oh cards, but fear not - there are plenty more to examine. We'll soon cover fusion monsters, ritual monsters, and more. Let me know which of today's synchros you prefer, and I hope to see you in our next Yu-Gi-Oh countdown!

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dhika afrisandy 14 months ago

Add stardust dragon. His effect is good,negating destruction after that stardust will remove himself from the field and come back next turn. A hard syncrho monster to beat

Andy 6 months ago

Goyo is best, but a bit over powered. He should be level 7-8 , or have 2400-2500 ATK.

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Jeremy Gill 6 months ago from Louisiana Author

Stardust is good, definitely a candidate for the list. However, its effect can't block effects that return to the hand or remove from play, which has slightly diminished its potency.

Goyo probably is overpowered, haha.

John Smith 2 months ago

Where the hell is Crystal Wing Synchro Dragon, the overpowered sonofabitch?

Dyugiohd 8 weeks ago

hey, hey. Where are all the stronger synchros? LIke shooting quaser dragon. Is this list only for the easier to summon monsters with good effects? Like a summoning to usage ratio? these cards seem great for combos, but there are stronger cards i know.

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Jeremy Gill 8 weeks ago from Louisiana Author

@Dyugiohd, you nailed it. Shooting Quasar is definitely powerful, but has very difficult summoning conditions (you need a tuner that's *also* a synchro, and at least 2 non-tuners), lowering his overall usefulness.

Dyugiohd 6 weeks ago

Alright, thanks for clearing that up.

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