Yu-Gi-Oh's Top Six Synchro Monsters
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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 playing it well) appeals to all ages. I particularly like Synchro Monsters because I find them powerful but balanced.
Performing a Synchro Summon
As a quick refresher, If you have a Tuner and non-Tuner monster on your field at the same time, you can sacrifice them to call forth a fearsome Synchro Monster. However, your monsters' levels must add up to that Synchro Monster's level.
Check out the example card, 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 you can send it and any level 2 monster to your Graveyard 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 accept any Tuner as long as the levels add up correctly.
Basically, Synchro Summons are a quick way to get powerful monsters out on your field. But which reign supreme? Let's begin our countdown of six awesome Synchro Monsters in Yu-Gi-Oh!
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)! It's easy to summon, strong, and can assault your adversary in multiple ways.
5. T.G. Hyper Librarian
Attack: 2400 Defense: 1800: Level: 5
Another Syncho that accepts any Tuner, T.G. Hyper Librarian joins the fray at level 5. 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
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. Its attack is decent, and it'll take any Tuner Monster, but it mainly tempts with its effect: 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. Or, use Brionac's effect to return a powerful Monster your opponent summoned to their hand, forcing them to gather the resources to resummon it).
You could even use the effect to return a card you have played to your hand to reset its timer. For example, the Spell 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.
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, quickly accelerating his attack.
Use him with cards such as Swords of Revealing Light or Call of the Haunted to reuse their effects. We're not done yet, there's still another Ice Barrier dragon to explore..
2. Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier
Attack: 2700 Defense: 2000 Level: 9
In addition to looking awesome, this card has a stupendous attack and effect. When Synchro Summoned, Trishula allows you to banish a card from your opponent's hand, field, and Graveyard.
This is an incredible power that can simultaneously eliminate a Monsters, reduce their hand, and eliminate a card they can activate from the Graveyard. Its effect can only be used once, but it still devastates most duelists. Trishula will take any Tuner, but demands at least two non-Tuner monsters, making it harder to wield than the other Synchros in the countdown.
Still, Trishula shines as one of the most powerful Synchro Monsters.
Attack/ Defense /Level
2400 /1700 /5
Whenever you end your turn, gain 600 Life Points for each Psychic-type Monster you control.
2500 /2000 /7
Can negate an opponent's effect that destroys a card on the field.
Black Rose Dragon
2400 /1800 /7
Can destroy all cards on the field, and reduce opposing Monsters' attack to zero by banishing a Plant Monster from your Graveyard.
1. Goyo Guardian
Attack: 2800 Defense: 2000 Level: 6
Meet a personal favorite, Goyo Guardian. A level 6, Goyo accepts any Tuner Monster. He has a massive 2800 attack and a solid defense. And check out Goyo's effect: whenever he defeats an opponent's Monster (not hard, given his high attack), he can Summon it to your field in defense position.
Yep, Goyo basically steals Monsters from your opponent, and can do so multiple times in a duel. Your pilfered creatures may have helpful effects to aid you, or you could tribute them to Summon high-level cards
At the very least, since they come out in defense mode, they'll act as a shield to protect your Life Points. Considering its high power and amazing effect, I'm surprised this card has been legal for so long.
In short, Employ Goyo Guardian to turn your opponent's warriors back at them!
Which monster seems best to you?
Hopefully you learned about some awesome classic Synchros. Let me know which you prefer, and I hope to see you in our next Yu-Gi-Oh countdown!
Update: Though dated, this list still highlights several menacing cards, especially for their time. Some aged better than others; regardless, keep an eye out for a more modern Synchro countdown!