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Yu-Gi-Oh's Top Six Synchro Monsters

Jeremy enjoys dueling in between working as a chemical analyst and campus building manager.

Junk Warrior

Junk Warrior

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 above, 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!

Note: This list came debuted several years ago, and some entries have admittedly aged better than others. I hope to eventually release a more-modern countdown, but will leave these entries a testament to the pinnacle of their age. Plus, some (especially the top two) still showcase great power in modern duels!

Dark Strike Fighter

Dark Strike Fighter

6. Dark Strike Fighter

ATK: 2600
DEF: 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.

T.G. Hyper Librarian

T.G. Hyper Librarian

5. T.G. Hyper Librarian

ATK: 2400
DEF: 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.

Brionac, Dragon of the Ice Barrier

Brionac, Dragon of the Ice Barrier

4. Brionac, Dragon of the Ice Barrier

ATK: 2300
DEF: 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.

Dewloren, Tiger King of the Ice Barrier

Dewloren, Tiger King of the Ice Barrier

3. Dewloren, Tiger King of the Ice Barrier

ATK: 2000
DEF: 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...

Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier

Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier

2. Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier

ATK: 2700
DEF: 2000
Level: 9

In addition to looking awesome, this card wields 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.

Goyo Guardian

Goyo Guardian

1. Goyo Guardian

ATK: 2800
DEF: 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 he 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!

Honorable Mentions

Each of these monsters have solid attack, defense, and effects.

MonsterAttack / Defense / LevelEffect

Magical Android

2400 / 1700 / 5

Whenever you end your turn, gain 600 Life Points for each Psychic-type Monster you control.

Stardust Dragon

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.

Your Vote

Your Vote

Hopefully you learned about some awesome classic Synchros. Let me know which you prefer, and I hope to see you at our next Yu-Gi-Oh countdown!

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!

Questions & Answers

Question: Why isn't Clear Wing Synchro Dragon in the list?

Answer: This list was made several years ago, before Clear Wing's debut.

But you might find some familiar faces in a more-modernized synchro countdown I made!

Question: Why isn't Thought Ruler Archfiend in the top six Synchro Monsters?

Answer: Thought Ruler is a great synchro, but at the time this list was made, it simply didn't quite make the cut.

Ruler's second ability (which can negate a spell/trap that targets a psychic monster) isn't as useful as it may seem. It can't negate popular cards that don't target (Raigeki, Mirror Force, etc.), requires the target to be psychic, and you must spend 1000 life points to use the trait. Definitely still one of my favorite synchros, though.

© 2015 Jeremy Gill


Neoskiee on March 31, 2018:

Scar Red Nova Dragon must be here

besides its absurd and hard summon conditiobs

-2 tuners and Red Dragon Archfied.

He is really op.

He gains 500atk per tuner in the graveyard making him op in synchro/tuner focused deck.

Synchron, Flamvell and Infernity greatly benefit from this

His stats are really high



making him hard to kill

He also cancels effects and attacks which is really nice.

I dont see why is SRD not here

heyo on September 11, 2017:

leo, the keeper of the sacred tree

star eater

red wyvern

Me on May 26, 2017:

I have goyo king he is even stronger than goyo guardian

Legolover on May 01, 2017:

Where is Shooting Quasar???

Austin on April 03, 2017:

It's true that Shooting Quasar Dragon is very difficult to summon, but it is still possible to summon it in one turn, especially with Level Eater.

none of your on March 23, 2017:

what about blood mefist

????? on February 15, 2017:

Flower cardain light shower should be on this list. Look it up if you don't think so

Ian canner on January 31, 2017:

junk warrior is boss

Jeremy Gill (author) from Louisiana on January 24, 2017:

@Zoren Blackwing Armor Master certainly isn't bad, but the fact that he only accepts a Blackwing Tuner greatly limits his synchronization with most decks.

Zoren on January 24, 2017:

Where is blackwing armor master? He is easy to summon with a 3 star tuner and he can't be destroyed by battle. Also the fact that he can make make most monsters arrack and defensive zero is a benefit.

Dyugiohd on September 13, 2016:

Alright, thanks for clearing that up.

Jeremy Gill (author) from Louisiana on August 31, 2016:

@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 on August 31, 2016:

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.

John Smith on August 01, 2016:

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

Jeremy Gill (author) from Louisiana on April 20, 2016:

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.

Andy on April 20, 2016:

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

dhika afrisandy on August 15, 2015:

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