I consider myself a gaming enthusiast, from chess and checkers to Yu-Gi-Oh TCG, console gaming, and beyond.
I’ve wandered the morbid deserts of the Dragon Shrine, delved into the seas of Atlantis, fought in the battle grounds of the Dracoslayers, and made cute poses with corny phrases alongside the Super Quantums, and you know what I discovered? Everyone and his (or her) grandma’s grandma has a list for cards they see as the le crop de la crème but moi.
So, here I am, giving you an opinion I’m telling you is subjective but you’ll take as objective anyway: My opinion on the top ten Monster Cards in Yu-Gi-Oh as of 2019. Without further delay, in no particular order, the most irritating Monsters of 2019:
Toadally Awesome reins supreme as number 1 in effect negation. Despite its ridiculous name and silly artwork, this totally awesome pair of frogs leaps miles above Apex Avian, Cyber Infinity, and other members of the I-negate-that-club by its ease of summoning and ability to add whatever gets negated to its owner side of the field.
When one considers its ability to retrieve fuel for its negation by detaching and to recycle a Water monster from the grave when it finally croaks, and it’s not hard to comprehend how Toadally Awesome outpaced its competition in 2019. Big the Cat would be pleased.
Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon
He’s black, he’s metal, he’s big, he’s mean, and he has red eyes, and no, I’m not talking about your Black best friend who smokes fire and listens to heavy metal. If you’ve played Yugioh in the last century, this monster has terrorized you at least once.
The new ambassador of the Dragon Archetype, effective replacing Blue-Eyes White Dragon, Red-Eyes-Darkness Metal Dragon makes up for his lack of 200 Attack Points with the ability to Special Summon a dragon from the Graveyard or Hand once a turn, and to Special Summon himself from the hand simply by banishing a Dragon the player controls!
Essentially, anyone not insane running a Dragon deck has him stashed away somewhere within the 40 card minimum. He’s easy to summon, keeps the deck moving, and has high attack power himself. The writer still wonders why this guy wasn’t made a Fusion or Synchro Monster . . . but then he remembers regular effect monsters need idols too. If you’re one of the young duelists in the game, be glad you don’t remember the days when they were off the Limited list. Oh man, terrifying times . . .
Thunder Dragon Colossus
Out of all the archetypes Konami could have dipped in a Lazarus pit, given pieces of mecha-armor, then graced with Infinity Gauntlets, no one could have anticipated the Thunder Dragons would have topped that list. Even if the big boss of these eel-lizards, Thunder Dragon Titan, can zap your entire field into a mound of ash, the writer believes his little brother, Thunder Dragon Colossus, will shock you more.
Sacrificing power and destruction for pissing-you-off-ability, Thunder Dragon Colossus stops its owner’s opponent from adding cards from the Main to the hand, a tactic freezing almost any deck in its tracks. Its ability to come back when destroyed like it’s a thunder monster with zombie DNA makes it a storm difficult to quell, and makes it earn its spot as the best Thunder Dragon not actually a dragon on this list.
Stay out of the skies Kozmo Dark Destroyer: We have a new attack-brick in town. Borrelsword Dragon rules the battle phase with an immunity to Mortal Kombat, something you’d kind of need for that type of thing. On top of its 3000 attack, it can switch a monster to defense and make a second attack on another monster if it does, and can half an opposing monster’s attack during the battle phase before adding the loss to its own, a game-ender if your opponent is already hunching over his or her summon staff.
A heavy attack, along with an array of abilities made to conquer the battle phase, make Borrelsword Dragon the last card you’ll want to see when you decide to get your monsters in combat position, yet the best dragon you'll want to summon when going in swinging.
Ash Blossom and Joyous Spring
Since the recent diminish of Pendulum power, the ghost girl with the rabbit has been usurped by her younger sister who dances in the spring, and it’s not hard to understand why. Instead of cards with blue mommies and orange daddies being our most feared opponents, special summoning a floodgate of monsters to floodgate your opponent is what’s currently vogue in the Duel Monsters realm.
Ash Blossom stops all cards enabling one to accelerate their game, which includes special summoning from the Deck, searching, and sending cards to the graveyard simply by dropping her from the hand to the Graveyard, halting any progress harder than a steel door supported by bullet proof glass and a Whomping Willow. Her usefulness as an effective hand trap against the current state of game makes her one of the top cards of this year.
Isolde, Two Tales of the Noble Knights
There’s definitely a beautiful story behind the Noble Knight archetype (one not insisting upon itself as much as those World Legacies), yet the greatest yarn comes from the new staple not only for the archetype, but also for all Warrior decks. These bi-seasonal chicks allow one to search for a Warrior monster upon their summon and allow one to send Equipment Spells to the Graveyard to special summon a Warrior monster with a level equal to the number of Equip Spells sent.
Adding Equipment Spells to a deck just for a special summon may seem like a foolish idea, but when you remember cards like Mage Power, United We Stand, and Divine Sword Phoenix Blade exist for a consistent form of effect-cost fodder, and this “limitation” becomes another method for bringing one’s opponent to the feet of Artorigus’s round table.
Do you not like Heavy Metal? Then you suck. Nah, the writer is playin’; you’re awesome, but Heavymetalfoes Electrum might not agree. From the new Warrior deck staple to the new permanent of Pendulum decks, if you’re not running the only one you can use now in a deck with blue and orange cards (Or maybe blue and yellow? Hey, it’s your deck.), then you must be cray-cray.
Electrum essentially lets one search for any Pendulum monster from one’s deck with a summon and a destruction with its effect, and it’s a mini-draw engine by letting one draw a card (only once per turn, but still . . . ) every time a card in your Pendulum Zone leaves the field. With so many positives and no negatives, if you run a Pendulum deck, yet you’re not a fan of Heavy Metal, Electrum will definitely make a believer out of you.
Master Peace, The True Dracoslaying King
Yeah, this guy is “Master Peace” all right, if peace is the silence that follows your field being empty. Many cards on this list destroy, but it’s rare to find a card capable of destruction while it remains immune to that good night itself. Our Wyrm King dominates with both criteria by granting itself immunity based on what card you used to tribute summon it, which can include Spells and Traps as well as Monsters, and can destroy a card on the field during either player’s turn simply by banishing a Continuous Spell or Trap from the Grave.
Now, the writer bets you’re wondering how did this King take the spot of the Megazord with a name longer than Sephiroth’s sword? Considering the ease in summoning Master Peace in a Draco deck, you’ll definitely be seeing more than one during your teeth-chattering bout, even if you sit on it with a Kaiju. Until then, you’ll have to deal with its immunity and destruction per turn tactics. That’s truly frightening, and how this Dracoslaying King planted a flag on this list.
Saryuja Skull Dread
An Earth dragon monster that isn’t a member of the Amorphage club? The writer is disappointed, but he’ll digress. In his opinion, Skull Dread wins the race for best Yu-Gi-Oh monster of 2019 (Despite him being chained 0_o). If you use four monsters with different names to summon him (yes, tokens, normal, effect monsters, this guy doesn’t discriminate), any monster he (or she? I don’t know . . . ) points to gets a 300 attack boost. You can special summon one monster from your hand, and, the most damning of them all, you can draw four cards from your deck, then shuffle three cards from your hand into the deck. A link monster fitting any archetype and enabling one to draw four cards is a titan among its brethren, making Saryuja Skull Dread “dat card” of 2019.
Shooting Quasar Dragon
Voted in by popular demand, Shooting Quasar Dragon still earns its slot by being one of the most dangerous cards adorned in white since its release in the Synchro era. Before Links hit the scene, all it took was three cards and a Brutality combo to summon this titan; after Links, and with the game’s current emphasis on tokens, it’s now easier than ever to have your opponent staring up this guy.
Some points can be made for its newer relative, Cosmic Blazar Dragon, who negates card effects, summons, and a battle by banishing itself, but the writer would like to remind everyone, taking into account his prejudice for Wind monsters, most players will side against banishing because the current, most annoying decks use the tactic to get their strategies moving, and Cosmic Blazar doesn’t summon another monster upon it leaving the field like Shooting Quasar. When it comes to Blazars and Quasars, it’s sometimes better to stick with the old and let go of the new.
© 2016 Zeron87
Zeron87 (author) on June 24, 2019:
Sakamoto: Very good list yourself :). You're right too: At the time I made this list, Crystron Needlefiber wasn't in the TCG, but it will be time to update it soon. For space's sake I didn't include Summon Sorceress. She definitely would make most other top monster list, just not this one at the moment. As for Borreload Savage Dragon... Yeah, he's good, but I didn't want to include too many of the Borrel club, because one could make an excuse for most of them to be on a top ten list. Borreload Savage pushes for game; Borrelsword ends games, so I chose him over his newer iteration.
Jc: Okay... Some support with your opinion would be nice, but true.
Austin Rodde: I see someone hasn't had the pleasure of facing modern Frog/Paleozoic yet.
Again, thank you all for your replies and continued support!
Austin Rodde on June 17, 2019:
Toadally wrong. What’s up with all those suckers. Except the dragon guys
Jc on June 13, 2019:
You may want to redo this list
Hi on April 10, 2019:
Five headed dragon
Sakamoto on March 06, 2019:
I have some monsters that might fit your list :
Ultimate Conductor Tyranno : Massive beater, a quick effect that disrupt the opponent's field, on top of the ability to wipe the entire field in battle. Yeah his effect is ineffective against Link Monster, some might argue, but mind this : You can't Link Summon with face-down monsters to begin with. Also you can summon him with Double Evolution Pill, and mixing him with Thunder can be quite destructive.
Summon Sorceress : Basically a harder to summon Isolde, but for any deck, not just warrior. I really don't think I need to explain why she's that good.
Crystron Needlefiber : So OP that he might be the single reason for all those " Cannot be used as Link Material " clauses on many new monsters. But since he's currently not in the TCG, I understand if you decide not to put him here.
Borreload Savage Dragon. Ok I know that Toadally is here. But this guy is a generic level 8 Synchro ( Like we need any more of them ) that has an activation negation, which means he can negate even during Damage Step. Also a massive beater as well.
Outer Entity Azathot/True King of All Calamities : They basically do the same thing : Lock the opponent from activating monster's effect. With Rusty Bardiche out there, making these guys aren't that much of a problem now.
I kinda also wish Ultimate Falcon and Full Armor Master up there somewhere. But they are not as proactive as all the cards you listed, and instead just a big beater that are immune to effects ( And also Borrelsword can screw over them ) so I kinda understand that you don't want to put them on the list
Gabriel chandler on August 15, 2018:
A-to-z dragon buster cannon
Zeron87 (author) on July 06, 2018:
Brandon Johns: Thanks for our opinion! You're right, some of these cards may be archetype specific, but my list of "Best" cards are the ones I deem to influence the game the most at the time. Basically, no matter what deck you face, there will always be key cards to look out for, but the cards I put on my best list are the ones that'll give you Nightmare on Elm Street shivers when you see them, considering the impact they have.
Also, I wouldn't get a challenge from writing hubs on what cards are best in a deck, because to me it would be even more subjective than me trying to piece together what cards influence the game the most in its current state. What I WOULD do is create in-depth guides on how to use certain decks, considering different variants and strategies. And then if I did do that, I'd want to make sure I know what I'm talking about. I wouldn't just be doing research, but try to intimately know the deck I was writing about so I wouldn't mislead my readers. After all, at the end of the day, my writings are subjective, but I still want to enhance the knowledge of the community and create a more duel-friendly, educated environment.
Again, thanks for reading man, and hope to see you coming back for more ^_^.
BEWARE DANGER on May 27, 2018:
Thank you, Brandon Johns for saying what is right. Of course yes, I agree with you about the fact that a card can be considered 'best' according to their roles, potentials and place in the deck that they come from best.
Brandon Johns on May 24, 2018:
I think a lot of cards can be the "best" depending on how they are played as well as the other cards in the deck that play with it. Cause some of those cards are useless unless they're with specific cards, but its a good list nonetheless, but I would like to see your opinion for standalone cards or cards that can be played in any deck, like the ritual version of black luster soldier.
Gavin Nguyen on January 31, 2018:
none, all of them are EQUAL.MLK Jr. talked about this.
Jeremy Gill from Louisiana on January 06, 2018:
I think (x monster) is best because (biased reason); why didn't you include it? It's almost like you have finite space or something.
Seriously man, nice read. You have an interesting and reference-littered style I enjoy.
Pseudonym on January 06, 2018:
Zeron87 (author) on December 22, 2017:
Thanks for the comment, Kletian V! I forgot about Maho Vailo. He's a classic monster with a simple yet effective strategy: stack Equipment Spells on him for victory. If equipment cards are your thing, have you ever looked into the Vylons or the Noble Knights? The Noble Knights have their own Equip. Spell support, but Vylons specialize in using the effects of Equip. Spells, searching for them, and can even swarm if you have the Vylon Element on the field.
BEWARE DANGER on December 06, 2017:
Little kuriboh are you sure about that, cause I don't agree with you, in fact it shouldnt really be on this list considering all the good cards on this list.
Hahahah on December 05, 2017:
Exodus with obliterate insta kill
Little Kuriboh on December 05, 2017:
Definitely Garlandolf, King of Destruction.
BEWARE DANGER on November 05, 2017:
I think it's based on tournament rules, so I'm pretty sure the Egyptian gods are banned so yeah
k on October 05, 2017:
Anthony Anschuetz on October 02, 2017:
The on July 23, 2017:
The strongest card is the winged dragon of ra believe me I have it And Slifer the sky dragon and Obelisk the tormenter
Zee on July 01, 2017:
Beast King Barbaros
Me on June 12, 2017:
I have darkness it's a good card
Forgedphoenix09 on May 23, 2017:
No Performopal Lizard draw? In my deck that thing is a nightmare if I get it on the field with two axes of despair.
Austin on April 04, 2017:
I can think of another card that is just brutal: Blue Eyes Twin Burst Dragon. 2 Blue-Eyes to fusion summon him, and 3 powerful effects: cannot be destroyed by battle, attacks twice in a turn, and banishes any monster it battles that has higher attack than it.
One word: OUCH!
Zeron87 (author) on March 04, 2017:
Hello, Jin, and thanks for the comment ^_^. The list isn't written in any order, but I do give special mention to Performapal Pendulum Sorcerer. To me, he was the best Yugioh monster of 2016. There just isn't a Pendulum monster with a Pendulum and Monster effect as good as his. Of course, I'm going to be updating this list soon for 2017, but for now, he has the throne.
jin on March 03, 2017:
so who is number 1 card the first (Bird) or the last (Robot)?
Zeron87 (author) on January 30, 2017:
Thanks for the comment Johann! Blue-Eyes Chaos MAX Dragon's double-damage piercing is devastating, especially since most monsters are going to hide from your Blue-Eyes cards anyway. And then that card doesn't die easy either (actually, it doesn't die at all). It's definitely a contender for this list. Darkness Metal is, of course, still the most versatile card in a dragon deck and always helps immensely. Blue Eyes and Galaxy Eyes monsters together, eh? That actually sounds like a VERY viable deck. It's level 8 monster heaven! Never heard of anyone using it; glad someone created it :).
Johann on January 30, 2017:
Idk, kinda torn from Blue-Eyes Chaos MAX and Darkness Metal. Both are great to use, and are in my deck. It's a Galaxy-Eyes/Blue-Eyes hyrbid.
Zeron87 (author) on January 09, 2017:
Yeah, Apex Avian is my card man, now and forever. I just wish they'd give Mist Valley's some more support, or at least make Mist Condor a Mist Valley monster. Avian FTW!
Apoqliphort Towers... You hurtin' me, bru. You hurtin' me real deep. LOL, but seriously, what the world with with that card, I mean, seriously?! That's some Atem/Jaden/Yusei villain crap right there. If Paradox had a Maleficent version of that card, he could probably sit back sipping Blue-Eyes Tea while he ravaged the Yugioh world. The card has the Egyptian gods on a leash while riding a Red Dragon Archfiend with Utopia as a bodyguard and Odd-Eyes Rebellion Dragon as a concubine. I seriously thought it was THAT ridiculous.
Jeremy Gill from Louisiana on January 06, 2017:
Great list. So many familiar faces here lol.
Gotta love negation monsters like Apex Avian or Stardust Dragon/ Assault Mode! Especially because they're powerful, but not brokenly so.
I know people will hate me for it, but I also enjoy Apoqliphort Towers too. Immunity to Spells, Traps, and most monster effects? Yes please. Good luck getting him off the banned list though haha.
Zeron87 (author) on December 31, 2016:
@Reckerooni Thanks for commenting! I looked up that guy, and he definitely looks dangerous with his ability to half an opponent's lifepoints @_@. I don't fight against decks that summon Number monsters often. Actually recently, it's more like never, so I've never seen him in action. Makes me wonder why he's not used more, because 4000 damage in one turn... hurts.
@ James Thank ya for the comment. LOL, when I re-edit this list soon, I'm thinking about adding Quasar. Even though he doesn't see as much play as he used too, he's still a powerful card. Also, I hate to break it to you, buddy, but Quantum Magnus would still pose a threat to your Exodia and Blue Eyes deck. Remember, his "Shuffle a card into the deck" ability doesn't target, he's unaffected by other card effects, and he stops you from adding cards to your hand by card effects. He's not unstoppable, but he's pretty broke.
James on December 27, 2016:
I had a few decks in my day when i loved dueling and some of these cards caught my eye, however my decks that summon Quasar on the first turn or Blue Eyes Chaos Max, or even my troll no attack exodia deck that relies on negating battle phases with hand effects, and or played cards, can probably fight these off.
Reckerooni on December 26, 2016:
#6: Chronomally Atlandis gg
Zeron87 (author) on December 12, 2016:
Sorry about that, buddy. Did you know Konami released decent support for Winged Dragon of Ra? If you have Winged Dragon of Ra - The Immortal Phoenix in your graveyard, not only would you get this guy to the field when that kid destroys your Ra, but you'd also have a monster with 4000 attack! It forms an interesting loop with Sphere Mode, too. Look them up ^_^, and thanks for the comment!
quan on December 12, 2016:
I have winged dragon of ra but i always lose because this one kid destroys him with a spell card
Zeron87 (author) on November 10, 2016:
Both of those cards are definitely heavy hitters, and Neo Galaxy Eyes Tachyon Dragon shouldn't be hard to pull off in a Galaxy deck. I'm loving the rarity of that Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon too. Good grabs, buddy. Thanks for commenting!
Zeron87 (author) on October 07, 2016:
Mwuhahahaha!!! I run a level 8 Hieratic deck and shifted my strategy from OTK to destruction (the deck is almost pure), and Lancelot is one of my favorite Xyzs to run when I have two other strong dragons on the field, or to open with. So yeah, I love that card ^_^. Thanks for commenting, man!
Jerome on October 02, 2016:
I have red eyes darkness metal dragon in my deck and it's awesome. I also like #23 Lancelot dark knight of the underworld. How about you
Zeron87 (author) on July 28, 2016:
Thanks for commenting! You're right. I forgot about ole' Q. He doesn't see nearly as much play as he used to, but a Quickdraw deck can bring him to the field with just three cards in hand. He's definitely a contender.
Sasukke on July 26, 2016:
Quasar is op!!!
Zeron87 (author) on April 21, 2016:
Thanks for your comment buddy ^_^. Ark is great when you're abusing it, but sucks when your opponent abuses it against you. One of my favorite decks is Chaos Counter Fairy, and there's no worse feeling than having your omnipotent BLS simply absorbed by an Ark...
Andy on April 20, 2016:
I had to vote for Ark, I have been screwed over by that card and I have screwed others with it. A major game changer. Belzee lol, Ark that thing.