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Borrel Monsters in "Yu-Gi-Oh"
The Borrel archetype consists of powerful dark dragons; usually link monsters, they require several materials to summon, but reward you with strong stats and useful abilities, making them great boss monsters for any deck.
Borrel extra deck cards are supported by the main-deck Rokket archetype, and we've even seen several non-link Borrels—which reign supreme? These are the ten best Borrel monsters in Yu-Gi-Oh!
10. Borrelcode Dragon
Borrelcode is weaker than most of his brethren (though 2500 isn't bad), but where many Borrel monsters are link 4, Code is 3, making him easier to summon. He can't be destroyed by card effects if pointed to by another link monster, and if link summoned with three materials, he can destroy all monsters when battling another monster (remember, he'll survive if pointed at).
Interestingly, Code also supports another link archetype; his graveyard effect letting banishes himself to banish a fielded dark monster with 3000+ ATK, then summon a Topologic monster from your extra deck or graveyard.
9. Miniborrel Dragon
Unlike most Borrel monsters, Mini specifically needs Rokket materials, and he's weak at just 800 ATK. To compensate, he only needs two materials and can summon himself from your graveyard by tributing a link 3 or lower monster; use low-link cards like Linkuriboh to exploit the effect.
8. Borrelsword Dragon
One of many link-4 Borrel aces, Sword needs 4 effect materials, or 3 if one is at least link 2. Either way, he can't be destroyed by battle, and as a quick effect, he can shift a monster to defense position and gain a second attack that turn; like many Borrel abilities, your opponent can't respond to this effect's activation.
Additionally, when Sword attacks a monster, he can halve its ATK for the turn and gain that amount (without targeting), a great way to eliminate enemy threats immune to card (but not battle) destruction.
7. Borrelguard Dragon
Another link 4 titan, Guard can't be destroyed by card effects, and with 3000 ATK, he won't fall easily in battle, making him a pain to eliminate. Once per turn, he can send a card from your spell/trap zone to the graveyard to summon a monster from either graveyard that was destroyed and send there that turn, but with its effects negated.
Use this to sacrifice continuous cards you no longer need while reviving tuners or link monsters for easy material, and as a bonus, Guard can as a quick effect change a monster to face-up defense position, with opponents unable to respond.
6. Borreload Furious Dragon
The archetype's sole fusion monster, Furious accepts any two dark dragons as material; if your opponent is using them, you can even summon him with opposing materials via Super Polymerization.
Either way, Furious has powerful stats and a useful quick effect to destroy one of your monsters and an opposing card (destroying Rokkets activates their effects, mitigating the downside).
Furious also has a great graveyard effect, banishing himself to summon a dark link monster from your graveyard, though it can't activate its effects that turn.
5. Borreload eXcharge Dragon
While harder to summon than most rank 4s, specifically needing two level-4 dark dragons, eXcharge makes up for its with great stats and immunity to being targeted by other monster effects. Once per turn, he can detach a material to target a monster, have it lost 600 ATK/DEF, then summon a Borrel monster from your graveyard, banishing it during the end phase.
Sadly, you can't special summon or attack directly for the rest of the turn after using this effect, but that still leaves you one turn to reuse your Borrel ace, and you can still attack enemy monsters.
4. Quadborrel Dragon
Quad requires two dragon materials, at least one being a Rokket monster, but at link 2, he's not especially hard to play. He can discard a card to target and destroy a face-up monster, then if it was a link monster, you can summon Rokket monsters with different names from your hand/graveyard up to its link rating.
This works great on enemy link monsters, but if you're playing first, have Quad destroy himself to revive two Rokkets (note their effects aren't negated). You can't summon link two or lower monsters from the extra deck for the rest of the turn, so go for your bigger Borrel monsters with your new materials.
3. Borrelend Dragon
The biggest and baddest Borrel yet, End Dragon has a costly link 5, needing 3-5 materials based on the link rating of your materials. However, he's got phenomenal 3500 ATK, and can't be destroyed by battle or card effects, or targeted by monster effects, shielding him from most removal (just watch out for pesky Kaiju).
End can also negate a monster's effects to summon a Rokket from your graveyard, and opponents can't respond to this effect.
2. Borreload Dragon
Load is my favorite of the link 4 Borrels, as he's unable to be targeted by monster effects, and as a quick effect that can't be responded to, can make a targeted monster lose 500 ATK/DEF, which usually makes him the strongest on the field.
More than that, when Load attacks a monster, he can steal control of it and place it to a zone he points to, sending it to the graveyard at the end of the next turn. Since this neither targets nor destroys, it's great at eliminating effect-shielded monsters.
A terrific boss for any deck, Borreload is cheaper than his brethren thanks to several reprints; snag your own for less than five dollars!
1. Borreload Savage Dragon
It's pretty ridiculous you can synchro into Savage with any generic tuner/non-tuner combo. But first you want a link monster in your graveyard; the higher its link rating, the better, as Savage equips a link from GY on synchro summon, gaining half its ATK and a number of Borrel counters equal to its link rating.
Once per turn, Savage can negate a card or effect by removing one of his counters. And with his boosted ATK on top of an already-impressive 3000, he's nearly guaranteed victory in battle. Expect to see this monstrous threat in any deck that can synchro level 8s.
Rokket Revolt Structure Deck
While the Rokket monsters aren't required for most Borrel monsters, they work well together, and you can find many of both in the Rokket Revolt structure deck, priced at around $25.
As dark dragons, Rokket and Borrel monsters also share synergy with cards like Allure of Darkness, Dragon Shrine, and Keeper of the Shrine, but for now, vote for your favorite and I'll see you at our next YGO countdown!
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