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What Are Chaos Monsters in Yu-Gi-Oh?
The Chaos archetype is one of Yu-Gi-Oh's most infamous, with several members ranking among the game's strongest cards. Many Chaos monsters have impressive battles stats, can banish opposing cards, and are easily summoned by exiling one light and one dark monster from your graveyard.
However, be careful with naming, as some card names are changed in translation. For instance, "Dark Magician of Chaos" isn't actually a Chaos member, while "Black Luster Soldier" is. So, which light and dark warriors reign supreme? These are the 10 best Chaos monsters in the Yu-Gi-Oh trading card game!
10. Blue-Eyes Chaos Dragon
Chaos Dragon has 0 DEF and can only be ritual summoned, so no graveyard revivals, but he enters with a fierce 3000 ATK. Plus, he can't be targeted or destroyed by opposing card effects, and if he was ritual summoned using the infamous "Blue-Eyes White Dragon," whenever he attacks, you can change the battle positions of all opposing monsters, alter their stats to zero, and let Chaos Dragon inflict piercing damage to defense position monsters that turn.
This powerful ability weakens foes and lets you score huge battle damage against them, but note that it won't work on link monsters, as they can't change battle positions and won't have their stats reduced.
9. Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Evening Twilight
Envoy lacks the Chaos name in his English translation, but he's still very much a member and carries a unique twist on the standard Chaos summon. He can't be normal summoned/set and is only special summoned by either banishing all light or all dark monsters from your graveyard while it contains an equal number of each. When cast, he can activate one of the following effects based on which attribute you banished, but you forfeit your battle phase the turn you use either ability:
- Light: Target and banish a monster on the field
- Dark: Banish a random card face-down from your opponent's hand until their next end phase.
Both are powerful effects, offering either a monster removal or temporary hand-dampener, but don't overlook Envoy's tricky summon and forfeiture of your battle phase.
8. Black Luster Soldier, the Chaos Warrior
Like all link monsters, Chaos Warrior lacks a DEF score. He needs three monsters as material, but accept any combination as long as they have different names. Chaos Warrior points diagonally backwards in both directions, but watch out for his forward arrow, which can offer your opponent an additional extra deck slot.
Like many of his kin, Chaos Warrior wields a dominating 3000 ATK, and if he was link summoned using a level 7 or higher monster as material, your opponent can't target or destroy him with effects. Additionally, when he destroys a monster in battle, you can activate one of these three effects:
- Chaos Warrior gains 1500 ATK
- Chaos Warrior can make two attacks in your next turn's battle phase
- Target and banish a card on the field
All are excellent abilities, offering a permanent ATK gain, an extra attack that potentially lets you use two effects next turn, and a powerful removal of any card type.
7. Black Luster Soldier - Super Soldier
You can ritual summon this card with the ritual spell "Super Soldier Ritual", and he arrives with 3000 ATK and 2500 DEF. When he destroys an opponent's monster in battle, you can inflict its ATK as damage to your opponent, a great way to add insult to injury and make good use of Soldier's impressive stats.
While he doesn't possess any built-in defenses, when he's destroyed by either battle or your opponent's card effect, he can special summon any "Gaia the Fierce Knight" monster from your hand, deck, or graveyard, ensuring he doesn't leave you empty-handed.
6. Black Luster Soldier - Sacred Soldier
Unlike most Chaos monsters, you can actually normal summon or set Sacred Soldier. Additionally, when normal or special summoned, he returns a banished light or dark-attributed monster to your graveyard and banishes any opposing card. Since many Chaos monster rely on exiling light and dark cards, this excellently restocks your discard pile for future summons while also removing an opposing threat.
As if that weren't enough, when Sacred Soldier destroys an opposing monster by battle, he lets you add any level seven or lower warrior-type monster from your graveyard to your hand, adeptly recovering his fallen Black Luster Soldier allies.
5. Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning
Hard to beat the classics. Envoy of the Beginning carries the standard but appreciated 3000 ATK/2500 DEF and standard Chaos summon, meaning he's only cast by banishing a light and dark monster from your graveyard. That's an easy condition for such a fierce monster, and once per turn, Envoy can use one of the following effects:
- Target and banish a monster face-up, but Envoy can't attack this turn
- After destroying a monster in battle, Envoy can make an immediate second attack
Both are useful traits, and note that unlike several multiple-attack abilities, Envoy can use his second strike to make a direct attack.
4. Blue-Eyes Chaos MAX Dragon
One of the game's strongest ritual monsters, Chaos MAX Dragon bears a massive 4000 ATK and can be summoned with the "Chaos Form" ritual spell. He can't be special summoned by other means, but he's immune to being targeted or destroyed by your opponent's effects.
Additionally, if Chaos MAX attacks a defense position monster, you inflict double piercing battle damage. Thus, if he successfully hits a monster in defense position with 0 DEF, you'll land 8000 damage and can win the game in one strike!
3. Chaos Emperor, the Dragon of Armageddon
Chaos Emperor's pendulum scale of one works great for your low-scale choice. His scale effect lets you pay 1000 life points to destroy him and add one of your banished dragon monsters to your hand, useful for recovering creatures you exiled with Chaos summons.
As a monster, Chaos Emperor can't be normal summoned/set and is only special summoned (from your hand or extra deck) by banishing a light and dark monster from your graveyard. He's placed onto the bottom of your deck when he leaves the field, but he wields 3000 ATK and lets you pay half your life points to destroy as many cards on your own field as possible (other than ones in your extra deck zone). Then, you send cards your opponent controls to the graveyard up to the number you sent and inflict 300 damage to them for each of their cards sent this way.
You'll lose several of your own cards with this effect, but get to keep any in the extra deck zone (which are usually your most important), while they can lose anything and suffer some potent effect damage along the way.
2. Chaos Emperor Dragon - Envoy of the End
The original Chaos Emperor is perhaps the best Yu-Gi-Oh monster ever made, but he's lower due to his long-standing ban. His summon is the standard Chaos, banishing a light and dark monster from your graveyard, and he carries the expected 3000 ATK. However, he wields an absolutely brutal effect, letting you pay 1000 life points to send all cards in both players' hands and fields to the graveyard, then inflict 300 damage to your opponent for all cards sent.
Although you can't use other effects the turn you activate this effect, it lets you essentially reset both the playing field and hands, useful if you're losing, and you can land several thousand effect damage at once, which could outright win the match. And despite his TCG ban, Chaos Emperor is unrestricted in the Asian OCG (he's not even limited or semi-limited) as of this writing, allowing OCG players to legally utilize him in official tournaments.
1. Chaos Ancient Gear Giant
An essential boss monster for the Ancient Gear archetype, Gear Giant needs four Ancient Gear monsters as material, making him a costly summon; however, the "Ancient Gear Fusion" and "Future Fusion" spells can pull materials from your deck, lessening the cost. He can only be fusion summoned and arrives with an outstanding 4500 ATK, 3000 DEF, and a rare immunity to spells and traps, making him difficult to remove.
Additionally, your opponent's monsters can't activate their effects during the battle phase, offering a handy shield against flip effects, and Gear Giant can attack all opposing monsters in each battle phase, dealing piercing damage against defense position foes.
While Gear Giant synergizes more with the Ancient Gear family than the Chaos, he's still technically a member who I very much recommend testing yourself. Gear Giant has won me several duels and is surprisingly affordable for such a powerful extra deck monster, costing well under two dollars!
More Extra Deck Chaos Monsters
As we've seen, Chaos monsters are a versatile bunch encompassing effect, link, ritual, pendulum, and fusion monsters. They also contain xyz members (like the "Number C" cards) and synchro members (like "Chaos Goddess"), so you'll find them among every monster type.
They also adopt several spells and traps to assist their ranks, but we'll tackle those in another countdown. For now, as we eagerly await Konami's next batch of intimidating Chaos monsters, vote for your favorite card and I'll see you at our next Yu-Gi-Oh countdown!
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