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Rebellion Monsters in Yu-Gi-Oh!
Introduced by Yuto's signature card in anime Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Rebellion creatures are Xyz monsters focused on reducing enemy ATK and adding that power to their own.
In addition to their dominating battle stats, Rebellions have synergy with many other archetypes, including the Odd-Eyes, Phantom Knights, and Supreme King groups—which extra deck aces reign supreme? These are the five best Rebellion dragons in Yu-Gi-Oh!
5. Dark Anthelion Dragon
We're actually opening with a cheat, as Anthelion is technically not a Rebellion monster, which makes him ineligible for certain supports. However, he's basically the rank-7 equivalent of Yuto's classic rank-4 monster, accepting any two level 7s as material.
Not only does Anthelion have impressive 3000 ATK, but he can also instantly detach a material to halve an opposing monster's ATK and add it to his own. If destroyed, you can pendulum summon him from your extra deck, but you can place Anthelion into your pendulum zone, where he offers an excellent scale-10 and can halve an enemy's ATK for the turn.
4. Arc Rebellion Xyz Dragon
Summoning Arc Rebellion requires three level five monsters, a tricky summon. Instead, try using Rank-Up spells to upgrade a more-easily summoned rank-four dragon. But not only does Arc offer impressive 3000 ATK, he can't be targeted by card effects if xyz summoned.
Detaching a material for his effect prevents other monsters from attacking that round, but adds the total original ATK of other face-up monsters to Arc's own, and if he has a dark xyz monster as material, negates other monster effects. If your opponent doesn't have a spell/trap ready (one that doesn't target), this can very easily one-hit KO your opponent with massive battle damage.
3. Supreme King Dragon Dark Rebellion
Dark Rebellion's alternate Supreme King form impresses with solid stats and a brutal effect, letting him detach a material when battling to make an opposing monster's ATK 0 and gaining its original ATK for the turn. Also, as a quick effect, Rebellion can return himself to your extra deck to summon two face-up Supreme King or Supreme Gate monsters from it in defense position.
Definitely a powerful card; Rebellion's biggest disadvantage compared to his base form is needing specific materials, as he requires two level-4 dark pendulums (instead of just any level 4s).
2. Black Fang Magician
Here's another cheat, since Black Fang only counts as an Xyz Dragon through his effect. Still, this means he can take Dark Rebellion's place when summoning "Supreme King Z-ARC," and Fang's a worthy addition to any Magician theme. He has decent ATK and a nice scale 8 that can destroy himself to halve an enemy's ATK for the turn.
Plus, when destroyed, Fang revives a dark spellcaster from your graveyard, making his own destruction as much a reward as a loss.
1. Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon
The original Rebellion dragon remains an excellent beatstick for any deck. Accepting any level 4s as material, Rebellion can detach both his xyz units to sap half an enemy's ATK and add it to his own. Not only does this practically guarantee the highest ATK on the field, it means you'll score an easy 2500 damage when you attack your opponent's weakened card.
Great for nearly any deck, Rebellion also won't break your budget, costing under two dollars!
Dark Rebellion Decks in Yu-Gi-Oh!
Dark Rebellion's raw power makes him great for trampling over the strongest of foes, and he works well with the xyz-focused tactics of Phantom Knights and Rank-Up spells. His ability to weaken foes also empowers fellow Z-ARC material "Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon," whose effects deal double damage when battling monsters.
Other Rebellion upgrades include "Dark Requiem Dragon," but for now, vote for your favorite xyz ace, and I'll see you at our next Yu-Gi-Oh! countdown!
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