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Drytron Ritual Decks in Yu-Gi-Oh!
Drytrons are a unique ritual theme whose monsters can only be special summoned via the effect of other Drytron cards, and doing so prevents you from special summoning monsters except ones that can't be normal summoned (anything in the extra deck still works).
In exchange, Drytrons have great search effects that quickly find ritual cards, and their own ritual spell (which we'll later see) summons based on the ATK of your tributes (instead of levels). To help you optimize your deck, here are the ten cards you definitely need for a Drytron Yu-Gi-Oh! build!
10. Pre-Preparation of Rites
Pre-Preparation adds both a ritual spell and a ritual monster listed on that spell from deck to hand, an easy +1 advantage. Okay, the caveat here is that the signature Drytron ritual spell doesn't specifically list any monsters, so try topping off your deck with cards like Dogmatikabre/White Knight of Dogmatika.
9. Drytron Meteonis Draconids
Here's the beatstick of the deck that you'll ritual summon using an upcoming spell. Draconids wields a whopping 4000 ATK/DEF and can't be targeted by opposing monster effects. Plus, if the total levels of his materials were two or less (easy with Drytrons), he can attack all opposing special summoned monsters.
As if that weren't enough, Draconids can banish monsters with either 2000 or 4000 ATK from your graveyard during your opponent's turn to send one card they control to the GY for every 2000 ATK used.
One last thing to consider: if you perform a traditional ritual summon using level-based mechanics, Draconids can usually be used as the entire tribute thanks to his level 12.
8. Preparation of Rites
Preparation of Rites adds a level 7 or lower ritual monster from deck to hand, then it can recover a ritual spell from your graveyard. Sadly, the ace Drytron monsters are too high for this search, but it's yet another reason to tech in lower-level ritual supports like…
7. Cyber Angel Benten
Benten's low-level makes her great for Preparation of Rites, and she's useful ritual material herself since she finds a light fairy when tributed. While her ATK is only passable at 1800, she inflicts effect damage equal to a monster's DEF after destroying it in battle.
Her fairy type can also be useful if splashing in cards like Herald of Perfection (a ritual monster who can negate opposing cards by discarding fairies).
6. Drytron Nova
Nova summons one Drytron from your deck but destroys it during the end phase, and applies the archetype's standard summon restriction (you can only special summon monsters that can't be normal summoned/set that turn).
Thing is, you won't care that your monster will be destroyed because you'll either tribute it to activate another Drytron's effect or use it as ritual material.
5. Drytron Zeta Aldhibah
Drytrons have numerous main deck monsters to pick from, but two stand out, the first being Zeta. Like his brethren, he's a level 1 with 2000 ATK that must be special summoned with a Drytron effect, and you can special summon him from your hand or graveyard by tributing another Drytron or ritual monster from your hand or field.
When summoned this way, the Drytrons activate unique effects; in Zeta's case, you'll search a ritual spell from your deck.
4. Drytron Alpha Thuban
Alpha carries the same restrictions and summoning requirements as Zeta, but instead of searching a ritual spell on entry, he finds a ritual monster, great for digging out Draconids. Alpha and Zeta are definitely the two best main deck non-ritual Drytrons, but note that you can only use each's effect once per turn, so you may consider tossing in one or two outliers, like Beta and Delta.
3. Drytron Mu Beta Fafnir
Mu Beta accepts any two or more level 1s as xyz material, and he's great for assisting ritual summons, detaching a material to use it as part of a ritual tribute. Also, when xyz summoned, he can send a Drytron card from deck to GY, and while you control a machine ritual monster, he can detach a material to negate and destroy an opponent's spell or trap.
2. Drytron Fafnir
Type: Field Spell
Fafnir's the theme's field, and it proves its worth on activation, finding a different Drytron spell. From there, Fafnir prevents ritual spells and effects from being negated and lets you once per turn (while you control a Drytron when a monster is summoned) reduce a monster's level by one for each 1000 ATK it has, which can disrupt opposing xyz or synchro summons.
1. Meteonis Drytron
Type: Ritual Spell
Here's the card that really gets Drytrons going, and it's stupid easy to search using Fafnir, Zeta, or Preparation of Rites. Meteonis ritual summons any ritual monster from your hand or graveyard! Yep, this includes out-of-archetype cards, even ones in the GY. Also, the tributes are machines from your hand or field whose total ATK equals or exceeds that ATK of what you're summoning.
Basically, you can summon Draconids with just two Drytrons, and as a bonus, you can recover Dryton from your GY by reducing one of your Dryton's ATK by 1000 until the end of your opponent's turn.
Synergy With Other Archetypes
Despite Drytrons restricting you from special summoning other main deck monsters, their synergistic ritual spell works well with other ritual themes, especially the Cyber Angels. As light-attribute machine monsters, Cyber Dragon cards also share some support, and most recently, the Ursartic archetype has allied to fusion summon Ultimate Flagship Ursatron with Ursarctic Drytron. Test supports from these themes to see what works for you, but for now, vote for your favorite card and I'll see you at our next Yu-Gi-Oh! countdown!
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