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Top 5 Rescue Squad Cards in Yu-Gi-Oh

Jeremy enjoys dueling in between working as a chemical analyst and campus building manager.

What Are the Rescue Cards in Yu-Gi-Oh?

Yu-Gi-Oh's Rescue Squad archetype consists of beast-type monsters (and one spell) with weak battle stats but helpful swarming effects. These cute critters often sacrifice themselves to summon two monsters from your deck, providing you with material for a link or xyz summon.

5 Best Rescue Cards

While they're a small series, the Rescue cards offer quick creatures with little hassle, and their level four status makes them easily pendulum summoned. But which Paw Patrol lookalikes reign supreme? These are the five best Rescue cards in Yu-Gi-Oh!

  • Emerging Emergency Rescute Rescue
  • Rescue Rabbit
  • Rescue Ferret
  • Rescue Hamster
  • Rescue Cat
Emerging Emergency Rescute Rescue

Emerging Emergency Rescute Rescue

5. Emerging Emergency Rescute Rescue

Type: Spell

Rescute Rescue is the archetype's only spell support; unfortunately, it's not exceptional. It reveals three beast-type monsters with 300 ATK and 100 DEF from your deck, then your opponent picks one to add to your hand (shuffling the rest back in).

Sadly, unless you reveal three copies of a single card and force a selection, your opponent choosing what you add isn't ideal. Additionally, you can only activate one Rescute per turn, and only if your life points are lower than your opponent's.

Rescue Rabbit

Rescue Rabbit

4. Rescue Rabbit

Type: Monster

Like his peers, Rabbit's stats are a puny 300 ATK and 100 DEF, and he can't be special summoned from the deck. However, you can banish him from your field to cast two level four or lower normal monsters with the same name from your deck. They're destroyed at your end phase, but you can avoid their fate by xyz or link summoning before the turn ends.

Not every deck runs normal monsters, but for those that do, Rabbit is an invaluable swarming tactic.

Rescue Ferret

Rescue Ferret

3. Rescue Ferret

Type: Monster

You can shuffle Ferret from your field into your deck to special summon monsters from your deck (except Ferret) whose levels add up to six; these monsters can be summoned to one or more zones your link monster(s) point to. However, your creatures have their effects negated and are destroyed at the end phase.

While you need a link monster and at least one empty zone they point towards for Ferret to properly function, he offers another powerful swarming tactic. Again, use your swarmed monsters as material for an extra deck summon before they perish in the end phase.

Rescue Hamster

Rescue Hamster

2. Rescue Hamster

Type: Monster

While Hamster's pendulum scale is undesirably set at a mid-range five, it hardly matters since you'll soon banish him from the pendulum zone to add two face-up monsters from your extra deck with the same name to your hand. Just note you can only utilize this effect once per duel.

If you instead normal summon Hamster as a monster, you can tribute him to choose a level five or lower pendulum monster in your extra deck and special summon two copies of it from your deck, but their effects are negated and they're destroyed at the end phase. Again, be sure to xyz or link summon them before the round ends to avoid their demise.

With helpful effects as both a scale and a monster, I use Hamster in several decks, and he's a must-have for low-level pendulum builds. Fortunately, he's surprisingly affordable, costing less than a single dollar!

Rescue Cat

Rescue Cat

1. Rescue Cat

Type: Monster

Rescue Cat can send himself to the graveyard to special summon two level three or lower beast monsters from your deck, but their effects are negated and they're destroyed at the end phase. Still, two monsters for the price of one impresses, especially since Cat is the only Rescue monster to place himself in the graveyard (allowing recoveries) with his effect. And remember that even if monsters have their effects negated, they can still count as tuners, which is useful for synchro summons.

Cat is easily normal or pendulum summoned, offers a handy swarming tactic, and can be revived from the graveyard, making him the best (and first) Rescue Squad member.

How to Use the Rescue Monsters in Yu-Gi-Oh

Rather than build an entire deck around all Rescue cards, many of them work as supports for other themes. Hamster helps in pendulum decks, Rabbit for normal, and Cat for beast, especially "Moja" themes.

Rescue cards remind us that not all competitive cards are overbearing dragons and sorcerers, and these guys see their fair share of competitive use even today. But for now, as we eagerly await Konami's next expansion of Rescue monsters, vote for your favorite card and I'll see you at our next Yu-Gi-Oh countdown!

© 2019 Jeremy Gill