Top 10 Cards You Need for Your Resonator Yu-Gi-Oh Deck
How to Synchro Summon Using Resonators
Yu-Gi-Oh anime rival Jack Atlas used the Resonator monsters to fuel his synchro summons in both the 5D's and Arc-V series. While weak in battle, these fiend-type units count as tuners, letting you access synchro monsters from your extra deck when mixed with appropriate nontuners. For instance, a level-three tuner can combine with a level-five monster to synchro summon a level-eight unit like Stardust Dragon. You can use as many nontuners as needed as long as the total level of your materials equals that of the monster you're summoning.
Resonators come in many shapes and sizes, and even though they're more a method of fielding your boss monsters (rather than serving as aces themselves), they're still a hearty archetype with some interesting supports. But which harmonized demons are worth your time? These are ten of the best cards for your Resonator Yu-Gi-Oh deck!
10. Creation Resonator
Creation Resonator bears a higher level of three than several of his peers, giving more options for which nontuners to combine for your desired synchro monster. Unfortunately, Creation only bears a single effect, and it's not spectacular: if you control a level-eight or higher synchro monster, you can special summon him from your hand.
This spares your normal summon for the turn, but it's very conditional, and normal summoning Resonators is easy anyway since they don't require tributes. Still, Creation does interestingly carry the wind attribute, which can fit better in certain deck lists.
9. Dark Resonator
While not outstanding, Dark Resonator's 1300 ATK easily eclipses that of its brethren, letting him inflict decent attack damage if your opponent is vulnerable. Additionally, he can guard against his own battle destruction once per turn, useful for surviving until you can field another monster to tune him with.
Resonator also bears the versatile dark attribute, helping access supports like "Allure of Darkness".
8. Flare Resonator
Flare Resonator reverses Dark's stats, now bearing a pitiful 300 ATK but more-tolerable 1300 DEF. He also packs the fire attribute and increases the ATK of a synchro monster that uses him as material by 300.
Considering his fire element and synchro ATK-boost, Flare reminds me of a weaker version of "Suanni, Fire of the Yang Zing", but his lower level and fiend type access certain beasts that other tuners couldn't cast.
7. Double Resonator
Now we're getting to the good stuff. Double is a level one monster with 0 ATK and DEF, but when normal or special summoned, he can treat another monster on the field as a tuner during the current turn. With two tuners (and some nontuners), you're primed to either perform multiple synchro summons or cast the rare synchros that demand two tuners, called "double tuning". This can field incredible boss monsters like "Tyrant Red Dragon Archfiend" and "Hot Red Dragon Archfiend King Calamity".
Plus, you can banish Double from your graveyard to treat a fiend monster you control as a tuner for a single turn, further accessing your white-backgrounded behemoths.
6. Mirror Resonator
While our next Resonator, Mirror, rests in your hand or graveyard and your opponent controls an extra deck monster while you don't, you can special summon it, banishing it when it leaves the field. Thus, if you first normal summon it, then later revive it from the graveyard, Mirror can ultimately provide two synchro summons.
Not only that, for the purposes of a synchro material, you can alter Mirror's level while fielded to match an opposing monster's, letting you tweak your extra deck options as needed. Inanimate objects like mirrors and pots tend to be surprisingly powerful in Yu-Gi-Oh, and this Resonator is no exception.
5. Chain Resonator
Chain's impressive effect depends on having a synchro monster on the field. Thankfully, due to the Resonator camp's tuning prowess, you should be playing several throughout your duel, and if you're lucky, your opponent can inadvertently meet the criteria for you.
When normal summoned with a synchro fielded on either side, Chain lets you special summon a Resonator from your deck, helpfully saving you the trouble of both drawing and casting it. This fills the twin tuner requirements for any double tuning synchro monsters you wish to brandish or provides link material fodder.
4. Red Rising Dragon
While Red Rising isn't a Resonator, he adeptly supports them and highlights the strength of the monsters they can summon. As a level six, it's easy to field him even with low-level tuners and nontuners, and he demands a fiend-type tuner, perfect for the Resonator clan.
Red wields a decent 2100 ATK, and when synchro summoned, can revive a Resonator from your graveyard, once again setting you up for another synchro unit. However, the turn you trigger this, you'll only be able to summon dark-attribute dragon-type synchro monsters from your extra deck. Finally, in a main phase other than the turn it's sent to the graveyard, you can banish Red Rising from your graveyard to revive two level-one Resonators from your graveyard, terrifically priming a double tuning.
3. Resonator Call
Here's a blessedly straightforward magic. Resonator Call simply adds a Resonator from your deck to your hand, perfect for letting you pick and choose according to your duel's current needs. Sadly, you don't gain any extra effects beyond the search, but also don't suffer drawbacks like life point drains, summoning restrictions, or pesky "once per turn" limitations.
2. Red Resonator
Not to be confused with Flare, Red Resonator possesses a level of two, differing from his kin and offering additional extra deck options. Even better, when normal summoned, you can special summon a level four or lower monster from your hand, perfectly preparing a synchro summon.
If instead special summoned, you can gain life points equal to the ATK of a face-up monster, potentially providing several thousand in one move! To access this formidable effect, you can pendulum summon Resonator with scale 0 or 1 cards, use classic revivals like Monster Reborn, or employ Red Rising's ability.
1. Synkron Resonator
While Synkron is easy to normal summon, it lets you special summon it from your hand if there's a synchro monster anywhere on the field. Fortunately, like Chain, your opponent may accidentally assist with this condition if you currently lack synchros.
Even better, when sent from the field to the graveyard, you can add a different Resonator from your graveyard to your hand, perfectly recycling a lost unit. Note this helpfully activates when sent to the graveyard in any fashion, not just when used as a synchro material. I use Synkron in any Resonator build for his speed, recycling, and archetype synergies; thankfully, he costs well under a dollar to buy!
Which card do you prefer?
How to Play the Resonator Monsters
The levels of the extra deck monsters you include should suit the Resonators that you prefer, but good options include Red Dragon Archfiend, Chaos King Archfiend, and Scarlight Red Dragon Archfiend. Also remember your double tuning capacities, and that you'll want link monsters if you plan to use more than one synchro champion at a time.
They may not be at the top of the meta, but Resonators are far from the bottom, and they provide a fierce brand of both general and specialized tuning that I recommend testing for yourself. But for now, as we eagerly await Konami's next expansion of reverberating fiends, vote for your favorite card and I'll see you at our next Yu-Gi-Oh countdown!
© 2018 Jeremy Gill