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Rokket and Borrel Monsters in Yu-Gi-Oh!
So, what are Rokket monsters all about? While weak in battle, they destroy themselves to activate various effects when targeted by a link monster's ability and summon a different Rokket from your deck at the end of the turn in which they were destroyed.
Of course, this combos with the Borrel link dragons, who can target Rokkets to trigger their effects. And as dark dragons, Rokket monsters have plenty of synergy with other cards—which reign supreme? These are the ten best Rokket monsters in Yu-Gi-Oh!
10. Metalrokket Dragon
Metalrokket has decent stats for his level and destroys all opposing cards in his column when targeted by a link monster's effect. Of course, like his brethren, he also destroys himself when targeted, but this summons a different Rokket from your deck at the end phase, mitigating the downside.
While his removal effect can be tricky as it requires careful planning for which column to put him in, it hits both monsters and spells/traps and doesn't target, circumventing some defenses.
9. Shelrokket Dragon
Shel has solid defense and when he self-destructs after being targeted by a link monster, he hits an opponent's monster in his column, then destroys opposing monsters in horizontally-adjacent zones. Again, this can be tricky, but worthwhile when it works, potentially hitting up to three enemy monsters!
8. Silverrokket Dragon
When nuked, Silver lets you look at and banish a card from your opponent's extra deck, great for removing a threat before it arrives and giving you some tactical info about what to expect. Silver also earns bonus points for having the highest ATK of the relatively-weak Rokkets, making him a passable low-level beatstick.
7. Rokket Recharger
Recharger lacks the usual destruction and targeting effects of most Rokkets, but an interesting hand trap effect (which also works if fielded), sending himself to your graveyard when a dark monster from your extra deck is destroyed to summon a different dark monster from your graveyard.
Basically, Recharger helps keep your strongest Borrel dragons in play, and if you end up fielding Recharger, he can stave off aggro with his solid DEF and inability to be attacked while you control a dark monster from the extra deck.
6. Autorokket Dragon
Auto has decent ATK and sends a spell/trap to the graveyard when targeted and self-destructed by a link monster, and since this neither targets nor destroys the spell/trap, it gets around most potential defenses.
5. Anesthrokket Dragon
Anesth has great DEF and when blasted, he negates a monster's effects and prevents it from attacking. While in some cases you'd prefer to outright destroy a monster, this works well on big, destruction-immune threats like Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon, so swap Anesth in and out of your sideboard as needed to respond to enemy decks.
4. Magnarokket Dragon
Magna has strong ATK and sends a monster to the graveyard when blasted, another great way to handle destruction-immune effects. Remember that each Rokket monster can only trigger once per turn, giving you incentive to diversify your deck.
3. Rokket Caliber
Caliber lacks the usual Rokket abilities, but has solid ATK and can special summon itself to your zone a link monster points to. You can tribute him to summon a dark dragon or machine from your hand, but you'll often want to use his tuner status to combine him with another monster for a synchro summon; use a level 4 to access the powerful Borreload Savage Dragon.
2. Rokket Tracer
Another Rokket with unique abilities, Tracer as a quick effect destroys a face-up card you control to summon a different Rokket from your deck. This triggers most Rokket destruction abilities and can target Tracer itself if needed, though in most cases you won't want to since he's a tuner.
After using Tracer's abilities, any monsters you summon from the extra deck that turn have to be dark attribute, but that's a negligible penalty for his awesome powers.
1. Rokket Synchron
Synchron has terrible stats and lacks the usual Rokket effect, but he's often your best normal summon option, reviving a level 5 or higher dark monster from your graveyard when normal summoned. It reemerges in defense position with effects negated and is destroyed at the end phase, plus you can only summon dark monsters from the extra deck for the rest of the turn, but considering Synchron is a tuner, you've got easy synchro or link material.
Rokket Revolt Structure Deck
Rokket decks maintain competitive presence thanks to their swarming capacities and powerful extra deck summons. Blend them with Borrel monsters for a powerful combo, and you can easily start off your theme with the the Rokket Revolt structure deck, which contains many of the best Rokkets and Borrels, priced at around $25.
Other Rokket support cards include Squib Draw, Boot Sector Launch, Dillingerous Dragon, Keeper of the Shrine, and Supply Squad, but for now, vote for your favorite monster and I'll see you at our next YGO! countdown!
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