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Top 10 Yu-Gi-Oh! Monsters

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Written by Alex Crilly-Mckean Load up your duel discs and get your game on, it’s time to duel! Welcome to and today we are counting down our picks for the top ten Yu-Gi-Oh Monsters. For this list, we’ll be looking at the creatures that are summoned throughout the Yu-Gi-Oh anime series, basing our choices on just how iconic they are to fans as well as their overall impact on the show. Special thanks to our user Robbin Banks for submitting the idea on our interactive suggestion tool: WatchMojo.comsuggest/Top+10+Yu-Gi-Oh+monsters

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Written by Alex Crilly-Mckean

Top 10 Yu-Gi-Oh Monsters

Load up your duel discs and get your game on, it’s time to duel! Welcome to and today we are counting down our picks for the top ten Yu-Gi-Oh Monsters.

For this list, we’ll be looking at the creatures that are summoned throughout the Yu-Gi-Oh anime series, basing our choices on just how iconic they are to fans as well as their overall impact on the show.

#10: Black Luster Soldier

Behold the creature that made all duellists both enthralled and terrified of Ritual Monsters. First summoned in Yugi’s battle against Mai Valentine, this was a monster that boasts not only incredible attack points also one of the slickest designs in the series. Portrayed as a knight of darkness, it only made a couple of appearances throughout the series, but it soon became clear that if Yugi summoned it, then a dragon was about to get slain. Harpy’s Pet Dragon, the Five Headed Dragon, seriously this thing is probably what dragon-type monsters have nightmares about.

#9: Zorc the Dark One

It may not actually be a card, it can’t be summoned during a game of Duel Monsters, but how could we ignore the monster that served as the main antagonist for the explosive Dawn of the Duel arc. Created from the evil in the hearts of humans and the forger of the Millennium Items, this beast was so strong he managed to defeat Exodia, the three Egyptians Gods and the Blue Eyes White Dragon one after another. Now that takes some doing. And yes, he does have a crotch in the shape of a dragon, don’t think we didn’t notice.

#8: Buster Blader

Upon entering the Battle City Tournament, Yugi had managed to fashion himself a new deck that had an impressive collection of monsters. One of the new guys on the block was this rather powerful summon that held the handy ability of gain five hundred extra attack points for every dragon-type monster on the opponent’s side or in their graveyard. As you might expect this mighty warrior was a major pain in the backside for Seto Kaiba, in fact we’re pretty sure this card was made just to piss him off.

#7: Summoned Skull

Going back to the earlier series where Yugi had only just begun his duelling career, he had this fiendish monster handy in order to get out of bleak situations. Considering these were the days where you could summon any monster no matter their power level, Summoned Skull managed to land Yugi more than one victory. It nearly bested Pegasus during Yugi’s first duel with him, and had the distinct honour of shutting up that annoying as hell Weevil Underwood by electrocuting his precious insects to dust. We don’t see much of him nowadays, but he certainly made his mark.

#6: Jinzo

We’re surprised that Joey managed to actually to get as far as he did in the Battle City Tournament, because going up against this monster is a recipe for disaster. Not only having high attack points, this futuristic Frankenstein has the handy or infuriating ability, depending which side of the field you’re on, to negate all trap cards in play. As such, it became a powerful tool at Joey’s disposal that served him well throughout the remainder of the tournament after he won it. Heck, Jinzo proved to be so popular that he came back as an actual villain in the Virtual World arc.

#5: Exodia the Forbidden One

We’re not sure whether having a monster that actually lets you win the game just by holding five particular cards in your hand is either cheating at its finest or actually quite brilliant, but either way Exodia is definitely a monster all duellists live in fear of. Making one hell of an introduction during the pilot episode, it secured Yugi’s first ever win against Kaiba by obliterating three Blue Eyes White Dragons in a single strike. Due to its instant-win ability, it’s understandable why the show would find a way to get rid of him, but hey, at least we got to see go toe to toe with Zorc.

#4: Red Eyes Black Dragon

You can probably pinpoint Joey’s prominent rise to being a decent duellist at the time when he managed to acquire this bad boy from the devious Rex Raptor. It may be less powerful than its blue-eyed counterpart, but Red Eyes has still won its fair share of duels and secured itself as a monster worth having in your deck. Even when going up against tougher summons, the dark dragon has come out on top with its series of alternate forms, ranging from the Red Eyes Black Metal Dragon to the Black Skull Dragon.

#3: The Egyptian Gods

You have rare cards, you have powerful cards, and then you have the three Egyptian Gods. The driving force behind the anime’s second season, these three legendary beasts are some of strongest and most badass looking monster summons you’ll ever come across. With ridiculous attack points, lethal special abilities and the nasty habit of giving duellist ancient Egyptian flashbacks, Obelisk the Tormentor, Slifer the Sky Dragon and Winged Dragon of Ra stand tall as some of the most destructively awesome monsters to ever appear in Yu-Gi-Oh. Individually they’re powerful, but together? Whoo-boy, good luck.

#2: The Dark Magician

Before Yugi started adding deities to his deck, this spellcaster was the monster he was most famous for summoning on a constant basis to help him win battles. Possessing decent attack points and a memorable design - what’s most notable about this shadowy conjurer is his tendency to have a whole flock of alternate forms. From the Dark Sage all the way to the Dark Paladin, Yugi’s signature card has a whole plethora of tricks under his sleeve. We also have to give mention to his voluptuous assistant, The Dark Magician Girl. Ahh, the dark magician girl~

Before we reveal our number one pick, here are a few honourable mentions.

Celtic Guardian


Magician of Black Chaos

#1: Blue Eyes White Dragon

As much as we’d hate to add to Seto Kaiba’s monumental ego, we can’t deny he has a great choice in monster cards. Though we’d have to say making a Blue Eyes White Dragon Jet Plane might be going a little overboard. As one of the most powerful dragon type monsters out there, its high attack points have often spelled doom for Kaiba’s enemies. Count yourself lucky if you only have to face off against one, because if three of these monsters end up on the field together, then chances are they’ll end up fusing into the Blue Eyes Ultimate Dragon, and that is a customer you do not want to mess with!

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