Monster duels are the bread and butter of Yu-Gi-Oh! They are the foundation of the whole franchise, and they take up a significant chunk of practically every anime episode. Duel monsters come in diverse forms and sizes, with various influences and varying degrees of power.
Some monsters stick out more than others, whether it’s because they’re visually distinctive, like the Blue-Eyes White Dragon, or because they play a significant part in the anime, like Dark Magician. Only a few monsters, though, are remembered for their devastating force. These monsters are among the game’s most powerful beasts, capable of instilling dread in the hearts of any duelist.
Duelist Kingdom’s Relinquished is the most stunning monster of the first season. Maximilian Pegasus designed it with the express intent of annihilating Yugi. Relinquished can only be summoned by the Black Illusion Ritual and has no ATK or DEF at first.
Every round, however, has the power to absorb one of the opponent’s monsters. Relinquished then absorbs the ATK and DEF of such monsters, and the more it absorbs, the more powerful it gets. If one of the absorbed monsters is destroyed, the harm is passed on to the owner.
Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon
Blue-Eyes White Dragon is, of course, Kaiba’s favorite monster. He has three in his deck, and combining them to form Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon is one of his go-to methods. During his first battle with Yugi, he utilizes this ruse in the hopes of winning.
Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon is very magnificent. It boasts a 4500 ATK and 3800 DEF, making it one of the most powerful fusion monsters in the game. Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon is Kaiba’s most powerful monster, except Obelisk the Tormentor.
In the anime, the Five-Headed Dragon appears twice. It’s a portrayal of the Big Five, the former executives of Kaiba Corp who were stuck in Noah’s virtual world. As a result, Five-Headed Dragon is never utilized in real combat.
This monster is a tremendous threat to even the most skilled duelists, with 5000 ATK and DEF. It can’t be destroyed by a Dark, Earth, Water, Fire, or Wind monster, either. However, summoning it requires fusing five distinct dragons, which is more difficult than it appears.
Dragon Master Knight
The love-hate relationship between Kaiba and Yugi is quite fun to witness. They both respect each other like duelists, but they disagree on almost everything else. When they work together, though, they are highly effective, frequently bringing out the best in one other.
Yugi and Kaiba combine their greatest monsters to form the ultimate emblem of their connection during their combat with Dartz. Kaiba’s Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon and Yugi’s Black Luster Soldier have merged to form Dragon Master Knight. It possesses a whopping 5000 ATK and DEF, and each Dragon monster on the field and in the Graveyard gives it 500 ATK.
Shinato King Of A Higher Plane
One of Enter the Shadow Realm’s most effective gimmicks is Deck Masters. They each have distinct powers that add to the excitement and raise the stakes of the combat. The green-haired child employs Shinato’s Arc as his Deck Master during Kaiba and Yugi’s combat against Noah. Shinato King of a Higher Plane appears after the arc is destroyed, and the combat quickly spirals out of control.
When Shinato King of a Higher Plane assaults one of the opponent’s Defense position monsters, the user can deal half of their Life Points in damage. The user earns the same amount at the same time.
Dartz was a good villain, although a little tedious at times. The Waking the Dragons story revolves around his desire to reawaken the fabled Leviathan, and when he eventually confronts Yugi, he doesn’t disappoint. His deck is immensely overwhelming, with monsters of pure devastation that are mysterious and apparently invincible.
Orichalcos Kyutora is one of them. With 500 ATK and DEF, it may not appear powerful at first look, but it has a devastating Effect. Kyutora, who can be summoned into combat by purchasing 500 Life Points, reduces all combat damage done on the owner’s monsters to zero. When it is destroyed, the owner has the option of summoning a new, more powerful monster.
When Kyutora is defeated, the player can call Orichalcos Shunoros into the battlefield. Its ATK is equal to the entire amount of damage that the Kyutora before it reduced to zero. Shunoros additionally allows one Orichalcos Aristeros and one Orichalcos Dexia to be summoned from the owner’s hand or deck.
Shunoros, like Kyutora, has a final effect when it is destroyed, though it is exceedingly situational. Its owner can spend 10,000 Life Points to summon a third and final monster if it is destroyed when its ATK is 0.
Divine Serpent Geh
The player can now welcome Divine Serpent Geh when Shunoros has been defeated, and the 10,000 Life Points have been paid. The user’s Life Points become 0 while this monster is on the field. If the player does not send the first ten cards in their deck to the Graveyard, Divine Serpent Geh will not attack.
This card, on the other hand, has a lot of tricks on its sleeve. It is capable of destroying almost any creature on the field. Most significantly, it ensures that the owner never loses a duel when it is there. Using it entails significant risk, but it also has the potential to pay off handsomely.
Exodia, The Forbidden One
Exodia is the first powerful monster in Yu-Gi-Oh! In the first episode, Yugi utilized it in his combat with Kaiba. Seto, proud of his Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon, thought the battle was ended once he called it. On the other hand, Yugi stunned him with Exodia the Forbidden One and went on to win the match.
Indeed, placing all five elements of Exodia together ensures the player’s triumph. Each piece of Exodia is nearly worthless on its own, yet they form a deadly weapon capable of defeating any duelist when combined.
The Egyptian Gods
The Egyptian Gods have a level of power that no other creature in the game can equal. Pegasus was so afraid of them that he only created one of each. He then stowed them away, hoping no one would ever need them. Of course, his scheme backfired, and the cards finally found their way into the world.
Yugi is the only one who can wield their power as the King of Games and Egypt’s previous king. Many duelists had attempted it before him, but none had been able to harness the Gods’ immense might. Each possesses its own set of terrifying skills, solidifying its status as the franchise’s greatest menace.