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A huge number of new Link Monsters are arriving later this month in Duel Overload, including the long-awaited Crystron Halqifibrax. Some are poised to change the shape of competition immediately, ushering in new combos and delivering a serious boost to previously-rogue strategies. Others have better potential down the road, and could be worth investing in before they reach their peak!

 

Let's break it all down, card by card.

Crystron Halqifibrax
Crystron Halqifibrax is the hottest card in Duel Overload, and for good reason. It's as much of a combo extender as Summon Sorceress was, and it's arguably the single best Link-2 in the game in terms of sheer value and versatility.

Halqifibrax has two things going for it: first, it's relatively easy to Summon despite requiring a Tuner as one of its Link materials. Second, many of the monsters it can Summon from the deck have some sort of built-in +1 that's activated in the graveyard. Glow-Up Bulb's a 1-card Halqifibrax, or effectively two additional Link Materials when Summoned from the deck. Mecha Phantom Beast O-Lion and Blackwing - Steam the Cloak offer similar value, and both Glow-Up Bulb and Steam are Forbidden in part because of their synergy with Halqifibrax.

There's no doubt that Crystron Halqifibrax will usher in a new era of Link combos, but its release also neatly coincides with the upcoming Master Rule changes. Synchro Summons have been a liability since the beginning of the Link era, but that's about to change when Fusions and Synchros no longer need to use the Extra Monster Zone. Tuners will naturally become more popular as Synchros and Synchro-heavy strategies finally become viable again.

The biggest winners post-Halqifibrax are themes with Tuners without any real way to use them, or decks where Synchro Summoning on your opponent's turn is a huge advantage. There's a lot of potential crammed into Crystron Halqifibrax, and April's Forbidden & Limited List will almost certainly make adjustments based on its arrival.

 

 

 

Predaplant Verte Anaconda
Predaplant Verte Anaconda is easily one of the best long-term investments in Duel Overload, with an eventual payoff coming when Dragun of Red-Eyes hits the TCG. Anaconda isn't a combo extender like Halqifibrax, and instead you'll use it to Summon a Fusion Monster as your final Summon of the turn.

 

Dragun of Red-Eyes is a fantastic way to end a turn, and it's playable just about anywhere, but for now you'll mostly see Anaconda in decks that are already doing a lot of Fusion Summoning. Shaddolls, Thunder Dragons, Ancient Gears, and plenty of other strategies can use Anaconda as an optional route to their Fusion Monsters. You won't have to pay the costs of your Fusion or Polymerization spell either, which includes restrictions like Red-Eyes Fusion.

Anaconda's first effect is actually surprisingly useful in Plunder Patroll, and shockingly it's also great in Predaplants. Who would have thought?

Mecha Phantom Beast Auroradon
Mecha Phantom Beast Auroradon has a lot in common with Preaplant Verte Anaconda in that it'll likely end up being played as the closing Summon of your turn.

Its third effect is really important: you can recycle a trap in your graveyard by tributing three monsters, which might sound familiar if you have any experience with Knightmare Gryphon. Auroradon sets itself apart as a Link-3, with two downward arrows, which is crucial for some combos.

There's a lot to love about Auroradon's flexible effects, and the fact that it can Summon Mecha Phantom Beast O-Lion or Mecha Phantom Beast Coltwing from the deck for even more Link plays is a big part of that. You can continue to Link Summon as much as you want as long as you don't activate Auroradon's first effect, but you can Synchro Summon, and those Level 3 Tokens might as well be asking you to Summon Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier.

Simorgh, Bird of Sovereignty
The Simorgh theme unfortunately lacked enough good support in the TCG to make any sort of competitive headway, and even as a casual theme it's fairly underpowered. Simorgh, Bird of Sovereignty won't necessarily change that, but it's still great for other Winged Beast themes like Harpies and Blackwings.

Sovereignty's End Phase effect can Special Summon a high-Level negation body like Mist Valley Apex Avian straight from the deck, or simply fetch a lower Level monster that provides some sort of value on your next turn. You can even Summon Barrier Statue of the Stormwinds to block virtually all of your opponent's Special Summons while keeping it from being targeted by card effects. Obviously this monster works best alongside the Simorgh support to keep your opponent's backrow clear, but I think it'll still end up seeing play in rogue Winged Beast strategies in the future.

Reptilianne Echidna
Reptilianne Echidna's a throwback to another casual theme, but this one has an interesting history. Reptiliannes were never competitive on their own, largely thanks to a set of underwhelming Main Deck monsters. Echidna won't make dedicated Reptilianne decks playable.

That said, Reptilianne Vaskii was once a serious competitive tech way back in 2010 when Dandylion was seeing significant play. Card removal's cheap these days, but I can imagine Echidna becoming an interesting tech choice along with Reptilianne Lamia and Vaskii.

There's potential to build a small engine where Summoning Lamia and then Link Summoning Echidna would perfectly set up Vaskii: a card you can search with Echidna. You could destroy three monsters with this play with a two-card investment, but I think we'll need more Reptile Link Monsters before Echidna becomes truly viable.

 

 

 

Union Carrier
ABC-Dragon Buster players are about to get a significant upgrade with Union Carrier, but they're not the only ones looking forward to equipping monsters from the deck. Union Carrier is a must-play in some themes that are based around equipping monsters, including ABCs. It's less helpful if you want to Summon the equipped monster straight away, but there's a ton of value in simply equipping a monster to trigger its graveyard-activated effect.

 

Outside of ABCs you'll probably end up seeing Union Carrier in decks with plenty of Dragon or Dark monsters where it can equip Dragon Buster Destruction Sword from the deck. Currently that combo is something only Plunder Patroll Captain Blackbeard can pull off, but with Union Carrier you'll be able to lock your opponent out of their Extra Decks in many more strategies.

Crossrose Dragon
Crossrose Dragon's very name is a throwback to Crossroads of Chaos , the set that gave Plant monsters their first taste of real support.Crossrose is a Link version of Black Rose Dragon, the Crossroads of Chaos cover card, in the sense that it literally Summons Black Rose Dragon from the deck. That Synchro Summon doesn't come cheap, and you'll need a minimum of three monsters to make it happen.

But Summoning Black Rose Dragon on your opponent's turn can be devastating if you time it right, so the Quick Effect Summoning is handy. Its graveyard effect adds a bit of recovery to the Rose Dragon engine reviving Special Summoning White Rose Dragon too, which can in turn Summon Red Rose Dragon alongside it.

Unfortunately both Rose Dragons are best used for Synchro Summoning, not Link Summoning. You'll want to leverage your Plant monsters first, then start spamming the board with Black Rose Dragon.

Protector Whelp of the Destruction Swordsman
Protector Whelp of the Destruction Swordsman adds a fresh set of combos to the Buster Blader and Destruction Sword strategy.

I don't want to oversell it, but if you can't get Crystron Halqifibrax you'll definitely want to get your hands on Protector Whelp. It doesn't do much more than Halqifibrax already does for the deck, but its ability to Summon a Buster Blader from your hand can occasionally save a duel.

Protector Whelp won't fix the deck's biggest issues, including its dependence on an uninterrupted Normal Summon. But still, there are a few 1-card Buster Blader lockdown combos floating around using Link Monsters we won't see for a while yet, where Protector Whelp and Mecha Phantom Beast Auroradon effectively search Prologue of the Destruction Sword without Summoning a Destruction Sword card.

Ancient Gear Ballista
Ancient Gears can put a massive amount of damage on the board on short notice, but what happens when you don't open with Ancient Gear Catapult, or your Ancient Gear Wyvern's negated?

Those situations are where Ancient Gear Ballista really shines. Ballista by itself isn't the ideal opening, and you'll still want to resolve Geartown and Catapult together, but it's a solid recovery play when your initial push is interrupted. A Link-2 with a solid removal effect is a handy addition to most themes, and Ancient Gears can leverage it very effectively while searching out a key combo piece.

I think many Ancient Gear players will end up playing the Scrap engine anyways, but Ballista's an excellent Extra Deck option that can correct some truly terrible openings.

Herald of Mirage Lights
How often do we get a Link-2 with an actual negation effect? Herald of Mirage Lights might be hard to play outside of Fairy themes, but it's a very solid Extra Deck pick for those strategies thanks to its spell and trap negation. Its tough material requirements and extremely specific activation conditions make it nearly impossible to play outside of dedicated Fairy themes, although I imagine someone will try to make it work in World Chalice or another theme with searchable Fairy monsters. I think Mirage Lights is just waiting for its moment in the spotlight, even if its future is a little more up in the air than Predaplant Verte Anaconda.

Again, not every single card here is ready to break the game in March. Many of these cards have significant potential down the road when a new Reptile, Winged Beast, or Fairy theme emerges, or when a certain Red-Eyes Fusion Monster makes its way to the TCG. It's easy to overlook these new cards when Crystron Halqifibrax and reprints like Fantastic Dragon Phantazmay and Infinite Impermanence are drawing so much attention. There are even more Links waiting to be discovered in Duel Overload, and plenty of strategies to revisit after the set launches.

Until next time then

-Kelly

 


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The Best Link 3 Monsters in Yu-Gi-Oh! (Ranked)

Link 3s are an amazing (yet sadly often overlooked) set of extra deck monsters.

They don’t have the hefty cost to summon that Link 4 monsters are burdened with, but they often have effects that are just as powerful – if not more so!

If you’re looking to incorporate Link summoning into your strategy, and you’re not quite sure where to begin, well then let’s have a look at some of the better link 3 monsters worth checking out.

 

10. Mecha Phantom Beast Auroradon

Mecha Phantom Beast Auroradon YGO Card

The Mecha Phantom Beast cards were all about generating tokens, making them a popular choice of deck in the Link era where tokens can now be used for Link summoning.

While you can’t link summon for the rest of the turn after you summon this card, you can either save those tokens for next turn, or tribute them for different effects!

By destroying 1 token you can destroy any 1 card on the field.

This still leaves you with 2 tokens to link summon with next turn, while also getting rid of any threats your opponent may have on their board.

Alternatively, you can destroy 2 tokens to special summon any Mecha Phantom Beast from your deck (amazing for setting up XYZ summons), or 3 tokens to add any trap card from your graveyard to your hand.

 

9. Zefra Metaltron

Zefra Metaltron Yu-Gi-Oh Card

I never thought Zefra decks would survive the shift to Link summoning.

They’re a pendulum deck that are highly reliant on stacking up the extra deck with pendulum monsters, so being able to summon less of them at a time was a huge hit to the deck.

However, Zefra Metaltron came to the decks rescue – and boy has it improved the strategy!

It has 3 downwards pointing arrows, meaning you can go from summoning 1 pendulum monster from the extra deck at a time to 3 all at once!

This takes me back to the good old days of pendulum summoning, when you could fill a board up with pendulum monsters and just keep bringing ‘em back.

In fact, these downwards pointing arrows make Zefra Metaltron a great choice for any link-summoning deck, simply because it opens up your field so much.

Zefra Metaltron also allows you to get rid of threats that come from the extra deck.

You can banish a monster that was special summoned from the extra deck on both sides of the field, then banish both until the end phase.

 

8. Selene, Queen of the Master Magicians

Selene, Queen of the Master Magicians YGO Card

If you’re playing a spellcaster strategy than Selene, Queen of the Master Magicians is simply a must-have for your extra deck.

When it’s special summoned you can put spell counters on this card, equal to the number of spell cards that are on the field and in the graveyard.

Modern Yu-Gi-Oh is all about utilizing powerful spells, so this number can build up very quickly.

Once per turn, by removing 3 spell counters from anywhere on your side of the field, you can special summon a spellcaster monster from your hand or graveyard to any zone this card points to.

With 3 downwards pointing arrows to boot, you’ve got a lot of options to play around with!

 

7. Knightmare Unicorn

Knightmare Unicorn Yu-Gi-Oh Card

Even in non-Knightmare decks, this card is absolutely insane.

When it’s link summoned you can target any card on the field and shuffle it into the deck.

If this card was co-linked when you activated this effect (i.e. Knightmare Unicorn’s link arrows point at a link monster, whose link arrows are also pointing back at Knightmare Unicorn) then you also get to draw a card.

Now if you’re playing a Knightmare strategy, this is where Unicorn gets even better.

Knightmare Unicorn allows you to skip the draw phase, then for every co-linked Knightmare monster on your side of the field you can draw a card.

With the right board set up this is practically a Pot of Greed every single turn. How can you say no to that kind of draw power?

 

6. Salamangreat Heatleo

Salamangreat Heatleo YGO Card

If you’re new to link summoning and not quite sure where to start out, then I highly recommend checking out Salamangreats.

They’re a fire-attribute Cyberse deck, and they’re one of the best Link summoning decks out there.

Their boss monsters (including this guy) gain special abilities if you link summon them using themselves (i.e. using one copy of Salamangreat Heatleo to summon another).

While this isn’t usually a legal move in Yu-Gi-Oh, it is when their field spell is out!

When this card is link summoned either way, you can target a card in your opponent’s spell and trap card zone and shuffle it into their deck. Then once per turn, if this card was link summoned using itself, you can target 1 monster on the field and make its attack equal to the attack of a monster in your graveyard.

You can either use this to buff up your weaker monsters, turning them into super-strong goliaths using your dead boss monsters – or you can weaken your opponent’s strongest monsters by matching it to your graveyard’s weakest ATK card.

Either way, your opponent is gonna be taking some pretty hefty battle damage, that’s for sure!

 

5. Decode Talker Extended

Decode Talker Extended Yu-Gi-Oh Card

The original Decode Talker is pretty awesome.

But Decode Talker – Extended beats it in every single way possible!

Like the original, this card gains 500 attack for each monster it points to.

With 3 link arrows (1 up and 2 down), that’s a maximum gain of 1500, bumping this guy up to a possible 3800 attack.

And during your battle phase, if a monster that this card points to is destroyed by battle or sent to the graveyard (ideally the card pointed at by this cards up arrow), then you can have Decode Talker – Extended attack all over again.

 

4. Topologic Trisbaena

Topologic Trisbaena YGO Card

Topologic refers to the study of shapes, which makes sense because I can’t tell for the life of me what shape this guy is trying to be.

Something abstract for sure.

But its effects aren’t so abstract:

If a monster(s) is special summoned to a zone this card points to, then you can banish as many of those monsters as possible, alongside every spell and trap card on the field.

Not only does this get rid of your opponent’s monster (providing they summoned into this cards top arrow), but you can clear their entire backrow all at once!

Topologic Trisbaena then inflicts 500 damage to your opponent for each of their cards that were banished, making this guy a nifty way to burn your opponent for some serious damage.

 

3. Tri-Gate Wizard

Tri-Gate Wizard Yu-Gi-Oh Card

Tri-Gate is a fantastically diverse link monster that gets better the more monsters you have co-linked to it.

With 2 side arrows and one up arrow, this card is pretty easy to get to 3 co-links – as long as your opponent is running at least 1 link monster.

With one or more co-links, your co-linked monsters will inflict double the amount of battle damage they normally would to your opponent.

This is an amazing way of racking up the damage against your opponent, as 2 monsters attacking with double damage will add up quick!

With two or more co-links you can target and banish a card on the field every single turn.

This is an amazingly consistent removal tool that you can use every single turn, as long as you’ve got some link monsters on board.

Finally, with three of more co-links, you can once per turn negate any card or effect at quick effect speed – then also banish that card!

This runs alongside the previous effect, allowing you pretty much banish 2 of your opponent’s cards every single turn.

 

2. The Phantom Knights of Rusty Bardiche

The Phantom Knights of Rusty Bardiche YGO Card

Phantom Knights aimed to dominate the world of XYZ summoning, and also managed to pick up one of the best Link monsters out there at the same time.

During your main phase, you can send any Phantom Knight monster from your deck to the graveyard, or you can set any Phantom Knight spell or trap straight from the deck.

The Phantom Knights have some seriously powerful Rank Up Magic spells in their arsenal, and Rusty Bardiche is the perfect way to access those whenever you like.

On the XYZ front, if a dark XYZ monster is summoned to a zone that this card points to (once per turn) you can target and destroy any card on the field.

If there’s any deck out there that can get through XYZ monsters, it’s Phantom Knights. So you’ll definitely get a lot of use out of this second effect.

 

1. Black Luster Soldier – Soldier of Chaos

Black Luster Soldier – Soldier of Chaos Yu-Gi-Oh Card

Black Luster Soldier – Soldier of Chaos isn’t just the best Link 3 monster…

It’s also one of the best link monsters of all time!

With a whopping 3000 attack, this guy has the strongest attack stat out of any link 3 monster – and can go head-to-head with most link 4 monsters in combat too.

Whenever this card destroys a monster in battle, you can choose from one of 3 incredible effects:

You can either have this card gain 1500 attack (note how this is a permanent attack increase!), have this card attack twice during your next battle phase, or straight-up banish any 1 card on the field.

There truly is an effect for everything – if you’re looking to get over some high attack monsters, then this cards first effect is amazing for building up an unstoppable war machine.

Alternatively, being able to non-target banish any card on the field is an amazing way of disrupting your opponent. And you can put a stop to all sorts of powerful cards regardless of their card type.

This versatility has definitely been recognized by the meta game, and sadly you’re unlikely to find a copy of this guy for less than $100 (as of this writing). And that’s not even considering the ghost rare upgrade this guy got!

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Yu-Gi-Oh!: Most Powerful LINK Monsters

There are a massive number of extremely threatening Link monsters in Yu-Gi-Oh, and here are the top 10 most powerful Link monsters in the game.

The sixth series of Yu-Gi-Oh, Yu-Gi-Oh VRAINS, introduced yet another new type of summoning. LINK monsters fundamentally changed the game yet again, even more drastically than Pendulum Summoning ever did or could. Essentially, LINK monsters work more like Tribute Summoning—the higher the “Link” on the card, the more monsters it takes. A Link-1 takes one, a Link-3 takes three, and so on. Unlike Tributing though, it still counts as a special summon, so players can create as many Link monsters as they have resources to do so.

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But what makes them especially important is players can only summon more than one Synchro, Xyz, or Fusion monsters if they have a Link monster that can grant them the “zones” to do so. A crucial change, this meant Links were a must-have for every deck going forward, so of course Konami gave fans plenty of powerful Link monsters to use. This list takes a look at ten of them.

10 FOLGO, JUSTICE FUR HIRE

This card won’t be a part of any meta decks anytime soon, because it’s specific to the Fur Hire archetype. However, it’s effect is so good it deserves to be on the list even if it’s just at the bottom. The Fur Hire archetype is based off special summoning a ton of monsters from the hand. Those weaker monsters can be linked off into Folgo, who can special summon another Fur Hire monster with a different type than the ones used to summon him. But it’s true effect activates when the player has 3 Fur Hire monsters on the field: when the player destroys a card on the opponent’s field, Folgo lets them draw three cards. Essentially refilling their hand for the next turn play, getting rid of one of the only weaknesses of the deck.

9 TRI-GATE WIZARD

Tri-Gate Wizard was one of the earlier Link monsters we got, and it helped set the tone for some of the insanity we’ve seen since. Requiring 3 monsters except Tokens, it gained additional effects based on the number of monsters co-linked with it. If you had a monster co-linked it could deal double battle damage. At two monsters co-linked, Tri-Gate could banish a card. And at three monsters, it could negate and banish a card or effect activation. While the third one was a bit unrealistic, it still showed these cards were nothing to scoff at.

8 BLACK LUSTER SOLDIER - SOLDIER OF CHAOS

With this card having soared up to an insane $70 a copy, there’s obviously something to it. Requiring three monsters with different names, Soldier of Chaos is a Link 3 with a ton of effects. To start, if it was Link summoned with a level 7 monster it can’t be targeted or destroyed by the opponent’s card effects.

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Considering it already has 3000 ATK, getting over it by battle is going to be a chore. Then if it destroys a monster by battle, you can activate one of three effects: gain 1500 ATK (permanently), make a second attack during the battle phase, or banish a card on the field. Given it’s generic summoning requirements and relative rarity, it’s no wonder this card costs what it does.

7 CRYSTRON NEEDLEFIBER

One of the better Link monsters that’s released in the game hasn’t actually been released in the West yet. Crystron Needlefiber is meant to be a link monster for Crystrons, but it has generic summoning requirements of “two monsters, including a tuner”. When it’s summoned, it can special summon a level 3 or lower tuner from the hand or deck. For synchro-focused decks, this card is absolutely perfect. Not only does it open up two zones for additional extra deck monsters, but it also enables a synchro play by bringing out a tuner from the deck. In Japan, Needlefiber has enabled some pretty terrifying combos, so most fans aren’t in a hurry to see it come here officially.

6 TOPOLOGIC GUMBLAR DRAGON

Thinking that this monster’s name makes no sense? That’s fine, Konami wasn’t making sense when they printed this card. Gumblar Dragon allowed a player to discard 1 or 2 cards when a monster was special summoned to one of the zones this card pointed to, and force an opponent to discard as well. Then, if this card was extra linked, it could force the opponent to discard one or two cards (whichever was higher), and if their hand was empty, inflict 3000 damage. With three of these, there’s plenty of footage of players figuring out semi-consistent loops that involved emptying an opponent’s hand and inflicting 3000 damage. Unsurprisingly, this card is forbidden here in the TCG.

5 BORRELSWORD DRAGON

Link 4s require players to surrender a ton of cards, so the effect has to be worth it. In Borrelsword’s case, you get a 3000 ATK monster which can’t be destroyed by battle. While that’s kind of light, it also has a quick effect which lets it target Attack Position monsters and switch them into defense, and it can attack twice during every Battle Phase. It can also gain attack equal to half the attack of any monster it’s attacking, and cause that same monster to lose half of its attack. This makes Borrelsword the ideal monster for most battle situations, as it can clear off any monster and deal a ton of damage at the same time.

4 BORRELOAD DRAGON

If this list teaches people anything, it should be that Link 4s are disgusting. Borreload can’t be targeted by either player’s card effects. Once per turn, during either player’s turn, it can target a monster and make it lose 500 ATK and DEF. Then at the start of the damage step, Borreload can take a monster it’s attacking and gain control of it by placing it in a zone this card points to...which is nearly everywhere. The opponent gets the monster back during the End Phase, but let’s be serious about this: they aren’t going to keep that monster. It’s going to be Linked, Xyz, or Synchro’d away. Give Konami this: when they make a boss monster, they take it seriously.

3 SARYUJA SKULL DREAD

Saruyja takes advantage of the weird ways players can Link summon a monster. While Link monsters generally take whatever Link number they are, fewer resources can be used if using a Link monster to summon a Link. In other words, a Link 4 can be summoned with a Link 2 and two other monsters, or a Link 3 and one other monster.

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If Saryuja is summoned with four monsters instead of skipping steps, it gains a host of effects. The biggest one being on summon it can draw four cards, then place any 3 on the bottom of the deck in any order. This, plus allowing a special summon from the hand and having 2800 ATK makes it an auto-include for any deck which can easily special summon a bunch of monsters.

2 SUMMON SORCERESS

Summon Sorceress was a Link 3 requiring three monsters with the same type, aside from tokens. When summoned, she was able to special summon a monster from the hand in defense position to the opponent’s zone it points to with her link arrow. Then, it could target that face-up monster and special a monster from the deck in defense position on the player’s side with the same type. This can sound needlessly complex, but basically you could surrender a monster you didn’t want from your hand to special summon a monster from your deck. The shenanigans that went on because of this card got it banned in both formats of the game.

1 FIREWALL DRAGON

Firewall Dragon represents something of a first in Yu-Gi-Oh. Typically, the lead character in the anime never sees their ace monsters get hit by the banlist. But Firewall Dragon was so meta-warping that Konami said screw that and banned it in both the OCG and TCG. Another Link 4 monster, Firewall Dragon could target monsters on the field or in the graveyard equal to the number of cards co-linked to it and return them to the hand. Basically, it rewarded the player for overextending, or could force several of the opponent’s cards back to the hand. Even if a card this monster pointed to was destroyed, Firewall could special summon a monster from the hand to continue the insanity.

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Top 10 Worst Link Monsters in YuGiOh

The Top 20 Best Link Monster Cards in Yu-Gi-Oh!

Link Monsters are incredibly powerful. And as they’re so easy to summon, they’re a constant threat in every duel.

There are Link monsters to suit every occasion, too.

Whether you’re after protection, combo extenders, or even boss monsters to crush the field.

And in this list I’ll be showing you the best there is.

 

20. Pentestag

Pentestag Yu-Gi-Oh Card

If you want to overrun your opponent with superior ATK, the best strategy your opponent can use is to set their monsters in defense and slow the game down.

This card punishes them for doing that.

Pentestag is a Link-2 with 1600ATK. And if a linked monster attacks a Defense Position monster, your opponent takes piercing damage.

This is a great card to use with a deck like Dinosaurs, as their boss monster can force cards into Defense Position.

Your opponent can face you head-on and lose, or try and hide and, well, lose. Their choice.

 

19. Infinitrack Fortress Megaclops

Infinitrack Fortress Megaclops YGO Card

This monster is low on the list because of its hefty requirement of 3 XYZ Monsters.

But if you pull it off, you may just win the duel.

Infinitrack Fortress Megaclops is a Link-3 with 4000ATK, and it’s immune to monster effects and destruction from battle – unless the monster it battles is an XYZ.

You can also Special Summon an XYZ monster from your Graveyard and use one of your opponent’s as material for it, if you feel like being nasty.

If you do this, though, any battle damage your opponent takes is halved.

This card is great. But if you have 3 XYZ monsters on the field, you’re probably winning anyway.

 

18. Hieratic Seal of the Heavenly Spheres

Hieratic Seal of the Heavenly Spheres Yu-Gi-Oh Card

For as weird as the name and artwork are, I promise this card is great for a Dragon deck.

Hieratic Seal of the Heavenly Spheres is a Link-2 with 0ATK. But it has 2 strong effects.

If this monster is in the Extra Monster Zone, you can Tribute a monster to return a card to the hand – which bypasses almost all protection effects.

And when this monster is tributed, you can Special Summon a Dragon, but it’s ATK/DEF become 0.

This may sound bad. But it isn’t a problem if you use it as material for something stronger.

 

17. Saryuja Skull Dread

Saryuja Skull Dread YGO Card

Many of the best Link Monsters are great in battle – but this one has a toolbox of effects to go with that.

Saryuja Skull Dread is a Link-4 with 2800ATK. And it gains effects based on how many monsters were used to summon it.

This monster’s effects can give a 300ATK/DEF boost, and let you Special Summon a monster from your hand – which can be a game-changer.

Plus it can let you draw a card from the top 4 cards in your deck.

Saryuja Skull Dread gives you options and a ton of power to go along with it.

 

16. Black Luster Soldier – Soldier of Chaos

Black Luster Soldier - Soldier of Chaos YGO Card

There have been a few Black Luster Soldier cards in Yu-Gi-Oh!

And most of them are very dangerous.

The Link monster is no different.

Black Luster Soldier – Soldier of Chaos is a Link-3 with 3000ATK.

Plus if you used a LVL7 or higher as material, this card can’t be targeted or destroyed by effects – making it very hard to remove.

And when it destroys a monster, you can choose to gain more ATK, or attack twice next turn, or banish a card.

Whichever is worse for your opponent.

 

15. Knightmare Phoenix

Knightmare Phoenix Yu-Gi-Oh Card

There are a few Knightmare Link monsters that could have made this list.

But Knightmare Phoenix can deal with your opponent’s back row, which makes it just that little bit better.

Knightmare Phoenix is a Link-2 with 1600ATK and when it’s Link Summoned, you can discard a card to target and destroy a Spell/Trap on the field.

If this card was co-linked when you do this, you can also draw a card.

Not the most dangerous pick, but this monster gives great utility and disruption.

 

14. Topologic Bomber Dragon

Topologic Bomber Dragon Yu-Gi-Oh Card

If your opponent has a lot of powerful monsters then it can feel impossible to fight back.

But if you can Summon this monster, you may just get your chance.

Topologic Bomber Dragon is a Link-4 with 3000ATK, and here’s what you get with it:

If a monster is Special Summoned to a zone a Link Monster points to, everything in a Monster Zone gets destroyed.

Remember, this doesn’t target. So there won’t be many monsters left after this.

To stop this being completely broken, your other monsters cannot attack for the rest of the turn.

And if this card battles a monster you can inflict burn damage equal to that monster’s ATK as well.

I did say you’d get your chance!

 

13. Tri-Brigade Shuraig the Ominous Omen

Tri-Brigade Shuraig the Ominous Omen YGO Card

At the time of this writing, Tri-Brigade decks are making an absolute killing in competitive Yu-Gi-Oh!

And they have access to some nasty Link monsters, too!

Tri-Brigade Shuraig the Ominous Omen is a Link-4 with 3000ATK. And it has a great disruption effect:

When it or another Beast, Beast-Warrior, or Winged-Beast is Special Summoned, you can banish a card on the field.

This effect is non-targeting too!

Plus, when this card goes to the Graveyard you can add a specific monster from your Deck to your hand – but the banishing effect is why this card makes the list.

 

12. Salamangreat Pyro Phoenix

Salamangreat Pyro Phoenix Yu-Gi-Oh Card

Few decks are as reliant on Link Summoning as Salamangreat.

So it only makes sense that their Boss monster is this good.

Salamangreat Pyro Phoenix is a Link-4 with 2800ATK, and if it was summoned using another Pyro Phoenix as material (the field spell helps with this) you can completely wipe your opponent’s field!

If your opponent uses Link monsters you can Special Summon one from their graveyard to their side of the field too, and then inflict damage to their Life Points equal to that monster’s ATK.

So if the field wipe and 2800ATK aren’t enough, this can be a cheeky way to burn your opponent out of the duel.

 

11. Linkuriboh

Linkuriboh Yu-Gi-Oh Card

Kuriboh is an adorable monster.

But honestly, it’s pretty bad.

The Link version, however, is far from bad – and it’s actually very useful.

Linkuriboh is a Link-1 with only 300ATK. But when an opponent’s monster attacks, you can Tribute Linkuriboh to reduce that monster’s ATK to 0.

This can take the sting out of powerful monsters, and you can bring Linkuriboh back from the Graveyard by tributing a LVL1 monster as a Quick Effect.

Without a doubt, Kuriboh has never been better!

 

10. Salamangreat Almiraj

Salamangreat Almiraj YGO Card

This cute little Salamangreat is quite versatile, and works in so many decks.

Salamangreat Almiraj is a Link-1 with 0ATK and requires a Normal summoned monster with 1000 or less ATK to Link Summon.

You can then tribute this monster at any time to make one of your monsters immune to card effects.

Effects like these are great for burning through your opponent’s resources.

And any time one of your Normal monsters is destroyed by battle, you can bring Salamangreat Almiraj back from the Graveyard to use its effect again.

 

9. Accesscode Talker

Accesscode Talker Yu-Gi-Oh Card

If you use a Cyberse deck, this is a great boss monster.

At the time of this writing it’s also very expensive!

Accesscode Talker is a Link-4 with 2300ATK – but it gains ATK equal to one of its materials Link Rating x1000.

So Accesscode Talker can have up to 5300ATK (which is ridiculous!)

You can also Banish a Link Monster from your Field or Graveyard to destroy a card your opponent controls.

This is the monster you end the Duel with.

 

8. Borreload Dragon

Borreload Dragon YGO Card

Many of the strongest monsters in Yu-Gi-Oh! are tied to a certain deck (well, if you want to make the most out of them).

But that isn’t the case for this monster.

Borreload Dragon is a Link-4 with 3000ATK and can’t be targeted by monster effects – that’s always a good start!

In addition, this monster has a Quick Effect that can reduce any monster’s ATK/DEF by 500. That can be enough to win a battle by itself.

And here’s something even better: if it battles a monster, you can steal it.

The stolen monster then goes to the Graveyard at the end of the turn, but nothing is stopping you from using it as material before that.

 

7. Borrelsword Dragon

Borrelsword Dragon Yu-Gi-Oh Card

This one goes hand in hand with Borreload Dragon:

It can fit in any deck, and is a threat your opponent will need to deal with quickly if they don’t want to lose.

Borrelsword Dragon is a Link-4 with 3000ATK and can’t be destroyed by battle.

It also has a Quick Effect where you can change a monster to defense position, and it can attack twice.

Oh, your opponent also can’t activate anything in response either.

We’re still not done!

When Borrelsword Dragon attacks a face-up monster it can gain half of that monster’s ATK, just in case 3000 isn’t enough.

 

6. Topologic Zeroboros

Topologic Zeroboros YGO Card

Many decks fall apart when their cards get banished.

If you want to abuse that, I think you’ll like this monster.

Topologic Zeroboros is a Link-4 with 3000ATK which also gains 200ATK for every banished card.

Don’t have a way to banish cards? No problem!

If a monster is Special Summoned to a Zone that a Link Monster points to, every card on the field gets banished.

And during the next standby phase you can bring Topologic Zeroboros back to finish the job.

 

5. I:P Masquerena

I:P Masquerena Yu-Gi-Oh Card

Summoning on your opponent’s turn is great, as it’s always disruptive.

If you want to make sure your opponent never feels safe, even on their own turn, this is the Link monster to use.

I:P Masquerena is a Link-2 with 800ATK, but its value is in its Quick Effect:

This lets you Link summon a monster during your opponent’s Main Phase, as long as you use it as a material.

If you’ve got monsters on the field then you can pull a Boss monster out of thin air when it’ll hurt the most.

 

4. Predaplant Verte Anaconda

Predaplant Verte Anaconda YGO Card

Fusion monsters can be very powerful in Yu-Gi-Oh!

And you can argue that their power is balanced, as they require a Fusion/Polymerization spell to use… at least, you could argue that, if this monster didn’t exist.

Predaplant Verte Anaconda is a Link-2 with 500ATK. And you can make any monster DARK type until the end of the turn, which has its uses…

But its 2nd effect is borderline broken.

You can pay 2000 Life Points to send a Fusion/Polymerization spell card from your Deck to the Graveyard, and this monster gains that spell card’s effect (but not the cost if there is one).

Just note that you can’t Special Summon after using this effect. But that’s probably the one thing keeping this card off the ban list!

 

3. Mekk-Knight Crusadia Avramax

Mekk-Knight Crusadia Avramax Yu-Gi-Oh Card

Incredible effects and easy summoning requirements make this an awful Boss Monster to deal with.

Mekk-Knight Crusadia Avramax is a Link-4 with 3000ATK. And this monster can’t be targeted with effects, and is the only monster your opponent can attack.

This means unless they can beat 3000ATK, there really isn’t much they can do.

Also, if Mekk-Knight Crusadia Avramax battles a Special Summoned monster, it gains ATK equal to that monster. So it will always win.

Granted, this effect can only be used once per battle. But it would basically be invincible otherwise!

And when this card leaves the field, you can also shuffle any card on the field into the deck, just in case you needed non-targeting removal as well!

 

2. Crystron Halquifibrax

Crystron Halquifibrax YGO Card

Here’s a card that has such incredible effects, that other monsters ended up on the Ban List because of it.

Crystron Halquifrax is a Link-2 with 1500ATK. And when it’s Link Summoned you can summon a LVL3 or lower Tuner from your deck.

This alone gives you countless options, as you have a free search for every Tuner in your deck.

But it also has a Quick Effect where you can banish Crystron Halquifibrax to Special Summon a Tuner Synchro Monster from your Extra Deck – and you can do that on your opponent’s turn too.

 

1. Apollousa, Bow of the Goddess

Apollousa, Bow of the Goddess Yu-Gi-Oh Card

There’s a ton of raw power on this list.

But in many situations, disruption is more important.

Apollousa, Bow of the Goddess is a Link-4 monster. And its ATK becomes 800x the amount of materials used to summon it (2 minimum).

And you’ll want to use as many materials as possible here, as this monster has an effect where you can trade 800ATK to negate a monster effect.

This is a Quick Effect, too. So your opponent will have to deal with disruption on their turn as well.

The funny thing (and why this card tops the list) is that its effects aren’t limited to once per turn.

As it stands, this card can negate as long as it still has ATK points.

And that’s just incredible.

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Link monsters best

There is a surplus on powerful link monsters in Yu-Gi-Oh! to a point where some of them could be considered overpowered. Some cards make others look pointless, and some make us wonder how they’re still allowed in official tournaments; but whatever the power level, here are 10 of our favorite link monsters with some of the best effects in the trading card game.

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An important note about link monsters: Link monsters have several arrows around the frame of their card image when a link monster’s arrows are adjacent to a card zone, and another monster is occupying that zone, then the link monster is pointing to that monster, and the cards become linked.

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10 Best Yugioh Link Monsters

Decode Talker

With 2300 attack points, Decode Talker is already a heavy hitter, but then you should go ahead and look at its effect. For every monster card that Decode Talker points to, this link monster gains 500 more attack points on top of what it already has.

In addition, if your opponent activates the effect of one of your cards, you can tribute a monster that Decode Talker points to and negate the effect. Decode Talker is incredibly easy to summon, and with its attack power and its effect, it makes for an amazing cyberse monster card to have in your deck.

Firewall Dragon

A slightly pricier but sought-after monster card, Firewall Dragon has a solid 2500 attack points, and a few more pointing arrows than most link monsters usually have. Firewall Dragon also has two abilities.

The first ability allows Firewall Dragon to return a card from the graveyard or the field to the owner’s hand. You can do this for the number of cards equal to the amount that are linked to Firewall Dragon through its pointing arrows. The second ability enables you to special summon a monster from your hand when Firewall Dragon destroys a monster that it’s pointing to.

Tri-Gate Wizard

This card is perfect for duelists that already own several link monsters and are looking to expand their collection a little more. Tri-Gate Wizard has 2200 attack points and is able to gain its effects based on the number of monsters that are linked to it via its arrows.

The three effects are as follows: 1. If a monster that is linked to this card battles a monster your opponent controls, any battle damage that is inflicted on your opponent is doubled. 2. Once a turn, you can banish one card on the field. 3. Once a turn, when a card’s quick effect is activated, you can negate the effect, and banish the card.

Linkuriboh

Definitely one of the cuter and more attractive link cards to own, Linkuriboh is the link monster/cyberse version of the fluffball Kuriboh; who has had several forms in the Yu-Gi-Oh! universe since its conception.

Kuriboh has always been good at making combinations more effective, and Linkuriboh is no different. Though it only has 300 attack points, it’s a sacrificial card with a powerful effect. Tribute Linkuriboh when your opponent declares an attack and change the attacking monster’s attack points to zero until the end of the turn.

If Linkuriboh is in your Graveyard, you can tribute a level one monster to special summon this card back to the field.

Saryuja Skull Dread

A dragon in the earth attribute with a whopping 2800 attack points, even without its effects, Saryuja Skull Dread is a card to be extremely cautious of. This card’s effects are gained depending on the number of monsters you manage to link it to.

With two monsters, Saryuja gains 300 attack and defense points for each monster summoned into a zone it points to. With three monsters, you can special summon a monster from your hand. With the full four monsters, you can draw four cards and also place three cards from your hard to the bottom of your deck.

Knightmare Gryphon

There is a whole host of Knightmare link monsters, but including them, all would take up far too much space in this list. Knightmare monster cards are included in almost every link deck out there; a favorite among duelists.

When link summoned, you can discard one card and then target one spell or trap card in your Graveyard to set on your field. The card cannot be activated until the next turn, but if Knightmare Gryphon was linked to other cards when you activated its effect, you can also draw one card.

Borreload Dragon

Borreload cannot be targeted by monster effects, which makes it a formidable card to have on your side of the field. Each turn, you can target a face-up monster, and it will lose 500 attack and defense points.

If this card attacks a monster, you can also take control of that monster, but it must be sent to the Graveyard at the end phase of the next turn.

Aromaseraphy Jasmine

Another cute card hidden in the depths of the link monster world, Jasmine has fairly standard attack points at 1800. She uses life points to her advantage. When your life points are higher than your opponent’s, Jasmine and any of your plant monsters cannot be destroyed.

2800 attack points, and a card that gives you a reason to make sure you keep as many cards in your hand as possible. When an effect activates that targets this monster, or another link monster points to it, you can discard a card of the same type to negate the effect.

When link summoned and destroyed by battle, you are given the opportunity to special summon a level four warrior monster from your deck to your hand.

Crowley the Origin of Prophecy

Despite its lower attack points of 1000, Cowley is great for spellbook and spellcaster decks. When Crowley is summoned, you can choose three different Spellbook cards from your deck, and your opponent must randomly choose one for you to add to your hand.

Once per turn, you may also summon a level five spellcaster.

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Top 10 Worst Link Monsters in YuGiOh

Many Yugioh players went crazy when link monsters were released, the game had changed completely and these new monsters were deemed unnecessary. Now though, Yugioh is still going strong and link monsters are accepted by the community.

Such a new card type was expected to slow the game down a bit, giving players more options when it comes to deck building and allowing duels to last more than a few turns. It didn’t turn out this way though, Link monsters only made it easier to get your combos off!

Over time, the best Link monsters were extremely expensive. This meant you needed you to empty your wallet to even think about going to tournaments, nevermind winning them. Now though, plenty more have been released and a lot of them are relatively cheap!

Disclaimer: Archetype/type/attribute specific Link mosnters have been avoided from the top 10 list. I will list them below however in case you need them!

If any types/attributes are missing, there is no dedicated Link monster for them (yet, there is in the OCG just not released yet in the West)

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10. Topologic Bomber Dragon

Topologic Bomber Dragon, one of the best Link monsters in Yugioh

Capable of nuking all main monster zones, Topologic Bomber Dragon is a great choice for clearing pesky boards. 3 Link arrows grant plenty of zones to trigger its nuking effect, so your opponent has reduced options when it comes to countering this card.

As well as a powerful destruction effect, this Link monster is a powerful 3000 ATK beater that can inflict major effect damage too. I’m not going to lie, there are better options on this list but overall, Topologic Bomber Dragon definitely deserves a spot!

Sets you can get this card in:  Code of the Duelist

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9. Topologic Gumblar Dragon

Topologic Gumblar Dragon, one of the best Link monsters in Yugioh

Crazily enough, a strategy has already been devised to reduce your opponent’s hand to just 2 by their first turn with this card. Such insanity cannot be understated, Topologic Gumblar Dragon could make or break Yugioh depending on what comes out in the future.

Right now, it’s possibly a bit too easy to stop as it has literally no self protection. Also, if your opponent doesn’t mind their cards being discarded, or if they don’t have any cards to discard, you’ve wasted an Extra Deck space. Definitely try to acquire this Link monster if you can though, you never know what will happen in the future!

Sets you can get this card in: Battles of Legend: Relentless Revenge

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8. Tri-Gate Wizard

Tri-Gate Wizard, one of the best Link monsters in Yugioh

Tri-Gate Wizard is the perfect monster to summon if you already have a Link monster in the extra monster zone. If you set up your field correctly, it can be devastating when co-linked with 3 monsters. While this sounds a bit situational, it’s actually not too difficult to achieve and there are very few Link monsters who thrive as much as Tri-Gate Wizard in these situations.

Being able to negate any card or effect is exceptional and for how easy it is to obtain, Tri-Gate Wizard should be the go-to boss monster for any new Yugioh player.

Sets you can get this card in: Structure Deck: Cyberse Link

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7. Linkuriboh

Linkuriboh, one of the best Link monsters in Yugioh

The TCG rejoiced when Linkuriboh was released in the recent Starter Deck (link below). We’ve waited for so long, this Link monster is finally here to make our combos that little bit more effective.

Working well in literally every deck containing a level 1 monster, Linkuriboh is a must-have staple. Not only does it offer a downward Link arrow, it brings battle protection to the table and the ability to send level 1 monsters to the graveyard if needed.

No doubt you’ve seen this card in countless deck lists so I don’t really need to say much more.

Sets you can get this card in: Starter Deck: Codebreaker

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6. Borrelguard Dragon

Borrelguard Dragon, one of the best Link monsters in YugiohSimply being immune to destruction effects means staples like Raigeki & Torrential Tribute are barely felt by Borrelguard Dragon. At least 3 effect monsters being required kind of sucks but it’s justified, this Link monster would be broken if it was easier to summon.

Having the ability to switch any monster to face-up defense position lets you prevent bigger boss monsters from attacking, or find out what a pesky set monster is. With a built-in Monster Reborn, granted at the expense of a spell/trap card, is another very nice bonus.

Sets you can get this card in: Battles of Legend: Relentless Revenge

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5. Saryuja Skull Dread

Saryuja Skull Dread, one of the best Link monsters in Yugioh

Full credit to Konami for this card, it has to have some of the most awesome art in the entire game. Wonder why it’s not a Dark attribute though? Regardless, Saryuja Skull Dread fits snugly into any extra deck that requires it. With those 3 link arrows at the bottom, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to get even more extra monsters out if needed. Requiring 4 monsters to get the most out of its effect is a slightly detrimental trait, though.

Considered the more reliable and versatile Link 4 monster, players keep going back to Saryuja for its flexibility in a large variety of decks.

Sets you can get this card in: Extreme Force

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4. Borreload Dragon

Borreload Dragon, one of the best Link monsters in Yugioh

Another epic looking card, you have to appreciate the awesomeness of these Link monsters. Borreload Dragon lives up to its expectations given by its art with some amazing effects. All kinds of monsters have all kinds of effects nowadays, having an immunity to such effects is huge.

Pretty much just an upgrade over Borrelguard Dragon, this particular Link boss monster is arguably the best in the game, in terms of battling and difficulty to remove from the field.

Sets you can get this card in: Circuit Break

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3. Knightmares

Knightmare Gryphon, one of the best Link monsters in Yugioh

If I were to include Knightmares individually, at least half of the list would be full of them.  As a whole package, or choosing 2 or 3, Knightmares have been tech’d into almost every meta deck currently out there.

Each Knightmare Link monster allows you to discard a card, activate a powerful effect then draw a card. With so many cards having recycle effects when they’re sent to the graveyard, this series of Link monsters have boosted a ton of other archetypes considerably.

Every competitive player needs 1 of each Knightmare, they extend combos and strategies considerably, as well as having the potential to lock your opponent out of their extra deck (by taking up all available extra monster zones)!

Sets you can get these cards in: Flames of Destruction

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2. Firewall Dragon

Firewall Dragon, the best link monster in the entire Yugioh game

Nearly the entire Yugioh community agrees Firewall Dragon is unhealthy for the game and will be banned soon.  The lack of a hard once-per-turn on this monster’s secondary effect is bizarre. As I mentioned in the previous entry, plenty of meta archetypes not only don’t mind being sent to the graveyard, they have recycle or search effects too.

With the right archetypes (such as Gouki), Firewall Dragon can loop almost endlessly to summon a huge amount of boss monsters while retaining hand advantage. Personally I really, really need this card. Like me, you should wait until the next Forbidden List though, as it has an extremely high chance of being smashed by the ban hammer.

Sets you can get this card in: Code of the Duelist

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1. Borrelsword Dragon

Borrelsword Dragon, the best Link monster in Yugioh!

You’d think a monster with no built-in effect protection would be too vulnerable to be competitively viable. Players are smart though, they recognise Borrelsword Dragon’s strengths. Used mainly to OTK, this Link monster can inflict heavy damage and clear the field of your opponent’s boss monsters.

Additionally, Borrelsword’s quick effect can be used to lock your opponent out of using spell/trap cards during the battle step. During your turn, you can activate its quick effect straight after declaring an attack as you have turn priority. Your opponent won’t be able to chain anything in response, so the attack goes through and they can’t do anything!

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Yu-Gi-Oh! The 15 Best Link Monsters In The Game's History, Ranked

In 2017, Yu-Gi-Oh! introduced Master Rule 4, which introduced one of the most powerful mechanics the game had ever seen, Link Summoning. Link Monsters are generally the easiest of the Extra Deck Monsters to Summon, as there's no restriction when it comes to Levels like Synchro and Xyz Monsters.

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Due to how generic Link Monsters can be, many Decks can easily run many powerful Link Monsters. Not only are they easy to Summon, but they also include some of the most powerful effects in the entire game. Link Monsters are fantastic cards, with some Special Summoning from the Deck or giving powerful effects.

Updated February 6th, 2021 by Johnny Garcia: Yu-Gi-Oh! never slows down when it comes to new Set releases. It's one of, if not the most active TCGs out there. New mechanics get added, new Archetypes are released, and the meta always shifts. Genesis Impact and Blazing Vortex have entered into the game to throw new cards into the meta, with new creative Archetypes and support for old ones being released. Even Duel Links has got the Yu-Gi-Oh! hype pumping with its Virtual Kaiba event for a chance to win real-world rewards. More official events are being held with Remote Dueling, with it even recently releasing a new banlist dedicated to that format.

15 Topologic Gumblar Dragon

Currently banned, Topologic Gumblar Dragon destroyed so many hands before being taken out of the game. It is a Link-4 Monster requiring two or more Effect Monsters as Materials.

What made Topologic Gumblar Dragon so good was its effect, forcing the opponent to discard cards. If set up properly (which was very easy to do), Topologic Gumblar Dragon could get rid of four of the opponent's cards, leaving them with only two cards in their hand to play with. In a game like Yu-Gi-Oh! where card advantage is so important, it made Topologic Gumblar Dragon absolutely devastating.

14 Predaplant Verte Anaconda

There are many powerful Fusion Spells in Yu-Gi-Oh! The ones that use materials from the Deck are the best, but usually have steep restrictions attached to them. So, when Predaplant Verte Anaconda can copy them without worrying about these restrictions, it creates a fantastic Link Monster.

You can't Special Summon any more Monsters after using its effect, however, you won't need to as it's generally the last thing you do on your turn. Predaplant Verte Anaconda is a card any Deck can make, as it only requires two Effect Monsters to make. To add to this, it sends to Fusion from the Deck to the Graveyard to use, so it doesn't even need to be in your hand.

13 Knightmare Phoenix

Knightmare Phoenix is one of the most played Link Monsters ever. Only needing two Monsters with different names to make, it gives any Deck easy-to-access Spell and Trap card removal. This can help get rid of problem Floodgates or bait out negates.

With how important it is to keep your Deck focused on cards that perform your combos and help your strategy, it can be hard to find space for backrow hate. Luckily, thanks to Knightmare Phoenix you'll always have some handy tucked away in your Extra Deck, and almost every Deck can make space for it.

12 Union Carrier

Union Carrier is a deceptively powerful card that plagued the game for a while with how easily it could set up a Floodgate to prevent your opponent from using their Extra Deck. Even though the Floodgate combo is now banned, Union Carrier still has plenty of uses.

It allows you to attach any Monster card from your Deck to any Monster on the field so long as it shares either a Type or Attribute. This means it can act as a Foolish Burial of sorts, allowing you to send that Monster equipped to the Graveyard which will also send the card Union Carrier equipped to the Graveyard as well.

11 Accesscode Talker

Accesscode Talker is one of the strongest Link Monsters for closing out games. It's a Link-4, requiring two or more materials. When Link Summoned, it can target a Link Monster used for its summon and gain Attack equal to its Link Rating times 1000. It also allows you to Banish Link Monsters of different Attributes each turn to destroy a card on the field without targetting.

As if that wasn't good enough, Accesscode Talker's effects cannot be responded to either. This means you can freely use them without the worry of them being negated. Accesscode Talker can easily wipe the field, then go in with its boosted Attack stat.

10 Knightmare Unicorn

Knightmare Unicorn is a Link Monster that sees play in just about every Deck in the game. It has the simple effect of when it's Link Summoned, the player can Discard a card to shuffle back any card on the Field into the Deck.

Shuffling a card away is the best kind of removal there is, as it becomes much harder to retrieve that resource back and gets around cards that can't be Destroyed. It even works on Extra Deck Monsters, so players can make the work they went through to Summon those Monsters worthless and gain a lot of advantage.

9 Saryuja Skull Dread

Saryuja Skull Dread does a whole lot, and gains more effects depending on how many Monsters were used for its Link Summon. The main effects are the ones it gets for using 3 and 4 materials. With 3 Monsters used, it allows the player to Special Summon a Monster from their Hand once per turn.

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If 4 Monsters are used (the maximum number), the player can draw 4 cards, then put 3 on the bottom of the Deck. This allows players to try and get to their key cards while getting rid of the cards they don't need.

8 Mecha Phantom Beast Auroradon

Mecha Phantom Beast Auroradon is an incredibly powerful card thanks to the plays it enables. When it's Link Summoned, it Summons three Mecha Phantom Beast Tokens. These can then be used for its other effect, which requires Tributes to use.

For one Tribute, it can Destroy a card on the Field without Targetting. For two Tributes, it will Special Summon a Mecha Phantom Beast Monster from the Deck. And for three Tributes, it allows a Trap card to be added from the Graveyard to the Hand. All of these effects are phenomenal and worth running in any Machine-based Deck.

7 I:P Masquerena

Being able to go into Link Monsters during the opponent's turn is a fantastic effect. This is why I:P Masquerena is such a great Link Monster. So many Link Monsters have powerful effects that occur when they are Link Summoned. I:P Masquerena allows this to happen since it can Link Summon as a Quick Effect during the opponent's turn.

It will also prevent the Link Monster that's Summoned this way from being able to be destroyed by the opponent's card effects. I:P Masquerena is a fantastic Link Monster to Summon to set up for interruptions for the opponent's turn to potentially shut it down entirely.

6 Isolde, Two Tales Of The Noble Knights

What is the best Link Monster locked into a specific Type by far, Isolde, Two Tales Of The Noble Knights is a card that belongs in every Warrior-Type Deck. When it's Summoned it can add a Warrior-Type Monster from the Deck to the Hand at the cost of not being able to Summon it that turn.

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It can also send Equip Spells from the Deck to the Graveyard in order to Special Summon a Warrior Monster from the Deck with a Level equal to the cards sent. This effect enables one of the strongest combos in the game and is the reason the Warrior engine is considered one of, if not the best.

5 Summon Sorceress

Summon Sorceress is a Link Monster so powerful, it's currently banned from use in the game. It was incredibly easy for any Deck to make, as it only required two Monsters of the same Type (except Tokens). It can Special Summon a Monster from the player's Deck that is the same Type as a Monster its Link Arrows are pointing to.

This is made even better when it has two down-pointing Link Arrows. Special Summoning from the Deck is the most powerful effect when it comes to Summoning, which is why the card had to be banned and why it's so good.

4 Crystron Halqifibrax

The ability to Summon Crystron Halifibrax is so good, multiple cards have been banned since it made it too easy to Summon. Crystron Halqifibrax has a seemingly simple effect of when it's Special Summoned, it can Summon any Level 3 or lower Tuner Monster from the Deck.

Special Summoning from the Deck is already good, but the fact it doesn't lock the player into any cards is what makes it fantastic. It can be used to go into powerful Synchro Monsters, as well as other fantastic Link Monsters. It's not uncommon for Crystron Halqifibrax to lead to a Field with multiple, powerful negates on it.

3 Borrelsword Dragon

Borrelsword Dragon allows practically every Deck in the game to win in just one turn. It has a whopping 3000 Attack Points and can Attack twice in one turn. To do so, all it has to do is change an Attack Position Monster to Defense Position.

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When the card attacks, it can half the Attack of a Monster it is battling, and gain that attack it lost. This means (almost) no matter what, Borrelsword Dragon will always do 3000 damage if attacking an Attack Position Monster. It keeps this Attack boost, which means if it was the last Monster on the Field, its second attack can almost always guarantee victory.

2 Apollousa, Bow Of The Goddess

Being able to negate one Monster effect per turn is a solid effect. Being able to negate multiple times a turn is incredible. This is why Apollousa, Bow Of The Goddess is one of the best Link Monsters ever. The only materials it requires are Monsters with different names and gains counters equal to the number of Monsters used for its Summon.

These counters give the Monster 800 Attack per counter and can be removed to negate a Monster effect, once per Chain. While it can't use its negate twice during a Chain, this downside is hardly one, as it can continuously negate Monsters until it has no counters left.

1 Firewall Dragon

For a while, Firewall Dragon terrorized the game, and it seemed like it would never be banned due to its status of being an Ace Monster of an anime protagonist. Luckily, Firewall Dragon would be banned, but not before cementing itself as the best Link Monster ever. Firewall Dragon could return cards to the Hand from the Field to recycle or remove the opponent's threats.

If a card Firewall Dragon pointed to was Destroyed, it allowed the player to Special Summon a Monster from the Hand, an effect that wasn't once per turn. This enables plenty of loops and FTKs that led the way for the banning of Firewall Dragon, the best Link Monster ever released.

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