Dragon Ruler

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Dragon Ruler
Clockwise from top left: "Tempest", "Redox", "Tidal" and "Blaster" in the artwork of "Dragoroar"
Clockwise from top left: "Tempest", "Redox", "Tidal" and "Blaster" in the artwork of "Dragoroar"
Japanese
  • せいりゅう
  • 征竜 (base)
  • せいりゅう (ruby)
  • Seiryū (romanized)
French
  • Maître Dragon
  • Dragon Master (translated)
German
  • Drachenherrscher
Italian
  • Drago Sovrano
  • Sovereign Dragon (translated)
Korean
  • 정룡
  • 征龍 (Hanja)
  • Jeongnyong (romanized)
Portuguese
  • Dragão Soberano
  • Sovereign Dragon (translated)
Spanish
  • Señor Dragón
  • Dragon Lord (translated)
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Dragon Ruler (Japanese: せいりゅう Seiryū) is a series of Dragon Effect Monsters consisting of two smaller groups: Level 7 monsters whose ATK and DEF always have a sum of 4600, and lower-Level monsters that act as miniatures of the Level 7 monsters.

The series is notable for its infamously high power level, and all of its members have been placed on the Forbidden & Limited Lists in both the OCG and TCG. Originally introduced in Lord of the Tachyon Galaxy in 2013, the Deck quickly overtook the metagame to become the most represented Deck by an overwhelming majority. The low-Level Dragon Rulers were first Forbidden in the September 2013 banlists.[a] When that failed to hamper the Deck's representation, the high-Level Dragon Rulers were Limited in 2014 banlists.[b] When the heavily limited Deck made yet another resurgence following later-released supports, the entire series of high-Level Dragon Rulers was made Forbidden in the April 2015 banlists, with the now-useless low-Level Dragon Rulers becoming Unlimited.[c]

Following the complete ban of all high-Level Dragon Rulers, one member of the series, "Tempest", was brought down to Limited in the OCG in October 2018, and eventually the TCG in July 2019.

Lore[edit]

Members[edit]

Attribute Dragon Ruler Low-Level Counterpart
FIRE FIRE.svg Blaster Burner
EARTH EARTH.svg Redox Reactan
WIND WIND.svg Tempest Lightning
WATER WATER.svg Tidal Stream

Playing style[edit]

The Level 7 Dragon Rulers each have four effects, with an only 1 effect once per turn condition.

  1. "You can discard this card and 1 [Attribute] monster to the GY; [Discard Effect]."
  2. "You can banish a total of 2 [Attribute] and/or Dragon monsters from your hand and/or GY; Special Summon this card from your hand or GY."
  3. "During your opponent's End Phase, if you control this Special Summoned card: Return it to the hand."
  4. "If this card is banished: You can add 1 [Attribute] Dragon monster from your Deck to your hand."
Dragon Ruler Attribute Discard Effect
Blaster FIRE FIRE.svg Target 1 card on the field; destroy it.
Redox EARTH EARTH.svg Target 1 monster in your GY; Special Summon it.
Tempest WIND WIND.svg Add 1 Dragon monster from your Deck to your hand.
Tidal WATER WATER.svg Send 1 monster from your Deck to the GY.

Each low-Level Dragon Ruler has one only once per turn effect: the player can discard them and 1 Dragon or 1 monster of their Attribute and Special Summon their corresponding high-Level Dragon Ruler with their Attribute from the Deck, but it cannot attack this turn.

The Dragon Ruler monsters were designed as generic Attribute and Dragon-type support, but became extremely powerful when used together in a single Deck. The discard effects of "Redox", "Tempest", and "Tidal", alongside the effects of the low-Level Dragon Rulers, and the Dragon Rulers' banish effects made the archetype extremely consistent in searching out and Special Summoning multiple Dragon Rulers in a single turn. These Dragon Rulers would then typically be used to Xyz Summon Rank 7 monsters to control the field; the main options available to the deck at its peak power were "Number 11: Big Eye" and "Mecha Phantom Beast Dracossack".

Since the high-Level Dragon Rulers can Special Summon themselves from the GY, the Dragon Rulers can rapidly restore their boards in later turns, greatly extending the deck's grindgame.

Recommended cards[edit]

Recommended cards (Traditional Format)

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