Four Dimension Dragons

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In a world split into four dimensions, four boys exist, all with the same face. Their dragons call to each other, almost as if seeking one another.

— The phrase recited before the Japanese opening themes for the Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V anime, during the Heartland City arc.
Four Dimension Dragons
Yuya Sakaki with (from left to right) "Clear Wing Synchro Dragon", "Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon", "Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon", and "Starving Venom Fusion Dragon".
Japanese
  • フォーDDディメンションドラゴン
  • 4DD (base)
  • フォーディメンションドラゴン (ruby)
  • Fō Dimenshon Doragon (romanized)
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The Four Dimension Dragons[1] (フォーDDディメンションドラゴン Fō Dimenshon Doragon), referred to as the Ultimate Dragons (ちょうてんりゅう Chōten no Ryū),[2] Four Heavenly Dragons (てんりゅう Shiten no Ryū) and Four Legendary Dragons[3] in the anime, are a series of Dragon monsters central to the plot of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V. They are used by Yuya Sakaki, Yuto, Yugo, Yuri, and Z-ARC.

According to Leo Akaba, "Starving Venom Fusion Dragon", "Clear Wing Synchro Dragon", and "Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon" are the strongest Dragons of their respective Summon mechanics. This led Z-ARC to incorporate them into his Deck (in addition to the "Odd-Eyes Dragon" he already owned) in order to satisfy his audience's selfish desire for more brutal and exciting Duels, eventually driving him mad to the point of merging himself with all of them, creating "Supreme King Z-ARC".

History[edit]

The four dragons are separated across the four dimensions.

Z-ARC was the original owner of these four dragons during his life in the Original Dimension, and he used them in a violent manner to entertain the audience.

According to Ray Akaba, the four dragons were angry at mankind for forcing them to fight brutally for their entertainment. When the ARC System gave them physical bodies, they became self-aware and their anger was intensified by Z-ARC's desire for power, resulting in them attacking at least the city. One day, the dragons and their master fused together through "Astrograph Magician" to form "Supreme King Z-ARC", which continued to lay waste until Ray used the Four Nature Cards created by her father Leo to split it, herself, and the entire dimension. The dragons were sent to each of the Four Dimensions, where they became owned by each of Z-ARC's reincarnations.

"Odd-Eyes Dragon" was transformed into "Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon" when Pendulum Summoning (a power born from the clash between Z-ARC and Ray, but wholly appropriated by the former as secret weapon for when they would inevitably fight again) surfaced in the Standard Dimension. Ever since then, the four dragons have been searching for each other in an attempt to become one again; eventually succeeding as their owners defeated and absorbed one another, and resulting in Z-ARC's revival. Once again threating humanity, Leo scrambled to use the ARC-V Reactor he had been building to unite again the dimensions as well as reviving the Nature Cards and Ray, feeding it with Ray's own reincarnations; but due to doing so in excessive haste, the machine failed: the dimensions were only partially linked by unstable distortions, and Ray's soul was revived without a body - trapped within the device itself. In desperation, Leo took the cards and rushed to use them against Z-ARC himself, but he was instantly defeated just before he could activate them. At this point Riley, a child adopted by Leo's family, offered his body to Ray so that she could reach the battlefield and wield the Nature Cards herself once more. She succedeed, but to avoid history repeating, Riley pushed out Ray's soul and replaced it with Z-ARC's a moment before the dimensions were pulled apart.

Following this new defeat, all four dragons were left into Yuya's possession, who was reluctant to use them besides "Odd-Eyes" out of fear that he might be overpowered by them again and reawaken Z-ARC's soul, sealed within a Riley regressed to newborn. When Yuya finally resolved to Summon all of them at once after being urged by Jack Atlas, he began hearing their minds, but instead of feeling any anger he learned that they were afraid of Ray and wanted to stop her resurrection, which kept her again confined inside the ARC-V Reactor. Yuya assured them that they shouldn't be afraid and were strong on their own without needing Z-ARC nor their "Supreme King" power. In response, the four dragons began to actively support Yuya during his current Duel, e.g. by helping him grab Action Cards.

During Yuya's subsequent third Duel against Declan, he realized that the dragons genuinely wanted to make people and other monsters smile just like Z-ARC, and only became violent because the audience back then became malicious and demanded bloodshed, and could feel their regret over it. Yuya was ultimately able to help the dragons accomplish this when Declan let out a laugh over being defeated, which in turn seemed to fully placate their anger and make Z-ARC's soul within Riley smile, as well as finally allowing the reincarnations of Ray to be freed from the reactor (which then began to unify the dimensions for good) and given back Zuzu's body.

Abilities[edit]

The Dimension Dragons resonate when in close proximity of each other, whether they have been Summoned in Duel or not. Additionally, they can influence their owners to Summon them if the conditions for doing so are met or can be met. When facing off against each other, or one is Summoned or about to be Summoned while in the presence of another, their owners suffer an intense burning pain in their chest. In the case of the former, it may cause them to enter an 'awakened' state, Dueling ferociously until their opponent is defeated, although they are capable of returning to their senses during the Duel. The dragons also appear to be able to cause their owner to synchronize with a counterpart if they happen to be in the same dimension.

The Dimension Dragons are capable of traveling through dimensions in order to search for one another; Yugo stated that he was guided to both the Xyz Dimension's Heartland City and the Standard Dimension's Paradise City by "Clear Wing"; while Yuri complained about "Starving Venom" taking him to New Domino City.

When one of them is defeated by another, the losing owner is absorbed into one of their dimensional counterparts. In Yuto's case, despite having lost to Yugo, he was absorbed by Yuya who was closer to his position. However ownership of the Dimension Dragons seems to be determined by the dragons themselves, as Yuto actively handed "Dark Rebellion" to Yuya saying the dragon conveyed its will for him to do so.

A distortion created because of the Four Dimension Dragons' presence.

When all four Dimension Dragons have been Summoned in the same location, a distortion in the sky appears and the dragons' owners all awaken. In addition, the dragons that are controlled by Yuya himself emitted an aura of darkness similar to the one he emits while awakened.

Design[edit]

Each of the Dimension Dragons' names uses the following structure: "[Trait] + [Summoning mechanic] + Dragon". Like most main protagonists' signature cards they each have 2500 ATK (except "Starving Venom") and 2000 DEF; also their Attribute is DARK (except "Clear Wing"). In the anime, all of them share a common trait of their effects only affecting Level 5 or higher monsters and, with the exception of "Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon", are related to changing ATKs. Their attack and effect names in Japanese also follow similar patterns: the effect names are two English words, while their attack names follow the same pattern as some past "-Eyes Dragon": "[Japanese word] no [Two English words]."

Members[edit]

Original[edit]

Dimension Dragon Reincarnation Attack name Effect name
Japanese English Japanese English
Standard/Pendulum Odd-Eyes Dragon[Notes 1] Yuya Sakaki スパイラル・フレイム
Supairaru Fureimu
Spiral Flame
Spiral Flame Unknown
Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon せんのストライク・バースト
Rasen no Sutoraiku Bāsuto
Spiral Strike Burst
Spiral Flame Strike リアクション・フォース
Riakushon Fōsu
Reaction Force
Reaction Force
Xyz Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon Yuto はんぎゃくのライトニング・ディスオベイ Hangyaku no Raitoningu Disuobei
Lightning Disobey of Rebellion
Mauling Mandible Charge トリーズン・ディスチャージ
Torīzun Disuchāji
Treason Discharge
Treason Discharge
Synchro Clear Wing Synchro Dragon Yugo せんぷうのヘルダイブ・スラッシャー
Senpū no Herudaibu Surasshā
Whirlwind Hell Dive Slasher
Spinstorm Sky Strike ダイクロイック・ミラー
Daikuroikku Mirā
Dichroic Mirror
Reverse Revenge
Fusion Starving Venom Fusion Dragon Yuri None None

Variants[edit]

Over the course of the anime and manga and in the TCG/OCG, the Four Dimension Dragons received several variant forms, like upgrades, downgrades, counterparts, corruptions, and mergers.

Evolutions[edit]

The evolutions of the Four Dimension Dragons are divided into two groups: 'normal' upgrades (often Summoned by Yuya and his counterparts when they're in an Awakened state) and merged upgrades (hybrids between "Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon" and another Dimension Dragon). There are also two combinations of all the Four Dimension Dragons.

Like many signature cards' upgraded forms, the Four Dimension Dragons' evolutions have 500 more ATK/DEF than their base forms (excluding "Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon"'s ones, which have no DEF change).

Dimension Dragon Evolution Combination
Normal Merged With Z-ARC With "Odd-Eyes"
Odd-Eyes Dragon Odd-Eyes Advance Dragon N/A Supreme King Z-ARC Odd-Eyes Revolution Dragon
Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon
Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon Dark Requiem Xyz Dragon
Clear Wing Synchro Dragon Odd-Eyes Wing Dragon
Starving Venom Fusion Dragon Greedy Venom Fusion Dragon Odd-Eyes Venom Dragon

Additionally, there is also an armored Effect evolution of "Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon", "Odd-Eyes Lancer Dragon", and a Ritual Pendulum upgraded form: "Odd-Eyes Pendulumgraph Dragon".

"Arc" evolutions[edit]

These are upgraded forms of the Four Dimension Dragons whose name is a reference to the Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V anime.

Monster Base Dimension Dragon
Odd-Eyes Arc Pendulum Dragon Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon
Arc Rebellion Xyz Dragon Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon

Archetypical forms[edit]

These are variants of the Dimension Dragons that belong to the signature archetypes their respective owners used in the Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V anime and manga.

Monster Base Dimension Dragon Archetype
Performapal Odd-Eyes Metal Claw Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon Performapal
Hi-Speedroid Clear Wing Rider Clear Wing Synchro Dragon Speedroid (Hi-Speedroid)
Starving Venom Predapower Fusion Dragon Starving Venom Fusion Dragon Predaplant

Supreme King Dragon[edit]

These are "Supreme King Dragon" counterparts of the Four Dimension Dragons, corrupted by the power of Z-ARC. "Supreme King Dragon Darkwurm" is considered to be this group's version of "Supreme King Z-ARC", in lieu of a Dimension Dragon.

Supreme King Servant Dragon Dimension Dragon
Supreme King Dragon Odd-Eyes Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon
Supreme King Dragon Dark Rebellion Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon
Supreme King Dragon Clear Wing Clear Wing Synchro Dragon
Supreme King Dragon Starving Venom Starving Venom Fusion Dragon
Supreme King Dragon Darkwurm Supreme King Z-ARC

Z-ARC Magician[edit]

These are "Magician" downgraded versions of the Four Dimension Dragons and "Supreme King Z-ARC", and are commonly referred to as Z-ARC Magicians since they can be used more easily than their Dimension Dragon counterparts to Special Summon "Z-ARC" with "Astrograph Sorcerer". With the exception of "Performapal Celestial Magician", these monsters are named after the color scheme of their respective Dragon.

Z-ARC Magician Dimension Dragon
Double Iris Magician Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon
Black Fang Magician Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon
White Wing Magician Clear Wing Synchro Dragon
Purple Poison Magician Starving Venom Fusion Dragon
Performapal Celestial Magician Supreme King Z-ARC

"Odd-Eyes Dragon's" elemental evolutions[edit]

These are upgrades of "Odd-Eyes Dragon", instead of "Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon", as indicated by their lack of horns, "wings" and "Pendulum orbs". Even though "Odd-Eyes Wizard Dragon" is visually based on "Pendulum Dragon", its Summoning effect is identical to "Odd-Eyes Saber Dragon's" one, making it fall into this category. Each of these cards is based on a different Attribute and Summoning mechanic, with its name and color scheme reflecting that Attribute, as well as opposite Attributes having "opposite" Summoning methods (for example, EARTH-Ritual and WIND-Fusion).

Base form Elemental evolution Attribute Card type
Odd-Eyes Dragon Odd-Eyes Wizard Dragon DARK Effect
Odd-Eyes Saber Dragon LIGHT
Odd-Eyes Gravity Dragon EARTH Ritual
Odd-Eyes Vortex Dragon WIND Fusion
Odd-Eyes Meteorburst Dragon FIRE Synchro
Odd-Eyes Absolute Dragon WATER Xyz

Manga counterparts[edit]

In the Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga, Yuya Sakaki, Yuto, Yugo and Yuri all used ace monsters that are counterparts of the Four Dimension Dragons. Yuto still used "Dark Rebellion XYZ Dragon", like his anime counterpart, although he later evolved it into his true ace monster "Dark Anthelion Dragon".

Card type Monster Dimension Dragon counterpart Owner Evolution Combination with "Odd-Eyes"
Pendulum Odd-Eyes Phantom Dragon Odd-Eyes Dragon/Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon Yuya Sakaki Odd-Eyes Phantasma Dragon All-Eyes Phantom Dragon
Xyz Pendulum Dark Anthelion Dragon Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon Yuto None
Synchro Pendulum Clear Wing Fast Dragon Clear Wing Synchro Dragon Yugo None
Fusion Pendulum Starving Venemy Dragon Starving Venom Fusion Dragon Yuri Starving Venemy Lethal Dose Dragon

There are also two other "Odd-Eyes" monsters that Yuya used in the manga: "Odd-Eyes Mirage Dragon" and "Odd-Eyes Persona Dragon".

Trivia[edit]

  • Each dragon' dominant color is taken from its Summon mechanic:
  • The Four Dimension Dragons were revealed and released in reverse chronological order compared to the introduction of the respective Summon mechanics, starting with "Odd-Eyes" (Pendulum), followed by "Dark Rebellion" (Xyz), then "Clear Wing" (Synchro), and lastly "Starving Venom" (Fusion).
  • The Four Dimension Dragons were given alternate artworks in Dimension Box Limited Edition (OCG) and Legendary Dragon Decks (TCG), which appear to be based on the animation sequences used for them attacking, or using their effects, in the anime.
  • Each of the Four Dimension Dragons has one gameplay difference from the other three:
    • "Odd-Eyes" does not begin the Duel in the Extra Deck.
    • "Dark Rebellion" does not have a Level.
    • "Clear Wing" is not DARK.
    • "Starving Venom" does not have 2500 ATK.
  • "Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon" is the only Dimension Dragon that has appeared in the manga at least once; the others were all replaced from the beginning.

Notes[edit]

  1. This card was transformed into "Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon" by Yuya's pendant in episode 1.
  2. a b c This monster is not actually the 'normal' evolution of "Odd-Eyes", as all the other Dragons' standard evolutions are of the same card type as their base form, while this card is not a Pendulum Monster, but rather a Fusion between "Odd-Eyes" and a "Performapal" monster. Despite this, it shares a common naming scheme with the others and thus it is listed here as placeholder until the real standard evolution is revealed.

References[edit]

  1. Weekly Shōnen Jump 2016, Issue 46 - Dimension Box Limited Edition promotion
  2. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 126126: "An Evil Ascends"
  3. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 136136: "A Most Brutal Duel"