Signer Dragon

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Signer Dragon
Signer Dragon
Japanese
  • シグナーのりゅう
  • シグナーの竜 (base)
  • シグナーのりゅう (ruby)
  • Shigunā no Ryū (romanized)
Sets
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OCG Sets
Anime appearances

The Signer Dragons (シグナーのりゅう Shigunā no Ryū) are a series of Level 7 and 8 Dragon Synchro Monsters introduced in Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's. These legendary dragons play a part in the legend of the Crimson Dragon, as well as being connected to the Signers themselves. That connection being that these legendary beasts, who actually joined forces with the Crimson Dragon, were the ones who sealed an evil within the Nazca Lines.

That very same evil, now known as the "Earthbound Immortals", reappeared once again in the world as Duel Monsters cards used by the Dark Signers.

Every Signer Dragon has been featured in the anime and has been released in the OCG/TCG. They are: "Stardust Dragon", "Red Dragon Archfiend", "Black Rose Dragon", "Ancient Fairy Dragon", "Black-Winged Dragon" and "Life Stream Dragon".

In the anime, Professor Fudo gave the "Stardust Dragon", "Red Dragon Archfiend" and "Black Rose Dragon" cards to Rex Goodwin. These cards were originally designed so that their corresponding Signer could activate the safety switches for the Ener-D system.

Members[edit]

There are six original Signer Dragons.

Monster Signer Light color
Stardust Dragon Yusei Fudo Blue
Red Dragon Archfiend Jack Atlas Red
Black Rose Dragon Akiza Izinski Violet
Ancient Fairy Dragon Luna Green
Black-Winged Dragon Crow Hogan Orange
Life Stream Dragon Leo Yellow

Variations[edit]

Reflecting the rivalry between the two main characters Yusei Fudo and Jack Atlas, "Stardust Dragon" and "Red Dragon Archfiend" were the only Signer Dragons to have different upgraded versions during the Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's anime. Despite this, "Life Stream Dragon" has a downgraded, armored version, "Power Tool Dragon", which is a required Synchro Material for its Synchro Summon. Additionally OCG-original variations of other Signer Dragons have been released, such as "Black Rose Dragon"'s downgraded/upgraded counterparts.

/Assault Mode[edit]

Main article: /Assault Mode

"Stardust Dragon" and "Red Dragon Archfiend" have their own "/Assault Mode" evolutions: "Stardust Dragon/Assault Mode" and "Red Dragon Archfiend/Assault Mode". These monsters have 500 more ATK and DEF, two more Levels and an upgraded effect of the original monsters. Both of these monsters were Special Summoned with the effect of "Assault Mode Activate", and were used Yusei and Jack in a special episode.

Monster Base form Signer
Stardust Dragon/Assault Mode Stardust Dragon Yusei Fudo
Red Dragon Archfiend/Assault Mode Red Dragon Archfiend Jack Atlas

Majestic[edit]

Main article: Majestic

"Majestic" monsters are upgraded forms of the Signer Dragons, temporarily granted to their users by the Crimson Dragon. "Stardust Dragon" and "Red Dragon Archfiend" are the only Signer Dragons to have been given this power. "Majestic" monster are Summoned by Tuning "Majestic Dragon" with one of the Dragons and one Level 1 non-Tuner monster. They have powerful effects, but, as they are temporary upgrades, they return to the Extra Deck during the End Phase while Special Summoning their base form from the Graveyard.

There are three "Majestic" evolutions; "Majestic Star Dragon" and "Majestic Red Dragon", which were used in the anime by Yusei Fudo and Jack Atlas, respectively. "Shooting Majestic Star Dragon" is an OCG-original monster instead.

Monster Base form Signer
Majestic Star Dragon Stardust Dragon Yusei Fudo
Shooting Majestic Star Dragon Shooting Star Dragon
Majestic Red Dragon Red Dragon Archfiend Jack Atlas

Malefic[edit]

Main article: Malefic

"Stardust Dragon" is the only Signer Dragon with a "Malefic" counterpart: "Malefic Stardust Dragon". This card was used in the tenth anniversary movie by Paradox.

Monster Base form Owner
Malefic Stardust Dragon Stardust Dragon Paradox

Fusion upgrades[edit]

"Stardust Dragon" is the only Signer Dragon to have a Fusion Monster upgrade: "Dragon Knight Draco-Equiste". This card was used only in episode 102 of the Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's anime, during Yusei's Duel against Sherry LeBlanc. According to a Twitter post, Yusei incorporated this card in his Deck after watching Jaden Yuki and Yami Yugi's turns against Paradox during the events of the tenth anniversary movie.[citation needed] Despite being intended as a weapon to use against Iliaster, "Draco-Equiste" was soon cast aside, since Yusei finally learnt how to perform Accel Synchro.

Monster Base form Signer
Dragon Knight Draco-Equiste Stardust Dragon Yusei Fudo

Cosmic Synchro Monsters[edit]

Cosmic Synchro Monsters are upgraded forms of "Stardust Dragon" and "Red Dragon Archfiend", characterised by a name centered around a space phenomena. They are not Synchro Summoned in the usual method. "Shooting Star Dragon", for example, is the Accel Synchro evolution of "Stardust Dragon", requiring 1 Tuner Synchro Monster and its base form. Although Jack's new ace monster "Red Nova Dragon" ("Red Dragon Archfiend"'s evolution) is not an Accel Synchro Monster, it uses a method called "Double Tuning" to achieve its evolution and is in the same power range as "Shooting Star". In the Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's anime, to Summon these Synchro Monsters, the user has to perform a specific ability: examples are Clear Mind for "Shooting Star" and "Blazing Soul" for "Red Nova". The ATK of "Shooting Star Dragon" and "Red Nova Dragon" are 500 points less than their base forms' "Majestic" versions, while their DEF is equivalent to their original form's ATK. "Shooting Quasar Dragon" is considered the ultimate peak of the Signer Dragons and all Synchro Monsters.

For the sake of simplicity, "Stardust Warrior" is also listed here, as it is an Accel Synchro Monster and has a space-themed name. However, it is not a Cosmic Synchro Monster.

Monster Base form Summoning method Ability Signer
Shooting Riser Dragon Stardust Dragon Synchro None Yusei Fudo
Stardust Warrior Accel Synchro Clear Mind
Shooting Star Dragon
Shooting Star Dragon T.G. EX
Shooting Majestic Star Dragon Accel Synchro + Power of the Crimson Dragon Clear Mind + Power of the Crimson Dragon
Cosmic Blazar Dragon Delta Accel Synchro Top Clear Mind
Shooting Quasar Dragon Limit Over Accel Synchro Over Top Clear Mind
Red Rising Dragon Red Dragon Archfiend Synchro None Jack Atlas
Red Nova Dragon Double Tuning Blazing Soul
Red Supernova Dragon Triple Tuning

Synchro Dimension counterparts[edit]

In the Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V anime, Jack Atlas' Synchro Dimension counterpart used a new version of "Red Dragon Archfiend": "Scarlight Red Dragon Archfiend". This monster appears to be "Red Dragon Archfiend" after it was 'scarred' by "Junk Warrior", thus paying homage to the last episode of the Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's anime. "Scarlight" also possesses some downgrades/upgrades.

Monster Base form/counterpart Summoning method Owner
Scarlight Red Dragon Archfiend Red Dragon Archfiend Synchro Summon Jack Atlas
Red Wyvern Scarlight Red Dragon Archfiend
Tyrant Red Dragon Archfiend Double Tuning

Other Signer Dragons' upgrades[edit]

Almost 10 years after the end of the Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's anime, a new upgrade of a Signer Dragon was released in the TCG/OCG Core Booster Lightning Overdrive. In this case, it is the first variant that is not based of "Stardust Dragon" or "Red Dragon Archfiend".

Monster Base form Signer
Blood Rose Dragon Black Rose Dragon Akiza Izinski

Downgraded versions[edit]

"Stardust Dragon", "Black Rose Dragon" and "Life Stream Dragon" all have at least one downgraded/younger version.

Monster Base form Signer
Blue Rose Dragon Black Rose Dragon Akiza Izinski
Red Rose Dragon
White Rose Dragon
Crossrose Dragon
Roxrose Dragon
Power Tool Dragon Life Stream Dragon Leo
Debris Dragon Stardust Dragon Yusei Fudo
Stardust Synchron

Crimson Dragon's card forms[edit]

The Crimson Dragon itself also possesses some card forms: in the Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's anime, "Majestic Dragon" was stated to be its embodiment in the game, while "Thought-Converging Dragon" is an OCG-original counterpart of "Majestic Dragon".

Monster Signer Synchro Monsters created
Majestic Dragon
Yusei Fudo Majestic Star Dragon
Jack Atlas Majestic Red Dragon
Thought-Converging Dragon Yusei Fudo Shooting Majestic Star Dragon

Duel Dragons[edit]

Main article: Duel Dragon

In the Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's manga, the Signer Dragons do not appear. Instead, a similar series known as the Duel Dragons is featured, and it is used by the modern Duel Priests. Many of them are slightly redesigned Signer Dragons: "Ancient Pixie Dragon", "Black Rose Moonlight Dragon", "Blackfeather Darkrage Dragon", "Hot Red Dragon Archfiend" and "Stardust Spark Dragon". There is no Duel Dragon counterpart of "Life Stream Dragon"; "Power Tool Mecha Dragon" appears instead. All the Duel Dragons and their variations have been released in the TCG/OCG.

Members[edit]

Monster Duel Priest Signer Dragon counterpart
Stardust Spark Dragon Yusei Fudo Stardust Dragon
Hot Red Dragon Archfiend Jack Atlas Red Dragon Archfiend
Black Rose Moonlight Dragon Akiza Izinski Black Rose Dragon
Ancient Pixie Dragon Luna Ancient Fairy Dragon
Blackfeather Darkrage Dragon Crow Hogan Black-Winged Dragon
Power Tool Mecha Dragon Leo Power Tool Dragon

Variations[edit]

As in the anime, "Stardust Spark Dragon" and "Jeweled Red Dragon Archfiend" were the only Duel Dragons related to the Signer Dragons to have different upgraded and downgraded versions during the Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's manga.

Evolutions[edit]

Evolution Base Duel Dragon Summoning method Duel Priest Signer Dragon counterpart
Stardust Chronicle Spark Dragon Stardust Spark Dragon Accel Synchro Yusei Fudo Shooting Star Dragon
Stardust Sifr Divine Dragon (Limit Over Accel Synchro) Shooting Quasar Dragon
Hot Red Dragon Archfiend Abyss Hot Red Dragon Archfiend Synchro Summon Jack Atlas None
Hot Red Dragon Archfiend Bane
Hot Red Dragon Archfiend King Calamity Double Tuning Red Nova Dragon

Downgraded versions[edit]

Downgraded form Base Duel Dragon Summoning method Duel Priest Signer Dragon counterpart
Stardust Assault Warrior Stardust Spark Dragon Synchro Summon Yusei Fudo Stardust Warrior
Stardust Charge Warrior

Playing style[edit]

There are various kinds of playing styles for each dragon, especially "Stardust Dragon" and "Red Dragon Archfiend". All of the dragons (except "Life Stream Dragon") have no specific Summoning conditions, making them easy to Synchro Summon, so they can be used in almost any Extra Deck.

Recommended cards[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • Despite the fact that "Stardust Dragon", "Ancient Fairy Dragon", "Red Dragon Archfiend", "Black Rose Dragon" and "Life Stream Dragon" fought against the Earthbound Immortals in the past, the Crimson Dragon did not awaken the true form of "Life Stream Dragon" in the present when it was going against Devack (a Dark Signer with the very Earthbound Immortal it had defeated 5000 years ago).
  • It appears that creating new copies of the Signer Dragons cannot be done without imperfections - when Paradox stole Yusei's "Stardust Dragon" by absorbing its spirit into a blank card, the resulting copy was a black-bordered card with a mirrored image, something that was not observed in any of the other cards that Paradox copied. The hologram of the monster, however, was unaltered. In contrast, the card copies of "Red Dragon Archfiend" that Lester created were identical to the real card, but the holograms of the monster itself replaced the red coloration with yellow, purple, and teal, a different one for each copy.
  • Notably, the male Signers' Dragons are Level 8 while the female Signers' Dragons are Level 7.
  • With the exception of DIVINE and WATER, each Attribute is represented by a different Signer Dragon.
    • DARK: "Black-Winged Dragon" and "Red Dragon Archfiend".
    • EARTH: "Life Stream Dragon"
    • FIRE: "Black Rose Dragon"
    • LIGHT: "Ancient Fairy Dragon"
    • WIND: "Stardust Dragon"