The Signer Dragons (シグナーの
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.
- 1 Members
- 2 Variations
- 3 Crimson Dragon's card forms
- 4 Duel Dragons
- 5 Playing style
- 6 Recommended cards
- 7 Trivia
- 8 References
There are six original Signer Dragons.
|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|
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.
"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.
|Stardust Dragon/Assault Mode||Stardust Dragon||Yusei Fudo|
|Red Dragon Archfiend/Assault Mode||Red Dragon Archfiend||Jack Atlas|
"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.
|Majestic Star Dragon||Stardust Dragon||Yusei Fudo|
|Shooting Majestic Star Dragon||Shooting Star Dragon|
|Majestic Red Dragon||Red Dragon Archfiend||Jack Atlas|
"Stardust Dragon" is the only Signer Dragon with a "Malefic" counterpart: "Malefic Stardust Dragon". This card was used in the Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D Bonds Beyond Time movie by Paradox, who stole the original "Stardust Dragon" from Yusei Fudo and transformed it into "Malefic Stardust Dragon".
"Stardust Dragon" is the only Signer Dragon to have a Fusion Monster upgrade: "Dragon Knight Draco-Equiste". This card was used only in Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's episode 102102: "The Edge of Elimination, Part 3", during Yusei Fudo'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. Despite being intended as a weapon to use against Iliaster, "Dragon Knight Draco-Equiste" was soon cast aside, since Yusei finally learnt how to perform Accel Synchro.
Cosmic Synchro Monsters
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.
Synchro Dimension counterparts
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
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".
|Ruddy Rose Dragon||Black Rose Dragon||Akiza Izinski|
Crimson Dragon's card forms
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|
|Yusei Fudo||Majestic Star Dragon|
|Jack Atlas||Majestic Red Dragon|
|Converging Wills Dragon||Yusei Fudo||Shooting Majestic Star 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.
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.
|Downgraded form||Base Duel Dragon||Summoning method||Priest of Light||Signer Dragon counterpart|
|Stardust Assault Warrior||Stardust Spark Dragon||Synchro Summon||Yusei Fudo||Stardust Warrior|
|Stardust Charge Warrior|
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.
- The initial Signer Dragons ("Stardust Dragon", "Red Dragon Archfiend", "Black Rose Dragon", "Power Tool Dragon", and "Ancient Fairy Dragon") were all designed by Kazuki Takahashi. Takahashi's illustrations also included an early concept of "Life Stream Dragon", albeit one that differed considerably from the final version.
- In the Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's anime, 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 Leo was Dueling against Devack (the Dark Signer with Earthbound Immortal Cusillu, the same one it had defeated 5000 years prior).
- In the anime, creating perfect new copies of the Signer Dragons seemed to be impossible - 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 left unaltered. In contrast, the card copies of "Red Dragon Archfiend" that Lester created were identical to the real card, but the holograms of the monsters itself had yellow, purple, and teal color schemes, instead of the red one of the original.
- The Signer Dragons that were used by male Signers are Level 8, while those used by female Signers are Level 7.
- There is at least one Signer Dragon for each Attribute, except for DIVINE and WATER.
- Duel Art: Model, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Monster Designs