Most of us have to battle it out in a tournament every now and again. It’s a great way to test your skills against other duelists, get a chance to test out new strategies, and even meet new people to talk about your favorite card game with. The trouble is, if you’re new to the game, it can be hard to tell what cards your opponent has based on his or her Deck, and it even harder to know what kind of strategy they’re running. That’s where the Extra Deck comes in.

Building a winning Yu-Gi-Oh! Extra Deck is hard work, and to be honest, at times, it can feel like a chore. It requires a lot of time and effort, and if it were up to me, it’d be easier to just play the game for fun. But, the truth is, being in the world of Yu-Gi-Oh! is about more than just having fun. It’s about taking time to master your deck, and making sure they are ready for battle.

For the past two months, I’ve been testing out the most recent set of cards from the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG. I’ve also been testing out some of the new cards from the new Yu-Gi-Oh! Forbidden Memories booster set as well. There are so many new cards for me to review because I’m a huge fan of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG, so it’s been a lot of fun for me.

Do you recall when the Fusion deck was somewhat of a novelty?

Fusion monsters were (at one time) a novelty, enabling you to polymerize two monsters into one, although they never really caught on in terms of competitive play. Yu-Gi-Oh, since it was almost difficult to draw all of the correct components.

Cut to the present. Yu-Gi- Oh, and it’s all about the additional deck in this game.

Synchro monsters, XYZ monsters, pendulum monsters, and link monsters may now all use the extra deck, and having a strong extra deck is now the difference between winning and losing.

Look no further if your extra deck needs some fine tuning, as we’ve broken down several additional deck mainstays worth investigating in this list.


20. Dragon of the Black Rose

Black Rose Dragon YGO Card

In Yu-Gi-Oh, a new start is sometimes required.

And that’s exactly what Black Rose Dragon does!

When you summon Black Rose Dragon, you have the ability to destroy all of the cards on the field. That means both players will lose all of their spells, traps, and creatures at the same time.

Going second with this additional deck is a fantastic alternative.

If your opponent has built up an imposing board on turn one, Black Rose Dragon can deal with a slew of threats at once, putting you in prime position to make the comeback of a lifetime.


Trishula, the Ice Barrier’s Dragon

Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier Yu-Gi-Oh Card

The Yu-Gi-Oh synchro period was characterized by Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier.

There wasn’t a deck out there that didn’t attempt to utilize this card, along with some other fantastic Ice Barrier cards like Brionac, Ice Barrier Dragon.

Trishula is especially remarkable in terms of the number of threats it can handle at once.

You may banish 1 card from your opponent’s hand, field, and graveyard when it’s summoned.

This means you may eliminate bothersome effects on the field, potential threats in your opponent’s hand, and prevent excellent monsters in your opponent’s hand from being resurrected… all with one synchro monster.


18. Venom Fusion Dragon on a Diet

Starving Venom Fusion Dragon YGO Card

When paired with a certain card, the Starving Venom Fusion Dragon becomes a staple: Superpolymerization is the process of combining two or more polymers into

You may fusion summon a monster from your extra deck utilizing monsters from either field as ingredients with Super Polymerization.

The criteria for a fusion summon are quite standard – two dark monsters – so having this guy in your spare deck increases your chances of successfully triggering Super Polymerization.

If your opponent employs a Dark monster strategy, Super Polymerization may let you to eliminate two monsters at once while also gaining a free Starving Venom Fusion Dragon.

Because it is completely dependent on your opponent’s field, this is a combination that can be used in any deck.


17. XYZ Dragon Dark Rebellion

Dark Rebellion XYZ Dragon Yu-Gi-Oh Card

This is one of my all-time favorite XYZ monsters.

I loved Yu-Gi-Oh during the pendulum period, thus I have great memories of this character.

The Dark Rebellion XYZ Dragon is the most effective method to defeat your opponent’s large monsters, no matter how powerful they are.

You may target an opponent’s monster and half its attack by detaching 2 XYZ materials from this card, with Dark Rebellion XYZ Dragon gaining that lost attack!

Dark Rebellion XYZ Dragon grows stronger as your opponent’s monsters gain stronger, making this card ideal for a surprise comeback.


Abyss Dweller is a character in the game Abyss Dweller.

Abyss Dweller YGO Card

Using the cemetery has grown more frequent in contemporary Yu-Gi-Oh, to the point that it’s almost secondhand.

You must manage how your opponent utilizes their graveyard if you want to win in Yu-Gi-Oh, and Abyss Dweller accomplishes just that.

You may prevent your opponent from activating any effects in the graveyard for the remainder of the turn by detaching an XYZ material from this card.

As a result, Abyss Dweller will destroy the majority of their graveyard tactics.

The greatest part about this effect is that it only costs 1 XYZ material to activate, which means you may use it again and again, providing you two full rounds of protection against graveyard antics.


15. Phoenix of Knightmare

Knightmare Phoenix Yu-Gi-Oh Card

In Yu-Gi-Oh, removing spells and traps has become more essential.

There are a lot of strong floodgate cards out there that may totally shut down your approach, and if you want to win, you’ll need to get rid of them.

Knightmare Phoenix is a spell and trap removal monster that you may summon anytime you need it for just two creatures.

You may discard a card to destroy any spell or trap your opponent controls when it is link summoned.

In addition, if you’re playing a link monster deck and Knightmare Pheonix is co-linked (where the arrows of two link monsters point at each other), you’ll get to draw a card when you trigger Knightmare Phoenix’s effect.


Bagooska the Terribly Tired Tapir (Number 41)

Number 41: Bagooska the Terribly Tired Tapir YGO Card

Fun fact: the artwork on the OCG version of this card was completely different!

Instead of cushions, our very exhausted tapir pal was clutching empty bottles of alcohol.

It’s no surprise that we received the censored version here.

Bagooska eliminates so many affects at once that it’s insane.

All monsters on the field are turned to defensive position while he is face-up in defense position, and all of these monsters’ effects are nullified.

Aside from link creatures that can’t be converted into a defensive position, this man defeats every monster on the planet.

Bagooska, however, only lasts two turns before being destroyed by his own ability.

But two rounds of full widespread denial is well worth it, and this card belongs in any deck capable of ranking 4 XYZ plays.


Silent Honor Ark (number 101)

Number 101: Silent Honor Ark Yu-Gi-Oh Card

This card is similar to Relinquished from the XYZ period.

It takes your opponent’s monsters, and then it may simply get rid of the creatures it took at any moment to attempt to destroy the card.

Silent Honor Ark does this by using an XYZ material to connect special summoned monsters controlled by your opponent.

You may detach an XYZ material from Number 101 if it is about to be destroyed by a combat or a card effect, allowing it to absorb additional monsters the following round.


Scarlight Red Dragon Archfiend, No. 12

Scarlight Red Dragon Archfiend YGO Card

Scarlight Red Dragon Archfiend is one of those few instances in which the sequel outperforms the original.

You may destroy any effect monster on the field with an attack equal to or less than this card’s attack once per round, then deal 500 damage to your opponent for each monster destroyed.

Not only will this wipe away most (if not all) of your opponent’s board, but they’ll also take a lot of damage.

This is even better if you have a slew of tiny monsters on your side of the field to annihilate, increasing the amount of damage you can do.


11. Skyblaster Musketeer Castel

Castel the Skyblaster Musketeer Yu-Gi-Oh Card

The Complusory Evacuation Device trap card is fantastic.

But you never seem to be able to draw it when you need it, do you?

Castel the Skyblaster Musketeer, who is essentially a Compulsory Evacuation Device that you may call upon at any time.

You may flip a face-up monster into a face-down defensive posture by detaching 1 XYZ material from this card.

This is fantastic for dealing with monsters who have a lot of attacks but few defenses, or for getting rid of creatures with a lot of attacks but few defenses.

You may also detach two XYZ materials from this card to return any face-up card on the field to the deck.

This effectively eliminates threats for a long time, since your opponent will have to wait for that card to be drawn again before it can reappear.


Borreload Dragon is number ten.

Borreload Dragon YGO Card

This guy is Yu-Gi-Oh Vrains’ Goyo Guardian, and wow is he superior in every aspect!

Its initial effect is decent, letting you to reduce any monster on the field’s attack and defense by 500 points.

Not only is this useful for weakening your opponents’ monsters, but it can also be used to activate the effects of Rokket monsters if you’re playing a Rokket deck (which is what Borreload Dragon was intended for).

More importantly, anytime you use this card to fight a monster, you may take that monster and put it in any zone this card points to.

This means you may use it to smash your opponent’s strongest monsters for some damage, converting their strengths into their weaknesses.


Skull Dread of Saryuja

Saryuja Skull Dread Yu-Gi-Oh Card

Saryuja Skull Dread, along with Borreload Dragon, is one of the two link monsters that should be in every deck.

Depending on how many monsters were summoned for the link summon, Saryuja gets various abilities.

When you summon a monster with four monsters, you may draw four cards and then discard any three cards from your hand to the bottom of your deck.

This is a fantastic method to make your hand as flawless as possible, enabling you to select whatever cards you wish to play.

You may also special summon a monster from your hand to any zone this card points to with Saryuja.

Meaning, if you drew a decent monster from Saryuja Skull Dread, you may call it right away without having to go through the hassle of regular or special summoning.


Big Eye (number 8)

Number 11: Big Eye YGO Card

Number 11: Big Eye is without a doubt the greatest Numbers monster.

You may remove an XYZ material from this card once per round to control any monster your opponent has.

This isn’t a temporary theft, like most other effects that take your opponent’s monster:

It’s yours as long as it’s on the field after you’ve stolen it!

This adds to the satisfaction of taking your opponents’ strong monsters, knowing that they won’t be able to get it back very soon.


7. Exciton Knight of the Evilswarm

Evilswarm Exciton Knight Yu-Gi-Oh Card

Cards that may assist you in making a comeback should be readily available.

Nothing is more approachable than an XYZ monster with a rating of 4.

You may detach an XYZ material from this card to destroy every card on the field except this one if your opponent has more cards in their hand and field than you have.

Because this only costs one resource to activate, you can really execute it twice, completely destroying your opponent’s field.

In a duel, this card is an excellent choice for going second.

Allow your opponent to build up a big board with a variety of monsters, call Evilswarm Exciton Knight as soon as possible, and then the board is yours to do anything you want.


6. Verte Anaconda Predaplant

Predaplant Verte Anaconda YGO Card

Fusion summoning is one of the most unique extra deck summoning techniques.

But I believe we can all agree that waiting for the proper fusion spell is the most tedious part of the process.

Predaplant Verte Anaconda solves this issue by letting it to transform into any “Fusion” or “Polymerisation” card by sending it to the graveyard from the deck.

That’s right, anytime you need it, you may hunt for Super Polymerization, the spell that can take your opponent’s monsters for a fusion summon.

You may also target monsters on the field to convert them into Dark monsters for the rest of the round, which is ideal for summoning Starving Venom Fusion Dragon.


Masquerena, I.P.

I.P. Masquerena Yu-Gi-Oh Card

There are several useful Link monsters whose effects are activated when they are summoned.

To name a few, Saryuja Skull Dread and Knightmare Phoenix… But the list continues on and on!

The ability to trigger these effects during your opponent’s turn may provide a significant advantage.

I.P. Masquerena enables you to accomplish exactly that by linking summoning as a fast effect during your opponent’s turn.

If that wasn’t enough, the monster created by I.P. Masquerena’s effect is immune to card effects, which means your opponent won’t be able to thwart your plans during their main phase.


4. Sky Thunder Divine Arsenal AA-Zeus

Divine Arsenal AA-Zeus – Sky Thunder YGO Card

This card is, without a doubt, the greatest XYZ monster Yu-Gi-Oh has ever seen.

If a contemporary deck has an XYZ monster in their extra deck, you can bet this guy will appear alongside it.

Here’s how it works:

You may XYZ summon this card using the fighting XYZ monster as a material if an XYZ monster you control fights. Sky Thunder is very simple to summon since, unlike other XYZ monsters, you don’t have to worry about matching levels or locating a rank-up magic spell; all you have to do is fight another XYZ.

You may send every other card on the field to the graveyard by detaching two resources from this card.

The language here is crucial: “send” implies that any card that can’t be destroyed by card effects gets sent anyway, circumventing most supposedly indestructible cards.

This man is without a doubt the greatest board wipe in contemporary Yu-Gi-Oh.

And it’s something I’d suggest for any deck.


3. Talker for Accesscodes

Accesscode Talker Yu-Gi-Oh Card

Remember when the Code Talkers were simply a gimmick employed by Yu-Gi-Oh Vrains’ main character?

That’s why I was so surprised to see Accesscode Talker take over the meta game.

You may target one of the link monsters used for Accesscode Talker’s summon and have this card gain attack equal to its link rating x 1000 when this card is link summoned.

This implies that Accesscode Talker may have a maximum attack of 5300.

Finally, you may destroy any card your opponent controls by banishing any Link monster from your field or graveyard.

This effect may be repeated as long as different creatures with varied characteristics are banished each time.

You can totally boardwipe your opponent with this man if you have the proper field/graveyard.


2. Savage Dragon Borreload

Borreload Savage Dragon YGO Card

Borreload Savage Dragon, perhaps the greatest synchro monster ever printed, is an incredibly powerful card for any link summoning strategy.

You may equip a link monster from your graveyard to Borreload Savage Dragon when this card is synchro summoned.

This card not only gets half of that link monster’s attack, but it also gets “Borrel counters” equal to its link rating.

You may negate the activation of any effect card on this card by removing each Borrel counter on it.

You’re looking at four rounds of negate power for a Link 4 monster – now that’s a force to be reckoned with!


1. Apollousa, the Goddess’s Bow

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

Negate power is a must-have in your Yu-Gi-Oh deck if you want to win.

Many negate cards may be found in the main deck, extra deck, and definitely the side deck of any contemporary meta deck.

Apollousa has a staggering amount of negate power in a single card.

For each monster used in its link summon, this card gets 800 attack, and you may cancel the activation of any monster effect once per chain at the expense of this card losing 800 attack.

The great part about this card is that, unlike other Yu-Gi-Oh negate cards, you may use its ability several times each turn!

In one round, you may possibly nullify four distinct creatures.

It’s almost difficult to recover from this degree of denial.

So, if you can set this up against your opponent, the game is probably already as good as yours.

A big part of running a successful Yugi-Oh! deck involves picking the right cards to use to make it work, and there are some great options that you can’t ignore. This article breaks down the best of these cards, so don’t miss it.. Read more about best extra deck monsters yugioh 2021 and let us know what you think.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the strongest deck in Yugioh?

The strongest deck in Yugioh is the Blue-Eyes White Dragon deck.

What is the max extra deck in Yugioh?

The maximum number of cards in the extra deck is 40.

What are good cards to side deck?

Good cards to side deck are cards that can be used in the main deck, but are not as good as the other cards.

This article broadly covered the following related topics:

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  • best extra deck monsters yugioh 2021
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