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Pojo's Yu-Gi-Oh Card of the Day

 

Ryu Kokki
Common

If a monster that battles with this monster is a Warrior or Spellcaster-Type monster, destroy that monster at the end of the Damage Step.

Type - Zombie / Effect Monster
Card Number
- IOC-090

Traditional: 3.56
Advanced: 3.78

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale 1 being 
the worst.  3 ... average.  5 is the highest rating

Date Reviewed - 11.24.04

ExMinion OfDarkness Ryu Kokki

This card has become the choice of Zombie deck players for some time (well, since V-Lord got restricted, anyway.)

This card isn't played for its effect -- it's played for its type. The fact that it's a Zombie allows it to be special summoned with Book of Life or Call of the Mummy. Zombies tend to try and swarm powerful monsters quickly, and this works well for that. A 2400 can kamikaze against most other 1 tribute monsters if not killing them, and is something an opponent may not be ready to deal with quickly.

The effect is a small bonus though -- it can kamikaze with a Black Luster Soldier -- Envoy of the Beginning (600 is a SMALL price to pay to get rid of that thing, believe me) or Dark Magician of Chaos (they both end up being removed but another higher-end monster that can lose out to this slightly weaker monster)

He's a Dark type...but if you're playing Zombie, I think the last thing on your mind is summoning BLS.

Conclusion: If you're playing Zombie, play him. If you're not, don't.


Traditional: 3.5/5
Advanced: 3/5
 
Snapper Ryu Kokki

Today’s card is Ryu Kokki, a monster that both Zombie and Anti-Warrior/Spellcaster Decks love to pieces.

Stats: Ryu Kokki has been given relatively good stats. With 2400/2000 ATK/DEF, it can be searched for by Pyramid Turtle. It’s a DARK monster, giving it no particular advantages. It’s also a Zombie monster, making it the strongest one tribute Zombie monster currently in the TCG. Stats – Good.

Effect: Ryu Kokki’s effect is simple; when it does battle with a Spellcaster or Warrior monster, that monster is destroyed at the end of the Damage Step.
Simple right? No explanation required… Well, as simple as the effect is, Ryu Kokki runs into the problem of very rarely needing its effect. Currently in the TCG there are a total of 14 Warriors or Spellcasters with a higher original ATK than Ryu Kokki’s, and only about 7 of them will appear in a competitive deck. So as good as the effect is, Ryu Kokki might as well be a Normal Monster. Effect – Good.

Combos: DNA Surgery would give Ryu Kokki the ability to destroy all monsters it does battle with (assuming you used DNA Surgery to make them Warriors or Spellcasters).

Usability: As said earlier, Ryu Kokki goes well in Zombie Decks and Anti-Warrior/Spellcaster Decks.

Ryu Kokki is a good monster, but won’t be a common sight outside a Deck focused around Zombies.

Advanced Format: 3/5. Zombies are successful and popular in Advanced Format.
Traditional Format: 2.5/5. Zombies are successful in Traditional Format as well, but not as common.
Overall: 2.75/5.
Art: 3/5. Well, now we know what happens to monsters Ryu Kokki destroys; they become part of his body.
 
Coin Flip Ryu Kokki and Mephist both appeared in one of JAELOVE's decks on the Pojo forums (which you should all take a visit to, you'll learn a lot). I argued with him about using one of both alongside VLord in a Zombie deck, so now we'll both get to see each other's opinions on the matter. :)

Ryu Kokki is something that should be used in triplicate in Zombie decks. 2000 DEF gets out by Pyramid Turtle, and the effect isn't something to ignore. It will be useful at times. Zombie decks are focused on Swarming, so who gives a crap about 4 tributes or more in a deck? Run VLord and 3 of these with Call of the Mummy and Pyramid Turtle. You're set. It is the definitive Zombie one-trib beatstick.
The effect is never going to hurt you, the stats are brilliant, and it's easy to get. What are you waiting for? Run one if you're running Zombie!

4/5 Traditional (I might consider using Despair from the Dark instead, with control so rampant)
4.4/5 Advanced
 
JAELOVE

Ryu Kokki

 

Rated For: Zombie Decks

 

This is a card you're almost forced to use in a Zombie deck; thank the heavens he's so good against so many threats. Ryu Kokki is the singular beatdown force in the entire competitive zombie player's arsenal, and I picked him in case casual zombie users did not realize his use.

 

He's the zombie's counter to Jinzo, Mobius, Black Luster Soldier, Dark Magician of Chaos, and other overwhelming attack monsters that would overwhelm Vampire Lord. So you'll probably want to run one to two, and side-deck up to three.

 

Advantage F/H: The bonus of Ryu Kokki is his searchability. Pyramid Turtle will get him out in a flash to lower the boom on the opponent. And if he dies, you'll Book of Life him and wreak even more habit. He's almost a 4 star 2400 attack monster!

Traditional--                                                               8/10

Advanced--                                                                 8/10

 

Best Draw for the Situation: He's not entirely unpleasant to draw because of all the revival and the Snatch/Change. Suffice to say, if you're running 3 Spirit Reapers and 3 Turtles, you'll find this guy very easy to either search or summon. 2400 attack is not bad at all. Traditional's score is lower because Pyramid Turtles can get negated easier, more Hand Disruption means tribute monsters are bad, and Yata-Garasu.

Traditional--                                                               5/10

Advanced--                                                                 7/10

 

Attributes/Effect: The only important things in his heading are 2400 attack, 2000 defense, and destroy Warrior. The 2400 attack means he can cope with any commonly played tribute monster save Ha Des and End of Anubis (which makes Fiends hot btw). The 2000 defense makes him searchable by Pyramid Turtle. And the final effect is Kokki's (and zombies') insurance policy against anything above 2400 attack. A great monster.

Traditional--                                                               9/10

Advanced--                                                                 9/10

 

Dependability: He either dies to a trap, dies to an equal attack monster, or kills the only commonly played threats able to destroy him (Black Luster Soldier & DmoC). This makes him a stud, a very dependable stud.

Traditional--                                                               8.5/10

Advanced--                                                                 8.5/10

 

The Bottom Line: Zombies are forced to use him, so go ahead.

 

A BAD Score:

Traditional--                                                               3.81/5

Advanced--                                                                 4.06/5

 

Tranorix Ryu Kokki

Ryu Kokki is a relatively popular monster. ATK of 2400 puts him right at the general standard for a one-tribute, and he has DEF just low enough to be brought out via everyone's FAVORITE Zombie-summoning turtle, Pyramid Turtle. His use with Book of Life is also a big plus.

The effect is nice, but you probably won't be using it often. Your opponent isn't very likely to have a monster against which Ryu Kokki's effect NEEDS to be used with 2400 ATK, he'll probably be killing most things he battles regardless of his effect. Nevertheless, it can be useful.

I would definitely recommend Ryu Kokki for a Zombie Deck; he gives them a bit of raw power, more than Vampire Lord can offer. He's also a Common, so he shouldn't be that hard to find.

Traditional CCCC: 3/5
Traditional Zombie: 4/5
Advanced Zombie: 4.5/5
 

 

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