You can treat the Normal Summon of this card as a
Special Summon. If you select Special Summon, your
opponent can Special Summon 1 monster from their
Type - Dinosaur/Effect
Card Number - DB2-EN008
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale 1 being the worst.
3 ... average. 5 is the highest rating.
Date Reviewed - 12.12.06
Let us take a moment of silence and bow our heads to
the otherwise feared deck we used to play and/or go
up against that was the Magical Scientist One Turn
Gilasaurus is better the earlier in the game you get
it, much like Confiscation. If your opponent has
nothing to Summon, then you just got a free monster
out onto the field. If your opponent has Sangan in
their Graveyard, you probably just screwed yourself.
If they have anything 2100 ATK or bigger in there,
again, probably gave them more than you're getting
by putting Gila out.
Other than that combo, there are better options for
getting Tribute fodder now.
having never been reviewed was another surprise
for me. Granted, it wasn’t especially good when
it was first released, but it ended up being
handy for monsters like Gilford the Lightning
or a wimpy but easy to use candidate for
Inferno Reckless Summon. None of these were
stellar uses, though, and I don’t know if anyone
has bothered with this in a Monarch
deck. Why would they? Well, the 1400 ATK isn’t
horrid and one should note the effect will allow
the opponent to Special Summon a Monster from
their Graveyard, but doesn’t require it. That
is, the opponent can choose not too… or more
realistically if you use this early they can’t.
For example, maybe a Macrocosmos/Monarchbuild?
Dinosaurs like Gilasaurus for feeding
Tributes. Of course, as long as we have
that will probably be less
than important. Still, thanks to some of the
other bits of support, Gilasaurus can
also just be handy as a body for almost
anything. Summon it alongside a bigger Monster,
play Tail Swipe and bounce whatever they
revived and whatever they had out already, and
then attack with both of your Dinosaurs direct.
The above may not sound like much, but notice
how I wasn’t limited to a “Dinosaur only” deck
this review. That means I get to give a “real”
score again instead of a “Dinosaur deck only”
rating, so the score can be taken at face
value. As a whole, Gilasaurus is good at
what it does and only suffers because of a few
Today we look at a good card for the Dinosaur deck,
Gilasaurus. Now, it does have a big
drawback...obviously you don't want to be giving
your opponent free summons of anything. However, can
you imagaine how this would work say on your first
Special summon one (or two or even three) on your
first turn, or any turn for that matter while your
opponent's Graveyard is empty. Then tribute them to
normal summon a heavy hitter of your choice.
Otherwise, you probably shouldn't use it, as I
said...you don't want to be giving your opponent
If you feel like adding some awesome Control to your
Dino deck to keep your opponent's Graveyard empty,
use two or three of Gilasaurus, but I would
recommend at least one.
3.25/5 Dino all around
4/5 for potential, yet unlikely circumstances
You stay classy, Planet Earth :)
I do not like this monster because it provides you
no advantage. A guick tribute but it allows the
opponent to receive a plus one. If they bring back a
sangan/spirit reaper you will cry.
Soul Exchange and Brain Conrtol are better options
to set up tributes/swarm the field.
To make a Yu-Gi-Oh card name - Step 2: Abreviate
multiple words and combine them in some vaguely
Once this card helped Scientist FTKs get Tribute
into Catapult Turtle. Now, it does, ehm, err,
nothing. 1400 ATK is nothing special, and giving
your opponent an extra summon is far too harsh in
almost all cases.
This guy should stay in the binder unless building
an old school Magical Scientist deck.
Share and enjoy,
Gilasaurus has a great effect. He can be Special
Summoned even if your opponent does not have a
monster in the Graveyard to Special Summon. His
Cyber Dragon-like effect allows the Dino player to
Tribute Summon for the higher lever Dinos if need
be. The current Dino support makes the issue of
Tribute summoning high-level Dinos irrelevant.
That’s truly my favorite aspect of the
Gilasaurus has uses outside of Dino decks as well.
He’s famous for his role in the Magical Scientist
First-Turn-Kill deck. He can be used as Special
Summon fodder in other decks that don’t use Cyber
Dragon. Heck, you can use both Cyber Dragon and
Gilasaurus. Be careful though, Gilasaurus’s effect
is best in the first 2-3 turns when your opponent’s
Graveyard isn’t full of monsters that are worth
Last Word: Gilasaurus is truly a classic monster. He
has quite a bit of history. I think he can make a
comeback in Dino decks. Hopefully, we get more
support for Dinos in the future.
Traditional: 4/5 (Magical Scientist decks love
Gilasaurus; I wonder if you can still play this deck
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