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

Dark Armed Dragon

[Dragon/Effect]
This card cannot be Normal Summoned or Set. This card cannot be Special Summoned except by having exactly 3 DARK monsters in your Graveyard. You can remove from play 1 DARK monster from your Graveyard to destroy 1 card on the field.

Card Number - PTDN-EN019

Card Ratings
Traditional: 3.67
Advanced: 4.17

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


Date Reviewed - 02.05.08

 

Dark Paladin
Tuesday

Dark Armed Dragon has the same stats as Armed Dragon Level 7. 2800 attack and 1000 defense points, as well as being a Dragon, but he is obviously of the Wind Attribute.

Anyway, here, instead of tributing or using Level up, you can Special Summon this card simply by having exactly three Dark monsters in your Graveyard. Then, by removing a Dark monster from your Graveyard, you can destroy one card on the Field.

Wow...that's potential for instant card advantage EVERY turn. Granted, he can't be Special Summoned aside from the way mentioned, but that's pretty good. You could certainly do a Dark monster deck that focuses around this guy with some beatdown or something.

He's stronger than the Monarchs, and arguably easier to summon. Just be sure you can protect him, as he is still vulnerable to all your favorite monster killers and Magic and Trap cards.

Ratings:

Traditional: 3/5 Dark monsters are found a plenty here, and his effect could destroy either envoy. Being a Dragon doesn't actually hurt him.

Advanced: 4/5 2800 attack and potential destruction every turn?
Beautiful.

Art: 5/5
General Zorpa Dark Armed Dragon
 
Well we just finished up our top cards of 2007. Light and Darkness Dragon got top honors in that if you didn't know already. However the first set of the new year we already have a card that made the Japanese drop all their LaDD's and make this card easily the best in their game. It was a rare in Japan, so I have some pretty hard feelings at UDE about this. This IS the best card in Yu-Gi-Oh! You remove from play a DARK monster in your grave to destroy ANY card on the field. He can only be Special Summoned ONLY when you have EXACTLY 3 DARK monsters in the graveyard. Wait, he's a Special Summon? Yeah that's right, no more awkward tributing to get your Uberdragon on the field.
 
This card works beautifully with other cards from PTDN, like Dark Creator, Allure of Darkness and Armageddon Knight. With Armageddon Knight and our newly minted Dark Grepher, getting off DAD is easier than summoning Stratos. He will usually clear the field for a devastating Dark Creator or Dimension Fusion for the win, but can also use his effect to destroy your own Yubel in order to bring out Terror Incarnate. You would kill your own Dragon, but that just loads up the graveyard for more DARK monster tricks.
 
Just in case you didn't know, yes, they made this card a Secret Rare in the rest of the world. I am now pouting because of this fact. I probably won't eat for the next month or so so that I can buy enough PTDN boxes to secure a playset of these. Then watch as it is banned/limited in the next list. Oh well, at least the rest of this set is just as good as DAD!
 
Traditional-5/5
Advanced-5/5
David "BobDole" Hoffman  Dark Armed Dragon

Well I may have missed yesterday's review, but I wouldn't miss this one for the world.

Dark Armed Dragon is one of my favorite new monsters in the PTDN. It's a solid 2800 ATKer nomi monster that you can easily build a deck around. He's the reason Soul Release will begin to see play again.

- The first effect is one of those not bad, but not good either things.

- The second effect is the biggest obstacle of course. Having exactly three Dark Monsters in the graveyard is fairly easy within the first five to ten moves of the game, but after that it gets much more difficult. Late game, short of a Soul Release or two, you're going to have a lot of trouble keeping exactly three in there.

- The third effect is the payoff. It's certainly a good one too, since you can remove all three monsters in the GY to wipe out three cards on the field. If done right, this basically equals up to a free 2800 direct hit. I can see entire decks being based around this and Megamorph.

DAD is a monster that is definitely going to shape the metagame considerably. I imagine quite a few top 16's will feature this monster. The biggest disadvantage is going to be your graveyard, so once someone figures out how to effectively abuse that, I expect to see three copies in this in some very successful decks.

Traditional: 2.5/5 since it can work, but Chaos is still much much more dominant.
Advanced: 4/5

Bob Dole
Master Tricks
Dark Armed Dragon
    I love this card to death no matter what and I will do anything to get this card in my hands. This is the most expensive card in Phantom Darkness as a Secret Rare going for about $250-300 on most websites. There is a very good reason why this card went from Rare to Secret Rare during the change of rarity of cards. This card is a Level 7 Dark Dragon with 2800 ATK and a low 1000 DEF who can't be normal summoned or set and can only be special summoned when there are exactly 3 DARK monsters in your graveyard. This may prove a tricky task, but fortunately there are other cards in the set and out of Phantom Darkness that can remove/Add DARK monsters for you to get this giga-mega cannon out. The best part about this card is that you can remove 1 DARK monster from your graveyard to destroy any card on the field! Now that is ultimately killer since there is no limit on how many times you can use his effect on just one turn. This card can create some future OTKs and if you encounter this card on the field, chances are that you'll most likely suffer a terrible defeat. Good luck searching for this guy as I WILL get my copy in a Phantom Darkness box I plan on buying at a local hobby league.
 
Traditional: 4.75/5
Advanced: 5/5 (Deadly in the ultimate Dark Deck)
Art: 5/5
Ed Tuesday - Dark Armed Dragon

Dark Armed Dragon, when you first look at it, is a pretty good card to use with Reasoning if you didn't see his effect. He can't be normal summoned or set, and can only be special summoned by having exactly 3 Dark monsters in your Graveyard. Now, at this point I would go straight to selling this card, not using it. Having exactly 3 Dark monsters in your Graveyard isn't very easy to have at the same time that you draw this card, and with all the D.D. Crows around, this card won't get anywhere even if you DO meet the requirement. Even if you do get this card out, though, the effect isn't all that great, since it doesn't get any protection at all from effects and has a pretty hard cost to activate the effect. I think that pretty much sums it up this time.

Traditional: 1.1/5 - DARK, but not good enough.
Advanced: 1/5 - Nothing works good with this card in this format.

Art: 3/5 - Hard to figure out what's what. But when you do, it's cool.
Pwii todays is dark armed dragon.

this card is awesome. special summon it and use priority to blast a monster, then attack for a +2! free advantage every turn, WOW. the only drawback is that you cant have more dark monsters in the grave to summon it.

5/5 trad. dark deck

5/5 adv. dark deck

--pwii

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