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

Hardened Armed Dragon
#RGBT-EN083

You can send 1 Level 8 or higher monster from your hand to the Graveyard and Special Summon this card. If you Tribute this card for the Tribute Summon of a Level 7 or higher monster, that monster cannot be destroyed by card effects.

Card Ratings
Traditional: 2.25
Advanced: 3.67 

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


Date Reviewed - 07.10.09

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General Zorpa Hardened Armed Dragon

Well, this is a fun little card. He has 1500 ATK and 800 DEf on e alevel 4 monster that is an EARTH Dragon. The effect is wher eit gets good, as the stats were average when the game first came out.

You can discard a level 8 or higher monster in order to Special Summon Hardened and then when you tribute summon a level 7 or higher monster using this guy as tribute, that monster cannot be destroyed by card effects. Well, it is a bit costly to use, but in a Zombie deck it could do well, as they generate lots of Special Summons.

The ideal deck for this card is with the Wicked Avatar. He has ATK that is always one hundred points higher than any monster on the field. Even Honest cannot get over it. If it cannot be killed in battle, then the only thing that this guy would be scared of would be Phoenix Wing Wind Blast or another spin, bounce or remove from play effect. As those cards are out of favor right now, this can actually do quite well.

As it can combo with Totem Dragon to bring out indestructible Tyrant Dragons essentially for free, I would certainly test this card out and not hesitate to bring it to bear on unsuspecting opponents. Delicious.

Traditional-1/5
Advanced-3.5/5

Freeza
Hardened Armed Dragon ...

HAD - A neat little monster. Perhaps the best of the secret rares of this booster? Let's look :)

4 Stars. 1500 ATK. This makes him super duper searchable if need be. Cool. Dragon type, which has been getting a bunch of support lately ... cool too. Now his effect? - well he's got 2. one allows u to free up your hand by dropping a level 8 or higher monster to the graveyard, and then u u get to summon this bag of dragon bones. Cool? - yes, cuz many times u'd rather be shortcutting such big monsters via the graveyard anyway, and he gets special summoned at that. Next, when he's used as a tribute summon for anything 7 stars or higher, that monster becomes quite nearly indestructible, except by battle. (Please note - said monster can still be bounced, removed from play, or generally punked out by spells and traps that DON'T use the word "destroy" in their effect descriptions) ... But its still a nice security blanket to have, knowing no Mirror Force, Torrential Tribute, or DAD can smack u.

It's a great card with lots of usability, but is only really as useful as the amount of significant 8 star (yes, level 8) monsters u are playing with that can require a tribute. If u are playing 4 or 5, maybe? HAD will be your best friend.

Traditional: 3.5/5
Advanced: 4/5

- FREEZA
Parallel Fates Hardened Armed Dragon…. This is a really interesting card. Those using Hopeless Dragon should really give though in using this card. It has the ability to turn the deck from pure speed swarm to a slower, control based variant. While its first effect is not too likely to be used, it is the second effect that can single handily win games.

Because of its second effect, it literally makes Red Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon worth double tributing for. Think about it for a second, what exactly can your opponent do aside from attacking over such a wall to get rid of it? Phoenix Wing Wind Blast is not used anymore, and neither is DDWL. The only weakness is against Lightsworn and their pesky Honests.

By using this card, it forces you to use protective traps like Threatening Roar and Bottomless, changing the entire outlook of the Dragon deck. Dragon decks still aren’t tier-1 yet, but it’s cards like these that give them potential to do big things in the future.

3.5/5

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