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Paladin of Photon Dragon
- #LVAL-EN045 

You can Ritual Summon this card with "Luminous Dragon Ritual". You can Tribute this card; Special Summon 1 "Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon" from your hand or Deck. When this card destroys an opponent's monster by battle and sends it to the Graveyard: Draw 1 card.

Card Ratings
Traditional: 1.40
Advanced: 2.50 

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


Date Reviewed - Feb. 10, 2014

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Dark

Paladin

Monday

Paladin of Photon Dragon (remember Paladin of White Dragon?) well this is the better version, for a better Monster, if you hadn't figured that out yet. Ritual shouldn't make you immediately think this card is crap. It actually makes it rather fun to use. Why we're wasting a day tomorrow to review the Magic card with this I don't know, but it lets you remove itself from the Graveyard (along with the necessary Monster(s) to Summon this card too. It's versatile, 1900 attack and Light are great (for Level 4) and the Warrior doesn't hurt either. A simple Tribute to Special Summon Galaxy Eyes from your Deck or Hand (ignoring the normal Summoning conditions) is good. Plus if you feel like or have to keep this guy on the Field, each time it destroys an opponent's Monster, you Draw one card. It might be harder than it seems to utilize, despite the evidence saying otherwise, but I'd try one in the Deck.

Ratings:

Traditional: 1.5/5
Advanced: 3.5/5
Art: 5/5

Leo
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Paladin of Photon Dragon
LIGHT/Warrior/Ritual/Effect/Level 4/1900/800
You can Ritual Summon this card with "Luminous Dragon Ritual". You can Tribute this card; Special Summon 1 "Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon" from your hand or Deck. When this card destroys an opponent's monster by battle and sends it to the Graveyard: Draw 1 card.

Hurray! A new Ritual Monster! Paladin of Photon Dragon is a new Ritual Monster used by Kaito in the ZeXal anime. Statwise it is a LIGHT/Warrior and a Photon monster so it has plenty of support there. 1900 ATK is very good for a level 4, 800 DEF isn’t.

This card is the Photon version of Paladin of White Dragon, but with a different effect. Instead of instantly killing Face-Down monsters, this card draws a card with it destroys a monster in battle. Drawing cards is always a good thing but, this monster probably will never be used for than due to its main effect.

The main effect is you can tribute this card and you special summon a “Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon" from your hand or Deck. Able to summon a 3000 ATK from anywhere is always good, but what makes this effect even better is that there are no conditions; No it can only be used in Main Phase 2, the summoned monster can attack and none of its effects are negated. Also Paladin of Photon Dragon has another way of being Ritual Summoned which will be discussed tomorrow when we look at Luminous Dragon Ritual.

Still this is a Ritual monster, the most unsupported card type in the whole game, so it has all the problems associated with this.

Overall a great effect, decent stats but until more Ritual Support comes, this probably won’t see much play.

Traditional: 1.5/5
Advanced: 2.5/5

Cyberplum

Welcome back from the weekend folks, and to a week that I hopefully won't miss most of. Today we look at Paladin of Photon Dragon, which follows the pattern of support for Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon that mirrors the Blue-Eyes support of a decade ago.

Long-time players likely remember Paladin of White Dragon, which had very similar stats as this new card does today. You can tribute either of them to summon their respective 3000 beater dragons from the deck. White Dragon lets you destroy face-down monsters with ease, while this new one lets you draw a card each time you destroy a monster. That's not bad, and the 1900 attack can help it happen. Furthermore, it's a warrior, opening up a multitude of search options.

But I digress. The reason you WON'T be seeing either of these is due to that blue border around the cards. By being Ritual monsters, you will have to give up at least 3 cards to summon them. Given how easy it is to summon either of these monsters in this day and age, that's unacceptable. The only ritual monster that really sees play anymore is Herald of Perfection, and there's a reason for that. Entire decks are based on that card. You will not sin with this. Take that 3 card investment, make the XYZ that can summon a Galaxy-Eyes from the deck, and carry on with your life.

Traditional: 1/5
Advanced: 1/5
Art: 4/5


Christian
Moss

Paladin of Photon Dragon is a decent ritual monster card. It is a level 4 light warrior type monster, which there is plenty of support for, and only needs 4 levels of tribute to ritual summon it. It also has a very solid 1900 attack value to coincide with it's lackluster 800 defense value.The good news is this card makes "Galaxy Eyes Photon Dragon" more playable then in its previous state. You can tribute the card to special summon a Galaxy Eyes Photon Dragon from your Hand or Deck, or you can choose to just attack and destroy a monster by battle and draw a card, a nice effect that is somewhat easy to utilize given the formidable 1900 atk on this monster.

There is nothing game breaking or changing about this card, but it ad's further support for those who would like to utilize Galaxy Eyes Photon Dragon.Paladin of Photon Dragon is a solid tech and a better than average "rare" card, although it will never sculpt or alter the meta in any noticeable way.

Ratings:
Traditional: 1.5/5
Advanced: 2.5/5 (Decent card for it's own archetype, nothing groundbreaking.)
Mechanic Design: 3.5/5 (Easy to use, versatile, and it allows you the chance to + resources, not bad at all)
Art: 4.5/5 (The image looks more powerful than the card actually allows)


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Paladin of Photon Dragon

I love this monster...it's like Paladin of White dragon but instead lets you summon a Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon instead of a Blue-Eyes White Dragon. The fact that the monster allows you to draw cards is pretty cool...it has a decent attribute, being dragon is epic and 1900 attack is pretty cool. The only issue this monster has is that it is a ritual monster. Under normal circumstances it's going to come to the field as a minus two (the ritual spell and monster(s) as tribute fodder) but if you're playing ritual search monster cards or ritual spells that utilize the graveyard this minus issue is easily negated & this monster can be summoned by breaking even using the searcher as tribute fodder. Drawing cards is always a good thing. How many times you're going to get this effect if at all...who knows? This monster would of been game breaking if it wasn't a ritual and just an effect monster...sadly we're not that lucky. I like Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon, I love the photon archetype.... Consistency is key to winning duels, ritual monsters and ritual spells are often times too inconsistent to use. The cool thing about this little ritual monster is its ritual spell card 'Luminous Dragon Ritual'...the fact it allows you to use it from the graveyard and remove the ritual material from the graveyard means honestly if you're playing the appropriate ritual search monsters you can summon this dude as a plus in many circumstances. One of the best designed ritual monsters I've seen... totally worth looking into.

4/5


Baneful

Paladin of Photon Dragon

Does this card remind you of an old friend?

In ten years since the original Paladin was released, Konami has learned a few things. The attack restriction was a dumb idea, so they removed it. And now that flip effects aren't as popular as graveyard effects, “draw 1 card” is a better battle effect than “destroy the defense position monster”. On top of that, Galaxy Eyes Photon Dragon is an inherently better monster than Blue-Eyes. But while I appreciate the nostalgia and the support for Ritual monsters, it has flaws.

It's a Ritual monster. It relies on a Ritual Spell. It's useless without that card. You need to use up 2 cards to summon this (the ritual spell and the tribute). It's a negative two (-2) card, unless you gain back that advantage (like destroying a creature in battle and then summoning the dragon), but it's still vulnerable to removal cards like Mirror Force.

It has merits if you use it wisely, but it still starts out as a minus two and that's a damning fact.

Traditional: 1/5
Advanced: 2/5

Terrorking

Ah, the glorious days of the Kaiba Evolution Starter deck where you summoned Sonic Bird and hoped you drew Paladin of White Dragon. If you did, you'd get a Blue-Eyes by the Main Phase 2 and you were unstoppable! This card, today's card, the card I'm reviewing, the card you're here to learn about hearkens back to those days. Kind of.
 
Hello, my dear guppies, and welcome to Terrorking's review of Paladin of Photon Dragon. This card is like Paladin of White Dragon, except you can tribute it for a GEPD the moment you summon it, so as to have a Battle Phase. If, for some reason, you don't want to summon GEPD with it, you can use it to give yourself a few cards through battle. Or you can make it, then do battle and draw, and then bring out GEPD.
 
Regardless of how you use it, this card isn't bad. However, it's not very good either. In its own Photon Archetype you have a better option that lets you summon GEPD from the same places: Starliege Lord Galaxion. It's chief advantage over Paladin is not being a Ritual. So yeah, run that instead of this card.
 
Countering Paladin: The only Ritual you should wanna counter is Fairy-Type.
 
Traditional: 1
Advanced: 1.5 


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