Atem (Yami Yugi) is my favorite character in the franchise. My second favorite character is the best duelist from Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds!, Yusei Fudo. Yusei is one of the best characters in the franchise. He made dueling on motorcycles to be cool. He also has a fantastic design and a deck with amazing cards. In fact, many of Yusei’s cards were the best cards in their era of the TCG and OCG.
Furthermore, Yusei plays many iconic monsters such as Stardust Dragon. He is riding his Duel Runner on the racetrack. Then, Yusei summons Stardust Dragon, and a huge dragon appears in the stadium. It is an epic visual in many episodes.
The list only contains cards from Yusei Fudo’s deck in the anime, movie, and manga. I will not include any new cards for his archetypes from recent years without an appearance in one of the three requirements.
1. Shooting Star Dragon
Shooting Star Dragon resembles perfection for Synchro Monsters. This card has offense and defense from its powerful effects. Shooting Star Dragon has amazing offensive firepower with the ability to attack up to five times in a Battle Phase.
In addition, defense is one of the specialties of Shooting Star Dragon. This monster also has amazing defense with the ability to negate attacks. Shooting Star Dragon may also negate and destroy cards that attempt to destroy other cards.
Shooting Star Dragon becomes one of Yusei’s signature cards during the second season. He uses this card to win many duels in epic fashion. Yusei first plays Shooting Star Dragon in his duel against Primo in episode 109.
Yusei Fudo’s signature card is Stardust Dragon! He does not have it during the early episodes because Jack Atlast stole it and Yusei’s Duel Runner. He regains his favorite card from Jack Atlas.
Stardust Dragon has an amazing effect. This Synchro Monster tributes itself to negate and destroy a card that attempts to destroy cards on the field. Then, Stardust Dragon returns to the field at the End Phase. You can negate and destroy powerful card such as Heavy Storm and Dark Hole.
Furthermore, competitive decks from 2008 to 2011 played Stardust Dragon. Its inclusion in competitive decks during this era was not a surprise. Stardust Dragon was one of the best Synchro Monsters from its era in Yu-Gi-Oh!.
3. Formula Synchron
Formula Synchron is a Synchro Monster and a Tuner Monster. You can use it to Synchro Summon very powerful Synchro Monsters. The second effect of Formula Synchron allows you to Synchro Summon a monster during the opponent’s Main Phase!
Furthermore, Formula Synchron has amazing synergy with Hyper Librarian. These cards allow you to draw two cards. Formula Synchron allows you to draw a card when you summon it, and Hyper Librarian draws a card when a Synchro Monster is summoned.
The anime calls the second effect of Formula Synchron as Accel Synchro. It becomes Yusei’s signature play to win games during the second season. He often uses Formula Synchron and Stardust Dragon to Synchro summon Shooting Star Dragon.
4. Debris Dragon
A great duelist like Yusei plays cards to add consistency to his or her deck. Debris Dragon is one of Yusei’s most reliable cards. Debris Dragon special summons a monster with less than 500 ATK from the graveyard. Then, Yusei unleashes a powerful Synchro Monster from the deck.
Debris Dragon is an amazing tuner monster for decks with Synchro Monsters that are also dragons. You gain a lot of advantage from this card. Debris Dragon sets the field for the player to Synchro Summon monsters such as Stardust Dragon.
5. Starlight Road
The perfect trap card for Yusei’s deck is Starlight Road. Its effect perfectly fits the theme of the deck. Starlight Road negates the effect of a card that destroys two or more cards, and destroys the card! In addition, Starlight Road special summons Stardust Dragon from the extra deck! Yusei is in the business with his signature card!
Furthermore, Starlight Road is a nice addition to any deck with Stardust Dragon. You negate and destroy cards such as Mirror Force, Heavy Storm, and Harpie’s Feather Duster. Decks with the strategy to swarm the field gain protection from Starlight Road. You can protect all of your cards and special summon Stardust Dragon!
6. Shooting Quasar Dragon
Shooting Quasar Dragon is Yusei’s strongest Synchro Monster in terms of ATK. This amazing card dominates opponents with its powerful abilities. Shooting Quasar Dragon has a sweet combination of offense and defense. Shooting Quasar Dragon can attack at least twice in a battle phase. In addition, it negates effects, and destroys cards with the effects.
You may be surprised to see Shooting Quasar Dragon outside the top five cards in this list. Despite its amazing effects, this Synchro Monster is very difficult to summon. Shooting Quasar Dragon requires a tuner Synchro Monster and two non-tuner Synchro Monsters. You must use many resources to be able to play Shooting Quasar Dragon.
7. Effect Veiler
One of most played Hand Traps from Yu-Gi-Oh! is Effect Veiler. The spellcaster is a tuner with a useful effect of negation. Effect Veiler negates a monster’s effect by discarding it from your hand. Effect Veiler perfectly counters strategies. Your opponent does not gain an advantage from the effect of his or her monster.
Yusei plays Effect Veiler in his Turbo Duel against Lawton. Lawton’s strategy is winning by FTK with Gatling Ogre’s effect. However, Yusei discards Effect Veiler to negate Gatling Ogre’s effect of the potential FTK.
8. Armory Arm
Armory Arm was a commonly played card during the era of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s. The monster equips itself to one of your monsters to increase its ATK by 1,000 points. Yusei plays this card in episode 21 to defeat Greiger with Armory Arm’s third effect.
Armory Arm’s best effect is dealing damage equal to the ATK of the opponent’s monster after you destroy it. You deal damage from the battle and the effect. Armory Arm has the potential to greatly reduce the opponent’s life points.
9. Junk Synchron
Every Synchro deck needs a tuner monster with ability to special summon monsters. Junk Synchron is one of Yusei’s favorite cards. This monster special summons a level two or lower monster from your graveyard. He uses Junk Synchron’s effect to special summon a monster, and use both monsters to Synchro Summon Junk Warrior.
Furthermore, Junk Synchron is an effective tuner monster. You can consistently play level 5 Synchro monsters. You gain the key monster to set up your next Synchro Summon.
10. Nitro Warrior
Nitro Warrior is an offensive monster with a good effect for its time. This Synchro Monster can attack twice in a turn if you play a Spell card. Nitro Warrior gains 1,000 ATK to have a total of 3,800. Then, Nitro Warrior can attack an opponent twice in a turn, and changes one of the opponent’s monsters from Defense Position to Attack Position.
You have the potential to deal massive damage. Nitro Warrior’s effect to change a monster to Attack Position opens the door to inflict damage by battle. You also destroy two monsters.
Yusei first plays Nitro Warrior in episode 3 in a Turbo Duel against Tetsu Trudge. Yusei makes a strong push for victory. He uses Nitro Warrior’s effects to deal damage to Tetsu in consecutive battles to win the duel.
All in all, Yusei Fudo’s deck is one of the best decks from the anime. The design’s construction make sense for a real strategy. Most decks from the anime have made designs that would be inconsistent in reality. Yusei plays many powerful monsters with synergy with each other. You can build a good deck with these cards.
Do you agree with the cards in the list? Share your opinions on the ten top cards in Yusei Fudo’s deck. I look forward to reading your comments.