Yu-Gi-Oh! Card Review: Cyber Dragon Core


ATK/400 DEF/1,500

This card’s name becomes “Cyber Dragon” while on the field or in the GY. If this card is Normal Summoned: Add 1 “Cyber” Spell/Trap from your Deck to your hand. If only your opponent controls a monster: You can banish this card from your GY; Special Summon 1 “Cyber Dragon” monster from your Deck. You can only use 1 “Cyber Dragon Core” effect per turn, and only once that turn.

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX introduced Cyber Dragon and Konami expanded the archetype in Cyber Dragon Revolution Structure Deck. This structure deck featured Cyber Dragon Core as one of the new cards in the archetype. This effect monster with 400 ATK is a good card. Cyber Dragon Core adds consistency to the archetype with its three effects.

First Effect:

The name of Cyber Dragon Core becomes Cyber Dragon on the field and in the graveyard. This useful effect enables many combos due to this change in its name. Certain cards require Cyber Dragon for effects and summons. You may use Cyber Dragon Core as a substitution due to its name is also Cyber Dragon.

For instance, Machine Duplication targets a monster with 500 or less ATK and special summons two monsters with the same name from the deck. Cyber Dragon Core has 400 ATK and is Cyber Dragon on your field. Therefore, you may special summon two copies of Cyber Dragon from the deck with this amazing combo.

Second Effect:

Cyber Dragon Core adds a Cyber spell or trap card from the deck to your hand when you normal summon this card. This effect adds consistency to the deck. Cyber Dragon Core provides a useful spell or trap card for your strategy.

In addition, you have many options for Cyber Dragon Core’s effect. You can add cards such as Cyberload Fusion to your hand. Cyberload Fusion performs a fusion summon of a monster with Cyber Dragon as material and all of the materials for the fusion summon.

Add these Cyber Spell and Trap cards to your hand!
  • Cyberload Fusion
  • Cybernetic Revolution

Third Effect:

Cyber Dragon Core is also a valuable card in the graveyard. You may banish Cyber Dragon Core from the graveyard to special summon a “Cyber Dragon” monster from the deck. It is an awesome effect to instantly get a powerful monster the field.

Furthermore, Cyber Dragon Core may set up your combos. You have Cyber Dragon on the field, and you have many options. You may perform a Link Summon, Fusion Summon with Cyberload Fusion, or another combo with key cards.

For instance, you may banish Cyber Dragon Core to special summon Cyber Dragon Nachster. Then, Cyber Dragon Nachster may special summon Cyber Dragon from your graveyard. You gain two monsters with this simple and effective combo.

Fusion Material:

Cyber Dragon Core is fusion material for many monsters in the archetype of Cyber Dragon. It fits the requirements for these fusion monsters due to its type and name. You may use Power Bond and Polymerization for these fusion summons.

Furthermore, the change in its name to Cyber Dragon with the first effect makes Cyber Dragon Core a versatile card for fusion summons. You may use Cyber Dragon Core in place of the original Cyber Dragon. This effects adds an option for fusion material in your deck.

For example, Cyber Twin Dragon requires Two copies of Cyber Dragon. Due to the name change of Cyber Dragon Core, you may use Cyber Dragon Core as fusion material. You meet the requirements for the fusion summon. Cyber Dragon Core has the proper name due to its first effect.

Use Cyber Dragon Core as fusion material for these Fusion Monsters!
  • Chimeratech Overdragon
  • Cyber Eternity Dragon
  • Cyber Dragon Nachster
  • Cyber Twin Dragon


Cyber Dragon Core has effective support from Cyber Dragon and generic cards for machine monsters. Generic cards such as Machina Armored Unit and Machine Duplication complement this effect monster. You can play many fast and strong combos with the support for this effect monster.

Machina Armored Unit is a useful continuous spell for machine monsters. Machina Armored Unit may special summon Cyber Dragon core from the deck. This continuous spell’s effect activates when your machine monster is destroyed by battle and the effect special summons a machine monster with the same attribute and less ATK than your previous machine monster. Cyber Dragon Core is an easy target for the effect due to its low ATK of 400.

  • Cyber Dragon
  • Machina Armored Unit
  • Machine Duplication

Card Rating:

All in all, Cyber Dragon Core is a centerpiece for Cyber Dragon. All of three of this effect monster’s effects have useful abilities. You gain advantages from every effect. Cyber Dragon Core adds a spell or trap card to your hand. This effect monster also special summons a monster. Therefore, I recommend playing three copies of Cyber Dragon Core in your deck.

Card Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)

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