Yu-Gi-Oh! Card Review: Masked HERO Koga


ATK/2,500 DEF/1,800

Must be Special Summoned with “Mask Change” and cannot be Special Summoned by other ways. This card gains 500 ATK for each monster your opponent controls. Once per turn, during either player’s turn: You can banish 1 “HERO” monster from your Graveyard, then target 1 face-up monster on the field; that target loses ATK equal to the ATK of the monster banished to activate this effect, until the end of this turn.

Masked HERO Koga is a member of the Masked Heroes! This powerful superhero uses his blades to defeat evildoers. He made his debut in the HERO Strike Structure Deck. He needs one monster with a Light attribute and Mask Change to be Fusion summoned! Masked HERO Koga has two powerful effects to lead your heroes to victory!

First Effect

Masked HERO Koga gains 500 ATK for each of your opponent’s monsters. It is a great ability for gaining ATK, and a wise opponent will not summon many monsters to field. Masked HERO Koga is able to destroy many powerful monsters in battle. In addition, your opponent is unlikely to summon a monster with a higher ATK. You constantly have the advantage as long he is on your field.

Furthermore, Masked HERO Koga is a great card for countering swarm decks such as Six Samurai. You are using your opponent’s strategy to your advantage! Masked HERO Koga’s ATK quickly increases to extremely high levels at a moment’s notice. For example, Masked HERO Koga’s ATK becomes 5,000 when your opponent has five monsters on the field. You can deliver serious damage to your opponent’s life point.

Second Effect

Finally, Masked HERO Koga banishes a HERO monster from your graveyard. Then, you target an opponent’s monster and its ATK is lowered by the same amount of the banished HERO monster’s ATK. Masked HERO Koga’s second effect complements the first effect. It weakens your opponent’s monster to make it easy to destroy by battle. The ability is a useful skill when Masked HERO Koga’s ATK is equal to your opponent’s monster’s ATK. You use this ability to weaken your opponent’s monster, and Masked HERO Koga destroys it in battle.

Play these cards with Masked HERO Koga!
  • Elemental HERO The Shining
  • Mask Change
  • Parallel World Fusion
Card Rating

Overall, Masked HERO Koga is an effective Fusion Monster. It is one of my favorite cards in my extra deck. I play one copy of it in my Elemental HERO deck. It is a useful card when I am playing a game against a swarm deck. Masked HERO Koga is the perfect HERO to counter decks with a swarm of monsters.

Card Rating: 4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

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