Yu-Gi-Oh! Card Review: Red-Eyes Black Metal Dragon

[Machine/Effect Monster]

[ATK/2,800 DEF/2,400]

Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set. Must first be Special Summoned (from your Deck) by Tributing “Red-Eyes B. Dragon” equipped with “Metalmorph”.

Red-Eyes Black Metal Dragon is a famous card from the first season of Yu-Gi-Oh! Many longtime players such as myself remember this monster in the duel between Joey and Bandit Keith. Unfortunately, the real card in the trading card game failed to live up to the hype. Red-Eyes Black Metal Dragon only has a single effect, and it does not have the original effects from the anime.

Anime History:

Red-Eyes Black Metal Dragon is an iconic monster from the first season of Yu-Gi-Oh! Joey plays this monster in episode 32 during his duel against Bandit Keith. Joey wins the duel with a combination of Graverobber and Red-Eyes Black Metal Dragon.

Red-Eyes Black Metal Dragon has two effects in the anime. Its first effect is the same on the actual card. It special summons itself from the deck under the correct conditions. In addition, Red-Eyes Black Metal Dragon has the same effect as Metalmorph for its second effect. You still have the benefits of Metalmorph in the monster.


Red-Eyes Black Metal Dragon’s only effect special summons it from the deck if you control a Red-Eyes Black Dragon equipped with Metalmorph. You do not need this monster in your hand to play it. You activate Red-Eyes Black Metal Dragon’s effect from the deck!

Red-Eyes Black Metal Dragon is a unique monster because its effect activates from the deck. You will can always activate it when you meet the conditions. You play a monster with 2,800 ATK from the deck.


Due to its many weaknesses, Red-Eyes Black Metal Dragon will never see the light of day in competitive decks. It is a difficult monster to summon. You do not gain any advantages from this card. Its single effect is the condition for its specials summon

  • First Weakness:

First, Red-Eyes Black Metal Dragon is a very slow card to play. It requires Red-Eyes Black Dragon and Metalmorph. A trap card cannot be activated on the same turn that a player sets it. You must set Metalmorph, and wait a turn to activate it. An opponent is likely to destroy your trap card before you can play it.

  • Second Weakness

Second, Red-Eyes Black Metal Dragon does not gain the benefits from Metalmorph. You send Red-Eyes Black Dragon and Metalmorph to the graveyard to special summon this machine monster. You lose the advantage from this combination of cards. Unfortunately, Red-Eyes Black Metal Dragon does not have an additional effect with the same abilities as Metalmorph.

  • Third Weakness

Third, you do not want to draw Red-Eyes Black Metal Dragon. Its effect only activates in the deck. You cannot special summon Red-Eyes Black Metal Dragon from your hand. It is a useless card without any ability to play it from the hand.

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Card Rating:

Overall, Red-Eyes Black Metal Dragon is one of the biggest disappointments from the early days of Yu-Gi-Oh! A strong monster from the anime was reduced to a shell of itself. Red-Eyes Black Metal Dragon lacks its second ability from the anime, and it would be a stronger card with the original effects. I only recommend playing Red-Eyes Black Metal Dragon in a casual deck for fun games.

Card Rating: 1 out of 5 stars (1 / 5)

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