Yu-Gi-Oh! Card Review: The Winged Dragon of Ra


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Cannot be Special Summoned. Requires 3 Tributes to Normal Summon (cannot be Normal Set). This card’s Normal Summon cannot be negated. When Normal Summoned, other cards and effects cannot be activated. When this card is Normal Summoned: You can pay LP so that you only have 100 left; this card gains ATK and DEF equal to the amount of LP paid. You can pay 1000 LP, then target 1 monster on the field; destroy that target.

The Winged Dragon of Ra is one of the most iconic cards in Yu-Gi-Oh! It is one of the three Egyptian Gods. The TCG uses Divine-Beast for the archetype’s term. Marik from the anime says The Winged Dragon of Ra is the strongest Egyptian God card. However, players may disagree with the anime’s presentation of the card. It has not made any impact in the TCG.

Anime History

The Winged Dragon of Ra is the last Egyptian God to appear in Yu-Gi-Oh! The anime treats this card as the strongest Egyptian God. However, Yugi is able to defeat the divine beast! Yugi obtains this card after defeating Marik Ishtar in the Battle City Championship. He adds the Winged Dragon of Ra to his deck.

How to Summon the Winged Dragon of Ra

The Winged Dragon of Ra requires three monsters to tribute for its normal summon. You are losing a lot of resources for a single monster. You are losing advantage on the field. Those three monsters may be more effective as a group on the field than The Winged Dragon of Ra. The cost for the normal summon is too high, and not worth it.

First Effect

The Winged Dragon of Ra’s normal summon cannot be negated, and card’s effects are unable to activate. Your opponent cannot prevent Winged Dragon of Ra’s summoning. This is a great effect to avoid cards such as Trap Hole. This effect guarantees you will have a monster on the field. Winged Dragon of Ra will not be denied.

Second Effect

You pay Life Points until you have 100 remaining, and The Winged Dragon of Ra gains ATK that is equal to the amount of Life Points paid. For example, The Winged Dragon of Ra’s ATK becomes 6,000 when you pay 6,000 Life Points. That is a lot of offensive power from a single effect. You can deal major damage to your opponent. Also, The Winged Dragon of Ra can destroy most monsters in battle due to this special ability.

However, this effect has a major downside. You only have 100 Life Points, and your opponent can easily defeat you. A single attack from most monsters will defeat you. There are also Spell cards with the effect to deal damage to a player. For example, Burning Land inflicts 500 Lift Points of damage, and that small amount will defeat you.

Third Effect

Finally,  the third effect of The Winged Dragon of Ra destroys one monster on the field when you pay 1,000 Life Points.This is an effective ability to destroy a powerful monster on the board. It can enable a direct attack if your opponent does not have any additional monsters on the field. You have an opportunity to win the game. The Winged Dragon of Ra has a lot of attack points from its first effect.

Unfortunately, The Winged Dragon of Ra’s final effect is a useless ability due to its second effect. The second and third effects clash against each other. You must play Life Points for The Winged Dragon of Ra to gain attack points. You will not have any Life Points to pay the cost for the third effect. It does not have any impact in a game. That is a shame because the effect to destroy a monster is typically a useful ability.

Play these cards with the Winged Dragon of Ra!
  • The Winged Dragon of Ra – Sphere Mode
Card Rating

Overall, The Winged Dragon of Ra is the worst Egyptian God card. This is very disappointing because The Winged Dragon of Ra is an important card in the anime. Its effects do not give a major advantage of its owner. You must tribute many monsters to normal summon it. The Winged Dragon of Ra is not worth the cost and time to play in any competitive deck.

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

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