Power Tool Dragon – #HAC1-EN177
1 Tuner + 1+ non-Tuner monsters
Once per turn: You can reveal 3 Equip Spells from your Deck, then your opponent randomly adds 1 of them to your hand, and shuffle the other cards into the Deck. If this card would be destroyed while equipped with an Equip Spell(s), you can send 1 of those cards to the GY instead.
Date Reviewed: September 22nd, 2022
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale. 1 is awful. 3 is average. 5 is excellent.
Hello Pojo Fans,
Power Tool Dragon is a long ago Throwback Thursday choice, going all the way back to 2009, a simpler time for sure.
Generic materials needed for this Level 7 Synchro Machine. Lower ATK than you’d like to see on a Level 7. Each turn you can reveal 3 Equip Spells from the Deck and your opponent chooses which one you get, the rest get shuffled back. Despite the inherited protection PTD gets from being equipped with an Equip Spell (the Equip Spell is destroyed instead of Power Tool), players seem to use Power Tool Dragon more as a means to get to their Equip Spells and use them on other monsters, making Power Tool Dragon really more of an Equip Spell search versus a boss monster. Many times, players will run three of a specific Equip Spell and Synchro Summon Power Tool Dragon to immediately get to it. Power Tool in most cases won’t even have the ability to be equipped with the card because it will be for a specific archetype like Morphtronic or SPYRAL.
In the case of Morphtronic, they do have the Equip Spell “Double Tool C&D” which does allow to be equipped to a Morphtronic or Power Tool Dragon. On your turn, “Double Tool C&D” gives your monster a 1000ATK boost and stops any effects during the Battle Phase. On your opponent’s turn, your opponent has to attack whichever monster has “Double Tool C&D” equipped and the monster that battles it will be destroyed at the end of the Damage Step. That is a top-notch Equip Spell that supports not only Morphtronic but also Power Tool Dragon. The 1000ATK boost helps the lower ATK Morphtronic monsters and the under-powered Power Tool Dragon be able to hold their own. Combine that with Earfon equipped to Power Tool Dragon, and you have a 3300ATK on your turn that can attack twice. When not your turn, Double Tool C&D can take the opponent’s monster with yours if yours would be destroyed, however, with Power Tool Dragon being able to destroy any Equip attached to it instead, why would the opponent do that? Power Tool would live, Double Tool C&D would be destroyed, and the opponent’s monster would as well.
Power Tool Dragon is an Equip Spell searcher and, while meant to be a boss monster, it kinda fell short. It’s generic requirements allow it to be splashed into many archetypes that can Synchro Summon and that use Equip Spell cards, which is great. Morphtronic have many Equip Spells to search, however Double Tool C&D is one that benefits the archetype and Power Tool, and would be the one to search immediately with Power Tool’s effect.
Until Next Time
Throwback Thursday this week brings us to Leo’s classic ace monster that later evolved into his Signer Dragon: Power Tool Dragon.
PTD is a Level 7 EARTH Machine Synchro with 2300 ATK and 2500 DEF. Stats are fine for Level 7, plus the benefit of EARTH and Machine returns. Materials are any Tuner and non-Tuner(s), so generic. The first effect is a soft once per turn to reveal 3 Equip Spells in your Deck to make the opponent add a random one to your hand while the others return to the Deck. This was nice back then to help OTK by trying to get United We Stand, Mage Power, or Double Tool C&D, but now I imagine it’s more of a combo extender searching stuff like Living Fossil, D.D.R. – Different Dimension Reincarnation, Automatous Action Unit, or Morphtronic Repair Unit. Every legal Equip Spell in the game is currently at 3, so you can max out on certain equips to guarantee you can search it. Idk if we’ll ever get cards like Premature Burial, Snatch Steal, or Smoke Grenade of the Thief back, but this is instantly a tool to get to those cards if ever made legal again. The second effect triggers if this would be destroyed, instead letting you send an Equip Spell that’s equipped to this to the graveyard, giving it some protection if you were to keep it on board, which probably isn’t as common as it once was. Power Tool Dragon does age pretty well in terms of Synchros, as it gets better the more Equip Spells we get access to for it to search. For Morphtronics, I can see you still running this to get to Equip Spells that help you continue to Synchro Summon.
Advanced Rating: 4/5
Art: 5/5 I can’t really ever hate this. It’s pretty cool.
In a Leo week, what else could Throwback Thursday have been? Power Tool Dragon (sort of, sort of not one of the Signer Dragons) is a Level 7, Earth/Machine, with 2300 atk and 2500 stats. The low end of fair for stats for its Level, requiring Tuner and 1+ non-Tuners for a Synchro Summon. Power Tool Dragon is simple, and certainly has some uses, just he’s never particularly found a real area or time in the game to shine. For the unaware, PTD is ALL about Equips. Machines generally aren’t about Equips, so he may often find a home in Warrior Decks (or others that are more Equip focused). Once per Turn, you can reveal 3 Equips from your Deck, and your opponent randomly adds 1 to your Hand. The others are returned to your Deck (which is then Shuffled). An Equip is certainly going to increase your attack and/or protect you in some form, good, of course, assuming you’re successful in Equipping said card. The random factor is fun…you don’t immediately know what you’re going to get, and your opponent doesn’t know either. I don’t like you reveal the three cards, cause that way your opponent SEES all 3, so that’s giving Deck info away for free. The protection aspect is nice, where sacrificing an Equip protects it from being destroyed (in any manner). He’s not the fastest or the strongest out there, but he’s not bad either.
Art: 4.5/5 This always reminded me of construction, lego, building etc…but it works for me
One of the cards I wanted most as a kid, fittingly returning for Morphtronic Throwback Thursday; Power Tool Dragon is the de jure boss of the Morphtronic archetype, which might not make much sense unless you’ve seen the 5Ds anime. It’s a level 7 EARTH Machine Synchro monster, so it fits Morphtronic statistics like a glove. Summoning it, however, is an entirely different story for Morphtronics; it only has generic requirements of a Tuner and any other non Tuners, but Morphtronic as a deck struggles to make level 7s, ironically enough. You’re better off running the Psi-Reflector engine or Mathematician (dumping Lightsworn Archer Felis) if your goal is summoning Power Tool Dragon. It has a rather unimpressive stat spread of 2300 attack and 2500 defense, but it has a few tricks to shore it up.
Power Tool Dragon’s first effect is a soft once per turn, letting you reveal 3 Equip Spells from your deck, adding one of them picked by your opponent to your hand and shuffling the other two back into the deck. Since it lacks the “with different names” clause, you can pick 3 Equips with the same name to guarantee the search, but keep in mind you must have at least 3 Equip Spells still in your deck to activate it in the first place. You’re supposed to search Double Tool C&D to make Power Tool a respectable 3300 beater that prevents effects during the Battle Phase, but as that strategy is highly outdated, its main usage in modern Yugioh is searching extender Equip Spells like Living Fossil to Synchro climb into stronger monsters (for example, Mathematician can make Power Tool Dragon with Felis, then you can revive Felis with Living Fossil to summon Psychic End Punisher). Power Tool’s other effect allows you to save it from destruction by sending one of its Equip Spells to the Graveyard, which is rudimentary protection but could come up sometimes. Historically, Power Tool Dragon has never been the star of its own deck, instead being a powerful enabler in Isolde decks like Dark Warriors and Infernoble due to its ability to search D.D.R. – Different Dimension Reincarnation, the aforementioned Living Fossil, and Phoenix Blade for massive combo potential. Fortunately, various hits and hand traps have made Isolde decks largely irrelevant, so Power Tool Dragon currently is seeing little competitive play for now. Still, it’s certainly a card to keep an eye out for whenever a new Equip-based deck is on the horizon.
Art: 4.25/5 I might be biased from my childhood, but I just really like the blend of “cool” and “goofy” from the toy-looking tool parts. I also just noticed that the tail is a shovel.
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