Redox, Dragon Ruler of Boulders – #CT10-EN003
If this card is in your hand or Graveyard: You can banish a total of 2 EARTH and/or Dragon-Type monsters from your hand and/or Graveyard, except this card; Special Summon this card. During your opponent’s End Phase, if this card was Special Summoned: Return it to the hand. You can discard this card and 1 EARTH monster to the Graveyard, then target 1 monster in your Graveyard; Special Summon that target. If this card is banished: You can add 1 EARTH Dragon-Type monster from your Deck to your hand. You can only use 1 “Redox, Dragon Ruler of Boulders” effect per turn, and only once that turn.
Date Reviewed: Oct. 27, 2022
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale. 1 is awful. 3 is average. 5 is excellent.
Hello Pojo Fans,
Redox, Dragon Ruler of Boulders is an interesting Throwback Thursday choice for the Vernusylph archetype week but it is all about that EARTH Attribute.
It is amazing in 2022 that we have so much support for so many formally powerful archetypes unlimited while the Dragon Ruler archetype still has three out of four Rulers in ban list jail, and Redox is one of them (Tempest is the only one paroled). Like all the Dragon Rulers, Redox needs a combo of its Attribute or Dragon-Type monsters banished to Special Summon itself from the grave or hand. Vernusylph, Zombie, EARTH-Fairy, and Dinos are a few of the archetypes that would potentially see Redox dropped into decks if Limited. It pops back to the hand during the opponent’s End Phase, but usually it was already used for a Synchro or Xyz Summon back in the day. Low ATK, but huge DEF made it a good wall, but it was typically always used for an Xyz Summon.
Discard Redox and an EARTH monster to Special Summon any monster from your grave is at first a -1 until effects start kicking in and Redox is always accessible for a Special Summon if you have the discard material. The add an EARTH Dragon-Type if Redox gets banished doesn’t matter as you aren’t running any of those.
Tempest was brought back and didn’t cause any hurricanes to be thrown up in the meta, and while it could be said that WIND aren’t the best Attribute in the game or in the Dragon Rulers, I’m not sure keeping the weakest Dragon Ruler from at least having one ban list at Limited status would be a bad thing. If they were all released there would be Dragon Ruler decks again (and the smaller forms would be banned) but I’m not convinced that their power would be equal to how dominating they once were.
Until Next Time
Throwback Thursday brings us to a classic EARTH monster for generic EARTH strategies, or Dragons for that matter: Redox, Dragon Ruler of Boulders.
Redox is a Level 7 EARTH Dragon with 1600 ATK and 3000 DEF. That’s a strong DEF stat for Level 7, plus being an EARTH Dragon is solid. First effect is similar to all the other Dragon Rulers, letting you Special Summon this from the hand or graveyard by banishing a total of 2 EARTH and/or Dragon monsters from your hand and/or graveyard, letting you get this out by using your graveyard resources. EARTH is a good Attribute and we don’t need to really discuss how strong Dragon is as a Type. During the opponent’s End Phase, if this was Special Summoned, it returns to the hand. A little bit of a downside if you don’t use this as material, but you at least can use its effects in hand again if you need. You can discard this and an EARTH monster to revive a monster in your graveyard, which honestly makes this one of the better Dragon Rulers since it gives EARTH strategies another Monster Reborn. Finally, if this card is banished, you can add an EARTH Dragon from your Deck to your hand, which is a solid effect since I’m sure there’s several good EARTH Dragons I might not think of instantly, but I know of Reactan, Mythic Tree Dragon, and another Redox for one. You only get one effect a turn and only once that turn, but they’re all so powerful that it’s not the worst thing in the world. Redox will be a nice card for EARTH strategies if it ever returns, which honestly would be fine like with the rest of the Dragon Rulers. It’s strong, but I don’t know about ban worthy anymore.
Advanced Rating: 4.5/5
Art: 5/5 Redox’s back alone looks dangerous.
A Banned card, and a Dragon Ruler for review on Throwback Thursday? I’m in! Redox, Dragon Ruler of Boulders (These guys even have cool names; that’s just fun to say) is a Level 7, Earth/Dragon, with 1600 atk but a whopping 3000 def. These guys trick is in how easily the Special Summon, and that it can be done from the Hand or Grave. The ease of not having to Tribute but simply remove 2 Earth and/or Dragon Types from your Grave in order to bring this to your Field is ridiculous. Slap this down in Defense, and enjoy. But wait, here’s another trick! Seriously though, it cycles back to your Hand if Special Summoned during your opponent’s End Phase. But to make up for that, it can Special Summon itself from your Grave with its second Effect. Discarding itself and a second Earth Monster let you Target and Special Summon an Earth Monster from your Grave. Plus, the final gimmick for these guys is that if they’re removed from play, they add a similar card, again, here in this case, Earth/Dragon netted to your Hand via the Deck. You can only use one of said Effects per Turn, and only Once per Turn. But this thing (as are the family) are disgustingly quick, and powerful.
Art: 5/5 All of these have tremendous artwork. The eyes are a bit disturbing, though this pic is creepy enough to get some Halloween points.
If you read a Vernusylph card and thought EARTH monsters and discarding sounded familiar, you’re probably not me! Throwback Thursday brings us Redox, Dragon Ruler of Boulders, who also happens to be an EARTH monster that involves discarding. Part of the infamous Dragon Ruler series, Redox is a level 7 EARTH Dragon monster and has been banned since 2015, as the deck was incredibly powerful for its time. Though it has a miserable 1600 attack for a level 7 monster, it makes up for it with a fantastic 3000 defense for a level 7, so if nothing else it’s an okay meat shield.
Like all the other Dragon Rulers, Redox has 4 one per turn, hard once per turn effects, which sounds pretty silly, but that’s just how they roll. Redox can Special Summon itself from your hand or Graveyard by banishing two Dragon and/or EARTH monsters from your hand or Graveyard. This is the primary effect of the Dragon Rulers, since in a Dragon-heavy deck, you will inevitably have enough fuel to get these guys out. This’ll also work in EARTH decks in particular if you really need to, but we’ll get to that later. Consequently, if Redox is Special Summoned, it returns to your hand during your opponent’s End Phase. While it does stink a bit, you’ll usually be using it as Xyz or Link fodder anyway. Redox’s third effect is more localized, letting you discard both it and another EARTH monster to Special Summon any monster from your Graveyard. While this effect is very powerful, it’s important to note you’ll need to be running a majority EARTH deck to get any real mileage out of it. Finally, if Redox is banished, you can search any EARTH Dragon you want from your deck. This sounds great until you realize the selection is quite barren. Aside from searching itself or Reactan, Dragon Ruler of Pebbles for follow-up, you can search quite a few Amorphage monsters, but otherwise, there’s nothing significant worth searching, as it would require multiple card combos to do anything meaningful. These days, Redox would certainly see experimental play with Dragon Link and EARTH decks like Earth Machines and Vernusylph, though I don’t think it’d be as powerful as Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls. That said, The generic Graveyard revival is quite powerful, even if Dragon Rulers as a deck are a relic of the past.
Art: 4.25/5 A lot of people were apparently heartbroken by the fact that Redox does not, in fact, have giant bug eyes.
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