Trident Dragion – #LC5D-EN237
1 Dragon-Type Tuner + 1 or more non-Tuner Dragon-Type monsters
Must be Synchro Summoned, and cannot be Special Summoned by other ways. When this card is Synchro Summoned: You can target up to 2 other cards you control; destroy those targets, and if you do, for each destroyed card, this card gains 1 additional attack during each Battle Phase this turn.
Date Reviewed: July 13th, 2023
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale. 1 is awful. 3 is average. 5 is excellent.
Hello Pojo Fans,
Trident Dragion is our Throwback Thursday choice this week, and a monster that is pretty restricted to certain builds.
Level 10 Dragon Synchro that requires all Dragon-Type monsters, no splashing this monster into any builds that can make Level 10 Synchros. 3000ATK is respectable, but “cannot be Special Summoned by other ways” is not, that is a restriction no one likes to see. Trident Dragion is gone when it leaves the field, and that is never a good thing for a monster’s playability. To make up for this, Trident Dragion can pop up to two cards when summoned and can make up to that many additional attacks during the Battle Phase this turn (referencing the two other heads). For a monster that is gone when it leaves the field, you do get a good amount for Trident Dragion: a +2 off its summon and then an OTK potential. You only get the extra attack(s) if you destroy cards, cards chained that were targeted aren’t counted and you are left without your additional attack. This card was super easy to summon back in the day with the Dragon Rulers still around alongside Debris Dragon. Nowadays I could see some decks running this and having a decently easy time summoning it. The problem now is that there are monsters that are just as strong that require less to summon and are less restrictive.
Trident Dragion had its time alongside the Dragon Ruler monsters. Could it come back, likely not, even with all the Dragon Rulers eventually being at Limited status. There’s just equally good to better monsters out there now that require less investment. Even with equal investment, that restriction of being unable to be summoned other than Synchro Summon hurts Trident Dragion a lot.
Until Next Time
Since the Synchro stuff this week is more Dragon-focused, I thought it’d be fitting to look at a classic Dragon Synchro you could summon with all these new cards: Trident Dragion.
Trident Dragion is a Level 10 FIRE Dragon Synchro with 3000 ATK and 2800 DEF. Stats are pretty strong, gotta always appreciate being a Dragon, and FIRE is solid with more support incoming. Synchro Materials are any Dragon Tuner and any non-Tuner Dragon monster(s), so specific to Dragons certainly. It must be Synchro Summoned and cannot be summoned by other ways, but when it is Synchro Summoned, you can target up to 2 other cards you control and destroy them to have this card gain 1 additional attack during each Battle Phase that turn for each card destroyed. I’d say I wish it was for every turn onwards, but considering this is a 3000 ATK monster that can attack up to 3 times, I’d assume you summoning this would mean there’s no later turns. Now the game has modernized to where something like this wouldn’t see as much play as it used to. The Synchro toolbox, and honestly the Extra Deck toolbox as a whole, has expanded a ton in the 14 years since this was released. With that said, if you run a Dragon strategy that doesn’t mind to destroy its own stuff or can just generate a ton of advantage, I’d recommend this. A 3000 ATK triple attacker should be able to win you the game if you can clear the opponent’s board or have already done some damage previously to where you could run over their monsters. Even if you don’t go for game 3000 ATK should run over most monsters you might run into. Still a cool card after all these years.
Advanced Rating: 3.5/5
Art: 5/5 This has always been one of the cooler Dragons in the game in terms of design.
Throwback Thursday brings us a card I desperately wanted as a kid, Trident Dragion, a level 10 FIRE Dragon Synchro monster from Raging Battle in 2009. A relatively early Synchro monster, Dragon requires a Dragon Tuner and any Dragon non-Tuners, so pretty much any Dragon Synchro deck can make it fairly easily (though its uses over a certain other level 10 Dragon are questionable). With 3000 attack and 2800 defense, its stats have aged quite well, but how about its effects?
Trident Dragion is locked into being Synchro Summoned, so you can’t cheat it out with cards like Waking the Dragon, nor revive it from the Graveyard with cards like Monster Reborn if it gets killed. Dragion has a single trigger effect that triggers when it’s Synchro Summoned, letting you target and destroy up to two other cards you control to grant Dragion another attack during the Battle Phase that turn for each target. Unlike many modern monsters only getting additional attacks per monster, it’s additional attacks wholesale, so if your opponent doesn’t have any meat shields, that’s a lethal 9000 damage. In the old days, Dragunity could easily make Dragion and go for the OTK. In the modern era, however, Dragion’s lack of utility and rather heavy drawback make it impractical. Dragon Link decks in particular would rather simply summon two other monsters with 3000 attack and achieve the same result, a task that was much more difficult when Dragion was legal. Perhaps it’ll get a retrain that lets it destroy any cards on the field, then it would be a lot more useful for today.
Art: 4.25/5 Still cool! Back when I didn’t even read the effect and assumed it was just good because “big dragon with big numbers”.
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