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Pojo's Yu-Gi-Oh Card of the Day

Beast King Barbaros

You can Normal Summon or Set this card without Tributing. If you do, its original ATK becomes 1900. You can Tribute 3 monsters to Tribute Summon this card. When you do, destroy all cards your opponent controls.

Card Ratings
Traditional: 3.80
Advanced: 3.80

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst.
3 is average.
5 is the highest rating.

Date Reviewed - 08.05.09

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Dark Paladin

In what has apparently become Jump Promo week, we come along to Beast King Barbaros, who is a Level 8 monster of the Earth attribute and also a Beast-Warrior, which I'm sure surprises everyone with 3000 attack and 1200 defense.

Now, Level 8 requires two tributes, obviously, but you can also choose to Normal Summon or Set this card without thir Tributing, and if you do, this cards attack drops from 3000 to 1900. It can be useful in a crutch I suppose, but then you have an effectless monster on the Field with 1900 attack.

Secondly, you can tribute three monsters to summon this card, and if successful, you destroy all cards your opponent controls. Now, it's hard enough to play a two tribute monster, and for 3000 attack alone, you probably don't need to. This guy obviously fits beautifully in Gladiator Beasts which are as powerful and popular as ever.

It's nice to seem them receive a powerhouse in this form, and they are a quick, strong, and heavy hitting Deck that will get you, so enjoy playing with him.


Traditional: 2.5/5
Advanced: 4/5
Art: 5/5

Beast King Barbaros ...

Another good monster here. Anything THIS strong with no real limitations on getting to the field already starts out ahead of the game. 3000 ATK is just excellent. Earth - great. Beast Warrior - fine. But his effect that allows him to be normal summoned without a tribute, as i eluded to before is what makes him special. Sure - he comes out with less attack, but still - 1900 is nothing to sneeze at for no tributes, and its a fair trade off for something that will never be a dead card in your hand. And speaking of "trade" - his 8 stars make him perfect for Trade-in, if u want to dump/revive him. Not to mention all the other little tricks to get him back to optimal strength if he IS normal summoned sans tribute (Royal Oppression, flip & reverse, Forbidden Chalice, etc.) Many of them result in your opponent running head first into a buzz-saw thinking they can kill him at 1900 ... i've smacked into that buzz-saw many times myself.

I tell ya - Barbaros is frightening ...

Traditional: 4/5
Advanced: 4/5


N o V a

Its Wednesday, and we'll be looking at a rather amazing card. Beast King Barbaros, a level 8 monster that can be summoned without tributing monsters, but its attack goes down to 1900, and if tribute summoned by tributing 3 monsters, you can destroy all cards your opponent controls. Post-Ancient Prophecy, the card will only get better. Barbaros made its debut in Jeff Jones' deck at SHONEN JUMP Championship Anaheim, where the new Shonen Jump Championship card was also debuted, Dark End Dragon. Jeff Jones used Barbaros with Skill Drain to plow through the competition and become the Shonen Jump Champion of Anaheim, and Barbaros is still used in many decks, mostly based around Skill Drain, that is until Ancient Prophecy comes out. Future Vision is one of the new cards to be released in Ancient Prophecy, and its a Field Spell that removes a normal summoned monster from play and gets returned to the field during the controllers next Standby Phase. This means with Barbaros removed and returned to the field, its attack will go back to its original stats. We may see this used in the future with the Fortune Ladies. Barbaros has been used in other decks as well, such as Plants. Since Lonefire Blossom, Tytannial and Barbaros all benefit in some ways even with Skill Drain out, the deck still proves to be pretty good, even though the Dark Armed version of Skill Drain with Barbaros is much better. Barbaros is a card that can be used in many ways, and cant go wrong with just about all of those ways.

Traditional: 4/5
Advanced: 4/5
Parallel Fates Beast King Barbaros…One of the most anticipated cards to be imported to the US. As it is in its name, this card really is beast. It can potentially be a no tribute 3000-attack beaststick under certain circumstances. If Skill Drain or a card with similar effect is not on the field, Barbaros’ decreased 1900 attack is still very solid. Either way, this card will give your opponent fits and forces them to play at a faster pace.

Its secondary effect of Raigeki when tributing 3 monsters for summoning will scarcely see any play. However, in beast decks that utilizes Nimbles and Dandelion, will increase your chances of being able to pull it off. But even then, you would hate for it to run into a Bottomless. That said, you should avoid using this effect if possible.

Definitely an awesome card that is made even better with the release of Forbidden Chalice, which not only brings it back to its original 3000-attack (if it was at 1900 before), it gives it an extra 400


Jae Kim

Wednesday: Beast King Barbaros


Barbaros is a card that is very misunderstood. When Jeff Jones first used it in his Skill Drain deck, it was an excellent metagame call designed to stop Gladiator Beasts (which are weak to big beat sticks).


So now I see builds of Plant Drain and Dark Drain splash it in all over the place. Good move, right? Wrong.


Barbaros is garbage now. I wouldn’t play him in any deck, including builds that main three copies of Skill Drain. All of the big decks run multiple Bottomless and have numerous ways of getting around 3000 attack normal monsters.


In this current game state (due to broken design), the attack score of a monster means next to nothing. 1900 is pathetic and 3000 through a two card combo is not much better.

Exhaust every possible option in your Skill Drain build before turning to Barbaros.


Traditional- 2.5/5

Advanced- 2.5/5

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