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Steelswarm Roach

2 Level 4 monsters When a Level 5 or higher monster is Special Summoned: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; negate the Special Summon and destroy it.

Card Ratings
Traditional: 3.00
Advanced: 4.00 

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

Date Reviewed - July 26, 2011

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Steelswarm Roach, another XYZ Monster Summoned with two Level 4 Monsters, is a Dark, Fiend type Monster, with 1900 attack and 0 defense. Now, I like the effect on this card, when a Level 5 or higher Monster is Special Summoned, you can detach an XYZ Material Monster from this card, to negate said Special Summon, and destroy the Monster. The only problem here, is this seems like too much investment--two Level 4 Monsters, plus this card only has 1900 attack, so it likely isn't staying around long...(plus the 0 defense.)


Traditional: 1.5/5
Advanced: 2.5/5
Art: 4/5


Steelswarm Roach, the first Xyz reviewed from Generation Force, has what it takes to become an Extra Deck staple. Similar to Utopia, it is Rank 4 and requires to level 4 monsters to Xyz summon. Although Roach’s 1900 attack is paltry in comparison to Utopia, its effect allows you to detach a material to negate the special summon of a level 5 or higher monster. In essence, Roach is a two use Thunder King Rai-Oh that does not self destruct upon use. Being a DARK Fiend also helps, with all the support they get.

Traditional: 3 (Something to stop those Envoys)
Advanced: 4

Steelswarm Roach

Our second Rank 4 Xyz monster to be reviewed, Steelswarm Roach is simply amazing. Being Rank 4, Roach is very easy to summon. He has a great attribute and pretty good type, but his stats are mediocre. Generally a monster with 1900 attack worries about synchros and cards like Cyber Dragon, but Roach’s effect says no to those monsters. Let’s look at a Samurai deck real quick. A decent opening for Samurai could be something like a Shi En, 2 Kizans, a Magatama, and Mystical Space Typhoon. Not bad at all, right? Well if your opponent has easy access to Brionac, your field just got a lot worse. With Steelswarm Roach in the picture, those 2 Kizans could Xyz summon Roach and protect your Shi En from any synchro your opponent tries to summon. It’s not just synchros either, every higher level monster is in danger now. Plenty of other decks could make great use of a card like Roach. Stun decks benefit, obviously Samurai, Miracle Heroes, and even X-Sabers could benefit. Steelswarm Roach is very, very good and should be considered for every extra deck when it’s released.

Traditional: 4/5
Advanced: 4.5/5

Steelswarm Roach

Easily one of the more sought after cards in Generation Force, this guy is a Rank 4 Xyz Monster that stops big Special Summons. Opponent drops a Shi En on you? Get rid of it with this guy. Same goes for Brionac, Stardust, Hyper Librarian and just about every problem monster that isn't a Plant or Reborn Tengu. 1900 Attack is solid for a Rank 4 (I guess? It might be the equivalent of a Level 4), and giving up two Level 4 Monsters for this guy is worth it, since he will force your opponent to think around Synchros.

Traditional: 3/5
Advanced: 3.5/5


Next up is the other rank 4 exceed: steelswarm roach. He's got a 1900/1000 body on a dark fiend, and can detach an xyz material to negate an inherent special summon of level 5 or higher and destroy it. Basically he's a thunder king with staying power and lacking the ability to stop searches.... I like him!



Steelswarm Roach is THE Xyz monster. Also, it's THE new Pot of Duality. Roach is the only Xyz that will see consistent play, other than people using Utopia because they don't have Roach.

With just 1900 ATK, you probably aren't thinking much of this guy at first, especially because of his awful name and picture which really should've been better because of his effect. This guy is a super Thunder King. No Xyz or Synchro can take him down, because he effortlessly negates their summons. Chaos Sorcerer, Cyber Dragon--any monster that summons itself will be useless.

However, there is a real downside to having 1900 on this guy. Flamvell Firedog, Thunder King Rai-Oh, Card Trooper, T G Rush Rhino and friends can defeat him. You'll need at least one card to protect Roach. And keep in mind that cards like Roach and Thunder King, which only say they negate summons, are unable to stop monsters that get summoned through another card's effect. This means Monster Reborn, Call of the Haunted, Geartown/Karakuri Castle are other ways to defeat him, aside from standard monster removal.

But don't let this get you down. Roach is the money card of Generation Force and the best Xyz monster for a while.

Art: Bleh.
Fun Fact: He's the last Steelswarm in the Duel Terminal storyline.
Tomorrow: The name change makes it seem like someone's screaming at me.

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