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

Number 30: á
Acid Golem of Destruction

2 Level 3 monsters - During your Standby Phase: Detach 1 Xyz Material from this card or take 2000 damage. You cannot Special Summon any monsters. While this card has no Xyz Materials, it cannot attack.

Card Ratings
Traditional: 2.40
Advanced: 3.40 

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

Date Reviewed - July 20, 2012

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Number 30:  Acid Golem of Destruction...well he certainly will bring destruction, one way or another.  To you and/or your opponent.  This is a Rank 3 XYZ Monster (ease, Tour Guide, again) XYZ Summoned with two Level 3 Monsters.  It is a Rock type Monster, although of the Water attribute.  I think Wind or even Dark would be much more fitting, but alas, I'm not the guy who makes the cards.  OH, and this guy has 3000 attack and defense points.
During your Standby Phase, detach an XYZ Material from this Monster, or you take 2000 Damage.  That right there is probably reason enough for most people not to play this card.  People tend to not play cards that have (even semi optional as its not if you have no XYZ Material to discard) such damaging effects.  While this card has no XYZ Material, it can't attack.  That's honestly not a huge deal to me.  It's something your opponent isn't likely to attack through, although could be removed by BLS, or you're forcing them to destroy this via effect or Magic or Trap card.  A 3000 attack (or defense) wall isn't necessarily a bad thing.
The real bane to Acid Golem is the other effect, you cannot Special Summon any Monsters.  I'm kinda seeing this perhaps as a finishing or closing card.  Something to bring out late game, or to deal the final attack.  You're at a point where you aren't going to care about taking Damage, or even have to come back to your next turn to worry about such things.  Play it late game and throw a Megamorph on, then you have a 6000 attack Monster just like that.  If you need to Special Summon, do all that first, then play Acid Golem.  I like this card.

Traditional:  2.5/5
Advanced:  3.5/5
Art;  5/5

John Rocha

Number 30: Acid Golem is one of several rank 3 monsters that has found its way into most Extra Decks. With 3000 attack and the ability to be summoned with one card (Tour Guide), it is just too big and too strong to not include in your Extra Deck. Yes it has the unfortunate side effects of costing you 2000 life points per stand-by phase if it has no Xyz material and you can not special summon monsters, but who cares; you have quite possibly the biggest monster on the field that can run over anything.
The bad effects of Number 30: Acid Golem can be overcome if you are running Skill Drain or Creature Swap. The latter card is a personal favorite of mine, as you wait until you have no Xyz material attached and then Creature Swap it with one of your opponent’s monsters. Then on their turn, they loose 2000 LP, can not attack with it, and can not special summon monsters. Ouch!!
Acid Golem is best played towards the end of a duel when life points are low and your opponent is top decking as it will be harder for your opponent to be able to deal with your powerful beastie, thus giving you control of the field and hopefully the game. It is very important for a player to know when to play this card as if played at the wrong time; it could mean doom and gloom.
Traditional: 3/5
Advanced: 4/5


Golem is a card that screams for abuse is some ways. A Rank 3 WATER/Rock type, needing 2 level 3 monsters, and here's what it does: During your standby phase, detach 1 Xyz material from this card or take 2000 damage, you cannot special summon any monsters. While this card has no Xyz materials, it cannot attack. Sometimes, all you need is a 3000 to get your point across. But if you are planning on using this card in advance, then Oni-Gami Combo should be in your hand as well as something like...oh say, Creature Swap. There are not that many ways your opponent can get rid of your Acid Golem on their side of the field. Tributing it, wasting something like Dark Hole or Torrential Tribute, or even Book of Moon. but if you catch them off guard, they are taking 2000 whether they like it or not. Best used in Burn decks that use Lava Golem.....man...taking 3000 damage in one turn, that's gotta hurt.
Traditional: 1.5
Advanced: 3



Number 30: Acid Golem of Destruction
Rk. 3/WATER/Rock/3000A/3000D
"2 Level 3 monsters
During your Standby Phase: Detach 1 Xyz Material from this card or take 2000 damage. You cannot Special Summon any monsters. While this card has no Xyz Materials, it cannot attack."

AGoD is meant to be a game ender and is one of the easiest beatsticks to get out in the game, as well as being one of the most powerful XYZs that exist. Unfortunately, he has some major downsides to him in that you cannot Special Summon ANY monsters while he's out and once his Material is gone, he's essencially useless except as a defense wall that hurts you heavily each Standby Phase. Do note that his effect to remove a material is OPTIONAL! You can let him keep a Material if you're willing to eat some major effect damage. Also, you MUST remove him from the field BEFORE or AFTER the Standby Phase if Skill Drain is in play as if he's removed during that phase, Skill Drain cannot negate his effect and you take the damage anyways.

I've tried using him in a speed XYZ deck and have learned a few things about him. First, if you use him, make sure to have lots of monster-killing effects such as Smashing Ground or Nobleman of Crossout as you really want to be able to attack with him directly. Second, have ways to get him off the field once his Material is used up, such as Compulsory Evacuation Device, tribute him, or have Skill Drain in play. Also, try to wait to use him until you really have to or you are fairly sure he can end the game that turn as his Special Summon restriction can be a real handicap for you. He's a useful card in the right circumstances, but needs some support to be used correctly.

Traditional: 2.75
Advanced: 2.75

Sporting a stat spread of 3000/3000, Number 30 wields a battle prowess greater than that of the Blue-Eyes White Dragon. All that is needed to satisfy this lust of power is any two Level 3 monsters; following the Overlay process, you are granted the power of unrestrained Hulk Smash for two full Battle Phases. The ease at which it is summoned almost sets a new standard for the ATK inflation; the only other Xyzs that trump Acid Golem in ATK are around the Rank 8 range (not to mention strict Material requirements).
Clearly, some restraint must be placed so that Acid Golem doesn't outclass Leviathan Dragon (or any other Xyz for that matter). If the opponent still has a pulse after two turns, its sludge begins to course through your own heart (fond memories of Injection Fairy Lily).
Finally, what most people often forget is what I feel is its most hindering effect, which is that it inhibits the controller's ability for Special Summoning. Once Acid Golem is out: No more Synchros or Xyzs. You gotta seal the deal with Acid Golem and any other previously summoned monsters in two turns, lest Acid Golem's poisonous body fluids burn you at a rate twice as fast as Lava Golem's. You can sacrifice Golem's attack privileges to save you an extra 2000 LP, but only for a turn. Otherwise, if you are not winning as you should be, may you hopefully Tribute this monster for a Tribute Summon (such as for Prime Material Dragon, , cost (Mystik Wok, Enemy Controller), or with Dark Hole quickly. More unreliable tactics involve Forbidden Chalice and Axe of Fools.
I personally strongly detest using such a double-edged card, although it might be because I find this card easy to counter because I personally enjoy playing passively and stally. If you summon Acid Golem with proper support against a deck that doesn't run Messenger of Peace or Marshmallon, however, it should not be long before your opponent perishes in poisonous peril (and "hopefully" it'll get destroyed by a Trap anyway, or perhaps not if the opponent underestimates Acid Golem of Destruction's destruction). Acid Golem really is an ultimate do-or-die card.
Niche Decks: Skill Drain, Creature Swap, Hyper Offensive OTK
Ruling Clarification: The part where you get to choose to pick between an Xyz Material or taking damage is a Trigger Effect, the trigger being whenever your Standby Phase rolls around. However, even if Acid Golem is getting negated, like with Skill Drain or Forbidden Chalice, the effect still technically "activates" (it's just that it gets negated). HOWEVER, it only stays negated so long as Acid Golem is still faceup. If, for whatever reason, Acid Golem's effect is getting negated, it will still attempt to activate the effect. If something is chained so that Acid Golem is no longer faceup (usually Comp Evac Device or Book of Moon), then Acid Golem can no longer be negated, so the effect goes through, and you need to choice to detach a Material or take 2000. BONUS: Since Golem isn't gonna be faceup on the field anyway, you're not allowed to "detach an Xyz Material," so you're forced to accept the 2000. This applies to pretty much all monsters.
Trad: 2/5 (massive combo-orientated metagame has less need for "pure power")
Adv: 3/5 (I do admit that an emergency 3000 ATK is appreciated in trumping the likes of problem opponents like Stardust Dragon, Scrap Dragon, etc.)
Aesthetics: 3.75/5 It is the only Water Rock monster, which strikes me as very unique and interesting (although Zombie would've worked too). The way this huge, sprawling Rock monster is seemingly melting...ingenius. It also reminds me a lot of the Pokemon Garbodor. This was the 30th Xyz Monster to be made in the TCG, but I think that's wholly an unplanned coincidence (like Leviathan Dragon). A bigger use f the 30 is following Kite Tenjo's "multiples of 10" trend and the 3000/3000 score.
Philosophy Corner: All the Popeye songs I've been talking about for the past four days are all from one poet. I got them from Bruce Lansky's A Bad Case of the Giggles (1997), although I don't own a copy anymore, so I can't properly cite the Popeye guy.
"And don't smoke!" -Alton Brown, American chef and TV personality

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