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Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon
- #NECH-053

You can detach 2 Xyz Materials from this card, then target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; its ATK becomes half its current ATK, and if it does, this card gains that lost ATK.

Card Ratings
Traditional: 1.80
Advanced: 3.25 

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 is Horrible. 3 is Average. 5 is the highest rating.

Date Reviewed:
Nov. 20, 2014

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This XYZ is a brute force beatstick that can get over just about anything and can stand up to a swarm by weakening one monster and killing another in battle.

The ATK of this card becomes stronger, the higher the ATK of the monster you are weakening.  But in any result, whether you reduce a 1500-ATK monster to 750-ATK or you reduce a 4000-ATK monster to 2000-ATK, you still inflict exactly 2500 damage by destroying it in battle.  That's a lot.  This card is victim to trap cards since it's a battle based card, but the good news is that if the opponent uses Breakthrough Skill, it's still a burly 2500-ATK beater.

This card isn't as vital as Castel, ARK, Exciton, et al., but it's still very good.  In an Extra Deck where space is tight, Rebellion isn't as essential.  Shaddolls need their Fusion space.  BA's need their LV3 space.  But in decks that are centered around LV4 monsters or have a bunch of LV4's but don't put a huge emphasis on the Extra Deck, this card will fit in as a quality toolbox

Power - 4
Speed - 3

Versatility - 3
Dependability - 3

Card Advantage - 3

Traditional - 1

Advanced - 3.25

Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon

One of the better XYZ cards to be released in the new era. 2500 attack is a very solid stand alone number when compared to Castel and 101. His effect to drain and gain attack is very deadly in the right situation. This card is sadly a lesser pick in some situations. If I can only dedicate 3-4 slots for Rank 4, I will pick Castel, 101, and another utility card over this guy 99% of the time. In a more dedicated Rank 4 deck I would play this card but not much outside of that.

Traditional 1/5
Advanced 3/5
T-REX Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon
Yet another brand new “Generic” Rank 4 Xyz, and is yet another Rank 4 that is going to be forced to attempt to squeeze into an already tight Extra Deck.
Yet fitting this in is something that I feel may be well worth it.
It’s effect is pretty simple, detach 2 Xyz materials from this card to reduce one of your opponents monsters ATK by half and then gain that exact same amount of ATK points to this cards ATK.
And even if used against a monster with a paltry 1000 ATK, Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon will now become a 3000 ATK monster!
It’s effect is very simple, but extremely effective as it should almost always allow you to be able to run over any monster, and with an already healthy ATK of 2500, it will mean that when you successfully run over any attack position monster, you will be inflicting 2500 Lifepoints of damage to your opponent.
While you’ll only ever be able to use this effect just the once, being able to easily bring this cards ATK to 3000 or above will cause problems for most monsters.
The only downside is if used against monsters that cannot be Targeted, as then you will not be able to use this effect against them.
Traditional: 2.5. May find uses, but won’t be needed most of the time.
Advanced: 3.5. Because it’s effect permanently reduces an opponents monsters ATK by half it may well see use in Decks that struggle to deal with bigger monsters.

Next up from the New Challengers we have Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon, the main monster of Yuto the Dark Duellist from Arc-V.
Statwise it’s a generic 2 material Rank 4 DARK/Dragon which is good with 2500 ATK and 2000 DEF, very good stats for a Rank 4.
Effectwise anyone remember the card Riryoku? Well Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon has a permanent version of that. Okay no-one actually played Riryoku, but even a weak monster will give this over 3000 ATK, which is nothing to be sneezed out. However it does require both materials, so unless you give this card more material it is a one shot deal. Also it has no protection which is never a good thing on anything that has the chance for high ATK.
It is generic so that is a big boost as always, but it is hard to see this being played, especially when there are so many powerful generic 2 material Rank 4s already available, this doesn’t really add much, just a big beatstick.
Overall, a nice card but this doesn’t really add anything to Rank 4 decks unless you need a big beatstick.
Traditional: 1.5/5
Advanced:  2.5/5


Hello Pojo Fans,
Today at CoTD we've got an Xyz monster from the new set. Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon is a Rank 4. It's DARK attribute and Dragon-type lends it a tremendous amount of support. Detach two Xyz materials to halve a face-up opponents monsters current ATK and then give that lost ATK to your Xyz Dragon.
2500 ATK is strong for a Rank 4, putting it up there with Utopia and Silent Honor ARK. It's DEF will lend it some protection if forced into defense. With no requirements for summoning, Xyz Dragon is able to be splashed into any Extra Deck as an offensive monster. Its Shrink and Honest-like ability allows it to defeat any monster in a battle based on ATK. The only downside is that the boost and loss of ATK will only last until your End Phase. Even after being defeated it will serve as a resource in the graveyard as a potential attacker if resurrected, or as fodder for removing.
Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon can be used in any Extra Deck, but in a deck that specializes in reattaching materials to an Xyz monster, its playability rises. The effect can be used multiple times in one turn. If you are able to reattach or substitute Xyz materials (using cards like Xyz Overdrive and Numbers Overlay Boost), Dark Rebellion could become a 10,000ATK monster for a turn and weaken two of your opponents monsters for any of your other monsters to destroy.
Dark Rebellion isn't a specialized monster that will gain a field advantage for several turns off of its effect. It is a monster that is a beatstick, point-blank. Use it to take out a monster that is strong and do 2500 Life Point damage to your opponent. After its effect is used up, it is still a strong attacker that is easily supported via attribute and type-based support effects.
Traditional- 3/5
Art- 4/5
Until Next Time,


So, for today's card, we have the cover card of Next Challengers, Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon. For those of you unfamiliar with the Arc-V anime, it is the ace card of Yuto, an "alternate" version of Yuya, and is generally considered to be Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon's counterpart, due to identical stats and similar naming scheme.
Another addition to the ever-growing rank 4 toolbox, Dark Rebellion only takes two level 4 monsters to make. So, it is very easy to make.
Standing at 2500 attack, it is also a target for both Eradicator Epidemic and Deck Devastation Viruses, without being as situational(looking at you Crazy Box).
Its effect is nothing short of amazing. Essentially, it lets you halve the attack of whatever guy your opponent has out, then Rebellion Dragon gains that attack. Take careful note that the attack gain is permanent, so you can keep beatsticking after it killed its primary target initially. As long as your opponent has a monster in attack mode, forgoing cards that skirt around this effect, they are getting
2500 to the face, and possibly more damage in the following turns.
This card is not without its flaws, though. No protection means a Number 101 might be a preferable option to go to over this when the scenario calls for it. Obviously weak to all flavors of traps, but its main weakness lies in Number 103:Ragnazero. As long as Rebellion Xyz Dragon remains on the field, boosted, your opponent has the chance to not only destroy him, but get a free card off of the trade.
So, overall, a very welcome addition to the rank 4 toolbox.
Traditional: whocares/5
Smell ya later!

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