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Pojo's Yu-Gi-Oh! Card of the Day
Daily Since 2002!
You can discard this card to add up to 2 "Thunder Dragons" from your Deck to your hand.
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 is Horrible.
3 is Average.
5 is the highest rating.
Date Reviewed: Aug. 11, 2016
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This card came out in the
2nd set, Metal Raiders.
It was one of the first
few LV5+ monsters with an effect.
This card has weak stats,
but it's effect has made up for it.
This card was useful in
the Chaos era to dump a LIGHT
monster into the graveyard quickly.
The effect is a +1,
because you get 2 cards for the
price of one.
Most decks shouldn't use
this card because the two cards you
get are basically filler.
When Graceful Charity was
legal, it was easier to use this
card for a discard.
Otherwise, decks needed to
use somewhat risky cards like
Raigeki Break and such.
This card does thin the
deck, increasing your probability of
drawing cards you want to draw.
The big downside of this
card is that if you open the game
with 2 of them, instead of being a
+1, it's a -2.
This card has always had
potential niche uses, but overall
(especially at the moment), it isn't
But in the future, it's
possible there will be a deck to
utilize this card.
This card is my personal favourite card of all time,
and certainly not because its the best card in the
game, but rather because I like its Artwork, and
simplicity of effect.
Arguably this card is a "Pot of Greed" in monster
form... Well, not really, but one copy in hand is
able to add (up to) two more copies from your Deck
to your Hand, and this provides you with a certain
+1, as long as you don't Draw 2 at the same time of
The part of Thunder Dragon's effect that I always
found most useful is that you can Discard that one
copy in order to add up to two copies of Thunder
Dragon from your Deck to your Hand... And this part
is what can be most important since when "Chaos" or
Light and Dark type monsters were most predominant
(especially when Yata Lock was a thing), you could
Discard one, to add one, and then Discard that one
to add the third from your Deck to your Hand, in
this way you could get two Light type monsters into
your Graveyard with very little effort, and this
fact could actually be match winning.
Probably the best use for it though was when
Graceful Charity was legal since Thunder Dragon
could actually make Graceful Charity a full
Rating: 2. The fact that this card can alone thin
your Deck by 2 as well as be a way with which you
can offset the cost of discard type cards makes this
card at least feasibly useful, and it is most
certainly more useful in a Deck where you are
playing Light and Dark based monsters.
I will also add that I LOVE the Artwork of this card
and would actually love for it to be made as some
sort of a "Shiny"... Preferably Ultimate Rare! :D
Hello Pojo Fans,
Thunder Dragon should be called “Discard Fodder”
Easy to use: ditch one to get up to 2 more “Thunder
Dragon” from your deck. It's a +1 and thins your
deck, and if you are using a lot of resources for
discarding, playing a set of this monster may be a
good idea. They are LIGHT so they are Chaos fodder,
but not much else help in terms of being a good
monster besides being discarded almost immediately.
I can't even imagine having this and Graceful
Charity back in the day to start off the game, it
must have felt like Christmas. With Pendulum
monsters front and center, Thunder Dragon could be
Pendulum Summoned and used to go Rank 5, but its
best use is as being removal and discard fuel. Had
it been a Dragon-Type it would be even better.
Art-3/5- Classic look, but more thunder could be
Until Next Time
We follow up an old card with an even older card.
Thunder Dragon is a Level 5 Light Thunder-type
monster with 1600 Atk and 1500 Def. Those stats are
awful for a Level 5 monster. Those stats would only
be ok on a Level 4 monster. The effect isn't great
either. Thunder Dragon can discard itself to search
up to two Thunder Dragon from the Deck to the hand.
The fusion of these cards is not great. There is no
good draw card associated with having Level 5 Light
Thunder-type monsters in the hand. At best, the
other two could be discard costs and deck thinners.
There are much better options out there.
Score: 2/5 for the 2 cards you end up with. Don't
draw more than one of these.
Art: 4/5 This and Grapha make me wish for some dual
There is no current or foreseeable use for this
monster outside of FTK decks which uses it to thin
out the deck and then provide material for discard
costs. It’s pretty much garbage and will probably
never see the light of day again unless, by some
miracle, a good card comes along that needs to
discard two thunder types to activate. That’s
probably never going to happen.
Future Potential: 1/5