The first new type of monster added to the game.Yu-Gi-Oh!was Ritual Monsters, introduced in the third Yu-Gi-Oh! The set unlocks Magic/Spell Ruler. Ritual Monsters enter the Main Deck and require a Ritual Spell to Summon them while Tributing monsters that match the Ritual Monster's Level.RELATED:Yu-Gi-Oh! The Best Link Monsters in Gaming History, RankedWhile Ritual Monsters have generally been considered the weakest of the monster types, they have received a lot of support over the years to highlight them, usually for their ability to circumvent normal Ritual mechanics. Ritual Monster decks have improved a lot, with some being considered some of the best decks of all time.Updated March 27, 2022 by Johnny Garcia: Yu-Gi-Oh! It continues to thrive as there are multiple formats for Duelists to play thanks to multiple releases. There is, of course, the traditional TCG, which sees the return of personal events along with new sets that introduce powerful cards to the game. For fans of alternate formats, Speed Duel has a bunch of new toys to play with thanks to the release of the GX Box. Master Duel was also released, allowing the first official TCG sim to use a combination of TCG and OCG ban lists to create its own unique format. Now there are so many ways to play Yu-Gi-Oh! as accessible as never before.
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15 Decay, High King of Armageddon
A reimagining of the original Demise Ritual Monster, Demise, Supreme King Of Armageddon does what it did, only better. It's a level ten, so it requires a bit of investment, but it's worth it to make an impact.
While on the field, it prevents Ritual Monsters from being destroyed by battle while Ritual Summoned. If you used Ritual Monsters for your Summon, you can use their effects even without paying Life Points. If you pay 2000 (if you can't do it for free), Demise, Supreme King Of Armageddon can destroy all other cards on the field while dealing Fire damage to your opponent.
14 oh megalith
Megalith Och is one of the reasons Megalith has been competitive as a blush deck. When it is Special Summoned, you can draw 1 card and discard 1 card. While it's a nice effect, its true power comes from its fast effect.
By Tributing itself, Megalith Och allows you to Ritual Summon it during either player's turn. Since many Ritual Monsters have powerful Summoning effects, this opens up the possibility of using them as a tool to interrupt your opponent's turn. Very few ritual cards allow you to do what makes Megalith Och such a great card.
13 Necroz de Trishula
Nekroz Of Trishula is one of the best Nekroz ritual cards and a key component in special Nekroz decks. Discard Nekroz Of Trishula shields any target Nekroz card from a card or effect, negating and destroying it.
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When Ritual Summoned, Nekroz von Trishula allows you to banish 1 card from your opponent's hand, field, and GY. He also has solid stats, causing his opponent to lose their edge while he presents himself as a threat on board. Thanks to its status as a Nekroz monster, it is also very easy to Ritual Summon.
12 Megalith Bethor
Megalith Bethor acts as one of the main win conditions for the Megalith archetype. It can be discarded to function as a Ritual Spell for any other Megalith Ritual Monster, as long as you can Tribute monsters for the normal Ritual Monster requirements.
When Megalith Bethor is Ritual Summoned, it can destroy multiple cards on the field equal to the number of Ritual Monsters with different names in your Graveyard. This makes Megalith Bethor a great bomb in any ritual-focused deck, as its effect has the potential to destroy the entire field with ease.
11 Summon Chalislime
The first ritual monster in the Impcantation series, like the other monsters in the archetype, works as a fantastic generic ritual support. You can face Imp Chalislime in your hand and discard a card to Special Summon any Imp monster from your Deck. All Summons have Ritual Effects when Special Summoned, which can then be used for the Ritual Summon.
While on the field, you can send 1 Summon Monster from your hand or field (including itself) to the Graveyard to target and destroy 1 card your opponent controls. In this way, Impcantation Chalislime can be used to power up your Ritual Monsters and rid the field of troublesome monsters from the other side of the field.
The original Ritual Monster, Relinquished, was the first Ritual Monster released with an effect, and a very good one. Relinquished allows you to steal an opponent's monster and equip it to steal their stat line while offering Relinquished protection.
Additionally, Relinquished prevents you from taking battle damage and instead deals that damage to your opponent. Abandoned is also only a Tier 1 monster, making it extremely easy to meet the Tribute requirements. Abandoned it's hard to get rid of once it's in the field,Enable control strategiesto stand out in the Goat format.
9 Holy Cerulean Phoenix of Nephtys
The Nephthys archetype is a series of monsters that self-destruct with powerful effects while repeating their effects. Cerulean Sacred Phoenix Of Nephthys is the shining star of the archetype. It requires some work to get out, as it is a level eight Ritual Monster.
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Once it lands on the field, the Holy Phoenix of Nephthys is very difficult to get rid of, so it is worth retrieving it. If it is destroyed by battle or a card effect, it returns to the field during your next Standby Phase. In addition, you can also put multiple cards on your opponent's field, destroying the Nephthys cards.
8 Evishki Gustkraken
Part of the Giski archetype, Evigishki Gustkraken is a card that spent along time on the ban list. It's a deceptively simple effect that allows you to look at two cards from your opponent's hand and shuffle one back into the deck. Giski has no problem bringing Ritual Monsters onto the field.
What makes Evigishki Gustkraken so great is its ability to keep using its effects. It's not once per turn, and Evigishki Gustkraken can be easily recycled from other Giski cards. Evigishki Gustkraken has the potential to completely wipe out an opponent's hand, requiring you to trust your draw to play.
7 Magician of Black Chaos MAX
The counterpart of Blue-Eyes Chaos MAX Dragon, Magician Of Black Chaos MAX is the modern Ritual Monster for Ritual buildsde Dark Magician-Decks. Dark Mage Decks have no problem summoning it. It has a solid stat line, but its effects are where the card really shines.
Magician Of Black Chaos MAX generally wants to be summoned on the opponent's turn, as this completely prevents their monsters' effects from activating. You can even alternate your Spell Cards on your turn, so Magician Of Black Chaos MAX can give you a lot of benefits.
6 Blue-Eyes Chaos Dragon MAX
Blue-Eyes Chaos MAX Dragon is such a great ritual deck, a deck that only focuses on winning with its impact is a viable blush strategy. It's one of the more common modern versions of Blue Eyes, and with the amount of generic Ritual support that's been released over the years, it's not hard to win with any of them.
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With an incredibly high attack value of 4000, Blue-Eyes Chaos MAX Dragon is also one of the few monsters that has double piercing damage. This means that if he attacks a monster with zero defense, that attack is enough to completely drain the opponent's life total.
5 Drytron Meteonis Draconiden
Drytron Meteonis Draconids is one of the main reasons Drytron decks stand out from the restas one of the best decks in the current metagame. Drytron can easily outsmart your high level Ritual Monsters, as they all have special conditions that are incredibly easy to fulfill.
Drytron Meteonis Draconids is so good because it interacts with the opponent's field. As a Quick Effect, you can send up to two cards from your opponent's field to the Graveyard. In the modern game, this is enough to completely disrupt the opponent's game, as it bypasses almost any type of protection.
4 Benten's Cyber Angel
Cyber Angel Benten is a fantastic ritual card because it can be distributed in almost any ritual-focused deck.It's so good overallwhich is currently limited on the ban list. Cyber Angel Benten is rarely summoned to the field, being used as tribute fodder for other ritual summons.
That way, you can research all of the Light Fairy monsters in play and add them to your hand. This will immediately help you balance the card advantage. There are plenty of powerful Fairy of Light-type monsters in the game, and having a generic Seeker to help you establish a board presence is sure to break.
3 Brionac's necrosis
The Nekroz archetype marked the first time a Ritual archetype was meta, and not only that, Nekroz was one of the best decks ever released. All of Nekroz's rituals had multiple effects that triggered when discarded or on the field. This fixed the biggest weakness of Ritual Monsters, which is that they obstruct your hand until you can Summon them.
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Nekroz Of Brionac is capable of seeking out any other Nekroz monster, which is an effect every archetype dreams of. Nekroz Of Brionac is a strong counter against Extra Deck-focused decks, as they can shuffle two of them back into the deck, making the opponent's job of summoning them pointless.
2 Necrosis de poro Unicore
Nekroz Of Unicore can help you recycle Nekroz cards that have been treated with effects that you would rather have for a certain game state. While on the field, it acts as a gate to all Extra Deck monsters, completely negating their effects while they are on the field.
Nekroz Of Unicore is incredibly versatile on top of being a low-level Ritual Monster.With how Nekroz ritual spells work, it's not uncommon to bring Nekroz Of Unicore and other Nekroz Ritual Monsters onto the field at the same time, creating a nearly unbreakable tabletop for any deck that relies on its Extra Deck.
1 Herald of Purpose
As the name suggests, Herald Of Ultimateness is the ultimate ritual monster. Writing her as Light Fairy allows you to take advantage of generic support for the combination of types and attributes. Once on the field, the opponent's chance to play a card becomes zero.
By discarding a Fairy Monster, Herald Of Ultimateness can negate any effect of a Monster, Spell or Trap Card, or negate a monster's Special Summon. This is not the case per turn. Therefore, as long as you have Magic Monsters on hand, you can prevent your opponent from doing anything on their turn.
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