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Various Dinosaur-Type monsters in the artwork of "Lost World".



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Yu-Gi-Oh! GX


Dinosaur (Japanese: きょうりゅう Kyōryū) is a type of monster that primarily relies on brute strength, and sometimes Monster Effects, to help a duelist prevail in a Duel. There are many high-level Dinosaur-Type monsters, so the general strategy for them is to Summon their high-Level monsters as quickly as possible using cards like "Hunting Instinct" or "Big Evolution Pill", overpowering the opponent's weaker monsters before they have a chance to defend themselves. Dinosaurs are predominantly EARTH-Attribute monsters (most of those that are or resemble Pterosaurs are WIND), but the release of the "Jurrac" Archetype has led to a surge of FIRE Dinosaur-Type monsters, continued with the "Evolsaur" archetype, "Number 61: Volcasaurus", and "Pyrorex the Elemental Lord". Dinosaur cards are most notably played by Rex Raptor, Tyranno Hassleberry, Scorch and Chills.

Dinosaur-Type monsters are rivaled by few (including extremely powerful Nomi monsters, high-Level Fusion Monsters, or Dragons) in terms of overwhelming brute force. They possess the first (and for a long time only and still the only non-"Kaiju") monster that completely breaks the rule of 3000 ATK, "Super Conductor Tyranno"; their Field Spell Card "Jurassic World" grants a higher ATK and DEF bonus than any other for specific Monster Types; and they have a powerful searcher, "Fossil Dig", a Spell Card that can add any Level 6 or lower Dinosaur-Type monster from the Deck to the hand. They also possess an Elemental Lord monster, "Pyrorex the Elemental Lord". In addition, Dinosaurs can search monsters through "Miracle Jurassic Egg", which builds up counters to be Tributed for a big Dinosaur-Type monster, or "Babycerasaurus", which combos well with "Torrential Tribute" or "Dark Hole". Unlike other Monster Types in which high-Level monsters risk being useless in the hand, Dinosaur-Type monsters have numerous options for getting around Tribute requirements that make high-Level monsters the bread and butter of the Deck. Dinosaurs and Dinosaur support also have a few powerful field clearing cards, most notably "Jurrac Meteor", "Volcanic Eruption", and "Jurrac Impact".

Jurrac, the first Dinosaur archetype, was released in Duel Terminal - Demon Roar God Revival!!, Duel Terminal - Champion of Chaos!!, Duel Terminal - Dragunity of the Hurricane!!, and Duel Terminal - Charge of the Genex!! in the OCG, while the TCG received them in in Hidden Arsenal 2, 3, and 4. Jurracs focus on battle and low-Level Special Summons, and encompass all Dinosaur-Type Tuners and Synchro Monsters.

Evol is a new multi-Type archetype that contains the Dinosaur-Type "Evolsaur" monsters. The Reptile-Type "Evoltile" monsters Special Summon ('evolve into') "Evolsaur" monsters, triggering the Evolsaur effects. For example, if an "Evoltile" monster 'evolves' into "Evolsaur Diplo", it can destroy an opponent's Spell/Trap Card. The Dinosaur-Type "Evolsaur" monsters are primarily used as Xyz Materials for the Xyz Summon of Dragon-Type "Evolzar" monsters. For example, "Evolzar Laggia" requires 2 Level 4 Dinosaurs, and it can detach both its Xyz Materials to negate and destroy a Spell, Trap, Normal Summon, or Special Summon.

One unique Dinosaur-Type monster, "Tyranno Infinity", gains a massive 1000 ATK boost for each banished Dinosaur-Type monster, making Dinosaur-Type monsters viable even with the debilitating effects of "Macro Cosmos" and related cards. "Tyranno Infinity" also works extremely well with "Survival Instinct"; the two can end games in one blow if used at the right time. "Babycerasaurus" can be combined with "Skull Lair" to simultaneously recruit and power up "Tyranno Infinity".

In the Falsebound Kingdom, Dinosaur-Type monsters are treated as Dragon-Type monsters.




Playing style

Dinosaur-Type monsters have very little support that is useful at a competitive level, but the support of Evolzar Xyz Monsters (using "Rescue Rabbit" to make them) has helped make Dinosaurs more viable.

"Rescue Rabbit" can Summon two Level 4 Normal Dinosaurs from the Deck to Xyz Summon either "Evolzar Laggia", which can negate the Summon of a monster or the activation of a Spell/Trap Card, or "Evolzar Dolkka", which can negate the activation of monster effects.

"Tour Guide from the Underworld" can also be used to make either "Leviair the Sea Dragon", "Number 17: Leviathan Dragon", "Wind-Up Zenmaines" or "Number 20: Giga-Brilliant".






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