Clockwise from top left: "Tempest", "Redox", "Tidal" and "Blaster" in the artwork of "Dragonroar"
"Dragon Ruler" (Japanese:
The Adult "Dragon Rulers" all share three characteristics:
- "If this card is in your hand or Graveyard: You can banish a total of 2 [corresponding Attribute] monsters and/or Dragon-Type monsters from your hand and/or Graveyard, except this card; Special Summon this card."
- "During your opponent's End Phase, if this card was Special Summoned: Return it to the hand."
- "When this card is banished: Add 1 [corresponding Attribute] Dragon-Type monster from your Deck to your hand.
You can only use 1 "[corresponding Dragon Ruler]" effect per turn, and only once that turn.", and a variable effect that triggers upon sending it and 1 other corresponding Attribute monster from your hand to the Graveyard.
Each Baby "Dragon Ruler" can Special Summon one Level 7 "Dragon Ruler" of the same Attribute from the Deck, though that monster cannot attack that turn.
However, as of September 1st for both the OCG and TCG Forbidden/Limited lists, these four "younger" versions are Forbidden, cutting of the Deck's major source of support. On the January 2014 Forbidden/Limited lists, all the adult Dragons were Limited, further hampering the Deck's playability and rendering the "Dragon Ruler" monsters more practical as support for Attribute and other Dragon-based Decks.
Generally, each "Dragon Ruler" can be used as support to decks of their corresponding Attribute, such as:
- "Blaster" in "Laval"/"Fire King"/"Volcanic"/"Battlin' Boxer"/etc;
- "Redox" in "Karakuri"/"X-Saber"/"Naturia"/etc;
- "Tidal" in "Ice Barrier"/"Mermail"/"Atlantean"/etc;
- "Tempest" in "Dragunity"/"Harpie"/"Gusto"/"Mecha Phantom Beast" etc.
Weaknesses and counter-strategies
Cards that can shut down or slow this deck are cards that stops the opponent from banishing, discarding, or prevent Special Summoning. Having both a "Mind Drain" and "Soul Drain" on the field will completely shut down this Deck, but "A Wingbeat of Giant Dragon", "Mystical Space Typhoon", "Stamping Destruction", "Dust Tornado", and "Royal Decree" can eliminate this threat. While "Mind Drain" is active on the field you'll be prevented from using "Dragon Ruler" effects that banish/discard from the hand. While "Soul Drain" is active on the field you'll be prevented from using "Dragon Ruler" effects that banish/add from activating from the Graveyard and Banished Zone.
Cards that prevent players from Special Summoning, such as "Archlord Kristya", "Evilswarm Ophion", "Fossil Dyna Pachycephalo", "Crimson Blader" and also "Barrier Statue of the Abyss and "Barrier Statue of the Heavens" can prove problematic as this Deck relies heavily on Level 7 and higher monsters. "Dragon Capture Jar" can prevent your Dragons from attacking, "Summon Limit" can prevents Xyz Summoning Rank 7 monsters indirectly, while also hampering your Normal Summon and other Special Summons. Also, "Imperial Iron Wall", "Chaos Hunter" or "Kycoo the Ghost Destroyer" prevents banishment attempts, effectively blocking any Dragon Ruler's Special Summon as well. "Banisher of the Radiance", "Banisher of the Light", "Dimensional Fissure" and "Macro Cosmos" can banish the Dragon Rulers, rendering them un-Summonable or at least, forcing cards like "Dragoncarnation" to retrieve them back. "Goblin of Greed" also prevents the player from using the discard-based effects of all the "Rulers" themselves.
| Attribute Spirits|
| Spirit of Flames|
| The Rock Spirit|
| Aqua Spirit|
| Garuda the Wind Spirit|
| (Level 7) Dragon Rulers|
(Level 3 and 4) Younger Versions
(by set and effect)
|Plant Princess||Mariña, Princess of Sunflowers||Chirubime, Princess of Maples||Talaya, Princess of Cherry Blossoms||Tytannial, Princess of Camellias|
|Prevent Trap activation||Invasion of Flames||Tactical Espionage Expert||Creeping Doom Manta||Eagle Eye|