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Legendary Dragon
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Clockwise, from top: "The Fang of Critias", "The Eye of Timaeus" and "The Claw of Hermos", in the artwork of "Legend of Heart"


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Anime appearances


"Legendary Dragon" is an archetype comprised of the dragon forms of the three "Legendary Knights" who used to live in the Dominion of the Beasts and answered Ironheart's call to defend Atlantis. Dartz transformed them into dragons to weaken them. The great ancient war ended in a draw, with the Dragons sealed away in their realm and the Leviathan severely weakened and diminished to a shadow. Their names come from the ancient philosopher Plato's workings. Despite lacking "Legendary Dragon" in its name, "The Eye of Timaeus" includes a name condition that causes it to always be treated as "Legendary Dragon Timaeus".

In the Waking the Dragons arc of Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yugi Muto, Joey Wheeler and Seto Kaiba each receive 1 of the 3 Legendary Dragon cards: "The Eye of Timaeus", "The Claw of Hermos" and "The Fang of Critias", respectively. According to Kaiba, the Dragon he received, "Critias", seemed just as powerful as the Egyptian God Cards. Another interesting note about these cards if their name corresponds to where they were stabbed and sealed during the war. Although their names are known prior to their release in the English anime, in the Japanese anime, no one, not even the monsters, knows the names of these dragons except for their chosen Duelists who learn their name upon releasing them, without even being told what their names are. Thus, they are referred to as the Nameless Dragons in the Japanese anime sometimes even by their chosen Duelists.

Legendary Dragons in Monster Card Zones
Although the dragons are widely believed to be Spells, they were played in the Monster Card Zone in the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime.
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These cards are unique because "The Eye of Timaeus" can fuse with other monsters to create new monsters, while "The Fang of Critias", when activated, can fuse with Trap Cards to create monsters that possess similar effects to the Trap it fuses with.

By Tributing another monster, "The Claw of Hermos" can fuse with it to create Equip Cards, which are then immediately equipped to a monster.

Whilst their color (blueish) indicates them to be Ritual Monsters, they in fact do not belong to any regular card type. This can be backed by the fact that they are never played face-down, hence not Trap Cards, they can be played whilst "Spell Canceller" is on the field, hence not Spell Cards and they can be played during the turn a monster has been Normal Summoned (despite they are sometimes "Summoned" or "Activated") in the Monster Card Zone.

Presumably, since they are played in the Monster Card Zones, they count towards the 5 monster limit of a Duelist. However, Yami Yugi was shown to place "The Eye of Timaeus" in the Spell & Trap Card Zone during his Duel with Weevil Underwood.

Fusions

As stated above, the Legendary Dragons can combine with cards to create new forms of those cards.

In addition, he also fused "Tyrant Burst Dragon" with "Blue-Eyes White Dragon" to create "Blue-Eyes Tyrant Dragon", although this was not through the effect of "The Fang of Critias".

All three cards can also be chained together with "Legend of Heart" to Special Summon the three Legendary Knights; "Legendary Knight Timaeus", "Legendary Knight Hermos" and "Legendary Knight Critias". These three Knights, under the right conditions (Infinite Attack Needed), can also be used to Fusion Summon, "Knight of Destiny".

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