Red-Eyes" (レッドアイズ Reddoaizu) is an archetype of Dragon- Type monsters used most notably by Joey Wheeler in and Yu-Gi-Oh! Atticus Rhodes in .
The archetype is based mainly on
supporting the original member, " Red-Eyes B. Dragon" (often given as "Red-Eyes Black Dragon"), who, according to the anime, was created to rival the strength of " Blue-Eyes White Dragon". The first stated that while " Yu-Gi-Oh! movie Blue-Eyes" brings power, "Red-Eyes" brings potential.
Red-Eyes B. Chick" is not a "Red-Eyes" card because it does not have 「レッドアイズ」 in its Japanese name, and as such most, if not all, "Red-Eyes" support cards specifically exclude it.
first movie Shougo Aoyama got a " Red-Eyes Black Dragon" card, but was too timid to use it. Yugi Muto uses it against Seto Kaiba for Shougo. He demonstrates how "Red-Eyes" brings potential by fusing it with " Meteor Dragon" to Summon " Meteor Black Dragon".
In the Yu-Gi-Oh!
manga and anime " Red-Eyes Black Dragon" became one of the signature cards of Joey Wheeler after he won it from Rex Raptor in Duelist Kingdom. Joey used it and a few of its support cards throughout the series.
, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Nightshroud and Atticus Rhodes use a "Red-Eyes Deck", including a number of "Red-Eyes" cards and their support.
, Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D Bonds Beyond Time Paradox used the " Red-Eyes Black Dragon" to Summon " Malefic Red-Eyes Black Dragon".
, "Red-Eyes B. Dragon" appeared as a statue as one of the legendary monsters and Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Roku played a " Statue" version of it in a Statue Duel against Yuma Tsukumo.
Among the first ever released
Structure Decks is , which focuses on mainly on " Structure Deck: Dragon's Roar LV" monsters and powering up " Red-Eyes Darkness Dragon" by sending Dragon- Type monsters to the Graveyard. This combined with the " Cyberdark" archetype much later in the Yu-Gi-Oh! GX era.
Prior to the release of the "
Dragon Rulers", " Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon" and " Red-Eyes Wyvern" made the " Hopeless Dragon" Deck and its more aggressive counterpart, " Disaster Dragon", possible, using multiple copies of "Darkness Metal Dragon" to swarm the field until it was Limited.
With the release of
, new "Red-Eyes" support based on Clash of Rebellions Gemini monsters and effect damage was introduced. This contrasted with the " Performage" archetype's ability to avoid opposing effect damage and the " D/D" archetype's ability to modify LP to gain advantage.
The Black Stone of Legend" can alternate each turn between Special Summoning a "Red-Eyes" monster from the Main Deck, and returning itself to the hand and a "Red-Eyes" monster to the Deck. This same process can be done with " Dark Factory of Mass Production" and with a Pendulum Summon can potentially Xyz Summon multiple " Red-Eyes Flare Metal Dragons".
Searching with "
Summoner's Art" and dumping "Red-Eyes" monsters from the hand with " Cards of the Red Stone" can help fuel the secondary effect of "Flare Metal Dragon". " Queen Dragun Djinn" and " Return of the Red-Eyes" are best used after setting up the Graveyard and behind a big Dragon-Type.
Black Metal Dragon" can equip to a "Red-Eyes" monster for an ATK boost and can search for a "Red-Eyes" card when sent to the Graveyard. The effects of "Black Stone" and "Black Metal" are repeatable through " Kinka-Byo" or " Junk Synchron", both being Level 1 monsters.
Red-Eyes Fusion" card seems powerful and is even searchable through "Black Metal Dragon". However, "Summoned Skull" or "Beast of Talwar" are required for "Red-Eyes Fusion" to work to its full potential, as neither " Red-Eyes Archfiend of Lightning" nor " Red-Eyes Black Flare Dragon" are treated as Normal Monsters in the Deck, as they are Gemini Monsters.
Odd-Eyes Fusion" is a viable substitute to Fusion Summon " Archfiend Black Skull Dragon", while the two "Red-Eyes" Gemini are considered Normal Monsters on the field.
Released at the same time as "
Odd-Eyes Rebellion Dragon" and has some synergy with the Level/Rank 7 focus of the " Odd-Eyes" archetype.
Hieratic" archetype can Summon " Ultimaya Tzolkin" to swarm the field with Level 7-8 Synchro Dragon-Type monsters in the same style as the Dragon Draw engine of " Blue-Eyes". "Tzolkin" can also be Summoned using " Accel Synchron".
As mentioned above, "Junk Synchron" can Special Summon either Level 1s from Graveyard and potentially be used to Synchro Summon "
Herald of the Arc Light". "Arc Light" can negate a card effect by Tributing itself; when it is sent to the Graveyard, it can search for either " Paladin of Dark Dragon"," Lord of the Red", or their Ritual Spell Cards. The former monster can Tribute itself to Summon a "Red-Eyes" monster from the Deck, usually "Darkness Metal Dragon", and its Ritual Spell can be banished to search for any "Red-Eyes" Spell or Trap Card. The latter monster offers excellent field control by punishing an opponent for making plays by destroying their cards. Combined with " Manju of the Ten Thousand Hands" makes a Rank 4 strategy for " Queen Dragun Djinn" and a few other Xyz Monsters depending on preference.
Official Decks References
for Arc-Light Rank 4 Engine.