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 incoming release of
Invasion: Vengeance adds further support to this archetype's Fusion Summons.
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
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 Black Stone of Legend" and "Black Metal Dragon" can be revived by the effect of " Kinka-Byo" or " Junk Synchron".
Junk Synchron" can Special Summon Level 1 Monsters from Graveyard and Synchro Summon " Herald of the Arc Light". When "Arc Light" is sent to the Graveyard, it can search for either " Paladin of Dark Dragon"," Lord of the Red" or their Ritual Spells.
Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon" is easiest to Special Summon by Tributing " Paladin of Dark Dragon" by its own effect and " Dark Dragon Ritual" can be banished to search for any "Red-Eyes" Spell or Trap Card. Both Ritual Cards can be searched by the effect of " Manju of the Ten Thousand Hands".
Red-Eyes B. Dragon" is searchable with the effect " Summoner's Art" or " Dwarf Star Dragon Planeter" and " Cards of the Red Stone" for the purpose of getting it into the Graveyard to fuel the revival effects of " Red-Eyes Flare Metal Dragon" and " Red-Eyes Spirit".
Polymerization" or " Dragon's Mirror" can be used as substitute to Fusion Summon " Archfiend Black Skull Dragon", while the two "Red-Eyes" Gemini are considered Normal Monsters on the Field or Graveyard. Because of the way the Fusion Material Monsters for "Archfiend Black Skull Dragon" are generalised and not named, Fusion Substitute Monsters cannot be used in their place.
Red-Eyes Fusion" and " Return of the Red-Eyes" are powerful support cards inside of a build dedicated to Normal Monster and can be searched using the effect of "Black Metal Dragon" or " Dark Dragon Ritual". However, the former cannot utilize the archetype's Gemini monsters, " Red-Eyes Black Flare Dragon" and " Red-Eyes Archfiend of Lightning", from the Deck, as they are not treated as Normal Monsters there.
Hieratic" archetype has the best support for Dragon-type Normal Monsters, these Level 6 Monsters can Xyz Summon " Beatrice, Lady of the Eternal" and " Constellar Ptolemy M7" for powerful toolbox-like effects for the Graveyard. " Hieratic Dragon of Eset" can change the Levels of all "Hieratic" Monsters to the same as a Normal Dragon-type on the Field, potential allowing for the Xyz Summon of multiple " Red-Eyes Flare Metal Dragon" or Rank 6 Monsters for a massive swarm. The "Hieratic" archetype also works very well with the "Red-Eyes" archetype due to the new Fusion monster, " Blazing Meteor Black Dragon", the requirements of which are a Level 7 "Red-Eyes" monster and a Level 6 Dragon-type monster.
Official Decks References
for Arc-Light Rank 4 Engine.