Dragunity Decks: How do they work?
The Dragunity monsters are a totally new family of quick, combo-driven powerhouses, making their debut in Hidden Arsenal 3. A mix of Winged Beasts and Dragons, they specialize in reusing cards from the Graveyard, and unleashing some of Dueling’s greatest Synchro Monsters. They’re fast, strong, and can leave your opponent wondering what hit them, so today we’re going to talk about the Dragunity Deck: what cards it uses; how it works; and why it’s awesome!
Each of these monsters fills a unique role in your Dragunity Deck. Dragunity Phalanx is a Dragon-Type Tuner, and when it’s attached to a monster as an Equip Card, you can Special Summon it. Dragunity Dux and Dragunity Legionnaire are both Winged Beast-Types, and when you Normal Summon a Dux or a Legionnaire, you can equip it with a Level 3 or lower Dragon-Type “Dragunity” monster from your Graveyard, a.k.a. Dragunity Phalanx. Dragunity Tribus is another Winged Beast, and when it’s Normal or Special Summoned, you can send a Level 3 or lower Dragon from your Deck to your Graveyard.
Use Tribus to get Phalanx to your Graveyard, and you can equip Phalanx to Dux or Legionnaire. Dux has an additional effect that boosts its ATK by 200 points for each face-up “Dragunity” card you control, so with Phalanx attached, it goes from 1500 to 1900 ATK (it gets +200 ATK for its own “Dragunity” name).
Legionnaire is a little weaker in the ATK department, but it lets you send a Dragunity in your back row to the Graveyard to destroy any face-up monster. The real strength of both monsters is how they set up Synchro Summons. Use the Level 3 Legionnaire to get Phalanx and Special Summon it, and you can Synchro Summon a Level 5. Do the same thing with the Level 4 Dux and Phalanx, and you can unleash a Level 6 Synchro.
The Dux + Phalanx play is really important, because the Dragunity Duelist commands 3 powerful Synchro Monsters that can only be Summoned with a Dragon-Type Tuner, and non-Tuner Winged Beast-Types. All of them are Level 6, so if you Summon Dux with Phalanx in the Graveyard, you can Synchro Summon any of the Dragunity Knights! Each one has a unique effect.
Dragunity Knight – Gae Bulg’s effect lets you boost its ATK, by removing a Winged Beast from your Graveyard when Gae Bulg battles. Remove Dragunity Dux from your Graveyard to boost it up to 3500 ATK, dwarfing other Level 6 Synchro Monsters like Goyo Guardian, and even defeating powerful Level 8’s!
Dragunity Knight – Gae Dearg’s effect lets you search your Deck once a turn, adding a Level 4 or lower Dragon or Winged Beast to your hand. Then, you discard a Dragon or Winged Beast. You can use it to search out Dragunity Dux, and discard Dragunity Phalanx to put together your combos. You can search for Debris Dragon, too. Tune Debris to Gae Dearg and you can Synchro Summon the Level 10 Trident Dragion as well as Special Summon a Dandylion for Dragion’s ability! Gae Dearg is a powerful support card, and it’s also part of a Duel-dominating play…
… But the king of combos is Dragunity Knight – Vajrayana! Its effect is a lot like Dragunity Dux’s: when Vajrayana’s Synchro Summoned, you can equip it with a Level 3 or lower Dragon-Type “Dragunity” from your Graveyard. You can equip Dragunity Phalanx, Special Summon it with its effect, and Tune it to Vajrayana for a Level 8 Synchro Summon!
If you Normal Summon Dragunity Dux and use it to equip and then Special Summon Phalanx, you can Synchro Summon Vajrayana. You can then equip Vajrayana with the same copy of Phalanx, and Special Summon it again for an instant Level 8 Synchro Summon! That means that if you have Dragunity Dux in your hand, and Phalanx in the Graveyard, you can unleash almost any Level 6 or Level 8 Synchro monster, any time. A successful Dragunity Duelist is going to try to draw as many copies of Dux as he can, so he can Synchro Summon every turn, overwhelming their opponent with Level 8’s.
Some of the best cards for your Dragunity Deck were released long before Dragunities existed. We already talked about how well Debris Dragon works with Dragunity Knight – Gae Dearg, but you can also use it with Cards of Consonance. You can discard Debris Dragon or Dragunity Phalanx for Consonance, then draw 2 cards; that helps load your Graveyard, and it helps you draw more copies of Dragunity Dux. You can even use Icarus Attack to Tribute Dux, Legionnaire, or Tribus and destroy 2 of your opponent’s cards. Try to combo it with Legionnaire or Tribus: you can use either monster’s effect first, then Tribute it off to get the upper hand.
The Dragunity have a Level 6 Synchro that can reach 3500 ATK; a Winged Beast that can destroy a face-up monster for free; and a combo that unleashes almost any Level 6 or Level 8 Synchro Monster with just 1 card! They’re a blast to play, and they can give any Deck a run for their money. They’re going to get even better as new “Dragunity” cards come out in the future, but for now, all the core pieces of the Dragunity Deck are ready to make an impact on your Duels!