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Top 6 Level 12 Monsters in Yu-Gi-Oh

Updated on June 26, 2017
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Level 12 Monsters

So, here we are - the pinnacle of Yu-Gi-Oh monster cards, the mighty Level 12 behemoths. They're rare and powerful, with amazingly high Attack and Defense.

Quick refresher, you can tell a Monster's rank by counting the number of orange stars in the upper right corner of the card. Cards with more than 4 stars require one tribute to Normal Summon, and ones with more than 7 require two. Without further ado, this is the six best Level twelves!

Dragon Master Knight
Dragon Master Knight

6. Dragon Master Knight

Attack: 5000
Defense: 5000

Dragon Master Knight is a Fusion monster that requires two specific Materials (at least it's not five, as we'll soon see): Black Luster Soldier and Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon.


  • Incredible Attack
  • Incredible Defense
  • Effect boosts Attack even further for other dragons you control

Dragon Master Knight doesn't have as impressive of effects as today's other monsters, but its simplicity and power earn it its place. Note that Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon itself has to be Fusion Summoned, but Black Luster Soldier can simply be fused from the hand to call forth this titan. Cards that can substitute for any Material, like King of the Swamp, also help.

Barbaroid, the Ultimate Battle Machine
Barbaroid, the Ultimate Battle Machine

5. Barbaroid, the Ultimate Battle Machine

Attack: 4000
Defense: 4000

Like our last entry, this card's purple background labels it as a Fusion monster, a card available to you throughout the duel in your Extra Deck. The Fusion Material monsters here are five Machine-type "roid" monsters, so only "roid" decks can really make use of this card.


  • Great Attack and Defense
  • Can attack twice per turn
  • Negates the effects of monsters it destroys
  • Inflicts 1000 damage when it destroys a monster

These are some awesome powers, but remember that while this card can attack twice each turn, it can't attack directly, meaning you should use it to wipe out your opponent's creatures, then attack directly with your other warriors.

Powerful and possessing some unique effects, the Ultimate Battle Machine belongs in any "roid" deck.

Yubel, the Ultimate Nightmare
Yubel, the Ultimate Nightmare

4. Yubel, the Ultimate Nightmare

Attack: 0
Defense: 0

Zero Attack and Defense on a Level 12? Yep, but check out its effects:


  • Cannot be destroyed in battle
  • You take no Battle Damage from attacks involving this card
  • Destroys monsters it battles, and inflicts damage equal to their Attack

So, despite low stats, Yubel is actually very effective at eliminating monsters and inflicting loads of damage. As long as you control this card, your opponent's monsters (and Life Points) won't last long.

Five-Headed Dragon
Five-Headed Dragon

3. Five-Headed Dragon

Attack: 5000
Defense: 5000

Next, another Fusion monster, the ferocious Five-Headed Dragon. Check out his powerful strengths:

  • Accepts any five dragons as Fusion Materials
  • Awesome Attack and Defense
  • Cannot be destroyed in battle by any Dark, Earth, Fire, Water, or Wind monster

Five-Headed Dragon requires five Dragon-type monsters as its Fusion Materials. However, the nice thing is they can be any five dragons; utilize cards like Future Fusion or Dragon's Mirror to quickly reach your quota.

Simple and powerful, Five-Headed Dragon is one heck of an obstacle to overcome.

Herald of Ultimateness
Herald of Ultimateness

2. Herald of Ultimateness

Attack: 2000
Defense: 3000

Cards with an azure background are Ritual Monsters, summoned from your hand using various Ritual Spells; in this case, Oracle of the Herald.

Now, 2000 Attack is somewhat low for a Level 12, but Herald's 3000 Defense and effects should astound. During either player's turn, when your opponent Special Summons a monster, activates a Magic or Trap, or activates a monster effect, you can send one Fairy-type monster from your hand to the Graveyard to negate the effect and destroy that card!

Thus, as long as you have Fairy-types available in your hand, you can essentially negate anything your opponent does. The only exception is a Normal Summon, but few Normal Summoned monsters will be able to overcome Herald's battle stats (and if they try to activate an effect, you can negate it).

Today's most defensive monster works great in Fairy-type decks, and few opponents can surmount this behemoth.

Dystopia the Despondent
Dystopia the Despondent

1. Dystopia the Despondent

Attack: 5000
Defense: 5000

Dystopia the Despondent cannot be Normal Summoned or Set; instead, it has a very unique Special Summon: you must send four Level 1 monsters you control to the Graveyard from either your hand or Graveyard. Swarming typically isn't hard with Level 1s, especially with Token-producing cards like Scapegoat.

Once Dystopia's out, you're in good shape. Unfortunately, it prevents your other monsters from attacking. However, during either player's turn, when this card battles, you can remove from play one Level 1 monster in your Graveyard (which should have at least four) to render this card indestructible by battle and unaffected by card effects! This often saves Dystopia from Traps, Magic, or Monster Effects that otherwise would beat it (not to mention battle, but overcoming 5000 Attack or Defense definitely isn't easy).

And even if Dystopia is destroyed, by gathering four Level 1s to your field again, you can always revive this monster from your Graveyard. Sturdy, able to prevent its destruction, and capable of being resurrected, Dystopia definitely deserves today's golden medal.

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Hopefully you've enjoyed examining the best of the fearsome Level 12 monsters. A rare breed, I'm optimistic we'll see more formidable Level 12s in the future.

For now, let me know which is your favorite, and I'll see you at our next card review!


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