The beast type is an interesting but underwhelming type in Yugioh, they have a wide array of potential monsters but there aren’t many viable beasts in the game right now. In terms of casual play, there are plenty of beast monsters that are effective and fun to use. An entire deck based around this type would be awesome, the unique playing style will make the duel a blast for both you and your opponent.
Most of the cards on this list are quite old, there are barely any decent non-archetype beasts nowadays. If you have your heart set on a beast type deck, or you’re interested to see the best beast type monsters, this list is for you!
Disclaimer: Archetypes have been avoided. Lets be honest, you already know the best archetypes. This list will focus on lesser known and/or ‘independent’ cards.
10. Maji-Gire Panda
This card is crazy good when combined with the likes of DNA Surgery and Ojama Trio, you can quickly increase its ATK stat to rival even the most powerful monsters (it gains ATK from any beast being destroyed, not just on your field).
9. Diamond Direwolf
Nice and easy to summon, Diamond Dire Wolf can be summoned quickly and provide you with a high ATK beater to battle your opponent. You also have the option of using its effect which isn’t always a good idea but it can definitely be useful in the right situations. It’s worth putting at least one Diamond Dire Wolf in your extra deck if you have a deck with at least a few beast type monsters in it.
8. Ape Fighter
Sometimes it’s nice to have a low level, high ATK monster to get rid of pesky little monsters your opponent summons or deal good damage via a direct attack. Ape Fighter is perfect for this, it’ll have no problem destroying monsters and gaining ATK at the same time. The beast type pretty much requires you to be offensive so having this monster as an option is invaluable.
7. Behemoth, the King of all Animals
With the amount of card art this monster has appeared on, you’d think he’d be more powerful. I was surprised to see Behemoth’s effect being so disappointing but it’s an old card, so it’s understandable. I think it’s the coolest and most recognisable beast type monster in Yugioh, so it got some bonus points for that. Overall, it can work and be effective but it’s not worthy of the top 5 on this list.
6. Gyaku-Gire Panda
The ultimate Scapegoat killer, Gyaku-Gire Panda is a game-winner if I’ve ever seen one. There’s no reason why this shouldn’t be in a beast deck, it’s so awesome against any kind of defensive strategy that it has to be included. If your opponent has 5 monsters on their side of the field, you have a monster with 3300 ATK that inflicts piercing battle damage. This is what the beast type is all about!
5. Number 44: Sky Pegasus
This card would be so much more awesome if it had better ATK/DEF stats, it’d likely be a staple in a number of meta decks. Just two level 4 monsters are required to get Sky Pegasus out on the field, there it’ll either destroy face-up monsters or inflict life point damage. Such low ATK/DEF stats mean it probably won’t survive long, which lets it down.
4. Green Baboon, Defender of the Forest
When it comes to a deck’s viability, you have to look at how fast the deck is to summon strong monsters. A deck that takes 5 turns to get a 2000+ ATK monster on the field is horrific, so cards like this one help immensely in this regard. You’ll be able to summon one or more of these under the right circumstances, although you do take 1000 life points every time its summoned.
3. Cat Shark
Cat Shark could arguably be placed in the number 1 spot on the list, if only its first effect didn’t require a water attribute XYZ material monster. What a card though, Cat Shark will provide a massive boost to any deck containing level 2 water monsters, its pretty much mandatory.
2. Egotistical Ape
In case you didn’t notice, Egotistical Ape is a tuner monster. Let us put aside the silly name & art, this card is a must-have for any deck containing beast type monsters. It’ll give you the flexibility and reliability that a deck needs to be successful, no other type has such an easily accessible card like this. If you play it right, you’ll have a huge array of synchro monsters to choose from, such diversity is amazing and it definitely deserves to be number 2 on this list!
1. Leo, the Keeper of the Sacred Tree
A case can be made for the previous entry being number 1 but take a look at this card, tell me its not the most epic beast type monster you’ve ever seen!
With 3100 ATK, a fairly nice effect and extraordinary art, it embodies everything a beast type monster should be. It can be a chore to summon, getting monsters whose levels equal 10 is not easy but it’s worth it!