It’s comfortable to say beast-warriors are massively unrepresented. If not for Zoodiacs, Fire Kings & Gladiator Beasts, this type would barely have any monsters available. This made a top 10 list quite difficult to produce because honestly, they don’t have many great monsters in their arsenal. There are some beast-warriors with surprisingly unique and powerful effect though but still, its best to hold off on making a beast-warrior deck for now!
Disclaimer: Archetypes have been avoided. Lets be honest, you already know the best archetypes. This list will focus on lesser known and/or ‘independant’ cards.
10. Enraged Battle Ox
Having a piercing effect available is a godsend in certain sitauations, we’ve all encountered stall decks that hide behind their defense position monsters. Granting piercing to your entire field, so long as they meet the type requirements, is a hugely underrated ability.
Packs you can get this card in: Dark Revelation Volume 2, Invasion of Chaos, Duelist Pack: Kaiba, Battle Pack 3: Monster League, Structure Deck: Seto Kaiba.
9. Dracoons of Draconia
Dragoons of Draconia bring quite a few advantages to the table, especially for decks with normal monsters. It has a pendulum scale of 2, which will allow you to pendulum summon anything from level 3 and above, so long as you have the other pendulum scale set correctly.
Its pendulum effect is also pretty awesome, although it is only effective in decks with normal monsters. With a fairly decent ATK stat, it’s overall just a great little card that can find a home in a number of decks.
Packs you can get this card in: Secrets of Eternity.
8. Winged Rhynos
I might be a bit biased because I’ve been a fan of this classic card for a long time but I’m confident there’s combos with this card that no one else is aware of. For starters, its effect is an additonal chain link, making it perfect for chain or chain burn decks. It also has a respectable 1800 ATK points, nothing to pee your pants about but it can deal some damage.
Overall it’s a surprisingly good beast-warrior that isn’t well known at all!
Packs you can get this card in: Force of the Breaker: Special Edition, Gold Series 2009, Battle Pack 2: War of the Giants, Battle Pack 3: Monster League.
7. Gene-Warped Warwolf
Sometimes a 2000 ATK level 4 monster is overpowered, there’s nothing quite like taking down a Rank 4 XYZ monster with a Gene-Warped Warwolf. The difference between 1800/1900 ATK and 2000 ATK is huge, a monster of this calibre has a ton of options available and can destroy your opponent in 4 direct attacks.
Packs you can get this card in: Strike of Neos, Starter Deck: Dawn of the Xyz, Battle Pack: Epic Dawn, Battle Pack 2: War of the Giants, Starter Deck: Yuya.
6. Akz, the Pumer
Finally, we’re getting to the really good cards!
The requirements of this monster are simple, yet it’ll act as a huge boon to any beast-warrior deck. It’ll provide an extra monster to consume your opponent’s life points, fitting perfectly into the beast-warrior theme and strategies.
Packs you can get this card in: The Shining Darkness.
5. Mystical Knight of Jackal
I’m disappointed in myself, this card is extremely cheesy but I never even knew of its existence before researching for this list, now I want one. Cards such as Back To Square One are insanely annoying to play against and satisfying to use. So having a monster with 2700 ATK do the same to each monster it destroys? That my friend, is one of the best beast-warrior monsters in Yugioh.
Packs you can get this card in: Dark Revelation Volume 1.
4. Shiba Warrior Taro
Konami can’t deny this monster was inspired by the doge meme, it looks too much like it for it to be coincidence. Regardless of appearance, this monster should make its way into any beast-warrior deck you can devise. While it can be a bit unreliable (due to it returning itself back to the hand), it can stop attacks and as a tuner, be used to synchro summon
Packs you can get this card in: Anniversary Pack.
3. Manticore of Darkness
Do you remember the Manticore of Darkness/Cards of Safe Return combo? Easy Exodia OTK, those were the days. While that combo has been rendered impossible thanks to the forbidden list, Manticore of Darkness is still a great beast-warrior type monster. It doesn’t need to be destroyed or even sent to the graveyard via an opponent’s card for it to come back, so anything from a synchro summon to a Foolish Burial will allow Manticore of Darkness to resurrect.
Packs you can get this card in: Dark Revelation Volume 2, Invasion of Chaos, Onslaught of the Fire Kings Structure Deck.
2. Kaiser Vorse Raider
Props to Konami for bringing new life into old cards, Vorse Raider has always been a nostalgia ridden classic card and this variant is a lot more powerful. If left to battle constantly, it can amass a formidable ATK stat. Combine this with the easiness to summon and you have one of the best beast-warrior monsters in the entire game!
Packs you can get this card in: Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Movie Pack.
1. Sky Cavalry Centaurea
Not just the best beast-warrior card, Sky Cavalry Centaurea has a shout for the best rank 2 XYZ monster as well. Just two piddly monsters are required to get such a useful card out on the field, it has the capabilities to take down some of the most powerful monsters in the game. The high ATK stat (for its rank anyway) is another huge advantage, overall it’s an amazing card that deserves the number 1 spot on this list!
Packs you can get this card in: Secrets of Eternity, 2015 Mega-Tin Mega Pack.