Top 10 Best Yugioh Link Monsters

Many Yugioh players went crazy when link monsters were released, the game had changed completely and these new monsters were deemed unnecessary. Now though, Yugioh is still going strong and link monsters are accepted by the community.

Such a new card type was expected to slow the game down a bit, giving players more options when it comes to deck building and allowing duels to last more than a few turns. It didn’t turn out this way though, Link monsters only made it easier to get your combos off!

Over time, the best Link monsters were extremely expensive. This meant you needed you to empty your wallet to even think about going to tournaments, nevermind winning them. Now though, plenty more have been released and a lot of them are relatively cheap!

Disclaimer: Archetype/type/attribute specific Link mosnters have been avoided from the top 10 list. I will list them below however in case you need them!

If any types/attributes are missing, there is no dedicated Link monster for them (yet, there is in the OCG just not released yet in the West)




10. Topologic Bomber Dragon

Capable of nuking all main monster zones, Topologic Bomber Dragon is a great choice for clearing pesky boards. 3 Link arrows grant plenty of zones to trigger its nuking effect, so your opponent has reduced options when it comes to countering this card.

As well as a powerful destruction effect, this Link monster is a powerful 3000 ATK beater that can inflict major effect damage too. I’m not going to lie, there are better options on this list but overall, Topologic Bomber Dragon definitely deserves a spot!

Sets you can get this card inCode of the Duelist

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9. Topologic Gumblar Dragon

Crazily enough, a strategy has already been devised to reduce your opponent’s hand to just 2 by their first turn with this card. Such insanity cannot be understated, Topologic Gumblar Dragon could make or break Yugioh depending on what comes out in the future.

Right now, it’s possibly a bit too easy to stop as it has literally no self protection. Also, if your opponent doesn’t mind their cards being discarded, or if they don’t have any cards to discard, you’ve wasted an Extra Deck space. Definitely try to acquire this Link monster if you can though, you never know what will happen in the future!

Sets you can get this card in: Battles of Legend: Relentless Revenge

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8. Tri-Gate Wizard

Tri-Gate Wizard is the perfect monster to summon if you already have a Link monster in the extra monster zone. If you set up your field correctly, it can be devastating when co-linked with 3 monsters. While this sounds a bit situational, it’s actually not too difficult to achieve and there are very few Link monsters who thrive as much as Tri-Gate Wizard in these situations.

Being able to negate any card or effect is exceptional and for how easy it is to obtain, Tri-Gate Wizard should be the go-to boss monster for any new Yugioh player.

Sets you can get this card in: Structure Deck: Cyberse Link

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7. Linkuriboh

The TCG rejoiced when Linkuriboh was released in the recent Starter Deck (link below). We’ve waited for so long, this Link monster is finally here to make our combos that little bit more effective.

Working well in literally every deck containing a level 1 monster, Linkuriboh is a must-have staple. Not only does it offer a downward Link arrow, it brings battle protection to the table and the ability to send level 1 monsters to the graveyard if needed.

No doubt you’ve seen this card in countless deck lists so I don’t really need to say much more.

Sets you can get this card inStarter Deck: Codebreaker

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6. Borrelguard Dragon

Simply being immune to destruction effects means staples like Raigeki & Torrential Tribute are barely felt by Borrelguard Dragon. At least 3 effect monsters being required kind of sucks but it’s justified, this Link monster would be broken if it was easier to summon.

Having the ability to switch any monster to face-up defense position lets you prevent bigger boss monsters from attacking, or find out what a pesky set monster is. With a built-in Monster Reborn, granted at the expense of a spell/trap card, is another very nice bonus.

Sets you can get this card inBattles of Legend: Relentless Revenge

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5. Saryuja Skull Dread

Full credit to Konami for this card, it has to have some of the most awesome art in the entire game. Wonder why it’s not a Dark attribute though? Regardless, Saryuja Skull Dread fits snugly into any extra deck that requires it. With those 3 link arrows at the bottom, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to get even more extra monsters out if needed. Requiring 4 monsters to get the most out of its effect is a slightly detrimental trait, though.

Considered the more reliable and versatile Link 4 monster, players keep going back to Saryuja for its flexibility in a large variety of decks.

Sets you can get this card in: Extreme Force

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4. Borreload Dragon

Another epic looking card, you have to appreciate the awesomeness of these Link monsters. Borreload Dragon lives up to its expectations given by its art with some amazing effects. All kinds of monsters have all kinds of effects nowadays, having an immunity to such effects is huge.

Pretty much just an upgrade over Borrelguard Dragon, this particular Link boss monster is arguably the best in the game, in terms of battling and difficulty to remove from the field.

Sets you can get this card in: Circuit Break

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3. Knightmares

If I were to include Knightmares individually, at least half of the list would be full of them.  As a whole package, or choosing 2 or 3, Knightmares have been tech’d into almost every meta deck currently out there.

Each Knightmare Link monster allows you to discard a card, activate a powerful effect then draw a card. With so many cards having recycle effects when they’re sent to the graveyard, this series of Link monsters have boosted a ton of other archetypes considerably.

Every competitive player needs 1 of each Knightmare, they extend combos and strategies considerably, as well as having the potential to lock your opponent out of their extra deck (by taking up all available extra monster zones)!

Sets you can get these cards inFlames of Destruction

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2. Firewall Dragon

Nearly the entire Yugioh community agrees Firewall Dragon is unhealthy for the game and will be banned soon.  The lack of a hard once-per-turn on this monster’s secondary effect is bizarre. As I mentioned in the previous entry, plenty of meta archetypes not only don’t mind being sent to the graveyard, they have recycle or search effects too.

With the right archetypes (such as Gouki), Firewall Dragon can loop almost endlessly to summon a huge amount of boss monsters while retaining hand advantage. Personally I really, really need this card. Like me, you should wait until the next Forbidden List though, as it has an extremely high chance of being smashed by the ban hammer.

Sets you can get this card inCode of the Duelist

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1. Borrelsword Dragon

You’d think a monster with no built-in effect protection would be too vulnerable to be competitively viable. Players are smart though, they recognise Borrelsword Dragon’s strengths. Used mainly to OTK, this Link monster can inflict heavy damage and clear the field of your opponent’s boss monsters.

Additionally, Borrelsword’s quick effect can be used to lock your opponent out of using spell/trap cards during the battle step. During your turn, you can activate its quick effect straight after declaring an attack as you have turn priority. Your opponent won’t be able to chain anything in response, so the attack goes through and they can’t do anything!

Sets you can get this card in: Cybernetic Horizon

11 thoughts on “Top 10 Best Yugioh Link Monsters

  • October 14, 2017 at 9:36 am

    But firewall dragon is link 4 need 4 monsters

    • October 14, 2017 at 10:31 am

      Ahh, don’t know how I overlooked that…..Updated, cheers!

        • November 20, 2017 at 2:34 pm

          Looks like that was released/revealed after I made this list….A few more have come out since as well (Linkuriboh), I’ll have to update the list 🙂

  • July 17, 2018 at 7:14 pm

    if you say that Firewall Dragon is by far the best link monster in Yugioh, then why is he only in second?

    • July 18, 2018 at 9:06 am

      Because I’m an idiot

      In all seriousness I edited this list a while ago and forgot to finish it lol glad you brought it to my attention, more Links have been released so I’ll have to finish it!

    • July 18, 2018 at 11:57 am

      Updated it 🙂

    • June 22, 2019 at 6:48 am

      Because he saw that it was going to be hit on the banlist. Recognized its flaws and degenerative gameplay as extremely banworthy. Ie.: this is the best link monster ever, it’s too good and will get banned soon so you’re better off investing in Borrelsword for (reasons stated within).
      Also known as “Why you shouldn’t burn money for no good reason!”

  • August 31, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    I think Borrelguard is bad tho, defenitely not on the same level as the rest of the cards you put here

    • August 31, 2018 at 10:56 pm

      Is it actually bad though? Sure it has difficult summoning requirements compared to what it does but it’s a lot more versatile than Borrelsword or even Borreload imo

      Borrelsword is better to be fair I need to update the rankings but Borrelguard is still a great Link monsters and should be the go-to budget Link boss monster

      • September 1, 2018 at 12:15 pm

        Borrelsword is an OTK enabler, can easily run over most boss monsters as long as they can be destroyed by battle.
        Borreload serves as a reliable out to troublesome boss monsters that are immune to targetting and destruction, and the permanent -500 atk might help lesser monster to run over bigger ones. It’s even immune to targetting by monster’s effects, making even ABC or Master Peace ( If unbanned ) unable to easily get over it.
        Borrelguard is kind of meh. Most of the time you will need another destruction effect to trigger its effect ( since it can only revive monsters that are destroyed this turn ). Investing too much resources ( At least a -2 to summon him ) and getting just a bad monster reborn is not good. It’s great in a Rokket deck where it can use its targetting effect, target a Rokket, chain that Rokket to destroy something, then you can use its revival effect to extend your play. But that’s too gimmicky, and considering how Rokket struggle to put enough material to summon it, you better summon Borreload or Borrelsword instead.
        The rest of your list is excellent tho, defenitely helps players in constructing a deck. I would also recommend Knightmare Goblin for the extra normal summon, and most deck would appreciate that than Knightmare Gryphon. There’s also Triple Burst Dragon and Topologic Trisbaena to consider.


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