Machines are an interesting monster type, there’s so many different ways that Konami could approach a new archetype. With plenty of powerful archetypes currently in the game (Geargia, Ancient Gear, Mecha Phantom Beast just to name a few), you’d think they would be done but there’s so much more waiting to be explored. But we’re going to ignore these archetypes for now, instead focusing on generic machine monsters that don’t fit a single archetype. Here’s the 10 best machine monsters in Yugioh (excluding archetypes)!
10. Formula Synchron
A two-star Synchro monster?! Yep, it’s a tuner too. Great little card that allows for a myriad of combos. With its poor ATK/DEF, you’ll only want to use it for its effect but being able to synchro summon in your opponent’s turn, as well as draw 1 card, its a decent effect.
9. Number 25: Force Focus
Slightly situational as it doesn’t work on XYZ monsters (the effect specifies a monster with a level), it’s still a great card though. High ATK/DEF stats mean you don’t summon it just for its effect but being able to negate a monster effect in either player’s turn is awesome.
8. Aegaion The Sea Castrum
Aegaion isn’t the first choice that comes to mind when XYZ summoning with level 8 monsters but it’s a good option. Being able to at least slightly manipulate your opponent’s extra deck can be invaluable at times.
7. Night Express Knight
Quite a simple card, Night Express Knight can provide your Machine deck with a nice boost as it is easy to get on the field and has high ATK/DEF. As a level 10 monster, you can make a rank 10 XYZ monster easily if you have two in your hand and use something like Double Summon. There’s plenty of different combos you can use this card with.
6. Digvorzhak, King of Heavy Industry
Having 3 level 5 monsters on the field can sometimes prove difficult, which is why this card only comes at number 6 on the list. However, its effect is extremely powerful as it allows you to mill up to 9 of your opponent’s cards, then destroy any cards (even spells/traps) up to the number of monsters sent. That art is awesome too, reminds me of a pod-racer.
5. Gatling Dragon
You young uns of today have likely never even heard of this card. You can reliably summon Gatling Dragon using a number of fusion cards, from Polymerisation to Overloard Fusion. Then you can destroy up to 3 of your opponent’s monsters, if you’re lucky anyway. It falters in ATK/DEF but the effect makes up for that.
4. Number 81: Superdreadnought Rail Cannon Super Dora
You’d expect an exceedingly powerful monster if you’re XYZ summoning with level 10 monsters and with this card, that’s exactly what you get. Huge ATK/DEF means it won’t be destroyed by battle and its effect helps to keep itself or other monsters safe.
3. Perfect Machine King
Perfect Machine King can have up to 4700 ATK if your field is full of machines, this doesn’t even take your opponent’s field into account. That’s all its effect is, it doesn’t prevent it from being special summoned or anything so it can be easy to summon from the hand or brought back from the graveyard.
2. Snow Plow Hustle Rustle
Sacrificing your spells/traps is worth it for the Snow Plow Hustle Rustle (dat name). With strong ATK/DEF, it’s worth putting in any Machine deck as it can provide a good defensive line. The effect damage isn’t worth playing around as the max would be 1000 but as its so straightforward to summon with a number of uses, it’s definitely one of the best Machine monsters in the game.
1. Cracking Dragon
This is cheating a bit, Cracking Dragon hasn’t actually been released in the TCG. However, it does exist and is very much a powerful Machine. With the ability to only be destroyed by monsters with a higher level, it is difficult for the opponent to get rid of, except by card effects. The other effect is also great as it can reduce a level 8 monster’s ATK by 1600. Cracking Dragon is a cracking card that deserves the number 1 spot on this list.