Dark Magician is one of the most iconic monsters in the Yu-Gi-Oh! world, but so are his fusion counterparts. With the release of Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon in the 2020 Tin of Lost Memories, Dark Magician is having some competitive play. In today’s article, we are going to take a look at the Anime & Competitive impact of the Dark Magician Fusions. I will review them based on low, medium, and high impact.
First, we are going to take a look at technically the first Dark Magician fusion to appear in the anime/manga. We are putting this one first before our next choice because this was summoned during the Dawn of The Duel arc in season 5 meaning chronologically speaking it occurred before our next choice. It debuted in Season 5, Episode 38: Village of Vengeance-Part 2. It is Duos Dragon also known as Drake Knight, Duos Dragon.
ANIME: This monster is a fusion of Priest Seto’s Duos, Karim’s Curse of Dragon & Mahad as the Dark Magician. This monster doesn’t exist as a card in the anime, but it did have a high impact on the show. This was technically the very first fusion in Yugioh history to involve a Dark Magician. It was also evenly matched with Bandit King Bakura’s upgraded Diabound, at least until he obtained the millennium scale and separated them back. This isn’t going to be the last time we see Dark Magician on a dragon, however.
COMPETITIVENESS: This monster doesn’t exist as a card in real life.
Now we are going to take a look at the official first Dark Magician fusion to appear in the anime, Dark Flare Knight. The card text is as follows:
Dark Flare Knight
“Dark Magician + “Flame Swordsman”
You take no Battle Damage from battles involving this card. When this card is destroyed by battle and sent to the Graveyard: Special Summon 1 “Mirage Knight” from your hand or Deck.
ANIME: Dark Flare Knight debuted in Season 3, Episode 16: Merger of the Big Five, Part 3. It was the combined Deckmaster of Yugi & Joey. In my opinion, this card had a relatively low impact on the series. It took Dark Flare Knight, Mirage Knight & Dark Magician Knight to defeat Five-Headed Dragon & Berserk Dragon. Although they defeated The Big Five, they still couldn’t get Tristan Taylor’s body back. I also believe Black Skull Dragon and another card I will mention later, better illustrate Yugi’s and Joey’s friendship.
COMPETITIVENESS: Dark Flare Knight appeared as a card in Dark Crisis. Similar to its anime counterpart, it has a relatively low impact competitively. Even when you substitute Flame Swordsman with The Eye of Timaeus, it’s still not a big return on investment. It’s too much of a situation-based card.
Next, we are going to look at Dark Paladin. The card text is as follows:
“Dark Magician” + “Buster Blader”
Must be Fusion Summoned. When a Spell Card is activated (Quick Effect): You can discard 1 card; negate the activation, and if you do, destroy it. This card must be face-up on the field to activate and to resolve this effect. Gains 500 ATK for each Dragon monster on the field and in the GY.
ANIME: Dark Paladin debuted in Season 3, Episode 37: Clash in the Coliseum- Part 6 & Season 5, Episode 9: A Brawl in a Small Town Part 2. Despite only having two appearances in the Battle City Semi-Finals & Grand Championship, it had a high impact on the series. First of all it made two appearances in the show. Second, the elaborate way Yugi summoned it in both arcs. Lastly, I just believe this card led to defining victories in the series even if they weren’t against the arc’s main villains like Marik Ishtar and Leon Von Schroeder.
COMPETITIVENESS: Dark Paladin first appeared as a card in Magician’s Force. I believe it has a medium impact competitively. There are plenty of fusion options with The Eye of Timaeus, Destruction Swordsman Fusion & Magicialized Fusion. Although, what reduces its impact is the discard cost for only spells and being heavily based on Dragons. Although it’s really fun to play in Duel Links.
Now, we are going to look at the Amulet Dragon. The card text is as follows:
“Dark Magician” + 1 Dragon-Type monster
Must be Fusion Summoned with the above Fusion Materials or with “The Eye of Timaeus”. If this card is Special Summoned: Target any number of Spells in any GY(s) (min. 1); banish those targets, and if you do, this card gains 100 ATK for each card banished by this effect. If this card is destroyed: You can target 1 Spellcaster monster in your GY; Special Summon that target.
ANIME: Amulet Dragon made its first and only Anime appearance in Season 4 Episode 31, Grappling With A Guardian Part 2 in Yugi’s rematch duel against Rafael. I believe this monster had as much relatively low impact on the series as The Waking of Dragons had on the series overall. I believe Dark Magician Girl, The Dragon Knight had a higher impact on the series overall because she guided our heroes through the whole arc.
COMPETITIVENESS: Amulet Dragon appeared as a card in Dragons of Legend. I give it medium impact, but not based on the card itself, more for what it led to. On the surface, you banish spells to gain attack and you can bring back one spellcaster when it’s destroyed, but it’s retrained version is worth its weight. So I am going to say this card had a medium impact because it led to a real-world only card: Dark Magician The Dragon Knight. The card text reads as follows:
Dark Magician The Dragon Knight
“Dark Magician” + 1 Dragon monster
This card’s name becomes “Dark Magician” while on the field or in the GY. Your opponent cannot target Spells/Traps you control with card effects, also they cannot be destroyed by your opponent’s card effects.
ANIME: This card did not exist in the anime, but in a way, it reminds me of Drake-Knight, Duos Dragon, and Amulet Dragon. Not to mention similar stats to rival that of Kaiba’s Blue-Eyes White Dragon.
COMPETITIVENESS: Dark Magician the Dragon Knight appeared as a card in Legendary Dragon Decks. I give this card a high impact on the game overall for several reasons. First, its name becomes Dark Magician, which cannot be targeted by opponents’ spells or traps or destroyed by card effects. There are many options for fusion summoning and you can use all applicable Dark Magician support. Not to mention I love the Dark Magician The Dragon Knight Advert skill in Duel Links.
Now we are going to take a look at Dark Cavalry. The card text is as follows:
“Dark Magician” + 1 Warrior monster
Gains 100 ATK for each Spell/Trap on the field and in the GYs. If this card attacks a Defense Position monster, inflict piercing battle damage. When a card or effect is activated that targets a card on the field (Quick Effect): You can discard 1 card; negate the activation, and if you do, destroy it.
ANIME: This card didn’t exist in the anime, but it does have a similar piercing damage effect as Dark Magician equipped with the anime-only Dark Spear magic card during the Ceremonial Battle.
COMPETITIVENESS: Dark Cavalry appeared as a card in Duel Power. I believe competitively this card has a relatively high impact. There are plenty of fusion options, gains attack for each spell and trap in the graveyard, plus piercing damage and one cost target negation and another one of my favorite Duel Links Allstars.
Now we are going to take a look at The Dark Magicians. The card text reads as follows:
The Dark Magicians
“Dark Magician” or “Dark Magician Girl” + 1 Spellcaster monster
Once per turn, if a Spell/Trap Card or effect is activated (except during the Damage Step): You can draw 1 card, then if it was a Spell/Trap, you can Set it, and if it was a Trap or Quick-Play Spell, you can activate it this turn. If this card is destroyed: You can Special Summon both 1 “Dark Magician” and 1 “Dark Magician Girl” from your hand, Deck, and/or GY.
Source: Azumi Moe
ANIME: This card did not exist in the anime, but it does remind me of scenes when they were together like in the battle against Zorc, the ceremonial battle when Atem played Magicians Unite & in the Bonds Beyond Time movie. This card proves there isn’t any trick a magician can pull off.
COMPETITIVENESS: The Dark Magicians debuted as a card in Legendary Duelists: Magical Hero. I am giving this a high impact because of the versatility of fusions, the draw/activation benefit, and summoning both magicians when it’s destroyed.
Last but not least we are going to take a look at Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon. The card text reads as follows:
Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon
“Dark Magician” + “Red-Eyes Black Dragon” or 1 Dragon Effect Monster
Cannot be destroyed by card effects. Neither player can target this card with card effects. During your Main Phase: You can destroy 1 monster your opponent controls, and if you do, inflict damage to your opponent equal to that monster’s original ATK. You can use this effect several times per turn up to the number of Normal Monsters used as Fusion Material for this card. Once per turn, when a card or effect is activated (Quick Effect): You can discard 1 card; negate the activation, and if you do, destroy that card, and if you do that, this card gains 1000 ATK.
ANIME: This card didn’t exist in the anime, but I believe that it is a better symbol of Yugi and Joey’s friendship rather than Dark Flare Knight. I personally just think Red Eyes fusions are better anime speaking like Black Skull Dragon. For that reason alone, this card has a high impact on the anime.
COMPETITIVENESS: Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon debuted as a card in the 2020 Tin of Lost Memories. I see it having a huge impact competitively. There are Dark Magician fusion options with the Eye of Timaeus and Red-Eyes Fusion. It can’t be destroyed by card effects or targeted with card effects. You can destroy a monster, inflict damage, during your main phase based on the number of normal monsters used to summon it and an effect negation with an attack bonus. I think Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon is a perfect mix of nostalgia and competitiveness.