Yu-Gi-Oh!: Best Plant Xyz Monsters
Plants aren't quite known for being the big boss monsters in Yu-Gi-Oh!, but these Xyz monsters are solid.
Plants aren't quite known for being the big boss monsters. Their best cards are often accessories in other decks, part of an engine to help them summon out large boards of other kinds of monsters from the Extra Deck. That's why some of their best tools have been banned from the game.
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Having said that, Konami has given Plants a pair of solid archetypes, that while not quite meta, have certainly introduced some powerful boss monsters. Both Sylvans and Rikka are both decks that work well alone as well as together, and there are plenty of powerful Xyz monsters from those archetypes that are available to them...and other decks willing to lean into Plants.
10. FAIRY KNIGHT INGUNAR
This one’s the lowest on the list because it’s so difficult to make at the moment, it’s a Rank 6 that needs three materials. The card once summoned can detach two materials to make all the other cards on the field go back to the hand. This effect actually can’t be negated, so once it hits the field it’s over with, which is pretty impressive as a reset. It’s a little weak in terms of attack, but it’ll always be attacking into a clear field.
9. MELIAE OF THE TREES
A nice little Rank 3 that has two different effects that can be chosen from. Either they can detach to send a Plant monster from the deck to the graveyard, or they can target a Plant in the graveyard and special summon it in defense position. Meliae works specifically with cards like Spore, or Lonefire Blossom, manipulating the graveyard to make other plays.
8. NUMBER 50: BLACKSHIP OF CORN
This card was briefly used as a good spot removal card. A Rank 4, it could detach a material to target a monster with the same or less attack as itself to send that card to the graveyard, then inflict 1000 damage to the opponent. The problem is its attack was far too low, at only 2100, meaning any decent boss monster would completely ignore it. At the same time, it couldn’t even attack after it got over a monster.
7. SYLVAN PRINCESSPRITE
A Rank 1 monster, Princessprite can detach a material to excavate the top card of the deck, adding it to the hand if it’s a spell or trap, or sending it to the grave if it’s a monster.
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Princessprite can also special summon a Sylvan monster from the graveyard and special summon it by sending a Plant from the hand or the field to the graveyard. This effect is particularly useful, allowing players to recover spent Level 7s and 8s by getting rid of the smaller monsters.
6. STRENAE THE RIKKA QUEEN
A Rank 4, Strenae can detach a material to add a Plant monster or Rikka grave from graveyard to hand. If Strenae gets tributed while it has Xyz material, the player can special summon a Rank 5 or higher Xyz monster from the Extra Deck or grave, and give it Strenae as material. This ability is sick because it works not only with Rikka monsters, but any Plant Xyz, allowing this to be used in Plant decks going forward.
5. TRAPTRIX RAFFLESIA
A monster that’s unaffected by traps as long as it has material, Rafflesia protects Traptrix monsters from destruction and from being targeted. But Rafflesia also allows the activation of Hole trap cards from the deck. Well, technically. Whatever “Hole” trap card fits the situation, Rafflesia can detach a material to make its effect the same as that Hole Trap card by sending that card from the deck to the graveyard. In other words, the player can activate Bottomless Trap Hole to destroy and banish any monster summoned that has more than 1500 ATK.
4. KANZASHI THE RIKKA QUEEN
One of the newer Plant Xyz to come out in the Rikka set, Kanzashi’s a great Rank 6 play. When a monster is tributed, Kanzashi can special summon a monster from either player’s graveyard. The monster can stay on the field, and becomes a Plant monster which is good because whenever a Plant monster would be destroyed by a card effect, Kanzashi can tribute a Plant monster from the hand or the field to protect the others.
3. ALSEI, THE SYLVAN HIGH PROTECTOR
A Rank 8 monster, Alsei can declare a card name, excavate the top card of the deck, and add it to the hand if they guessed correctly. Since Sylvans can order the cards in their deck, this is a great way to easily get a card to their hand. However, if the card goes to the graveyard, Alsei’s other effect kicks in. It can detach a material to target a card on the field and place it either on the top or bottom of the deck, getting rid of a threat without destroying it, which gets around a ton of protection effects.
2. TEARDROP THE RIKKA QUEEN
The deck’s Rank 8 monster, Teardrop can get rid of any monster on the field at any point by detaching a material and tributing that monster away. It becomes a quick effect if Teardrop has a Plant monster as material, which means the opponent could lose a monster at any point during a combo.
What makes Teardrop even better is that she gains 200 ATK for the turn each time a monster is tributed, meaning using her effect automatically makes her 3000 ATK. Capable of clearing multiple cards at once, she’s a great Plant boss.
1. OREA, THE SYLVAN HIGH ARBITER
A Rank 7, Orea allows the ultimate deck sorting. It can send a Plant from the hand or field to the grave and re-order cards from the top of the deck equal to the level of that monster. That means Sylvans can often look at the top seven or eight cards on the top of their deck. Then Orea can detach a material and excavate up to three cards, send any plant monsters to the grave, and then bounce cards equal to how many Plants were sent. This doesn’t target, so this is effectively the best removal tool Plants have.
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