Yu-Gi-Oh! The 5 Best Monster Types In The Game (& 5 Of The Worst)
There are 25 different Types of Monsters in Yu-Gi-Oh! with some getting much more support than others. This leads to some Monster Types being much better than others, while some are stuck in the bottom of the barrel and see almost no play.
Each Type is fairly distinctive in their designs, some of which have their whole playstyles defined by them. Despite the gap in quality between Types, nearly every Type in the game has had at least one competitively viable Deck in the spotlight. However, this doesn't make a Type good, and some Types have spent much more time in the metagame compared to the others.
Divine-Beast is barely a Type, but they're a Type none the less. The only cards that make up the Divine-Beast Type are the iconic Egyptian God Cards consisting of "Obelisk The Tormenter" "Slifer The Sky Dragon," and "The Winged Dragon Of Ra." Unfortunately, the God cards don't get many of their anime effects and as such, they remain incredibly weak. The only Divine-Beast card that sees any use is "The Winged Dragon Of Ra - Sphere Mode" as a way to clear out the opponent's field. While that is a powerful card, it's the only powerful card in the Divine-Beast Type.
9. Best: Zombie
The Zombie Type is an interesting one, as the entire type is its own pseudo-archetype. There are Archetypes that are made of Zombies, such as Shiranui, however most Zombie Decks are a mixture of Zombie Type cards. Zombie Types have some of the best generic support cards in the entire game with "Uni-Zombie" and "Mezuki" seen in every Zombie Deck. "Zombie World" on the field (which turns all cards into Zombie Types) can also lock out the opponent of summoning any non-Zombie Type monsters when Rivalry Of Warlords is on the field.
8. Worst: Pyro
The Pyro Type is one of the most tragic. Very little support has come out for it over the years, and the support it has gotten has very little metagame impact. The only viable Pyro Deck was Volcanics, which is long past their prime. Pyros do have access to "Rekindling," which can revive Pyro Type monsters with 200 Defense (which most have) from the Graveyard for a turn.
Despite its power, "Rekindling" is not nearly enough for Pyro to make an impact, as the Type simply doesn't have anything it can do with it. Even though it can mimic a banned card ("Soul Charge"), Pyro is still bad and shows how weak the type is.
7. Best: Machine
Machine Types have always been attached to the metagame at various points in the game's history. In some cases, a Machine Deck is at the top of the metagame, but always present at tournaments even when it's not. Machines have had many great Decks throughout the game such as ABC and Orcust. Machines also have a lot of great generic cards that any Deck can use such as "Jet Synchron," "Crystron Halqifibrax" and "Mecha Phantom Beast O-Lion." Machine Decks can also utilize "Machine Duplication," which can get two extra cards onto the field from the deck for Extra Deck Plays.
6. Worst: Insect
Insects are rarely present, and practically no Insect Deck has had any kind of metagame impact outside of Inzektors. No other Insect Archetypes have any kind of use, and there has yet to be any good new Insect Types since Inzektors. The Insect Type's only real claim to fame was "Level Eater" and "Maxx C," two of the best cards in the entire game. Unfortunately, these cards have been banned. Back in the earlier days, Insect Types were better, but that trend did not stick. "Man-Eater Bug"'s legacy was not kept intact.
5. Best: Cyberse
Cyberse is the newest Type to enter Yu-Gi-Oh! and despite its young age it's one of the best. The Cyberse Type is a big part of the Link Monsters mechanic, with most of the Monsters being Link Monsters. When it comes to dedicated Cyberse Decks, Salamangreat has been consistently at the top since its introduction despite some of their cards getting banned.
Some of the best generic Link Monsters in the entire game have been Cyberse, such as "I:P Masquerena," "Accesscode Talker" and most powerful of all, "Firewall Dragon." Cyberse Monsters hit the ground running, and show no sign of stopping anytime soon. With time, they could even become the best Type in the entire game.
4. Worst: Reptile
Reptile is a Type that has the potential to be one of the best Types in the entire game. It has "Snake Rain," a card that's a supercharged "Foolish Burial" (a card that's been limited since 2010). However, there are no good Archetypes that consist of Reptile Monsters, with the only really good Reptile Monster being "Danger!? Tsuchinoko?" Reptile has a lot of large Archetypes like Aliens and Worms, however none of them are close to being good. Perhaps one-day Reptiles will get the Rock Type treatment where a new Archetype makes them one of the best, but for now, Reptiles are at the bottom of the barrel.
3. Best: Dragon
Dragons are one of the best-supported Types in all of Yu-Gi-Oh!, so much so that the Wyrm Type was made essentially as a way to print new Dragon Archetypes that wouldn't abuse the plethora of Dragon Support Cards. Dragon Type decks have made up multiple Tier 0 Decks, with cards like "Dark Armed Dragon" and the "Dragon Rulers" being the baseline for these. Dragon Decks have also won many official events, including the iconic "Blue-Eyes" Archetype that won the World Championship in 2016, the largest event in Yu-Gi-Oh!
2. Worst: Fish
We've come to the worst Type in Yu-Gi-Oh! and that's Fish. There has never been a good Fish Archetype, with the only exception being a few of the Mermail cards, which consist of Fish, Sea-Serpent, and Aqua Type cards.
Fish have some decent support cards, though that's only because they have a Water attribute and are able to take advantage of "Salvage" and "Moray Of Greed." Despite this, there aren't any good Fish Type Decks that can make any use of these powerful cards, leaving them as the worst of the worst when it comes to Types.
1. Best: Warrior
The Warrior Type has more Monster cards than any other Type in the game, so it makes sense that it's also the best Type in the entire game. Warriors have access to some of the best cards in the game, including a searcher for any Level 4 or lower Warrior Type Monster with "Reinforcement Of The Army" which had to be limited. Warrior Decks have many one card combos that go into "Isolde, Two Tales Of The Noble Knights" which can then proceed to make tons of Monsters for a threatening board. Warrior Archetypes have also been Tier 0 in the past when Nekroz was at its peak. Warrior has the potential to make a full board of negates with just one card, leaving it as the best Type in all of Yu-Gi-Oh!