18 Best Blackwing Monsters Cards in Yu-Gi-Oh!

The Blackwings are widely regarded as one of the game’s most powerful synchro decks.

Archetypes with consistent searchers, absurd numbers of special summoning, and outrageously powerful removal cards were introduced in Yu-Gi-Oh 5Ds and fundamentally altered the game.

The Blackwings started out as a bad group of monsters that didn’t have much support. However, Konami quickly improved them with new additions, which made them a top-tier meta deck for several years.

Blackwings are usually dark, winged beast-type units whose main goal is to swarm and call their strong synchro boss monsters.

Even though Blackwings now need link monsters to field more than one tandem, they are still an interesting series that shouldn’t be overlooked. Still, there are dozens of powerful crows. Which ravens are the best?

You’ve come to the right place if you want to try out this synchro deck.

18. Blackwing Tamer – Obsidian Hawk Joe

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Hawk Joe (now that’s a name) is different from almost every other Blackwing because he is a warrior, not a winged beast.

This is important to know if you’re using cards like “Solidarity.” He will take any mix of Blackwing tuners and non-tuners, and he will let you bring back from the dead as many level five or higher flying beasts as you want.

Yes, you can use it as many times as you want each turn, and it doesn’t just work on Blackwing flying beasts.

This works well with Hawk’s next effect, which lets him send hits or effects that only target him to a different Blackwing you control that would be a better target.

Use this to move removals to your high-level Blackwings, then use Hawk’s power to bring them back to life.

17. Blackwing – Steam the Cloak

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The number of copies of Steam the Cloak is limited in the Asian OCG but not in the American TCG, so use him in your American decks.

He is a tuner, and whenever he leaves the field, you can call a level one steam token monster. Note that this is activated whenever a card leaves the field, even if it is discarded or brought back to your hand.

It gives you a handy way to raise the level of your next synchro summon by one.

You can also give up a monster once per fight to bring Steam back from your graveyard. For a useful combo that can happen once per game, give Steam’s token to bring him back to life, tune him with another monster, and then use your next steam token however you want (maybe as link material).

Note, though, that if you use this effect to bring Steam back to life and use him for a synchro summon, all of the materials must be Blackwings. This is a small limitation on his powerful abilities, but it’s important to know.

16. Blackwing – Auster the South Wind


Although Auster cannot be special summoned, his low level (4) makes normal summoning him easy and without requiring any tribute.

A Blackwing monster of level four or lower that you have exiled can be special summoned as a defender during normal summoning.

This is a great way to restore exiled units, and unlike some revivals, the affects on your unit will remain unchanged. Since Auster is a tuner, you can use him to fuel the summon of an additional creature from your deck.

Finally, if you remove Austere from your graveyard, you can either apply black feather counters to a “Black-Winged Dragon” you control in proportion to the number of cards your opponent has in play, or apply wedge counters to all monsters your opponent controls that don’t already have one.

You can use Auster’s dying breath to give your best players an advantage by using these counters against specific synchro monster powers.

15. Blackwing – Blizzard the Far North

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Blackwing’s ability to reliably synchro summon was a major factor in their dominance of the metagame.

Tuner Blackwing – Blizzard of the Far North can special summon a Blackwing monster from your graveyard that is level 4 or lower when normal summoned.

You’ll now be in prime position to perform a synchro summon of level 6 or lower.

Blizzard is a worthwhile addition to any Blackwing deck due to being a one-card synchro monster.

14. Blackwing Armor Master

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The very first Blackwing synchro we’ll be having a look at here is Blackwing Armor Master.

You’ll need a Blackwing tuner and any monster that isn’t a tuner to pull off this level 7 synchro.

The first of this guy’s many great qualities is that he is immune to fight harm and cannot be killed by it. Awesome, right?

With his second effect, Blackwing – Armor Master becomes an even more impressive means of self-defense.

This card puts a “Wedge counter” on each monster it attacks. If you do, you can eliminate all Wedge counters from monsters your opponent controls, reducing their attack to zero.

Your opponent’s monster strength is irrelevant.

Because they’ll be quickly weakened and defeated with Blackwing – Armor Master on your side.

13. Blackwing – Sirocco the Dawn

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Do you remember when people used to respond to tribute summons?

Blackwing – Sirocco the Dawn, however, does away with the need for tributes altogether, allowing for its normal, standalone summoning. however only so long as your opponent has a monster(s) under their command and you don’t.

This isn’t too shabby, as it earns you a monster with 2000 attack for your regular summon.

In addition, Sirocco provides a handy method of giving your Blackwing monsters an extra boost.

Any Blackwing monster you control, save Sirocco, can have its attack increased by the sum of the attacks of all other Blackwing monsters on your side of the field.

The turn you activate this effect, no other Blackwings you control can attack, but it’s well worth it!

You may easily overcome any resistance your opponent may employ with this effect.

12. Blackwing – Nothung the Starlight

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As the only level 6 synchro in the deck, this guy is your best bet if you’re stuck with only Blackwing – Blizzard the Far North in your hand.

Blackwing – Nothung the Starlight is such a powerful addition to the deck that it can make your head spin.

When it enters the battlefield, it immediately does 800 fire damage to your opponent.

Then, it reduces your opponent’s monster’s attack and defense by 800 points, and last, it lets you normal summon an extra Blackwing per turn!

Who wouldn’t desire an easy way to add more Blackwings to their board?

You can use this card to assist you summon higher-level synchro monsters if you have another tuner in your hand but no means to use it.

11. Blackwing – Vayu the Emblem of Honor

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One of the most out-there tuners in all of Yu-Gi-Oh is Blackwing – Vayu, the Emblem of Honor.

By sending this card and another card from your graveyard to the graveyard as the synchro materials, you can perform a synchro summon.

Unfortunately, this has the side effect of rendering the synchro monster useless.

However, this is still an incredible method for releasing some truly massive beasts onto the battlefield.

10. Blackwing – Silverwind the Ascendant

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Monster removal is an essential part of every competitive deck.

This is what Blackwing – Silverwind the Ascendant does, and it does it well!

Two monsters with defenses lower than this card’s attack stat can be destroyed during the turn this card is synchro summoned.

With 2800 assault, you can easily overcome any obstacle.

This effect isn’t once per turn though, meaning if you can pull off several synchro summoning in a turn (and if any deck can pull that off, it’s Blackwings!) then you can basically wipe out every single one of your opponent’s monsters.

9. Assault Blackwing – Chidori the Rain Sprinkling

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In the later stages of the game, this individual can be invaluable in helping you administer the decisive blow to your opponent.

What it actually does is:

Each Blackwing creature in your graveyard increases this card’s attack by 300 points.

By the conclusion of the game, your graveyard will be stuffed to the gills with Blackwing monsters because Blackwings is a deck that can synchro summon several times.

In a hurry, you may raise the attack value to well over 4000.

In addition, when this card is sent to the graveyard, you can special summon another Winged-beast synchro monster from your graveyard to your side of the field, protecting you from any potential danger.

8. Blackwing – Shura the Blue Flame

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One of the cards that kept Blackwings reliable was Blackwing – Shura, the Blue Flame.

If it eliminates an opponent’s monster in combat, you can negate the effects of that monster and special summon one Blackwing monster with 1500 or less attack from your deck to your side of the field.

And even by itself, this card is no slouch.

This level four monster packs a punch with its 1700 attack. The likelihood of your success in achieving this effect is therefore great.

7. Delta Crow – Anti Reverse

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Yu-Gi-Oh!’s spells and traps only get more potent as time goes on.

You’ll need to find a means to get rid of them quickly if you want to have any hope of winning.

This trap card is among the strongest in the game at countering spells and traps.

This is why:

If you have a Blackwing monster under your control, you can flip over all of their face-down spell and trap cards and destroy them.

This card’s activation condition is simple to achieve: control exactly three Blackwing monsters.

You can avoid the risk of having it destroyed by an opponent’s card effect by not setting it on the field.

This card is a true gem, and it would be foolish to pass it up.

6. Blackwing – Bora the Spear

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You must appreciate it when your usual summon isn’t wasted on a monster that can’t devour you.

When you control another Blackwing monster, Blackwing – Bora, the Spear will use its special ability to summon itself from your hand. Which is very simple in a Blackwing deck.

Even if your opponent is trying to defend themselves, they may still take damage from this guy’s piercing attack.

5. Blackwing – Gale the Whirlwind

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This tuner’s special not only allows you to deal with your opponent’s biggest monsters for free, but it also summons itself.

Similar to Bora, if you control another Blackwing monster, Gale the Whirlwind can special summon from your hand.


Then, once per turn, you can take direct action against a monster your opponent controls, reducing its attack and defense by 50%.

This effect lasts as long as the monster is on the field, unlike most stat modifiers in Yu-Gi-Oh, which only reduce the monster’s stats temporarily.

If your opponent is using a deck with ridiculously high attackers (such as Deskbots, Megalith, or any of the other OTK decks that can score over 10,000 attack on a single monster!), you can even target the same monster multiple times.

4. Assault Blackwing – Raikiri the Rain Shower

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Attack Blackwing – Rain Shower Raikiri is terrifyingly effective at clearing the field of your opponent’s cards.

Every single turn, you can destroy cards your opponent controls, up to the number of Blackwing monsters you control.

This isn’t restricted to any certain playing card.

Everything from spells and traps to creatures and their ready to pounce.

From the looks of this roster, Blackwings can quickly cover a lot of ground. This card is fantastic for clearing the board of all of your opponent’s cards.

3. Blackwing – Kalut the Moon Shadow

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This card alone makes attacking any Blackwing monster frightening.

What it actually does is:

During the damage step of any attack or defense involving a Blackwing monster, you can discard this card to increase the attack power of your Blackwing monster by 1400 points.

This card is great for crushing your opponent’s monsters, but my favorite method to play with it is to let them attack my Blackwings believing they have the advantage.

They threw away their best strategy by getting rid of Kalut.

2. Black Whirlwind

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In my opinion, Black Whirlwind elevated an already strong Blackwings deck to the level of being nearly unstoppable.

When you use a Blackwing for a standard summon, you can search your deck for another Blackwing monster of equal or lower attack and add it to your hand.

Find yourself in prime position for various synchro moves by searching for cards like Blackwing – Gale the Whirlwind, who may immediately special summon themselves from your hand.

When paired with Blackwing – Nothung the Starlight, who allows you to normal summon twice in a turn, Black Whirlwind becomes devastating.

This effectively multiplies the efficiency of your searches.

1. Blackwing Full Armor Master

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It goes without saying that a synchro deck’s best monster is its synchro boss monster.

With that in mind, it’s safe to say that this Blackwing card is among the finest synchros ever produced.

This level 10 monster is immune to any and all card effects, ensuring he will survive even your opponent’s non-targeting removal.

Blackwing Full Armor Master improves upon the idea of Wedge counters.

You can add a Wedge counter to a card whenever a creature on the field uses its effect.

Then, you can steal control of an opponent’s monster with a Wedge counter on it once each turn.

Not only that!

Also, when you take the monsters you want, you can use a Wedge counter to destroy every card in play during the end phase.

Blackwing In Full Plate Due to Master’s incredible strength and removal difficulties, he is possibly the most “must-have” Blackwing card in existence.

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