He’s probably the only duelist who could beat Yugi Muto, and his deck has some of the best cards.
So let’s talk about the best cards Seto Kaiba has ever used in the show.
18. Deck Destruction Virus
One of the few cards in Kaiba’s deck that stands out doesn’t have anything to do with dragons.
Deck Destruction Virus is a straightforward card with a straightforward effect. Even though it’s easy, that doesn’t mean it’s not strong.
Deck Destruction Virus is a Trap Card that was only used in the Yu-Gi-Oh! movie Pyramid of Light.
It only goes off when a Dark Fiend Monster with 500 or less attack points is killed on the summoner’s side of the field.
Then it goes on to destroy ten random cards from the opponent’s deck in a cruel way.
In a normal Duel Monsters deck, this means that a quarter of the opponent’s cards are gone and sent to the graveyard. What a way to live up to your name!
17. Lord Of Dragon
Even though it looks scary, it’s not that scary. It doesn’t have much in the way of natural attack or defense power.
When it comes to Duel Monsters, it only works well in a Dragon Deck. Kaiba has more than enough dragons to make it shine, which is good news.
When it’s on the field, it helps guard any Dragon Monsters that are there. It makes it impossible for any card’s power to affect them.
16. Paladin of White Dragon
When compared to other Ritual Monsters in Yu-Gi-Oh!, Paladin of White Dragon doesn’t have very good defense or attack. It stands out from the rest because it has two skills that go well with Kaiba’s deck.
First, it hurts any Monster Card that is face down. When it attacks a defense card that is face down, it ruins it right away.
No matter how powerful it is. With the same power, the monster can’t flip over, which stops it from doing anything bad.
Second, and most important for Kaiba, if you pay a tribute to summon Paladin of White Dragon during the Main Phase of a battle, the duelist can quickly call a Blue-Eyes White Dragon from their hand or deck.
Getting Seto’s valuable dragon out on the field.
15. Possessed Dark Soul
I thought I’d start this list with Possessed Dark Soul, one of Kaiba’s cards that isn’t used very often.
By paying the cost of Possessed Dark Soul, this powerful fiend lets you take control of all face-up monsters your opponent controls that are level 3 or lower.
Monsters in Yu-Gi-Oh that aren’t called with a tribute tend to be level 4 if they aren’t called with a tribute. So, this card’s value really depends on who you’re playing against.
If your opponent is using a lot of low-level monsters to flood the field, like with a water deck, Possessed Dark Soul could be the perfect way to turn the tide of battle!
This guy isn’t as good as other cards.
14. Luster Dragon #2
Dragons were the main theme of Kaiba’s deck.
He tried his hand at a few other types of monsters, like machine-types and fiend-types, but we all know that Kaiba’s true love was his dragons.
With a huge 2400 attack, Luster Dragon #2 is one of the best monsters with only one attribute.
This is enough to compete with any non-tribute monster, and if your opponent has this guy on the field, they will have to use their best monsters.
Also, the art on this card is just gorgeous.
A dragon made of emerald crystals, with a big full moon hanging over it? Someone in the art department at Konami is putting in extra hours!
13. A Wingbeat of Giant Dragon
This card is great for dragon-based tactics, especially Blue-Eyes decks (that’s funny!)
You can destroy all of your opponent’s spells and traps if you return a level 5 or higher dragon from your field to your hand.
If you could destroy all of your opponent’s spells and traps at once, you would have a huge edge. In Yu-Gi-Oh, there are some really strong ones that can mess you up (looking at you, Magic Cylinder…)
So, if you can get rid of them all at once, your dragons will have a clear path to win.
12. Lord of D.
Even though Lord of D isn’t a dragon himself, you’d be crazy not to put it in a dragon deck.
As long as Lord of D. is on the field, none of your dragons can be hurt by other cards.
This protects you from all kinds of dangers, such as monsters that kill other monsters and spells that can take your dragons outright. Lord of D. is a great way to give yourself all-around security.
And lastly, this guy has a pretty funny name.
11. Vorse Raider
Vorse Raider really set the bar for how strong vanilla monsters could be.
Even though a normal monster with 1900 attack may not seem like much now, this guy totally changed how decks were put together back then.
If you didn’t have Vorse Raider in your deck, you’d lose. Easy as pie!
It was one of the strongest monsters you could just normal call, so your opponent would have to use a tribute summon to beat it.
There are better cards to choose from in Yu-Gi-Oh as it is now. But if you’re making a more retro deck, this guy is a must-have.
10. Spear Dragon
This was one of the first Yu-Gi-Oh monsters to use cutting damage in battle.
So, if you use this card to attack a monster in defense position, you can use the difference between the monster’s attack and defense as damage to your opponent’s life points.
This is a great way to deal damage to your opponent, especially if they have a lot of monsters in defense position to block you.
Spear Dragon’s weakness is that after it strikes, it moves into defense position, where it has no defense at all. Even with the damage, it was still worth it.
9. Y-Dragon Head
Even when Kaiba makes machine monsters that aren’t dragons, they still turn out to be dragons.
If it comes from the guy who drives around in a plane shaped like a Blue Eyes White Dragon, should we be surprised?
I picked the Y-Dragon Head because it’s one of the three X, Y, and Z monsters (not to be confused with real XYZ monsters, which are… who said that Yu-Gi-Oh was hard to understand?).
When these three cards are fused together, they can be used to make different machine monsters, based on how they are fused.
In fact, the deck actually became “meta” when A, B, and C monsters were added to the mix.
In 2016, there wasn’t a single player who didn’t play ABCXYZ turbo. Even now, the deck is still played by a few people on the side.
8. Fang of Critias
In the anime, this is one of those magic cards that does something completely different.
And, sad to say, the real thing just doesn’t measure up.
You can use trap cards to fuse-summon monsters with the Fang of Critias. Depending on which trap card you choose, you can choose from one of four choices.
My favorite is the Doom Virus Dragon, which is the essence of the Crush Card Virus.
It does the same thing as the original powerful trap card, but it also has an attack stat that you can use to hit your opponent. It’s a win for everyone.
7. Flute of Summoning Dragon
Once upon a time, the Flute of Summoning Dragon was the best way to fill your field with dragon monsters.
Now that Yu-Gi-Oh is faster, we’ve seen a few better choices, but this card is still a force to be reckoned with!
As long as you control Lord of D., you can use a special ability to call two dragon monsters from your hand.
This used to be a pretty rare combo because you had to have both Lord of D and Flute of Summoning Dragon in your hand at the same time. However, we recently got a card that fixes this problem.
When King of D. is face-up on the field, it acts like Lord of D., but its ability also lets you search the Flute of Summoning Dragon directly from the deck.
So, you can use this spell card right away, and before you know it, your field will be full of dragons.
6. Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon
Players who have been playing for a long time will know this card.
Yes, it’s that fusion monster we all wanted to call but almost none of us were able to:
One of the most famous combination monsters is Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon.
Seto Kaiba used this fierce dragon in the very first Yu-Gi-Oh! show. It has the power of three Blue-Eyes in one big dragon.
It was only defeated by Exodia, who couldn’t be stopped. If that doesn’t show how strong it was, I don’t know what does.
5. Crush Card Virus
This is another Yu-Gi-Oh card that doesn’t work well in real life, like the Fang of Critias.
Konami tried to release this card at full power at first, but it was just too strong.
It was banned pretty fast, and its text was changed later to make it more fair.
The first form of Crush Card Virus let you search your opponent’s hand, field, and the next three cards they would draw. If you found a monster with an attack of 1500 or more, you could destroy it.
If you have a powerful monster on your side of the field, your opponent might not be able to make a comeback at all, and the game would be a tie.
4. Ring of Destruction
When a game was about to end, this trick card used to be the best way to force a tie.
Its original writing said that you could kill a monster on the field and then deal damage to both players equal to that monster’s attack.
By killing a monster with a high attack when both players have few life points, you make sure you won’t lose the game and force it to end in a tie.
Because it could change the whole course of a battle, it was too good for competitive play, so the text had to be changed to make it fair.
3. Blue-Eyes White Dragon
We couldn’t make a list of Kaiba’s best cards without including this machine of destruction that can’t be stopped.
Blue-Eyes is just as well-known as Yu-Gi-Oh.
This card was the name of the first Yu-Gi-Oh set ever made.
Many of us played Yu-Gi-Oh for the first time here, opening packs to try to get the rare Blue-Eyes White Dragon (or a Raigeki, Dark Hole, or maybe an Exodia leg…)
Since then, a lot of help has come out for this card.
There are a lot of new monsters that make the Blue-Eyes White Dragon plan better, from more powerful versions of the Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon to brand-new Blue-Eyes monsters that use the synchro summon system.
This card is well-known among Yu-Gi-Oh fans and kids who grew up in the late 1990s, which is why it’s at the third spot on our list.
2. Obelisk the Tormentor
Let’s talk about the Egyptian God cards when we talk about well-known Yu-Gi-Oh cards.
Obelisk the Tormentor is the Egyptian God that Kaiba played in the Battle City tournament until it was won by Yugi Muto, who got all 3 cards.
This God card is my favorite of the three, at least in terms of how it is used in the TCG.
Obelisk has an attack of 4000, which is so high that it will destroy anything that gets in its way.
You can kill all of your opponent’s monsters if you sacrifice two other monsters you control.
Even though Obelisk can’t fight the turn you use this ability, it will definitely kill your opponent the turn after that. Not many duelists can take 4000 damage to the face and still be alive.
1. Chaos Emperor Dragon – Envoy of the End
This card is almost famous in real Yu-Gi-Oh, but for some reason, it is barely mentioned in the show…
Really, this card was talked about in two episodes of the original series, and in one of them, it was shown in a suitcase.
Definitely not the right way to treat a card that changed the way we played Yu-Gi-Oh!
Chaos Emperor Dragon was the first card to be banned because it was so good.
Its influence was changed later to make it more fair, and now you can play three copies of this guy again.
The main reason this card is so crazy powerful is that it’s so easy to call. Unlike most powerful monsters, you don’t have to pay a tribute to summon it.
Just get rid of a light monster and a dark monster from your graves.
When this guy shows up on the field, you can pay 1000 life points to send every card from both players’ fields and hands to the graveyard. Your opponent will take 300 damage for each of their cards that you destroyed.
This is a lot of damage, and it would be easy to kill your opponent with it.
So this is definitely a card that Kaiba would be proud of: a dragon that was so strong that it changed the game so much that it was no longer recognizable.
You did a great job, Chaos Emperor Dragon!