Vanguard of the Dragon | Decks and Ruling

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Vanguard of the Dragon

Vanguard of the Dragon
Monster TypeDragon
Card typeEffect
Card Effect TypeIgnition Effect / Trigger Effect
SupportsDragon / Normal Monster
Anti-supportsDragon / Normal Monster


You can send 1 Dragon-Type monster from your hand to the Graveyard; this card gains 300 ATK. When this card you control is sent to your Graveyard by your opponent's card effect: You can target 1 Dragon-Type Normal Monster in either player's Graveyard; Special Summon that target.

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  • UR Jewel x3
  • Stone of Earth x60
  • 110,000 Gold




  • Can increase its attack and it will last until it's destroyed.
  • Synergy with Red-Eyes B. Dragon because of Red-Eyes Spirit, or from its own second effect.
  • Able to special summon normal Dragon-type monsters from either player's graveyard.


  • Low defense and base attack is 1700. There are already several monsters with higher attack.
  • Requires a discard of a normal dragon-type monster to increase attack..
  • Second effect only works if it's destroyed by your opponent's card effect.

Tips, related cards, skills

  • Activate this card's effect by sending Red-Eyes B. Dragon from your hand to the graveyard so you can activate Red-Eyes Spirit. You will have 2 monsters with 2,000 attack+.
  • If you have a lot of normal dragon-type monster, or any other normal monster, you can use Symbols of Duty to special summon other monsters from either player's graveyard.

Red-Eyes Spirit

Use the effect of Vanguard of the Dragon to send a Red-Eyes monster from your hand to the graveyard, then special summon it using this card.



ActionsSends from hand to Graveyard for cost
Summoning categoriesSpecial Summons from your Graveyard / Special Summons from your opponent's Graveyard
Stat changesThis card gains ATK

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Dauntless07 26days ago
This card just isn't good, (not in the way you'd wish,) for 1 simple reason; it relies on your opponent playing a certain way. They don't HAVE to remove this card by an effect, and even if they do, all they have to do is make it Chain Link 2, and Vanguard will miss its timing. It's bad deckbuilding to rely on your opponent to do specific things, unless those things aren't overly specific, but inherently fundamental to basic gameplay.
<< Anonymous(Dauntless07)
Dauntless 26days ago Reply
That said, the "right" way to play this card is with Kaiba's Peak Performance. Don't waste advantage discarding as its low defense is a real liability with Enemy Controller running rampant in every deck. Instead, you should take advantage of the added difficulty your opponent faces in removing this card by effect, support with cards like Mirror Wall/WoD and Mirage Dragon when they try to ATK over.
4-Starred Ladybug destroyed it and the effect didn't work. What a load of crap
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Why did this card second effect don't activate with the Cyber Angel Dakini effect? Both of them use the term "send" so, "• Second effect only works if it's destroyed by your opponent's card effect." is totally BS.
Anyone had this bug?
<< Anonymous
Someone Reply
Yeah, I had the same question! It must be activated! Total BS!
<< Anonymous
V. IRUS Reply
i dont think its a bug. just read dakinis effect. it says: "You can make your opponent send 1 monster they control to the Graveyard (their choice)." if you now send your vanguard to the grave its actually not by dakinis effect, its "your choice" that sends it to the grave. so, no effect activation.
<< Anonymous(V. IRUS)
Anonymous Reply
It should be an advantage, because the card is being sent to the graveyard anyway by the opponent's card effect. So if I choose to send the Vanguard his effect should activate. Why the hell it's not by Dakinis effect? Something had to give me the "choice" to destroy my monsters right, and it's an effect of a card.
Why i cant active the effect while BEWD in my hand?
Does an opponents soul exchange activate his effect?
<< Anonymous(Wrokz)
Anonymous Reply
no,SE does not destory
missed activation timing? wtf it's been 2 times already that this happens, first time i activated majesty of blue eyes in response to eliminating the league (targeting this card), the second time I activated it's effect to send Blue eyes to my graveyard, attacked a monster and opponent michizured my dragon, both times I couldn't summon blue eyes? why?
<< Anonymous
EdwardSA Reply
Total BS bro. It also happen to me. I don't understand why you miss timing when effects are chained.
<< Anonymous(EdwardSA)
Anonymous Reply
Vanguard of the Dragon is a "When" effect If vs When effects
You can discard any dragon, not just normal type dragons.
Was someone ever able to use the second effect of this card? I played Vanguard yesterday, and it was destroyed by "Eliminating the League" while I already had two BEWD in my graveyard.

Normally I should have been able to special summon one BEWD because it's a normal dragon type monster and my Vanguard was destroyed by a card effect, right? But I just got the message that the activation of the effect missed.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Was it chained to something? I think you miss the timing if the card effect that destroys your monster is chained
<< Anonymous
bam Reply
i thought not from our grave, but opponent graveyard.
Missed time because you have 2 or more same name monster like example three blue eyes or two red eyes
Wtf, I missed activation timing with Michizure
bruh havent seen this card yet wtf :(
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
feel you . got 3 now but a couple of days ago i havent seen it since release
Fun fact: Vanguard's second effect misses the timing with OtC
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
why exactly does this happen? Is it because the immediate effect of order to charge is to target one of your own monsters to be tributed and then the destroy effect happens afterwards? Does it always miss timing?

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