Hardened Armed Dragon | Decks and Tips

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Hardened Armed Dragon

Hardened Armed Dragon
Monster TypeDragon
Card typeEffect
Card Effect TypeSummoning condition / Lingering Effect


You can Special Summon this card (from your hand) by sending 1 Level 8 or higher monster from your hand to the Graveyard. If you Tribute this card for the Tribute Summon of a Level 7 or higher monster, that monster cannot be destroyed by card effects.

How to Get

PackValiant Souls [UR]
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  • Can be Special Summoned from your hand by sending 1 level 8 or higher monster from your hand to the Graveyard.
  • If this monster is tributed for a level 7 or higher monster, that monster cannot be destroyed by card effects.


  • Needs to discard a level 8 or higher monster to the Graveyard as a cost to Special Summon.
  • Weak ATK and DEF stats.


  • This is a very useful card to fill your Field with monsters, either you can use it for Tribute summoning, or you can use it to defend your Field.
  • If you are using Blue Eyes White Dragon combo with this monster, you can also consider using Burst Stream of Destruction as a tech choice to destroy all your opponent’s monsters.

Level 8 Monsters

Blue Eyes White Dragon can be discarded to the Graveyard, and subsequently Special Summoned back to the Field by using Birthright or Soul Resurrection. Another possible combo is to Special Summon Hardened Armed Dragon by discarding Blue Eyes White Dragon, then use Dragon’s Rebirth to Special Summon Blue Eyes White Dragon from the Graveyard to the Field, and banish Hardened Armed Dragon. Darkstorm Dragon and Phoenix Gearfried are both level 8 Gemini monsters that can be easily Special Summoned from the Graveyard by using Birthright, Soul Resurrection or Supervise. Archfiend Emperor, Archfiend Empress and Invader of Darkness are level 8 Fiend-type monsters that can be Special Summoned from the Graveyard by using Call of the Archfiend.

Auxiliary support

Since the potential of swarming your opponent’s is very high due to the Special Summoning, you can also use Dragon Gunfire to either inflict 800 LP damage to your opponent, or destroy 1 monster with 800 or less DEF. Stamping Destruction can also be used to destroy 1 Spell/Trap card your opponent controls and deals 500 LP damage to them. Using Hey, Trunade! Or Anti Magic Arrows also efficiently removes your opponent’s backrow protection to enable your Attacks to go through easily.

Useful Skills

[Skill] descriptionUser
Peak Performance (skill)
Begins Duel with the Field Spell "Mountain" activated.
Seto Kaiba
Seto Kaiba
[Skill] descriptionUser
The Tie that Binds
Until the end of you turn, the ATK of all face-up monsters on your field increases by the number of monsters on your field times 100. This skill can only be used once per turn.
Jesse Anderson
Jesse Anderson
[Skill] descriptionUser
Beatdown! (skill)
This turn, the ATK of all face-up monsters on your field increases by the number of monsters of Level 5 or higher on your field times 300. This skill can only be used once per turn
Seto Kaiba
Seto Kaiba




ActionsSends from hand to Graveyard for cost
Monster/Spell/Trap categoriesCannot be destroyed by card effects
Summoning categoriesSpecial Summons from your hand / Special Summons itself / Special Summons itself from your hand


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This little pal might become meta in the future... quite an interesting card hmmmmmmmm...
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
How? I have three of this, please share what is the future meta you've been speaking of?
<< Anonymous
SnowVelvet Reply
i kindly have an idea that it might work with the new Cosmo metas .. but im sill processing it ..
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Probably it will need earthbound monsters.
ojamatch can search it
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
No, this card is not an "Armed Dragon" monster in the OCG.

They haven't reprint the card in TCG, however, the official database has an updated text that mentions it is not treated as an "Armed Dragon" monster.

(Honestly why they didn't just rename this card like what they did to Vampiric Koala, is beyond me)
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Sorry, the URL got cut because of character limit. Here's the URL

It's not even a popular/notable card, they should have simply renamed it.....
What kind of deck can one build around this?
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
ssa whale + dna transplant.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
oh nvm whale is 7, cant send it to the grave.

bewd beacon probably
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Earthbound immortal
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
......Cloudian deck?
Tiger dragon with this in a dragon deck
3rd rate duelist
Someone plz build a deck with this cards. i tried but penniless duelist can't build a fun deck.
<< Anonymous(3rd rate duelist)
Anonymous Reply
sylvans slap it though, if im reading this effect right lmfao. Easily destroyed by marshalleaf. Plus, i highly doubt you can even get it out before a skillvan duelist will destroy you
<< Anonymous(3rd rate duelist)
Anonymous Reply
It can be destroyed by card effect. Heck its own effect destroys it if it becomes Defense Position.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Oh, you meant using Hardened Armed Dragon to summon Eye of the Typhoon?

It's a good idea, just need to find how to make Hardened Armed Dragon work in a Cloudian deck
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Maybe a beatdown version of cloudian?

What's with everyone being so harsh on non meta decks all the time?

Obviously we know they aren't as good.

Get over it, we're just having fun with the game.
Double summon? Bcause lv 7 and 8 need 2 tribute
can we build an "sacred phoenix of nephyths deck" around this card? does phoenix work in that way?
<< Anonymous(batin)
crazyslot Reply
no, phoenix needs to be destroyed
just release mist body, Konameh! and dragon shall raise again along with Hardened AD
wow! special summon & discard
Just release earth bound komoney
Too bad this is UR. It would be pretty powerful when there are 3 of it. Used to use it with the earth bounds.
Hmm, this with ra or slifer...

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