Yugioh Obelisk the Tormentor VS. The Winged Dragon of Ra

The ultimate battle of the celestial realm; Obelisk the Tormentor VS. The Winged Dragon of Ra! The two cards became so popular (despite being unusable) that they were turned into legal, deadly monsters. They won’t be a part of high-tiered decks, but they can still be mighty powerful if played. Which one is the mightiest however? Which God provides the easiest victory? Let us commence the War of Heaven! (Note: Slifer the Sky Dragon has not been released as a legal card, otherwise we would be comparing it as well!).

yu-gi-oh-winged-dragon-of-ra1. Winged Dragon of Ra

The Winged Dragon of Ra is supposed to be the strongest God card in the anime, but in real life that is not the case. You have to pay all your life points up to 100 points and the Winged Dragon of Ra gains attack and defense points equal to the amount you paid. Sure it might become extremely strong, but it’s effect will you at a huge risk as well (unless you play a heal deck that is). You can pay 1000 life points to destroy a monster the field (which is pointless if you have already used The Winged Dragon of Ra’s first effect). Ra is a cool looking monster and everything, but it’s not a card that most decks should have.

Artwork: 9/10, Effect: 3/10, Power: 10/10, Deck Adaptation: 8/10, Game Changer: 5/10, Playability, 7/10. Ra gets an overall score of 7/10 – C-.

yu-gi-oh-obelisk-the-tormentor12. Obelisk the Tormentor

Obelisk the Tormentor isn’t as dominant in real life than it is in the anime as well. However, it is still a pretty solid monster. Obelisk the Tormentor cannot be targeted by effects and by tributing two monsters, it can destroy all monsters your opponent controls (Obelisk cannot attack this turn). Not as good as its anime effect (gain the combined attack points of the two monsters but still a great effect if you play a swarm deck.

Artwork: 6/10, Effect: 8/10,  Power: 10/10, Deck Adaptation: 9/10, Game Changer: 9/10, Playability: 7/10. Obelisk gets an overall score of 8.3 – B.

Obelisk is the winner of the battle between the celestial beasts (and for quite obvious reasons)!


  1. actually, no you don’t HAVE to pay all but 100 of your life points. that’s optional. you can keep ra at 0 life points if you want.

  2. you could say the same thing about snipe hunter or stardust dragon (2500 atk is pretty low compared to other monsters that can be instantly special summoned) or the entire watt archetype.

  3. Have to say that Obelisk wins out in all areas except for artwork. The pose is so bland and Ra’s artwork is just awesome. Obelisk is good in a swarm deck, I know because I’ve used him in a Blackwing deck before

  4. The Winged Dragon of Ra looks like an egipician fraud… The art is awesome but all the other things are horrible.

    Obelisk… I think it is really good as it makes all spell, all traps and all effect monsters useless 🙂 And it is very hard to destroy this beast 😀

  5. actully if your lucky and yu draw a card or three or two that can be special summoned on the first turn wdor and a card that does damage to your opponent directly wdor is perfect to have p.s. I got the exact wdor yesterday in Shonen Jump

  6. I have both of these from shonen jump magazine, and ra’s effect was way under rated!!! by simply paying 4000 you arent at a risk, have a powerful monster, and it cant be destroyed, its also as strong as obelisk by paying 4000 or even stronger by paying 4100, not only that, but obelisk effect cant destroy ra because he cant be targeted by monster effects, i think ra is our obvious winner, ts helped me more than obelisk.

  7. hmm of most of spell negation cards which out of the 4 you like most?
    Magic Drain
    Magic Jammer
    Spell Shield Type 8
    Cursed Seal of the Forbidden Spell

  8. magic jammer. because least situational cost.

    magic drain has a chance to be negated by your opponent which is never good

    spell shield type 8 isn’t bad but for it’s magic jammer effect, you need to discard a spell card, instead of just any card like magic jammer

    and cursed seal of the forbidden spell would be better except it’s cost is also a spell card instead of any card.

  9. cursed seal is better for the side deck. it can punish themed decks like a legendary ocean and earthbound immortals.

    i actually prefer magic drain over magic jammer cause it’s cost free, yes your opponent can discard a spell but what if that spell was very important to them and their only spell?

  10. nah, I think the spell they just played would be even more important to get rid of than one in their hand, or else i wouldn’t waste a magic drain (or any spell negater) on it. I’d wait until they played that spell and then negate it.

  11. In the anime, the winged dragon of ra is the most powerful of the three (although it still pales in comparison to wicked avatar).

    However, in real life, both legal cards were downgraded. Obelisk the tormentor remains very powerful if summoned on the field due to its effect resistance effect and power, but the winged dragon of ra is just retarded.

  12. The Obelisk effect prevents the activation of spell, magic and effect monsters when he is normal summoned only for that turn of for the rest of the time he stays in the match?

  13. lol. whoever has that blog is biiig nooob. i read some articles and i cant believe what r u writing? i believe that u r a 16 y.o child who has nothing to do except staying all day at his pc and never goes out.

    P.S How the hell can RA have palyability 7 and Obelisk 8 when they both R summoned the same way?

  14. @randy

    First of all, improve your grammar. Second of all, I made a mistake because I’m a human and unlike you, Yugioh isn’t the only thing that occupies my mind to the extent that I’m obsessed with it. Third of all, if I’m such a noob, why do I get 800+ viewers everyday on this blog? And why are you commenting on the blog if you think it’s noobish? It just makes you look stupider than you already are.

  15. beware yb, sometimes you have to deal with some immature people on here. Don’t listen to what randy is saying.

  16. @yb

    yeah sure whatever man… look at this http://yugiohblog.com/2010/11/yugioh-sakuretsu-armor-and-magical-cylinder-powerful-traps.html and show me one competitive deck from a ycs or nationals which was running one of this “powerful” traps…sakuretsu armor is long replaced by d-prison and magic cylinder is a useless card. nobody runs them. and look here http://yugiohblog.com/2010/05/cards-everyone-should-have-in-a-deck.html/comment-page-3#comment-5090 and tell me who has those cards in his deck? excluding mirror force all the others are not staples and some of them are useless cards. nobody runs them in his deck. i cant believe you write THAT EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE THEM IN HIS DECK. THIS IS LMAO….

    P.S i know i have to improve my grammar. you have to improve your yugioh knowledge…

  17. @randy

    Randy, the reason I wrote the post about Sakuretsu Armor and Magic Cylinder was because there was an argument within the blog as to which is better. I wrote that post in order to cease the argument. I know Sakuretsu has long been obsolete. The ‘Cards Everyone Should Have’ was just my opinion.

  18. For winged dragon of ra it says that when this card is normal summoned magic, traps and other monsters effects cannot be activated. Does this mean you cant use magic traps and effect monsters for this first turn, or for the whole duel? Can ra be destroyed on the first turn, like when he attacks can my opponet use sakurestu armor, and he will be destroyed?

  19. quote = nader
    which out of the 4 you like most?
    Magic Drain
    Magic Jammer
    Spell Shield Type 8
    Cursed Seal of the Forbidden Spell

    Magic drain, hands down. By the time you set it on the field, the opponent will not have many cards in his hand, let alone have a spell card that’s worse than the spell card played. Besides, you can say “Oh, is that the only spell you’ve got against me right now?” and your opponent will not know your intentions.

    Magic jammer is good in zombie or infernity or graveyard reliant decks, or hands w/ high level monsters.

    Cursed seal of the forbidden spell should never be used against the wrong deck.

    Spell shield type 8 is versatile, and ~half of all card removal spells target, but this card ranks low still.

  20. @ winged dragon of ra

    When he’s SUMMONED!!! So you can’t use bottomless trap hole against him. However, once your opponent enters the battle phase for that turn, you can activate spells, traps, and effects starting there.

  21. well trap stun and royal decree are the best, but i would say that trap jammer is the worst of them. not the worst counter trap though. the worst counter trap would be riryoku field.

  22. @Victor

    It depends on type of deck you run. If you run a trap-heavy deck, Royal Decree and Trap Stun would be terrible. Otherwise, they’d definitely be the best.

  23. To all dragon deck owners:

    Use 2 RED EYEs darkness metal dragons, not 3!!

  24. i always found ra’s legal effect so pointless and stupid. they always have a problem of over nerfing cards.

  25. @nader

    The second effect of ra is absolutely useless, unless you use it during the same main phase he is summoned, if that’s legal.

    and @yugiohblogger

    Think about it. Why is red eyes darkness metal dragon unlimited despite being a super awesome card in dragon decks? Because it’s not wise to run 3 in a deck. Run 2 to increase your chances of drawing REDMD, but if you add a third one, it will reduce the effectiveness of REDMD’s effect by 2 dragons…

    Because not only is REDMD unable to summon another REDMD, but summoning REDMD requires REMOVING FROM PLAY 1 dragon monster. Even discarding REDMD to the graveyard w/ effects such as future fusion is a losing proportion. Why send 2 or 3 REDMD to the graveyard when you can, in most cases, revive only 1 of them (Monster Reborn/Call of the haunted)?

  26. Ra’s only good of you combo it with something, and there are several ways. Lifegain is the obvious one, and there are some things you can do with it to really screw the opponent over. For example, you’re at full (or higher) health and you summon Ra and pay all your lifepoints. Then, when it attacks, activate Enchanted Javelin to get all of your lifepoints back, and you can still use it’s second effect then to clear the field and perform an OTK if your lifepoints started above max. Or, use Life Absorption Machine, preferably 2 or 3 of them. If you have 2, you get all your points back, and if you have 3 you have 50% more points with a monster of incredible power. Use cards like Trap Stun or Royal Decree to stop the opponent from doing mean things. Summon it by tributing Hardened Armed Dragon, making it indestructible to card effects, and giving you a monster that is nearly invincible. But beware of remove from play and return to the hand effects. A deck built around Ra can wipe the opponent out pretty easily.

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