Death from the skies has never been so cuddly.
The next in our list is Hydron Hawk, amongst the other Chemicritter monsters I see Hawk get jilted pretty bad. But is it earned? Let’s see.
This card is treated as a Normal Monster while face-up on the field or in the Graveyard. While this card is a Normal Monster on the field, you can Normal Summon it to have it become an Effect Monster with this effect.
● You can discard 1 card, then target 1 Gemini monster in your Graveyard; Special Summon it in Defense Position. You can only use this effect of “Chemicritter Hydron Hawk” once per turn.
So Hydron Hawk is a lv. 2, water winged-beast (makes perfect sense…) sporting 1400/700 stats. Well the numbers aren’t much to lose your head over, 2 isn’t an amazing level for XYZ summoning, but there is tons of generic water support. So that’s a thing, I suppose.
But let’s be honest, no one expects the “critters” to be shattering boards and dominating the competition. The critters are just meant to start up plays into bigger and brighter things. Which they do via their effects. So what does Hydron Hawk do once he’s Gemini summoned?
Discard 1 card to special summon a Gemini monster from your graveyard in defense position. And this is limited to once per turn for the sake of all of us. Now some people don’t like him because many feel that if you’re summoning from grave at cost you deserve more than a meat shield. And that’s understandable.
Except that this isn’t a really – blow you out OTK deck. Oh it can put numbers on board, sure, but it’s not D/D/D lining up an unbreakable turn 1 board. But what it does do it bring out necessary pieces and stock your grave. What’s more, provided there’s at least one Gemini monster, you do discard prior to the special summon, so you can then summon the same monster that you tossed!
This can be really helpful if you pulled a bad hand, Catalyst Field is no where to be seen, you’ve probably got Dioxogre and maybe another high level Gemini in hand. Play that Hawk, supervise him, and (again, provided there’s already something in grave) now you have a two-step to summon anything out of hand.
It’s not perfect, but it’s better than it gets credit for.