So today we have the first of our Poly-Chemicritter monsters. This is our two lv. 8 monsters and our Rank 8 boss monster. So the first of those two lv. 8 monsters is Hydragon.
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 these effects.
● When another Gemini monster is Normal Summoned: You can make that monster gain 500 ATK and DEF.
● If a Gemini monster(s) you control would be destroyed by a card effect, you can destroy 1 other card you control instead.
So those bone-rattling numbers are a big part of his non-existent fan club. He’s a wall and doesn’t buff up well. Of course you could always run him at 3 with a playset of Shield & Sword.
But to be fair, Hydragon is a wall. You need a meat-shield? Easy street. Fun fact – Hydragon is the sole possessor of the highest DEF stat amongst Gemini monsters. At 2800 he can be a very viable option to stave off your opponent’s mid-heavy hitters.
His lv. 8 is the next selling point. Oxy Ox makes Methydraco just as easy out of Hydragon as it does with Dioxogre. But Rank 8 plays aren’t just restricted to this archetype. So while is may not make him a “staple” in your deck, he does enable other plays by virtue of what he is.
He does have a protection effect that is specific to Geminis. If a Gemini monster(s) you control are about to get destroyed by a card effect – you have the option to sacrifice another card you control to spare them. While it’s not amazing, you can find function in it and you’ll be safer than the way you started the match.
The final effect (which is technically the first on the card, but deal with it because this is my article) simply gives a Gemini monster normal summoned a bonus +500 ATK. It’s permanent which is nice also, and while Dioxogre isn’t game changing, he becomes a head ache with that boost on his already good stats.