Welcome to the mini-boss stage! Dioxogre is shock for several reasons and cements himself as one of the more popular monsters in this set.
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.
● The Normal Summon of a Gemini monster cannot be negated.
● Once per turn: You can banish 1 Gemini monster from your Graveyard, then target 1 card your opponent controls; destroy it.
So we have a lv. 8, dark attribute, fiend type monster weighing in at 2800 ATK and an insurmountable 200 DEF. OK so yes the DEF is pretty laughable, but that 2800 is nothing to sneeze at. He delivers a solid hit and in the rare chance you have an effect-live Hydragon on the field, he opens at a much more robust 3300.
Dioxogre also comes to the party with a couple of surprises in store for the opponent as well. When he’s Gemini summoned he has two effects go live: a passive and an active effect.
His passive is a defensive support ability: the normal summon of a Gemini monster can’t be negated. Solid skill. Protection is something this archetype is lacking and normal summons are valuable but slow and (generally) there’s a lot of cards and efeects to negate them. An effect that just shuts the door on that is a welcome addition to the team.
The other effect is a little more aggressive: banish a Gemini monster from your graveyard to target a card your opponent controls and destroy it. Decent effect, sure it targets, but it can hit anything – not just monsters or just spells/traps. Also, the cost is a Gemini monster not a Chemicritter monster, so you have some flexibility with it.
Dioxogre hits hard, provides protection, spot removal, and can play well with others. His artwork is great and he’s the first monster that doesn’t have that cute, cartoony look to him (or at least it’s less than the others). Great card.