Among the monsters in the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game, dragons are one of the most popular types. Originally flung into the limelight thanks to Seto Kaiba and his obsessive fixation on all things big, scaly, and flying, they have garnered quite the following within the fandom and players of the card game. Not that they don't deserve them, dragons are often some of the strongest monsters in the game and sometimes have some amazing effects tied to them beyond just raw power.
So it is no wonder they are so sought after on the card market. Of course, sometimes their rarity is enough to push them past the price that simple mortals can afford and that only the big bucks can handle! So put away those small Joey Wheeler dollars and bring out the big Seto Kaiba bucks! We're gonna be talking about some rare and pricey dragon cards!
10 Dark Armed Dragon - $91
Proving that you don't need the Metalmorph Card to be pretty metal in this game, Dark Armed Dragon seems to come straight from the cover of a hard rock album to destroy all of your puny monsters. Only summonable if there are three Dark Type Monsters in the player's graveyard, it quickly makes mincemeat of the opponent's side of the field by destroying any card on the field if the player banishes any Dark Monster from their graveyard.
While the fact that it is a pretty good card isn't enough to justify the price on just any old version of the card, the one found in the Turbo Packs only available at official tournaments certainly does. Currently going for about 91 dollars online.
9 Fantastical Dragon Phantazmay - $102
The redundancy of its name does nothing to lower its price point. Fantastical Dragon Phantasmay is actually from a set of booster packs that released this year in February, hidden among all of the cards as a Secret Rare Monster.
It is also quite the monster towards link monsters. If the opponent summons a link monster from their hand, not only is the player allowed to special summon Fantastical Dragon Phantasmay for free but they are also granted the chance to draw a number of cards equal to the number of Link Monster plus one on the opponent's side of the field. All for the cost of then having to shuffle a number of cards equal to those Link Monster back into their deck. Then they are free to discard any card from their hand to negate the activation of one card that targets a monster the player controls and then destroys it. Justifying it currently selling online for $102 dollars for the 1st edition near mint variant.
8 Signed Alligator Sword Dragon - $300
Is this card expensive because it is particularly powerful? No! Is it because they are supremely limited? That's part of it. It is because there are some special circumstances that bring it above and beyond its usual price to put it right on this list? Ding! Ding! We have a winner!
Signed by none other than Wayne Grayson, the man behind the voice of our favorite Brooklyn accented card player, Joey Wheeler. Bringing the card up and beyond its usual price to a whopping 300 dollars online.
7 Thousand Dragon, Gem Mint - $550
Another Joey Wheeler favorite, Thousand Dragon doesn't make it onto this list for being a particularly powerful card in the card game. Instead, it is all about being the only Gem Mint of the card available online. For those out of the know, a Gem Mint is a virtually perfect card in all regards graded as a 10 by the PSA (Professional Sports Authenticator). Almost as if it came straight from the printing press.
And now you can have a perfect card of your very own for $550. Which is sort of a shame because that means that Joey Wheeler probably wouldn't be able to afford a perfect version of a card he made famous.
6 Dark End Dragon - $600
It is just horrifying, isn't it! One moment you think you are staring at a regular old big dark dragon and then your eyes drift to its stomach to see that it has another set mouth and eyes. And if that doesn't freak you out a bit then how about its ability.
Once per turn, the player can sacrifice 500 attack and defense points from the card to destroy any opponent's monster on the field. Though, beyond its ability this version of the card was only available as a prize card to some winners of the Shonen Jump Championship series to justify its 600 dollar price tag.
5 Duel Link Dragon - $700
Link Monsters are very special monster types in Yu-Gi-Oh!. They essentially allow a player to increase the number of monsters they can summon from their Extra Deck in a complicated process involving Links, Monster Recipes, and the brainpower to remember all of the rules. They are a far step away from the simple Tribute Summons of yesteryear.
Still, they are part of the current meta for Yu-Gi-Oh! so it's only fair that a rare version of those cards is worth so much. Only available as a prize card for the 2019 Championship series, it is already on sale for 700 dollars on eBay.
4 Dragon Master Knight - $799
Check out this absolute unit. Dragon Master Knight is the powerful union of two already powerful cards in the Yu-Gi-Oh! Card Game. The fusion of Black Luster Soldier (a card potentially worth millions) and the Blue-Eyes Ultimate dragon starts out at 5,000 attack points and only gets stronger from there gaining 500 attack points for every other Dragon Monster the player controls.
Just shy of being a Gem Mint, this PSA 9 card is currently on sale for $799 dollars. At this point, we need to start figuring out down payment plans for Yu-Gi-Oh! cards.
3 Chaos Emperor, the Dragon of Armageddon - $800
Some people complain that card collecting can be an expensive hobby, and there are definitely some cards that support that way of thinking. Chaos Emperor, the Dragon of Armageddon not doing any favors to people who think otherwise.
Of course, it's not just any old card. Along with having probably one of the coolest names in the card game, Chaos Emperor was only available as a prize card of the 2018 championship series. So that means you have to build a time machine and brush up on your dueling skills if you want this card any cheaper than 800 dollars.
2 Ascension Sky Dragon, Gem Mint - $1,500
As stated above, gem mints are hard to come by. Not only does one have to be lucky enough to find a rare card but they have to find it in absolutely perfect condition. No scratches, no dents, no discoloration, or anything else that could detract value from the card. Something that can happen naturally just by making it, putting it in a container, and shipping it out for places unknown. Add to that being a prize card from an official Yu-Gi-Oh! tournament and you have a winner on the card market.
Finally breaking the four-digit mark on this list, the person lucky enough to own this card is willing to part with it for 1500 dollars online. That must be the price for perfection.
1 Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon - $406,000
Your eyes do not deceive you, there is a Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon card out there worth a little over 400,000 dollars. There are no breaks on this card train! We went straight from a card costing only 1,500 dollars to one that is over 400,000. Though there is some justification for this madness.
The card is a prize for an Asian Championship Series, but that isn't even enough to start justifying the heinous price on this card. What really puts it over the edge is the fact that the card comes with a signboard signed by none other than the creator of Yu-Gi-Oh!, Kazuki Takahashi. Which is why Card Shop Spiral in Japan can try and sell it for 406,000 dollars.