4 Level 4 monsters
Once per turn, you can also Xyz Summon “Zoodiac Drident” by using 1 “Zoodiac” monster you control with a different name as Xyz Material. (If you used an Xyz Monster, any Xyz Materials attached to it also become Xyz Materials on this card.) This card gains ATK and DEF equal to the ATK and DEF of all “Zoodiac” monsters attached to it as Materials. Once per turn, during either player’s turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card, then target 1 face-up card on the field; destroy it.
Can Be Found In: Raging Tempest (RATE-EN053)
Zoodiac is a devastating group of monsters thanks to their ability to use a single material for their Xyz Summons. Although their Xyz Monsters depends on their materials to obtain stats with, as soon a single Zoodiac in on the field it will start stacking several members on each other until gaining a powerful creature with several materials to use with. The archetype pretty much unbalanced the basic mechanics of Xyz Monsters with this gameplan until the addition of the Extra Monster Zone slightly weakened them, as many builds outside their main theme can run a few Zoodiacs to once played obtain a powerful Xyz Summons with enough materials to dominate the Duel with.
“Zoodiac Drident” becomes the Xyz Monster the archetype will end with after all their consecutive summons, but can also have a brief appearance to deal with nearly any problems on the opposite field. Like many of her kind “Drident” can be summoned by using a single different Zoodiac, and her stats will become the same as the material used as well any other Zoodiacs attached. The reason why “Drident” will lead the archetype is by having a chainable removal effect, allowing us to spend a material to destroy any face-up card during any turn. With Zoodiacs easily gathering together to turn into “Drident”, not only her stats will become high enough to stand any fights but will carry sufficient materials to either take down any threats as well respond against any opponent actions even in the middle of our setups.
Although Zoodiacs are able to Xyz Summon by using a single material, the efficiency of a monster like “Drident” relies on how many members we can pile together to obtain the highest stats as possible as well materials enough to constantly take down any opponent cards with her effect. Is shouldn’t be difficult to start a Duel with a Zoodiac however, as with the assistance of cards like “Fire Formation - Tenki” and “Zoodiac Barrage” the chances increases of having the right member to start piling materials with. From “Zoodiac Ratpier” summoning additional copies to “Zoodiac Thoroughblade” having the highest stats to share with, all is left is to keep piling materials until obtaining a “Drident” with enough stats to confront nearly any enemies. While is very easy to pile Xyz Monsters on each other, even “Drident” copies between other Xyz Summons, we must have some focus on managing her stats with the assistance of effects from “Zoodiac Tigermortar” and “Zoodiac Whiptail”, the latter specially useful to stack further materials by their effect from the hand.
Even if “Drident” doesn’t end with outstanding stats or with a single material, her main effect will try to cover any threats thanks to either the big pile of materials she will end with or the effect’s chainable nature. Although only targets face-up cards, should be enough to either take down stronger enemies than herself as well deal with any other targets assisting the opponent. This also goes during the opponent’s turn, as “Drident” can respond against a summon or the activation of certain cards or effect by detaching a material and immediately taking care of the problem. Obviously detaching materials might end with “Drident” losing some of her stats, but since many of the monsters attached will most likely be other statless Zoodiacs the chances for that to happen are quite minimum. Keep on mind that “Drident” effect can only be used once per turn so might be easily fall victim of a bluff, so try to use effects such as “Zoodiac Rabbina” or “Zoodiac Kataroost” to deal against any menaces immediately as well “Zoodiac Whiptail” hand effect giving us an ATK boost when the opponent least expects it.
Even with several restrictions affecting the archetype including Banlist updates and the Extra Monster Zone, members like “Zoodiac Drident” is what makes them quite feared and almost a must have for competitive events. “Drident” has been banned from the OCG and most likely become affected in a similar way in the TCG, as either becomes the boss monster of the archetype with stacked stats and a chainable removal effect to answer against any played cards, or becomes part of the consecutive Zoodiac summons to deal with any nuisances before becoming material of other Xyz Monsters. Like the rest of her kind “Drident” completely depends on her materials to stay effective, as either stays an easy target of attacks or her removal effect gets baited so the opponent can answer properly against her. However, with the whole archetype investing on her or on even bigger summons after her removal effect has been used, “Drident” is one of the most fearsome yet more flexible members the archetype can offer.
Personal Rating: A+
+ Can be summoned by using a single Zoodiac as material
+ Gains stats from the Zoodiacs attached on her
+ Chainable removal effect
+ Can lead the archetype or support setups she’s involved in
- Stats and effect completely dependant of the materials attached
- Removal effect might be bluffed by the opponent’s actions