The Winged Dragon of Ra


Divine-Beast / Effect  DIVINE / 10
Cannot be Special Summoned. Requires 3 Tributes to Normal Summon (cannot be Normal Set). This card's Normal Summon cannot be negated. When Normal Summoned, other cards and effects cannot be activated. When this card is Normal Summoned: You can pay LP so that you only have 100 left; this card gains ATK and DEF equal to the amount of LP paid. You can pay 1000 LP, then target 1 monster on the field; destroy that target.
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Card Trivia

==Egyptian History==
Ra ( and later Amun-Ra; reconstructed as ri:ʕu) is the ancient Egyptian sun god. He was the major deity in ancient Egyptian religion by the fifth dynasty. Identified primarily with the mid-day sun, the chief cult centre of Ra first was based in Heliopolis (ancient Inunu), meaning, City of the Sun.
In later Egyptian dynastic times, Ra was subsumed into the god Horus, as Re-Horakhty (and many variant spellings). He commanded sky, earth, and underworld.
The color gold in Ancient Egypt represented divinity and becoming a god. In a myth, Ra, as a man, had golden-colored skin and lapis lazuli-colored hair. This is similar to the golden metal scales and the blue gem on its head in the card image.
According to E. A. Wallis Budge, he was the one god of Egyptian monotheism, of which all other deities were aspects, manifestations, phases, or forms of this deity. Ra itself, however, was also a monotheistic god. A Hymn to Ra (c. 1370s BC) was written to stress the pantheistic nature of Ra to combat encroaching polytheism. In it, several deities are described, not as beings in their own right, but certain forms of Ra. For example:
Praise be unto thee, O Ra, thou exalted Power, who dost enter into the habitations of Ament, behold  body is Atum.
Praise be unto thee, O Ra, thou exalted Power, who dost enter into the hidden palace of Anubis, behold  body is Khepera.
The Bennu bird (the Egyptian correspondence to the phoenix) is Ra's ba (soul) and a symbol of fire and rebirth. The sun disk, also shown as the hieroglyphic ⊙ ; Ankh, symbolizing the life given by the sun; Obelisk, representative of the rays of the sun and worshipped as a home of a solar god; Pyramids, aligned east/west Falcon; Bull; Uraeus, a cobra commonly seen wrapped around the sun disk. As the sun, Ra was thought to see everything.
As Atum, Ra was believed to have fathered Shu and Tefnut, who in turn bore Geb, Nut. These in turn were the parents of Osiris, Isis, Seth, Nephthys, and Horus the Elder . All nine (except Horus the Elder) made up the Heliopolitan Ennead.
==Hieratic Text==
According to the Japanese version of the anime and manga, the hieratic text printed on the card records the following three groups of Ra's abilities (quoted from Seto Kaiba's own translation of the text in Duel 248 of the Japanese manga):
When (roughly) translated to English, it reads:
(1st ability) Ra shall acquire the power of three tributes. However, only those who offer the ancient incantation to heaven shall God follow.
(2nd ability) God shall revive from earth. By offering the Ritual of Revival and his own life, one shall be united with God, and all enemies on the battlefield shall be incinerated.
(3rd ability) In an instant, God shall become a Phoenix, and all evil spirits chosen by it shall repose on earth.
In the English version of Yu-Gi-Oh! anime, the hieratic text appears to have a different meaning. This can be seen when Marik recited the text while gaining control of Ra during his duel with Mai Valentine in episode 92:
Great beast of the sky, please hear my cry.
Transform thyself from orb of light and bring me victory in this fight.
Envelop the desert with your glow and cast your rage upon my foe.
Unlock your powers deep within so that together we may win.
Appear in this Shadow Game as I call your name,
Winged Dragon of Ra!

Note that in the English version of Yu-Gi-Oh! anime, when Yami Marik attempted to gain control of Ra in his Duel with Mai, the viewer can hear him speaking understandable words. However, in the Japanese version of Yu-Gi-Oh! anime and manga, what he recited was the hieratic text itself (Marik recites an unknown language in the anime, while his speech bubbles are filled with hieratic text in the manga). In the English episode 221 when Atem Summoned Ra, he uses the chant but it is changed (the Japanese version uses the incomprehensible hieratic). Here is this chant:
Almighty protector of the sun and sky, I beg of thee, please heed my cry.
Transform thyself from orb of light and bring me victory in this fight.
I beseech thee, grace our humble game.
But first I shall call out thy name,
Winged Dragon of Ra!

==Anime Effect==
Yu-Gi-Oh! anime:
When Summoned by Tributing 3 monsters, the ATK and DEF of Ra become the combined ATK and DEF of the Tributed monsters. Ra also has several additional powers; Marik can pay a number of Life Points to increase the ATK and DEF of Ra by the same amount and by Tributing monsters the player controls to further increase its ATK and DEF points, the other effect of Ra is to turn into a Phoenix by paying 1000 Life Points. This Phoenix mode gave Ra immunity to destruction and the ability to instantly destroy everything on the opponent's side of the field. Phoenix Mode only lasts until the end of the turn it is activated in.
Further research compiled from both what has been stated in the anime, manga and video games has yielded what is placed below as the determined powers Ra possesses in its entirety.
The Winged Dragon of Ra

Level 10/DIVINE/Divine-Beast/ATK????/DEF????

This card cannot be Set. This card can only be Tribute Summoned by Tributing 3 monsters. The Normal Summon of this card cannot be negated. When this card is Normal Summoned, Spells, Traps and other monsters' effects cannot be activated. While this card is on the field. The Summon of this card cannot be negated. Control of this card cannot switch and it is unaffected by the effects of Spell Cards, Trap Cards, and other monsters. Your opponent cannot tribute this card.  When this card is Special Summon from the Graveyard, it is sent to the Graveyard during the End Phase. If this card is Special Summoned; Destroy all card(s) your opponents controls. This card can always attack during the turn it is Summoned. This card's ATK and DEF are equal to the combined ATK and DEF of the monsters Tributed to Summon it, respectively. You may pay 1000 Life Points to destroy all monsters your opponent controls. When this card is Special Summon you can use these effects:
●You can Tribute monsters in order to increase this card's ATK by the Tributed monsters' ATK. You can pay any amount of Life Points in order to increase this card's ATK by the amount of Life Points paid. This card can attack Directly. If you use this effect, you can send one De-Fusion in your hand or under your control to the Graveyard in order to reduce this card's ATK to 0 and increase your Life Points by this card's prior ATK also negated the attack.
●During either player's turn, you can pay 1000 Life Points, immediately transform The Winged Dragon of Ra into its Phoenix Mode. Until the end of the turn this effect is activated, the ATK and DEF of this card are reduced to 0 (the ATK and DEF of this card return to their respective values prior to this effect's use) and it gains the following effects: ● This card cannot be destroyed by battle, and you take no Battle Damage from battles involving this card. ● This card cannot be targeted and is unaffected by the effects of other monsters, Spells, and Traps. The effect of The Winged Dragon of Ra only affects this card for one turn.
The Winged Dragon of Ra

Level 10/DIVINE/Divine Beast/?/?

You must offer 3 Tributes to Special Summon this card. The ATK and DEF of this card becomes the sum of the respective ATK and DEF values of the Tributes. When this card is Special Summoned from the Graveyard, it is sent to the Graveyard during the End Phase. While this card is face-up on the field, it cannot be targeted by Spells, Traps, or monsters that designate a target. When this card is face up on the field, you can activate the following effects:
Pay 1000 Life Points, select one monster on the field and remove it from the game, this card cannot be destroyed until the end phase.
Pay all but 1 Life Point, and increase ATK and DEF by the amount of Life Points paid.
You can Tribute 1 or more monsters on your side of the field to increase the ATK and DEF of this card equal to the ATK of the Tribute(s).
==Videogame Effects==
One of the three Egyptian God Cards, The Winged Dragon of Ra is unusual in that its flavor text is printed as its effect. Despite this obstacle, however, effects have been given to it in its videogame appearances.
In
Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters 4: Battle of Great Duelist, The Winged Dragon of Ra can revive cards from the player's and opponent's graveyard and control 1 of the opponent's cards.
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Sacred Cards and Yu-Gi-Oh! Reshef of Destruction:

The Winged Dragon of Ra

DIVINE/Machine/12/4000/4000

A dragon that has the power to cut its LP to 1 and hit the opponent with the LP amount that it has lost. (Requires three tributes.)

In Yu-Gi-Oh! Reshef of Destruction, the Sphere Mode and Phoenix Mode of Ra are treated as separate cards.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Nightmare Troubadour:

The Winged Dragon of Ra

DIVINE/Divine Beast/10/????/????

You must offer 3 Tributes to Tribute Summon this card. The ATK and DEF of this card becomes the sum of the respective ATK and DEF values of the Tributes. When this card is Special Summoned, it is sent to the Graveyard during the End Phase. While this card is face-up on the field, it cannot be targeted by Spells, Traps, or Monsters that designate a target. When this card is successfully Special Summoned, you may activate one of the following effects:
Pay 1000 Life Points to destroy one monster on the Field and remove it from the game.
Pay all but 1 Life Points, and increase ATK and DEF by the amount of Life Points paid.

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Tag Force 2 and Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Tag Force 3:

The Winged Dragon of Ra

DIVINE/Divine Beast/10/?/?

You must offer 3 Tributes to Tribute Summon this card. The ATK and DEF of this card becomes the sum of the respective ATK and DEF values of the Tributes. When this card is Special Summoned, it is sent to the Graveyard during the End Phase. While this card is face-up on the field, it cannot be targeted by Spells, Traps, or Monsters that designate a target. When this card is successfully Special Summoned, you may activate one of the following effects:
Pay 1000 Life Points to destroy one monster on the Field and remove it from the game.
Pay all but 1 Life Points, and increase ATK and DEF by the amount of Life Points paid.

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's World Championship 2009: Stardust Accelerator:

The Winged Dragon of Ra

DIVINE/Divine Beast/10/?/?

You must offer 3 Tributes to Tribute Summon this card. The ATK and DEF of this card becomes the sum of the respective ATK and DEF values of the Tributes. When this card is Special Summoned, it is sent to the Graveyard during the End Phase. While this card is face-up on the field, it cannot be targeted by Spells, Traps, or Monsters that designate a target. When this card is successfully Special Summoned, you may activate one of the following effects:
Pay 1000 Life Points to destroy one monster on the Field and remove it from the game.
Pay all but 1 Life Points, and increase ATK and DEF by the amount of Life Points paid.

==Misc.==
Ironically, though
Ra is considered to be the most powerful god card in the anime, in real life it is generally considered to be the weakest.
Ra's ATK and DEF are potentially limitless when combining Prime Material Dragon with Dark Snake Syndrome.
Each Duel this card was Summoned in the Battle City arcs (and each
time in the manga), a new effect of this card was revealed.
When Odion Summoned the counterfeit copy, he revealed that
Ra took on the attack points of the monsters that were Tributed to Tribute Summon it.
When Mai Summoned it against Yami Marik, having taken it with the effect of
Amazoness Chain Master, the effect stated to be the first power of Ra was revealed: God himself will serve the player to utters the ancient text. This referred to the hieratic text that only appeared when Ra was Summoned, which had to be spoken aloud to control the card. As Mai was unable to, Yami Marik did so, and he gained control of Ra, transforming it from Sphere Mode to Battle Mode.
When Yami Marik used it against Yami Bakura,
Ra's second power was revealed: When Special Summoned from the Graveyard, it could attack instantly, and also allowed the player to pay Life Points to increase its ATK; the Point-to-Point Transfer (or One-Turn Kill in the Japanese and manga) which also allowed it to attack all the monsters on the field before attacking the opponent themselves.
When Yami Marik used it against Joey Wheeler, the third power of
Ra, the Phoenix Mode/Final Form was revealed, also capable of attacking instantly.
Each turn
Ra was Summoned against Yami Yugi, it revealed a different effect/part of a previous effect. The first time, it revealed that the Phoenix Mode of Ra was immune to destruction, could attack in the opponent's turn, and the attack could destroy another God card. The second time, Yami Marik revealed that he could sacrifice monsters to increase the ATK of Ra by the sacrificed monster's ATK. The third time, in the manga only, it was revealed that even in Battle Mode, Ra was immune to the effects of Gods that were lower in rank. This Divine Hierachy would later be expanded upon in Yu-Gi-Oh! R.
Until it was gained control of by Yami Marik, the Battle Mode of
Ra was always obscured in some manner, most notably when it was Summoned by Odion (possibly due to the card being a fake.)
UDE representatives used a copy of
The Winged Dragon of Ra which had a different image and the hieratic text in the place of the flavor text.
Many fake cards of
Ra exist, with alternate arts rarely or never seen anywhere else.
This card has a
Wicked God counterpart called The Wicked Avatar.
This card has a
Sacred Beast counterpart called Hamon, Lord of Striking Thunder.
This card has a weaker Xyz counterpart called
Hieratic Sun Dragon Overlord of Heliopolis.
The Winged Dragon of Ra appears in the artwork of Quiz Panel - Ra 10, 20 and 30.
In the Japanese version of
Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters, this card and the other Egyptian God Cards are in English, while still using their Japanese names.
Like
Obelisk the Tormentor before it and Slifer the Sky Dragon after, Ra has a legal version.
In the manga, anime and several video games,
The Winged Dragon of Ra depended on being Special Summoned from the Graveyard to activate certain effects. The OCG/TCG legal version of Ra, however, cannot be Special Summoned.
The legal
OCG/TCG version of Ra is arguably the strongest and the weakest Egyptian God due to its own effect. If you do pay LP when you Normal Summoned it, it can have a very high ATK & DEF, especially if you managed to Summon it early in the duel, at the cost of you having only 100 LP left. However, if you choose not to, just so you can have enough LP to pay for its destruction effect, then it will just have 0 ATK and DEF.
The legal version of
Ra looks very different from its original version. It is gold-colored instead of the dull yellow from the old version; it has 4 claws instead of 3 on the original; it has the shoulder pads and arch that the anime features while the original did not; it has a feather tail instead of a long lizard-like one (this is actually different from the anime); it appears to have an eagle-like beak without any teeth (as featured in the Season 5 Opening and in the manga version of the Millennium World arc, but not in any episode of the anime).
However, later reprints of the legal version use the original art.
The effects of the legal
Ra differ slightly from its original counterpart: The original was not affected by any effect regardless of the current turn, and most notably was not unable to be Special Summoned.
Apart from
Backs to the Wall, this card is also the only card to have the cost of pay Life Points until you have 100 left.
If it was monster-only, then this card is only monster to have that line.
Marik Ishtar stated in the
Yu-Gi-Oh! manga (Issue 24 of the Duelist Arc) that the Ra was the most powerful of the 3 Gods, even being considered in another class between the 3 Gods.
This card closely resembles
Horus the Black Flame Dragon LV8, and may allude to when Horus was merged with Ra.
It also somewhat resembles
Kaiser Glider.
Ra has the most artworks of the three Egyptian Gods (Sphere Mode, Battle Mode, Phoenix Mode, and Ra's Tablet).
Each of the legal God Cards seem to be more focused on a certain play style:
Obelisk is offensive, using its 4000 ATK & DEF combined with its targeting immunity to destroy everything and overwhelm the opponent.
Slifer is defensive, using its effects to weaken and destroy Summoned monsters to compensate for its fluctuating ATK & DEF.
Ra is OTK based, using its effect to significantly increase it ATK to enormous Levels, and potentially defeat the opponent that turn. Alternatively, using its destruction effect can aid in allowing for other monsters to do so.
The Effect Monster version of this card is one of the few cards with the early printed in the game that does not have an 8-digit input code in the bottom left corner, and no border around the artwork.
In the manga, Yugi never Summoned
Ra during a Duel. In the anime, Atem Summoned it during the Ceremonial Battle to give Yugi the challenge of facing all 3 Egyptian Gods at once.
Yami Marik used
Ra several times, but never Tribute Summoned it and instead opted to Special Summon it from the Graveyard with Monster Reborn and use its ATK increasing effects (though the first time he used it was when he took control of it during his duel with Mai Valentine and it had the ATK it inherited from the 3 Cyber Harpies she sacrificed). Whenever it was played by someone else during the anime, it was Normal Summoned. Ironically, when a copy of Ra was used in the Yu-Gi-Oh! GX episode Rah, Rah, Ra, the man using it, Franz, Normal Summoned it despite relying on its ATK increasing effects and even using Yami Marik's version of the chant to Summon it while Jaden actually resurrected it and used multiple ATK increasing effects.
Somewhat interestingly, no Duelist in the anime has ever won a Duel after Normal Summoning Ra.
Ra is the only God Card to not have a DDM counterpart.
This card's official Chinese name is 太陽神的翼神龍, meaning Winged God Dragon of Sun God. It doesn't contain the God's name (Ra in this case) like Obelisk and Slifer.
The icon for Divine-Beast-Type monsters in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Tag Force Special is based on this monster.
The background of this card was used in the video game Yu-Gi-Oh! Forbidden Memories as one of the Forbidden Ruins wall designs. Interestingly, the hexagram was not edited out in the international card artwork, yet the Forbidden Memories international version had it replaced with an hexagon.

Rulings

Other=Original


OCG Rulings



The text "You must Tribute 3 monsters to Normal Summon this card (you cannot Set this card)." of "The Winged Dragon of Ra" is not treated as the effect of an Effect Monster.: Effect Monster > The Winged Dragon of Ra

When "The Winged Dragon of Ra" is Normal Summoned, paying Life Points to increase its ATK is an optional effect that activates.: Must you activate the ATK-increasing effect of "The Winged Dragon of Ra"?

Paying Life Points until you have 100 Life Points is a cost to activate the effect of "The Winged Dragon of Ra" which increases its ATK and DEF.

Paying 1000 Life Points is a cost to activate the effect of "The Winged Dragon of Ra" which destroys a monster.

The effect of "The Winged Dragon of Ra" which destroys a monster is activated by targeting one monster on the field.

The effect "When this card is Normal Summoned, the effect of Spells, Traps and Effect Monsters other than this card cannot be activated." of "The Winged Dragon of Ra" is only applied at the time of "When this card is Normal Summoned". After that time passes, players can activate the effects of Spells, Traps, and Effect Monsters.: Is it impossible for players to activate Spell and Trap Cards after "The Winged Dragon of Ra" is Normal Summoned?

If you choose to not activate the ATK-increasing effect of "The Winged Dragon of Ra", then you do not pay any Life Points.

You cannot activate the effect of "Psychic Commander" or the ATK-increasing effect of a "The Winged Dragon of Ra" affected by "DNA Surgery" by instead placing a Psychic Counter on "Brain Research Lab" instead of paying Life Points. However, you can activate the effect of "The Winged Dragon of Ra" which destroys a monster by placing a Psychic Counter on "Brain Research Lab" instead of paying 1000 Life Points.: Can you place Psychic Counters on "Brain Research Lab" instead of paying the cost for "The Winged Dragon of Ra" or "Psychic Commander"?

"The Winged Dragon of Ra" has "?" ATK, which is treated as 0 when interacting with a resolving "Shrink".: If "Shrink" is activated while the ATK of "The Winged Dragon of Ra" is increased, then what does its ATK become?
Example: "The Winged Dragon of Ra" has 6000 ATK by its own effect. If "Shrink" targets "The Winged Dragon of Ra", then its original ATK of 0 is halved, and then you re-apply its ATK-increasing effect, so that its ATK becomes 6000.

If you Life Points are 100 or less, then you cannot activate the ATK-increasing effect of "The Winged Dragon of Ra", since you cannot pay Life Points until they become 100.: Can you activate the effect of "The Winged Dragon of Ra" if your Life Points are 100 or less?

If "The Winged Dragon of Ra" is equipped with "Unstable Evolution", then its original ATK is set to 1000 or 2400 by the effect of "Unstable Evolution", and then its ATK increases by its own effect. If a player's Life Point change so that the original ATK from "Unstable Evolution" changes between 2400 and 1000, then the ATK increase by the effect of "The Winged Dragon of Ra" will be re-applied.: If the ATK of "The Winged Dragon of Ra" changes because it is equipped with "Unstable Evolution", then what does its ATK become?
Example: "The Winged Dragon of Ra" has 1000 ATK by its own effect. If its original ATK becomes 1000 by the effect of "Unstable Evolution", then it will have a total of 2000 ATK. If your Life Points become lower than your opponent's, then the original ATK of "The Winged Dragon of Ra" becomes 2400 and you increase its ATK by +1000, for a total of 3400 ATK.

Egyptian God Rulings
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