I’m not sure what surprises me more: that there’s a YuGiOh card called Cockadoodledoo, or that a card called Cockadoodledoo is actually good. Originally printed in the Judgment of the Light set and reprinted in the 2014 Mega-Tins Mega Pack, this Ultra Rare Level 5 Tuner is much more than it first appears.
With 1600 ATK and 2000 DEF, the Winged Beast Cockadoodledoo seems nothing to write home about, not for a Level 5 monster. But, the effects on this monster is where this rooster gets interesting. If there are no monsters on the field, you can special summon Cockadoodledoo from your hand as a Level 3 monster! That’s pretty neat. But, if your opponent controls a monster, and you don’t, you can special summon Cockadoodledoo as a Level 4 monster!
There’s only one drawback to Cockadoodledoo. If he leaves the field for any reason, you banish him instead of sending him to the graveyard. This is sad, but considering how versatile he is, it’s worth the cost. As a tuner, he can help summon just about any Synchro Monster there is.
Cockadoodledoo has even seen some competitive play, from way back in late 2014 in Qliphorts decks to ABC-Dragon Buster decks in 2018. Being able to be Level 3, Level 4, or Level 5 depending on the situation is quite a boon in any Synchro-happy deck. This is a very good card, despite how silly the name and art would make it seem. In the wacky, wonderful world of Duel Monsters, you never know if this little chicken finds its way back into the competitive scene, even as just a meme!