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"Borrel", known as "Varrel" (ヴァレル Vareru) in the Japanese version, is an archetype of DARK Dragon monsters used by Ryoken Kogami (Varis) in Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS. It is related to the "Rokket" archetype.


Both the English and Japanese names of the archetype are wordplays on gun barrels. The French and English names may reference the mathematical concept of Borel sets.

Playing style

The archetype synergizes well with the "Rokket" archetype, seeing how "Borreload Dragon" is able to trigger the primary effects of all "Rokket" monsters to gain field advantage. The secondary effects of the "Rokket" monsters will also activate, summoning another monster in their place It is also able to snatch other monsters the opponent controls and cannot be targeted by said monsters' effects.

"Borrelsword Dragon" on the other hand, while still able to activate the effects of "Rokket" monsters, is also able to increase its own ATK and halve the ATK of a monster your opponent controls. Coupled with the bonus to attack twice should the first effect resolve, one could potentially get rid of most monsters in the game with higher ATK values such as "Number S39: Utopia the Lightning". "Borrelguard Dragon" is immune to destruction via card effects and can revive any monster destroyed during the turn the effect is used provided the player has a Spell or Trap Card in their Spell & Trap Card Zone to sacrifice, although the revived monsters' effects are negated. Like "Borrelsword", it also changes monsters' battle positions.

Monsters such as "Booster Dragon" can also help, acting as a weaker version of "Borreload" as its ATK boosting effect can only be used during your turn. Its floating effect can summon a "Borrel" monster that was previously destroyed. "Miniborrel Dragon" is also useful due to being able to recycle itself once a turn as long as the player controls a "Borrel" monster, albeit at the cost of tributing a Link-3 monster they control.

The Spell and Trap Cards of the archetype are also useful; "Borrel Regenerator" can help recycle monsters more, and should the equipped monster summoned with it be destroyed the player draws 1 card. "Borrel Cooling" essentially allows "Borreload", "Borrelsword" and "Borrelguard" to activate even more "Rokket" effects.


Monster Effect Origin
Defensive Quick Once per turn
Borrelend Dragon Cannot be destroyed by battle or card effects, also neither player can target this card with monster effects. Target 1 Effect Monster on the field and 1 "Rokket" monster in your GY; negate the effects of that monster on the field, and if you do, Special Summon that monster from your GY. Opponent cannot activate cards or effects in response. N/A Gun barrel, Guard, Handloading, Sword, Borel summation
Borrelguard Dragon Cannot be destroyed by card effects. Target 1 monster on the field; change it to face-up Defense Position. Opponent cannot activate cards or effects in response. Send 1 card from controller's Spell & Trap Zone to the GY; Special Summon from either GY to controller's field, 1 monster that was destroyed and sent there this turn, but negate its effects. Gun barrel, Guard, Borel summation
Borreload Dragon Cannot be targeted by monster effects. 1 face-up monster loses 500 ATK/DEF. Opponent cannot activate cards or effects in response. Take control of an opponent's monster to a zone this card points to when this card attacks an opponent's monster at the start of the Damage Step. Gun barrel, Handloading, Borel summation
Borreload Furious Dragon N/A You can target 1 monster you control and 1 card your opponent controls; destroy them. You can banish this card from the GY, then target 1 DARK Link Monster in your GY; Special Summon that monster, but it cannot activate its effects this turn. Gun barrel, Handloading, Borel summation
Borreload Riot Dragon N/A When your opponent would Special Summon a monster(s) (Quick Effect): You can negate the Summon, and if you do, destroy that monster(s), then destroy this card or 1 "Rokket" monster you control. If this card is in your GY: You can target 1 "Borrel" or "Rokket" monster in your GY; destroy 1 card in your hand or field, and if you do, add the targeted monster to your hand. ?
Borreload Savage Dragon When Synchro Summoned, target 1 Link Monster in the GY and equip it to this card. Gains half the ATK of the equipped monster and place Borrel Counters equal to the Link Rating of the targeted monster. When your opponent's card effect is activated: you can remove 1 Borrel Counter from this card; negate its activation. N/A Gun barrel, Savage Arms, Handloading, Borel summation
Borreload eXcharge Dragon Cannot be targeted by monster effects. N/A Target 1 face-up monster, targeted monster loses 600 ATK/DEF and you can Special Summon 1 "Borrel" monster from the GY, but it is banished during the End Phase and after activating this effect, you cannot Special Summon or attack directly. Gun barrel, Charging Handle,X-Charge, Borel summation
Borrelsword Dragon Cannot be destroyed by battle. Switches 1 Attack Position monster to Defense Position and allows this card to make a second attack during each Battle Phase. Opponent cannot activate cards or effects in response. This card gains ATK equal to half of a monster this card is attacking until the End Phase and when it do, the attacked monster loses half of its current ATK. Gun Barrel, Sword, Borel summation
Miniborrel Dragon N/A Special Summons itself if you control a "Borrel" Link Monster after you Tribute a Link 3 or lower monster. Cannot be used as material for the Link Summon of a monster with the same Link Rating as the Tributed monster. Gun barrel, Short-barreled rifle, Revolver, Minigun, Borel summation
Quadborrel Dragon N/A You can discard 1 card, then target 1 face-up monster on the field; you cannot Special Summon Link-2 or lower monsters from your Extra Deck for the rest of this turn, also destroy that monster, then, if the destroyed monster was a Link Monster, you can Special Summon "Rokket" monsters with different names from your hand or GY up to that monster’s Link Rating. Sawed-off shotgun, Gun barrel, Borel summation


Card Origin
Bayonet Punisher Bayonet
Borrel Buster Barrier Barrier
Borrel Cooling Cooling
Borrel Half Replace Replace
Borrel Regenerator Regeneration
Borrel Ring Russian roulette
Borrel Supplier Supplier
Execute Protocols Capital punishment


  • Most of this archetype's members have 3000 ATK, while its non-Link members all have 2500 DEF.
  • Each non-Link "Borrel" monster that comes in a different Extra Deck Monster Card type has the first capital letter of the middle word in their names refer to their respective Monster Card types. Similar to Yusaku's dragonic ace monsters, these "Borrel" monsters also have their color schemes match their respective Monster Card types.
    • "Borreload Furious Dragon" is a Fusion Monster with a violet color scheme.
    • "Borreload Riot Dragon" is a Ritual Monster with a blue color scheme.
    • "Borreload Savage Dragon" is a Synchro Monster with a white color scheme.
    • "Borreload eXcharge Dragon" is an Xyz Monster with a black color scheme.
  • Each of the non-Link "Borrel" monsters made their debut in a Duel against one of the Ignis, and has contributed (whether directly or indirectly) to that Ignis' eventual demise.
    • "Borreload Savage Dragon" debuted in Varis' Duel against Windy, the WIND Ignis. It was the card he used to beat Windy, causing him to be crippled with a virus made by the Knights of Hanoi that he never recovered from.
    • "Borreload eXcharge Dragon" debuted in Varis' Duel against Lightning, the LIGHT Ignis. It was Varis' secret weapon against Lightning, prompting the Light Ignis to take Varis out with him, leading to him being in a near-death state before he willingly let himself be absorbed by Bohman.
    • "Borreload Furious Dragon" debuted in Playmaker's Duel against Ai, the DARK Ignis. While it wasn't Varis himself who summoned it, both of its effects were put to good use, allowing Playmaker to best the Ignis modeled after him, leading to Ai's subsequent termination.