OFFICIAL RULEBOOK Version 9.0 - Yugioh

OFFICIAL RULEBOOK Version 9.0 - Yugioh

OFFICIAL RULEBOOK

Version 9.0

Table of Contents

l About the Game .......................................................................... 1

1

Getting Started

l Things you need to Duel ............................................................ 2 l The Game Mat ............................................................................. 4

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Game Cards

l Monster Cards .......................................................................... 6 l Effect Monsters ........................................................................ 9 l Pendulum Monsters ................................................................ 12 l Xyz Monsters ........................................................................... 14 l Synchro Monsters ................................................................... 16 l Fusion Monsters ...................................................................... 18 l Ritual Monsters ...................................................................... 19 l Summoning Monster Cards ..................................................... 20 l Spell & Trap Cards ................................................................... 22

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How to Play

l Let the Duel Begin

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................................................................... 28 l Preparing to Duel ................................................................... 29 l Turn Structure ........................................................................ 30

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Table of Contents

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Battles and Chains

l Monster Battle Rules ............................................................. 37 l Chains and Spell Speed ............................................................ 40

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Other Rules

l Other Rules .............................................................................. 45 l Glossary ................................................................................... 48

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What is the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME?

With the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME you can take part in the exciting card game action seen in the family of Yu-Gi-Oh! TV and comic mega-hits.

In this game, two players Duel each other using a variety of Monster,

Spell, and Trap Cards to defeat their opponent’s monsters and be the first to drop the other’s LP (Life Points) to 0.

Everything you need to start playing is in this Deck, but there are thousands more cards to choose from, so collecting additional cards in Booster Packs will let you customize your Deck and increase your chances of winning!

This is the official Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME rulebook. It is important to learn how to play correctly, so you should read this rulebook before playing if you are new to the game. Understanding the rules will help you make the best use of your cards, so keep the rulebook handy during your first few games. You can also visit www.yugioh-card.com for more information.

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ABOUT THE GAME

CREATE YOUR OWN DECK

With thousands of cards to choose from, you can create and customize your own Deck with your favorite cards. Every Duelist will have their own unique Deck, completely different from every other Duelist’s Deck, which makes it really exciting to play!

BATTLE WITH FANTASTIC MONSTERS & GREAT COMBOS

Even if a card does not have enough power on its own, it may become powerful when combined with other cards. It is fun to collect all the

Mystical Space Typhoon

SPELL

SPELL

different cards available and create your own combos, then unleash them in a Duel.

Timegazer Magician

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Target 1 Spell/T rap Card on the field; destroy that target.

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[ S

You must control no monsters

Monster you control a “Magician” card or “Odd-Eyes” card’s Pendulum Scale becomes 4.

PELLCASTER

would be destroyed

/ P

to activate this card.

If a Pendulum

ENDULUM

Step. Unless you have

Zone, this

/

by an opponent’s

FFECT

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card effect, is not

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DEF /

600

DARK

POWER UP YOUR DECK WITH BOOSTER PACKS

Booster Packs are released every few months, bringing new cards and new combos to add new strength to your Deck. Duels evolve every time a new Booster Pack is released, keeping your

Duels cool and exciting.

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Getting Started

Deck ................................................(40 to 60 cards)

Assemble your favorite cards into a Deck that follows these rules: lThe Deck must be 40 to 60 cards.

lYou can only have up to 3 copies of the same card in your Deck,

Extra Deck and Side Deck combined.

Also, some cards are Forbidden, Limited or Semi-Limited in official tournaments. (See page 45 for details.)

Try to keep your Deck close to the 40-card minimum. Having a Deck with too many cards makes it hard to draw your best cards when you need them. This Deck is called your Main Deck.

Extra Deck ..........................................(0 to 15 cards)

This Deck consists of Xyz Monsters, Synchro Monsters and Fusion

Monsters, which can be used during the game if you meet certain requirements. The rules for Extra Decks are: lYou can have up to 15 cards in the Extra Deck.

lThe Extra Deck can contain Xyz Monsters, Synchro Monsters and

Fusion Monsters, in any combination.

lThese cards are not counted towards the 40-card minimum limit \

of your Main Deck.

Side Deck ...........................................(0 to 15 cards)

This is a separate Deck of cards you can use to change your Deck during a Match. After each Duel in a Match, you can swap any card from your Side Deck with a card from your side Deck and/or Extra Deck to customize your strategy against your opponent. The number of cards in your Side Decks must not exceed 15. The number of cards in your Side

Deck before and after you swap any cards must be exactly the same.

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Additional items you may need

Coin

Some cards require a coin toss. If you play with these, have a coin ready to flip.

Dice

Just like the coin, there are some cards that need a die roll. If you play with these, have a standard die ready with numbers 1 through 6.

Counters

Some cards will require markers

(called counters) to keep track of things like the number of turns, or a card’s power level. You can use small objects like glass beads, paper clips, or pennies for the counters, which are then placed on these face-up cards.

Monster Tokens

Tokens are used to represent monsters that can be created by card effects. Any object used for a Token needs to have two distinct ways to place it that can clearly indicate the monster’s battle position. (See page

45 for details.)

Items which can help during a Duel

Calculator Card Sleeves

LP changes quickly during a Duel. It is smart to use a calculator to keep track of your LP. During important Duels, you should track your LP on paper as well to be extra-careful.

Plastic sleeves can prevent your cards from getting bent or scratched.

If you use card sleeves, they all have to be the same so your cards are not marked.

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The Game Mat

The Game Mat helps you organize your cards during a Duel. When you use your cards you place them on the Game Mat. Different kinds of cards are placed in different Zones.

Each Duelist needs their own Game Mat; place them together while Dueling. This combined space is known as “the field.” The Game Mat contained in this product is just for your half of the field. The cards you “control” are the cards on your side of the field.

You can also Duel without using the Game Mat as long as you remember where to place the cards.

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Monster

Zone

2

Spell & Trap

Zone

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Graveyard

This is where you put your monsters when they are played. You can have up to 5 cards here. There are 3 main ways to position your

Monster Cards: face-up Attack Position, face-up Defense Position, and face-down Defense Position. Place the card vertically for

Attack Position, and horizontally for Defense Position.

This is where you put Spell and Trap Cards. You can have up to

5 cards here. You place them here face-up to activate them, or place them face-down. Because a Spell Card is placed in this zone when it is activated, no further Spell Cards can be used if all

5 spaces are occupied already.

When Monster Cards are destroyed, and when Spell & Trap Cards are used, they are sent face-up to this space. The contents of both players’ Graveyards are public knowledge, and your opponent can look through yours at any time during the Duel. The order of the cards in the Graveyard should not be changed.

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Deck Zone

Your Deck is placed face-down in this space. Players draw cards from here to their hands. If a card effect requires you to reveal cards from your Deck, or look through it, shuffle it and put it back in this space after resolving the effect.

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Field Zone

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Extra Deck

Zone

Special Spell Cards called Field Spell Cards are played here. Each player can have 1 Field Spell Card on their own side of the field. To use another Field Spell, send your previous one to the Graveyard.

Field Spell Cards do not count towards the 5-card limit of your

Spell & Trap Zone.

Place your Extra Deck face-down in this space. You can look at the cards in your own Extra Deck during the game. This area was formerly for the Fusion Deck. Any card effects applied to the

Fusion Deck are now applied to the Extra Deck.

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Pendulum

Zone

When you activate a Pendulum Monster Card as a Spell Card, you place it face-up in this space. Pendulum Monster Cards played as

Spell Cards do not count towards the 5-card limit of your Spell &

Trap Zone or Monster Zone. (See page 12 for details on Pendulum

Monster Cards.)

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Game Cards

HOW TO READ A CARD

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Card Name

Blue Dragon Summoner

WIND

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Attribute

2

Level

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Card

Description

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Type

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Card Number

ATK /

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[S

PELLCASTER

/

E

FFECT

]

If this card is sent from the field to the Graveyard: You can add 1 Dragon, Warrior, or Spellcaster-Type Normal

Monster from your Deck to your hand.

DEF /

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ATK (Attack Points)

DEF (Defense Points)

ATK / 1500 DEF / 600

1

Card Name

This is the card’s name. When a card name is mentioned in card text it appears in quotations. If cards have the same name, they are considered to be the same card.

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2

Level

Count the number of stars here to find out the monster’s Level.

For Xyz Monsters, the number of stars is the Rank of the monster, and is on left.

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3

Attribute

Every monster has an Attribute.

This Attribute is sometimes important for card effects.

DARK EARTH FIRE

LIGHT WATER WIND

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Type

Monsters are divided into various Types. Some monsters with specific abilities will have additional information here too, next to their Type.

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Card Number

A card’s identification number is found here. This number is useful for collecting, and for sorting your collection.

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ATK (Attack Points) / DEF (Defense Points)

ATK is a monster’s Attack Points and DEF is a monster’s Defense

Points. High Attack and Defense Points are good when battling!

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Card Description

Card effects are written here, describing the monster’s special abilities and how to use them. Normally, the effects of monsters cannot be used while they are Set face-down on the field. Yellow

Normal Monster Cards do not have effects, and have a description of them written here that does not affect the game.

ATK /

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DEF /

WHAT IS A MONSTER CARD?

Monster Cards are used to battle and defeat your opponent. Battles between Monster Cards are the foundation of any Duel.

There are many kinds of Monster Cards. This game is more than a simple slugfest, so monsters with high Attack and Defense Points will not be enough. There are also monsters with strong special effects even though their ATK and DEF points are low. Therefore, your success in a Duel depends on how skillfully you can make use of the different kinds of cards. Let us take a look at the different kinds of monsters.

Wattaildragon

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RAGON

Capable of indefinite flight. Attacks by wrapping its body with electricity and ramming into opponents.

IMPORTANT: Capturing the “Wattaildragon” is forbidden by the Ancient Rules and is a Level 6 offense, the minimum sentence for which is imprisonment for no less than 2500 heliocycles.

]

ATK / DEF /

ATK / 2500 DEF / 1000

LIGHT

<<<

Normal Monsters

These are basic Monster Cards without special abilities. Many

Normal Monsters have higher

Attack Points and Defense

Points than Effect Monsters, instead of having special abilities.

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Blue Dragon Summoner

WIND

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Effect Monsters

An Effect Monster is a monster that has special abilities.

The effects of these monsters are split into four categories:

• Continuous Effect

• Ignition Effect

• Quick Effect

• Trigger Effect

(including Flip)

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[S

PELLCASTER

/

E FFECT

]

If this card is sent from the field to the Graveyard: You can add 1 Dragon, Warrior, or Spellcaster-Type Normal

Monster from your Deck to your hand.

DEF /

ATK / 1500 DEF / 600

Continuous Effect

This effect is active while the Effect Monster Card is face-up on the field. The effect starts when the face-up monster appears on the field, and ends once that monster is gone or is no longer face-up; there is no trigger for its activation. These monsters are most useful if you have a strategy to protect them while they are on the field.

Example

Monsters with 2000 or less ATK cannot declare an attack.

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Ignition Effect

You use this type of effect just by declaring its activation during your Main Phase. (See Turn Structure, page 30.) There are some

Ignition Effects that have a cost to activate, like discarding cards from your hand, Tributing a monster, or paying LP. Because you can choose when to activate this type of effect, it is easy to create combos with them.

Example

You can Tribute this card, then target 1 monster on the field; destroy that target.

Quick Effect

These are special monster effects that you can activate even during your opponent’s turn. These types of effects have a Spell

Speed of 2, even though all other monster effects have a Spell

Speed of 1. (See Spell Speed, page 41.) Since it is difficult for your opponent to predict these cards, they can give them an unexpected surprise.

(Formerly called Multi-Trigger Effects.)

Example

During either player’s turn, when an effect is activated:

You can target 1 card in your Graveyard; Special Summon it.

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Trigger Effect

These effects are activated at specific times, such as “during the Standby Phase” or “when this monster is destroyed”. These cards can make for some great combos, but it is easier for your opponent to predict what will happen, so they might try to stop you.

Example

When this card is destroyed by battle and sent to the

Graveyard: Target 1 card on the field; destroy that target.

Flip Effect

Flip effect is a part of the Trigger Effect.

This is an effect that is activated when a face-down card is flipped face-up. This can happen when it is Flip Summoned, attacked while face-down, or flipped face-up by a card effect.

These effects start with the word “FLIP:” on the card. When you have a face-down monster, your opponent must be wary because they do not know if it has a Flip effect or not.

Example

FLIP: Draw 1 card.

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Stargazer Magician

DARK

1

If a Pendulum Monster you control attacks or is attacked, your opponent cannot activate Spell Cards until the end of the Damage Step.

Unless you have a “Magician” card or “Odd-Eyes” card in your other

Pendulum Zone, this card’s Pendulum Scale becomes 4.

1

[ S

PELLCASTER

/

P

ENDULUM

/

E

FFECT

]

Once per turn, when exactly 1 other Pendulum Monster you control (and no other cards) is returned to your hand by an opponent’s card effect (except during the Damage

ATK / DEF

with the same name as that returned to the hand.

/

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ATK / 1200 DEF / 2400

<<<

Pendulum Monster Cards

Pendulum Monster Cards are a new kind of card that blurs the line between Monsters and Spells! They can be

Summoned as monsters to attack or defend, or you can activate them as Spell Cards in your Pendulum Zones to activate extra special abilities and allow you to Pendulum

Summon!

Pendulum Effect - When you play this card as a Spell Card in your Pendulum Zone, this is its effect. Some Pendulum Monster Cards may not have Pendulum Effects.

Stargazer Magician

DARK

Pendulum Scale - Pendulum Scale is a number that determines which monsters you can Special Summon during a Pendulum

Summon. The Pendulum Scale of this card is 1.

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If a Pendulum Monster you control attacks or is attacked, your opponent cannot activate Spell Cards until the end of the Damage Step.

Unless you have a “Magician” card or “Odd-Eyes” card in your other

Pendulum Zone, this card’s Pendulum Scale becomes 4.

1

[ S

PELLCASTER

/ P

ENDULUM

/ E

FFECT

]

Once per turn, when exactly 1 other Pendulum Monster you control (and no other cards) is returned to your hand by an opponent’s card effect (except during the Damage

Step): You can Special Summon 1 monster from your hand with the same name as that returned to the hand.

/

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ATK / 1200 DEF / 2400

Monster Effect - When you play this card as a regular Monster Card, this is its effect.

Some Pendulum Monster Cards may not have monster effects.

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How to Pendulum Summon

During your Main Phase, you can activate Pendulum Monster Cards as Spell Cards in your Pendulum Zones. After you have one in each

Pendulum Zone, you can Pendulum Summon a horde of monsters!

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Once per turn, during your Main Phase, declare that you are

Pendulum Summoning.

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Check the Pendulum Scales on the sides of your 2 Pendulum

Monster Cards, then Special Summon as many monsters as you want from your hand and Extra Deck whose Levels are in between those Pendulum Scales.

Wattaildragon

LIGHT

Ventdra, the Empowered Warrior

WIND

Golden Dragon Summoner

LIGHT

Ventdra, the Empowered Warrior

WIND

Green Turtle Summoner

WATER

Stargazer Magician

DARK

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[ DRAGON ]

electricity and ramming into opponents.

IMPORTANT: Capturing the “Wattaildragon” is forbidden by the Ancient Rules and is a Level 6 offense, the minimum sentence for which is imprisonment for no less than 2500 heliocycles.

ATK / DEF /

DEF / 1000

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[WARRIOR / EFFECT

This card can attack your opponent directly. If this card is sent from the field to the Graveyard: You can target

1 Dragon, Warrior, or Spellcaster-Type Normal Monster

ATK / DEF /

2000 DEF / 800

1

If a Pendulum Monster you control attacks or is attacked, your opponent cannot activate Spell Cards until the end of the Damage Step.

Unless you have a “Magician” card or “Odd-Eyes” card in your other

Pendulum Zone, this card’s Pendulum Scale becomes 4.

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[ SPELLCASTER PENDULUM / EFFECT

Once per turn, when exactly 1 other Pendulum Monster you control (and no other cards) is returned to your hand by an opponent’s card effect (except during the Damage

ATK /

with the same name as that returned to the hand.

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ATK / 1200 DEF / 2400

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[SPELLCASTER / EFFECT

You can Tribute 1 monster, then target 1 monster on the field; return it to the hand. You can only use this effect of

“Golden Dragon Summoner” once per turn.

ATK / DEF /

1000 DEF / 1000

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[WARRIOR / EFFECT

This card can attack your opponent directly. If this card is sent from the field to the Graveyard: You can target

1 Dragon, Warrior, or Spellcaster-Type Normal Monster

ATK /

ATK / 2000 DEF / 800

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[SPELLCASTER FLIP / EFFECT

FLIP: Target 1 monster your opponent controls; destroy it.

ATK /

ATK / 400

DEF /

DEF / 1500

Timegazer Magician

DARK

You must control no monsters to activate this card. If a Pendulum

Monster you control attacks or is attacked, your opponent cannot

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activate Trap Cards until the end of the Damage Step. Unless you have a “Magician” card or “Odd-Eyes” card in your other Pendulum Zone, this card’s Pendulum Scale becomes 4.

[ SPELLCASTER PENDULUM / EFFECT

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Each turn, the first card(s) in your Pendulum Zone that would be destroyed by an opponent’s card effect, is not destroyed.

ATK / DEF /

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DEF / 600

You can Special Summon monsters with

Levels 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7.

Whenever one of your Pendulum Monster Cards on the field (regardless of which Zone it is in, or even if it is a monster or not) would be sent to the Graveyard, place it face-up on your Extra Deck instead. You can

Pendulum Summon it back to the field later!

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Number 39: Utopia

LIGHT

[ W

ARRIOR

/

2 Level 4 monsters

X

YZ

/ E

FFECT

]

When any player’s monster declares an attack: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; negate the attack.

When this card is targeted for an attack, while it has no

Xyz Materials: Destroy this card.

ATK

2500 DEF / 2000

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Xyz Monsters

Xyz Monsters (pronounced

“ik-seez”) are a powerful kind of monster! You can Summon an Xyz Monster whenever you control monsters that are the same Level. Xyz Monsters start in your Extra Deck, not in your

Main Deck, and wait for you to call them into action.

Materials needed for an Xyz Summon

Xyz Monster’s Rank -

This is the Rank of your Xyz

Monster. Xyz Monsters have

Ranks instead of Levels.

Stronger Xyz Monsters have higher Ranks. This is a Rank 4

Xyz Monster.

Xyz Materials -

These are the Xyz Materials you need to Summon this monster.

You use 2 Level 4 Monsters as the

Xyz Materials to Summon this monster. Xyz Materials must be face-up before you can use them.

Number 39: Utopia

LIGHT

[ W

ARRIOR

/

X

2 Level 4 monsters

YZ

/

E FFECT

]

When any player’s monster declares an attack: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; negate the attack.

When this card is targeted for an attack, while it has no

Xyz Materials: Destroy this card.

ATK / DEF /

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How to Xyz Summon

Xyz Summoning is your cool and easy way to Special Summon

Xyz Monsters from your Extra Deck. Here is how to do it!

1

Choose an Xyz Monster from your Extra Deck that you have the right Xyz Materials for. The Xyz Materials should be face-up on your side of the field.

2

Stack the Xyz Materials on top of each other.

3

Take the Xyz Monster from your Extra Deck and put it on top of the stacked Xyz Materials:

Number 39: Utopia

LIGHT

Speed Bird

WIND

Ganbara Knight

LIGHT

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[WINGED BEAST /

EFFECT

]

When this card is destroyed by battle and sent to the Graveyard:

You can target 2 Level 2 monsters in your Graveyard; Special

Summon them, but their effects are negated.

ATK /

/ DEF /

LEVEL 4

YS13-EN013

[WARRIOR / EFFECT ]

When this face-up Attack Position card is targeted for an attack: You can change it to Defense Position.

ATK /

/

0

DEF /

LEVEL 4

2 Level 4 monsters

/ EFFECT

detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; negate the attack.

Xyz Materials: Destroy this card.

ATK /

/

]

DEF / 2000

Xyz Summon!

When an Xyz Monster tells you to “detach” an Xyz Material, take one of the stacked Xyz Material cards beneath your Xyz Monster and put it in the Graveyard.

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Synchro Monsters

DARK

Junk Warrior

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[ W

ARRIOR

/ S

YNCHRO

/ E

FFECT

]

“Junk Synchron” + 1 or more non-Tuner monsters

If this card is Synchro Summoned: It gains ATK equal to the total ATK of all Level 2 or lower monsters you currently control.

ATK / DEF /

ATK / 2300 DEF / 1300

Synchro Monsters are placed in the

Extra Deck, separate from the Main

Deck. You can Special Summon a powerful Synchro Monster to the field in an instant just by using the

Levels of your monsters. They can be Synchro Summoned from the

Extra Deck by sending 1 face-up

“Tuner” monster and any number of face-up non-Tuner monsters from your side of the field to the

Graveyard, when the sum of all their Levels is exactly equal to the

Level of the Synchro Monster.

Junk Synchron

DARK

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[W

ARRIOR

/

T

UNER

/

E

FFECT

]

When this card is Normal Summoned: You can target

1 Level 2 or lower monster in your Graveyard; Special

Summon that target in Defense Position, but its effects are negated.

ATK / DEF /

ATK / 1300 DEF / 500

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Tuner Monsters for Synchro Summon

In order to Synchro Summon a Synchro Monster, you need

1 Tuner (look for “Tuner” next to its Type). The Tuner monster and other face-up monsters you use for the Synchro

Summon are called Synchro

Materials. The sum of their

Levels is the Level of Synchro

Monster you can Summon.

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How to Synchro Summon

1

During your Main Phase, you can declare a Synchro Summon when the combined total Levels of 1 face-up Tuner monster and any number of other face-up monsters you control are equal to the Level of the Synchro

Monster you want to Synchro Summon.

2

After double-checking the Level of the Synchro Monster you want, send the face-up Synchro Materials from your side of the field to the Graveyard.

3

After sending the Synchro Materials from the field to the Graveyard, take the Synchro Monster from your Extra Deck and play it onto the field in face-up Attack Position or face-up Defense Position.

Level 3 Level 2 Level 5

Junk Synchron

DARK

LC5D-EN002

EFFECT ]

1 Level 2 or lower monster in your Graveyard; Special are negated.

ATK / DEF /

ATK / 1300 DEF / 500

WIND

Speed Warrior

+

=

LC5D-EN003

[WARRIOR / EFFECT ]

this turn (except during the Damage Step): You can make the Battle Phase.

ATK /

ATK / 900 DEF / 400

Junk Warrior

LC5D-EN029

[ WARRIOR SYNCHRO / EFFECT

If this card is Synchro Summoned: It gains ATK equal currently control.

ATK / DEF /

ATK / 2300 DEF / 1300

DARK

Tuner Non-Tuner Monster Synchro Summon!

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Multiple Piece Golem

EARTH

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Fusion Monsters

TDGS-EN038

/

EFFECT

]

“Big Piece Golem” + “Medium Piece Golem”

At the end of the Battle Phase, if this card attacked or was attacked, you can return it to the Extra Deck. Then, if all of the

Fusion Material Monsters that were used for the Fusion Summon of this card are in your Graveyard, you can Special Summon them.

ATK / 2600 1300

TDGS-EN038 — Ultimate Rare

How to Fusion Summon

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If you have all the Fusion Materials listed on the

Fusion Monster Card, in the places specified on your

Summoning card, you can activate your Summoning card by placing it in your Spell & Trap Zone.

Polymerization

[ S

SPELL

SPELL

2

Send the Fusion Materials to the Graveyard, then take the appropriate Fusion Monster from your Extra Deck and play it onto the field in either face-up Attack or

Defense Position. Finally, place your Summoning card in the Graveyard. (If another card effect causes your

Fusion Materials to be sent to a place other than the

Graveyard when your Summoning card resolves, send them to that other place, but the Fusion Summon still happens anyway.)

LCJW-EN059

Fusion Summon 1 Fusion Monster from your Extra Deck, using monsters from your hand or your side of the field as Fusion Materials.

Polymerization

3

Remember that in order to use a Fusion Monster during a Duel it needs to be in your Extra Deck. Since Fusion Summons require specific cards, be sure and include those necessary cards in your Main Deck!

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Demise, King of Armageddon

DARK

SOI-EN035

/ EFFECT ]

This card can only be Ritual Summoned with the Ritual Spell

Card, “End of the World”. By paying 2000 Life Points, destroy all cards on the field, except this card.

ATK / 2400 DEF / 2000

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Ritual Monsters

Ritual Monsters are special monsters that are Special

Summoned with a specific Ritual

Spell Card, along with a required

Tribute. Ritual Monster Cards are placed in the Main Deck and cannot be Summoned unless you have all the proper cards together in your hand or on the field. Ritual

Monsters generally have high ATK and DEF and some have special abilities, just like Fusion Monsters.

How to Ritual Summon

1

When you have a Ritual Spell Card, along with the matching Ritual Monster

Card, in your hand, along with the required Tribute (as listed on the Ritual

Spell Card), you can activate the Ritual Spell Card, placing it in the Spell &

Trap Zone.

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If the activation of the Ritual Spell Card is successful,

Tribute monsters by sending them from your hand or the field to the Graveyard. The Ritual Spell Card will list the required amount to Tribute.

End of the World

[ S PELL C ARD

SPELL

]

3

After sending the Tributed monsters to the Graveyard, play the Ritual Monster Card onto the field in either face-up

Attack or Defense Position. Finally, place the Ritual Spell

Card in the Graveyard.

SOI-EN046

This card can be used to Ritual Summon “Ruin, Queen of

Oblivion” or “Demise, King of Armageddon”. You must also

Tribute monsters from the field or your hand whose total

Levels equal the Level of the Ritual Monster you are attempting to Ritual Summon.

Ritual Spell Card

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Normal Summon (and Tribute Summon)

This is the most common way to Summon a monster. Simply play a Monster Card from your hand onto the field in face-up

Attack Position. All Normal Monsters, and most Effect Monsters

(unless they have a specific restriction), can be Summoned in this way.

However, for monsters that are Level 5 or higher, you must

Tribute at least 1 monster you control before the Normal

Summon. This is called a Tribute Summon. Monsters that are

Level 5 or 6 require 1 Tribute and Monsters that are Level 7 or higher require 2 Tributes.

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Set

To play a Monster Card from your hand in face-down Defense Position is called a Set. In order to Set monsters that are Level 5 or higher, you still need to Tribute.

It is important to remember that a monster Set on the field in face-down

Defense Position IS NOT considered Summoned. It has been Set and can be Summoned with a Flip Summon or flipped face-up by an attack or card effect. Remember, you can only Normal Summon OR Set once per turn, so if you Set a monster you cannot Normal Summon a monster that turn.

Note: You cannot play a monster from your hand onto the field in face-up Defense Position.

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Flip Summon

You can change a face-down Defense Position monster into face-up Attack Position, without using a card effect. This is called a Flip Summon. When you Flip Summon, you cannot change the monster to face-up Defense Position, only to face-up Attack Position. A Monster Card cannot be Flip

Summoned in the same turn that it was Set onto the field. You cannot use most monsters’ effects until they are face-up.

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Special Summon

Some monsters can be played onto the field without being

Normal Summoned or Set. This is called a Special Summon.

Pendulum Summons, Xyz Summons, Synchro Summons, Fusion

Summons and Ritual Summons are all Special Summons. Some

Effect Monsters also have specific conditions that allow you to

Special Summon them. Unless otherwise specified, a Special

Summoned monster is played onto the field in your choice of face-up Attack Position or face-up Defense Position.

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Special Summon with a Card’s Effect

Monsters can also be Special Summoned onto the field through the effect of another card. This is different from “Special

Summon Monsters.” You cannot use a card effect to Special

Summon those monsters from your hand, Deck, or the Graveyard unless it was properly Special Summoned first. For example, if a

Synchro Monster is sent from your Extra Deck to the Graveyard without being Synchro Summoned, you cannot use a Spell Card to Special Summon it from the Graveyard, because Synchro

Monsters have to be properly Special Summoned first, before they can be Special Summoned by another card’s effect.

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HOW TO READ A CARD

Mystical Space Typhoon

C

ARD

Spell Card

2

Type

YS14-EN024

Target 1 Spell/Trap Card on the field; destroy that target.

3

Icon

5

Card Number

Shadow Spell

C

ARD

1

Card Name

4

Card Description

Trap Card

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YS14-EN035

Activate this card by targeting 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; it loses 700 ATK, also it cannot attack or change its battle position. When it leaves the field, destroy this card.

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1

Card Name

Remember, cards with the same name are considered to be the same card, and you can only have up to 3 copies of the same card in your Main Deck and Side

Deck combined.

2

Type

Instead of having an Attribute symbol like Monster Cards, a

Spell Card has the “SPELL

魔” symbol and a Trap Card has the

“TRAP

罠” symbol.

3

Icon

There are 6 types of icons that represent special properties a Spell or

Trap Card may have. Spell and Trap Cards without an icon are called

Normal Spell Cards or Normal Trap Cards.

Equip

Ritual

Field

Continuous

Quick-Play

Counter

4

Card Description

Each card’s activation conditions and effects are provided here. Read the card description carefully and follow the instructions.

5

Card Number

A card’s identification number is found here. This number is useful for collecting, and for sorting your collection.

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Lightning Vortex

[

[ S

PELL

C

ARD

]

<<<

Spell Cards

YS14-EN023

Discard 1 card; destroy all face-up monsters your opponent controls.

Spell Cards can normally be activated only during your Main

Phase, and help you out with different effects. Spell Cards have many powerful effects, like destroying other cards or strengthening monsters. Save these cards in your hand until you can get the best results out of them.

Normal Spell Cards

Normal Spell Cards have single-use effects. To use a Normal Spell Card, announce its activation to your opponent, placing it face-up on the field.

If the activation succeeds, then you resolve the effect written on the card.

After resolving the effect, send the card to the Graveyard.

Ritual Spell Cards

These Spell Cards are used to perform Ritual Summons. Use these cards in the same way as you would use Normal Spell Cards.

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Continuous Spell Cards

These cards remain on the field once they are activated, and their effect continues while the card stays face-up on the field. By using Continuous Spell

Cards, you can create lasting positive effects with a single card, which is great but there is the chance that the opponent will remove it from the field before you benefit from the effect.

Equip Spell Cards

These cards give an extra effect to

1 face-up monster of your choice

(either your own or your opponent’s, depending on the card). They remain on the field after they are activated.

The Equip Spell Card affects only

1 monster (called the equipped monster), but still occupies one of your Spell & Trap Zones. If possible, place it in the zone directly behind the equipped monster to help you remember. If the equipped monster is destroyed, flipped face-down, or removed from the field, its Equip

Cards are destroyed.

Field Spell Cards

These cards go in your Field Zone and stay there. Each player can have

1 Field Spell Card on their own side of the field. To use another Field

Spell, send your previous one to the

Graveyard. Many Field Spell effects apply to BOTH players.

These cards may be placed facedown in the Field Zone, but are not active until flipped face-up.

Quick-Play Spell Cards

These are special Spell Cards that can be activated during any Phase of your turn, not just your Main Phase. You can also activate them during your opponent’s turn if you Set the card face-down first, but then you cannot activate the card in the same turn you Set it.

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Trap Hole

[

[ T

RAP

C

ARD

]

YS14-EN031

When your opponent Normal or Flip Summons 1 monster with 1000 or more ATK: Target that monster; destroy that target.

<<<

Trap Cards

Trap Cards will help you out with different effects, just like Spell

Cards. The big difference between them is that you can activate Trap

Cards during your opponent’s turn.

Many Spell Cards have effects useful for offense, but Trap Cards have the ability to surprise the opponent by disrupting their attacks and strategies. Using Trap Cards can sometimes be tricky, since your opponent might have to do certain things before you can unleash them.

Normal Trap Cards

Before you can activate a Trap Card, you must Set it on the field first.

You cannot activate a Trap in the same turn that you Set it, but you can activate it at any time after that—starting from the beginning of the next turn.

Normal Trap Cards have single-use effects and once their effects are resolved, they will be sent to the Graveyard, just like Normal Spell

Cards. They are also similar to Normal Spell Cards because once activated, their effects are not likely to be stopped. However, your opponent can destroy your face-down Trap Cards on the turn they were

Set, or before the time is right to activate them. Because of this, you must be smart about how you use your Trap Cards.

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Continuous Trap Cards

Just like Continuous Spell Cards, Continuous Trap Cards remain on the field once they are activated and their effects continue while they are face-up on the field. Some Continuous Trap Cards have abilities similar to the Ignition Effects or

Trigger Effects that can be found on Effect Monster Cards.

Continuous Trap Cards can have effects that limit your opponent’s options, or that slowly damage your opponent’s LP.

Counter Trap Cards

These Trap Cards are normally activated in response to the activation of other cards, and may have abilities like negating the effects of those cards. These types of Traps are effective against Normal Spell Cards or Normal Trap Cards, which are otherwise hard to stop, however many Counter Trap Cards require a cost to activate them.

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The Difference between Set Spell Cards and Set Trap Cards

Spell Cards can be Set face-down on the field like Trap Cards.

However, the rules for the two types of cards are different.

Spell Cards can be activated during the Main Phases even in the same turn that you Set them (except for Quick-Play Spell Cards).

Setting them does not allow you to use them on your opponent’s turn; they still can only be activated during your Main Phase.

You can Set a Spell Card face-down on the field to bluff your opponent into thinking you have a powerful Trap.

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How to Play

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How to Duel and How to Win

A single game is called a Duel, and a Duel ends when one player wins or the game ends in a draw. Duels are played in sets of 3 called a

Match, and the winner of best 2-out-of-3 wins the Match.

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Winning a Duel

Each player starts a Duel with 8000 LP (Life Points). You win a Duel if: you reduce your opponent’s LP to 0; if your opponent is unable to draw a card; or if a card’s special effect says you win. If you and your opponent both reach 0 LP at the same time, the Duel is declared a draw.

Victory Conditions

• Reduce your opponent’s LP to 0.

• Your opponent is unable to draw a card when they are supposed

to draw.

• Win with a card’s special effect.

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Before starting a Duel, follow these 4 steps. Also, make sure you have all your extra items that your Deck might need, like a coin or counters.

1

After greeting your opponent, shuffle your Deck thoroughly. Then you may shuffle and cut your opponent’s Deck (be careful when touching your opponent’s cards).

2

After cutting, place the Decks face-down in the proper Deck Zones on the field.

If using an Extra Deck with Xyz Monsters, Synchro Monsters or Fusion Monsters, place it face-down in the Extra Deck Zone.

3

Both players show each other their Side Decks, and record the number of cards in it, also confirming that they have 15 or fewer cards (the cards should be counted face-down). If you exchange cards between your Side and Main Decks after a

Duel, count the cards of your Side Deck for your opponent again to show that the number of your cards remain the same.

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Play rock-paper-scissors or flip a coin. The winner decides to go first or second in the Duel. For your next Duels, the loser of the previous Duel decides who goes first. If the previous Duel ended in a tie, determine who starts first in the next

Duel with another coin toss, etc.

Finally, draw 5 cards from the top of your Deck; this is your starting hand.

Starting with the first player, it is time to Duel!

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A Duel progresses in a series of turns which are divided into phases.

Prepare to Duel

1st Player’s turn

Draw Phase

Standby Phase

Main Phase 1

Battle Phase

Main Phase 2

End Phase

2nd Player’s turn

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Draw Phase

This is the first phase. The player whose turn it is (the “turn player”) draws 1 card from the top of their Deck. A player with no cards left in their Deck and unable to draw loses the Duel. After you draw, Trap

Cards or Quick-Play Spell Cards can be activated before proceeding to the Standby Phase.

IMPORTANT: The player who goes first cannot draw during the

Draw Phase of their first turn.

Main Action in this Phase

Possible Other Actions

Draw 1 Card (except for the very

1st turn of the Duel).

Activate Trap Cards, Quick-Play

Spell Cards, etc.

Standby Phase

Some cards have effects that activate, or costs you must pay, in the

Standby Phase. If you do not have any of these cards on the field, you can still activate Trap Cards or Quick-Play Spell Cards before moving on to your Main Phase 1.

Main Action in this Phase

Possible Other Actions

Resolve card effects that happen in this phase

Activate Trap Cards, Quick-Play

Spell Cards, etc.

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Main Phase 1

This is when you play most of your cards: you can Normal Summon,

Set, or change the battle position of a monster, activate a card’s effect, and Set Spell and Trap Cards. These actions can be done in any order you want, but some actions have restrictions.

Possible Actions in this Phase

Summon or Set a Monster

There is no limit to the number of times you can Flip Summon or

Special Summon during a turn, but you can only Normal Summon or Set a monster (including a Tribute Summon) once per turn.

Change Your Monsters’ Battle Positions

This includes Flip Summoning a monster, or changing the position of a face-up monster to face-up Attack or Defense Position. You can change the position of each monster you control, except in three cases. 1. You cannot change the battle position of a monster that was played onto the field this turn. 2. You cannot change it in Main Phase 2 if the monster attacked during the Battle Phase.

3. You cannot change it if you have already changed its battle position once this turn.

You can activate Spell and Trap Cards, or the effects of Spell, Trap, or Effect Monster Cards as many times as you want during this phase, as long as you can keep paying any costs involved.

Set Spell Cards and Trap Cards

You can Set Spell and Trap Cards face-down in your Spell & Trap

Zone during this phase, as long as you have space.

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Battle Phase

Now it is time to battle with your Monster Cards! This phase is divided into steps.

You do not have to conduct a Battle Phase every turn, even if you have a monster on the field.

IMPORTANT: The player who goes first cannot conduct their

Battle Phase on their first turn.

Possible Actions in this Phase

Battle with monsters

Activate Trap Cards and Quick-

Play Spell Cards

Start step

Flow of the

Battle Phase

Battle Step

End Step

Damage Step

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The Battle Phase is split into

4 steps and is conducted in the order shown in the diagram. The

Battle Step and Damage Step are repeated each time you attack with a monster.

Start Step

This step starts the Battle Phase. The turn player should announce “I am entering the Battle Phase.” Remember, the player who goes first cannot conduct a Battle Phase in their very first turn.

Battle Step

Select 1 monster on your side of the field to attack with, and 1 of your opponent’s monsters as your attack target, and then declare the attack. If your opponent does not have any monsters on the field, you can attack directly. Play then proceeds to the Damage

Step. Afterwards, the attacking player returns to the Battle Step, and repeats this procedure. Each face-up Attack Position monster you control is allowed 1 attack per turn. You do not have to attack with a monster if you do not want to.

Damage Step

In this step, the players calculate the result of the battle and whatever damage is done. (See “Monster Battle Rules”, page 37.)

After finishing the Damage Step, return to the Battle Step.

End Step

After you have resolved all your battles by repeating the Battle and Damage Steps, and you have no more monsters you want to attack with, announce to your opponent that you are ending your

Battle Phase.

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Replay Rules during the Battle Step

After you have announced your attacking monster and the attack target monster during a Battle

Step, the attack target might be removed from the field, or a new monster may be played onto the opponent’s side of the field before the Damage Step, due to a card’s effect. This causes a “Replay.”

When this occurs, you can choose to attack with the same monster again, or choose to attack with a different monster, or choose not to attack at all. Note that if you attack with a different monster, the first monster is still considered to have declared an attack, and it cannot attack again this turn.

Declare your attacking monster and your attack target monster.

The monsters your opponent controls change before the Damage

Step.

A replay happens!

Re-select a target monster.

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Main Phase 2

If you conducted your Battle Phase, your turn moves to Main Phase 2 afterwards. The actions a player can perform in this phase are the same as in Main Phase 1. However, if the player already did something in Main

Phase 1 that has a limit to the number of times it can be done, the player cannot do it again in Main Phase 2. Consider if you want to activate and

Set Spell & Trap Cards, or Summon or Set a monster (if you did not do that in Main Phase 1) based on your situation after the Battle Phase. Use this phase to prepare for the opponent’s turn.

Possible Actions in this Phase

Summon or Set a monster

Change your monsters’ battle positions

Active a card or effect

Set Spell Cards and Trap Cards

End Phase

Announce the end of your turn, and if there are any cards on the field which say “…during the End Phase…” in their text, resolve those effects in this phase. If you have more than 6 cards in your hand at the end of this phase, select and discard cards to the

Graveyard until you only have 6 cards in your hand.

Actions in this Phase

Resolve card effects which activate in this phase

Discard if you have more than

6 cards in hand

Possible Other Actions in this Phase

Activate Trap Cards and Quick-Play

Spell Cards

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Battles and Chains

DAMAGE STEP RULES

During the Damage Step, there are limits on what cards you can activate. Also, during the Damage Step, Flip effects resolve a bit differently than they normally do.

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Limitations on Activating Cards

During the Damage Step, you can only activate Counter Trap Cards, or cards with effects that directly change a monster’s ATK or DEF.

Also, these cards can only be activated up until the start of damage calculation.

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Attacking a Face-Down Card

If you attack a face-down Defense Position monster, flip the card to face-up Defense Position in the Damage Step. Now you can see the monster’s DEF and then calculate damage.

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Activation of a Flip Effect

When an attacked monster is flipped face-up, any Flip effects are activated and resolved after damage calculation. If you need to select a monster for the Flip effect to target, you cannot target a monster that has already been destroyed during damage calculation.

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DETERMINING DAMAGE

You calculate battle damage based on the battle position of the monster you are attacking. If you attack an Attack Position monster, compare ATK vs. ATK. If you attack a Defense Position monster, compare your monster’s ATK vs. the attacked monster’s DEF.

When You Attack an Attack Position Monster

ATK of Attacking

Monster

VS.

ATK of Opponent’s

Monster

When your attacking monster’s ATK is higher than the ATK of the opponent’s monster, the attacking monster destroys the opponent’s monster and sends it to the Graveyard.

The amount that your attacking monster’s ATK exceeds the

ATK of your opponent’s monster is subtracted from your opponent’s LP as battle damage.

When your attacking monster’s ATK is equal to the ATK of the opponent’s monster, the result is considered a tie, and both monsters are destroyed.

Neither player takes any battle damage.

When your attacking monster’s ATK is lower than the ATK of the opponent’s monster, the attacking monster is destroyed and sent to the Graveyard.

The amount that the opponent’s monster’s ATK exceeds the

ATK of your attacking monster is subtracted from your LP as battle damage.

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When You Attack a Defense Position Monster

ATK of Attacking

Monster

VS.

DEF of Opponent’s

Monster

When your attacking monster’s ATK is higher than the DEF of the opponent’s monster, the attacking monster destroys the opponent’s monster and sends it to the Graveyard.

Neither player takes any battle damage.

When your attacking monster’s ATK is equal to the DEF of the opponent’s monster, neither monster is destroyed.

Neither player takes any battle damage.

When your attacking monster’s ATK is lower than the DEF of the opponent’s monster, neither monster is destroyed.

The amount that the opponent’s monster’s DEF exceeds the

ATK of your attacking monster is subtracted from your LP as battle damage.

If Your Opponent Has No Monsters

If there are no monsters on your opponent’s side of the field, you can attack directly. The full amount of your attacking monster’s ATK is subtracted from the opponent’s LP as battle damage.

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WHAT IS A CHAIN?

Chains are a way to order the resolution of multiple card effects.

They are used when the effects of more than 1 card are activated at once (see page 46), or when a player wants to use an effect after a card has been played, but BEFORE that card has an effect on the game.

If a card’s effect is activated, the opponent is always given a chance to respond with a card effect of their own, creating a Chain. If your opponent responds with an effect, then you can choose to respond and add another effect to the Chain. If your opponent does not respond, you may activate a second effect and create a Chain to your own card’s activation. Both players continue to add effects to the Chain until they both wish to add nothing else, then you resolve the outcome in reverse order – starting with the last card that was activated.

You must always be careful not to resolve the effects of your cards before asking your opponent if they wish to make a Chain.

SPELL SPEED

Every type of card effect has a Spell Speed between 1 and 3. If you want to respond to a card effect in a Chain, you have to use an effect with Spell Speed 2 or higher, and it cannot have a lower Spell Speed than the effect you are responding to. Please see page 41 for an introduction to each type of card’s Spell Speed.

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Spell Speeds

Spell, Trap, and Effect Monster effects have different Spell Speeds.

There are Spell Speeds from 1 to 3. You can only respond with an effect if it is Spell Speed 2 or higher, and has an equal or greater Spell

Speed than the effect on the Chain Link before it.

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Spell Speed 1

Spells (Normal, Equip, Continuous, Field, Ritual),

Effect Monster’s effects (Ignition, Trigger, and Flip)

This is the slowest of all Spell Speeds. These cards cannot be activated in response to any other effect. Typically, these effects cannot be Chain Link 2 or higher, unless multiple Spell Speed 1 effects are activated simultaneously.

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Spell Speed 2

Traps (Normal, Continuous), Quick-Play Spells,

Effect Monster’s Quick Effects

These cards can be used to respond to a Spell Speed 1 or 2 effects, and can typically be activated during any phase.

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Spell Speed 3

Counter Trap

This is the fastest of all Spell Speeds and can be used to respond to a card of any Spell Speed. Only another Spell Speed 3 card may be used to respond to these cards.

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How a Chain Works

[Chain Complete]

[Chain Link 4]

Spell Speed 2 or 3 card used against Chain Link 3

[Chain Link 3]

Spell Speed 2 or 3 card used against Chain Link 2

[Chain Link 2]

Spell Speed 2 or 3 card used against Chain Link 1

[Chain Link 1]

Spell Speed 1 or 2 card that is used

As shown in the diagram above, the first effect activated is Chain

Link 1. The next effect is Chain Link 2, and so on. Every time a new

Chain Link is made, they are stacked up in the order that the cards are activated. Once the Chain is completed, the outcome is resolved starting with the most recent card to be activated at the top of the

Chain and proceeding down to Chain Link 1.

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EXAMPLE OF A CHAIN

Player A plays “Heavy Storm” and Player B responds by activating their Set “Threatening Roar.” Then, Player A responds to that by activating “Seven Tools of the Bandit.”

In this case, Chain Links are stacked up as seen below.

Chain Link

3

“Seven Tools of the Bandit”

Negates the effect of “Threatening Roar”

Spell Speed 3

Chain Link

2

“Threatening Roar”

Spell Speed 2

Prevents the opponent from declaring attacks this turn.

Chain Link

1

“Heavy Storm”

Spell Speed 1

Destroys all Spell and Trap Cards on the field.

”Seven Tools of the Bandit” (Chain Link 3) is resolved first and negates the activation of “Threatening Roar.”

“Threatening Roar” (Chain Link 2) would then be resolved, but the effect of “Seven Tools of the Bandit” stops its activation. The turn player will still be able to declare attacks.

Then the effect of “Heavy Storm” (Chain Link 1) is resolved successfully, destroying all Spell and Trap Cards on the field, allowing the turn player to attack without interference from Spell or Trap Cards.

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TURN PLAYER’S PRIORITY

The turn player always starts with Priority, or the choice to activate a card first, in each phase or step of their turn. As long as the turn player has Priority, the opponent cannot activate cards or effects, except for effects that activate automatically, like

Trigger or Flip effects.

The turn player can either:

• Use Priority to play a card or activate an effect OR

• Pass Priority to the opponent so they can activate an effect.

A player must pass Priority to the opponent when moving on to the next phase or step. Strictly speaking, you would always declare that you are passing Priority before the end of every phase and step, and ask your opponent if they wish to play a card. However, for ease of play, announcing the end of your phases or steps implies giving up Priority. Therefore, when announcing the end of a phase, your opponent can just say “Before the end of your phase,

I activate this card” and use a card.

• The turn player starts with Priority to activate a card or effect

first.

• After a card’s activation, and at the end of each phase or step,

Priority passes to the opponent.

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Other Rules

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Forbidden & Limited Cards

Normally, your Deck (including Extra Deck and Side Deck) can contain up to 3 copies of a card that has the same name. However, certain cards have specific quantity restrictions that further limit the number that can be included in a Deck.

There are 3 types of restrictions: Limited cards are restricted to

1 copy in a Deck, while Semi-Limited cards are restricted to 2 copies in a Deck. Forbidden cards are not allowed to be included at all.

The list of Forbidden and Limited cards is updated regularly and is posted on the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Official Website.

This list is applied to official tournaments so please check it before participating.

Official Website: www.yugioh-card.com

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Monster Tokens

Monster Tokens are monsters that appear on the field as the result of a card’s effect. They are not included in the Deck, and cannot be sent anywhere other than the field, such as the hand or Graveyard.

When a Token is destroyed or returned to the hand or Deck, they are simply removed from the field instead.

You can use official Token cards or use coins, card sleeves, or any similar marker (as long as it can indicate Attack Position or Defense

Position) as Monster Tokens and play them in

Monster Zones. Each Monster Token takes up

1 of your 5 Monster Zones. Their battle position is always either face-up Attack Position or face-up

Defense Position. Tokens cannot be used as an

Xyz Material.

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Public Knowledge

The number of cards in a player’s hand and Decks, the cards in their

Graveyards, and each player’s current LP are all public knowledge and both players can verify these things at any time. If asked, you must answer these things to your opponent truthfully. You are allowed to pick up and verify the cards in your opponent’s Graveyard but you must ask their permission first. Also, you may not change the order of the cards when verifying their Graveyard.

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If both players conduct actions simultaneously

For cases like “Each player targets 1 monster,” where both players resolve an effect simultaneously, the turn player resolves the effect first. In this example, after the turn player makes their selection, the other player makes theirs.

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When multiple cards are activated simultaneously

If effects of Spell Speed 1 cards (like Trigger Effects) are activated at the same time, they will be resolved in a special Chain.

This Chain is made starting with the turn player’s effects. If there is only 1 effect, that will be Chain Link 1. If there are 2 or more effects, the turn player builds the Chain with their card effects, selecting the order in which they go on the Chain. Then the opponent continues the Chain with their effects. Therefore, the effects will be resolved starting with those of the opponent.

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0 ATK monsters

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Rules vs. Card Effects

If there is a discrepancy between the basic rules and a card’s effect, the card effect takes precedence. For example, a monster can only attack once per turn, but with a card effect, it is possible to attack twice.

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Counters

You may need to place these on cards for some card effects. You cannot place counters unless a card effect allows it. Cards may have effects that change with the number of counters on them, or require you to remove counters as a cost. Some counters have specific names, such as “Spell Counter” or “Clock Counter.” Other than their names, each individual counter itself does not have any effects. n

Actions which cannot be Chained to

You can only create a Chain by responding to the activation of a card or effect. Summoning a monster, Tributing, changing a monster’s battle position and paying costs are not effect activations and therefore you cannot respond to those actions using a Chain.

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Xyz Materials

Monsters that are used to Xyz Summon are called “Xyz Materials”, and are placed underneath the Xyz Monster, to show that they are attached to it. Monsters that have become Xyz Materials are not treated as cards on the field. When an Xyz Monster leaves the field, all of the Xyz Materials attached to it are sent to the Graveyard. If an Xyz Monster is flipped face-down, or becomes controlled by the opponent, the Xyz Materials are not sent to the Graveyard. They remain attached to the Xyz Monster.

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Leaves the Field

Some monsters have effects that activate when they “leave the field”.

For example, these effects activate when the monster is sent to the Graveyard, or is banished, or is returned to the hand or Extra

Deck. When a monster on the field is shuffled into the Main Deck, or becomes an Xyz Material, it is no longer a card on the field, however its effects that activate when it “leaves the field” will not activate.

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Attack Directly

Attacking directly means that a monster attacks a player instead of attacking a monster. In this case, the damage to the player will be equal to the monster’s ATK. Some monsters have an effect that allows them to attack directly even if the opponent controls a monster.

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Banished Cards (Previously Remove from Play)

Although a card that has been used is normally sent to the

Graveyard, a card which is banished is separated from the field instead. You must return your banished cards so you can use them for the next Duel.

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Battle Damage

Battle damage is damage inflicted to a player by an attacking monster, or by a battle between two monsters. This is different from damage from the effect of an Effect Monster, Spell Card or

Trap Card.

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Cards on the Field

When “cards on the field” is written in card text, it means all the cards on the Game Mat other than the Graveyard, Deck, and Extra

Deck.

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Control

A card you control is a card on your side of the field. You are the player that gets to make decisions regarding that card. Your opponent can take control of a card away from you with a card effect. In that case the card is moved to your opponent’s side of the field. However, if your card that is controlled by your opponent is sent to the Graveyard, or returned to the hand or Deck, it is always returned to the hand or Deck of the card’s owner.

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Destroy

A card is destroyed when it is sent to the Graveyard due to battle between monsters or by an effect that destroys a card. A card that is returned from the field to the hand or Deck, or, that is sent to the Graveyard as a cost or Tribute, is NOT considered “destroyed.” l

Discard

Discard means to send a card from your hand to the Graveyard.

This can happen because of a card effect or by adjusting the number of cards in your hand during the End Phase.

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Effects of Cards

The effect of a card is the special ability written on it, like the effect of a Spell, Trap, or Effect Monster. Costs that are needed to activate an ability are not part of the effect. The conditions that describe how to play a “Special Summon Monster” are also not an effect. l

Equip Cards

In addition to Equip Spell Cards, sometimes Trap Cards or Monster

Cards can become equipped to a monster. Equipped Traps remain Trap

Cards, but equipped monsters are considered to be Equip Spells. The term “Equip Card” includes all 3 kinds (standard Equip Spells, equipped

Traps, and monsters equipped to other monsters). If a Monster Card is equipped to another monster, it remains equipped to that monster and cannot be moved to a different target, even by card effects that would normally be able to do so.

EXCEPTION: Union monsters equipped by their own effects can be moved by appropriate card effects.

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Equipped Monster

A monster that is equipped with an Equip Card is an “equipped monster.” When this monster is destroyed or flipped face-down, the equipped card loses its target, and is destroyed and sent to the Graveyard.

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Excavate

When a card says to “excavate” cards from your Deck, you reveal those cards to both players. Then, before you do anything else, apply the instructions from the card effect that excavated them. Cards that are being excavated are still treated as being in the Deck until sent elsewhere by the card instructions.

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Original ATK (or DEF)

The Original ATK (or DEF) is the number of ATK (or DEF) points printed on the Monster Card. This does not include an increase from an Equip Spell

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Pay a Cost

To pay a cost is an action required by a player in order to activate a card, an effect, or to Summon a monster. Tributing to Tribute Summon a Level

5 monster is an example of a cost. Other common costs are discarding, paying LP, or banishing cards. You have to pay any costs before you declare the activation of the card. Even if the activation of the card is negated, you cannot get a refund of the cost that you have paid.

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Piercing Battle Damage

Some monsters can inflict piercing battle damage when they attack a

Defense Position monster. This means that you inflict damage to your opponent’s LP equal to the difference between the attacking monster’s

ATK and the defending monster’s DEF.

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Random

When a card effect says to choose a card randomly, there is no official way of doing so, it is fine as long as neither player has a way of knowing which card is being chosen.

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Reveal

When an effect says to reveal a card, you show it to both players. You may have to reveal a face-down card, a card from your hand, or from the top of your Deck. Revealing a card does not activate the card or its Flip effect. Normally, revealed cards are returned to their original position after being looked at by both players.

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Search your Deck

Whenever an effect instructs you to add a card from your Deck to your hand, or to Special Summon a monster from your Deck, you can pick up your Deck and search through it for the appropriate card. You must shuffle your Deck after any time you search it and let your opponent shuffle or cut. You cannot activate an effect to search your Deck for a card if there are no cards that meet the requirements in your Deck.

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Send to the Graveyard

A card can be sent to the Graveyard in various ways. Destroying a card, discarding, and Tributing a monster are all actions that send a card to the Graveyard, and will normally activate “When this card is sent to the

Graveyard…” Trigger Effects.

EXCEPTION: When a banished card is moved to the Graveyard, it is not considered to be “sent to the Graveyard”.

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Set

Playing a card face-down is called a Set. For Monster Cards, playing it in face-down Defense Position is called a Set. Any card that is face-down on the field is a Set card.

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Shuff le

There is no rule for how to shuffle, but while shuffling you cannot look at the cards you are shuffling, or arrange the cards and then shuffle them.

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Tribute

Tributing is sending a monster you control to the Graveyard. You can

Tribute a face-up or face-down monster, unless otherwise specified.

Tributing a monster is one possible cost for Summoning a monster or activating an effect. A monster sent to the Graveyard by Tributing is not treated as “destroyed.”

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