Destroy

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Destroy

Artwork of "Chthonian Blast", depicting a monster being destroyed
Artwork of "Chthonian Blast", depicting a monster being destroyed

Japanese

かい

Japanese (ruby)

はかい

Japanese (base text)

破壊

Japanese (romanized)

Hakai

English

destroy

Destroying (Japanese: かい Hakai) is a method of sending cards to the Graveyard.

Cards already in the Graveyard and banished cards cannot be destroyed. Usually only cards on the field or monsters whose Summons are negated are destroyed, but card effects that use the term "destroy" can destroy cards in the hand, Main Deck and Extra Deck. Cards cannot be destroyed in the Main Deck unless a card specifically allows it, such as "Chain Dispel"; for example, if "The Fabled Unicore" negates the activation of the effect of a card in the Main Deck, it will not be destroyed.

Causes[edit]

Not sending destroyed cards to the Graveyard[edit]

While destroyed cards are normally sent to the Graveyard, some card effects can cause destroyed cards to be moved to another location instead. Even if they are not sent to the Graveyard, they are still considered destroyed.

For example, "Grave Protector" causes all monsters that are destroyed by battle to be shuffled into the Deck instead of being sent to the Graveyard. If a card like "Macro Cosmos" is active, cards that would be sent to the Graveyard (including by being destroyed) are banished instead. If a card like "Dark Magician of Chaos" would leave the field (including by being destroyed), it is banished instead.

Sending to the Graveyard without destroying[edit]

Only card effects that specifically say that a card is destroyed do so. Cards such as "Card Destruction", "Hand Destruction", "Number 50: Blackship of Corn", "Polymerization" and "Black Illusion Ritual" can send cards to the Graveyard, but they do not destroy them.