Ignition Effect

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Ignition Effect



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Kidō Kōka


Ignition Effect

Ignition Monster Effects (Japanese: 起動効果 Kidō Kōka, "Startup effect") are Spell Speed 1 effects that require a manual activation by the card's controller during their own Main Phase 1 or 2. This type of effect used to be called a Cost Effect in the early days of Yu-Gi-Oh!, which was slightly confusing because not all of those monsters had a cost.

Examples of monsters with Ignition Effects: "Cyber Gymnast", "XYZ-Dragon Cannon", "Bazoo the Soul-Eater", "Blackwing - Gale the Whirlwind", "3-Hump Lacooda", "Card Trooper", "Dark Simorgh", "Lonefire Blossom", "XX-Saber Faultroll" and most Xyz Monsters.

Post-Problem-Solving Card Text, these type of effects will generally be indicated by "Once per turn:", "You can" or "During your Main Phase:", followed by the cost which will end with a semi-colon(;), and lastly, the actual effect which you activated.


Main article: Priority

Previously, the turn player had priority to activate Ignition Effects before an opponent could activate a fast effect. This was removed from the OCG on March 19, 2011, and from the TCG on April 25, 2012.

For example, before the abandonment of Ignition Effect priority, the turn player could Summon "Lonefire Blossom" and activate its effect before their opponent could activate "Eatgaboon".

Since the abandonment of Ignition Effect priority, Ignition Effects cannot be activated in the Summon response window, requiring an open game state.



List of OCG/TCG monsters with Ignition Monster Effects[edit]

 Japanese nameRankLevelAttributeTypeCard typeATKDEF
Inzektor Giga-Weevil甲虫装機インゼクター ギガウィービル6DARKInsectMonster Card02,600
Flip Flop Frogうらガエル2WATERAquaMonster Card500200
Elemental HERO TempestE・HEROエレメンタルヒーロー テンペスター8WINDWarriorMonster Card2,8002,800
Neo-Spacian Marine Dolphinネオスペーシアン・マリン・ドルフィン4WATERWarriorMonster Card9001,100
Elemental HERO Aqua NeosE・HEROエレメンタルヒーロー アクア・ネオス7WATERWarriorMonster Card2,5002,000
Relinquished Spiderサクリファイス・スパイダー2EARTHInsectMonster Card300500
Guardian Statueガーディアン・スタチュー4EARTHRockMonster Card8001,400
Elemental HERO Glow NeosE・HEROエレメンタルヒーロー グロー・ネオス7LIGHTWarriorMonster Card2,5002,000
Dark Nephthysダーク・ネフティス8DARKWinged BeastMonster Card2,4001,600
Zeradias, Herald of Heavenてんくう使しゃ ゼラディアス4LIGHTFairyMonster Card2,100800
... further results