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All activated cards and effects have a Spell Speed. Cards and effects cannot be activated in response to cards or effects with higher Spell Speed. Cards and effects also cannot be activated while a Chain is resolving.
Activating a card is distinct from activating its effect. For example, "Magic Jammer" and the effect of "Dark Paladin" can only be activated when the card "Supply Squad" is activated, but cannot be activated when the effect of "Supply Squad" to draw 1 card is activated.
Activating a card (Spell/Trap)
To activate a Spell or Trap Card is to play it on the field face-up from the player's hand, or flipped from face-down on the field. Trap Cards and Quick-Play Spell Cards cannot be activated during the same turn they were Set. If the activation of a card is negated, that card will not be treated as being on the field.
Activating an effect
To activate an effect is to activate the card or choose to apply a Trigger or Trigger-like, Ignition or Ignition-like, or Quick or Quick-like Effect. When activating an effect from a location that is not public knowledge, the card that activated the effect is revealed by game mechanics.
There are several requirements that must be met in order to activate a card.
- A card or effect can only be activated if that card or effect meets its activation conditions. However, some cards do not have any activation conditions.
- The activation cost for a card or effect must be paid in order to activate a card or effect. However, some cards do not have any cost.
- It is not possible to activate a card or effect if the effect would fail to do anything when it resolved.
- It is not possible to activate a card or effect if it has no valid target.
- Yu-Gi-Oh Card Database: Does placing a Pendulum Monster in a Pendulum Zone start a chain?
- Card Rulings:Meklord Fortress: If the activation of this card is negated, you will be unable to add 1 “Meklord Emperor” monster to your hand.
- Yu-Gi-Oh Card Database: Abyss-scale of the Mizuchi is face-up on my side of the field. If my opponent activates Qliphort Scout as a Spell Card by placing it in their Pendulum Zone, will the effect of Abyss-scale of the Mizuchi be applied?