Conventions of 3000 ATK and DEF

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The Conventions of 3000 ATK and DEF are general unwritten conventions stating that in order for a monster to have an original ATK or DEF of over 3000, it either must have negative effects to limit its playability, or otherwise have special conditions for being Summoned. This convention is similar to the "Level 4 ATK and DEF conventions".

3000 ATK or more[edit]

Super Conductor Tyranno
"Super Conductor Tyranno", a monster that breaks the convention by having over 3000 original ATK and being Normal Summonable with no drawback.

In general, monsters with up to 3000 ATK may be Normal Summoned with neither any special conditions nor any negative effects, such as the iconic "Blue-Eyes White Dragon". Many such monsters even have beneficial effects. However, monsters with greater than 3000 ATK should either possess negative effects in order to remain Normal Summonable, such as "Arcana Force XXI - The World" or "Ultimate Obedient Fiend", or must have Summoning conditions that prevent them from being Normal Summoned. All Extra Deck monsters fall into the latter category.

"Super Conductor Tyranno" and "Ogdoabyss, the Ogdoadic Overlord" are currently the only exceptions to this convention. There are currently 211 monsters with over 3000 ATK.

TCG/OCG Cards with more than 3000 ATK[edit]

NameJapanese namePrimary typeAttributeTypeLevel/
Rank
ScaleATKDEF
A-to-Z-Dragon Buster CannonAtoZエートゥズィ-ドラゴン・バスターキャノンEffect Monster
Fusion Monster
LIGHTMachine1040004000
Ally of Justice Decisive ArmorA・O・Jアーリー・オブ・ジャスティス ディサイシブ・アームズSynchro Monster
Effect Monster
DARKMachine1033003300
Amazoness Kaiserinアマゾネス女帝王カイゼリンEffect Monster
Fusion Monster
EARTHWarrior1032002800
Ancient Gear Megaton Golem古代の機械超巨人アンティーク・ギア・メガトン・ゴーレムEffect Monster
Fusion Monster
EARTHMachine933003300
Arcana Force EX - The Dark RulerアルカナフォースEXエクストラTHE DARK RULERザ・ダーク・ルーラーEffect MonsterLIGHTFairy1040004000
Arcana Force EX - The Light RulerアルカナフォースEXエクストラTHE LIGHT RULERザ・ライト・ルーラーEffect MonsterLIGHTFairy1040004000
Arcana Force XXI - The WorldアルカナフォースⅩⅩⅠトゥエンティーワンTHE WORLDザ・ワールドEffect MonsterLIGHTFairy831003100
Arcana Knight Jokerアルカナ ナイトジョーカーEffect Monster
Fusion Monster
LIGHTWarrior938002500
Archfiend Black Skull Dragonあくりゅうブラック・デーモンズ・ドラゴンEffect Monster
Fusion Monster
DARKDragon932002500
Armed Dragon Catapult Cannonアームド・ドラゴン・カタパルトキャノンEffect Monster
Fusion Monster
LIGHTMachine1035003000

3000 DEF or more[edit]

Neo Aqua Madoor
"Neo Aqua Madoor" is a 1 Tribute 3000 DEF Normal Monster.

Similar to the above convention, in general, monsters with up to 3000 DEF may be Normal Summoned (or Set) without either special conditions or drawbacks. Monsters in this category include "Labyrinth Wall" and "Millennium Shield", both Level 5 Normal Monsters with 0 ATK and 3000 DEF. However, monsters with greater than 3000 DEF must either have negative effects or Summoning conditions to hamper their usefulness. Many monsters with greater than 3000 DEF have greater than 3000 ATK as well.

The only monster to break this convention is "Superheavy Samurai Big Benkei", with 3500 DEF but the ability to be Normal Summoned/Set with a beneficial effect to boot. In fact, as its effect allows it to use its DEF score for attacking as well, it may be somewhat considered an additional monster to break the 3000 ATK convention.

There are currently 96 monsters with over 3000 DEF.

TCG/OCG Cards with more than 3000 DEF[edit]

NameJapanese namePrimary typeSecondary typeAttributeTypeLevel/
Rank
ScaleATKDEF
A-to-Z-Dragon Buster CannonAtoZエートゥズィ-ドラゴン・バスターキャノンEffect Monster
Fusion Monster
LIGHTMachine1040004000
Ally of Justice Decisive ArmorA・O・Jアーリー・オブ・ジャスティス ディサイシブ・アームズSynchro Monster
Effect Monster
DARKMachine1033003300
Alsei, the Sylvan High Protectorしんもりがみ アルセイXyz Monster
Effect Monster
LIGHTPlant823003200
Ancient Gear Megaton Golem古代の機械超巨人アンティーク・ギア・メガトン・ゴーレムEffect Monster
Fusion Monster
EARTHMachine933003300
Arcana Force EX - The Dark RulerアルカナフォースEXエクストラTHE DARK RULERザ・ダーク・ルーラーEffect MonsterLIGHTFairy1040004000
Arcana Force EX - The Light RulerアルカナフォースEXエクストラTHE LIGHT RULERザ・ライト・ルーラーEffect MonsterLIGHTFairy1040004000
Arcana Force XXI - The WorldアルカナフォースⅩⅩⅠトゥエンティーワンTHE WORLDザ・ワールドEffect MonsterLIGHTFairy831003100
Avida, Rebuilder of Worldsそうせいしん a-vidaアヴィダEffect MonsterLIGHTCyberse1135003500
Barbaroid, the Ultimate Battle MachineきょくせんおうヴァルバロイドEffect Monster
Fusion Monster
EARTHMachine1240004000
Beelzeus of the Diabolic Dragonsおうちょうりゅう ベエルゼウスSynchro Monster
Effect Monster
DARKDragon1040004000