Counter

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This article is about the type of marker. For the specific type of counter, see Counter (counter). For the physical card for generic counters, see "Counter" (card). For the Trap Card property, see Counter Trap Card.
Counter

Various counters in the artwork of "Counter Cleaner"
Various counters in the artwork of "Counter Cleaner"

Japanese

カウンター

Japanese (romanized)

Kauntā

English

counter

A counter (Japanese: カウンター Kauntā) is a marker that can be put on cards that are face-up on the field. Counters themselves do not have effects,[1] but many cards have effects that depend on them.

There are a variety of different counters, with different types having different names, such as Spell Counters or Greed Counters. Some cards use counters that are simply named "counter", such as "B.E.S." monsters.

There is no official way to represent a counter. However, some of the most common ways include small objects like glass beads, paper clips, pennies/coins, or the numbers on a die.

Mechanics[edit]

Counters themselves do not have effects,[1] although cards that place counters can apply an effect to a card as long as it has a counter (such as cards that place Cubic Counters and Predator Counters).

Counters can only be placed on face-up cards. If a card is flipped face-down[1] or leaves the field, all counters it had are removed.

Counters that can only be placed on the card that places them, as well as counters that can only be placed on specific cards (such as Spell Counters), can only remain on a card as long as that card's effects are applying. If a card's effects are negated, all such counters are removed from it.[1]

Counters that can be placed on any card (such as Ice Counters) do not require an effect to remain on the card. Even if a card's effects are negated, these counters are not removed.[1]

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