Defense Position

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Defense Position

A monster in Defense Position
A monster in Defense Position

Japanese

しゅひょう

Japanese (ruby)

しゅびひょうじ

Japanese (base text)

守備表示

Japanese (romanized)

Shubi Hyōji

Japanese (translated)

Defense Display

English

Defense Position

English (anime)

Defense Mode

Defense Position (Japanese: しゅひょう Shubi Hyōji), also referred to as Defense Mode in the anime, is a battle position in which the monster uses its DEF points in battle. It is represented by the Monster Card being placed horizontally.

Defense Position monsters can be either face-up or face-down. Defense Position monsters normally cannot attack, and if they are attacked their controller usually does not take any battle damage.

Link Monsters and Maximum Monsters in Maximum Mode can never be in Defense Position, because they do not have DEF.

Summoning[edit]

Monsters can normally only be Normal Summoned/Set in face-up Attack Position or face-down Defense Position. The only way to Normal Summon a monster in face-up Defense Position is due to the effect of the card "Light of Intervention".

When a monster is Special Summoned, the player conducting the Summon chooses whether to Special Summon it in face-up Attack Position or face-down Defense Position, unless a card effect specifies otherwise.

Battle[edit]

If a Defense Position monster is attacked, its DEF is used in damage calculation.

  • If the attacking monster's ATK is greater than the defending Defense Position monster's DEF, the defending monster is destroyed by battle, but its controller does not take battle damage unless the attacking monster can inflict piercing battle damage.
  • If the attacking monster's ATK is equal to the defending Defense Position monster's DEF, neither monster is destroyed and neither player takes battle damage.
  • If the attacking monster's ATK is less than the defending Defense Position monster's DEF, the attacking monster's controller takes battle damage equal to the difference between the attacking monster's ATK and the defending monster's DEF. However, neither monster is destroyed.

Defense Position monsters normally cannot attack. However, some monsters have effects that allow them to attack while in Defense Position (such as "Elemental HERO Rampart Blaster" and several "Superheavy Samurai" monsters). Monsters with these effects normally specify whether their ATK or DEF is applied during damage calculation when attacking this way (if not specified, their ATK is used).

Anime[edit]

In the Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, and Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's anime, monsters can be Normal Summoned in face-up Defense Position under normal circumstances.

Projections of monster depict Defense Position in various ways:

  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! and Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, monsters crouch into a defensive pose on top of a projection of their own card in Defense Position.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, monsters become blue-tinted and crouch into a defensive position.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, monsters take on a defensive pose.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, monsters glow with a blue aura.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS, monsters' appearances remain unchanged regardless of battle position.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS, monsters become blue-tinted and take on a defensive stance.