Extra Monster Zone
|Extra Monster Zone
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Ekusutora Monsutā Zōn
Extra Monster Zone
Extra Monster Zones (エクストラモンスターゾーン Ekusutora Monsutā Zōn, abbreviated
If a monster is Summoned from a location other than the Extra Deck, even if it is an Extra Deck monster, it is Summoned in a Main Monster Zone. If control of a monster in an Extra Monster Zone is changed, it is placed in a Main Monster Zone, even when returning control to its owner. If a monster in an Extra Monster Zone is temporarily banished, when it returns to the field it is placed in a Main Monster Zone.
Link Monsters and face-up Pendulum Monsters in the Extra Deck can only be Summoned from the Extra Deck to the field if they are placed in either a Main Monster Zone a Link Monster points to or an Extra Monster Zone. (From New Master Rule until the April 2020 Master Rule Revision, this restriction applied to all monsters Special Summoned from the Extra Deck.)
While an Extra Monster Zone is unoccupied or when a monster is about to be Summoned to that Extra Monster Zone, that zone is not treated as being part of either player's field. While a player controls a monster in an Extra Monster Zone, that zone is considered to be part of that player's field. If a player already controls a monster in one Extra Monster Zone, they cannot Summon a monster in the other Extra Monster Zone unless Summoning a monster to that other Extra Monster Zone would form an Extra Link.
However, even if one player controls both Extra Monster Zones due to an Extra Link, this does not prevent their opponent from Special Summoning to an Extra Monster Zone by using a monster in one of the Extra Monster Zones as material (e.g. Special Summoning "Chimeratech Fortress Dragon" by using an opponent's Machine-Type Link Monster in an Extra Monster Zone as a Fusion Material).
In the anime
In Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS anime, the Extra Monster Zone appears on playmats while displaying the current field states. Additionally, if both monsters in the Extra Monster Zones are both opposing players, those monsters face each other (contrary to the other monsters in the Main Monster Zones). However, old model Duel Disks never display any Extra Monster Zones on their blade.
In the manga
In Yu-Gi-Oh! OCG Structures, Extra Zones are built in a similar way to how the game mat is structured, but they are ejected from the top of the blade when needed.