Extra Monster Zone

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Extra Monster Zone



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Ekusutora Monsutā Zōn

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Extra Monster Zone

Extra Monster Zones (エクストラモンスターゾーン Ekusutora Monsutā Zōn, abbreviated EXエクストラモンスターゾーン in card text) are the 2 Monster Zones in the center of the field in which monsters Summoned from the Extra Deck can be placed. These Monster Zones were introduced with the release of Starter Deck 2017 in the OCG and Starter Deck: Link Strike in the TCG.

According to the New Master Rule, if a monster is Special Summoned from the Extra Deck, it must be placed in either a Main Monster Zone a Link Monster points to or an Extra Monster Zone. With the introduction of the April 2020 Master Rule Revision, this restriction only applies to Link Monsters and face-up Pendulum Monsters in the Extra Deck; once the rules revision goes into effect, Fusion, Synchro, and Xyz Monsters can be Special Summoned from the Extra Deck to either an Extra Monster Zone or a Main Monster Zone.

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.

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 there is an Extra Link to the other Extra Monster Zone.

However, even if the opponent controls both Extra Monster Zones due to an Extra Link, this does not prevent the player 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" using an opponent's Machine-Type Link Monster in the Extra Monster Zone as a Fusion Material).

In the anime[edit]

Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS[edit]

In Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS anime, the Extra Monster Zone appeared on the playmats while displaying the current field states, also, if both monsters in the Extra Monster Zones are both controlled by the player and their opponent, they are facing each other, contrary to the other monsters in the Main Monster Zones. The old model Duel Disks however, never displayed any Extra Monster Zone(s) on the blade.

In the manga[edit]

Yu-Gi-Oh! OCG Structures[edit]

In Yu-Gi-Oh! OCG Structures, Extra Zones are built in a similar way to how the game mat is structured, except it gets ejected from the top of the blade when needed.