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- 1 Characteristics
- 2 In the manga
- 3 In the anime
- 4 In the video games
- 5 Examples
- 6 Trivia
- 7 Notes
Fusion Monsters are Extra Deck monsters:
- They cannot exist in the hand or the Main Deck; if a Fusion Monster would be moved to the hand or Main Deck, it is returned to the Extra Deck instead.
- If a Fusion Monster is not properly Special Summoned (by Fusion Summon or its own Special Summoning conditions) before being sent to the Graveyard or banished, it cannot be Special Summoned from there (even by effects that ignore Summoning conditions).
Fusion Materials are the requisite monsters needed to Fusion Summon the Fusion Monster, or to perform its Contact Fusion procedures. Each Fusion Monster lists its required Fusion Materials in the first line of its card text.
Most Fusion Monsters must first be Special Summoned by Fusion Summoning, using the effect of a card that performs a Fusion Summon, and the Fusion Materials listed on the Fusion Monster card.
Must be Special Summoned by card effect
A very small number of Fusion Monsters list no Fusion Materials. Instead, they all must be Special Summoned by the effect of a card they specify in their Summoning conditions.
In Rush Duel, Fusion Monsters function largely identically to OCG/TCG in terms of base mechanics. Some Fusion Monsters in Rush Duel have new Types thematically based on the Types of the Fusion Materials used to Summon them (Cyborg, Magical Knight, High Dragon, Celestial Warrior, and Omega Psychic), and have new a new type of card effect called a Multi-Choice Effect, allowing their controller to activate one of two effects each turn.
In the manga
Yu-Gi-Oh! and Yu-Gi-Oh! R
Even after being fused, the Fusion Materials are still treated as separate cards when Tributed for a Tribute Summon and for the purpose of some card effects (e.g. "The Wicked Eraser" counted the 3-material "Arcana Knight Joker" as 3 cards and gained 3000 ATK). Additionally, when Tributed for a Tribute Summon, it is possible to Tribute only a subset of the materials (e.g. in Yu-Gi-Oh! R, Seto Kaiba Tributed the "Material Bat" and "Material Scorpion" portions of his "Mosaic Manticore" while leaving "Material Lion" on the field). However, the Fusion Materials can also be Summoned while the Fusion Monster is on the field (in Yu-Gi-Oh! R, Yako Tenma Special Summoned 3 "Blue-Eyes White Dragons" from Kaiba's Graveyard with "Junk Dealer" after Seto Kaiba Fusion Summoned "Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon").
Fusion Monsters are treated as having a Level equal to the highest Level of their Fusion Materials. For example, "Mosaic Manticore" is Level 4 due to using the Level 4 "Material Lion", "Material Bat", and "Material Scorpion" as material; "Beast Machine King Barbaros Ür" is Level 8, due to using the Level 4 "Machine Lord Ür" and the Level 8 "Beast King Barbaros" as material.
Under the Super-Expert Rules, Fusion Monsters cannot attack during the turn they are Summoned (a condition carried over to the Duelist Kingdom and Battle City Rules in the anime). However, Fusion Monsters that were Fusion Summoned without "Polymerization"—such as "Valkyrion the Magna Warrior", "XYZ-Dragon Cannon", and "Mosaic Manticore"—are not subject to this condition.
Yu-Gi-Oh! GX onward
In the anime
In Yu-Gi-Oh GX, many powerful Fusion Monsters were introduced.
Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's and Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL
In the video games
Like Yu-Gi-Oh!, Fusion Monsters in Yu-Gi-Oh! BAM have purple-colored background. But unlike the real TCG, Fusion Monsters can be played independently, or can be overlayed with an existing monster to produce a new Monster hidden within that Card. Fusing 2 monsters together will trigger an effect aside from creating a new Monster (i.e.: Gaining Life Points, Inflicting Damage, etc.). When the Fusion Monster produced is destroyed, the two materials used for Fusion are also destroyed.
Non-Effect Fusion Monster ("Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon")
Effect Fusion Monster ("Five-Headed Dragon")
Tuner Fusion Monster ("Sea Monster of Theseus")
Pendulum Fusion Monster ("Supreme King Z-ARC")
- "Dragon Master Knight", "Cyberdark End Dragon" and "Five-Headed Dragon" are tied with the highest ATK of all Fusion Monsters, with 5000 ATK each. "Dragon Master Knight", "Five-Headed Dragon" and "Super Vehicroid - Mobile Base" are tied with the highest DEF of all Fusion Monsters, with 5000 DEF each.
- Yuma Tsukumo is the only protagonist who has never used a Fusion Monster.
- "Thousand-Eyes Restrict" was the first Effect Fusion Monster.
- It was also the first Fusion Monster to be Forbidden.
- The illegal card "Yasushi the Skull Knight" is the only Fusion Monster to list a Trap Card as a Fusion Material.
- So far, Fusion Monsters are the only kind of Extra Deck monster to have appeared in all seven anime series.