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Cards are sent to the Graveyard if they are destroyed, Tributed, discarded, or detached; most Spell and Trap Cards are also placed in the Graveyard after the Chain they were activated in resolves. Monsters used as Fusion, Synchro, or Link Material are sent to the Graveyard (unless otherwise specified).
The Graveyard is placed directly above the Deck Zone, in a location sometimes referred to as the Graveyard Zone. When the Pendulum Zones were introduced, the Graveyard was shifted to directly above (or above and to the right of) the right Pendulum Zone. However, with the introduction of the Extra Monster Zones, the Pendulum Zones were moved into the Spell & Trap Zones and the Graveyard returned to its original position.
All cards in the Graveyard are face-up, and are public knowledge (unless restricted by a card effect—the only such effect being "Question"). When a player looks through a Graveyard, they cannot reorder the cards in the Graveyard. In video games, when a card in the Graveyard activates its effect or is targeted by a card effect, it is placed on the top of the Graveyard; this game mechanic is not used in the OCG or TCG.
Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, 5D's, ZEXAL, ARC-V, and VRAINS
In most of the anime, the Graveyard is not explored as a physical location. Typically, when cards are moved in and out of the graveyard, they are shown to be moving in and out of a dark purple void, sometimes through a portal.
Pictured is "Gouki Re-Match" activating.
In Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS, Graveyard is pictured in different visuals. The first took similar visual cues from Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V had, except more detailed to resemble a hole. While the second uses the similar first visual design, with the difference being the inclusion of a darker purple spiral line. The visuals has completely changed in the third depiction into green area with few purple details, while the bottom of the Graveyard is black. The Fourth once again completely change the visuals to a black Graveyard, only becoming lighter gray at the bottom.
- Activates cards from your Graveyard
- Activates from your Graveyard
- Adds from Graveyard to hand
- Banishes from Graveyard
- Banishes from your Graveyard
- Banishes from your opponent's Graveyard
- Returns from Graveyard to Deck
- Returns from Graveyard to Deck for cost
- Special Summons from your Graveyard
- Special Summons from your opponent's Graveyard