Ignition Effect

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"Buten", an example card with an Ignition Effect.

Ignition Effects (Japanese: 起動効果 Kidō Kōka, "Startup effect") are Spell Speed 1 effects that require a manual activation by the card's controller during their own Main Phase 1 or 2. This type of effect used to be called a Cost Effect in the early days of Yu-Gi-Oh!,[citation needed] which was slightly confusing because not all of those monsters had a cost.

Examples of monsters with Ignition Effects: "Cyber Gymnast", "XYZ-Dragon Cannon", "Bazoo the Soul-Eater", "Blackwing - Gale the Whirlwind", "3-Hump Lacooda", "Card Trooper", "Dark Simorgh", "Lonefire Blossom", "XX-Saber Faultroll" and most Xyz Monsters.

Post-Problem-Solving Card Text, these type of effects will generally be indicated by "Once per turn:", "You can" or "During your Main Phase:", followed by the cost which will end with a semi-colon(;), and lastly, the actual effect which you activated.


Under previous rules, it was possible to activate an Ignition Effect in response to the monster's own Summon. This was removed from the OCG on March 19, 2011, and from the TCG on April 25, 2012. Ignition Effects can now only be activated during an open game state.

When the turn player Summoned a monster with an Ignition Effect, because they had priority to activate an effect, they could activate the Summoned monster's Ignition Effect before the opponent could activate a fast effect.

For example, the turn player could Summon "Lonefire Blossom" and activate its effect before their opponent could activate "Eatgaboon".

List of OCG/TCG monsters with Ignition Effects[edit]

NameJapanese namePrimary typeSecondary typeAttributeTypeLevel/
3-Hump LacoodaみつこぶラクーダEffect MonsterEARTHBeast35001500
8-Claws ScorpionサソリEffect MonsterDARKInsect2300200
A-Assault Coreエー-アサルト・コアEffect MonsterUnion monsterLIGHTMachine41900200
A/D ChangerエーディーチェンジャーEffect MonsterLIGHTWarrior1100100
Abare UshioniあばうしおにEffect MonsterEARTHBeast-Warrior412001200
Abyss Actor - Curtain Raiserかいげきだんカーテン・ライザーPendulum Monster
Effect Monster
Abyss Actor - Extrasかいげきだん-エキストラPendulum Monster
Effect Monster
Abyss Actor - Funky Comedianかいげきだん-ファンキー・コメディアンPendulum Monster
Effect Monster
Abyss Actor - Hyper Directorかいげきだん-ハイパー・ディレクターLink Monster
Effect Monster
Abyss Actor - Superstarかいげきだん-ビッグ・スターPendulum Monster
Effect Monster

In other languages[edit]

  • Chinese: 起動效果 Qǐdòng Xiàoguǒ / Hei2 dung6 Haau6 gwo2
  • French: Effet d’Ignition
  • German: Zündeffekt
  • Italian: Effetto ad Ignizione
  • Korean: 기동 효과 (起動效果) Gidong Hyogwa
  • Portuguese: Efeito de Ignição
  • Spanish: Efecto de Encendido