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!, 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.


Previously, the turn player had priority to activate Ignition Effects before an opponent could activate a fast effect. This was removed from the OCG on March 19, 2011, and from the TCG on April 25, 2012.

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

Since the abandonment of Ignition Effect priority, Ignition Effects cannot be activated in the Summon response window, requiring an open game state.

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