Level 4 ATK and DEF conventions

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Gene-Warped Warwolf
"Gene-Warped Warwolf", one of the very few 2000 ATK Level 4 Normal Monsters to break the "Convention of 2000 ATK"

The ATK and DEF of a Level 4 or lower monster tend to be limited by two unwritten conventions: the "2000 ATK convention" and the "2200 DEF convention". These conventions state that for a Level 4 monster to have an ATK or DEF equal to or higher than these values, it must have some kind of negative effect or other restriction (such as being a Nomi monster). For example, "Meklord Emperor Wisel" is a Level 1 Monster Card that has 2500 ATK and DEF; however, it cannot be Normal Summoned or Set.

Convention of 2000 ATK[edit]

Meklord Emperor Wisel
"Meklord Emperor Wisel" is tied with "Giant Kozaky" to the highest ATK for a Level 4 or lower monster and has one of the highest DEF; however, it is difficult to Summon.

By convention, if a Level 4 or lower Normal Summon monster has more than 2000 ATK, it must have some negative effect or other restriction to limit its playability. If it has exactly 2000 ATK, it must either be a Normal Monster or have a negative effect.

For example, "Thunder King Rai-Oh" has 1900 ATK and is thus permitted to have a beneficial card effect. Conversely, "Panther Warrior" and "Zombyra the Dark" have 2000 and 2100 ATK respectively, and thus have the negative effects of requiring a Tribute in order to attack and losing ATK upon attacking, respectively.

Several Level 4 Normal Monsters have 2000 ATK, outclassing monsters with 2000 ATK and negative effects. They all have either 100 or 0 DEF. There are currently 11 such monsters: "Alexandrite Dragon", "Gene-Warped Warwolf", "Gunkan Suship Shari", "Leotron", "Megalosmasher X", "Mekk-Knight Avram", "Mystery Shell Dragon", "Phantom Gryphon", "Photon Token", "Shiny Black "C" Squadder", "Zombino".

During the TCG reveal of "Alexandrite Dragon", the second ever such monster, it was described as having "the maximum possible ATK for a Level 4 Normal Monster."[1]

Level 4 or lower monsters can have effects that conditionally causes their ATK to exceed 2000 without needing to have negative effects, as the conditionality of their ATK is effectively a negative effect. For example, "Ghost Bird of Bewitchment" has an original ATK of 1300, but gains 1000 ATK if it is in the leftmost Monster Zone, giving it 2300 ATK without a negative effect.

Level 4 or lower Main Deck monsters with 2000 ATK or more[edit]

There are currently 98 Level 4 or lower Main Deck monsters with 2000 ATK or more in the TCG/OCG.

NameJapanese namePrimary typeSecondary typeAttributeTypeLevelATKDEF
Alexandrite DragonアレキサンドライドラゴンNormal MonsterLIGHTDragon42000100
Archfiend GeneralジェネラルデーモンEffect MonsterDARKFiend42100800
Armor Exeどうアーマー エグゼEffect MonsterLIGHTRock424001400
Arsenal Bugアーマード・フライEffect MonsterEARTHInsect320002000
Axe Dragonuteアックス・ドラゴニュートEffect MonsterDARKDragon420001200
Battlin' Boxer GlassjawBKバーニングナックラー グラスジョーEffect MonsterFIREWarrior420000
Berserk Gorilla怒れる類人猿バーサークゴリラEffect MonsterEARTHBeast420001000
Boar SoldierボアソルジャーEffect MonsterEARTHBeast-Warrior42000500
Bujin Hirumeじん-ヒルメEffect MonsterLIGHTBeast-Warrior420001000
Cave Dragonグランド・ドラゴンEffect MonsterWINDDragon42000100

Convention of 2200 DEF[edit]

Gear Golem the Moving Fortress
"Gear Golem the Moving Fortress" has 2200 DEF and no negative effects.

By convention, if a Level 4 or lower Normal Summon monster has more than 2200 DEF, it must have some negative effect or other restriction.

For example, "Gladiator Beast Hoplomus" and "Gear Golem the Moving Fortress" have 2100 and 2200 DEF respectively, and are allowed to have positive effects. Conversely, "Big Shield Gardna" has 2600 DEF and has the negative effect of being forced to switch to Attack Position after being attacked. "Noble Knight Brothers" (which has 2400 DEF) does not have a negative effect that is relevant while it is in Defense Position, but does have an effect that restricts its attacks.

Currently, no cards in the OCG/TCG break this convention.

Level 4 or lower Main Deck monsters with 2200 DEF or more[edit]

There are currently 31 Level 4 or lower Main Deck monsters with 2200 DEF or more in the TCG/OCG.

NameJapanese namePrimary typeSecondary typeAttributeTypeLevelATKDEF
Adamancipator Crystal - Dragite魔救の奇石アダマシア・クリスタ-ドラガイトEffect MonsterWATERRock402200
Adamancipator Crystal - Leonite魔救の奇石アダマシア・クリスタ-レオナイトEffect MonsterFIRERock402200
Adamancipator Crystal - Raptite魔救の奇石アダマシア・クリスタ-ラプタイトEffect MonsterWINDRock402200
Anesthrokket Dragonアネスヴァレット・ドラゴンEffect MonsterDARKDragon102200
BM-4 Blast SpiderBM-4ボムスパイダーEffect MonsterDARKMachine414002200
Big Shield Gardnaビッグ・シールド・ガードナーEffect MonsterEARTHWarrior41002600
BoycottonボイコットンEffect MonsterEARTHPlant410002500
Destiny HERO - DefenderD-HEROデステニーヒーロー ディフェンドガイEffect MonsterDARKWarrior41002700
Emperor Semエンペラー・ストゥムEffect MonsterLIGHTFiend413002200
Gear Golem the Moving Fortressどうとりでのギア・ゴーレムEffect MonsterEARTHMachine48002200

Yu-Gi-Oh! Rush Duel[edit]

In Rush Duel, Level 4 or lower Normal Monsters typically can only have 1500 or less ATK/DEF, while Effect Monsters can only have 1400 or less ATK/DEF. The only non-Legend monster to break this convention is "Transamu Rainac", a Normal Monster with 1600 ATK, which is pointed out when it is Summoned in Yu-Gi-Oh! GO RUSH!!.

Prior to the release of "Cycliptron" in Maximum Ultra Evolution Pack, the highest DEF on a Level 4 or lower Normal Monster was 1400, although "Ichthyosteguard" previously appeared in the Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS anime with 1500 DEF.

Level 4 or lower monsters with 1500 ATK or more in Yu-Gi-Oh! Rush Duel[edit]

There are currently 49 Level 4 or lower monsters with 1500 ATK or more in Rush Duel.

NameJapanese namePrimary typeAttributeTypeLevelATKDEF
Abyss Soldierアビス・ソルジャーEffect MonsterWATERAqua418001300
Alien Shocktrooperエーリアン・ソルジャーNormal MonsterEARTHReptile41900800
Alligator's SwordワイバーンのせんNormal MonsterEARTHBeast415001200
AnglercoilチョウチンアンコイルNormal MonsterWATERThunder415000
Aqua Sorcererアクア・ソーサラーNormal MonsterWATERSpellcaster415000
Archfiend Marmot of Nefaribousnessデーモン・カルビーバーNormal MonsterFIREBeast415000
Armored Lizard鎧蜥蜴アーマー・リザードNormal MonsterEARTHReptile415001200
Atlas Combat Beetleアトラス・コンバット・ビートルNormal MonsterDARKInsect415000
Baked Bean Soldierきビーン・ソルジャーNormal MonsterFIREPlant415000
Bright Sentinelブライト・センチネルNormal MonsterLIGHTGalaxy (Type)41500100

Level 4 or lower monsters with 1500 DEF or more in Yu-Gi-Oh! Rush Duel[edit]

There are currently 13 Level 4 or lower monsters with 1500 DEF or more in Rush Duel.

NameJapanese namePrimary typeAttributeTypeLevelATKDEF
Beaver WarriorルイーズNormal MonsterEARTHBeast-Warrior412001500
CAN:D ALLCANキャンディー ALLオールEffect Monster
Fusion Monster
LIGHTPsychic420001500
Century Ancient Wooden SwordひゃくねんぼくとうNormal MonsterEARTHWarrior41001500
CycliptronサイクリプトロンNormal MonsterLIGHTCyberse41001500
Ewekai GrounmoutonようかいグランムートンNormal MonsterEARTHBeast101500
GrifforeグリフォールNormal MonsterEARTHBeast412001500
Heartless Hound Blade AikuchihuahuaじゃけんばっとうアイクチワワNormal MonsterDARKBeast-Warrior101500
IchthyosteguardイクチオステガードNormal MonsterWATERAqua301500
Luster DragonサファイアドラゴンNormal MonsterWINDDragon419001600
Mystical Elfホーリー・エルフNormal MonsterLIGHTSpellcaster48002000

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