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 "2300 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.

The "Convention of 2000 ATK" states that if a monster has 2000 or more ATK, it must have some negative effect or other restriction to limit its playability. For example, "Thunder King Rai-Oh" has 1900 ATK and is thus permitted to have a beneficial card effect, but "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 12 such monsters: "Alexandrite Dragon", "Gene-Warped Warwolf", "Leotron", "Megalosmasher X", "Mekk-Knight Avram", "Mystery Shell Dragon", "Phantom Gryphon", "Photon Token", "Rice Suship", "Security Token", "Shiny Black "C" Squadder", "Zombino".

Level 4 or lower Monster Cards with 2000 ATK or more[edit]

There are currently 113 Level 4 or lower monsters with 2000 ATK or more in the TCG/OCG.

 Japanese namePrimary typeSecondary typeAttributeTypeLevelATKDEF
Alexandrite DragonアレキサンドライドラゴンNormal MonsterLIGHTDragon42000100
Alligator Tokenアリゲーター・トークンMonster TokenDARKReptile120000
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
Bellcat TokenベルキャットトークンMonster TokenWINDMachine420002000
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
... further results (103 more)

Convention of 2300 DEF[edit]

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

The "Convention of 2300 DEF" states that if a monster has 2300 or more 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, while "Big Shield Gardna" has 2600 DEF and has the negative effect of being forced to switch to its weak Attack Position after being attacked.

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

Level 4 or lower Monster Cards with 2300 DEF or more[edit]

There are currently 14 Level 4 or lower monsters with 2300 DEF or more in the TCG/OCG.

 Japanese namePrimary typeSecondary typeAttributeTypeLevelATKDEF
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
Giant Kozakyジャイアント・コザッキーEffect MonsterDARKFiend425002400
Megalith Hagithメガリス・ハギトEffect Monster
Ritual Monster
Megalith Ochメガリス・オクEffect Monster
Ritual Monster
Megalith Ophielメガリス・オフィエルEffect Monster
Ritual Monster
Meklord Emperor WiselこうていワイゼルインフィニティEffect MonsterDARKMachine125002500
Meklord Emperor Wisel - Synchro Absorptionこうていワイゼルインフィニティシンクロ・アブソープションEffect MonsterDARKMachine125002500
Mist Bird ClausolasちょうクラウソラスSynchro Monster
Effect Monster
WINDWinged Beast302300
... further results (4 more)

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