Link Monster

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Link Monster

"Firewall Dragon"
"Firewall Dragon"

Japanese (base text)


Japanese (romanized)

Rinku Monsutā


Link Monster


A Link Monster (Japanese: リンクモンスター Rinku Monsutā) is a type of Monster Card. The color of their card frame is dark blue, which is similar to that of a Ritual Monster, but with a hexagonal honeycomb pattern.


Link Monsters are Extra Deck monsters:

If a Link Monster is Special Summoned from the Extra Deck, it must be Special Summoned to the Extra Monster Zone, or a Zone that a Link Monster is pointing to.

Link Rating[edit]

Link Monsters have a Link Rating in place of a Level or a Rank. A Link Monster's Link Rating can be found next to its ATK, in place of a DEF value. A Link Monster's Link Rating determines the total number of Link Materials required to Link Summon it, and is equal to the number of its Link Arrows.

Because they do not have Levels/Ranks, Link Monsters are unaffected by card effects that depend on a monster's Level/Rank (e.g.: "Gravity Bind"), and cannot become involved in actions that require monsters with Levels/Ranks (e.g.: Synchro Summoning).

Link Arrows[edit]

Link Monsters also have Link Arrows, indicated by red arrows radiating outward from the art frame. These indicators denote which zones and monsters the Link Monster points to.

Monsters in the Extra Deck (Link Monsters and face-up Pendulum) can be Special Summoned from the Extra Deck to a Main Monster Zone a Link Monster points to.

If a Link Monster points to a monster, the monsters are considered to be "linked" to each other.

Two Link Monsters that point to each other are considered to be "co-linked" to each other.

Positioning and Lack of DEF[edit]

Link Monsters can only exist in face-up Attack Position, and cannot be put in Defense Position through any means. This is because Link Monsters lack a DEF value and because rotating a Link Monster into Defense Position would change the directions its Link Arrows point to. As such, Link Monsters are unaffected by effects that change battle positions, cannot be placed face-down, and cannot be Special Summoned by an effect that summons only in Defense Position (such as "Back to the Front").

Link Materials[edit]

Link Materials are the requisite monsters needed to Link Summon the Link Monster. Each Link Monster lists its required Link Materials in the first line of its card text.

Link Summoning[edit]

A Link Summon is the act of Summoning a Link Monster from the Extra Deck using the requisite number of Link Materials listed on its Link Rating.

During the Main Phase, the turn player can Link Summon by sending the face-up Link Materials from their field to the Graveyard.



  • "Five-Headed Link Dragon" has the highest ATK of all Link Monsters, with 5000 ATK. It also has the highest number of required Link Materials of all Link Monsters, requiring 5 monsters.

See Also[edit]