Maintenance cost

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A maintenance cost is a usually-optional cost required to keep a card on the field. These costs are typically paid during a player's Standby Phase or End Phase. If a player cannot or does not pay for the maintenance cost of a card, then that card cannot remain on the field, usually being destroyed.

Maintenance costs cannot be negated and they do not activate or start a Chain Link.

Even if a card like "Skill Drain" or "Jinzo" is on the field and negating the card's effects, you still need to pay its maintenance cost. Also, cards such as "Card Guard" and "Field Barrier" cannot protect these cards from destroying themselves due to not paying their maintenance cost.

Mandatory maintenance costs[edit]

"Imperial Order" (after its functional erratum), "Degenerate Circuit", "Destructive Draw", "Mind Protector", "Red Screen", "Number 41: Baguska", and many "Archfiend" monsters have mandatory maintenance costs. Unlike most maintenance costs, the player does not have the option of choosing not the pay the cost and letting the card be destroyed. However, "Pandemonium" can be used to avoid paying these costs for "Archfiend" monsters.

In cases like these, if a player can no longer pay their costs, then these cards are destroyed. In the OCG, if a player has exactly the amount of Life Points left to pay the cost, he/she must lose the Duel.

For "Destructive Draw" only, if its controller cannot pay its maintenance cost, instead that player's Life Points become 0.

List of cards with maintenance costs[edit]

 Japanese namePrimary typeSecondary typeAttributeTypeLevel/
Rank
ATKDEF
Amorphage Envyアモルファージ・キャヴムPendulum Monster
Effect Monster
EARTHDragon402050
Amorphage Gluttonyアモルファージ・ガストルPendulum Monster
Effect Monster
EARTHDragon201850
Amorphage Goliathアモルファージ・イリテュムPendulum Monster
Effect Monster
EARTHDragon827500
Amorphage Greedアモルファージ・プレストPendulum Monster
Effect Monster
EARTHDragon401950
Amorphage Lecheryアモルファージ・ルクスPendulum Monster
Effect Monster
EARTHDragon213500
Amorphage Prideアモルファージ・ヒュペルPendulum Monster
Effect Monster
EARTHDragon417500
Amorphage Slothアモルファージ・ノーテスPendulum Monster
Effect Monster
EARTHDragon622500
Amorphage Wrathアモルファージ・オルガPendulum Monster
Effect Monster
EARTHDragon416500
Armor Exeどうアーマー エグゼEffect MonsterLIGHTRock424001400
Darkbishop ArchfiendダークビショップデーモンEffect MonsterWATERFiend33001400
Desrook ArchfiendデスルークデーモンEffect MonsterLIGHTFiend311001800
Gaia Plate the Earth Giantきゅうきょじん ガイア・プレートEffect MonsterEARTHRock828001000
Grapple BlockerウォールクリエイターEffect MonsterEARTHPsychic412002000
Imprisoned Queen ArchfiendプリズンクインデーモンEffect MonsterDARKFiend826001700
Infernalqueen ArchfiendインフェルノクインデーモンEffect MonsterFIREFiend49001500
Koa'ki Meiru Beetleコアキメイル・ビートルEffect MonsterEARTHInsect419001500
Koa'ki Meiru Bergzakコアキメイル・ベルグザークEffect MonsterEARTHWarrior42000200
Koa'ki Meiru Crusaderコアキメイル・クルセイダーEffect MonsterEARTHBeast-Warrior419001300
Koa'ki Meiru Doomコアキメイル・デビルEffect MonsterWINDFiend31700800
Koa'ki Meiru Dragoコアキメイル・ドラゴEffect MonsterWINDDragon419001600
Koa'ki Meiru Ghoulungulateコアキメイル・グールズスレイブEffect MonsterEARTHZombie525001700
Koa'ki Meiru Graviroseコアキメイル・グラヴィローズEffect MonsterFIREPlant419001300
Koa'ki Meiru Guardianコアキメイル・ガーディアンEffect MonsterEARTHRock419001200
Koa'ki Meiru Iceコアキメイル・アイスEffect MonsterWATERAqua419001200
Koa'ki Meiru Maximusコアキメイル・マキシマムEffect MonsterWINDDragon830002500
Koa'ki Meiru Overloadコアキメイル・オーバードーズEffect MonsterEARTHRock419001200
Koa'ki Meiru Powerhandコアキメイル・パワーハンドEffect MonsterEARTHMachine421001600
Koa'ki Meiru Rooklordコアキメイル・ルークロードEffect MonsterEARTHWarrior728002200
Koa'ki Meiru Sandmanコアキメイル・サンドマンEffect MonsterEARTHRock419001200
Koa'ki Meiru Sea Pantherコアキメイル・シーパンサーEffect MonsterWATERSea Serpent419001200
Koa'ki Meiru Speederコアキメイル・スピードEffect MonsterWINDMachine312002200
Koa'ki Meiru Urnightコアキメイル・ウルナイトEffect MonsterEARTHBeast-Warrior420001500
Koa'ki Meiru Valafarコアキメイル・ヴァラファールEffect MonsterFIREFiend830002100
Koa'ki Meiru Wallコアキメイル・ウォールEffect MonsterEARTHRock419001200
Koa'ki Meiru War Armsコアキメイル・ウォーアームズEffect MonsterEARTHWarrior414001200
Masterking ArchfiendパーペチュアルキングデーモンLink Monster
Effect Monster
DARKFiend2000
Mind ProtectorメンタルプロテクターEffect MonsterLIGHTPsychic302200
Number 41: Bagooska the Terribly Tired TapirNo.ナンバーズ41 でいすいじゅうバグースカXyz Monster
Effect Monster
EARTHFiend421002000
Rocket Arrow Expressばくそうとっきゅうロケット・アローEffect MonsterEARTHMachine1050000
Shadowknight ArchfiendシャドウナイトデーモンEffect MonsterWINDFiend420001600
Skull Archfiend of Lightningじんらいおう-スカル・デーモンEffect MonsterDARKFiend625001200
Terrorking ArchfiendジェノサイドキングデーモンEffect MonsterDARKFiend420001500
The Unfriendly AmazonかたごろしのおんなEffect MonsterEARTHWarrior420001000
Vilepawn ArchfiendヘルポーンデーモンEffect MonsterEARTHFiend21200200
 Japanese nameCard typeProperty
Imperial OrderおうきゅうちょくめいTrap CardContinuous Trap Card
Messenger of Peaceへい使しゃSpell CardContinuous Spell Card
Aerial Recharge空中補給エアリアル・チャージTrap CardContinuous Trap Card
Clear Worldクリアー・ワールドSpell CardField Spell Card
Degenerate Circuitしゅく退たいかいSpell CardContinuous Spell Card
Destructive Drawめつへのクイック・ドローTrap CardContinuous Trap Card
Fairy BoxモンスターBOXボックスTrap CardContinuous Trap Card
Fiend's Sanctuaryデビルズ・サンクチュアリSpell CardNormal Spell Card
Firewallファイヤー・ウォールTrap CardContinuous Trap Card
Golden Castle of StrombergシュトロームベルクのきんしろSpell CardField Spell Card
Iron Core Specimen LabこうかくごうせいじゅうけんきゅうじょSpell CardField Spell Card
Mask of BrutalityきょうぼうめんSpell CardEquip Spell Card
Mirror Wallぎんまく鏡壁ミラーウォールTrap CardContinuous Trap Card
Predaponicsプレデター・プランターSpell CardContinuous Spell Card
Red Screenスクリーン・オブ・レッドTrap CardContinuous Trap Card
The Regulation of TribeいちぞくおきてTrap CardContinuous Trap Card
SPYRAL ResortSPYRALスパイラル RESORTリゾートSpell CardField Spell Card
Seal of WickednessじゃこくいんTrap CardContinuous Trap Card
Spirit's InvitationスピリットのいざなTrap CardContinuous Trap Card
Spiritual Energy Settle MachineれいエネルギーていそうSpell CardContinuous Spell Card
Summoning CurseしょうかんじゅSpell CardContinuous Spell Card