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A Maximum Monster (Japanese: マキシマムモンスター Makishimamu Monsutā) is a type of Monster Card in Yu-Gi-Oh! Rush Duel. Like Effect Monsters, they are colored orange. Maximum Monsters debuted in the Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS anime, and were fully revealed for Yu-Gi-Oh! Rush Duel.
Maximum Monsters are stored in the Main Deck.
Maximum Monsters come in sets of 3; within each set of 3 Maximum Monsters, each individual Maximum Monster shares the same name, with a "main" center monster with the MAXIMUM ATK value of the trio printed above its ATK/DEF, and 2 other monsters that have either [L] or [R] printed after their name, denoting the Left and the Right cards.
Currently, all center Maximum Monsters are Level 10.
If the player has 3 specific Maximum Monsters in their hand, they can Maximum Summon them together in Maximum Mode; as this is a Special Summoning mechanic, no Tributes are required for Level 5 or higher Maximum Monsters. However, if the player already controls one or more monsters, then they must send them to the Graveyard as part of the Maximum Summon.
In Maximum Mode, the 3 Maximum Monsters are treated as a single monster, with the center Maximum Monster's Level, Type, Attribute, and MAXIMUM ATK value printed on the center Maximum Monster (instead of the normal ATK value) applying.
Maximum Mode is also required to activate/apply effects of Maximum Monsters. Maximum Monsters in Maximum Mode can activate/apply all three effects of their component monsters, but can only attack once per turn, and are only treated as one Tribute for a Tribute Summon.
The artworks of the three Maximum Monsters line up to form a single image when placed side-by-side in Maximum Mode.
In the anime
In the Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS anime, Nail Saionji created Maximum Monsters after noticing a gap in the code of Rush Dueling left there by the format's creator, Yuga Ohdo. Nail installed the rules for Maximum Summoning using Real-Time Rush Duel Programming during his Rush Duels with five of the Tops of the Hexagon, and used Maximum Monsters against Yuga. All of them were created by rewriting Duel ID cards, due to the ability of Duel ID cards to be overwritten with new card data.
Left [L] Maximum Monster ("Yggdrago the Sky Emperor [L]")
Center Maximum Monster, showing the MAXIMUM ATK ("Yggdrago the Sky Emperor")
Right [R] Maximum Monster ("Yggdrago the Sky Emperor [R]")
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