Monster card type

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Monster card type

Japanese (base text)

モンスターの種類

Japanese (romanized)

monsutā no shurui

English

monster card type

A monster card type (Japanese: モンスターの種類 monsutā no shurui) refers to the different classifications of Monster Cards. A card type generally refers to whether a specific card is a Monster Card, Spell Card, or Trap Card, while a monster type is a subtype of this related generally to which type of card a Monster Card is. By extension, a monster card type is the specific specialized type a monster falls into, beyond standard classifications like Normal Monster and Effect Monster, but excluding subtypes and Abilities. Certain effects ("Dimension Barrier" being one example) refer to monster card types. While largely differentiated by their card frame color, certain exceptions are present.

TCG/OCG[edit]

In the TCG and OCG, there are currently six monster card types. Many of these overlap with Effect Monsters, but a handful do so with Normal Monsters.

Ritual Monster[edit]

A Ritual Monster (Japanese: しきモンスター Gishiki Monsutā) is light blue. Placed in the Main Deck, they are Ritual Summoned using a card effect, most often a Ritual Spell Card. Ritual Monsters exist as both Effect Monsters and non-Effect Monsters.

Fusion Monster[edit]

A Fusion Monster (Japanese: ゆうごうモンスター Yūgō Monsutā) is violet. Placed in the Extra Deck, they must be Fusion Summoned, primarily with the Spell "Polymerization". Various other cards exist that can Fusion Summon monsters, with several Fusion Monster Special Summoning themselves through their own procedures or effects. Fusion Monsters exist as both Effect Monsters and non-Effect Monsters.

Synchro Monster[edit]

A Synchro Monster (Japanese: シンクロモンスター Shinkuro Monsutā) is white. Placed in the Extra Deck, they must be Synchro Summoned by sending monsters (one Tuner and at least one non-Tuner) whose combined Level matches the Level of the Synchro Monster to the Graveyard. Synchro Monsters exist as both Effect Monsters and non-Effect Monsters.

Xyz Monster[edit]

An Xyz Monsters (Japanese: エクシーズモンスター Ekushīzu Monsutā) is black. Placed in the Extra Deck, they must be Xyz Summoned by stacking monsters of the same Level on top of each other, then placing the Xyz Monster on top of the stack. Xyz Monsters exist as both Effect Monsters and non-Effect Monsters.

Pendulum Monster[edit]

A Pendulum Monster (Japanese: ペンデュラムモンスター Pendyuramu Monsutā) is two-colored, with the bottom half being green like a Spell Card and the top half being colored like one of the monster types or monster card types (yellow, orange, or light blue for Main Deck Normal, Effect, or Ritual Pendulum Monsters, or violet, white, or black for Extra Deck Fusion, Synchro, or Xyz Pendulum Monsters). Pendulum Monsters can be Summoned normally like their primary monster type, but can also be activated as Spells in the Pendulum Zones.

Link Monster[edit]

A Link Monster (Japanese: リンクモンスター Rinku Monsutā) is dark blue. Placed in the Extra Deck, they must be Link Summoned by sending a certain number of monsters to the Graveyard whose combined value is equivalent to the Link Rating of the Link Monster. Link Monsters exist as both Effect Monsters and non-Effect Monsters.

Rush Duels[edit]

In Rush Duels, there are currently two monster cards types, both of which are types of Effect Monster.

Maximum Monster[edit]

A Maximum Monster (Japanese: マキシマムモンスター Makishimamu Monsutā) is orange like a standard effect monster and is placed in the Main Deck. However, Maximum Monsters come in sets of three, with a main component that is Level 10 and two lower-Leveled counterparts with the same name, differentiated by a [L] and [R]. Maximum Monsters can be played individually as regular monsters, but can be Maximum Summoned as a set. When Maximum Summoned, all three cards are treated as the same monster and gain a single MAXIMUM ATK, as well as the ability to use or activate any effects that require them to be in Maximum Mode.

Fusion Monster[edit]

A Fusion Monster (Japanese: フュージョンモンスター Fyūjon Monsutā) is violet. Placed in the Extra Deck, they must be Fusion Summoned using the Spell "Fusion. All Fusion Monsters released in the Rush Duel format have been Effect Monsters.

Examples[edit]