Noble Arms

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Noble Arms
"Noble Arms - Excaliburn" and "Gwenhwyfar, Queen of Noble Arms" in the latter's artwork.
  • せいけん
  • 聖剣 (base)
  • せいけん (ruby)
  • Seiken (romanized)
  • Holy Sword (translated)
  • Armes Nobles
  • Edle Waffen
  • Nobili Armi
  • 성검
  • 聖劍 (Hanja)
  • Seonggeom (romanized)
  • Holy Sword (translated)
  • Armas Nobres
  • Armas Nobles
Anime appearances
Manga appearances

"Noble Arms", known as "Holy Sword" (せいけん Seiken) in the OCG, is an archetype of Equip Spell Cards introduced in Return of the Duelist.


The original members are based around the tales of the Knights of the Round Table and supports the "Noble Knight" archetype. The first support for the archetype was introduced in Abyss Rising with the release of "Ignoble Knight of Black Laundsallyn". "Gwenhwyfar, Queen of Noble Arms", the first "Noble Arms" Monster Card, was introduced in Legacy of the Valiant.

"Celestial Sword - Eatos" is also a "Noble Arms" card because it has 「せいけん」 in its Japanese names, but it is unrelated to the other "Noble Arms" cards and the "Noble Knights". In the TCG, it has an archetype condition to clarify this. Additionally, "Celtic Guard of Noble Arms" is a member of the archetype, but it is also unrelated to the other "Noble Arms" cards.

Rise of the Duelist introduced the ""Infernoble Arms"" (name is in quotations) which are based on weapons wielded by characters from the epic poem, The Song of Roland. To differentiate with the original "Noble Arms" cards, the group's Japanese name contains 『えんせいけん』 instead of just せいけん.


All the Arthurian "Noble Arms" Equip Spell Cards (with the exception of "Noble Arms - Excaliburn") share the following common effects:

  • Each of them is side-unique.
  • They can only be equipped to Warrior monsters.
  • If destroyed while face-up on the field and sent to the Graveyard, the player can target 1 face-up Warrior "Noble Knight" monster they control and equip the destroyed card to that target.

The ""Infernoble Arms"" all share the following traits:

  • An Ignition Effect that can be activated while equipped to a monster.
  • A Trigger Effect that activates if they are sent to the GY because the equipped monster was sent to the GY.


All of the Arthurian "Noble Arms" Equip Spell Cards (except "Excaliburn" and "Noble Arms - Clarent") have artworks that depict a sword embedded in stone, a reference to the Arthurian legend of the Sword in the Stone.

All of the ""Infernoble Arms"" Equip Spell Cards have artworks that depict them within display cases in a museum with silhouetted onlookers in the background.


Arthurian Legends[edit]


Card Weapon Owner Notes
Noble Arms - Arfeudutyr Arondight Lancelot Modern name for the weapon; it is unnamed in classical legends
Noble Arms - Caliburn Excalibur King Arthur Based on the sword Arthur pulled from the stone, one of the two ways told of how Arthur obtained Excalibur
Noble Arms - Excaliburn Based on the sword given by the Lady of the Lake, one of the two ways told of how Arthur obtained Excalibur
Noble Arms - Clarent Clarent Mordred A sword of peace meant for knighting and ceremonies as opposed to battle, which Mordred stole and then used to kill Arthur.
Noble Arms - Gallatin Gallatin Gawain In some works, Gawain's strength waxes and wanes with the sun; in the most common form of this motif, his might triples by noon, but fades as the sun sets.
Noble Arms of Destiny Galahad's sword and shield Galahad Galahad is associated with a white shield with a vermilion cross, the very same emblem given to the Templars by Pope Eugene III


Card Origin
Gwenhwyfar, Queen of Noble Arms Guinevere

The Song of Roland[edit]


Card Weapon Owner Notes
"Infernoble Arms - Durendal" Durendal Roland The sword of Roland, legendary paladin of Charlemagne in French epic literature. It is also said to have belonged to young Charlemagne at one point, and, passing through Saracen hands, came to be owned by Roland.
"Infernoble Arms - Hauteclere" Hauteclere Oliver It is described as being of burnished steel, with a crystal embedded in a golden hilt.
"Infernoble Arms - Joyeuse" Joyeuse Charlemagne Some legends claim Joyeuse was forged to contain the Lance of Longinus within its pommel; others say the blade was smithed from the same materials as Roland's Durendal and Ogier's Curtana.