A non-Effect Monster is a Monster Card without a monster effect. This includes all Normal Monsters (including Normal Pendulum Monsters, Token Monsters and Gemini monsters while treated as Normal Monsters) and certain Ritual, Fusion, Synchro, Xyz, and Link Monsters.
Non-Normal Monsters are non-Effect Monsters in the following cases:
Ritual Monsters whose lore only contains their Ritual Summoning condition.
Fusion Monsters whose lore only contains their Fusion Materials.
Synchro Monsters whose lore only contains their Synchro Materials.
Xyz Monsters whose lore only contains their Xyz Materials.
Link Monsters whose lore only contains their Link Materials.
Token Monsters are treated as non-Effect Monsters and will be affected by "Non-Spellcasting Area"; however, Tokens cannot be sent to the Graveyard as a cost, and thus will not work with "White Elephant's Gift".
List of non-Effect Monsters which are not Normal Monsters
|Japanese name||Primary type||Secondary type||Attribute||Type||Level/|
|Amphibious Bugroth||Fusion Monster||WATER||Aqua||5||1850||1300|
|Aqua Dragon||アクア・ドラゴン||Fusion Monster||WATER||Sea Serpent||6||2250||1900|
|Berserker of the Tenyi||Link Monster||DARK||Wyrm||3000|
|Black Luster Soldier||カオス・ソルジャー||Ritual Monster||EARTH||Warrior||8||3000||2500|
|Black Skull Dragon||ブラック・デーモンズ・ドラゴン||Fusion Monster||DARK||Dragon||9||3200||2500|
|Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon||Fusion Monster||LIGHT||Dragon||12||4500||3800|
|... further results (75 more)|
Effects affecting non-Effect Monsters
Several cards specifically affect non-Effect Monsters; these are "Backup Soldier", "Cosmo Brain", "Daigusto Emeral", "Defender of the Labyrinth", "Draco Masters of the Tenyi", "Fists of the Unrivaled Tenyi", "Flawless Perfection of the Tenyi", "Gaia Drake, the Universal Force", "Heavenly Dragon Circle", "Metamorformation", "Non-Spellcasting Area", "Shaman of the Tenyi", "Tenyi Spirit - Adhara", "Tenyi Spirit - Ashuna", "Tenyi Spirit - Mapura", "Tenyi Spirit - Nahata", "Tenyi Spirit - Sahasrara", "Tenyi Spirit - Shthana", "Tenyi Spirit - Vishuda", "Tyrant Farm", "Vessel for the Dragon Cycle", "White Elephant's Gift".
Non-Effect Monsters being given effects
Some cards can give non-Effect Monsters an effect when used as a Material for their Summon, or as part of the requirement for their Ritual Summon. If a non-Effect Monster is given an effect this way, the monster becomes an Effect Monster, so can be affected by cards like "Effect Veiler" and "Skill Drain".
List of cards which give non-Effect Monsters an effect
- Konami. Yu-Gi-Oh! Official Card Game - Perfect Rulebook 2015. p. 55.