Overlay Network

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The Overlay Network (オーバーレイ・ネットワーク Ōbārei Nettowāku) is a portal used to travel through dimensions anywhere in the Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL anime and manga series.



Vector traveling through the "Overlay Network".

The Barian race is able to use the Overlay Network to instantly teleport themselves to another place.[1] The crests utilized by the Vetrix Family are able to do the same.[2] Later in the series, the Different Dimension Airship uses the Overlay Network to travel as well.[3]

The Overlay Network can be used for communication, as sound can travel through them. When used this way, the portal stays open until the message or conversation is finished transmitting.[4]

Xyz Summon[edit]

An Overlay Network during a Duel.

According to Konami, Xyz Monsters have traveled to Yuma's dimension from the other side of a black hole.[5] When a Duelist performs an Xyz Summon, the Xyz Material monsters transform into streaks of energy, and the Overlay Network appears in the form of a portal that the energy streaks enter. The portal then explodes, and the newly Summoned Xyz Monster unveils itself.[6] In Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, instead of exploding, a column of blue lightning emerges from the center of the portal. Most Xyz Monsters are Xyz Summoned through a red, spiral-shaped portal, though "Neo Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon" utilizes a pink one[2] and "Shark Fortress" a blue; a similar Network is used in Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS.[7][8] After being Summoned, the Xyz Materials then become Overlay Units that orbit the Xyz Monster as orbs of light.[6]

The "Number" monsters all use a yellow, galaxy-like portal.[9][10] In addition, the sealed form of the Summoned "Number" appears out of the portal first, before transforming itself into its true form (some "Number" monsters such as "Number 88: Gimmick Puppet of Leo"[11] and "Number 33: Chronomaly Machu Mech"[12] do not have sealed forms and simply emerge complete from the Overlay Network; others such as "Number 9: Dyson Sphere" are too large to ever fit in the Overlay Network and instead materialize in space[13]).

When a Duelist performs an Xyz Evolution (whether through a "Rank-Up-Magic" card or otherwise), the Xyz Monster re-enters the Overlay Network before emerging from it in its upgraded form (usually but not always a "Chaos Xyz" or "Chaos Number" monster).[1][14][15][16] Once the monster re-enters the Network, the Network explodes, often taking the form of a large green orb before the monster reforms.

"Galaxy Stealth Dragon"[17] and all Xyz Monsters featured in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V use the "Number" Overlay Network.[18] Xyz Monsters in Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS use a blue Overlay Network that is created from an array of energy that the Overlay Units enter.[8]

In Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Tag Force 6, all Xyz Monsters are depicted as using the standard red spiral portal. Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links and Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel, conversely, uses the "Number" Overlay network for all Xyz Monsters, much like ARC-V.



  1. a b Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 07474: "Attack of the Barians: Part 1"
  2. a b Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 04343: "The Dragon Awakens"
  3. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 09595: "The Search for Shadows"
  4. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 06060: "Doctor Visit"
  5. "Starter Deck: Dawn of the Xyz". Konami.
  6. a b Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 0011: "Go With the Flow, Part 1"
  7. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 08484: "Playing Defense"
  8. a b Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 08282: "Gored"
  9. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 0022: "Go With the Flow, Part 2"
  10. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 01313: "The Number Hunter, Part 1"
  11. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 05858: "Swimming With Sharks"
  12. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 04848: "Exit: Astral"
  13. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 05555: "Portal of Doom"
  14. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 01818: "It's in the Cards, Part 2"
  15. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 08383: "Sphere Cube Calamity: Part 2"
  16. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 121121: "Mission: Astral World, Part 4"
  17. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 138138: "The New World"
  18. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 0077: "Mr. Mystery"