Rule of 3000 ATK and DEF

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The Rule of 3000 ATK and DEF is a general unwritten rule stating that in order for a monster to have an original ATK or DEF of over 3000, it either must have negative effects to limit its playability, or otherwise have special conditions for being Summoned. This rule is similar to the "Level 4 ATK and DEF Rules".

3000 ATK or more[edit]

Super Conductor Tyranno
"Super Conductor Tyranno", a monster that breaks the rule by having over 3000 original ATK and being Normal Summonable with no drawback.

In general, monsters with up to 3000 ATK may be Normal Summoned with neither any special conditions nor any negative effects, such as the iconic "Blue-Eyes White Dragon". Many such monsters even have beneficial effects. However, monsters with greater than 3000 ATK should either possess negative effects in order to remain Normal Summonable, such as "Arcana Force XXI - The World" or "Ultimate Obedient Fiend", or must have Summoning conditions that prevent them from being Normal Summoned. All Extra Deck monsters fall into the latter category.

"Super Conductor Tyranno" is currently the only known exceptions to this rule. There are currently 184 monsters with over 3000 ATK.

TCG/OCG Cards with at least 3000 ATK[edit]

 Japanese namePrimary typeSecondary typeAttributeTypeLevel/
Rank
ATKDEF
A-to-Z-Dragon Buster CannonAtoZエートゥズィ-ドラゴン・バスターキャノンEffect Monster
Fusion Monster
LIGHTMachine1040004000
ABC-Dragon Busterエービーシー-ドラゴン・バスターEffect Monster
Fusion Monster
LIGHTMachine830002800
Abominable Unchained SoulそうきょくかいしんEffect MonsterDARKFiend830001500
Abyss Actor - Evil Heelかいげきだん-デビル・ヒールPendulum Monster
Effect Monster
DARKFiend830002000
Adamancipator Risen - Dragite魔救の奇跡アダマシア・ライズ-ドラガイトSynchro Monster
Effect Monster
WATERRock830002200
Agave DragonりゅうぜつらんLink Monster
Effect Monster
EARTHWyrm3000
Aggiba, the Malevolent Sh'nn S'yoじゃしんしょうアギバEffect MonsterLIGHTFiend1030003000
All-Eyes Phantom Dragonゴッドアイズ・ファントム・ドラゴンPendulum Monster
Effect Monster
LIGHTDragon1030002500
Ally of Justice Decisive ArmorA・O・Jアーリー・オブ・ジャスティス ディサイシブ・アームズSynchro Monster
Effect Monster
DARKMachine1033003300
Amaterasu天照大神アマテラスEffect MonsterSpirit monsterLIGHTFairy930003000
... further results (413 more)

3000 DEF or more[edit]

Neo Aqua Madoor
"Neo Aqua Madoor" is a 1 Tribute 3000 DEF Normal Monster.

Similar to the above rule, in general, monsters with up to 3000 DEF may be Normal Summoned (or Set) without either special conditions or drawbacks. Monsters in this category include "Labyrinth Wall" and "Millennium Shield", both Level 5 Normal Monsters with 0 ATK and 3000 DEF. However, monsters with greater than 3000 DEF must either have negative effects or Summoning conditions to hamper their usefulness. Many monsters with greater than 3000 DEF have greater than 3000 ATK as well.

The only known monster to break this rule is "Superheavy Samurai Big Benkei", with 3500 DEF but the ability to be Normal Summoned/Set with a beneficial effect to boot. In fact, as its effect allows it to use its DEF score for attacking as well, it may be somewhat considered an additional monster to break the 3000 ATK rule.

There are currently 1281 monsters with over 3000 DEF.

TCG/OCG Cards with at least 3000 DEF[edit]

 Japanese namePrimary typeSecondary typeAttributeTypeLevel/
Rank
ATKDEF
The 13th Grave13にんまいそうしゃNormal MonsterDARKZombie31200900
7 Colored Fishレインボー・フィッシュNormal MonsterWATERFish41800800
A-Team: Trap Disposal Unitトラップしょはん AチームEffect MonsterFIREMachine2300400
A-to-Z-Dragon Buster CannonAtoZエートゥズィ-ドラゴン・バスターキャノンEffect Monster
Fusion Monster
LIGHTMachine1040004000
Absorbing JarアブソーブポッドEffect MonsterFlip monsterEARTHRock3600500
Abyss Actor - Trendy Understudyかいげきだん-ダンディ・バイプレイヤーPendulum Monster
Effect Monster
DARKFiend2700700
Abyss FlowerしんえんはなNormal MonsterEARTHPlant2750400
Abyssal KingsharkしんかいおうデビルシャークEffect MonsterWATERFish41700600
Achacha ArcherアチャチャアーチャーEffect MonsterFIREWarrior31200600
Achacha ChanbaraアチャチャチャンバラーEffect MonsterFIREWarrior31400400
... further results (1419 more)