まほうカード (マジックカード in the early OCG Series 3 and the anime)
|Japanese (base text)||
魔法カード (symbol: 魔)
Mahō Kādo (Majikku Kādo in the early OCG Series 3 and the anime)
Spell Card (formerly Magic Card)
Spell Cards (Japanese:
Spell Cards can be activated or set from the hand, and, excluding Quick-Play Spell Cards, can be activated in the same turn they are set. Spell Cards, except Quick-Play Spell Cards, can only be activated during their possessor's Main Phase. Quick-Play Spell Cards can be activated during either player's turn while set on the field. After activation and resolution, Spell Cards are sent to the Graveyard.
Spell Cards were originally known as Magic Cards in the TCG, but were renamed to Spell Cards starting in Magician's Force (released October 10, 2003 in North America). In Europe, the set Spell Ruler was released that same month, and also implemented the name change, as well as itself being renamed from Magic Ruler (the name that was used when the set was released in North America).
At the time, Upper Deck Entertainment stated "This change was necessary in maintaining consistency with story themes throughout the trading card game. This change is not intended to interfere with game play but will help to strengthen the overall story line of the game that millions world wide enjoy playing."
(an infinity symbol)
|Remains face-up on the field after activation.|
|Are equipped to Monster Cards, and remains face-up on the field after activation.|
(a lightning bolt)
|Are Spell Speed 2, and cannot be activated in the same turn they are set.|
(a compass rose)
|Are placed in the Field Zone, and remains face-up on the field after activation.|
(a flaming chalice)
|Can Ritual Summon Ritual Monsters.|
Normal Spell Card ("Return of the Dragon Lords")
Continuous Spell Card ("Messenger of Peace")
Field Spell Card ("Union Hangar")
Equip Spell Card ("Thorn of Malice")
Quick-Play Spell Card ("Twin Twisters")
Ritual Spell Card ("Hymn of Light")