Standby Phase

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Standby Phase



Japanese (romanized)

Sutanbai Feizu


Standby Phase

Draw PhaseStandby PhaseMain Phase 1Battle PhaseMain Phase 2End PhaseStart StepBattle StepDamage StepEnd StepTurn Structure Chart
Order of a turn.

The Standby Phase (Japanese: スタンバイフェイズ Sutanbai Feizu) is a phase that occurs near the start of the turn. It occurs immediately after the Draw Phase and immediately before Main Phase 1.

The Standby Phase effectively functions as the start-of-turn counterpart to the End Phase. Many cards have effects that specifically activate during the Standby Phase, including "Treeborn Frog", "Royal Writ of Taxation", and "Armed Dragon LV3". Maintenance costs are often required to be paid during the Standby Phase, such as those of "Messenger of Peace" and "Fairy Box".

Trap Cards, Quick-Play Spell Cards and monster Quick Effects may be activated in this Phase. Uniquely, the Normal Spell Card "Curse of Fiend" can only be activated during the Standby Phase.