Terrain

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Terrain is a mechanic in which gameplay on Zones of the playing field is affected by the area of land they cover, usually by granting a Field Power Bonus. In the manga and anime this concept was used during the Duelist Kingdom tournament. In is also used in some video games. This concept is not used in the OCG/TCG, although a number of Field Spell Cards are based on it.

In Yu-Gi-Oh! Forbidden Memories, Field Spell Cards create terrains that increase or decrease a monster's ATK and DEF by 500. Depending on the location, a terrain may already be in place.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Duelists of the Roses is played on a grid and each tile has its own terrain.

List of terrains[edit]

Terrain Effect Image
Normal The default terrain.
Night In the manga and anime, this made one player's monsters invisible to their opponent. In the anime, it also powered-up DARK monsters. In video games, this powers-up and weakens the same monsters as "Yami". NightField-EN-Anime-DM.png
Mountain This powers-up and weakens the same monsters as "Mountain". MountainsField-EN-Anime-DM.png
Meadow This powers-up and weakens the same monsters as "Sogen". MeadowField-EN-Anime-DM.png
Forest This powers-up and weakens the same monsters as "Forest". ForestsField-EN-Anime-DM.png
Desert This powers-up and weakens the same monsters as "Wasteland". WastelandsField-EN-Anime-DM.png
Ocean/Sea This powers-up and weakens the same monsters as "Umi". In the anime and manga, it was also uninhabitable by non-water based monsters. OceanField-EN-Anime-DM.png
Toon This terrain only exists in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Duelists of the Roses. It powers-up Toon monsters and weakens all other monsters.
Crush This terrain only exists in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Duelists of the Roses. It strengthens all Immortal-Type monsters. Any other monsters with 1500 or more ATK on this terrain are destroyed.
Labyrinth In the manga and anime, the Labyrinth terrain is created by playing "Labyrinth Wall". With this in play, cards are played on a grid with paths dictated by walls. Monsters can a number of squares up to their Level once per turn, except monsters with the flying ability, which are immobile.

In Yu-Gi-Oh! The Duelists of the Roses gameplay is already like this and Labyrinth squares cannot be entered by most monsters.

Labyrinth-Wall-Anime-Diff-Angle.jpg

Cards which affect terrains[edit]

Field Spell Cards can change the terrain in video games that use this mechanic. In the manga and anime, Field Spells had not been introduced at this point.

In the anime and manga, the following cards were shown to affect the terrain:

  • "Full Moon"/"Mystical Moon" can raise tide levels, causing the Ocean terrain to spread to more Zones. Destroying "Full Moon"/"Mystical Moon" causes them to drastically drop.
  • "Shadow Ghoul" could be fused with the Labyrinth terrain to create "Wall Shadow". "Wall Shadow" could move through the walls and more spaces than its Level. The Labyrinth remains intact when "Wall Shadow" is destroyed.

In Yu-Gi-Oh! The Duelists of the Roses the following cards affect terrains:

In Yu-Gi-Oh! Dark Duel Stories the following cards affect terrains:

In the Toei anime[edit]

The first series anime uses a field similar to the Duelist Kingdom.

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