Tuner monster

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Tuner monster

Several Tuner monsters in the artwork of "Tuner Capture"
Several Tuner monsters in the artwork of "Tuner Capture"


チューナー[Notes 1]

Japanese (romanized)


Japanese (translated)



Tuner (monster)[Notes 2]


Tuner monsters (Japanese: チューナー Chūnā, "Tuner") are monsters with "Tuner" listed on the Type line. They are required for the Synchro Summon of a Synchro Monster.

Normal, Effect, Fusion, Ritual, Pendulum, Token, and Synchro Monsters themselves can all be Tuner monsters. Because Tuner is not an Ability, Tuner monsters can also have an Ability, such as Flip or Union. Special Summon Monsters can also be Tuner monsters. Some card effects can also treat non-Tuner monsters as Tuners.


As a broad category of monsters, Tuner monsters have no central shared effect or special mechanical traits. However, Tuner monsters have some commonalities with regards to their card effects or properties:

Common properties[edit]

  • Most Tuner monsters are low-Level, usually at Levels 1-3.
Tuner monsters by Level in the TCG/OCG
Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
# Tuners 115 113 115 62 25 14 6 7 0 0 1 0

Common effects[edit]


As implied by the name, many Tuner monsters have designs related to sound, like "Frequency Magician", "Phonon Pulse Dragon", and the "Resonator" monsters. Many Tuner support cards have references to music or wavelengths, like "Natural Tune", "Resonator Call", and "Tuning".




  1. "Monster" is not included in the Japanese and Korean terms.
  2. The parentheses here specify what part is not shown on the cards' Type/Ability line.
  3. The parentheses here also specify what part is not shown on the Synchro Monsters' Material line.


  1. "Traditional Chinese version of Master Rules 2 version 1.0". Konami.