Xyz Monster

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Xyz Monster

"Daigusto Emeral", "Number 30: Acid Golem of Destruction", and "Lavalval Chain" in the artwork of Overlay Regen.
"Daigusto Emeral", "Number 30: Acid Golem of Destruction", and "Lavalval Chain" in the artwork of Overlay Regen.



Japanese (ruby)

エクシーズ(モンスター)[Notes 1]

Japanese (base text)


Japanese (romanized)

Ekushīzu (Monsutā)


Xyz (Monster)


An Xyz Monster (pronounced ik-seez[1]) (Japanese: エクシーズモンスター Ekushīzu Monsutā, エクシーズモンスター in card text before Duelist Alliance) (Chinese: 超量怪獸 Chāoliàng Guàishòu "Exceeding Beast") is a type of Monster Card that is colored black. They are stored in the Extra Deck. The card frame is also stylized by having it appear as if one is flying through space with many stars in the frame giving the appearance of one streaking by them and other stars appearing stationary due to relative distance (giving a realistic depiction of moving through space).

Like other Extra Deck monsters, Xyz Monsters cannot exist in the hand or Main Deck (even with card effects). If an Xyz Monster would be moved to the hand or Main Deck, it is returned to the Extra Deck instead. If a card like "Transmigration Break" or "Degenerate Circuit" is applying, this will override the Xyz Monster's ability to return to the Extra Deck.

Like other Extra Deck monsters, if an Xyz Monster is not Xyz Summoned first, it cannot be Special Summoned from the Graveyard or while banished (unless it specifies another way to properly Special Summon it).


Xyz Monsters do not have Levels, and instead have a Rank. An Xyz Monster's Rank determines the required Levels of the Xyz Materials needed in order to Xyz Summon it. An Xyz Monster's Rank is depicted by a row of yellow stars in black orbs (as opposed to the yellow stars in red orbs used to depict a monster's Level) that extend outwards from the left-hand side of the card (the opposite side to Level stars).

Because they do not have Levels, Xyz Monsters normally cannot be used as material for a Synchro or Xyz Summon (except for Xyz Evolution). Effects that depend on a monster's Level, such as "Gravity Bind", "Burden of the Mighty", and "Roulette Barrel", have no effect on Xyz Monsters. In particular, since most Ritual Spell Cards require Tributing monsters whose total Levels equal (or possibly exceed) a specific value, they normally cannot be used for Ritual Summons; however, Ritual Spells that depend on ATK (such as "Meteonis Drytron") can use Xyz Monsters.

Xyz Summoning[edit]

Main article: Xyz Summon

A Xyz Summon is the act of Summoning an Xyz Monster from the Extra Deck using 2 or more monsters of the same Level as Xyz Materials. During the Main Phase, the turn player can Xyz Summon an Xyz Monster from the Extra Deck with a Rank equal to the Level of the Xyz Materials. When an Xyz Monster is Xyz Summoned, the Xyz Materials are stacked and placed underneath the Xyz Monster Card.

Xyz Materials[edit]

To perform an Xyz Summon, 2 or more monsters with the same Level must be used as the Xyz Materials. Token Monsters cannot be used as Xyz Materials. Monsters that do not have Levels (such as Xyz Monsters) cannot be used as Xyz Materials unless specifically permitted (such as by "Number S0: Utopic ZEXAL"). While the majority of the Xyz Monsters require 2 Xyz Materials, many Xyz Monsters require more or can use a variable number of Materials.

While attached to an Xyz Monster (underneath the Xyz Monster Card), Xyz Materials are not treated as being on the field. Cards being attached as an Xyz Material or used as an Xyz Material in an Xyz Summon are not considered to be leaving the field.

Most Xyz Monsters require the player to detach their Xyz Materials as a cost to activate their effects, limiting their number of activations. If an Xyz Monster is no longer on the field, its Xyz Materials are sent to the Graveyard. Xyz Materials remain attached if an Xyz Monster is flipped face-down.


ATK and DEF[edit]

Generally, Xyz Monsters with 3000 or more ATK have either negative effects or rather difficult Summoning requirements, such as "Number 30: Acid Golem of Destruction" and "Superdimensional Robot Galaxy Destroyer".


Usually, Xyz Monsters need to detach an Xyz Material to activate their effects, meaning their effects often have a limited number of uses.

Xyz Evolution[edit]

Several Xyz Monsters can be Special Summoned by Xyz Evolution, a kind of Special Summon treated as an Xyz Summon. Xyz Evolution allows an Xyz Monster to be Special Summoned using another Xyz Monster as its Xyz Material, also that Xyz Monster's Xyz Materials are transferred to the Summoned Xyz Monster.

Some examples of monsters that can be Special Summoned by Xyz Evolution are "Number C39: Utopia Ray" and "Gaia Dragon, the Thunder Charger".


"Rank-Up-Magic" Spell Cards perform an Xyz Evolution, Special Summoning an Xyz Monster with a higher Rank than the original Xyz Monster.

Many "Rank-Up-Magic" cards can only Special Summon "Number C" or "CXyz" Xyz Monsters; while "Number C" and "CXyz" can also be Xyz Summoned normally, they are usually require large numbers of Xyz Materials (usually with a specific Type or Attribute), making them difficult to Xyz Summon, and most require their base form attached to use some of their effects. Some examples include "Number C39: Utopia Ray V", "Number C96: Dark Storm", "Number C101: Silent Honor DARK", "CXyz Skypalace Babylon" and "CXyz Coach Lord Ultimatrainer".


The Spell Cards "Rank-Down-Magic Numeron Fall" and "Rank-Down-Magic Utopia Fall" perform an Xyz Evolution, Special Summoning an Xyz Monster with a lower Rank than the original Xyz Monster. Unlike Rank-Up-Magic, they are not associated with "Number C" and "CXyz" monsters.

In the anime[edit]

Xyz Monsters are the main focus of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL. Xyz Monsters are made of antimatter, and have traveled to Yuma's dimension from the other side of a black hole.[2] The "Number" Xyz Monsters are claimed to be destined to destroy all universes.



  • There are Machine-Type monsters with every possible original Rank (from 1 to 12). Machine is the only Type with this property.
  • Xyz Monsters can be seen as a conceptual evolution of Dark Synchro Monsters from Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's:
    • This is most evident when comparing the two visually: both Dark Synchro and Xyz Monsters are black cards with a left-aligned row of modified star pips to represent an alternate property to standard Levels: Negative Levels and Ranks, respectively. Both have also been considered "opposite" to standard Synchro Monsters.


  1. The parentheses here specify what part is not shown on the cards' Type/Ability line.


  1. "Starter Deck: Dawn of the Xyz". Konami.
  2. Mentioned in the Playing Guide of Starter Deck 2011