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)


Xyz Monsters (pronounced ik-seez,[1] Japanese: エクシーズモンスター Ekushīzu Monsutā, abbreviated エクシーズモンスター in card text since Duelist Alliance) are a type of Monster Card that is colored black. 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).


Xyz Monsters are Extra Deck monsters:


Xyz Monsters have a Rank in place of a Level. 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 are unaffected by card effects that depend on a monster's Level (e.g.: "Gravity Bind"), and cannot become involved in actions that require monsters with Levels (e.g.: Synchro Summoning).

Xyz Materials[edit]

Xyz Materials are the requisite monsters needed to Xyz Summon the Xyz Monster. Each Xyz Monster lists its required Xyz Materials in the first line of its card text.

While attached to an Xyz Monster (underneath the Xyz Monster Card), Xyz Materials are not treated as being on the field, and are not treated as monsters. 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 leaves the field or ceases to be a monster, its Xyz Materials are sent to the Graveyard. Xyz Materials remain attached if an Xyz Monster is flipped face-down.

Xyz Summoning[edit]

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.

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.

When an Xyz Monster is Xyz Summoned, the Xyz Materials are stacked and placed underneath the Xyz Monster Card.

In the anime[edit]

Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL[edit]

Xyz Monsters are the main focus of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, whose Japanese version calls them Monster Xyz (モンスターエクシーズ Monsutā Ekushīzu) for unclear reasons. 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 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