Xyz Summon

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Xyz Summon

An Xyz Summon in Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS
An Xyz Summon in Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS



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Ekushīzu Shōkan


Xyz Summon

An Xyz Summon (pronounced ik-seez[1]; Japanese: エクシーズしょうかん Ekushīzu Shōkan, abbreviated エクシーズしょうかん in card text since Duelist Alliance) is the standard method for Special Summoning an Xyz Monster from the Extra Deck. It requires overlaying 2 or more monsters on the field with the same Level.

When an Xyz Monster is Xyz Summoned, the Xyz Materials are stacked into a single pile, with the Xyz Summoned Xyz Monster placed on top of this pile. In the anime, this process is referred to as "overlaying" the Xyz Materials.


During their Main Phase, the turn player can Xyz Summon an Xyz Monster from their Extra Deck by stacking two or more face-up monsters from their field with the same Level as the Xyz Monster's Rank, that meet the listed requirements for its Xyz Materials. After that, the player Special Summons the Xyz Monster from the Extra Deck face-up to an unoccupied Main or Extra Monster Zone, and places the stacked Xyz Materials underneath that Xyz Monster.

Monsters that do not have Levels, such as Xyz Monsters and Link Monsters, cannot normally be used as Xyz Materials for an Xyz Summon. However, some Xyz Monsters (e.g. "Number 100: Numeron Dragon") specifically list Xyz Monsters as materials, in which case they can use Xyz Monsters as material. Token Monsters cannot be used as Xyz Material for an Xyz Summon, because they cannot be attached as Xyz Materials due to not existing outside of the field.

Even if all of its controller's Monster Zones are occupied, an Xyz Monster can still be Xyz Summoned as long as at least one of the Xyz Materials used is in one of these zones, so that there is an available zone when the Xyz Monster is Summoned.

Xyz Summoning with a single material[edit]

Several Xyz Monsters have effects that allow them to be Xyz Summoned using a single monster, rather than using their their listed Xyz Materials. Depending on their individual specifications, it may be possible to Xyz Summon the Xyz Monster over an Xyz Monster (e.g. "Number C39: Utopia Ray"), a non-Xyz Monster (e.g. "Dingirsu, the Orcust of the Evening Star"), or either an Xyz or non-Xyz Monster (e.g. "Zoodiac" Xyz Monsters).

In most cases where an Xyz Monster can be Xyz Summoned using a single Xyz Monster as material, the new Xyz Monster will specify that the materials attached to the original Xyz Monster will be transferred to the new Xyz Monster.

In media, Xyz Summoning using a single Xyz Monster as the sole material is known as Xyz Evolution. This includes Xyz Summoning with a single material via the Xyz Monster's own conditions, but also includes using card effects to Special Summon an Xyz Monster using a single monster as material (see below).

Xyz Summoning with different materials[edit]

Some Xyz Monsters have effects that let them treat monsters that do not fit their Xyz Material requirements as if they did, for their Xyz Summon. For example, "Dhampir Vampire Sheridan" can treat monsters owned by the opponent as Level 6, and "Gigantic Splight" can treat Link-2 monsters as Level 2.

Xyz Summoning with a card effect[edit]

While Xyz Summoning is a type of built-in Special Summon, so is performed without the use of any card effect, there are some card effects that can perform Xyz Summons immediately after their resolution.

Treating a Special Summon as a Xyz Summon[edit]

Some card effects can Special Summon an Xyz Monster, treating that Special Summon as an Xyz Summon. This type of Special Summon is not an Xyz Summon despite being treated as one, so it does not necessarily follow any mechanics of an Xyz Summon.

Commonly, card effects that Special Summon an Xyz Monster (treated as an Xyz Summon) will use an on-field monster as material (e.g. the "Rank-Up-Magic" Spell Cards). This functions identically to Xyz Summoning with a single material via a monster's Summon monster effects, and typically the Xyz Materials of the on-field monster (if it is an Xyz Monster) will be transferred to the Special Summoned Xyz Monster.

Some examples of Xyz Evolution performed in media are Special Summons with a card effect using 1 monster as material (treated as Xyz Summon), alongside Xyz Summoning over a single monster via the Xyz Monster's own Summoning conditions.




When an Xyz Summon is performed, the Xyz Materials turn into forms of energy whose colors match their Attributes before shooting into the air, sometimes spiraling around each other. A swirling portal known as an Overlay Network then appears, and the energy forms enter the portal. The newly Summoned Xyz Monster then emerges from the portal, its Xyz Materials, now colored in accordance with its Attribute, orbiting around it as spheres of light that leave behind fading trails.

Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL[edit]

A standard Xyz Summon in ZEXAL.
The Overlay Network of the "Number" monsters, which also serves as the standard one in ARC-V

In Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, the portal is usually a simple red vortex that twists shut and explodes in multi-colored light, but certain monsters have unique or specially designed Overlay Networks of a different color or design. The most obvious example is the "Number" archetype, which employs a more grandiose visual of yellow particles over a dark purple nebula, forming a distinct spiral shape highly resembling a stylized galaxy.

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V[edit]

An Xyz Summon in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V — a blue pillar emerges from the portal rather than it closing

In Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, all Xyz Summons use the "galaxy-style" portal, although compacted in size, as well as replacing the "shutting and exploding" effect with a simpler pillar of blue energy erupting out from the center. Some minor variations exist, such as "Odd-Eyes Raging Dragon" producing red energy instead.

An Xyz Summon performed using monsters that have been Pendulum Summoned is referred to as a "Pendulum-Xyz Summon". Shay Obsidian refers to an Xyz Summon performed using both an Xyz Monster and a non-Xyz Monster as materials as a Cross Xyz Summon.

Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS[edit]

Overlay Units in an array before being used to create an Overlay Network

In Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS, the entire Xyz Summon sequence is remade: when the Duelist declares that they are overlaying their monsters, lightning crackles from them before a blue X-shaped cybernetic array (somewhat similar in design to the Link Summoning Circuit) with four small red circles between the spokes materializes behind them. The Xyz Materials disperse into colored particles and enter the red circles and once they are set, datastream-like energy flows from the tips and forms the galaxy-style Overlay Network, now entirely colored light blue, from which the newly formed Xyz Monster emerges. The process is reminiscent of a sci-fi device being used to open a wormhole.

Video games[edit]

In Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links and Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel, the galaxy-style portal used for "Number" monsters in Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL and generic Xyz Monsters in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V is used whenever a player Xyz Summons a monster.


  • When Xyz Summons were revealed in the OCG, they were at originally translated by fans as "Exceed Summons". This was likely because "Xyz" is not an actual word and has no immediately obvious pronunciation. The word "Exceed" was likely the closest English equivalent to the Japanese エクシーズ Ekushīzu.
    • In the Chinese OCG, the term for "Xyz" is 超量 Chāoliàng, which means "Exceeding".

See also[edit]


  1. "STARTER DECK: DAWN OF THE XYZ". Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME. Konami. Archived from the original on 11 November 2020.