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"Axe of Despair" from Battle Pack 2: War of the Giants. The archetype condition is visible at the beginning of its card text.

An archetype condition is a condition that specifies a card as being a member of an archetype when the card's name does not.

Most occurrences are on non-Japanese prints of cards where the card's name was established before the archetype was; the most common usages are on old "Archfiend" cards such as "Summoned Skull" and "Axe of Despair" for which the localized name is well-known and it would not be appropriate to rename the card.

For Effect Monsters, archetype conditions are always listed at the beginning of the card text (but after Materials, if any); non-Effect Monsters instead list it at the very bottom of the text box. On Japanese cards, they are simply written as a regular sentence as part of the main body; on non-Japanese cards, they are always in parentheses and on a separate line from the rest of the card text.

Because an archetype condition is a condition and not an effect, it is unaffected by cards such as "Skill Drain". It is also the only text that can be printed in the lore box of a Normal Monster that can affect gameplay in any way (and is therefore not italicized). For a Pendulum Monster, it is the only text in the lore box that can affect gameplay while the card is placed in a Pendulum Zone.

As an archetype condition includes information that would normally be contained within a card's name, if a card such as "Phantom of Chaos" copies the name of a card with an archetype condition, it would also copy the card's archetype condition and consequently also be treated as a member of the archetype listed in the copied card's archetype condition while it is copying the card's name.

Purpose

Archetype membership is ordinarily determined by a card's name: an archetype's support (and anti-support) cards list a specific string in their effect, and a given card is a member of that archetype if its name includes that string. Because Yu-Gi-Oh! is originally a Japanese franchise, most such support is determined by Japanese names, and when cards are localized for non-Japanese regions, a suitable translation is chosen to name the archetype and be used in the names of all of that archetype's members and the effects of its support cards, and no other cards ever use that string in their names.

There are two cases where this system may break down: where the first support cards are released much later than the first members, and those members were localized without the archetype's string in their names (sometimes including anime localizations); and where previously-localized non-members were given names that contain the archetype's string. In both cases, there are two possible solutions: rename the card, or specify its membership status; both ways have been used in the past. For example: the English card text of "Arsenal Summoner" specifies that "Celtic Guardian", "Winged Dragon, Guardian of the Fortress #1", "Winged Dragon, Guardian of the Fortress #2", "Guardian of the Labyrinth" and "The Reliable Guardian" are not "Guardian" cards; and "Oscillo Hero #2" had its English name changed to "Wattkid" to include it in the "Watt" archetype. Archetype conditions can be considered a formalized type of the first method, used where a card cannot be renamed because its current name is well-established and well-known by fans and players, as is the case for "Summoned Skull" and "Axe of Despair", or it is not feasible to rename the card to exclude it from the archetype while preserving the meaning across European languages, as is the case for "T.G. Wonder Magician" in French and "Kozmoll Dark Lady" in Italian.

Text

Card

Language Text Translation
English (This card is always treated as a(n) "[archetype]" card.)
French (Cette carte est toujours traitée comme une carte "[archetype]".) (This card is always treated as a(n) "[archetype]" card.)
German (Diese Karte wird immer als „[archetype]“-Karte behandelt.)
Formerly: (Diese Karte wird jederzeit als „[archetype]“-Karte behandelt.)
Italian (Questa carta viene sempre considerata come una carta "[archetype]".)
Formerly: (Questa carta è sempre considerata come una carta "[archetype]".)
(This card is always considered as a(n) "[archetype]" card.)
Portuguese (Este card é tratado como um card "[archetype]".)
Formerly: (Este card deve ser sempre considerado como um card "Arquidemônio".)
(This card must always be considered as a(n) "[archetype]" card.)
Formerly: (This card is treated as a(n) "[archetype]" card.)
Spanish (Esta carta se trata siempre como una carta "[archetype]"). (This card is always treated as a(n) "[archetype]" card).
Japanese このカードはルールじょう「[archetype]」カードとしてもあつかう。
Formerly: このカードはルールじょう「[archetype]」のついたカードとしてもあつかう。
This card is treated as a(n) "[archetype]" card as a rule.
Formerly: As this card's rule, it is treated as a card with "[archetype]" in its name.
Korean 이 카드는 룰 상 "[archetype]" 카드로도 취급한다.
Formerly: 이 카드는 룰 상 "[archetype]" 카드로도 취급한다.
This card is treated as a(n) "[archetype]" card as a rule.

Monster

Language Text Translation
English (This monster is always treated as a(n) "[archetype]" monster.)
French (Ce monstre est toujours traité comme un monstre "[archetype]".) (This monster is always treated as a(n) "[archetype]" monster.)
German (Dieses Monster wird immer als ein „[archetype]“-Monster behandelt.)
Italian (Questo mostro viene sempre considerato come un mostro "[archetype]".) (This monster is always considered as a(n) "[archetype]" monster.)
Spanish (Este monstruo se trata siempre como un monstruo "[archetype]"). (This monster is always treated as a(n) "[archetype]" monster).
Japanese このカードはルールじょう「[archetype]」モンスターとしてもあつかう。 This card is treated as a(n) "[archetype]" monster as a rule.
Korean 이 카드는 룰 상 "[archetype]" 몬스터로도 취급한다.

History

This type of condition was first seen in Absolute Powerforce on "Chimera the Flying Mythical Beast". While "Archfiend" cards without "Archfiend" in their name had long been listed on the official website and in rulebooks, the condition text was not added to them until Battle Pack 2: War of the Giants.

The first Japanese card with an archetype condition was "Number 39: Utopia Beyond", a Master Guide 4 promotional card. In TCG languages, this card does not include any archetype condition, as its localized name contained the required string whereas its original name did not.

In the TCG, archetype conditions have been used to include cards in the "Phantom Beast", "Archfiend", "Noble Arms", "Elemental HERO", "Dark Magician Girl", and "Gadget" archetypes; in the OCG, archetype conditions have been used to include cards in the "Utopia", "Elemental HERO", "Superheavy Samurai", "Frightfur", "Ninja", "Blue-Eyes", "Celtic Guard", "Raidraptor", "Fusion Dragon", "Synchro Dragon", "Xyz Dragon", and "Pendulum Dragon" archetypes.

In OCG languages, if a card has an archetype condition then it has that archetype condition in all OCG languages. In TCG languages, only the Portuguese print of "Archfiend Soldier", the German card database entry for "Gadget Soldier", the Italian card database entry for "Dark Magician Girl the Dragon Knight", and non-English TCG prints of "Spiritual Beast Tamer Winda" have an archetype condition that does not appear in other TCG languages; additionally, the Italian card database entry for "A Deal with Dark Ruler" does not include the archetype condition the card has in every other TCG language due to it having a database-only rename. "Edge Imp Frightfuloid", "Contrast HERO Chaos", and "Dragon Spirit of White" are the only cards to have archetype conditions in both the OCG and TCG.

Cards with archetype conditions

TCG/OCG

 Japanese nameTranslated nameArchetype(s)
Archfiend Soldierデーモン・ソルジャーDaemon SoldierArchfiend
B. Skull Dragonブラック・デーモンズ・ドラゴンBlack Daemons DragonArchfiend
Beast of Talwarタルワール・デーモンTalwar DaemonArchfiend
Black Fang Magician黒牙の魔術師Magician (archetype)
Xyz
Xyz Dragon
Celtic Guard of Noble Armsエルフの聖剣士Elf Holy SwordsmanCeltic Guard
Noble Arms
Chimera the Flying Mythical Beast有翼幻獣キマイラChimaera the Winged Phantom BeastPhantom Beast
Contrast HERO ChaosC・HERO カオスHERO
Elemental HERO
Chaos
Double Iris Magician虹彩の魔術師Iris MagicianMagician (archetype)
Pendulum (archetype)
Pendulum Dragon
Dragon Spirit of White白き霊龍Blue-Eyes
Edge Imp Frightfuloidエッジインプ・DTモドキEdge Imp DT ModokiEdge Imp
Frightfur
Fiend Skull Dragonデス・デーモン・ドラゴンDeath Daemon DragonArchfiend
Gadget Soldierガジェット・ソルジャーGadget
Gazelle the King of Mythical Beasts幻獣王ガゼルPhantom Beast King GazellePhantom Beast
Lesser Fiendレッサー・デーモンLesser DaemonArchfiend
Manga Ryu-Ranトゥーン・ドラゴン・エッガーToon Dragon EggerToon
Number 39: Utopia BeyondNo.39 希望皇ビヨンド・ザ・ホープNumbers 39: King of Wishes, Beyond the HopeNumber
Utopia (archetype)
Utopic
Purple Poison Magician紫毒の魔術師Fusion (archetype)
Fusion Dragon
Magician (archetype)
Shadow Tamerデーモン・テイマーDaemon TamerArchfiend
Spiritual Beast Tamer Winda精霊獣使い ウィンダRitual Beast
Ritual Beast Tamer
Spiritual Beast
Summoned Skullデーモンの召喚Summoned DaemonArchfiend
Superheavy Samurai Beast Kyubi超重魔獣キュウ-BSuperheavy Demon Beast Kyu-BSuperheavy Samurai
Superheavy Samurai General Coral超重輝将サン-5Superheavy General San-5Superheavy Samurai
Superheavy Samurai General Jade超重輝将ヒス-ESuperheavy General Hisu-ESuperheavy Samurai
Superheavy Samurai Ninja Sarutobi超重忍者サルト-BSuperheavy Ninja Saruto-BSuperheavy Samurai
Ninja
Superheavy Samurai Ogre Shutendoji超重神鬼シュテンドウ-GSuperheavy God Oni Shutendo-GSuperheavy Samurai
Superheavy Samurai Stealth Ninja超重忍者シノビ-A・CSuperheavy Ninja Shinobi-ACSuperheavy Samurai
Ninja
Superheavy Samurai Steam Train King超重蒸鬼テツドウ-OSuperheavy Steam Oni Tetsudo-OSuperheavy Samurai
Superheavy Samurai Swordmaster Musashi超重剣聖ムサ-CSuperheavy Swordmaster Musa-CSuperheavy Samurai
Superheavy Samurai Warlord Susanowo超重荒神スサノ-OSuperheavy Koujin Susano-OSuperheavy Samurai
Toon Summoned Skullトゥーン・デーモンToon DaemonToon
Archfiend
Twilight Ninja Nichirin, the Chunin黄昏の中忍-ニチリンTwilight Nichirin, the ChuninNinja
White Wing Magician白翼の魔術師Magician (archetype)
Synchro (series)
Synchro Dragon
 Japanese nameTranslated nameArchetype(s)
Axe of Despairデーモンの斧Daemon's AxeArchfiend
Celestial Sword - Eatos女神の聖剣-エアトスHoly Sword of the Goddess - EatosNoble Arms
A Deal with Dark Rulerデーモンとの駆け引きA Deal with a DaemonArchfiend
OjamuscleおジャマッスルOjama
Raidraptor ReplicaR・R・RRaid Raptors ReplicaRaidraptor
Rank-Up-Magic Limited Barian's ForceRUM-リミテッド・バリアンズ・フォースRank-Up-Magic

Anime

 Japanese nameTranslated nameArchetype(s)
Superheavy Samurai Beast Kyubi (anime)超重魔獣キュウ-BSuperheavy Demon Beast Kyu-BSuperheavy Samurai
Superheavy
Superheavy Samurai Bushin Fudomyo'o超重武神フドウミョウ-OSuperheavy War God Fudomyo-OSuperheavy
Superheavy Samurai
Superheavy Samurai General Coral (anime)超重輝将サン-5Superheavy General San-5Superheavy Samurai
Superheavy
Superheavy Samurai General Jade (anime)超重輝将ヒス-ESuperheavy General Hisu-ESuperheavy Samurai
Superheavy
Superheavy Samurai Ninja Sarutobi (anime)超重忍者サルト-BSuperheavy Ninja Saruto-BNinja
Superheavy
Superheavy Samurai
Superheavy Samurai Ogre Shutendoji (anime)超重神鬼シュテンドウ-GSuperheavy God Oni Shutendo-GSuperheavy Samurai
Superheavy
Superheavy Samurai Stealth Ninja (anime)超重忍者シノビ-A・CSuperheavy Ninja Shinobi-ACSuperheavy Samurai
Ninja
Superheavy
Superheavy Samurai Steam Train King (anime)超重蒸鬼テツドウ-OSuperheavy Steam Oni Tetsudo-OSuperheavy
Superheavy Samurai
Superheavy Samurai Warlord Susanowo (anime)超重荒神スサノ-OSuperheavy Koujin Susano-OSuperheavy Samurai
Superheavy

See also

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