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). 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.
The French version of "T.G. Wonder Magician" ("Magicienne des Merveilles T.G." in French) and the Italian version of "Kozmoll Dark Lady" ("Kozmoll Signora Oscura" in Italian) have both received a (currently unprinted) errata with a condition specifying that they are not part of the "Magician Girl" ("Magicienne des" in French) and "Darklord" archetypes ("Signore Oscuro" in Italian), respectively. These are currently the only cases of archetype-exclusion conditions.
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.
|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
|Italian|| (Questa carta viene sempre considerata come una carta "[archetype]".)|
Formerly: (Questa carta
|(This card is always considered as a(n) "[archetype]" card.)|
|Portuguese|| (Este card é tratado como um card "[archetype]".)|
Formerly: (Este card
| (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).|
| 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]" 카드로
|This card is treated as a(n) "[archetype]" card as a rule.|
|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||This card is treated as a(n) "[archetype]" monster as a rule.|
|Korean||이 카드는 룰 상 "[archetype]" 몬스터로도 취급한다.|
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" and "Dark Magician Girl" archetypes; in the OCG, archetype conditions have been used to include cards in the "Utopia", "Elemental HERO", "Superheavy Samurai", "Frightfur", "Ninja", "Blue-Eyes", and "Celtic Guard" 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 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
|Japanese name||Translated name||Archetype(s)|
|Archfiend Soldier||デーモン・ソルジャー||Daemon Soldier||Archfiend|
|B. Skull Dragon||ブラック・デーモンズ・ドラゴン||Black Daemons Dragon||Archfiend|
|Beast of Talwar||タルワール・デーモン||Talwar Daemon||Archfiend|
|Black Fang Magician||黒牙の魔術師||Magician (archetype)|
|Celtic Guard of Noble Arms||エルフの聖剣士||Elf Holy Swordsman||Celtic Guard|
|Chimera the Flying Mythical Beast||有翼幻獣キマイラ||Chimaera the Winged Phantom Beast||Phantom Beast|
|Contrast HERO Chaos||Ｃ・ＨＥＲＯ カオス||Chaos|
|Dark Magician Girl the Dragon Knight||竜騎士ブラック・マジシャン・ガール||Black Magician Girl the Dragon Knight||Dark Magician (archetype)|
Dark Magician Girl (archetype)
|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 Modoki||Edge Imp|
|Fiend Skull Dragon||デス・デーモン・ドラゴン||Death Daemon Dragon||Archfiend|
|Gazelle the King of Mythical Beasts||幻獣王ガゼル||Phantom Beast King Gazelle||Phantom Beast|
|Iris Magician||虹彩の魔術師||Magician (archetype)|
|Kozmoll Dark Lady||Ｋｏｚｍｏ－ダーク・エルファイバー||Kozmo - Dark Elphaiber||Kozmo|
|Lesser Fiend||レッサー・デーモン||Lesser Daemon||Archfiend|
|Number 39: Utopia Beyond||Ｎｏ．３９ 希望皇ビヨンド・ザ・ホープ||Numbers 39: King of Wishes, Beyond the Hope||Number|
|Shadow Tamer||デーモン・テイマー||Daemon Tamer||Archfiend|
|Spiritual Beast Tamer Winda||精霊獣使い ウィンダ||Ritual Beast|
Ritual Beast Tamer
|Summoned Skull||デーモンの召喚||Summoned Daemon||Archfiend|
|Superheavy Samurai Beast Kyubi||超重魔獣キュウ－Ｂ||Superheavy Demon Beast Kyu-B||Superheavy Samurai|
|Superheavy Samurai General Coral||超重輝将サン－５||Superheavy General San-5||Superheavy Samurai|
|Superheavy Samurai General Jade||超重輝将ヒス－Ｅ||Superheavy General Hisu-E||Superheavy Samurai|
|Superheavy Samurai Ninja Sarutobi||超重忍者サルト－Ｂ||Superheavy Ninja Saruto-B||Ninja|
|Superheavy Samurai Ogre Shutendoji||超重神鬼シュテンドウ－Ｇ||Superheavy God Oni Shutendo-G||Superheavy Samurai|
|Superheavy Samurai Stealth Ninja||超重忍者シノビ－Ａ・Ｃ||Superheavy Ninja Shinobi-AC||Superheavy Samurai|
|Superheavy Samurai Swordmaster Musashi||超重剣聖ムサ－Ｃ||Superheavy Swordmaster Musa-C||Superheavy Samurai|
|Superheavy Samurai Warlord Susanowo||超重荒神スサノ－Ｏ||Superheavy Koujin Susano-O||Superheavy Samurai|
|T.G. Wonder Magician||ＴＧ ワンダー・マジシャン||T.G.|
|Toon Summoned Skull||トゥーン・デーモン||Toon Daemon||Archfiend|
|Twilight Ninja Nichirin, the Chunin||黄昏の中忍－ニチリン||Twilight Nichirin, the Chunin||Ninja|
|Violet Poison Magician||紫毒の魔術師||Fusion (archetype)|
|White Wing Magician||白翼の魔術師||Magician (archetype)|
|Japanese name||Translated name||Archetype(s)|
|Axe of Despair||デーモンの斧||Daemon's Axe||Archfiend|
|Celestial Sword - Eatos||女神の聖剣－エアトス||Holy Sword of the Goddess - Eatos||Noble Arms|
|A Deal with Dark Ruler||デーモンとの駆け引き||A Deal with a Daemon||Archfiend|
|Raidraptors Replica||Ｒ・Ｒ・Ｒ||Raid Raptors Replica||Raidraptor|
|Japanese name||Translated name||Archetype(s)|
|Superheavy Samurai Beast Kyubi (anime)||超重魔獣キュウ－Ｂ||Superheavy Demon Beast Kyu-B||Superheavy Samurai|
|Superheavy Samurai Bushin Fudomyo'o||超重武神フドウミョウ－Ｏ||Superheavy War God Fudomyo-O||Superheavy|
|Superheavy Samurai General Coral (anime)||超重輝将サン－５||Superheavy General San-5||Superheavy|
|Superheavy Samurai General Jade (anime)||超重輝将ヒス－Ｅ||Superheavy General Hisu-E||Superheavy Samurai|
|Superheavy Samurai Ogre Shutendoji (anime)||超重神鬼シュテンドウ－Ｇ||Superheavy God Oni Shutendo-G||Superheavy Samurai|
|Superheavy Samurai Stealth Ninja (anime)||超重忍者シノビ－Ａ・Ｃ||Superheavy Ninja Shinobi-AC||Superheavy Samurai|
|Superheavy Samurai Warlord Susanowo (anime)||超重荒神スサノ－Ｏ||Superheavy Koujin Susano-O||Superheavy Samurai|