Archetype condition

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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 cannot be negated) that specifies the card is 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 name is well-established and it would not be appropriate to rename the card.

On non-Japanese cards, archetype conditions are listed in parentheses at the start of the card text (but after Materials) on a separate line from the rest of the card text for all cards except non-Effect Monsters, on which they are listed at the bottom of the card description box. On Japanese cards, archetype conditions are listed at the start of the card text, but still as part of the main body and not in parentheses.

Because an archetype condition is not an effect, it is unaffected by cards such as "Skill Drain". It is also the only text to be printed in the primary card text of a Normal Monster that can affect gameplay in any way.


Archetype membership is 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 effects and 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; and where previously-localized nonmembers 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, and both have been used: 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" was renamed to "Wattkid" in English to include it in the "Watt" archetype. Archetype conditions are just 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".


The condition is formatted as:

(This card is always treated as a(n) "[archetype]" card.)

or if there is only support for monsters of that archetype:

(This card is always treated as a(n) "[archetype]" monster.)

On Japanese cards, the condition is formatted as:



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.

So far, archetype conditions have only been used to include cards in the "Phantom Beast", "Archfiend", "Utopia", "Noble Arms", "Elemental HERO" and "Superheavy Samurai" archetypes. As there is only support for "Phantom Beast" monsters rather than "Phantom Beast" cards, the archetype condition used on "Chimera the Flying Mythical Beast" only includes it as a "Phantom Beast" monster, whereas other cards with archetype conditions are included as cards of that archetype.

Cards with archetype conditions

  Japanese name Translated name Level Rank Card type Attribute Type ATK DEF Archetype(s)
Axe of Despair デーモンの斧 Daemon's Axe Spell Card
Equip Spell Card
Spell Card Archfiend
B. Skull Dragon ブラック・デーモンズ・ドラゴン Black Daemons Dragon 9 Fusion Monster DARK Dragon 3200 2500 Archfiend
Beast of Talwar タルワール・デーモン Talwar Daemon 6 Normal Monster DARK Fiend 2400 2150 Archfiend
Celestial Sword - Eatos 女神の聖剣-エアトス Holy Sword of the Goddess - Eatos Spell Card
Equip Spell Card
Spell Card Noble Arms
Chimera the Flying Mythical Beast 有翼幻獣キマイラ Chimaera the Winged Phantom Beast 6 Fusion Monster WIND Beast 2100 1800 Phantom Beast
Contrast HERO Chaos C・HERO カオス 9 Fusion Monster DARK Warrior 3000 2600 HERO
Elemental HERO
A Deal with Dark Ruler デーモンとの駆け引き A Deal with the Daemon Spell Card
Quick-Play Spell Card
Spell Card Archfiend
Fiend Skull Dragon デス・デーモン・ドラゴン Death Daemon Dragon 5 Fusion Monster WIND Dragon 2000 1200 Archfiend
Lesser Fiend レッサー・デーモン Lesser Daemon 5 Effect Monster DARK Fiend 2100 1000 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 6 Xyz Monster LIGHT Warrior 3000 2500 Number
Utopia (archetype)
Shadow Tamer デーモン・テイマー Daemon Tamer 3 Effect Monster EARTH Warrior 800 700 Archfiend
Summoned Skull デーモンの召喚 Daemon's Summon 6 Normal Monster DARK Fiend 2500 1200 Archfiend
Superheavy Oni Shutendo-G 超重神鬼シュテンドウ-G Superheavy God Oni Shutendo - G 6 Synchro Monster EARTH Machine 500 2500 Superheavy Samurai
Superheavy Samurai Warlord Susanowo 超重荒神スサノ-O Superheavy Koujin Susano-O 10 Synchro Monster EARTH Machine 2400 3800 Superheavy Samurai
Toon Summoned Skull トゥーン・デーモン Toon Daemon 6 Effect Monster DARK Fiend 2500 1200 Toon

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