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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).

Explanation

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 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; 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".

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 "[archetype]" card.)
German (Diese Karte wird immer als „[archetype]“-Karte behandelt.) (This card is always treated as a "[archetype]" card.)
Italian (Questa carta viene sempre considerata come una carta "[archetype]".) (This card is always treated as a "[archetype]" card.)
Spanish (Esta carta se trata siempre como una carta "[archetype]"). (This card is always treated as a "[archetype]" card.)
Japanese このカードはルール上、「[archetype]」と名のついたカードとしても扱う。 As this card's rule, it is treated as a "[archetype]" card.

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 "[archetype]" monster.)
German (Dieses Monster wird immer als ein „[archetype]“-Monster behandelt.) (This monster is always treated as a "[archetype]" monster.)
Italian (Questo mostro viene sempre considerato come un mostro "[archetype]".) (This monster is always treated as a "[archetype]" monster.)
Spanish (Este monstruo se trata siempre como un monstruo "[archetype]"). (This monster is always treated as a "[archetype]" monster.)

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. This card did not need a condition printed when localized to English, as its localized name contained the required string while the original name did not.

In the TCG, archetype conditions have only been used to include cards in the "Phantom Beast", "Archfiend", "Noble Arms", and "Elemental HERO" archetypes; in the OCG, archetype conditions have only been used to include cards in the "Utopia", "Elemental HERO", "Superheavy Samurai", and "Frightfur" 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
Edge Imp Frightfake エッジインプ・DTモドキ Edge Imp DT Modoki 4 Effect Monster DARK Fiend 1300 1300 Edge Imp
Frightfur
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 Demon's Summon 6 Normal Monster DARK Fiend 2500 1200 Archfiend
Superheavy Samurai Ogre Shutendoji 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 Ogre Shutendoji (anime) 超重神鬼シュテンドウ-G Superheavy God Oni Shutendo - G 6 Monster Card 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
Superheavy Samurai Warlord Susanowo (anime) 超重荒神スサノ-O Superheavy Koujin Susano-O 10 Monster Card 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
Archfiend

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