It is written below the Type of Monster (or below the artwork in case of Spell and Trap Cards) and special abilities are written here. Normal Monsters have only a short description about the card, and have no effect on gameplay.
Nearly every area of the Duel is capable of being handicapped or boosted by a card effect. The primary focus of card abilities is usually the field, such as with cards like "Level Limit - Area B". The hand is also a focus for effects, "Infinite Cards" and "Spirit Reaper" both counting.
- In the Japanese anime, card effects are often called "special abilities" (tokushū nōryoku). In the manga, they are referred to as both "effects" and "special abilities"; they are also very rarely referred to as "powers".