Xyz Evolution, known as Xyz Change (エクシーズ・チェンジ Ekushīzu Chenji) in Japanese, is term used in the Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL and Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V series for an Xyz Summon performed using an Xyz Monster as the sole Xyz Material.

This type of Xyz Summoning first appeared in the anime in Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL - Episode 018 when it was performed by Yuma Tsukumo.

How to perform Xyz Evolution

When performing an Xyz Evolution, an Xyz Monster on the field is used as the sole Xyz Material for the Xyz Summon of another Xyz Monster. Any Xyz Materials attached to the original Xyz Monster are transferred to the Summoned Xyz Monster.

Xyz Summons in which multiple Xyz Monsters are used as material (such as the regular Xyz Summon of "Number F0: Utopic Future") are not Xyz Evolution, and hence Xyz Materials are not necessarily transferred.

Methods of performing Xyz Evolution

An Xyz Evolution can be performed by utilizing the Summoning procedure of an Xyz Monster or by a card effect.

Some Xyz Monsters have a Summoning procedure that allows it to be Xyz Summoned by using a single Xyz Monster as material, usually with some kind of restriction on the Xyz Monster that can be used. This is typically worded as You can also Xyz Summon this card by using […] as material. (Transfer its materials to this card.)

Many card effects can perform Xyz Evolution when they resolve. For example, "Noble Arms - Excaliburn" and most "Rank-Up-Magic" Spell Cards perform Xyz Evolution.


Example A: Via a Summoning condition on an appropriate Xyz Monster

Example B: Via a card effect

Types of Xyz Evolution in the anime and manga

Chaos Xyz Evolution


The Chaos Xyz Evolution's Overlay Network in the Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL II arc

Chaos Xyz Evolution (Japanese: カオスエクシーズ・チェンジ Kaosu Ekushīzu Chenji) is the first type of Xyz Evolution shown in the anime, debuting in Episode 18 of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL when it was performed by Yuma Tsukumo.

The method to Summon a "Number C" or "CXyz" Monster is the same as the TCG/OCG. In addition the requirement to gain a Number C is for one to "carve a clear path" out of the chaos of confusion into the light. Later in the Barian Invasion arc, Chaos Xyz Evolution can be also achieved through a Rank-Up-Magic card (i.e. "Rank-Up-Magic Barian's Force"), the Field Spell Card "Chaos Field", or the Continuous Spell Card "Don Thousand's Throne".

Two additional one-off variations of Chaos Xyz Evolution were also seen in two episodes of ZEXAL:

Non-"Rank-Up" methods

These cards can be Special Summoned normally via regular Xyz Summon, but can also be Special Summoned by using certain other cards.

Monster Japanese Name Rank Attribute Type ATK DEF
Number C32: Shark Drake Veiss CNo.32海咬龍シャーク・ドレイク・バイス 4 WATER Sea Serpent 2800 2100
Number C39: Utopia Ray CNo.39希望皇ホープレイ 4 LIGHT Warrior 2500 2000

Rank-Up Xyz Evolution

Rank-Up Xyz Evolution (Japanese: ランクアップ・エクシーズ・チェンジ Rankuappu Ekushīzu Chenji, Rank-Up Xyz Change), also known as Double Rank-Up, is the evolved form of Rank-Up Xyz Summoning in Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL and ARC-V anime. It was first seen in Episode 119 of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL when it was performed by Eliphas.

Unlike Chaos Xyz Evolution, this method does not use the power of Chaos. It is only possible through Rank-Up and cannot be performed simply by using a certain monster as Xyz Material. It also differs in the way that all Rank-Up Xyz Evolution counterparts need the same number of materials to be Summoned (if not Summoned via Rank-Up), whereas Chaos Xyz Evolution counterparts require 1 more material.

In episode 146 of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, Astral showcased a new type of Rank-Up Xyz Evolution called Hyper Xyz Evolution (Japanese: ランクアップ ハイパーエクシーズチェンジ Rankuappu Haipā Ekushīzu Chenji), which was achieved through "Hyper-Rank-Up-Magic Ultimate Force", allowing him to Rank-Up the Rank 1 "Number 39: Utopia Roots" all the way to the Rank 10 "Number 99: Utopic Dragon".

In chapter 42 of the Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL manga, Yuma Tsukumo gained the ability to perform Rank-Up Xyz Evolution by creating "Rank-Up-Magic Shining Force" through the power of Destiny Draw. This allowed him to Rank-Up his Rank 4 "Number S39: Utopia One" into the Rank 5 "Number S39: Utopia the Lightning".

This type of Summoning also appears in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V.

Shining Xyz Evolution


The first Shining Xyz Evolution in the Manga.

Shining Xyz Evolution (Japanese: シャイニングエクシーズ・チェンジ Shainingu Ekushīzu Chenji) is a form of Xyz Summoning in the Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL manga, similar to the Chaos Xyz Evolution. It was first used in Rank 32 by Yuma Tsukumo.

In the Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL manga, Astral first awakened to the ability to perform a Shining Xyz Evolution when the orbs of light that appeared in front of Yuma's, Kaito's and Shark's chests connected, representing the moment of the birth of Yuma's bonds with Kaito and Shark. According to Astral himself, the strengthening of their bonds managed to release some of his power, creating the "Shining Number" in Yuma's Extra Deck. At that moment, Astral shined so clearly that he became visible for an instant.

Rank-Down Xyz De-Evolution

Rank-Down Xyz De-Evolution (ランクダウン・エクシーズ・チェンジ Rankudaun Ekushīzu Chenji) is a variant of Xyz Evolution in the Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL anime used to Summon Xyz Monsters with a lower Rank than the Xyz Monster used as Xyz Material. It was first seen in the Duel between Eliphas and Yuma Tsukumo, when Yuma used "Rank-Down-Magic Numeron Fall" to Rank-Down "Number 39: Utopia" into "Number 39: Utopia Roots".

Other Xyz Evolution

These cards have a Summoning condition allowing them to be Summoned by using one or more specific Xyz Monsters as Xyz Material, in addition to their regular method of Xyz Summoning using monsters whose Levels match their Ranks; however, they do not go through any explicit Chaos or Shining Xyz Evolution. In the anime, this is not referred to as "Xyz Evolution", only being referred to as "Xyz Summon" like any other.

List of monsters which can be Summoned via Xyz Evolution


 Japanese nameSecondary typeAttributeTypeRankATKDEF
Beatrice, Lady of the Eternal永遠の淑女 ベアトリーチェLIGHTFairy625002800
CXyz Barian HopeCX 冀望皇バリアンLIGHTWarrior700
Constellar Ptolemy M7セイクリッド・トレミスM7LIGHTMachine627002000
Cyber Dragon Infinityサイバー・ドラゴン・インフィニティLIGHTMachine621001600
D/D/D Marksman King TellDDD狙撃王テルDARKFiend523002000
Darktellarknight Batlamyus煉獄の騎士 ヴァトライムスDARKWarrior42600550
Digital Bug Corebage電子光虫-コアベージLIGHTInsect522001800
Digital Bug Rhinosebus電子光虫-ライノセバスLIGHTInsect726002200
Downerd Magicianダウナード・マジシャンDARKSpellcaster42100200
Ebon Illusion Magician幻想の黒魔導師DARKSpellcaster725002100
Full Armored Black Ray LancerFA-ブラック・レイ・ランサーWATERBeast-Warrior42100600
Full Armored Crystalzero LancerFA-クリスタル・ゼロ・ランサーWATERWarrior622001600
Gaia Dragon, the Thunder Charger迅雷の騎士ガイアドラグーンWINDDragon726002100
Galaxy-Eyes Cipher Blade Dragon銀河眼の光波刃竜LIGHTDragon932002800
Galaxy-Eyes Full Armor Photon Dragonギャラクシーアイズ FA・フォトン・ドラゴンLIGHTDragon840003500
Ghostrick Angel of Mischiefゴーストリックの駄天使DARKFairy420002500
Madolche Puddingcess Chocolat-a-la-Modeマドルチェ・プディンセス・ショコ・ア・ラ・モードEARTHFairy525002200
Number 21: Frozen Lady JusticeNo.21 氷結のレディ・ジャスティスWATERAqua6500500
Number 77: The Seven SinsNo.77 ザ・セブン・シンズDARKFiend1240003000
Number 78: Number ArchiveNo.78 ナンバーズ・アーカイブLIGHTSpellcaster100
Number 84: Pain GainerNo.84 ペイン・ゲイナーDARKInsect1100
Number 95: Galaxy-Eyes Dark Matter DragonNo.95 ギャラクシーアイズ・ダークマター・ドラゴンDARKDragon940000
Number 99: Utopic DragonNo.99 希望皇龍ホープドラグーンLIGHTDragon1040002000
Number F0: Utopic Future - Future SlashFNo.0 未来皇ホープ-フューチャー・スラッシュLIGHTWarrior000
Number S0: Utopic ZEXALSNo.0 ホープ・ゼアルLIGHTWarrior0??
Outer Entity Azzathoth外神アザトートDARKFiend524000
Raidraptor - Revolution Falcon - AirraidRR-レヴォリューション・ファルコン-エアレイドDARKWinged Beast620003000
Stellarknight Constellar Diamond星輝士 セイクリッド・ダイヤLIGHTWyrm527002000
Tellarknight Ptolemaeus星守の騎士 プトレマイオスLIGHTWarrior45502600
Zoodiac Boarbow十二獣ワイルドボウEARTHBeast-Warrior4??
Zoodiac Broadbull十二獣ブルホーンEARTHBeast-Warrior4??
Zoodiac Chakanine十二獣ライカEARTHBeast-Warrior4??
Zoodiac Drident十二獣ドランシアEARTHBeast-Warrior4??
Zoodiac Hammerkong十二獣ハマーコングEARTHBeast-Warrior4??
Zoodiac Tigermortar十二獣タイグリスEARTHBeast-Warrior4??


 Japanese nameSecondary typeAttributeTypeRankATKDEF
CXyz Barian HopeCX 冀望皇バリアンLIGHTWarrior00070000000000000000
Constellar Ptolemy M7セイクリッド・トレミスM7LIGHTMachine00060000270000002000
Digital Bug Corebage電子光虫-コアベージLIGHTInsect00050000220000001800
Gaia Dragon, the Thunder Charger迅雷の騎士ガイアドラグーンWINDDragon00070000260000002100
Zoodiac Hammerkong十二獣ハマーコングEARTHBeast-Warrior00040000000?0000000?


List of cards that can perform Xyz Evolution


 Japanese nameSecondary typeAttributeTypeRankATKDEF
Bujin Hiruko武神-ヒルコLIGHTBeast-Warrior410002000
 Japanese nameCard typeProperty
Bug Signal光虫信号Spell Card
Quick-Play Spell Card
Quick-Play Spell Card
Don Thousand's Throneドン・サウザンドの玉座Spell Card
Continuous Spell Card
Continuous Spell Card
Noble Arms - Excaliburn聖剣 EX-カリバーンSpell Card
Equip Spell Card
Equip Spell Card
Rank-Up-Magic Barian's ForceRUM-バリアンズ・フォースSpell Card
Normal Spell Card
Normal Spell Card
Rank-Up-Magic Raptor's ForceRUM-ラプターズ・フォースSpell Card
Quick-Play Spell Card
Quick-Play Spell Card
Rank-Up-Magic Skip ForceRUM-スキップ・フォースSpell Card
Normal Spell Card
Normal Spell Card
Zenmaiday発条の巻き上げTrap Card
Continuous Trap Card
Continuous Trap Card


 Japanese nameCard typeProperty
The Phantom Knights' Rank-Up-Magic LaunchRUM-幻影騎士団ラウンチSpell CardNormal Spell Card
Rank-Up-Magic Astral ForceRUM-アストラル・フォースSpell CardNormal Spell Card
Rank-Up-Magic Barian's ForceRUM-バリアンズ・フォースSpell CardNormal Spell Card
Rank-Up-Magic Barian's ForceRUM-バリアンズ・フォースSpell CardNormal Spell Card
Rank-Up-Magic Cipher ShockRUM-光波衝撃Spell CardQuick-Play Spell Card


 Japanese nameCard typeProperty
Rank-Up-Magic Shining ForceRUM-シャイニング・フォースSpell Card


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