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Japanese (base text)


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Uragawa Hyōji

Japanese (translated)




Face Down Defense Position

A horizontal face-down card


A vertical face-down card

Face-down (うらがわひょう Uragawa hyōji "face-down-displayed") is a position in which a card's backing is visible; as the term "face-down" suggests, the card's face is placed against the playing surface, preventing it from being seen. This is the opposite of face-up.

Face-down cards have no properties (name, Attribute, Type, Level/Rank, ATK, DEF, effect) until they are changed to face-up. A face-down card being looked at or revealed is still considered face-down and is returned to its original position once the player(s) have finished viewing it.

Each player's Main and Extra Deck is placed face-down in their respective Zone at the start of each game. During a game, cards are normally placed face-down by Setting them.

Monster Cards must be placed face-down in Defense Position, except by the effect of "Darkness Approaches" or the anime-only "Miracle Silk Hat", which allow monsters to be in face-down Attack Position. Face-down Monster Cards cannot be equipped with Equip Cards; if a monster equipped with an Equip Card(s) is flipped face-down, the Equip Card(s) equipped to that flipped monster is destroyed.

Spell and Trap Cards can only be placed face-down in the Spell & Trap Zones or the Field Zone (in the case of Field Spell Cards). Quick-Play Spell Cards and Trap Cards cannot be activated during the turn they are Set.

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