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Uragawa Hyōji

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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" (which allows 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) is destroyed.

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

All rules in this article are general basis rules. They may have some exceptions because of card's text or playing format.

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