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Flip Effect Monster



リバース(モンスター)[Notes 1]
Formerly: リバース(こう)()モンスター

Japanese (ruby)

Formerly: リバースこうかモンスター

Japanese (romanized)

Ribāsu (Monsutā)
Formerly: Ribāsu Kōka Monsutā

Japanese (translated)

Reverse (Monster)
Formerly: Reverse Effect Monster


Flip (monster)
Formerly: Flip Effect Monster


Flip monsters (formerly Flip Effect Monsters; Japanese: リバースモンスター Ribāsumonsutā "Reverse Monster", formerly リバース(こう)()モンスター Ribāsu Kōka Monsutā "Reverse Effect Monster") are Effect Monsters that have a Flip Effect. Since Starter Deck 2014, Flip has begun to be treated as an Ability similar to Tuner, Toon, Spirit, Union, Gemini, and Special Summon, and the word "Flip" has begun to be written on the cards' Type/Ability line, but only on Japanese and Korean cards. The change of the term occurred at the release of "Shaddoll Hound".

While some Flip monsters have effects other than their Flip Effect, any monster with a Flip Effect is a Flip monster.

They are generally a low Level; so far, only 6 Flip monsters are Level 5 or higher ("Hade-Hane", "Nobleman-Eater Bug", "Reaper of the Cards", "Shaddoll Beast", "Worm Noble" and "Worm Victory"). Many Flip monsters have low ATK and DEF, but have very useful effects.

Flip Effects

A Flip Effect is an effect that is preceded by "FLIP:", which of Super Starter: Space-Time Showdown" is also included next to the monster's Type in the same manner as "Toon" or "Union". This kind of effect is triggered when the monster on the field is fliped from face-down to a face-up, even during the Damage Step.

Flip Effects are different to Trigger Effects with the timing "when this card is flipped face-up" (unofficially called Pseudo-Flip Effects), such as that of "Snowman Eater".

When a face-down Flip monster is attacked, during damage calculation the monster is flipped face-up, then it is determined whether or not the monster is destroyed by battle. Near the end of the Damage Step, before being sent to the Graveyard if it was destroyed by battle, the Flip monster's Flip Effect activates and resolves on the field, if the timing is correct.

However, if a card effect destroys a face-down Flip monster, its Flip Effect cannot be activated since it is not flipped face-up. If a face-down Flip monster is destroyed by a card effect before it battles (so it is never flipped face-up), such as by "Ancient Gear Beast", its Flip Effect cannot be activated.




  • The "Worm" and "Shaddoll" archetypes are primarily based on Flip monsters.
  • "Worm Victory" has the highest Level and DEF of all Flip monsters. "Slate Warrior" has the highest ATK of all Flip monsters.


  1. The parentheses here specify what part is not shown on the cards' Type/Ability line.

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