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Fusion Monster



(ゆう)(ごう)(モンスター)[Notes 1]

Japanese (ruby)


Japanese (base text)


Japanese (romanized)

Yūgō (Monsutā)


Fusion (Monster)


Fusion Monsters (Japanese: (ゆう)(ごう)モンスター Yūgō Monsutā) are a type of Monster Card, representing a combination of two or more monsters. The color of their card frame is violet. These cards are placed in the Extra Deck.

To be Summoned, Fusion Monsters require the player to have the Fusion Material Monsters listed on the Fusion Monster in the hand or on their side of the field or in some cases, the Deck, Graveyard or the opponent's side of the field. Then they would need to activate a card effect, such as those in "Polymerization", that allows the player to Fusion Summon.

One Fusion Material Monster can be replaced by Fusion Substitute Monsters in Fusion Summons unless otherwise specified on the Fusion Monster Card.

Like other Extra Deck monsters, Fusion Monsters cannot exist in the hand or Main Deck (even with card effects). If a Fusion Monster would be moved to the hand or Main Deck, it is returned to the Extra Deck instead. If a card like "Transmigration Break" or "Degenerate Circuit" is applying, this will override the Fusion Monster's ability to return to the Extra Deck.

Like other Extra Deck monsters, if a Fusion Monster is not Fusion Summoned first, it cannot be Special Summoned from the Graveyard or while banished (unless it specifies another way to properly Special Summon it).

There are few Fusion Monsters that have special Summoning Conditions. For example, the "Elemental HERO" Fusion Monsters have a clause stipulating that they may 'not be Special Summoned unless they are being Fusion Summoned'. This also rules them out from being Special Summoned either from the Graveyard or when banished. Others may not allow the use of Fusion Substitute Monsters, and require the original Fusion Materials, as is the case of "Cyber End Dragon", though treating a monster as having the same name as a specified Fusion Material monster is acceptable. In rare clauses, both of these conditions can be applied, as in the case of "Rainbow Neos".


Originally, the only way to properly summon a Fusion Monster was through a Fusion Summon involving the required Monster Cards and the Spell card Polymerization. There are now many different ways to Fusion Summon a monster and many different cards that allows the player to Fusion Summon.

Starting from Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, Fusion Monsters, along with Ritual Monsters were seen less, seemingly being replaced with Synchro Monsters.

With Duel Terminal - Pulse of the Trishula, Fusion Monsters started to come back, starting with "Naturia Exterio". In Duelist Revolution, Starstrike Blast and The New Challengers, 5 more Fusion Monsters were added: "Ultimate Axon Kicker", "Dragon Knight Draco-Equiste", "Gaia Drake, the Universal Force", "Supreme Arcanite Magician", and "Naturia Gaiasteleoh". These six Fusions are the next evolution of Fusion Monsters. The first evolution was the standard Fusion, requiring two regular Monsters, such as with "Flame Swordsman". The second evolution of Fusions Monsters require at least one other Fusion Monster, such as "Dragon Master Knight". The third evolution requires at least 1 Synchro Monster such as "Gaia Drake, the Universal Force".

As of Duelist Alliance, it was announced that Fusion, Synchro, Xyz, and Ritual monsters would be getting an equal amount of support, and since then, Fusion Monsters have been plentiful in core booster sets, sometimes even outnumbering the other two Extra Deck types.

In the manga

In the original and R manga, the Fusion Material Monsters must exist on the field to be fused with "Polymerization", and once they are fused, they are still treated as separate cards for the purpose of specific card effects (most famously, "The Wicked Eraser", which treated the 3-Material "Arcana Knight Joker" as 3 cards and gained 3000 ATK). In addition, they can also be treated as a number of Tributes equal to this total; as demonstrated in Yu-Gi-Oh! R, less than the total can be Tributed (Seto Kaiba Tributed the "Material Bat" and "Material Scorpion" portions of his "Mosaic Manticore" while leaving "Material Lion" on the field). However, the Fusion Materials can also be Summoned while the Fusion Monster is on the field, demonstrated in R when Yako Tenma Summoned 3 "Blue-Eyes White Dragons" with "Junk Dealer" while Seto Kaiba had his "Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon" on the field. They are treated as having a Level equal to the highest Level of the Fusion Material Monsters ("Mosaic Manticore", made up of of the Level 4 "Material Lion", "Material Bat" and "Material Scorpion" was treated as Level 4, while "Beast Machine King Barbaros Ür", composed of the Level 4 "Machine Lord Ür" and the Level 8 "Beast King Barbaros" was treated as a Level 8 monster).

Fusion Monsters are also treated as having the same name as their Fusion Materials, as seen when Dark Marik is able to target "Immortal God Slime" with "Jam Defender".

Under the "Super-Expert Rules", Fusion Monsters cannot attack during the turn they are Summoned (a condition carried over to the Duelist Kingdom and Battle City Rules in the anime). However, Fusion Monsters that were Fusion Summoned without "Polymerization", like "Valkyrion the Magna Warrior", "XYZ-Dragon Cannon", and "Mosaic Manticore", are not subject to this condition.

In the GX manga and all subsequent manga, Fusion Monsters were treated like they are in the TCG/OCG.

In the anime

In the anime, the Millennium Scale was the item which originally fused monsters.

In the early Yu-Gi-Oh! anime, Fusion Monsters had low ATK and DEF and very few had effects.

In Yu-Gi-Oh GX, many powerful Fusion Monsters were introduced. In Yu-Gi-Oh 5D's and Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, Synchro Monsters and Xyz Monsters, respectively, mostly overtook this role, although Fusion Monsters do still appear. In Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Fusion Monsters are primarily used by characters from the Standard and Fusion Dimensions.

Fusion Monsters are the only kind of Extra Deck monster to have appeared in all five of Yu-Gi-Oh!, GX, 5D's, ZEXAL and ARC-V.

Ways to Summon a Fusion Monster



Yu-Gi-Oh! BAM

Like Yu-Gi-Oh!, Fusion Monsters in Yu-Gi-Oh! BAM have purple-colored background. But unlike the real TCG, Fusion Monsters can be played independently, or can be overlayed with an existing monster to produce a new Monster hidden within that Card. Fusing 2 monsters together will trigger an effect aside from creating a new Monster (i.e.: Gaining Life Points, Inflicting Damage, etc.). When the Fusion Monster produced is destroyed, the two materials used for Fusion are also destroyed.

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

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