Leaves the field


Leave the field


"Reborn Tengu", a card whose effect activates when it leaves the field

A card leaves the field (Japanese: フィールドからはなれた Fīrudo kara hanareta, lit. "removed from the field"), formerly known as being removed from the field (Japanese: フィールドじょうからはなられた Fīrudo-jō kara hanareta, lit. "removed from the field"), when it is moved from the field to a different place. Cards on the field that have become Xyz Materials are not considered to leave the field even though they are no longer treated as cards on the field after that change.[1][2] If a Token Monster would move out of the field, it is simply removed, but it is still considered to leaves the field.

From September 1, 2011 onward, when a card on the field is moved into the Main Deck, that card cannot activate its "leaves the field" effect.[3][4] However, any effects or conditions that card has that apply when it "leaves the field" that do not use a Chain will still be applied.[5]

Any effect whose condition involves leaving the field will not activate or apply if the card leaves while face-down.


  1. Official Rulebook Version 8.0: "Monsters that have become Xyz Materials are not treated as cards on the field."
  2. Important Rulebook Updates! “Xyz Materials” and “Leaves the Field”: "Monsters that become Xyz Materials stop being treated as actual cards on the field."
  3. McHale, Jerome (September 1, 2011). "Important Rulebook Updates! “Xyz Materials” and “Leaves the Field”". Retrieved September 2, 2011.
  4. Official Rulebook Version 8.0: "When a monster on the field is shuffled into the Main Deck, or becomes an Xyz Material, it is no longer a card on the field, however its effects that activate when it “leaves the field” will not activate."
  5. THE SHINING DARKNESS SNEAK PEEK – CARD RULINGS: "If Call of the Haunted is returned to your hand or Deck instead, only the Special Summoned monster would be destroyed..."

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