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"Gene-Warped Warwolf" is one of the two 2000 ATK Level 4 Normal Monsters that ignores the "Rule of 2000 ATK".

The ATK and DEF of a Level 4 or lower monster tend to be limited by two rules: the "2000 ATK Rule" and the "2300 DEF Rule". These rules state that for a Level 4 monster to have an ATK or DEF equal to or higher than these values, it must have some kind of negative effect or other restriction, such as being a Nomi monster. For example, "Meklord Emperor Wisel" is a Level 1 Monster Card that has 2500 ATK and DEF; however, it cannot be Normal Summoned or Set.

Rule of 2000 ATK

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"Meklord Emperor Wisel" is tied with "Giant Kozaky" to the highest ATK for a Level 4 or lower monster and has one of the highest DEF; however, it is difficult to Summon.

The "Rule of 2000 ATK" states that if a Monster Card has 2000 or more ATK, it must have some negative effect or other restriction.

Two exceptions to this rule are "Gene-Warped Warwolf" and "Alexandrite Dragon". With their release, they essentially rendered other 2000 ATK cards with negative effects (like "Panther Warrior") useless.

There are currently 71 Level 4 or lower monsters with 2000 ATK or more in the TCG/OCG, but most have negatives effects or other restrictions.

Level 4 or lower Monster Cards with 2000 ATK or more

  Japanese name Level Attribute Type Card type ATK DEF
Alexandrite Dragon アレキサンドライドラゴン 4 LIGHT Dragon Normal Monster 2,000 100
Archfiend General ジェネラルデーモン 4 DARK Fiend Effect Monster 2,100 800
Armor Exe 魔導アーマー エグゼ 4 2,400 1,400
Arsenal Bug アーマード・フライ 3 EARTH Insect Effect Monster 2,000 2,000
Axe Dragonute アックス・ドラゴニュート 4 2,000 1,200
Battlin' Boxer Glassjaw BK グラスジョー 4 2,000 0
Berserk Gorilla 怒れる類人猿 4 2,000 1,000
Boar Soldier ボアソルジャー 4 EARTH Beast-Warrior Effect Monster 2,000 500
Bujin Hirume 武神-ヒルメ 4 2,000 1,000
Cave Dragon グランド・ドラゴン 4 WIND Dragon Effect Monster 2,000 100
… further results

Rule of 2300 DEF

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"Gear Golem the Moving Fortress" has 2200 DEF points and no negative effects.

The "Rule of 2300 DEF" states that if a Monster Card has 2300 or more DEF, it must have some negative effect or other restriction.

The original limit was 2000, but since many Level 4 or lower Monster Cards have 2000 or more DEF, it has been elevated to 2300. Some monsters with 2000 or more DEF (but less than 2300 DEF) even have positive effects, such as "Gear Golem the Moving Fortress" and "Gladiator Beast Hoplomus".

There are currently 8 Level 4 or lower monsters with 2300 DEF or more in the TCG/OCG, but they all have negatives effects or other restrictions.

Level 4 or lower Monster Cards with 2300 DEF or more

  Japanese name Level Attribute Type Card type ATK DEF
Big Shield Gardna ビッグ・シールド・ガードナー 4 100 2,600
Destiny HERO - Defender D-HERO ディフェンドガイ 4 100 2,700
Don Thousand/Monster C ドン・サウザンド/モンスターC 0 100,000 100,000
Giant Kozaky G・コザッキー 4 DARK Fiend Effect Monster 2,500 2,400
Meklord Emperor Wisel 機皇帝ワイゼル∞ 1 2,500 2,500
Mist Bird Clausolas 霞鳥クラウソラス 3 0 2,300
Noble Knight Brothers 4 1,200 2,400
Super Crashbug スーパーバグマン 4 DARK Fiend Effect Monster 0 3,000

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