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A maintenance cost is a usually-optional cost required to keep a card on the field. These costs are typically paid during a player's Standby Phase or End Phase. If a player cannot or does not pay for the maintenance cost of a card, then that card cannot remain on the field, usually being destroyed.

Maintenance costs cannot be negated and they do not activate or start a Chain Link.

Even if a card like "Skill Drain" or "Jinzo" is on the field and negating the card's effects, you still need to pay its maintenance cost. Also, cards such as "Card Guard" and "Field Barrier" cannot protect these cards from destroying themselves due to not paying their maintenance cost.

Mandatory maintenance costs

"Degenerate Circuit", "Destructive Draw", "Mind Protector", "Red Screen" and many "Archfiend" monsters have mandatory maintenance costs. Unlike most maintenance costs, the player does not have the option of choosing not the pay the cost and letting the card be destroyed. However, "Pandemonium" can be used to avoid paying these costs for "Archfiend" monsters.

In cases like these, if a player can no longer pay their costs, then these cards are destroyed. In the OCG, if a player has exactly the amount of Life Points left to pay the cost, he/she must lose the Duel.

For "Destructive Draw" only, if its controller cannot pay its maintenance cost, instead that player's Life Points become 0.

List of cards with maintenance costs

 Japanese nameMonster typeMonster subtypeAttributeTypeLevel/RankATKDEF
Amorphage Envyアモルファージ・キャヴムMonster Card
Pendulum Monster
EARTHDragon402050
Amorphage Gluttonyアモルファージ・ガストルMonster Card
Pendulum Monster
EARTHDragon201850
Amorphage Goliathアモルファージ・イリテュムMonster Card
Pendulum Monster
EARTHDragon827500
Amorphage Greedアモルファージ・プレストMonster Card
Pendulum Monster
EARTHDragon401950
Amorphage Lecheryアモルファージ・ルクスMonster Card
Pendulum Monster
EARTHDragon213500
Amorphage Prideアモルファージ・ヒュペルMonster Card
Pendulum Monster
EARTHDragon417500
Amorphage Slothアモルファージ・ノーテスMonster Card
Pendulum Monster
EARTHDragon622500
Amorphage Wrathアモルファージ・オルガMonster Card
Pendulum Monster
EARTHDragon416500
Armor Exe魔導アーマー エグゼEffect Monster
Monster Card
LIGHTRock424001400
Darkbishop ArchfiendダークビショップデーモンEffect Monster
Monster Card
WATERFiend33001400
Desrook ArchfiendデスルークデーモンEffect Monster
Monster Card
LIGHTFiend311001800
Gaia Plate the Earth Giant地球巨人 ガイア・プレートEffect Monster
Monster Card
EARTHRock828001000
Grapple BlockerウォールクリエイターEffect Monster
Monster Card
EARTHPsychic412002000
Imprisoned Queen ArchfiendプリズンクインデーモンEffect Monster
Monster Card
DARKFiend826001700
Infernalqueen ArchfiendインフェルノクインデーモンEffect Monster
Monster Card
FIREFiend49001500
Koa'ki Meiru Beetleコアキメイル・ビートルEffect Monster
Monster Card
EARTHInsect419001500
Koa'ki Meiru Bergzakコアキメイル・ベルグザークEffect Monster
Monster Card
EARTHWarrior42000200
Koa'ki Meiru Crusaderコアキメイル・クルセイダーEffect Monster
Monster Card
EARTHBeast-Warrior419001300
Koa'ki Meiru Doomコアキメイル・デビルEffect Monster
Monster Card
WINDFiend31700800
Koa'ki Meiru Dragoコアキメイル・ドラゴEffect Monster
Monster Card
WINDDragon419001600
Koa'ki Meiru Ghoulungulateコアキメイル・グールズスレイブEffect Monster
Monster Card
EARTHZombie525001700
Koa'ki Meiru Graviroseコアキメイル・グラヴィローズEffect Monster
Monster Card
FIREPlant419001300
Koa'ki Meiru Guardianコアキメイル・ガーディアンEffect Monster
Monster Card
EARTHRock419001200
Koa'ki Meiru Iceコアキメイル・アイスEffect Monster
Monster Card
WATERAqua419001200
Koa'ki Meiru Maximusコアキメイル・マキシマムEffect Monster
Monster Card
WINDDragon830002500
Koa'ki Meiru Overloadコアキメイル・オーバードーズEffect Monster
Monster Card
EARTHRock419001200
Koa'ki Meiru Powerhandコアキメイル・パワーハンドEffect Monster
Monster Card
EARTHMachine421001600
Koa'ki Meiru Rooklordコアキメイル・ルークロードEffect Monster
Monster Card
EARTHWarrior728002200
Koa'ki Meiru Sandmanコアキメイル・サンドマンEffect Monster
Monster Card
EARTHRock419001200
Koa'ki Meiru Sea Pantherコアキメイル・シーパンサーEffect Monster
Monster Card
WATERSea Serpent419001200
Koa'ki Meiru Speederコアキメイル・スピードEffect Monster
Monster Card
WINDMachine312002200
Koa'ki Meiru Urnightコアキメイル・ウルナイトEffect Monster
Monster Card
EARTHBeast-Warrior420001500
Koa'ki Meiru Valafarコアキメイル・ヴァラファールEffect Monster
Monster Card
FIREFiend830002100
Koa'ki Meiru Wallコアキメイル・ウォールEffect Monster
Monster Card
EARTHRock419001200
Koa'ki Meiru War Armsコアキメイル・ウォーアームズEffect Monster
Monster Card
EARTHWarrior414001200
Mind ProtectorメンタルプロテクターEffect Monster
Monster Card
LIGHTPsychic302200
Rocket Arrow Express爆走特急ロケット・アローEffect Monster
Monster Card
EARTHMachine1050000
Shadowknight ArchfiendシャドウナイトデーモンEffect Monster
Monster Card
WINDFiend420001600
Skull Archfiend of Lightning迅雷の魔王-スカル・デーモンMonster Card
Effect Monster
DARKFiend625001200
Terrorking ArchfiendジェノサイドキングデーモンEffect Monster
Monster Card
DARKFiend420001500
Vilepawn ArchfiendヘルポーンデーモンEffect Monster
Monster Card
EARTHFiend21200200
 Japanese nameCard typeProperty
Aerial Recharge空中補給Trap CardContinuous Trap Card
Clear Worldクリアー・ワールドSpell CardField Spell Card
Degenerate Circuit縮退回路Spell CardContinuous Spell Card
Destructive Draw破滅へのクイック・ドローTrap CardContinuous Trap Card
Fiend's Sanctuaryデビルズ・サンクチュアリSpell CardNormal Spell Card
Firewallファイヤー・ウォールTrap CardContinuous Trap Card
Imperial Order王宮の勅命Trap CardContinuous Trap Card
Messenger of Peace平和の使者Spell CardContinuous Spell Card
Mirror Wall銀幕の鏡壁Trap CardContinuous Trap Card
Predator Planter (anime)プレデター・プランターSpell CardContinuous Spell Card
Predator Planterプレデター・プランターSpell CardContinuous Spell Card
Red Screenスクリーン・オブ・レッドTrap CardContinuous Trap Card
The Regulation of Tribe一族の掟Trap CardContinuous Trap Card
SPYRAL ResortSpell CardField Spell Card
Seal of Wickedness破邪の刻印Trap CardContinuous Trap Card
Spirit's Invitationスピリットの誘いTrap CardContinuous Trap Card
Spiritual Energy Settle Machine霊子エネルギー固定裝置Spell CardContinuous Spell Card
Summoning Curse召喚の呪詛Spell CardContinuous Spell Card

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