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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Monster Card
Effect Monster
LIGHTRock424001400
Darkbishop ArchfiendダークビショップデーモンMonster Card
Effect Monster
WATERFiend33001400
Desrook ArchfiendデスルークデーモンMonster Card
Effect Monster
LIGHTFiend311001800
Gaia Plate the Earth Giant地球巨人 ガイア・プレートMonster Card
Effect Monster
EARTHRock828001000
Grapple BlockerウォールクリエイターMonster Card
Effect Monster
EARTHPsychic412002000
Imprisoned Queen ArchfiendプリズンクインデーモンMonster Card
Effect Monster
DARKFiend826001700
Infernalqueen ArchfiendインフェルノクインデーモンMonster Card
Effect Monster
FIREFiend49001500
Koa'ki Meiru Beetleコアキメイル・ビートルMonster Card
Effect Monster
EARTHInsect419001500
Koa'ki Meiru Bergzakコアキメイル・ベルグザークMonster Card
Effect Monster
EARTHWarrior42000200
Koa'ki Meiru Crusaderコアキメイル・クルセイダーMonster Card
Effect Monster
EARTHBeast-Warrior419001300
Koa'ki Meiru Doomコアキメイル・デビルMonster Card
Effect Monster
WINDFiend31700800
Koa'ki Meiru Dragoコアキメイル・ドラゴMonster Card
Effect Monster
WINDDragon419001600
Koa'ki Meiru Ghoulungulateコアキメイル・グールズスレイブMonster Card
Effect Monster
EARTHZombie525001700
Koa'ki Meiru Graviroseコアキメイル・グラヴィローズMonster Card
Effect Monster
FIREPlant419001300
Koa'ki Meiru Guardianコアキメイル・ガーディアンMonster Card
Effect Monster
EARTHRock419001200
Koa'ki Meiru Iceコアキメイル・アイスMonster Card
Effect Monster
WATERAqua419001200
Koa'ki Meiru Maximusコアキメイル・マキシマムMonster Card
Effect Monster
WINDDragon830002500
Koa'ki Meiru Overloadコアキメイル・オーバードーズMonster Card
Effect Monster
EARTHRock419001200
Koa'ki Meiru Powerhandコアキメイル・パワーハンドMonster Card
Effect Monster
EARTHMachine421001600
Koa'ki Meiru Rooklordコアキメイル・ルークロードMonster Card
Effect Monster
EARTHWarrior728002200
Koa'ki Meiru Sandmanコアキメイル・サンドマンMonster Card
Effect Monster
EARTHRock419001200
Koa'ki Meiru Sea Pantherコアキメイル・シーパンサーMonster Card
Effect Monster
WATERSea Serpent419001200
Koa'ki Meiru Speederコアキメイル・スピードMonster Card
Effect Monster
WINDMachine312002200
Koa'ki Meiru Urnightコアキメイル・ウルナイトMonster Card
Effect Monster
EARTHBeast-Warrior420001500
Koa'ki Meiru Valafarコアキメイル・ヴァラファールMonster Card
Effect Monster
FIREFiend830002100
Koa'ki Meiru Wallコアキメイル・ウォールMonster Card
Effect Monster
EARTHRock419001200
Koa'ki Meiru War Armsコアキメイル・ウォーアームズMonster Card
Effect Monster
EARTHWarrior414001200
Mind ProtectorメンタルプロテクターMonster Card
Effect Monster
LIGHTPsychic302200
Rocket Arrow Express爆走特急ロケット・アローMonster Card
Effect Monster
EARTHMachine1050000
Shadowknight ArchfiendシャドウナイトデーモンMonster Card
Effect Monster
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Monster Card
Effect Monster
DARKFiend420001500
The Unfriendly Amazon味方殺しの女騎士Monster Card
Effect Monster
EARTHWarrior420001000
Vilepawn ArchfiendヘルポーンデーモンMonster Card
Effect Monster
EARTHFiend21200200
 Japanese nameCard typeProperty
Aerial Recharge空中補給Trap Card
Continuous Trap Card
Continuous Trap Card
Clear Worldクリアー・ワールドSpell Card
Field Spell Card
Field Spell Card
Degenerate Circuit縮退回路Spell Card
Continuous Spell Card
Continuous Spell Card
Destructive Draw破滅へのクイック・ドローTrap Card
Continuous Trap Card
Continuous Trap Card
Fairy BoxモンスターBOXTrap Card
Continuous Trap Card
Continuous Trap Card
Fiend's Sanctuaryデビルズ・サンクチュアリSpell Card
Normal Spell Card
Normal Spell Card
Firewallファイヤー・ウォールTrap Card
Continuous Trap Card
Continuous Trap Card
Imperial Order王宮の勅命Trap Card
Continuous Trap Card
Continuous Trap Card
Iron Core Specimen Lab鋼核合成獣研究所Spell Card
Field Spell Card
Field Spell Card
Mask of Brutality凶暴化の仮面Spell Card
Equip Spell Card
Equip Spell Card
Messenger of Peace平和の使者Spell Card
Continuous Spell Card
Continuous Spell Card
Mirror Wall銀幕の鏡壁Trap Card
Continuous Trap Card
Continuous Trap Card
Predaponicsプレデター・プランターSpell Card
Continuous Spell Card
Continuous Spell Card
Red Screenスクリーン・オブ・レッドTrap Card
Continuous Trap Card
Continuous Trap Card
The Regulation of Tribe一族の掟Trap Card
Continuous Trap Card
Continuous Trap Card
SPYRAL ResortSpell Card
Field Spell Card
Field Spell Card
Seal of Wickedness破邪の刻印Trap Card
Continuous Trap Card
Continuous Trap Card
Spirit's Invitationスピリットの誘いTrap Card
Continuous Trap Card
Continuous Trap Card
Spiritual Energy Settle Machine霊子エネルギー固定裝置Spell Card
Continuous Spell Card
Continuous Spell Card
Summoning Curse召喚の呪詛Spell Card
Continuous Spell Card
Continuous Spell Card

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