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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

"Imperial Order" (after its functional erratum), "Degenerate Circuit", "Destructive Draw", "Mind Protector", "Red Screen", "Number 41: Baguska", 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 namePrimary typeSecondary typeAttributeTypeLevel/RankATKDEF
Amorphage Envyアモルファージ・キャヴムPendulum MonsterEARTHDragon402050
Amorphage Gluttonyアモルファージ・ガストルPendulum MonsterEARTHDragon201850
Amorphage Goliathアモルファージ・イリテュムPendulum MonsterEARTHDragon827500
Amorphage Greedアモルファージ・プレストPendulum MonsterEARTHDragon401950
Amorphage Lecheryアモルファージ・ルクスPendulum MonsterEARTHDragon213500
Amorphage Prideアモルファージ・ヒュペルPendulum MonsterEARTHDragon417500
Amorphage Slothアモルファージ・ノーテスPendulum MonsterEARTHDragon622500
Amorphage Wrathアモルファージ・オルガPendulum MonsterEARTHDragon416500
Armor Exe魔導アーマー エグゼEffect MonsterLIGHTRock424001400
Darkbishop ArchfiendダークビショップデーモンEffect MonsterWATERFiend33001400
Desrook ArchfiendデスルークデーモンEffect MonsterLIGHTFiend311001800
Gaia Plate the Earth Giant地球巨人 ガイア・プレートEffect MonsterEARTHRock828001000
Grapple BlockerウォールクリエイターEffect MonsterEARTHPsychic412002000
Imprisoned Queen ArchfiendプリズンクインデーモンEffect MonsterDARKFiend826001700
Infernalqueen ArchfiendインフェルノクインデーモンEffect MonsterFIREFiend49001500
Koa'ki Meiru Beetleコアキメイル・ビートルEffect MonsterEARTHInsect419001500
Koa'ki Meiru Bergzakコアキメイル・ベルグザークEffect MonsterEARTHWarrior42000200
Koa'ki Meiru Crusaderコアキメイル・クルセイダーEffect MonsterEARTHBeast-Warrior419001300
Koa'ki Meiru Doomコアキメイル・デビルEffect MonsterWINDFiend31700800
Koa'ki Meiru Dragoコアキメイル・ドラゴEffect MonsterWINDDragon419001600
Koa'ki Meiru Ghoulungulateコアキメイル・グールズスレイブEffect MonsterEARTHZombie525001700
Koa'ki Meiru Graviroseコアキメイル・グラヴィローズEffect MonsterFIREPlant419001300
Koa'ki Meiru Guardianコアキメイル・ガーディアンEffect MonsterEARTHRock419001200
Koa'ki Meiru Iceコアキメイル・アイスEffect MonsterWATERAqua419001200
Koa'ki Meiru Maximusコアキメイル・マキシマムEffect MonsterWINDDragon830002500
Koa'ki Meiru Overloadコアキメイル・オーバードーズEffect MonsterEARTHRock419001200
Koa'ki Meiru Powerhandコアキメイル・パワーハンドEffect MonsterEARTHMachine421001600
Koa'ki Meiru Rooklordコアキメイル・ルークロードEffect MonsterEARTHWarrior728002200
Koa'ki Meiru Sandmanコアキメイル・サンドマンEffect MonsterEARTHRock419001200
Koa'ki Meiru Sea Pantherコアキメイル・シーパンサーEffect MonsterWATERSea Serpent419001200
Koa'ki Meiru Speederコアキメイル・スピードEffect MonsterWINDMachine312002200
Koa'ki Meiru Urnightコアキメイル・ウルナイトEffect MonsterEARTHBeast-Warrior420001500
Koa'ki Meiru Valafarコアキメイル・ヴァラファールEffect MonsterFIREFiend830002100
Koa'ki Meiru Wallコアキメイル・ウォールEffect MonsterEARTHRock419001200
Koa'ki Meiru War Armsコアキメイル・ウォーアームズEffect MonsterEARTHWarrior414001200
Mind ProtectorメンタルプロテクターEffect MonsterLIGHTPsychic302200
Number 41: BaguskaNo.41 泥睡魔獣バグースカXyz MonsterEARTHFiend421002000
Rocket Arrow Express爆走特急ロケット・アローEffect MonsterEARTHMachine1050000
Shadowknight ArchfiendシャドウナイトデーモンEffect MonsterWINDFiend420001600
Skull Archfiend of Lightning迅雷の魔王-スカル・デーモンEffect MonsterDARKFiend625001200
Terrorking ArchfiendジェノサイドキングデーモンEffect MonsterDARKFiend420001500
The Unfriendly Amazon味方殺しの女騎士Effect MonsterEARTHWarrior420001000
Vilepawn ArchfiendヘルポーンデーモンEffect MonsterEARTHFiend21200200
 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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