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Pendulum Monster

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Japanese

ペンデュラムモンスター

Japanese (ruby)

ペンデュラム(モンスター)[Notes 1]

Japanese (base text)

Pモンスター

Japanese (romanized)

Pendyuramu (Monsutā)

English

Pendulum (Monster)

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A Pendulum Monster (Japanese: ペンデュラムモンスター Pendyuramu Monsutā, abbreviated ペンデュラムモンスター in card text), also called a Pendulum Card in the early episodes of the Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V anime, is a type of Monster Card that is half green. They first appeared in the Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V anime, and were introduced to the OCG and TCG in Starter Deck 2014 and Super Starter: Space-Time Showdown respectively. A Pendulum Monster can be activated from the hand as a Spell Card, placing it in a Pendulum Zone. It can be used to perform Pendulum Summons.[1][2][3]

So far, Normal, Effect, Synchro, Xyz, and Fusion Pendulum Monsters have been seen. Pendulum Monsters can also be Tuner and Flip monsters.

Mechanics

While not in a Pendulum Zone, a Pendulum Monster is treated as a Monster Card, and its Monster Effects are applied, but its Pendulum Effects are not. If it is also a Normal or Effect Monster, it can be Normal Summoned/Set from the hand or Special Summoned by appropriate card effects, just like any other Normal or Effect Monster. If it is also a Fusion, Synchro or Xyz Monster, it can be Fusion, Synchro or Xyz Summoned (respectively) from face-down in the Extra Deck, just like any other Fusion, Synchro or Xyz Monster.

While in a Pendulum Zone, it is treated as a Spell Card and not as a monster, as long as it remains in a Pendulum Zone. A Pendulum Monster can be activated from the hand as a Spell Card in your Pendulum Zone, but it is not possible for any cards to be Set in the Pendulum Zone. Upon resolving, it remains face-up in the Pendulum Zone as a Spell Card, and gains its Pendulum Effects, if any (its Monster Effects are not applied while treated as a Spell Card). Although a Pendulum Monster is treated as a Spell Card while in the Pendulum Zone, it is not considered a Normal, Continuous, Field, Equip, Quick-Play, or Ritual Spell Card. If a Pendulum Zone is already occupied, you cannot place a Pendulum Monster in it. As long as there are available Pendulum Zones, there is no limit to the number of times a Pendulum Monster can be activated from the hand per turn.[1][2][3]

Once per turn, during the Main Phase, while there are Pendulum Monsters in both Pendulum Zones, the turn player can perform a Pendulum Summon, using the Pendulum Monsters' Pendulum Scales to determine the Levels of the monsters that can be Summoned.[1][2][3]

When a Pendulum Monster (even if it is face-down) would be sent from the field to the Graveyard, either as a Monster Card or Spell Card, it is placed face-up in the Extra Deck Zone instead. (Pendulum Monsters can cause the total size of the Extra Deck to be larger than would be allowed during Deck building.) A Pendulum Monster is sent to the Graveyard like normal if it is sent from any location other than the field (specifically, if it would be sent from the hand, Main Deck, or Extra Deck to the Graveyard; has its activation as a Spell Card or Summon negated; is detached from an Xyz Monster; or the Xyz Monster it is attached to leaves the field). If the effect of a card like "Macro Cosmos" (which banishes cards which would be sent to the Graveyard) or "Grave Protector" (which shuffles monsters destroyed by battle into the Deck) is applying, this will override the Pendulum Monster's ability to go to the Extra Deck. A face-up Pendulum Monster in the Extra Deck Zone can be Summoned again by Pendulum Summon, as long as its Level is within the Scales.[1][2][3]

Card layout

As the Pendulum Effects and the Pendulum Scales take up the space where the Set Number would usually be placed, it is placed in the bottom left corner of the card instead, in the same line as the ATK/DEF values of the Pendulum Monster. The art frame of a Pendulum Monster is increased in size, to the same width as the Effect boxes, and the Pendulum Effect box is partially transparent, allowing the art to be seen beneath it. The upper bit of the Effect box (more or less corresponding to the Type line's height) is also transparent, but to a lesser degree than the Pendulum Effect box.

Play style

A good Pendulum-based Deck has the ability to do what the anime calls "going beyond the Pendulum", which involves using Pendulum Summoning to gather Materials for a Fusion/Synchro/Xyz Summon, as Tributes for a Tribute Summon/Ritual Summon, or to activate multiple effects that activate when Summoned.

Pendulum Monsters' main weakness is their hand advantage cost to place in the Pendulum Zone, causing them to be vulnerable to effects such as those of "Black Rose Dragon". These "nuke" effects will destroy Pendulum Monsters in the Pendulum Zones as well as any Pendulum Monsters on the field, which will shut down any deck that relies on Pendulum Summoning until new Pendulum Scales can be placed. Furthermore, cards like "Hand Destruction" and "Solemn Warning" that can cause the Pendulum Monsters to be sent to the Graveyard can be problematic as well, since most Pendulum Monster Decks don't have ways to get cards back from the Graveyard, though you can remedy to this with cards like "Pot of Riches".

Cards that banish other cards (like "Divine Knight Ishzark" and "Chaos Sorcerer"), cards that specifically counter Spell Cards (like "Spell Canceller"), and cards that deplete the Extra Deck (like "Zaborg the Mega Monarch" and "Extra Gate") can also be problems for Pendulum-focused Decks. "Anti-Spell Fragrance" will also prevent Pendulum Monsters being placed in the Pendulum Zone at all, since cards cannot be Set in the Pendulum Zone. "Pot of Acquisitiveness", Quick-Play Spell/Trap removal ("Mystical Space Typhoon", etc.) and "Imperial Iron Wall" can deal with these cards, however.

Pendulum-based Decks also require that you either open with a sufficient amount of monsters or with the ability to search for them. If you don't open with enough monsters, Pendulum Summoning doesn't provide much of an advantage.

Lore

In the anime, Pendulum Monsters were created when Zarc and Ray Akaba's wills reacted to each other when the world was split into four during their duel. Yuya's Pendulum Monsters were originally Effect Monsters, but they were transformed by the power of Yuya's pendant into their current state when Zarc awakened for the first time. After Yuya's initial discovery of Pendulum Monsters, Declan Akaba started a project within the Leo Corporation to create more Pendulum Monsters so that the entire world can have access to them. The first prototypes were unveiled in Declan's first duel with Yuya, but the summoning energy they gave off was unstable and so they malfunctioned. Also, these initial prototypes couldn't quite match Yuya's Pendulum Summon in terms of energy. Although they managed to stabilize their Pendulum Monster's energy in time for the Arc League Championship, it is was never directly stated whether or not the finished Pendulum Monsters were as good as Yuya's. When a Pendulum Monster is placed into a Pendulum Zone, it appears in a transparent column of blue light from a portal on the ground not dissimilar to the Summoning of monsters in Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's.

Leo Akaba later used Pendulum Monsters of his own, though it is unknown where, how, or when he obtained them.

In the anime, when a Duelist uses Pendulum Summoning to gather the materials required for a Fusion, Synchro, or Xyz Summon, it is referred to as performing a "Pendulum-Fusion", "Pendum-Synchro", or "Pendulum-Xyz Summon", respectively. A Pendulum Monster that is also a Fusion, Synchro, or Xyz Monster is referred to as a "Fusion-Pendulum", "Synchro-Pendulum", or "Xyz-Pendulum Monster", respectively.

Extra Deck Pendulum Monsters

While most Pendulum Monsters are Normal or Effect Monsters (Main Deck monsters), a small number of Pendulum Monsters are Extra Deck monsters. Because they cannot be activated in the Pendulum Zone from the hand, they have effects to place themselves in the Pendulum Zone.

Fusion

TCG/OCG

 Japanese namePrimary typeSecondary typeAttributeTypeLevel/RankScaleATKDEF
D/D/D Superdoom King Purplish ArmageddonDDD超死偉王パープリッシュ・ヘル・アーマゲドンFusion Monster
Pendulum Monster
DARKFiend10135003000
Odd-Eyes Venom Dragon覇王紫竜オッドアイズ・ヴェノム・ドラゴンFusion Monster
Pendulum Monster
DARKDragon10133002500
Supreme King Z-ARC覇王龍ズァークFusion Monster
Pendulum Monster
DARKDragon12140004000

Anime

 Japanese namePrimary typeSecondary typeAttributeTypeLevel/RankScaleATKDEF
D/D/D Superdoom King Purplish ArmageddonDDD超死偉王パープリッシュ・ヘル・アーマゲドンFusion Monster
Pendulum Monster
DARKFiend001010000350000003000
Master Spirit Tech Force - Pendulum Ruler大精霊機巧軍-ペンデュラム・ルーラーFusion Monster
Pendulum Monster
LIGHTMachine001210000350000003000
Odd-Eyes Venom Dragon覇王紫竜オッドアイズ・ヴェノム・ドラゴンFusion Monster
Pendulum Monster
DARKDragon001010000330000002500
Supreme King Z-ARC覇王龍ズァークPendulum Monster
Fusion Monster
Synchro Monster
Xyz Monster
DARKDragon001210000400000004000

Manga

 Japanese namePrimary typeSecondary typeAttributeTypeLevel/RankScaleATKDEF
Starving Venemy Dragonスターヴ・ヴェネミー・ドラゴンFusion Monster
Pendulum Monster
???000710000250000002000

Synchro

TCG/OCG

 Japanese namePrimary typeSecondary typeAttributeTypeLevel/RankScaleATKDEF
Clear Wing Fast Dragonクリアウィング・ファスト・ドラゴンSynchro Monster
Pendulum Monster
WINDDragon7425002000
D/D/D Superdoom King Whitest ArmageddonDDD超死偉王ホワイテスト・ヘル・アーマゲドンSynchro Monster
Pendulum Monster
DARKFiend10135003000
Nirvana High Paladin涅槃の超魔導剣士Synchro Monster
Pendulum Monster
DARKSpellcaster10833002500
Odd-Eyes Wing Dragon覇王白竜オッドアイズ・ウィング・ドラゴンSynchro Monster
Pendulum Monster
DARKDragon81030002500

Anime

 Japanese namePrimary typeSecondary typeAttributeTypeLevel/RankScaleATKDEF
D/D/D Superdoom King Whitest ArmageddonDDD超死偉王ホワイテスト・ヘル・アーマゲドンSynchro Monster
Pendulum Monster
DARKFiend001010000350000003000
Nirvana High Paladin涅槃の超魔導剣士Synchro Monster
Pendulum Monster
DARKSpellcaster001080000330000002500
Odd-Eyes Wing Dragon覇王白竜オッドアイズ・ウィング・ドラゴンSynchro Monster
Pendulum Monster
DARKDragon0008100000300000002500
Supreme King Z-ARC覇王龍ズァークPendulum Monster
Fusion Monster
Synchro Monster
Xyz Monster
DARKDragon001210000400000004000

Manga

 Japanese namePrimary typeSecondary typeAttributeTypeLevel/RankScaleATKDEF
Clearwing Fast Dragonクリアウィング・ファスト・ドラゴンSynchro Monster
Pendulum Monster
WINDDragon000740000250000002000

Xyz

As Xyz Monsters do not have Levels, they usually have an effect that allows them to be Pendulum Summoned from the Extra Deck should they be face-up and their original Rank falls within their owner's active Pendulum Scales.

TCG/OCG

 Japanese namePrimary typeSecondary typeAttributeTypeRankScaleATKDEF
D/D/D Superdoom King Darkness ArmageddonDDD超死偉王ダークネス・ヘル・アーマゲドンXyz Monster
Pendulum Monster
DARKFiend8135003000
Odd-Eyes Raging Dragon覇王烈竜オッドアイズ・レイジング・ドラゴンXyz Monster
Pendulum Monster
DARKDragon7130002500
Odd-Eyes Rebellion Dragon覇王黒竜オッドアイズ・リベリオン・ドラゴンXyz Monster
Pendulum Monster
DARKDragon7430002500

Anime

 Japanese namePrimary typeSecondary typeAttributeTypeRankScaleATKDEF
D/D/D Superdoom King Darkness ArmageddonDDD超死偉王ダークネス・ヘル・アーマゲドンXyz Monster
Pendulum Monster
DARKFiend000810000350000003000
Odd-Eyes Raging Dragon覇王烈竜オッドアイズ・レイジング・ドラゴンXyz Monster
Pendulum Monster
DARKDragon000710000300000002500
Odd-Eyes Rebellion Dragon覇王黒竜オッドアイズ・リベリオン・ドラゴンXyz Monster
Pendulum Monster
DARKDragon000740000300000002500
Supreme King Z-ARC覇王龍ズァークPendulum Monster
Fusion Monster
Synchro Monster
Xyz Monster
DARKDragon001210000400000004000

Manga

 Japanese namePrimary typeSecondary typeAttributeTypeRankScaleATKDEF
Dark Anthelion Dragonダーク・アンセリオン・ドラゴンXyz Monster
Pendulum Monster
???0007100000300000002500

Examples

Trivia

  • So far, no Pendulum Monster has more than 4000 ATK and 4000 DEF.
  • "Qliphort Scout" was the first Pendulum Monster to ever be on the Forbidden/Limited Lists.
  • Unlike the other Monster Card types, there are no Pendulum Monsters that are not also members of at least one other Monster Card type.

See also

Notes

  1. The parentheses here specify what part is not shown on the cards' Type/Ability line.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "The Organization | [OCG] Pendulum Summons, New Mechanics, and ARC-V News!". YGOrganization. February 17, 2014. https://ygorganization.com/ocg-v-jump-time/. Retrieved January 30, 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "The Organization | [OCG] Points of Interest from the New Rulebook". YGOrganization. March 6, 2014. https://ygorganization.com/newrules/. Retrieved January 30, 2017.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME". Konami. http://www.yugioh-card.com/en/pendulum/. Retrieved January 30, 2017.

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