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Pendulum Scale

Pendulum Scales
Pendulum Scale symbols

Japanese

ペンデュラムスケール

Japanese (ruby)

ペンデュラムスケール

Japanese (base text)

Pスケール

Japanese (romanized)

Pendyuramu Sukēru

English

Pendulum Scale

A Pendulum Scale (Japanese: ペンデュラムスケール Pendyuramu Sukēru, abbreviated ペンデュラムスケール in card text) (abbreviated as "PS" or "PSC" in the manga) is a set of indicators unique to Pendulum Monsters. Two of them are located above the "Monster Effect" text box of the Pendulum Monster, with the "Pendulum Effect" of the Pendulum Monster placed between them. All Pendulum Monsters have two Pendulum Scale values, signified by the blue symbol for the left, and the red symbol for the right.

Pendulum Summon

Pendulum Scale (Anime)

The Pendulum Scales of "Stargazer Magician" and "Timegazer Magician".

Pendulum Scales are used in Pendulum Summoning. If there is a Pendulum Monster in both of the two Pendulum Zones, once per turn monsters in the hand and/or Pendulum Monsters that have been sent face-up to the Extra Deck can be Pendulum Summoned as long as their Levels are in between the Pendulum Scales of the two monsters exclusively. (Therefore, monsters cannot be Pendulum Summoned if the monsters in the two Pendulum Zones have the same Scale, or Scales that are only one number apart.) In the anime, the Pendulum Scale appears as a glowing number below the Pendulum Monster when it is in the Pendulum Zone.

Other Details

When Pendulum Monsters were first introduced, it was said in official explanations that monsters placed in the left Pendulum Zone would have their blue Pendulum Scale active, while the right Pendulum Zone would have the red Pendulum Scale active, implying that it was initially planned to make Pendulum Monsters with mismatched Scales. However, such Pendulum Monsters were never released, nor cards with effects that could cause a single monster to have two different Pendulum Scales. As such, this detail currently has no application in gameplay.

A monster's Pendulum Scale seems to have some link to its Level, with higher-Level monsters tending to have lower Scales. Additionally, since most Pendulum Monsters released to date don't have a Scale equal to their Level/Rank, this means that those monsters can be potentially Pendulum Summoned using another copy of themselves.

As with Levels, Ranks, ATK, and DEF, there appear to be some unofficial conventions that govern how high or low a monster's Pendulum Scale values may be. A monster's Pendulum Scales may be as low as 2 or as high as 7 in normal cases; having a Scale of 1 or lower or a Scale of 8 or higher may require that the monster's Pendulum Effect have negative effects or conditions that restrict its use, with some cannot be negated.

As with all four of the above, a monster's Pendulum Scale may change from its printed number during a Duel due to other card effects.

Anime

Gallery

Trivia

  • Until the release of Booster Pack Maximum Crisis in 2017, it was impossible to Pendulum Summon Level 1, 10, 11 and Level 12 monsters through normal means, as there were no Scale 0 or Scale 13 Pendulum Monsters (nor Scale 11 and 12).
  • Currently, Scale 11 is the only value yet to exist in the OCG/TCG.

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