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The Pendulum Zones (Japanese: ペンデュラムゾーン Pendyuramu Zōn, abbreviated
Pendulum Monsters can either be Summoned as monsters, or activated as Spell Cards in a Pendulum Zone. When a Pendulum Monster is activated as a Spell Card in a Pendulum Zone, its Pendulum Effects are applied rather than its monster effects. A Pendulum Monster cannot be Set in a Pendulum Zone. Pendulum Monsters are only treated as Spell Cards (of a non-specific variety), not monsters, while in a Pendulum Zone.
The Pendulum Zones are located in the leftmost and rightmost Spell & Trap Zones. These Spell & Trap Zones are treated as Pendulum Zones as well only if there is a Pendulum Monster (that is not treated as an Equip Card) in that zone, regardless of its complementary zone, but effects that place Pendulum Monsters in Pendulum Zones can still place them in these zones even while they are unoccupied.
Prior to the release of Starter Deck 2017 in the OCG and Starter Deck: Link Strike in the TCG, the Pendulum Zones were distinct zones in which only Pendulum Monsters could be placed, and only as Spell Cards. The left Pendulum Zone was located in between the Field Zone and the Extra Deck Zone, and the right Pendulum Zone was located in between the Graveyard Zone and the Deck Zone.
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