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piercing Battle Damage or piercing battle damage


Piercing (貫通, kantsū) is battle damage that originates from a card effect and is characterized formally by the following card lore: During battle between this attacking card and a Defense Position monster whose DEF is lower than the ATK of this card, inflict the difference as Battle Damage to your opponent. This lore has now changed to If this card attacks a Defense Position monster, inflict piercing Battle Damage to your opponent. after the release of Problem-Solving Card Text. In one instance 'This card inflicts Piercing damage.' was printed on "Cyberdark Horn". Cards printed with similar effects in future sets and even the same set have not used this wording, until the release of the new wording.

  • Example: Player A's "Dark Driceratops" (ATK 2400) attacks Player B's Defense Position "Mystical Elf" (DEF 2000). Regardless if "Mystical Elf" is destroyed or not, Player B takes the difference (400 points in this case) as damage.

Although "Piercing" is the official term for this scenario in the context of Yu-Gi-Oh!, in many circles of duelists, Piercing damage is often colloquially referred to instead as "Trample", borrowing from the popular and longer-established Magic: The Gathering card game.

An interesting side-effect of Equip Spell Cards that give Piercing, is that you can inflict damage to your opponent by equipping them to your opponent's monster(s). Then, when your opponent attacks one of your Defense Position monsters with an ATK greater than your monsters DEF, he/she will take the difference. After all, even though it's your opponent's monster, it's your Spell Card, and thus it's your opponent — not you — who takes the extra damage, due to the wording on the cards.

Also there are effects that would give momentarily piercing effect to various monsters. Cards such as Meteorain and Drill Synchron can be used to generate piercing effect while you monster attacks a defense position monster

The following cards automatically have or allow Piercing in OCG and TCG:

All OCG/TCG "Piercing" cards

  Japanese name Rank Level Attribute Type Card type ATK DEF
Airknight Parshath 天空騎士パーシアス 5 LIGHT Fairy Effect Monster 1,900 1,400
Ally of Justice Thunder Armor A・O・J サンダー・アーマー 8 DARK Machine Effect Monster 2,700 2,200
Ancient Gear Gadjiltron Dragon 古代の機械巨竜 8 EARTH Machine Effect Monster 3,000 2,000
Ancient Gear Golem 古代の機械巨人 8 EARTH Machine Effect Monster 3,000 3,000
Aromage - Bergamot アロマージ-ベルガモット 6 FIRE Plant Effect Monster 2,400 1,800
Avenging Knight Parshath 神聖騎士パーシアス 8 LIGHT Fairy Synchro Monster 2,600 2,100
Bachibachibachi バチバチバチ 3 LIGHT Insect Effect Monster 800 800
Big Bang Shot ビッグバン・シュート Spell Card Spell Card
Equip Spell Card
Bitelon バイトロン 6 WATER Reptile Effect Monster 2,400 1,000
Blackwing - Bora the Spear BF-黒槍のブラスト 4 DARK Winged Beast Effect Monster 1,700 800
… further results

All Anime/Manga "Piercing" cards

  Japanese name Rank Level Attribute Type Card type ATK DEF
Assault Wheel アサルト・ホイール 4 EARTH Machine Effect Monster 2,300 0
Buster Knuckle バスターナックル・アーマー 3 EARTH Machine Effect Monster 0 0
Cyber Angel - Dakini サイバー・エンジェル-荼吉尼- 8 LIGHT Fairy Ritual Monster 2,700 2,400
Drain Strike ドレイン・ストライク Spell Card Spell Card
Equip Spell Card
Meteor Wave メテオ・ウェーブ Trap Card Trap Card
Normal Trap Card
Paleozoic Fossil Dragon - Skullgeoth 古生代化石竜 スカルギオス 8 EARTH Rock Fusion Monster 3,500 0
Paleozoic Fossil Knight - Skullking 古生代化石騎士 スカルキング 8 EARTH Rock Fusion Monster 2,800 1,300
Satellite Laser Balsam サテライト・レーザー X-06S バルサム 8 LIGHT Machine Fusion Monster 0 2,000
Superior Protector 孤高の守人 Trap Card Trap Card
Normal Trap Card
Wisel Attack 3 ワイゼルA3 3 DARK Machine Effect Monster 1,600 0



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