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Rarity (レアリティ Reariti) is an indicator on how difficult a card can be obtained. Rarities also apply visual effects on cards.
Cards with higher rarities are generally sought after, are traded at higher prices, and generally treated in better conditions.
Contents of copies of the same Pre-constructed decks are generally identical (Except for some added contents the deck may offer), so copies cards will be released in the same rarity. In this case, rarity only serves for visual effect purpose, and has no impact on its elusiveness.
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While not truly random, cards in Booster packs are generally gained in a non-predetermined manner (i.e. People cannot know if a pack will contain cards with high rarity, such as Super Rare, or just a "Rare". Unless they scale or use other underhanded technique). And since it is unlikely to gain cards with high rarity in a consistent manner, they are often traded at higher prices.
The following table gives a rundown of each rarities' main features/effects. More detailed descriptions and example images can be found on their individual articles.
|Name (ABBR)||Holofoil/holograph/embossing effects|
|OCG||TCG||Card name||Artwork||Attribute symbol||Stars||Artwork border||Lore border||Card border||Card background/surface|
|Normal (N)||Common (C)||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|Normal Rare (NR)||Short Print (SP)||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|—||Super Short Print (SSP)||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|Rare (R)||Silver holofoil letters or Black-foil letters||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|Super Rare (SR)||—||Holofoil background||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|Holofoil Rare (HFR)||—||Holofoil background||—||—||—||—||—||Holofoil coating|
|Ultra Rare (UR)||Gold holofoil letters||Holofoil background||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|Ultimate Rare (UtR)||Gold holofoil letters||Embossed holofoil background||Embossed gold holofoil||Embossed gold holofoil||Embossed gold holofoil||Embossed gold holofoil (Duelist Revolution and later)||Embossed gold holofoil (Duelist Revolution and later)||—|
|Secret Rare (ScR)||Rainbow holographic letters||Parallel holofoil background||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|Ultra Secret Rare (UScR)||Silver holographic letters||Holofoil background||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|Secret Ultra Rare (ScUR)||Gold holofoil letters||Parallel holofoil background||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|Prismatic Secret Rare (PScR)||Silver holographic letters||Prism holofoil background||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|Holographic Rare (HGR)||Ghost Rare (GR)||Silver holographic letters||Holofoil background with "washed-out" colors||—||—||—||—||—||Holographic effect|
|Parallel Rare (PR)||Holographic coating over entire surface, with holofoil as follows (see also Explanation on Differences in Parallel Rares)|
|Normal Parallel Rare (NPR)||Parallel Common (PC)||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Holographic coating|
|Super Parallel Rare (SPR)||—||Holofoil background||—||—||—||—||—||Holographic coating|
|Ultra Parallel Rare (UPR)||Gold holofoil letters||Holofoil background||—||—||—||—||—||Holographic coating|
|Duel Terminal Normal Parallel Rare (DNPR)||Duel Terminal Parallel Common (DPC)||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Dot holofoil coating|
|Duel Terminal Rare Parallel Rare (DRPR)||Silver holofoil letters||—||—||—||—||—||—||Dot holofoil coating|
|Duel Terminal Super Parallel Rare (DSPR)||—||Holofoil background||—||—||—||—||—||Dot holofoil coating|
|Duel Terminal Ultra Parallel Rare (DUPR)||Gold holofoil letters||Holofoil background||—||—||—||—||—||Dot holofoil coating|
|Duel Terminal Secret Parallel Rare (DScPR)||Silver holographic letters||Parallel holofoil background||—||—||—||—||—||Dot holofoil coating|
|Gold Rare (GUR)||Gold prismatic holofoil letters||Holofoil background||—||Embossed gold holofoil||Gold holofoil||Gold holofoil||Gold holofoil||—|
- A Test Print is a test card used for checking alignment of the printing and cutting machines.
- Fixed Rarity (FR) refers to cards whose printed rarity does not match how rare they actually are, and is seen most often with Super and Ultra Rare cards in Starter and Structure Decks.
- Sets which are Out of Print are no longer being produced.