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The Rule of 3000 ATK and DEF is a completely unwritten rule stating that in order for a monster to have an original ATK or DEF of over 3000, it either must have negative effects to limit its playability, or otherwise have special conditions for being Summoned. This rule has never been acknowledged by UDE or KDE. This rule is similar to the "Level 4 ATK and DEF Rules".

General Statements About Monsters

SuperConductorTyranno-BP01-EN-R-1E

"Super Conductor Tyranno", a monster that breaks the rule by having over 3000 original ATK and being Normal Summonable with no drawback.

In general, monsters may be Normal Summoned with neither any special conditions nor any negative effects, such as the iconic "Blue-Eyes White Dragon". Many such monsters even have beneficial effects. However, monsters sometimes either possess negative effects in order to remain Normal Summonable, such as "Arcana Force XXI - The World" (which also happens to have one of the best effects in the game if you win a coin flip) or "Ultimate Obedient Fiend", or must have Summoning conditions that prevent them from being Normal Summoned. Extra Deck monsters do not fall into the latter category as it is an inherent game mechanic, no monsters can be Normal Summoned from the Extra Deck as a monster needs to be in the hand to be Normal Summoned

"Super Conductor Tyranno", "Thunder King, the Lightningstrike Kaiju" and "Jizukiru, the Star Destroying Kaiju" are examples of exceptions to this rule. There are currently 160 monsters with over 3000 ATK.

TCG/OCG Cards with at least 3000 ATK

 Japanese nameStarsAttributeTypeCard typeATKDEF
A-to-Z-Dragon Buster CannonAtoZ-ドラゴン・バスターキャノン10LIGHTMachineMonster Card
Fusion Monster
Effect Monster
4,0004,000
ABC-Dragon BusterABC-ドラゴン・バスター8LIGHTMachineMonster Card
Fusion Monster
Effect Monster
3,0002,800
Abyss Actor - Evil Heel魔界劇団-デビル・ヒール8DARKFiendMonster Card
Pendulum Monster
Effect Monster
3,0002,000
Agave Dragon竜絶蘭EARTHWyrmMonster Card
Link Monster
Effect Monster
3,000
Aggiba, the Malevolent Sh'nn S'yo羅阿邪神将アギバ10LIGHTFiendEffect Monster
Monster Card
3,0003,000
Ally of Justice Decisive ArmorA・O・J ディサイシブ・アームズ10DARKMachineMonster Card
Synchro Monster
Effect Monster
3,3003,300
Amaterasu天照大神9LIGHTFairyMonster Card
Effect Monster
3,0003,000
Amatsu-Okami of the Divine PeaksLIGHTDragonMonster Card
Link Monster
Effect Monster
3,000
Ancient Gear Gadjiltron Dragon古代の機械巨竜8EARTHMachineMonster Card
Effect Monster
3,0002,000
Ancient Gear Golem古代の機械巨人8EARTHMachineMonster Card
Effect Monster
3,0003,000
... further results

Further General Statements About Monsters

NeoAquaMadoor-DR3-EN-C-UE

"Neo Aqua Madoor" is a 1 Tribute 3000 DEF Normal Monster.

Identically to the above rule, in general, monsters may be Normal Summoned (or Set) without either special conditions or drawbacks. Monsters in this category include "Labyrinth Wall" and "Millennium Shield", both Level 5 Normal Monsters with 0 ATK and 3000 DEF. Many monsters with greater than 3000 DEF have greater than 3000 ATK as well.

An example of a monster is "Superheavy Samurai Big Benkei", with the ability to be Normal Summoned/Set with a beneficial effect.

There are currently 72 monsters with over 3000 DEF.

TCG/OCG Cards with at least 3000 DEF

 Japanese nameStarsAttributeTypeCard typeATKDEF
A-to-Z-Dragon Buster CannonAtoZ-ドラゴン・バスターキャノン10LIGHTMachineMonster Card
Fusion Monster
Effect Monster
4,0004,000
Aegaion the Sea Castrum魔海城アイガイオン8WATERMachineMonster Card
Xyz Monster
Effect Monster
3,000
Aggiba, the Malevolent Sh'nn S'yo羅阿邪神将アギバ10LIGHTFiendEffect Monster
Monster Card
3,0003,000
Ally of Justice Decisive ArmorA・O・J ディサイシブ・アームズ10DARKMachineMonster Card
Synchro Monster
Effect Monster
3,3003,300
Alsei, the Sylvan High Protector森羅の守神 アルセイ8LIGHTPlantMonster Card
Xyz Monster
Effect Monster
2,3003,200
Amaterasu天照大神9LIGHTFairyMonster Card
Effect Monster
3,0003,000
Ancient Fairy Dragonエンシェント・フェアリー・ドラゴン7LIGHTDragonMonster Card
Synchro Monster
Effect Monster
2,1003,000
Ancient Gear Golem古代の機械巨人8EARTHMachineMonster Card
Effect Monster
3,0003,000
Ancient Gear Golem - Ultimate Pound古代の機械巨人-アルティメット・パウンド8EARTHMachineMonster Card
Effect Monster
3,0003,000
Ancient Gear Megaton Golem古代の機械超巨人9EARTHMachineMonster Card
Fusion Monster
Effect Monster
3,3003,300
... further results