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The Rule of 3000 ATK and DEF is a general 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 is similar to the "Level 4 ATK and DEF Rules".

3000 ATK or more

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 with up to 3000 ATK 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 with greater than 3000 ATK should either possess negative effects in order to remain Normal Summonable, such as "Arcana Force XXI - The World" or "Ultimate Obedient Fiend", or must have Summoning conditions that prevent them from being Normal Summoned. All Extra Deck monsters fall into the latter category.

"Super Conductor Tyranno", "Thunder King, the Lightningstrike Kaiju" and "Jizukiru, the Star Destroying Kaiju" are currently the only known exceptions to this rule. There are currently 140 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
4,0004,000
ABC-Dragon BusterABC-ドラゴン・バスター8LIGHTMachineFusion Monster
Monster Card
3,0002,800
Abyss Actor - Evil Heel魔界劇団-デビル・ヒール8DARKFiendMonster Card
Pendulum Monster
3,0002,000
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10DARKMachineSynchro Monster
Monster Card
3,3003,300
Amaterasu天照大神9LIGHTFairyEffect Monster
Monster Card
3,0003,000
Ancient Gear Gadjiltron Dragon古代の機械巨竜8EARTHMachineEffect Monster
Monster Card
3,0002,000
Ancient Gear Golem古代の機械巨人8EARTHMachineEffect Monster
Monster Card
3,0003,000
Ancient Gear Reactor Dragon古代の機械熱核竜9EARTHMachineMonster Card
Effect Monster
3,0003,000
Andro Sphinxアンドロ・スフィンクス10LIGHTBeastMonster Card
Effect Monster
3,0002,500
... further results

3000 DEF or more

NeoAquaMadoor-DR3-EN-C-UE

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

Similar to the above rule, in general, monsters with up to 3000 DEF 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. However, monsters with greater than 3000 DEF must either have negative effects or Summoning conditions to hamper their usefulness. Many monsters with greater than 3000 DEF have greater than 3000 ATK as well.

The only known monster to break this rule is "Superheavy Samurai Big Benkei", with 3500 DEF but the ability to be Normal Summoned/Set with a beneficial effect to boot. In fact, as its effect allows it to use its DEF score for attacking as well, it may be somewhat considered an additional monster to break the 3000 ATK rule.

There are currently 60 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
4,0004,000
Aegaion the Sea Castrum魔海城アイガイオン8WATERMachineXyz Monster
Monster Card
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10DARKMachineSynchro Monster
Monster Card
3,3003,300
Alsei, the Sylvan High Protector森羅の守神 アルセイ8LIGHTPlantXyz Monster
Monster Card
2,3003,200
Amaterasu天照大神9LIGHTFairyEffect Monster
Monster Card
3,0003,000
Ancient Fairy Dragonエンシェント・フェアリー・ドラゴン7LIGHTDragonSynchro Monster
Monster Card
2,1003,000
Ancient Gear Golem古代の機械巨人8EARTHMachineEffect Monster
Monster Card
3,0003,000
Ancient Gear Reactor Dragon古代の機械熱核竜9EARTHMachineMonster Card
Effect Monster
3,0003,000
Ancient Pixie Dragon妖精竜 エンシェント7DARKDragonSynchro Monster
Monster Card
2,1003,000
... further results

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