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If a monster is unaffected by Spell Cards, that only applies to the monster. It does not apply to a player. For example, if "Snatch Steal" is equipped to a monster that is unaffected by Spell Cards, control of the monster will not switch but the opponent will still gain 1000 Life Points during each of their Standby Phases. Nor does it apply to something like "Metallizing Parasite - Lunatite", which would still be destroyed instead of the equipped monster, even if the monster itself was unaffected by Spell Cards.
Spell Card effects can still be applied to monsters that are unaffected by Spell Cards, but their effects will have no bearing on the monster. The Spell Card's effect will not be negated or changed in any way, and the effect of the Spell Card will resolve as normal, but nothing will happen to the target. The Spell Card still "sees" the monster and may attempt to apply its effect on the monster, but nothing will occur unless the Spell Card has secondary effects that activate regardless of its target. For example, if "Black Pendant" is equipped to a monster that is unaffected by Spell Cards, it will not have an increase in ATK, but 500 damage will still be inflicted to the opponent if "Black Pendant" is sent from the field to the Graveyard.
If the effect of a non-continuous Spell Card has already been applied to a monster before it becomes unaffected by Spell Cards, then the effects of that card will stay applied. For example, if a monster is affected by Shrink or Forbidden Lance, then becomes unaffected by Spell Cards, then that monster will still be affected by the card, however if a monster is affected by a Continuous, Equip or Field Spell Card, such as Burden of the Mighty, Darkworld Shackles or Necrovalley, then it loses whatever effect the Spell Card would have on it. Simply put, for a card to be unaffected by a certain Spell Card, the Spell Card in question must be on the field, not in the grave. This means cards like Swords of Revealing Light will not have an effect, while Shrink will (provided the effect resolved before the card became unaffected by Spell Cards
- Example 1: A player has "Horus the Black Flame Dragon LV6" and "Blue-Eyes White Dragon" on the field and the opponent activates "Fissure". The effect of "Fissure" looks for the lowest ATK monster, and attempts to destroy "Horus the Black Flame Dragon LV6", but that monster is unaffected by Spell Cards and isn’t destroyed, and the effect of "Fissure" just disappears. "Fissure" does not "skip" "Horus" and try to destroy "Blue-Eyes" instead.
- Example 2: The opponent controls "Silent Swordsman LV5" and "Gemini Elf". The turn player controls a "Sheep Token" and activates "Creature Swap". When "Creature Swap" resolves, the turn player selects his "Sheep Token" to give to the opponent. The opponent can select "Silent Swordsman LV5" for the effect of "Creature Swap". However, since that monster is unaffected by Spell Cards, the force field around him nullifies the effect of "Creature Swap", and no monsters change sides. (Note that this is very different from monsters that cannot change sides, like "Mataza the Zapper" or "Blindly Loyal Goblin". These monsters cannot be selected for "Creature Swap" and another monster must be selected instead.)
All TCG/OCG "Unaffected by Spell Cards" cards
All Anime "Unaffected by Spell Cards" cards
|Japanese name||Card type||Property|
|Abyss Prop - Wild Wagon (anime)||魔界大道具「ニゲ馬車」||Spell Card|
|Aqua Story - Urashima (anime)||水物語－ウラシマ||Trap Card|
|Assault Mode Activate (anime)||バスター・モード||Trap Card|
|Candy Coat||キャンディ・コート||Spell Card|
|Cursed Twin Dolls||呪いの双子人形||Spell Card|
|Galaxy Shockwave||銀河衝撃||Spell Card|
|Great Kite of Ninja||忍法 ・ 天空の大凧||Spell Card|
|Hyper Coat||ハイパー・コート||Trap Card|
|Lunar Eclipse||月食||Spell Card|
|Malefic Force (anime)||Ｓｉｎ Ｆｏｒｃｅ||Trap Card|
|Overlay Chain||オーバーレイ·チェーン||Spell Card|
|Overlay Menace||オーバーレイ・メナス||Trap Card|
|Shutter Layer 2||ペルソナ・シャッター・レイヤー２||Spell Card|
|Sky Excalibur||蒼空の覇剣 スカイ・エクスカリバー||Spell Card|
|Wings of Silence||沈黙の翼||Spell Card|
All Manga "Unaffected by Spell Cards" cards
|Japanese name||Card type||Attribute||Type||Level||Rank||ATK||DEF|
|Automatic Giant||機械仕掛けの巨人||Monster Card||???||???||00001800||00002000|
|Forbidden Beast Bronn||封印獣ブロン||Monster Card||8||00002700||00002100|
|No. 93: Utopia Kaiser (manga)||Ｎｏ．９３ 希望皇ホープ・カイザー||Monster Card||LIGHT||Warrior||12||00002500||00002000|
|Rune-Eyes Pendulum Dragon (DY)||ルーンアイズ・ペンデュラム・ドラゴン||Monster Card||DARK||Dragon||8||00003000||00002000|
|True Stardust Spark Dragon Chronicle (manga)||真閃珖竜 スターダスト・クロニクル||Monster Card||LIGHT||Dragon||10||00003000||00002500|
|Japanese name||Card type||Property|
|Higher Dimension Guard||高位次元ガード||Trap Card|
|Spectral Ice Floe||幽鬼の氷塊||Spell Card|