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"Axe of Despair" from Battle Pack 2: War of the Giants. The archetype condition is visible at the beginning of its card text.

An archetype condition is a condition that specifies a card as being a member of an archetype when the card's name does not.

Most occurrences are on non-Japanese prints of cards where the card's name was established before the archetype was; the most common usages are on old "Archfiend" cards such as "Summoned Skull" and "Axe of Despair" for which the localized name is well-known and it would not be appropriate to rename the card.

For Effect Monsters, archetype conditions are always listed at the beginning of the card text (but after Materials, if any); non-Effect Monsters instead list it at the very bottom of the text box. On Japanese cards, they are simply written as a regular sentence as part of the main body; on non-Japanese cards, they are always in parentheses and on a separate line from the rest of the card text.

Because an archetype condition is a condition and not an effect, it is unaffected by cards such as "Skill Drain". It is also the only text that can be printed in the lore box of a Normal Monster that can affect gameplay in any way (and is therefore not italicized). For a Pendulum Monster, it is the only text in the lore box that can affect gameplay while the card is placed in a Pendulum Zone.

As an archetype condition includes information that would normally be contained within a card's name, if a card such as "Phantom of Chaos" copies the name of a card with an archetype condition, it would also copy the card's archetype condition and consequently also be treated as a member of the archetype listed in the copied card's archetype condition while it is copying the card's name.


Archetype membership is ordinarily determined by a card's name: an archetype's support (and anti-support) cards list a specific string in their effect, and a given card is a member of that archetype if its name includes that string. Because Yu-Gi-Oh! is originally a Japanese franchise, most such support is determined by Japanese names, and when cards are localized for non-Japanese regions, a suitable translation is chosen to name the archetype and be used in the names of all of that archetype's members and the effects of its support cards, and no other cards ever use that string in their names.

There are two cases where this system may break down: where the first support cards are released much later than the first members, and those members were localized without the archetype's string in their names (sometimes including anime localizations); and where previously-localized non-members were given names that contain the archetype's string. In both cases, there are two possible solutions: rename the card, or specify its membership status; both ways have been used in the past. For example: the English card text of "Arsenal Summoner" specifies that "Celtic Guardian", "Winged Dragon, Guardian of the Fortress #1", "Winged Dragon, Guardian of the Fortress #2", "Guardian of the Labyrinth" and "The Reliable Guardian" are not "Guardian" cards; and "Oscillo Hero #2" had its English name changed to "Wattkid" to include it in the "Watt" archetype. Archetype conditions can be considered a formalized type of the first method, used where a card cannot be renamed because its current name is well-established and well-known by fans and players, as is the case for "Summoned Skull" and "Axe of Despair", or it is not feasible to rename the card to exclude it from the archetype while preserving the meaning across European languages, as is the case for "T.G. Wonder Magician" in French and "Kozmoll Dark Lady" in Italian.

Archetype conditions will also address exclusion of monsters from archetypes, such as "Hardened Armed Dragon" from "Armed Dragon" or "Valkyrie of the Nordic Ascendant" from "Valkyrie".


For inclusion


Language Text Translation
English (This card is always treated as a(n) "[archetype]" card.)
French (Cette carte est toujours traitée comme une carte "[archetype]".) (This card is always treated as a(n) "[archetype]" card.)
German (Diese Karte wird immer als „[archetype]“-Karte behandelt.)

Formerly: (Diese Karte wird jederzeit als „[archetype]“-Karte behandelt.)
Italian (Questa carta viene sempre considerata come una carta "[archetype]".)

Formerly: (Questa carta è sempre considerata come una carta "[archetype]".)
(This card is always considered as a(n) "[archetype]" card.)
Portuguese (Este card é tratado como um card "[archetype]".)

Formerly: (Este card deve ser sempre considerado como um card "Arquidemônio".)
(This card is treated as a(n) "[archetype]" card.)

Formerly: (This card must always be considered as a(n) "[archetype]" card.)
Spanish (Esta carta se trata siempre como una carta "[archetype]"). (This card is always treated as a(n) "[archetype]" card).
Japanese このカードはルール (じょう) 「[archetype]」カードとしても (あつか) う。
Kono kādo wa rūru jō "[archetype]" kādo to shite mo atsukau.

Formerly: このカードはルール (じょう) 「[archetype]」 () のついたカードとしても (あつか) う。
Kono kādo wa rūru jō, "[archetype]" to na no tsuita kādo to shite mo atsukau.
As a rule, this card is treated as a(n) "[archetype]" card.

Formerly: As a rule, this card is treated as a card with "[archetype]" in its name.
Korean 이 카드는 룰 상 "[archetype]" 카드로도 취급한다.
I kadeuneul lul sang "[archetype]" kadeurodo chwigeuphanda.

Formerly: 이 카드는 룰 상 "[archetype]" 카드로도 취급한다.
I kadeuneul lul sang "[archetype]" kadeuroseodo chwigeuphanda.


Language Text Translation
English (This monster is always treated as a(n) "[archetype]" monster.)
French (Ce monstre est toujours traité comme un monstre "[archetype]".) (This monster is always treated as a(n) "[archetype]" monster.)
German (Dieses Monster wird immer als ein „[archetype]“-Monster behandelt.)
Italian (Questo mostro viene sempre considerato come un mostro "[archetype]".) (This monster is always considered as a(n) "[archetype]" monster.)
Spanish (Este monstruo se trata siempre como un monstruo "[archetype]"). (This monster is always treated as a(n) "[archetype]" monster).
Japanese このカードはルール (じょう) 「[archetype]」モンスターとしても (あつか) う。
Kono kādo wa rūru jō "[archetype]" monsutā to shite mo atsukau.
As a rule, this card is treated as a(n) "[archetype]" monster.
Korean 이 카드는 룰 상 "[archetype]" 몬스터로도 취급한다.
I kadeuneul lul sang "[archetype]" monseuteorodo chwigeuphanda.

For exclusion

Language Text
English (This card is not treated as a(n) "[archetype]" card.)


This type of condition was first seen in Absolute Powerforce on "Chimera the Flying Mythical Beast". While "Archfiend" cards without "Archfiend" in their name had long been listed on the official website and in rulebooks, the condition text was not added to them until Battle Pack 2: War of the Giants.

The first Japanese card with an archetype condition was "Number 39: Utopia Beyond", a Master Guide 4 promotional card. In TCG languages, this card does not include any archetype condition, as its localized name contained the required string whereas its original name did not.

In the TCG, archetype conditions have been used to include cards in the "Phantom Beast", "Archfiend", "Noble Arms", "Elemental HERO", "Dark Magician Girl", and "Gadget" archetypes; in the OCG, archetype conditions have been used to include cards in the "Utopia", "Elemental HERO", "Superheavy Samurai", "Frightfur", "Ninja", "Blue-Eyes", "Celtic Guard", "Raidraptor", "Fusion Dragon", "Synchro Dragon", "Xyz Dragon", and "Pendulum Dragon" archetypes.

In OCG languages, if a card has an archetype condition then it has that archetype condition in all OCG languages. In TCG languages, only the Portuguese print of "Archfiend Soldier", the German card database entry for "Gadget Soldier", the Italian card database entry for "Dark Magician Girl the Dragon Knight", and non-English TCG prints of "Spiritual Beast Tamer Winda" have an archetype condition that does not appear in other TCG languages; additionally, the Italian card database entry for "A Deal with Dark Ruler" does not include the archetype condition the card has in every other TCG language due to it having a database-only rename. "Edge Imp Frightfuloid", "Contrast HERO Chaos", and "Dragon Spirit of White" are the only cards to have archetype conditions in both the OCG and TCG.

Cards with archetype conditions


 Japanese nameTranslated nameArchetype(s)
Archfiend Soldierデーモン・ソルジャーDaemon SoldierArchfiend
Archfiend's Ascentデーモンの超越Daemon’s TranscendenceArchfiend
Summoned Skull (series)
Archfiend's Awakeningデーモンの降臨Daemon’s AdventArchfiend
Summoned Skull (series)
Archfiend's Callデーモンの招来Daemon's InvitationArchfiend
Summoned Skull (series)
Archfiend's Manifestationデーモンの顕現Daemon's ManifestationArchfiend
Summoned Skull (series)
Aussa the Earth Charmer, Immovable崔嵬の地霊使い アウスAuth the Aloft Earth-Spirit CharmerCharmer
Beast of Talwarタルワール・デーモンTalwar DaemonArchfiend
Black Fang Magician黒牙の魔術師Magician (archetype)
Xyz Dragon
Black Skull Dragonブラック・デーモンズ・ドラゴンBlack Daemons DragonArchfiend
Celtic Guard of Noble Armsエルフの聖剣士Elf Holy SwordsmanCeltic Guard
Noble Arms
Chimera the Flying Mythical Beast有翼幻獣キマイラChimaera the Winged Phantom BeastPhantom Beast
Contrast HERO ChaosC・HERO カオスChaos
Elemental HERO
Dark Armed Dragonダーク・アームド・ドラゴンArmed Dragon
Dark counterpart
Dharc the Dark Charmer闇霊使いダルクDharc the Dark-Spirit CharmerCharmer
Dharc the Dark Charmer, Gloomy暗影の闇霊使いダルクDharc the Umbral Dark Spirit CharmerCharmer
Dinomight Powerload, the Dracoslayer竜剣士ダイナマイトPDinomight Powerload, the Dragon SwordsmanDracoslayer
Double Iris Magician虹彩の魔術師Iris MagicianMagician (archetype)
Pendulum (archetype)
Pendulum Dragon
Dragon Spirit of White白き霊龍Blue-Eyes
Edge Imp Frightfuloidエッジインプ・DTモドキEdge Imp DT ModokiFrightfur
Edge Imp
Eria the Water Charmer, Gentle清冽の水霊使いエリアEria the Clear Water Spirit CharmerCharmer
The Executor of the Underworld - Pluto冥府の執行者 プルートThe Agent
Fiend Skull Dragonデス・デーモン・ドラゴンDeath Daemon DragonArchfiend
Fortune Chariot運命の戦車Valkyrie
Gadget Soldierガジェット・ソルジャーGadget
Gaia the Magical Knight魔道騎士ガイアGaia the Sorcery KnightGaia The Fierce Knight (archetype)
Gazelle the King of Mythical Beasts幻獣王ガゼルPhantom Beast King GazellePhantom Beast
Hiita the Fire Charmer, Ablaze灼熱の火霊使いヒータHeata the Scorching Fire Spirit CharmerCharmer
Ignis Phoenix, the Dracoslayer竜剣士イグニスPIgnis Phoenix, the Dragon SwordsmanIgknight
KuribahクリバーKuriboh (archetype)
KuribeeクリビーKuriboh (archetype)
KuribehクリベーKuriboh (archetype)
KuribooクリブーKuriboh (archetype)
Lesser Fiendレッサー・デーモンLesser DaemonArchfiend
Lyna the Light Charmer, Lustrous照耀の光霊使いライナLyna the Shining Light Spirit CharmerCharmer
Majesty Pegasus, the Dracoslayer竜剣士マジェスティPMajesty Pegasus, the Dragon SwordsmanDracoslayer
Manga Ryu-Ranトゥーン・ドラゴン・エッガーToon Dragon EggerToon
Number 39: Utopia BeyondNo.39 希望皇ビヨンド・ザ・ホープNumbers 39: King of Wishes, Beyond the HopeUtopic
Utopia (archetype)
Number F0: Utopic Draco FutureFNo.0 未来龍皇ホープFuture Numbers 0: Future Dragon King, HopeUtopic
Utopic Future
Purple Poison Magician紫毒の魔術師Magician (archetype)
Fusion (archetype)
Fusion Dragon
Raider's Knightレイダーズ・ナイトPhantom Knights
The Phantom Knights
Raider's Wingレイダーズ・ウィングPhantom Knights
The Phantom Knights
Rainbow Dark Dragon究極宝玉神 レインボー・ダーク・ドラゴンUltimate Gem God - Rainbow Dark DragonDark counterpart
Ultimate Crystal
Rainbow Dragon究極宝玉神 レインボー・ドラゴンUltimate Gem God - Rainbow DragonCrystal
Ultimate Crystal
Rainbow Overdragon究極宝玉神 レインボー・オーバー・ドラゴンUltimate Gem God - Rainbow Over DragonCrystal
Ultimate Crystal
Sephylon, the Ultimate Timelord究極時械神セフィロンSephylon, the Ultimate Time Machine GodTimelord
Shadow Tamerデーモン・テイマーDaemon TamerArchfiend
Spiritual Beast Tamer Winda精霊獣使い ウィンダRitual Beast
Ritual Beast Tamer
Spiritual Beast
Starving Venom Predapower Fusion Dragonスターヴ・ヴェノム・プレデター・フュージョン・ドラゴンStarve Venom Predator Fusion DragonFusion (archetype)
Fusion Dragon
Starving Venom
Summoned Skullデーモンの召喚Daemon’s SummoningArchfiend
Summoned Skull (series)
Superheavy Samurai Beast Kyubi超重魔獣キュウ-BSuperheavy Demon Beast Kyu-BSuperheavy Samurai
... further results
 Japanese nameTranslated nameArchetype(s)
A.I. Love FusionAiラブ融合Ai Love FusionPolymerization (archetype)
Axe of Despairデーモンの斧Daemon's AxeArchfiend
Burning Draw逆巻く炎の宝札Salamangreat
Celestial Sword - Eatos女神の聖剣-エアトスHoly Sword of the Goddess - EatosNoble Arms
Cybernetic Horizon (card)サイバネティック・ホライゾンCyber
Cyberdark (Spell/Trap archetype)
A Deal with Dark Rulerデーモンとの駆け引きA Deal with a DaemonArchfiend
Fire Fortress atop Liang Peak炎傑の梁山閣Mount Liang Tower of the Flame HeroesFire Formation
Fury of Fireフューリー・オブ・ファイアSalamangreat
Fusion of Fireフュージョン・オブ・ファイアFusion (archetype)
Raider's Unbreakable Mindレイダーズ・アンブレイカブル・マインドPhantom Knights
The Phantom Knights
Raidraptor ReplicaR・R・RRaid Raptors ReplicaRaidraptor
Rank-Up-Magic Limited Barian's ForceRUM-リミテッド・バリアンズ・フォースBarian's
Ride of the ValkyriesWalkuren RittValkyrie's RideValkyrie
Rising Fireライジング・オブ・ファイアRising of FireSalamangreat
Toy Paradeトイ・パレードFrightfur
U.A. Hyper StadiumU.A.ハイパー・スタジアムUltra Athlete Hyper StadiumU.A.
U.A. Locker RoomU.A.ロッカールームUltra Athlete Locker RoomU.A.
U.A. Man of the MatchU.A.マン・オブ・ザ・マッチUltra Athlete Man of the MatchU.A.


 Japanese nameTranslated nameArchetype(s)
Superheavy Samurai Beast Kyubi (anime)超重魔獣キュウ-BSuperheavy Demon Beast Kyu-BSuperheavy Samurai
Superheavy Samurai General Coral (anime)超重輝将サン-5Superheavy General San-5Superheavy Samurai
Superheavy Samurai General Jade (anime)超重輝将ヒス-ESuperheavy General Hisu-ESuperheavy Samurai
Superheavy Samurai Ninja Sarutobi (anime)超重忍者サルト-BSuperheavy Ninja Saruto-BNinja
Superheavy Samurai
Superheavy Samurai Ogre Shutendoji (anime)超重神鬼シュテンドウ-GSuperheavy God Oni Shutendo-GSuperheavy Samurai
Superheavy Samurai Stealth Ninja (anime)超重忍者シノビ-A・CSuperheavy Ninja Shinobi-ACNinja
Superheavy Samurai
Superheavy Samurai Steam Train King (anime)超重蒸鬼テツドウ-OSuperheavy Steam Oni Tetsudo-OSuperheavy Samurai
Superheavy Samurai Ward Chief Heavystrong超重武神フドウミョウ-OSuperheavy War God Fudomyo-OSuperheavy Samurai
Superheavy Samurai Warlord Susanowo (anime)超重荒神スサノ-OSuperheavy Koujin Susano-OSuperheavy Samurai

See also