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Extra Monster Zone


EX (エクストラ) モンスターゾーン[Notes 1]

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Ekusutora Monsutā Zōn


Extra Monster Zone

Extra Monster Zones (エクストラモンスターゾーン Ekusutora Monsutā Zōn, usually abbreviated EX (エクストラ) モンスターゾーン) are the 2 Monster Zones in the center of the field in which only monsters Summoned from the Extra Deck are placed. These Monster Zones were introduced with the release of Starter Deck 2017 in the OCG and Starter Deck: Link Strike in the TCG.


Extra Monster Zones are exclusively used to place monsters that would be Special Summoned from the Extra Deck. A single player can only use one Extra Monster Zone at a time, unless there is an Extra Link to the other Extra Monster Zone.

In the new Master Rules applying from April 1, 2020 onwards, Fusion, Synchro and Xyz Monsters can also be Summoned from face-down Extra Deck to a Main Monster Zone.

Monsters Pendulum Summoned from face-up Extra Deck, and Link Monsters, must be Summoned to an Extra Monster Zone, or Main Monster Zones a Link Arrow points to.

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If control of a monster in an Extra Monster Zone is changed, it is placed in a Main Monster Zone, even when returning control to its owner. If a monster in an Extra Monster Zone is temporarily banished, it is placed in a Main Monster Zone when it returns to the field.

While an Extra Monster Zone is unoccupied or when a monster is about to be Summoned to that Extra Monster Zone, that zone is not treated as being part of either player's field. While a player controls a monster in an Extra Monster Zone, that zone is considered to be part of that player's field.

However, even if the opponent controls both Extra Monster Zones due to an Extra Link, this does not prevent the player from Special Summoning to an Extra Monster Zone by using a monster in one of the Extra Monster Zones as Material (e.g. Special Summoning "Chimeratech Fortress Dragon" using an opponent's Machine Link Monster in the Extra Monster Zone as a Fusion Material).

Master Rule 4[]

If a monster was Special Summoned from the Extra Deck, it must be placed in either a Main Monster Zone a Link Monster points to or an Extra Monster Zone.


  1. The frequently used abbreviated form. Simply substitute the furigana with the Latin letters for the full form.