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Field

Japanese

フィールド

Japanese (romanized)

fīrudo

English

field[Notes 1]
side of the field[Notes 2]

The field (フィールド fīrudo) is the area where Duelists place their cards. Game Mats (or playmats) are often used as field.

The field is divided into two halves, one for each player, with each half having 5 Main Monster Zones, 5 Spell & Trap Zones (including 2 Pendulum Zones), a Field Zone, a Deck Zone, an Extra Deck Zone, and a Graveyard. In the middle of the field, there are 2 Extra Monster Zones, which do not belong to either player while unoccupied.

The "field" referenced by card text is the combination of each player's Monster Zones, Spell & Trap Zones, Pendulum Zones and Field Zones. Thus, the field is shared and each player controls only one side of it.

The field is also unofficially referred to as the board.

Prior to Master Rule 3

A classic Game Mat
  • The top left Zone is the Field Zone.
  • The top right Zone is the Graveyard.
  • The top 5 Zones in the middle are the Monster Zones.
  • The bottom left Zone is the Extra Deck Zone (originally known as the Fusion Deck Zone).
  • The bottom right Zone is the Deck Zone.
  • The bottom 5 Zones in the middle are the Spell & Trap Zones (originally known as the Magic & Trap Card Zones).
  • Conceptually, there is an additional space sometimes referred to as the Banished Zone. However, it is never represented on official Game Mats, since it is not actually a Zone. Most video games place banished cards in a pile to the right of the Graveyard.

Master Rule 3

A Game Mat including Pendulum Zones
  • The top left Zone is the Field Zone.
  • The top right Zone is the Graveyard.
  • The top 5 Zones in the middle are the Monster Zones.
  • The bottom left Zone is the Extra Deck Zone.
  • The bottom right Zone is the Deck Zone.
  • The bottom 5 Zones in the middle are the Spell & Trap Zones.
  • The blue-colored Zone and the red-colored Zone are the Pendulum Zones. The right Pendulum Zone is located between the Deck Zone and Graveyard Zone; the left Pendulum Zone is located between the Extra Deck Zone and the Field Zone.
  • Conceptually, there is an additional space sometimes referred to as the Banished Zone. However, it is never represented on official Game Mats, since it is not actually a Zone. Most video games place banished cards in a pile to the right of the Graveyard.

New Master Rule

A Game Mat including Extra Monster Zones
  • The top left Zone (3) is the Field Zone.
  • The top right Zone (4) is the Graveyard.
  • The top 2 half-Zones (7) are the Extra Monster Zones. These are shared between both players; by putting together both players' Game Mats, they form complete Zones like the other Zones on the mat.
  • The upper 5 Zones in the middle (1) are the Main Monster Zones.
  • The bottom left Zone (5) is the Extra Deck Zone.
  • The bottom right Zone (6) is the Deck Zone.
  • The bottom 5 Zones in the middle (2) are the Spell & Trap Zones.
  • Conceptually, there is an additional space sometimes referred to as the Banished Zone. However, it is never represented on official Game Mats, since it is not actually a Zone. Most video games place banished cards in a pile to the right of the Graveyard.

Notes

  1. Not capitalized in the English and Portuguese versions
  2. In the English, German, Spanish and Portuguese versions, such expressions as "your side of the field" and "your opponent's side of the field" are used. In the French and Italian versions, the equivalents are "your Field" and "your opponent's Field", mirroring the Japanese ones which are 自分フィールド jibun fīrudo "one's own field" and 相手フィールド aite fīrudo "opponent's field".
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