A non-Effect Monster is a Monster Card without a monster effect. This includes all Normal Monsters (including Normal Pendulum Monsters, Token Monsters and Gemini monsters while treated as Normal Monsters) and certain Ritual, Fusion, Synchro, Xyz, and Link Monsters.


Non-Normal Monsters are non-Effect Monsters in the following cases:

Even if the only card text on an Effect Monster Card is a condition, such as "Cyber Harpie Lady" and "Exodia the Forbidden One", that monster is not treated as a non-Effect Monster.

Token Monsters are treated as non-Effect Monsters and will be affected by "Non-Spellcasting Area"; however, Tokens cannot be sent to the Graveyard as a cost, and thus will not work with "White Elephant's Gift".

List of non-Effect Monsters which are not Normal Monsters

 Japanese namePrimary typeSecondary typeAttributeTypeLevel/ RankATKDEF
Amphibious Bugroth水陸両用バグロスFusion MonsterWATERAqua518501300
Aqua Dragonアクア・ドラゴンFusion MonsterWATERSea Serpent622501900
BaroxバロックスFusion MonsterDARKFiend513801530
Berserker of the Tenyi天威の鬼神Link MonsterDARKWyrm3000
Bickuriboxデビル・ボックスFusion MonsterDARKFiend723002000
Black Luster Soldierカオス・ソルジャーRitual MonsterEARTHWarrior830002500
Black Skull Dragonブラック・デーモンズ・ドラゴンFusion MonsterDARKDragon932002500
Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon青眼の究極竜Fusion MonsterLIGHTDragon1245003800
Bracchio-raidusブラキオレイドスFusion MonsterWATERDinosaur622002000
ChakraチャクラRitual MonsterDARKFiend724502000
... further results (75 more)

Effects affecting non-Effect Monsters

Several cards specifically affect non-Effect Monsters; these are "Backup Soldier", "Cosmo Brain", "Daigusto Emeral", "Defender of the Labyrinth", "Draco Masters of the Tenyi", "Fists of the Unrivaled Tenyi", "Flawless Perfection of the Tenyi", "Gaia Drake, the Universal Force", "Heavenly Dragon Circle", "Metamorformation", "Non-Spellcasting Area", "Shaman of the Tenyi", "Tenyi Spirit - Adhara", "Tenyi Spirit - Ashuna", "Tenyi Spirit - Mapura", "Tenyi Spirit - Nahata", "Tenyi Spirit - Sahasrara", "Tenyi Spirit - Shthana", "Tenyi Spirit - Vishuda", "Tyrant Farm", "Vessel for the Dragon Cycle", "White Elephant's Gift".

Non-Effect Monsters being given effects

Some cards can give non-Effect Monsters an effect when used as a Material for their Summon, or as part of the requirement for their Ritual Summon. If a non-Effect Monster is given an effect this way, the monster becomes an Effect Monster, so can be affected by cards like "Effect Veiler" and "Skill Drain".[1]

Some cards, such as "Sword Hunter", can grant effects to Monster Cards they equip to themselves as Equip Spell Cards, even cards that are originally non-Effect Monsters.

List of cards which give non-Effect Monsters an effect

 Japanese namePrimary typeSecondary typeAttributeTypeLevel/ RankATKDEF
BachibachibachiバチバチバチEffect MonsterLIGHTInsect3800800
Beginning Knight開闢の騎士Effect MonsterLIGHTWarrior45002000
Chronomaly Tuspa Rocket先史遺産トゥスパ・ロケットEffect MonsterEARTHRock410001000
D/D/D Eulogy King Vice RequiemDDD死謳王バイス・レイクエムPendulum Monster
Effect Monster
Deep Sea Prima Donna深海姫プリマドーナSynchro Monster
Effect Monster
Tuner monsterWATERSea Serpent715002700
Digital Bug Centibit電子光虫-センチビットEffect MonsterLIGHTInsect31500500
Digital Bug Cocoondenser電子光虫-コクーンデンサEffect MonsterLIGHTInsect302000
Digital Bug LEDybug電子光虫-LEDバグEffect MonsterLIGHTInsect35000
Digital Bug Websolder電子光虫-ウェブソルダーEffect MonsterLIGHTInsect35001500
Dragoncaller Magician降竜の魔術師Pendulum Monster
Effect Monster
Evening Twilight Knight宵闇の騎士Effect MonsterDARKWarrior45002000
Express Train Trolley Olley豪腕特急トロッコロッコEffect MonsterEARTHMachine418001000
Gagaga GirlガガガガールEffect MonsterDARKSpellcaster31000800
Gagaga HeadガガガヘッドEffect MonsterDARKSpellcaster621002000
Gagagaga MagicianガガガガマジシャンXyz Monster
Effect Monster
Gogogo Aristera & Dexiaゴゴゴアリステラ&デクシアEffect MonsterEARTHRock402200
Hazy Flame Hydra陽炎獣 ヒュドラーEffect MonsterFIREDinosaur62300200
Heroic Challenger - Extra SwordH・C エクストラ・ソードEffect MonsterEARTHWarrior410001000
Infinitrack Goliath無限起動 ゴライアス Link Monster
Effect Monster
Left Hand Sharkレフトハンド・シャークEffect MonsterWATERFish313001500
Lyrilusc - Cobalt SparrowLL-コバルト・スパローEffect MonsterWINDWinged Beast10100
Lyrilusc - Sapphire SwallowLL-サファイア・スワローEffect MonsterWINDWinged Beast11000
Mathmech Diameter斬機ダイアEffect MonsterTuner monsterLIGHTCyberse410001500
Noble Knight Custennin聖騎士コルネウスEffect MonsterLIGHTWarrior410002000
Old Entity Chthugua古神クトグアSynchro Monster
Effect Monster
The Phantom Knights of Ragged Gloves幻影騎士団ラギッドグローブEffect MonsterDARKWarrior31000500
Photon Vanisherフォトン・バニッシャーEffect MonsterLIGHTWarrior420000
Raidraptor - Skull EagleRR-スカル・イーグルEffect MonsterDARKWinged Beast31000500
Right Hand Sharkライトハンド・シャークEffect MonsterWATERFish415001300
Salamangreat Zebroid X転生炎獣ゼブロイドXEffect MonsterFIRECyberse415001000
Star Drawingアステル・ドローンEffect MonsterEARTHSpellcaster416001000
Star Seraph Scale光天使スケールEffect MonsterLIGHTFairy41500900
Star Seraph Scepter光天使セプターEffect MonsterLIGHTFairy41800400
Swordsman of Revealing Light護封剣の剣士Effect MonsterLIGHTWarrior802400
Vendread Animaヴェンデット・アニマEffect MonsterDARKZombie100
Vendread Coreヴェンデット・コアEffect MonsterDARKZombie10500
Vendread Houndhordeヴェンデット・ヘルハウンドEffect MonsterDARKZombie302100
Vendread Revenantsヴェンデット・レヴナントEffect MonsterDARKZombie41800200
Vendread Strigesヴェンデット・ストリグズEffect MonsterDARKZombie25002000
Zoodiac Bunnyblast十二獣ラビーナEffect MonsterEARTHBeast-Warrior4800800
Zoodiac Kataroost十二獣クックルEffect MonsterEARTHBeast-Warrior48001200
Zoodiac Ramram十二獣ラムEffect MonsterEARTHBeast-Warrior44002000
Zoodiac Ratpier十二獣モルモラットEffect MonsterEARTHBeast-Warrior400
Zoodiac Thoroughblade十二獣サラブレードEffect MonsterEARTHBeast-Warrior416000
Zoodiac Whiptail十二獣ヴァイパーEffect MonsterEARTHBeast-Warrior41200400


  1. Konami. Yu-Gi-Oh! Official Card Game - Perfect Rulebook 2015. p. 55.
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