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
BaroxバロックスFusion MonsterDARKFiend513801530
Tenyi Ashura天威の鬼神Link MonsterDARKWyrm3000
Bickuriboxデビル・ボックスFusion MonsterDARKFiend723002000
Charubin the Fire Knight炎の騎士 キラーFusion MonsterFIREPyro31100800
Crab Turtleクラブ・タートルRitual MonsterWATERAqua825502500
Deepsea Shark深海に潜むサメFusion MonsterWATERFish519001600
Empress Judge裁きを下す女帝Fusion MonsterEARTHWarrior621001700
Fortress Whale要塞クジラRitual MonsterWATERFish723502150
Javelin BeetleジャベリンビートルRitual MonsterEARTHInsect824502550
... further results (15 more)

Effects affecting non-Effect Monsters

Several cards specifically affect non-Effect Monsters; these are "Daigusto Emeral", "Defender of the Labyrinth", "Fists of the Unrivaled Tenyi", "Flawless Perfection of the Tenyi", "Gaia Drake, the Universal Force", "Shaman of the Tenyi", "Tenyi Dragon - Ashuna", "Tenyi Master of the Dragon Fist", "Tenyi Spirit - Adhara", "Tenyi Spirit - Mapura", "Tenyi Spirit - Nahata", "Tenyi Spirit - Shthana", "Tenyi Spirit - Vishuda", "Vessel for the Dragon Cycle".

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
Infinitrack Goliath無限起動 ゴライアス Link Monster
Effect Monster
Noble Knight CustenninEffect MonsterLIGHTWarrior410002000
Photon Vanisherフォトン・バニッシャーEffect MonsterLIGHTWarrior420000
Vendread Coreヴェンデット・コアEffect MonsterDARKZombie10500


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