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Some card names in the TCG and OCG use shortened or abbreviated names or terms, either because the names would be too long unabbreviated, or for stylistic reasons. This page serves to list what each of these abbreviations stand for.

Terminology

The use of abbreviation is primarily done in the Japanese version of the OCG, due to the unwieldiness of transcriptions of foreign words. Clunky transcriptions have been abbreviated especially in card text with the use of annotative furigana.

TCG English Brazilian Portuguese Japanese Korean
ATK (Attack Points) (こう) ( (こう) (げき) (りょく) ) 공 (공격력)
DEF (Defense Points) (しゅ) ( (しゅ) () (りょく) ) 수 (수비력)
LP (Life Points) PV (Pontos de Vida) LP (ライフポイント) (Life Points) LP (Life Points)
GY (Graveyard)
EX (エクストラ) (Extra)
(ペンデュラム) (Pendulum)
(シンクロ) (Synchro)
(エクシーズ) (Xyz)
(レベル) (Level)

Monster Cards

English Japanese Expansion Notes
"A/D Changer" エーディーチェンジャー "Attack/Defense Changer"
"B. Dragon Jungle King" "Black Dragon Jungle King"
"B. Skull Dragon" "Black Skull Dragon"
"Constellar Ptolemy M7" セイクリッド・トレミスメシエセブン "Constellar Ptolemy Messier 7"
C・HERO (コントラストヒーロー) カオス "Contrast HERO Chaos"
ダーク・ナポレオン "Dark Napoleon"
"D. Human" ドラゴヒューマン "Drago Human"/"Dragon Human" often mistaken for "Demon Human"
"E☆HERO Pit Boss" E☆HERO (エンターテイメントヒーロー) 盤面の執行者 (ピット・ボス) "Entertainment HERO Pit Boss"
F・G・D (ファイブ・ゴッド・ドラゴン) "Five God Dragon" the Japanese name of "Five-Headed Dragon"
"G.B. Hunter" ジービー・ハンター "Gladiator Beast Hunter"
ハーピィ・レディ・SBサイバー・ボンテージ "Harpie Lady Cyber Bondage" the Japanese name of "Cyber Harpie Lady"; SB abbreviates the Japanese Saibā Bondēji
"KA-2 Des Scissors" KA-2 デス・シザース Not an abbreviation, but a pun in that 2 is ni in Japanese, thus KA-2 may be read kani meaning "crab"
"Giltia the D. Knight" "Giltia the Dark Knight"
"Lady of D." "Lady of Dragons"
"Little D" "Little Dinosaur"
"Lord of D." "Lord of Dragons"
"M-Warrior #1" "Magnet-Warrior #1"
"M-Warrior #2" "Magnet-Warrior #2"
"Meteor B. Dragon" "Meteor Black Dragon"
"Muse-A" "Muse-Angel"
"Obnoxious Celtic Guard" "Obnoxious Celtic Guardian" name shortened to exclude it from the "Guardian" archetype
"Red-Eyes B. Chick" "Red-Eyes Black Chick"
"Red-Eyes B. Dragon" "Red-Eyes Black Dragon"
"T.A.D.P.O.L.E." たまじゃ Not an abbreviation, but refers to a pun in Japanese where otamajakushi means "tadpole", but can also be split into the five words o / tama / ja / ku / shi, individually meaning "evil / soul / vice / pain / stop" (this is reflected in how this card's Japanese name has been written out)

Spell Cards

English Japanese Expansion Notes
"The A. Forces" "The Allied Forces"
"Double Tool C&D" ダブルツールディーアンドシー "Cut and Drill"/"Chainsaw and Drill"
"EN Shuffle" (イー) (エヌ) シャッフル "Elemental Neo Shuffle"
HRUMハイパーランクアップマジック-アルティメット・フォース "Hyper-Rank-Up-Magic Ultimate Force"
"NEX" NEX (ネオスペーシアンエクステント) "Neo-Spacian Extent"
WRUMダブルランクアップマジック-ホープ・フォース "Double-Rank-Up-Magic Utopia Force" W is used to abbreviate ダブル daburu ("double") as the letter W is similarly pronounced daburyū in Japanese

Trap Cards

English Japanese Expansion Notes
"D. Tribe" "Dragon Tribe"
"D2 Shield" (ディー) (ツー) シールド "Defense 2 Shield"
"G Force" ・フォース "Gem Force"

Card groups

English Japanese Expansion Notes
"A" "Alien" in "Alien" support
A-Counter Alien Counter
A・O・J (アーリー・オブ・ジャスティス) Ally of Justice
(アドバンスド) Advanced as in "Advanced Crystal Beast"
Attack in the Japanese version of the anime
B.E.S. Bacterium Empire Ship
Blackwing BF (ブラックフェザー) Black Feather
"C" (ジー) "Cockroach" the Japanese name abbreviates ゴキブリ gokiburi, Japanese for "cockroach"
"Carrier" in the Japanese version of the anime
(チェーン) Chain the Japanese name of the "Iron Chain" archetype
(カオス) Chaos
CXyz CX (カオスエクシーズ) Chaos Xyz
DT (ダークチューナー) Dark Tuner in the Japanese anime
(ディフォーマー) Deformer the Japanese name of the "Morphtronic" archetype
D (ディー) Destiny in "Destiny HERO" support
D.D. (ディー) (ディー) Different Dimension
D/D DD (ディーディー) Different Dimension
D/D/D DDD (ディーディーディー) Different Dimension Demon
D-HERO (デステニーヒーロー) Destiny HERO
E・HERO (エレメンタルヒーロー) Elemental HERO
E-HERO (イービルヒーロー) Evil HERO
EX EX (エクストラ) Extra in "Arcana Force" monsters
"Guard" in the Japanese version of the anime
Heroic Challenger (ヒロイック) (チャレンジャ) Heroic Challenger
Heroic Champion (ヒロイック) (チャンピオン) Heroic Champion
LV LV (レベル) Level
M・HERO (マスクドヒーロー) Masked HERO
Number C (カオス) No. (ナンバーズ) Chaos Number
Number iC (カオス) (イマジナリー) No. (ナンバーズ) Chaos imaginary Number seen only in the anime
Number No. (ナンバーズ) Number
Number 10X No. (ナンバーズ) 10X Over-Hundred Number
Number C10X (カオス) No. (ナンバーズ) 10X Chaos Over-Hundred Number
Performage Em (エンタメイジ) Entermage
Performapal EM (エンタメイト) Entermate
R-Genex Real-Genex
RDM (ランクダウンマジック) Rank-Down-Magic
RUM (ランクアップマジック) Rank-Up-Magic
T.G. TG (テックジーナス) Tech Genus
"Top" in the Japanese version of the anime
V・HERO (ヴィジョンヒーロー) Vision HERO
ZW - ZW (ゼアル・ウェポン) ZEXAL Weapon
ZS - ZS (ゼアル・サーバス) ZEXAL Servers