Ultimate Rare

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Ultimate Rare

Ultimate Rare (アルティメットレア Arutimetto Rea, often simply Ultimate, or unofficially Ulti) cards have an "embossed" foil on the Card Artwork, including the borders of artworks, Attribute icon, and on Monster Cards, the Level stars. The card name is printed gold, like an Ultra Rare. This card rarity is very hard for Scalers to find, since the card has a weight comparable to that of a Common. In the TCG, cards printed at Ultimate Rare are also printed at a lower rarity in the same booster with the same card number, but in the OCG this does not occur.

When they were first introduced in the TCG, Ultimate Rare cards often only had partial foil on the card artwork, usually only on the background. Starting partially in Soul of the Duelist and from Enemy of Justice onwards, the entire picture was embossed in foil. From Duelist Revolution onward, the card border and the lore text border are embossed in foil as well. With the introduction of Pendulum Monsters, Ultimate Rare monsters' Pendulum Scales are embossed in foil as well. Some cards have a pattern in their foiling as well, such as stripes in fire, or a curvy pattern in some backgrounds.

When an Ultimate Rare is scanned, the embossed image may be muted and the image indistinct from the background. OCG Ultimate Rares tend to scan much better than their TCG counterparts, due to a slightly reflective coating present on all OCG cards (but lacking on TCG cards). This has the advantage of brightening the image, and making the foil image more distinct than on a TCG equivalent.

On the market, Ultimate Rare cards are often much more valuable than others, even if their effectiveness in the game is only above average. However, Ultra Rare versions of cover cards are usually more popular than that of their Ultimate Rare counterparts.

Starting with Breakers of Shadow, Ultimate Rares have been moved exclusively to tournament packs.[1]

See also: List of Ultimate Rare cards




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