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Individual Yu-Gi-Oh Cards

Individual Yu-Gi-Oh singles provide you with everything you need to start building your collection or craft a starter deck that can be used in matches and tournaments with other players. These single cards vary greatly in rarity, which is important because rarer ones can be more powerful in battle. By selecting individual monsters, spells, or traps, you can have complete say over which ones you obtain and how you use them in a match.

What are the different types of Yu-Gi-Oh cards?

There are three types of cards available in the Yu-Gi-Oh game as singles or in a pack, including monster, spell, and trap cards.

  • Monster singles are the primary way in which you can attack an opponent and deplete their life points. Some monsters have their own spells and traps that can be useful for defense as well.
  • Spells can be played directly from your hand or placed into the field of play in order to be used later in the match. Spells can boost the attack damage of your monsters, destroy opponent cards, or reduce the life points of your opponent.
  • Traps are used and activated in specific situations, such as when an opponent attacks. When used in the right situation, they can destroy monsters or redirect damage to the opponent.
How are Yu-Gi-Oh decks formed in a match?

When you're getting ready to play a match against a friend or have entered into a Yu-Gi-Oh tournament, you'll be tasked with building a starter deck of single cards that can be used throughout the match. This starter deck is comprised of anywhere from 40 to 60 cards, although a separate side deck of 15 is allowed if you wish to switch out some monsters or spells between matches. You can only use three of each card per deck and must not use any monster, spell, or trap singles in the deck that's on the forbidden or limited list.

What do the different Yu-Gi-Oh rarities indicate?

When you're battling an opponent in Yu-Gi-Oh, the monsters, spells, or traps you use can make all the difference in turning the tides of battle. In most cases, the higher the rarity, the more powerful a card will be in battle.

There are six different rarities in Yu-Gi-Oh. Understanding how to identify the single cards you obtain is helpful whether you're just collecting them or building a deck to use in match play.

  • Common – These single cards are the easiest to find and come with no special lettering or holofoil.
  • Rare – These are somewhat common and are identified by their use of silver and black holofoil for the lettering of the card names.
  • Secret Rare – The foil on the name is holographic silver, while the art itself is polarized for a more unique look.
  • Super Rare – The art on these is printed in holofoil.
  • Ultimate Rare – The art, borders, and buttons on these Yu-Gi-Oh cards are embossed in a specialized relief effect.
  • Ultra Rare – These Yu-Gi-Oh cards consist entirely of gold holofoil lettering for a very distinct look.
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