For Beginners


The Yu-Gi-Oh! Official Card Game is a turn-based card game where you Duel against opponents and their Deck of cards!

The objective of the game is to Summon monster cards from your Hand to fight, and reduce your opponent's LP to 0!



Card Types

Cards are separated into three main types: Monster Cards, Spell Cards, and Trap Cards.

Monster Card Types
Monster Cards
  1. Normal Monsters have no additional Effects.
  2. Effect Monsters have special added effects in addition to their basic stats.
  3. An Xyz (pronounced Exceeds) Monster needs to be to be "Xyz Summoned" into play by sacrificing other monsters of the same Level.
  4. Other powerful cards of this type such as Ritual, Fusion, and Synchro Monsters also exist! Find out more in the Official Rulebook!
Spell Cards
Spell Cards
The Effects these cards can invoke are invaluable, affecting duels in many ways!
Trap Cards
Trap Cards
These cards may have very specific conditions to be triggered, but could well be the key to turning a duel in your favor!

Reading The Cards

Placing Cards: The Dueling Mat

Dueling Mat

Master Rule Official Rulebook

Official Rulebook

The Official Rulebook is included in Starter and Structure Decks.
You can also download and print yourself a copy for taking along!

Other Ways To Learn & Practice

Learn about the rules before Xyz Summoning became a core part of the game!

Official Rules Video


Learn about the rules prior to Master Rule 2, and learn more about the flow of a duel through this video!