A card being destroyed in the anime

"Destroy" (かい Hakai) is a condition that usually results in a card being moved from the field to the drop zone. Regardless of the end result, these cards are regarded as "being destroyed."


  • Card effects that explicitly use the phrase "destroy" such as Dragon Crush.
  • Monsters that are destroyed by an attack; if the total power of the attacking card(s) is greater than or equal to the attacked monster's defense, then it is destroyed and counts as "being destroyed by an attack."

Destroyed cards not going to the drop zone

  • Some effects can allow a card to "remain on the field" if it would be destroyed. Examples of this are the keyword Soulguard and cards such as Wrath Trigger. In these cases, despite the card not leaving the field, it still counts as "being destroyed," and effects that activate in response to the card's destruction like Penetrate are still applied.
    • Some cards like Dragon Scale state that they "nullify" a card's destruction. In this case, that card would not count as "being destroyed."

Putting cards to the drop zone

  • There are ways to remove cards from the field that do not involve "destroying" a card. Instead, a card like Leaping Ninja, Sarutobi will "put" a card from the field into the drop zone. In this case, the card that was removed will not count as "being destroyed."
    • Cards like Abra Cadabra! that nullify the calling/casting/equipping of a card do not count as "putting that card from the field to the drop zone" or "being destroyed."

List of Actions
DestroyLink Attack
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