Important update to the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Rulebook | The Irish Duelist

Important update to the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Rulebook

Morning Duelists, if you haven't checked the Konami Strategy Site recently you should take a look now as there's an important update to the Rulebook and how Xyz Materials are meant to function. All Judges on the mailing list also received the following, but for those of you who aren't on the list yet here's the email.

Hello judges!

I’m emailing you to let you know that a new version of the rulebook has been posted to You will find it under the Gameplay section of your country’s official site.

The notable change in this version – which is version 8.0 – deals with Xyz Monsters and Materials.

You will find this information on Page 45, under “Xyz Materials”.

“Xyz Materials
Monsters that are used to Xyz Summon are called ‘Xyx Materials’, and are placed underneath the Xyz Monster, to show that they are attached to it. Monsters that have become Xyz Materials are not treated as cards on the field. When an Xyz Monster leaves the field, all of the Xyz Materials attached to it are sent to the Graveyard. If an Xyz Monster is flipped face-down, or becomes controlled by the opponent, the Xyz Materials are not sent to the Graveyard. They remain attached to the Xyz Monster.

Leaves The Field
Some monsters have effects that activate when they ‘leave the field’. For example, these effects activate when the monster is sent to the Graveyard, or is banished, or is returned to the hand or Extra Deck. When a monster on the field is shuffled into the Main Deck, or becomes an Xyz Material, it is no longer a card on the field, however its effects that activate when it ‘leaves the field’ will not activate.”

Please take the time to review the new rulebook, and alert the players in your area about this new version.

Judges should also read the article that was just posted on the Konami Strategy Site, which discusses Xyz Monsters and Materials – it will answer other questions you may have about Xyz. You can find it by clicking this link:

Thank you for your patience as we worked on the many translations and dealt with the other logistics involved in bringing you this update.

Remember that the correct email to use for rulings questions is

I still do not have any reliable updates about the status of the Judge Forum – I know we would all like to have it back online and available. I hope it will be soon.

Thank you again for all your efforts, they are appreciated as always!


Julia Hedberg
Judge Manager, Card Business
Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.

So basically, when Sangan and Reborn Tengu are detached from an Xyz Monster, their effects won't activate. This rulings update is to be applied immediately across the TCG so please inform your local Judges :)