Yu-Gi-Oh!

Damage Step Rules

Here is a detailed breakdown of how the Damage Step works.

For a larger overview, please consult the Rulebook.

Sequence What Happens Key Phrases that can Happen Now
Start of the Damage Step * You declare that you are entering the Damage Step. * effects that activate "at the start of the damage step"
Before Damage Calculation * If the monster being attacked is face-down, flip it face-up. Then, cards or effects that modify ATK/DEF can activate. If the monster has a Trigger Effect that activates by being flipped face-up, it does not activate yet. * effects that activate "before damage calculation"
Perform Damage Calculation

* Cards or effects that can activate "during damage calculation" activate/resolve, then the damage calculation is performed.

* Compare ATK/DEF and apply damage to Life Points.

* Determine whether either monster will be destroyed by battle or not, but do not send it to the Graveyard yet.

* effects that activate "during damage calculation"
After Damage Calculation

* Effects that activate as a result of battle happen here.

* Trigger effects that activate by being flipped face-up, of monsters flipped face-up "before damage calculation," happen here.

* A monster that was determined to be destroyed is still not sent to the Graveyard.

* effects that activate "when this card battles" or "attacks or is attacked"

* effects that acitvate "when battle damage is inflicted" or "when you take damage"

* effects that activate "after damage calculation"

* FLIP: effects

* effects that activate "when this card is flipped face-up"

End of the Damage Step

* If a monster was determined to be destroyed by the battle during damage calculation, send it to the Graveyard first.

* Then effects that activate when a monster is destroyed by battle and sent to the Graveyard, activate now.

* Then if all effects activates/resolves and you would end the Damage Step, effects that apply "until the end of the Damage Step" disappear

* After the end of the Damage Step, return to the Battle Step. If the turn player does not want to attack again after that, go to the End Step.

* effects that activate "when a monster is destroyed by battle"

* effects that activate "when a monster is destroyed by battle and sent to the Graveyard"

* effects that activate "when a monster destroys an opponent's monster by battle and sends it to the Graveyard"

* effects that activate "at the end of the Damage Step"


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