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Link Spell Card
VS's Custom Spell
Link Spell Logo
Japanese リンク()(ほう)カード
∙∙∙∙∙∙∙ Base リンク魔法カード
∙∙∙∙∙∙∙ Romanized Rinku Mahō Kādo
Anime Appearance Yu-GI-Oh! VS
Game Appearance Duel Portal

A Link Spell Card, known as a Link Magic Card (Japanese: リンク()(ほう)カード Rinku Mahō Kādo) in the OCG, is a Spell Speed 1 Spell Card that stays on the field once it is activated.

Link Spell Cards share the same mechanism with Link Monster Cards; possessing Link Markers which could create Link Zones. Monsters whose Link Marker is pointing to them are said to be directly linked to the Link Spell Card.

Link Spell Cards also possess GUARD and DEF. They can be targeted by attack from an opponent monster provided that GUARD condition is not fulfilled.

While in theory, all Extra Deck monsters including but not limited to Fusion, Synchro, Xyz, Link and Spiritual Monsters can be Special Summoned from the Extra Deck to a Main Monster Zone that is currently a Linked Zone, Link Spell Cards usually have limitation, stating what could be Special Summoned by the card.

GUARD and DEF

GUARD contains single digit numerical number ranging from 0 to 5 and it can be found written at the bottom right of the card. The number indicates how many monsters is required to be directly linked to the Link Spell Card in order to prevent it from being attacked.

For example, GUARD 1 Link Spell Card requires at least 1 monster to be directly linked to the card. If the condition is fulfilled, the Link Spell Card cannot be targeted by an attack. On the other hand, if there are no monsters located on the Link Marker, then opponent is free to attack the Link Spell Card. If it is attacked and incoming attack is higher than the card's DEF, then the Link Spell Card will be destroyed and sent to the Graveyard.

It is notable to mention that while Link Spell Cards do have DEF, they are not considered as monsters. So in a sense, Piercing Attack does not work against Link Spell Cards and opponent can ignore the Link Spell Cards and attack directly when you control no monster.

Limitation

Sample

The major difference between Link Monsters and Link Spell Cards is that the latter does not create "universal" Link Zone. Link Spell Cards have gray text written on it, clearly stating what monsters it is capable of Special Summoning from the Extra Deck.

The limitation measures capability and should not be confused as restriction. Thus if the same Monster Zones is linked by a Link Monster, then the player is free to Special Summon any monsters from the Extra Deck, provided there is no restriction being imposed by the Link Monster.

Link Equip Spell Card

Main article: Link Equip Spell Card

Link Equip Spell Cards are hybrid of Link Spell and Equip Spell Cards. Link Equip Spell Cards have two effects, written separately on two different boxes. The upper box contains Link Effects while the lower box contains Link Equip Effect. Both effects are mutually exclusive.

When it is first activated, it will remain face-up continuously with Link Effect activated. Its Link Effect is replaced by Link Equip Effect once it is equipped to a monster. The process is irreversible by normal means.

Examples