Jeremy enjoys dueling in between working as a chemical analyst and campus building manager.
Yu-Gi-Oh!'s Immortal Monsters
Most dueling strategies involve trying to outmaneuver your foe by summoning stronger monsters while supporting your team with spells and traps. If opponents take a lead, cards like Raigeki or Evenly Matched can reset the board by eliminating their aces.
However, below you'll see many of the game's most feared creatures "unaffected by card effects," making them immune to practically every removal in the game! If your opponent manages to summon one, is there any hope for a comeback? It won't be easy, but read on to discover how you can conquer effect-immune monsters in Yu-Gi-Oh!
List of Monsters Unaffected By Card Effects
Monsters Unaffected By All Effects:
- Blackwing Full Armor Master
- Performapal Odd-Eyes Metal Claw (if summoned with Polymerization)
- Raidraptor - Ultimate Falcon
- The Legendary Exodia Incarnate
Monsters Unaffected By Most Effects:
- Chaos Ancient Gear Giant (immune to spells/traps plus monster effects during the battle phase)
- Apoqliphort Towers (immune to spells/traps plus monsters with a level or rank lower than 10)
- Geomathmech Final Sigma (unaffected by non-Mathmech effects while in the extra zone)
1. Destroy Them in Battle
The best way to defeat an effect-immune card is to exceed it in battle. Now, this won't be easy, as most of the above cards have 3000 or more ATK, but with equip spells or other ATK-boosting effects, it can be done.
Watch out for the very rare card immune to both effects and battle destruction, like Five-Headed Link Dragon (who thankfully requires five cards banished from the graveyard each turn to maintain on the field).
2. Negate Their Summon
Another great countermeasure against your opponent's best threats is to simply stop them from arriving—their effect-immune abilities don't come into play until they've been successfully summoned.
In other words, you can't negate their effects once out, but you can negate their initial summon with cards like Solemn Warning. But beware monsters like Star Eater, whose text specifically states their summon can't be negated.
3. Tribute Them
Monsters unaffected by cards can still be tributed; of course, you can't normally tribute opposing monsters. However, cards like Lava Golem or the Kaijus are tributed using opposing cards, making them excellent counters to effect-immune cards.
Even if you don't run any in your main deck, consider sideboarding one or two to swap for in best-of-3 matches when you see big threats.
4. Use Them as Fusion/Link Material
Similar to tributing, effect-ignoring monsters can still be used as materials for extra deck summons. Like tributing, you're not normally allowed to use opposing cards as material, but the rare card bends this rule, like Super Polymerization, which fusion summons using materials from either field.
Link monster Underworld Goddess of the Closed World also works, as she lets you use one opposing monster as link material (although her costly link rating of five means you'll need several more).
5. Stall and Mill Your Opponent
As an absolute last resort, you can always try simply stalling your opponent and hoping their deck runs out before yours, triggering a loss regardless of immortal monsters. Remember that monsters unaffected by card effects still can't destroy monsters immune to battle destruction, so you can stall with battle-protected cards like Marshmallon (at least until he's hit with an effect removal).
Or try the field spell Mystic Mine, which prevents opposing monsters from declaring attacks or activating effects while your opponent controls more monsters than you. Since this handicap affects players, it still prevents effect-immune monsters from attacking.
Hopefully you can buy time to summon a monster strong enough to beat them in battle, a card that lets you use the threat as material, or one that can inflict enough effect damage to steal the win.
Can You Target Effect-Immune Monsters?
We've covered your best routes for toppling your opponent's strongest monsters, and I'll leave you with a final tip: you can, in fact, target effect-immune monsters. Of course, if your targeting effect attempts to do something to that card, it won't work, but targeting them can still be useful for effects like Eternal Chaos, which gives you graveyard fodder based on the ATK of its target (without actually doing anything to it).
With today's tips in mind, you're well on your way to victory, so keep dueling, and I'll see you at our next YGO countdown!
© 2021 Jeremy Gill