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Battle Phase

This page notes what the battle phase is and deitlas of damage step, one of the four steps constitute the battle phase.
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Battle Phase

What is the battle phase?

The following four notes are the basics of the phase:

  • The battle phase is the phase which a player moves from the main phase 1 to.
  • A player can declare an attack only during a battle phase.
  • This phase can be skipped if a player do not want to conduct a battle.
  • A player who goes first do not have a right to have a battle phase for a first turn (From the second turn, the player can conduct a battle phase).

Steps

Four steps

The battle phase consists of the following four steps:

  1. Start Step
  2. Battle Step
  3. Damage Step
  4. End Step

Flow of the battle phase

The battle step and damage step are conducted whenever a player have a battle.

Step Description
Start Step The step to begin the battle phase.
Battle Step The step to attack with your monster card.
Damage Step The step to calculate how much damage a player get.
End Step The step to end the battle phase.

Damage Step

Activating card effects

During the damage step, cards that are spell speed 2 or 3 can be activated to use their effect. That means that a player can use quick-play spell, monster's quick effect, normal/continuous/counter traps in the step.

Spell
speed
Card type
1Norma/equip/continuous/field/ritual spell
Monster's ignition/trigger/flip effect
2Quick-play spell
Monster's quick effect
Normal/continuous trap
3Counter trap

Combat trick

Combat trick, the term used in Japan, refers to that activating the effects of cards, such as Shrink and Rush Recklessly, during the damage step in order to help a monster card to beat the monster card controlled by an opponent.

In the Duel Link's official promotion video, Kaiba Seto activates Reinforcements during a damage step. That is combat trick.

Card effect activation is not prevented by spell speed 1 cards since those cards cannot be used during the damage step.

Comments

Anoymous
Ok so someone explain to me this: I had swift Gaia out, opponent attacked me while o had windstorm of etaqua, wild tornado and imterdimensional transporter face down, waited till the damage step, activated metal morph and I could not activate and of the 3 even tho all 3 would have helped me. They are all spell speed 2. I could not activate wild storm yet because they did not reveal the metalmorph yet and when they did, I was not giving the option to activate one of my 3 traps. Please explain cuz this is ridiculous
<< Anonymous
Kazin_X 1days ago Reply
You cannot activate any of those cards during damage steps. Damage step is reserved for attack/defense changes and appropriate counter traps.

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