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Magic Drain

Magic Drain
TypeTrap Card
Card Effect TypeActivation requirement / Card effect


When your opponent activates a Spell Card: They can discard 1 Spell Card to negate this card's effect, otherwise negate the activation of their Spell Card, and if you do, destroy it.

How to get / Rarity

PackChaotic Compliance [UR]
Level-up reward--
Victory against--
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  • It's either negate the spell card or decrease your opponent's card by 1.


  • Enemy can still activate their spell card if they discard a spell card.


  • If you want to simply negate a spell card, it's better to use Magic Jammer.
  • This card is more effective if you use more than once. The first time you use it, they can maybe discard a spell, but they have less cards to counter a second or third use.
  • While you can't use it in a chain, you can also bring Terrible Deal in a deck destruction deck.
  • Since spell cards are often used, this has a high chance of being used, making it really good to get Dark Voltanis out. Regardless if they negate it or not, voltanis can be special summoned (if you have a dark monster on the field) and you can then choose any card on the field to destroy.

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ActionsYour opponent discards / Discards for effect
Monster/Spell/Trap categoriesNegates itself / Negates the activation of your opponent's Spell Cards / Destroys your opponent's Spell Cards

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Anoymous 4days ago
"Regardless if they negate it or not, voltanis can be special summoned (if you have a dark monster on the field) and you can then choose any card on the field to destroy" this doesn't seem to be true, as the official card ruling say that it can't be special summoned when they discard a spell
Anoymous 22days ago
man this card is so underrated here.. maybe it feels underwhelming when you only use one copy but i can definitely see it being an effective counter to many top threats in the current meta (especially econ)
<< Anonymous
Anoymous 22days ago Reply
i guess this card is just not for every deck, eg. kaibaman decks can use 3 champions vigilance instead. but this may be a good card to use if you have extra space
Anoymous 27days ago
Does it negate hhg?
<< Anonymous
Anoymous 26days ago Reply
Sure why not anyway lmao
Anoymous 26days ago
Although people say it is better than "magic jammer", I always happy when I face this card more than "magic jammer". Because I often can play game-breaking spell with just discard.
some dude..
This is a great card and way better than "magic jammer" from Ultimate Rising.

Magic jammer, you must discard 1 card of yours to activate it. Magic Drain forces your opponent to discard their spell card - and if they don't have another spell card anyway, they can't cancel it's effect.

Does it work against harpie hunting ground?
dead meme
this card is way better than seven out of ten id give it a 8.5 /10
7/10 ? good one
I need help to decide which one is better: 2 mirror wall or 2 magic drain?
<< Anonymous
Imma Richboi Reply
Why not both? :)
<< Anonymous
Anoymous Reply
i'd say choose both and 1 each. Usually when you use Mirror Wall, you destroy 1 of your opponents strongest monster and prevent a 2nd attack. This USUALLY turns the tides of a duel to your favor. IMO, not a lot of spell cards are game changers. Compared to availability of trap cards, some game changers are: Soul Exchange, Riryoku, maybe OTC, Wonder Ballons and that's it.
<< Anonymous
Anoymous Reply
You forgot ECon, which is still one of the best and most versatile cards in the game. Some people farm the crap out of Kaiba just to get 3 of those, so being able to shut it down is huge (especially if they used the 2nd effect and had to tribute a monster).
OK need help. Was using in facedown, i attacked opponent, they used e-con, but wouldn't allow me to play magic drain! This I checked out multiple times against friends. Can someone explain why it's not working?
<< Anonymous
Anoymous Reply
That's because you probably set the Magic Drain and then attacked him. You gotta wait a turn before you can activate traps after you set them. Pretty basic rules...
This card is better then magic jammer because you have to discard one of your own cards in your hand. This card makes your oppenent use one of theirs
<< Anonymous
Anoymous Reply
yea, say ur opponent has 2 OTC/ritual spell or wtever game changing spell card in their hand and gets countered by magic drain, whether or not he chooses to discard, the outcome is the same: he will have to use both copies to activate OTC/ritual. mean while, using magic drain is a -1 card for the player while magic jammer means -2. so i would say that in most situations magic drain> jammer.
<< Anonymous
Anoymous Reply
if ur opponent only has 1 spell card in their hand, you will be able to stop them using either magic jammer or drain. if ur opponent has 2+ spell cards, they will be able to activate at least one spell card even if you have magic jammer. therefore in both situations, drain is still better in terms of card advantage.
The best card in the pack no doubt, Especially for duel links format. you should run of these in platinum rank

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