|Alternative Cost |
Even if the cost exempts you from paying any mana and no cost is actually paid, it is still considered as an alternate cost as you changed the method of payment.
The potential alternate cost of a card is defined by the ability of the card. There are cards that have alternate costs for themselves as well as other cards that give alternative costs for your other cards.
Alternative cost abilities can be divided into the following types:
- 1) Abilities where you pay a different cost than the mana cost.
- Requesting some other form of mana payment.
- Requesting another action other than mana.
- 2) Abilities where pay no cost (For No Cost)
Description of 1.1
|Nature / Creature |
■ Mana Reburst 4 (You may summon this creature from your mana zone by paying 4.)
|Water / Spell |
■ Draw a card.
This type of ability covers abilities such as Mana Reburst or Recycle. These alternate costs still require mana, so mana colors are still needed. As it's a mana payment, it is effected by cost reduction cards and cards that change the Mana Number.
- Cards with Mana Reburst allows you to Mana Summon themselves from the mana zone.
- Cards with Recycle allow you to cast them from your graveyard.
A card with a Mana Reburst 0 ability (Mystery Hippo) is also applicable to 2.0, as there is no need to pay mana cost.
Abilities that request a special mana cost
Description of 1.2
|Darkness / Creature |
■ You may destroy 4 of your creatures instead of paying this creature's cost.
■ Triple breaker
■ When you put this creature into the battle zone, count the number of cards in your graveyard. You may put the same number of cards from the top of your deck into your graveyard.
■ When this creature would leave the battle zone, you may put 6 cards from your graveyard on the bottom of your deck instead.
|Nature / Creature |
Jurassic Command Dragon + Draguner
■ When you put this creature into the battle zone, you may put a nature dragheart that costs 5 or less from your hyperspatial zone into the battle zone.
■ Whenever you summon a creature or cast a spell, you may tap a light card, a water card, a darkness card, a fire card and a nature card in your mana zone instead of paying it's cost.
■ Double breaker (This creature breaks 2 shields.)
This type of abilities where "instead of paying the cost, do this" is expressed in the text.
If the payment of the alternative cost is impossible, you can't use it. For example, Georges Bataille requires you to destroy 4 of your creatures for its alternate cost. If you have less than 4 creatures in the battle zone, you must summon it normally.
While the ability of The=Deadman, Dragon Edge requires you to tap cards in your mana zone, this is not considered as mana cost for a payment. Therefore, the number of cards required (even with Cost Reduction cards) is never lowered.
Also, these alternate costs will still trigger the ability of Entertainer of Stealing and Lying, as the regular mana cost on the card was not paid.
Example of cards with an alternate cost other than paying mana
Description of 2.0
|Fire / Creature |
■ Gravity Zero―If you have an Outrage in the battle zone, you may summon this creature for no cost.
|Water / Dragheart Creature |
Crystal Command Dragon
■ Whenever your opponent would choose a creature in the battle zone by the effect of a spell, he can't choose this one.
■ Each turn, you may summon your first water creature for no cost.
■ Each turn, you may cast your first water spell for no cost.
■ Double breaker (This creature breaks 2 shields.)
This type of ability is expressed in the text of 〜をコストを支払わずにプレイしてもよい (You may play this card without paying its cost).
- It is represented by keywords such as Gravity Zero.
Unlike the other methods of alternative costs, the above cards are exempt from paying any cost, so they can be played for free, however they have many varying restrictions.
Example of cards with the ability to pay no cost.
- Various Gravity Zero cards.
Example of cards capable of crossing for no cost.
If the regular cost of the card can't be played, you can still use the alternate cost.
- For example, if you have less than 4 cards in your mana zone, you can still summon Pittdel, Death Devil if you can discard 2 water cards from your hand.
You can't apply multiple alternative costs to the play of a single card.
The ability of choosing whether to reduce costs or not when paying for a mana cost such as Bad Action Dynamite is not considered an alternative cost, but the timing is the same.
Awaken ● Battle ● Block ● Break ● Cast ● Charge ● Cross
Destroy ● Discard ● Dragsolution ● Expand ● Forbidden Liberate
Fortify ● Gachinko Judge ● Generate ● Gacharange Summon ● Link ● Reveal ● Seal
Search ● Shuffle ● Summon ● Switch ● Tap ● Trigger ● Upside Down ● Use
Ability ● Artist ● Card Illustration ● Card Name ● Card Number
Card Rarity ● Card Type ● Cost ● Civilization ● Mana Cost ● Mana Number
Power ● Race ● Soul ● Subtype ● Summon Cost ● Supertype
Evolution Creature ● Evolution Cross Gear ● Evolution Dragheart Creature ● Evolution Exile Creature ● Evolution Psychic Creature
Exile Creature ● Final Forbidden Creature ● Final Forbidden Field ● Forbidden Core ● Forbidden Creature
Forbidden Field ● Forbidden Impulse ● Gacharange Creature ● Happiness Field ● Moonless Night Field
Mono Artifact ● Neo Creature ● Neo Evolution Creature ● Neo Gacharange Creature ● Orega Aura
Psychic Creature ● Psychic Field ● Psychic Super Creature ● T2 Field ● Ceremony of Zeron ● Zeron Creature ● Zeron Nebula
Super Deck Zero Duel ● Start Deck Champion Finals
Adds Civilization ● Adds Race ● Alternate Win ● Alternative Cost
Attack Bend ● Basic Card ● Cantrip ● Card Discard ● Chump Block
Cost Reduction ● Clutch ● Deck Manipulation ● Degenerate ● Diamond State
Draw Engine ● Draw Lock ● Draw Source ● Draw Spell
Extra Turn ● Finisher ● Graveyard Fertilizer ● Graveyard Summon
Hand Addition ● Hand Change ● Increase Power
Infinite ● Infinite Attacker ● Infinite Blocker
Mana Acceleration ● Mana Burn ● Mana Curve ● Mana Summon
Opponent Reliance ● Peeping ● Prevents Attack ● Prevents Defeat
Reset ● Resistance ● Reverse Fury Charge ● Reverse Slayer ● Shield Addition
Shield Burn ● Shield Change ● Shield Peek
Suicide ● Skip the rest of the turn ● Trample
Unattackable ● Unblockable ● Unchoosable
Vigilance ● Win All Battles ● 3D Dragsolution
Cards that can be put into the Battle Zone at the start of the game
Blocker Based Removal ● Bounce ● Can Attack Untapped Creatures
Card Based Removal ● Decrease Power ● Fixed Removal ● Force Battle ● Mass Removal
Power Based Removal ● Reset ● Sealing ● Self Removal ● Tap In ● Tap and Destroy
4 or more of this card in your deck ● Activation Cost ● Additional Cost ● Attacking Creature
Can't be destroyed ● Choose a race ● Color Accident ● Concept ● Consists of ● Counter
Dead Card ● Deck Building ● Deck Compression ● Designer's Combo ● Evolution Icon
Evolution Source ● Face Up ● Forced ● Gacha Figure ● Game
Game Table ● Hyperspatial Cost ● Key Card ● Limited Card ● Mode ● Name Rule
Optional ● Overkill ● Play ● Power Creep ● Quasi-Vanilla ● Real Cost ● Repair
Rock-Paper-Scissors ● Stop ● System Creature ● The Over Eggplant-cross
Touch ● Trivia card ● Twinpactification