Card Frame
新枠 (New Frame)
旧枠 (Old Frame)
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Card Frames detail the different aspects of a card in the Trading Card Game, with different treatments for the various Card Types


The following is an illustration detailing the various characteristics of a card.

Card Frame

The civilization of the cards: Light, Water, Darkness, Fire, or Nature is incorporated into the frame artwork, and rarity levels are shown by symbols on the bottom right of the card.


A card can contain the following features:

  • Card Name – The card name is on the top center of the frame.
  • Cost – This number, on the top left of the card shows how much mana you will need to tap to be able to play the card.
  • Race – The race of a creature is found under the card name. Creatures are grouped into various races, such as Armored Dragon, Angel Command or Beast Folk
  • Text – The text between the card type and power lets you know what abilities as well as Keywords or Ability Words the card may have.
  • Card Type - The card type of a card is indicated on the middle left of the frame.
  • Artist - The artist of the cards artwork is indicated on the middle right of the frame.
  • Power – This number, seen on the bottom left of the frame which only appears on creature card types, indicates the creatures power. The higher this number, the stronger the creature is in battling against other creatures.
  • Mana Number - This number, seen at the bottom center of the frame is an upside-down number that indicates how much mana that card is worth while in the mana zone.
  • Card Rarity – The symbol indicates the level of rarity.
Common Common — a plain circle.
Uncommon Uncommon — a diamond shape.
Rare Rare — a star.
Very Rare Very Rare — a circle with a star in the middle.
Super Rare Super Rare — four squares put together to shape a diamond.

(The following card rarities are exclusive to the Japanese game.)

Victory Rare Victory Rare — A stylized V. Like a super rare, the artwork of a victory rare card exceeds the artwork frame, and in later sets, feature full frame artwork.
Victory RareVictory Rare Double Victory — Cards with this rarity have 2 stylized V on their card frame.
Legend Rare Legend Rare — A sun symbol.
Master Rare Master Rare - A white text block with MAS in black text.
Forbidden Legend Rare Forbidden Legend Rare - An X with the "LEGEND" written in forbidden text.
秘 / ㊙ Secret Rare — The kanji character for "Secret". This rarity rarely appears on cards.


From the Duel Masters - General Game Rules: Version 1.9 (August 9th, 2018)

  • 200. General
    • 200.1. A card contains information some of which may affect the game.
    • 200.2. Some parts of a card are also characteristics. Characteristics include civilization, cost, card name, subtype, card type and power.
      • 200.2a Some characteristics may be ignored during the game.
      • 200.2b Characteristics of a card under an evolution creature etc. are ignored.

From the Duel Masters - General Game Rules: Version 1.12 (September 28th, 2018)

  • 200. 総則
    • 200.1. カードには, ゲーム中に必要な情報と, ゲーム中特に意味を成さない情報があります.
    • 200.2. カードの部分の一部は特性(ゲーム中に参照され, 意味をなすもの)でもあります.