Keyword Action
キーワード処理 (Kīwādo Shori)
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A Keyword Action is a word or words, usually a verb, that substitutes for a piece of rules text.


Keyword actions and keyword abilities are closely related. Both represent a longer segment of rules text. Because they have a specific rules meaning and are listed in the Rulebook, keywords of either type can be referenced from other cards.

They differ in that keyword abilities are either characteristics of cards, whereas keyword actions describe game-related actions.

  • Leave, Flip, Look, Face-up do not function by themselves, and are not keyword functions. They each require additional text to work. For example, "leave" requires "the battle zone" and Flip requires "to its higher costing side".

Generate and Fortify are often written in Reminder Text.

List of Keyword Actions

The following are yet not written in the General Game Rules.


From the Duel Masters - General Game Rules: Version 1.20 (July 17, 2020)

  • 701.1. Most actions described in a card’s rules text use the standard language definitions of the verbs within, but some specialized verbs are used whose meanings may not be clear. These “keywords” are game terms; sometimes reminder text summarizes their meanings.

From the Duel Masters - General Game Rules: Version 1.20 (July 17, 2020)

  • 701.1. カードのルール文章に書かれている処理のほとんどは普通の言語で書かれていますが, いくつかの動詞は定義が必要です.それらの「キーワード」はゲーム用語であり, 注釈文で意味:が要約されていることがあります.


  • The May 24, 2016 update of the Duel Masters General Game Rules indicates that the action of "Drawing a Card" in Chapter 1 of the "Game Basics" isn't regarded as a keyword action.
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