Mana Recovery is a term given to cards that return cards in your mana zone to your hand.
It is commonly found in the
Water and Nature civilizations, but has also appeared on Light cards.
In the Water Civilization, it is often unrestricted to the type of cards that can be returned to your hand, while Nature cards are limited to only
creatures, and Light cards are limited to only spells.
Water / Spell / 4
Shield trigger (When this spell is put into your hand from your shield zone, you may cast it immediately for no cost.)
■ Return up to 3 cards from your mana zone to your hand.
Water / Creature / Earth Eater / 4 / 5000
■ When you put this creature into the battle zone, return a card from your mana zone to your hand.
■ This creature can't attack.
While it can be seen as disadvantage to reduce the number of cards in your mana zone, it can be used to return high- cost cards put into your mana zone during your early turns to be played later and to replenish your hand. As you are choosing cards from a public game zone, it can be seen as more efficient than a regular draw.
If a card such as
Ochappi, Pure Hearted Faerie or Shrine of Rebirth is used to put a card from your graveyard into your mana zone, combining it with Mana Recovery cards can be seen as a pseudo-graveyard recovery of cards.
Cards that have the ability as forced such as
Thrash Crawler or Fire Crystal Bomb may have an adjusted mana cost for the disadvantage of the ability.
Cards such as
Sol Habaki, Apocalyptic Sage or Hurricane Crawler that swap cards between your hand and mana zone can put the cards into your mana zone untapped, allowing them to be used for the cost of another card.
List of Mana Recovery cards
Aqua Deformer Arachnesaura, Mystery Dieter Beethoven, Zenith of "Horror" Belix, the Explorer Bell Hell De Skull, Moon Reaper Bloodwing Mantis BoleBole, Bei B Bolggenpac, Armed Dragon Carnival Totem Chaunics, Blizzard Faerie / Snowbo Patrol Cosmogold, Spectral Knight Daikong Dokameshi Giant Earthstomp Giant Elnath Gaga, Enforcer of Tectonic Shifts Fall Crawler Geo Musha Giant Heracles, Birther of Gods Hurricane Crawler Hurricane Crawler / Brain Charger Kabra Katabra Kurikuri Igarazu Kuromame Danshaku / Hakumai Danshaku Lupia Lapia Mega Kirikiri Dragon Melrosgalb, Blue Divine Dragon Mia Damama, Moja Minogami, Rainbow Cocoon / Emperor's Awakening Natura Tops, Machkind / Stomping Weed No Dandy Leekio Ogayad Sunrat, Zenith of "Reversed Image" Oramach the Johnny Pakuchita Pinpoint Lunatron Prometheus, Splash Axe Punky Beanta Ra Tobi Tol / Kendrick Harvest Rei Lin, the Smile Fairy Rose Sorcerer Rose Totem Sabermask Scarab Shinbo, Great Writer Shizenseijin Shtra Shupack, Beast Army Sieg Nachtfalter Silva, Golden Fighter Sirigel, the Absorber Snipe Bug Sniper Mosquito Sol Habaki, Apocalyptic Sage Solidskin Fish Sonandes Spark Chemist, Shadow of Whim Splash Zebrafish Squawking Lunatron Stejura, Samuraikind Syforce, Aurora Elemental Tanetarou, Invader Thrash Crawler Titan Giant Torpedo Cluster Uncanny Turnip Valcha, the Guardian Spirit Knight Victory Apple Wekapipo, Tatu Yukki, Kigurumi Faerie