In Duel Masters, the actions that a player can take during a turn are strictly defined. This order is called a step, with each turn divided into 7 steps. This is shown in detail on the How to Play page.
A turn consists of the following steps.
- 1) Begin your Turn: Resolve any summoning sickness from creatures in the battle zone.
- 2) Untap Step: Your creatures in the battle zone and cards in your mana zone are untapped. This is forced.
- 3) Start of Turn Step: Any abilities that trigger at "the start of your turn" are resolved now.
- 4) Draw Step: You draw a card. This is forced. If you have no deck, you lose when you draw the last card.
- 5) Charge Step: You may put a card into your mana zone. This is optional.
- 6) Main Step: You may use cards, such as summoning creatures, casting spells, generating and crossing cross gear or fortifying castles. You can do these actions as many times as you want, in any order, as long as you can pay their costs.
- 7) Attack Step: You can attack with creatures or use Tap Abilities. You may do this in any order as long as you have eligible creatures to attack.
- 8) End Step: The turn finishes after you have no more creatures to attack with.
- 9) End of Turn triggers: Any abilities that trigger at "the end of your turn" are resolved now.
- 10) The turn is complete and the active player switches.
Step 1 (Start of Turn step)
Your turn begins, and any creatures that previously were affected by summoning sickness now lose it.
Step 2 (Untap step)
The active player untaps all cards in the battle zone and their mana zone, unless certain effects prevent cards from being untapped. This is the only part of the turn where abilities such as Silent Skill can be used.
Step 3 (Start of Turn triggers)
Any abilities that trigger at "the start of your turn" are resolved now.
Step 4 (Draw step)
The player draws a card from their deck. This is forced. During your first turn, if you are going first, you don't draw a card.
Step 5 (Charge step)
The player can put a card from their hand into their mana zone, to use for summoning creatures or casting spells. However, it isn't compulsory and you can choose not to put anything into the mana zone and proceed directly to the next step.
Step 6 (Main step)
A field stays in the battle zone until removed.
Step 7 (Attack step)
If the player has a creature in the battle zone, he can tap it to attack either a tapped creature, or a player. If he attacks a player and they have a shield, the attacking player must choose a shield for the creature to break. Creatures other than evolution creatures and linked Gods that have been put into the battle zone this turn have summoning sickness can't attack in the same turn, unless effects state otherwise.
Step 8 (End of Turn Step)
The player ends the turn, and resolve any pending triggers.
Step 9 (End of Turn triggers
Any abilities that trigger at "the end of your turn" are resolved now.
Step 10 (Turn Ends)
The turn completely ends, and your opponent proceeds to their untap step.
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
D2 Field ● DG Field ● DM Field
Dragheart Creature ● Dragheart Fortress ● Dragheart Weapon
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 ● 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