Dark Magician

Spellcaster / Normal  DARK / 7
''The ultimate wizard in terms of attack and defense.''
CARD ID: 46986414
STATUS TCG: Unlimited
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TCG SetSymbolRarityLowAvgTrend
2016 Mega-Tins CT13-EN003 Ultra Rare-,--€-,--€-,--€
2017 Mega-Tins CT14-EN001 Secret Rare-,--€-,--€-,--€
Booster Pack Collectors Tins 2002 BPT-001 Secret Rare-,--€-,--€-,--€
Collectible Tins 2003 BPT-007 Secret Rare-,--€-,--€-,--€
Dark Beginning 1 DB1-EN102 Ultra Rare-,--€-,--€-,--€
Dark Legends DLG1-EN004 Rare-,--€-,--€-,--€
Duel Power DUPO-EN101 Ultra Rare-,--€-,--€-,--€
Duel Terminal - Preview Wave 1 DTP1-EN002 Duel Terminal Normal Parallel -,--€-,--€-,--€
Duel Terminal - Preview Wave 2 DTP1-EN002 Duel Terminal Rare Parallel Ra-,--€-,--€-,--€
Duel Terminal 1 DT01-EN002 Duel Terminal Rare Parallel Ra-,--€-,--€-,--€
Duelist League 2 participation cards DL11-EN001 Rare-,--€-,--€-,--€
Duelist Pack: Battle City DPBC-EN008 Super Rare-,--€-,--€-,--€
Duelist Pack: Yugi DPYG-EN001 Rare-,--€-,--€-,--€
Duelist Saga DUSA-EN100 Ultra Rare-,--€-,--€-,--€
Forbidden Legacy FL1-EN002 Secret Rare-,--€-,--€-,--€
Ghosts From the Past GFTP-EN128 Ghost Rare---
Legend of Blue Eyes White Dragon LOB-005 Ultra Rare-,--€-,--€-,--€
Legend of Blue Eyes White Dragon LOB-E003 Ultra Rare-,--€-,--€-,--€
Legend of Blue Eyes White Dragon LOB-EN005 Ultra Rare-,--€-,--€-,--€
Legendary Collection LC01-EN005 Ultra Rare-,--€-,--€-,--€
Legendary Collection 3: Yugi's World Mega Pack LCYW-EN001 Secret Rare-,--€-,--€-,--€
Legendary Decks II LDK2-ENY10 Common-,--€-,--€-,--€
Legendary Dragon Decks LEDD-ENA01 Common-,--€-,--€-,--€
Maximum Gold MAGO-EN002 Premium Gold Rare-,--€-,--€-,--€
Retro Pack RP01-EN003 Ultra Rare-,--€-,--€-,--€
Shonen Jump Vol. 9, Issue 4 promotional card JUMP-EN049 Ultra Rare-,--€-,--€-,--€
Speed Duel: Battle City Box SBCB-EN001 Common-,--€-,--€-,--€
Speed Duel: Battle City Box SBCB-EN001 Secret Rare-,--€-,--€-,--€
Speed Duel Starter Decks: Destiny Masters SS01-ENA01 Common-,--€-,--€-,--€
Speed Duel Starter Decks: Match of the Millennium SS04-ENA01 Common-,--€-,--€-,--€
Speed Duel Tournament Pack 1 STP1-EN001 Ultra Rare-,--€-,--€-,--€
Starter Deck: Yugi SDY-006 Ultra Rare-,--€-,--€-,--€
Starter Deck: Yugi SDY-E005 Ultra Rare-,--€-,--€-,--€
Starter Deck: Yugi Evolution SYE-001 Super Rare-,--€-,--€-,--€
Starter Deck: Yugi Reloaded YSYR-EN001 Common-,--€-,--€-,--€
Starter Deck: Yugi Reloaded YSYR-EN001 Ultimate Rare-,--€-,--€-,--€
Structure Deck: Spellcaster's Judgment SD6-EN003 Common-,--€-,--€-,--€
Structure Deck: Yugi Muto SDMY-EN010 Common-,--€-,--€-,--€
WSJ Jump Pack Fall 2016 promotional card JMPS-EN003 Ultra Rare---
Yu-Gi-Oh! Dark Duel Stories promotional cards DDS-002 Prismatic Secret Rare-,--€-,--€-,--€
Yu-Gi-Oh! Power of Chaos: Yugi the Destiny promotional cards PCY-004 Prismatic Secret Rare-,--€-,--€-,--€
Yu-Gi-Oh! Power of Chaos: Yugi the Destiny promotional cards PCY-E004 Prismatic Secret Rare-,--€-,--€-,--€
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Movie Pack MVP1-EN054 Ultra Rare-,--€-,--€-,--€
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Movie Pack: Gold Edition MVP1-ENG54 Gold Rare-,--€-,--€-,--€
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Movie Pack: Gold Edition MVP1-ENGV3 Gold Secret Rare-,--€-,--€-,--€
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Movie Pack Secret Edition MVP1-ENS54 Secret Rare-,--€-,--€-,--€
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Movie Pack Secret Edition MVP1-ENSV3 Ultra Rare-,--€-,--€-,--€
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Movie Pack Special Edition MVP1-ENSE3 Ultra Rare-,--€-,--€-,--€
Yugi's Legendary Decks YGLD-ENA03 Common-,--€-,--€-,--€
Yugi's Legendary Decks YGLD-ENA03 Ultra Rare-,--€-,--€-,--€
Yugi's Legendary Decks YGLD-ENC09 Ultra Rare-,--€-,--€-,--€
Yugi & Kaiba Collector Box YUCB-EN001 Ultra Rare-,--€-,--€-,--€

Card Trivia

 This monster appears in the artworks of the following cards:
Bond Between Teacher and Student
Dark Burning Magic
Dark Magic Attack
Dark Magic Expanded
Dark Magic Twin Burst
Dark Magic Inheritance
Dark Spiral Force
Dimension Explosion
Illusion Magic
Legacy of the Duelist
Magician Navigation
Magician's Selection
Speed Spell - Speed Fusion
Draw of Fate
The Dark Magicians
Soul Servant
Magicians' Souls
Magicians' Combination
Card of Fate
Destined Rivals
This card is arguably one of the most iconic monsters in the game, along with Blue-Eyes White Dragon, mainly because they were the signature cards of the the main characters of the first TV series anime.
This monster is both a signature card of Yami Yugi and the favorite card of Yugi Muto, as seen on the Tablet of Lost Memories, and Arkana; as such, in the Duel between Yugi and Bakura, Yugi's soul was infused with that of this card.
This card's ATK of 2500 established the ATK value of the other Yu-Gi-Oh! series' protagonists' ace cards, which includes Elemental HERO Neos from Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, Stardust Dragon from Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, Number 39: Utopia from Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL  Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon from Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, and Firewall Dragon and Cyberse Clock Dragon from Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS.
All of those monsters have 2000 DEF as well (except for Firewall Dragon). Even though this card has  2100 DEF, the Bandai version of it has 2000 DEF.
This card has the same ATK of 2500 as the signature cards of other manga main protagonists, which are Jaden Yuki's Elemental HERO Terra Firma, Yusei Fudo's Stardust Spark Dragon, Yuma Tsukumo's Number 39: Utopia, and Yuya Sakaki's Odd-Eyes Phantom Dragon.
In the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime, this card is depicted with light-colored skin, purple hair, purple/blue robes and a green rod. In the movie The Dark Side of Dimensions, this card's design was updated; being depicted with blue-colored skin, white hair, and a dark blue rod and robes.
This card appears in the artworks of Exchange (in two of its artworks) and E☆HERO Pit Boss.
Dark Magical Circle appears in this card's artwork.
This card's staff appears in the artworks of Black Illusion and Magician's Rod.
This card's robe appears in the artwork of Magician's Robe.
This card, along with Blue-Eyes White Dragon and Red-Eyes Black Dragon, have the most alternate artworks.
This is most likely the single most supported card of all, with fifteen cards specifically stating Dark Magician as part of their effect, in addition to the Magician theme its design has inspired.
As its card text implies, this monster has the highest ATK and DEF total combined sum for a Normal Monster wizard (male Spellcaster). Cosmo Queen is a Normal Spellcaster with higher combined ATK and DEF, but as a female, she is not a wizard.
The lore text of this card may not refer to its ATK and DEF, but to its high amount of Spell and Trap Cards it has access to. Many of its support cards give Dark Magician high offensive power and defensive power, if they may not alter this cards stats.
This card has several counterparts.
A retrained counterpart: Magician of Dark Illusion
An alternate counterpart: Dark Magician (Arkana)
Two advanced counterparts: Dark Eradicator Warlock and Sorcerer of Dark Magic.
A female counterpart: Dark Magician Girl
A Ritual counterpart: Magician of Chaos
It also has its own upgraded counterpart: Magician of Black Chaos.
A Chaos counterpart: Dark Magician of Chaos
A Statue counterpart: Statue Dark Magician
A Toon counterpart: Toon Dark Magician
A Warrior counterpart: Dark Magician Knight
An Aged counterpart: Dark Sage
A Fusion counterpart: Dark Paladin
Two Xyz counterparts: Ebon High Magician and Ebon Illusion Magician.
A Match winner Xyz counterpart: Legendary Magician of Dark
A LIGHT counterpart: Palladium Oracle Mahad
This monster has several counterparts from different series.
Yu-Gi-Oh! GX: Miracle Flipper
Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL: Gagaga Magician
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V: Xiangke Magician
Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS: Cyberse Magician
Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS: Sevens Road Magician
This card can be seen as a magical counterpart and partner to Buster Blader. Dark Magician has a support card Skilled Dark Magician which works exactly the same as the support card of Buster Blader, Skilled White Magician. In addition, Miracle Restoring can work for either this card or Buster Blader. Both also wear somewhat similar armor, and are the Fusion Materials for Dark Paladin.
In the Toei anime, this card's name is Dark Wizard.
The alternate-art red Dark Magician used by Arkana in the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime and manga may be seen here. Despite having the same name, he is not the same card as the purple Dark Magician always used by Yugi Mutou, as he has a different eight-digit passcode.
Three of the artworks of Dark Magician (LOB/SYE, SDY and Arkana version), picture his staff green, whereas in one version (SD6/PCY) and on Dark Magic Attack his staff is red and blue.
The artwork in the Weekly Jump Magazine Promo version looks similar to that of a Final Fantasy character, in particular Cecil from Final Fantasy IV. This artwork was drawn by Kazuki Takahashi.
In some Gameboy Advance and Nintendo DS Yu-Gi-Oh! games, it is possible to have six copies of Dark Magician in the same Deck, as the games do not recognize alternate artwork cards as being the same.
On the French Champion Pack: Game Five print of Thousand Knives (and in the French dub of the anime), this card is called Magicien des Ténèbres. All French TCG prints of Dark Magician and all other French prints of Thousand Knives call it Magicien Sombre.
This card's first OCG artwork is taken from , specifically from the panel where Dark Yugi declares an attack on Koumori Dragon with this monster.
This card's second OCG artwork is taken from , specifically from the panel showing this monster being Summoned, albeit with minor changes in detail.
This card's third OCG artwork is taken from . However, it is derived from 2 separate panels showing Pandora's copy of Dark Magician. The first panel is where the 2 Dark Magicians are shown together with their displayed ATK values, after Pandora Summons his copy of Dark Magician for the first time. The second panel is on the same page, showing the same Dark Magician.
For this artwork, the upper body of Pandora's Dark Magician from the first panel (barring his head) is flipped horizontally, while the head from the second panel is used as is, barring minor details.
This card's fourth OCG artwork is taken from , specifically from the panel showing this monster being Summoned.
This card's sixth OCG artwork is taken from , specifically from the panel showing this monster being Summoned.
This card has appeared either in play or on card artwork in all of the anime series. (Yu-Gi-Oh! (Toei), Yu-Gi-Oh! (NAS), Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, and Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal).
The protagonist of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, Yuma Tsukumo, has a card called Gagaga Magician, who is very similar to Dark Magician in appearance. He also has a female card called Gagaga Girl, who is the apprentice of Gagaga Magician like how Dark Magician Girl is the apprentice to the Dark Magician.
This card along with Blue-Eyes White Dragon are the only 2 cards to have had an official Chinese print before the release of Duel Starter Deck standardized Chinese as an OCG language. Its Chinese version originated in Japan, therefore its Chinese name includes the character (black) which is an exclusive one to Japanese, compared to the Chinese counterpart, .
This monster has the following distinctions from the other Yu-Gi-Oh! protagonists' signature cards:
It is the only ace monster to not have a white color scheme (unless one counts its skin color).
It is the only ace monster whose DEF is not 2000, except in the Bandai version.


Other=Dungeon Dice Monsters - Dark Magician (Arkana) - Character

OCG Rulings

Tributing "Skilled Dark Magician" with three Spell Counters on it is a cost to activate its effect which Special Summons "Dark Magician".: Effect Monster > Skilled Dark Magician

You cannot activate the effect of "Skilled Dark Magician" or "Skilled White Magician" if you have no "Dark Magician" or "Buster Blader" in your hand/Deck/Graveyard.: Can the effect of "Skilled Dark Magician" be activated when there is no "Dark Magician" in your hand etc?

"Bottomless Trap Hole" only destroys and removes from play the monster(s) whose Summon(s) provided the correct timing for "Bottomless Trap Hole" to be activated.: If "Bottomless Trap Hole" is activated when multiple monsters are Special Summoned simultaneously, then are all monsters destroyed and removed from play?
Example: "Monster Reborn" is activated and targets "Dark Magician" (2500 ATK). "Birthright" is chained and targets "Blue-Eyes White Dragon" (3000 ATK). "Birthright" resolves first and Special Summons "Blue-Eyes White Dragon", and then "Dark Magician" is Special Summoned as Chain Link 1. If "Bottomless Trap Hole" is activated, then only "Dark Magician" is destroyed and removed from play because its Summon allowed "Bottomless Trap Hole

Previously Official Rulings

Mentions in Other Rulings

A Hero Emerges: You can Special Summon a high-level monster, like "Dark Magician", with "A Hero Emerges". But if your opponent selects a Special Summon-only monster like "Dark Necrofear", or a Spirit Monster, it is sent to the Graveyard.

Big Bang Shot: If you equip your "Big Bang Shot" to your opponent's "Dark Magician", and "Dark Magician" attacks your "Giant Soldier of Stone", the opponent of the owner of the "Big Bang Shot" takes the damage (so your opponent, who attacked with "Dark Magician", takes 900 points of damage.)

Chthonian Alliance: The monster equipped with this card does not count towards the bonus. So if you have 2 “Dark Magicians” on the field, and 1 is equipped with “Chthonian Alliance”, it has +800 ATK.

Contract with the Abyss: "Contract with the Abyss" is used as a generic substitute for Ritual Spell Cards like "Black Illusion Ritual" and "Contract with the Dark Master". You cannot use "Contract with the Abyss" to Ritual Summon a non-Ritual Monster like "Dark Magician".

Cyber Blader: Example 1: The opponent controls “Gemini Elf” and “Dark Magician”. The opponent attacks with their “Dark Magician”, attacking “Cyber Blader”, whose ATK is currently doubled. The opponent activates “Mystik Wok” and Tributes their “Gemini Elf” to gain 1900 Life Points. “Cyber Blader” now has 2100 ATK points, so it does not destroy “Dark Magician”, but since the opponent has only 1 monster now, “Cyber Blader” is not destroyed as a result of battle, either.

Dark Magic Attack: If you activate "Dark Magic Attack", and the "Dark Magician" is removed from the field with "Interdimensional Matter Transporter" or "Compulsory Evacuation Device", or flipped face-down with "Book of Moon", or destroyed by "Ring of Destruction", "Dark Magic Attack's" effect still resolves.

Dark Magic Curtain: If you activate “Dark Magic Curtain” to Special Summon “Dark Magician” and later in the turn another effect would cause you to Special Summon a monster, you will not be able to Special Summon the monster. For example, your “Insect Queen” would not be able to Special Summon an “Insect Monster Token” during your End Phase.

Dark Magic Curtain: If you Chain “Serial Spell” to “Dark Magic Curtain”, the effect that prevents you from Normal Summoning, Flip Summoning, or Special Summoning for the remainder of the turn is still applied. When “Serial Spell” resolves it will Special Summon 1 “Dark Magician” from your Deck and it will apply the Summon-restriction, so when “Dark Magic Curtain's” effect tries to resolve its effect will disappear because you cannot Special Summon a monster.

Dedication through Light and Darkness: You can Tribute a face-down "Dark Magician" to activate "Dedication through Light and Darkness".

Double Attack: If you use “Cost Down” so that your “Blue-Eyes White Dragon” in your hand is Level 6, then you cannot discard it to activate “Double Attack” and target your Level 7 “Dark Magician” on the field.

Metalsilver Armor: If you attack with "Dark Magician", and you control another monster equipped with "Metalsilver Armor", your opponent cannot activate "Magic Cylinder" because "Magic Cylinder" targets and only the monster equipped with "Metalsilver Armor" can be targeted (and it is not attacking).

Pole Position: If you control "Dark Magician" and your opponent controls "Blue-Eyes White Dragon", and you activate "Flint" targeting "Blue-Eyes White Dragon", and your opponent chains "Pole Position", then "Flint" is equipped meaninglessly to "Blue-Eyes White Dragon". If "Blue-Eyes White Dragon" is destroyed, "Flint" can be equipped to "Dark Magician" meaninglessly if you choose (even if other monsters are on the field).

Reasoning: You can Special Summon a high-level monster like "Dark Magician" with "Reasoning", but not Special Summon-only monsters like "Gate Guardian", Ritual Monsters, etc.

Serial Spell: If you activate "Monster Reborn", and chain "Serial Spell", discarding your entire hand, you can select and revive one of the monsters you discarded for the cost of "Serial Spell" to be the monster that "Serial Spell" Special Summons to the field. (For example, if you target "Dark Magician" with "Monster Reborn", then chain "Serial Spell" and discard "Buster Blader", you can use "Serial Spell" to Special Summon the "Buster Blader" you discarded to activate "Serial Spell".)

Skilled Dark Magician: This monster's effect does NOT target and you select the monster when you resolve the effect, so if you Tribute it to Special Summon "Dark Magician" from your Graveyard and your opponent chains "Disappear" and removes that "Dark Magician", you can Special Summon a different "Dark Magician" from your hand/Deck/Graveyard instead.

Skilled Dark Magician: If there are no "Dark Magician" in your hand, Deck, and Graveyard, you cannot activate "Skilled Dark Magician's" effect that Special Summons "Dark Magician".

Skilled Dark Magician: If a player controls the opponent's "Skilled Dark Magician" and Tribute it with 3 Spell Counters, the player who controlled and Tributed the "Skilled Dark Magician" is the player who Special Summons "Dark Magician" from the hand, Deck, or Graveyard.

Thousand Knives: The required card only needs to be face-up on the field. It does not need to be a Monster Card, so if "Dark Magician" is equipped to your "Relinquished", you can activate "Thousand Knives".

Thunder Nyan Nyan: "Thunder Nyan Nyan" can be destroyed by her own effect between steps in a chain. For example, the opponent targets your "Thunder Nyan Nyan" with "Snatch Steal". You chain "Call of the Haunted" to Special Summon "Dark Magician" from your Graveyard, a DARK monster. The chain resolves as follows: "Call of the Haunted" resolves, "Thunder Nyan Nyan" is destroyed because there is a DARK monster on the field, "Snatch Steal"’s effect disappears because the target is no longer on the field.