Dice Masters Keywords:

Revised November 16, 2016

Abilities: The text on the die’s associated card.

Action Die: A die that has no character faces. A face on such a die that shows the special graphic and can be used for a powerful effect.

Active: A character is active if at least one copy of that character die is in the Field Zone. Effects that are applied while a character is active don’t stack for multiple copies of that die in one player’s Field Zone.

Adventurer: Any character with the Experience ability.

Aftershock: When this character leaves the Field Zone because of your opponent (damage from their characters or actions, getting KO’d, being removed from the game, sent to the Used Pile or Reserve Pool) you must use their Aftershock effect. (MDM4)

Ally: Character dice with the Ally ability count as Sidekicks while in the Field Zone in addition to their other designations. They don’t count as Sidekick Dice while in the bag, Prep Area, Used Pile, or anywhere else. (MDM4)

Anti-Breath Weapon: When a character die with Breath Weapon X attacks, you may pay X energy to prevent that damage. (DDDM2)

Assign: To commit your character dice to attack or block. Also, to designate how damage is dealt to attackers or blockers during the Attack Step.

Attack: To send your characters to try to damage your opponent.

Back for More: When a die with Back for More begins the turn in your Prep Area, and is rolled during the Roll and Reroll Step, use its Back for More effect (this isn’t optional). (MDM 6)

Boomerang: Action dice with boomerang are re-rolled after they’re used. If they reveal an action face, add them to your Prep Area. (DCDM 5)

Breath Weapon: When a character die with Breath Weapon X attacks, you may pay X energy. Deal X damage to your opponent and all of their character dice. You may use multiple Breath Weapons in a turn, but only one per character (no matter how many copies of that die are attacking). (DDDM1)

Burst: A star-shaped symbol that indicates extra abilities may be in effect for a die.

Capture: To place under your die and temporarily remove from the game. This only lasts until end of turn unless otherwise stated.

Cleave: If a die with Cleave attacks and KOs a blocking character die with combat damage, they deal half of their A (rounded down) to another character die your opponent controls as combat damage (only once). (DDDM2)

Combat Damage: The damage a character die deals during the Attack Step as a result of attacking or blocking. (MDM3)

Continuous: Actions with Continuous move from the Reserve Pool to the Field Zone and can stay there at the end of the turn. Sometimes they’ll send themselves to the Used Pile for an effect whenever you could use a Global Ability. (DCDM2)

Crossover: Crossover characters have two or more types of energy. To purchase them you’ll need to spend at least one of each type of energy they require. You won’t be able to reduce their cost to avoid paying each type of energy to purchase their dice. They count as every type of energy you must spend to purchase their die. (DCDM4)

Crosspulse: Crosspulse is a special version of Impulse found only on Crossover Characters. When you only spend the matching type of energy to purchase them, you get to use their Crosspulse ability. (DCDM4)

Deadly: Character dice that are engaged with a character die that has Deadly are KO’d at the end of the turn (even if the character with Deadly has been KO’d or leaves the Field Zone). (MDM6)

Energy Drain: After blockers are assigned, spin each character engaged with a character die with Energy Drain down one level. Character dice at level 1 can’t be spun down. (DDDM1)

Engaged: A character blocking or being blocked is engaged with the opposing character.

Enlistment:  Enlistment effects let you get extra effects unless your opponent KOs one of their character dice. (MDM5)

Equip: When this die is fielded, and at the beginning of each turn that this die is active (any player’s turn), you may attach this die to a character with the Equip icon immediately below their alignment icon. You may switch the attachment from one character die to another. If the character die the equipped die leaves the Field Zone, the equipped die remains in the Field Zone (unattached). As with all non-character dice, Gear dice can’t attack or block. (DDDM1)

Experience: While a character die with Experience is active, if you KO’d an opposing monster (as noted by the black Monster allegiance banner) during your turn, place one Experience Token on this character die’s card at the end of your turn. Each Experience Token provides each of this card’s dice with +1A and +1D (at each level). A card can only gain 1 Experience Token per turn (unless otherwise stated). Multiple cards can each gain an Experience Token during the same turn. An opposing player KOing their own Monster will not generate Experience Tokens. (DDDM1)

Fabricate: Characters with Fabricate will have 2 numbers (X-Y).  If you KO X characters with total purchase cost Y or more, you can purchase the die with Fabricate X-Y for free. (DDDM 2)

Face: One side of a die.

Fast: Characters with Fast deal combat damage before other characters, all at the same time, instead of at the regular time for combat damage. (DDDM2)

Field: Paying a character’s fielding cost (which might be 0) to move them from the Reserve Pool to the Field Zone. Some other effects will also field character dice.

Field Zone: The area where your characters go when you pay for them to fight your opponent and their character dice. The Attack Zone is a subset of the Field Zone.

Fusion: During your Main Step, you may move a number of appropriate fusion material monsters (denoted on the card) from your Field Zone to your Prep Area. Move the die with Fusion from its card to the Prep Area. (YGO1) 

Gate: When you field a die with Gate, you may take an unpurchased, qualifying die from one of your cards and roll it. On a character face, you can place the unpurchased die into your Prep Area. (DDDM 2)

Global Ability: A type of game effect that is available for both players to use.

Heroic: Dice with Heroic can pair up with other dice (different character) that you control that have the Heroic ability. Place paired up dice side by side. Heroic takes place at the same time a character is fielded. Dice may only be paired up with one other die (the new partner replaces the old one). They attack and block separately. (MDM2)


Impulse: Impulse abilities happen when you purchase a character die with the Impulse ability.  The character does not need to be already active to use the Impulse ability. (DCDM4) 

Iron Will:  This character cannot be KO’d unless it was previously damaged this turn or if it is simultaneously damaged by two different sources.  If this character was previously damaged  this turn and (a) it is damaged a second time and the total damage it received this turn equals or exceeds its D, or (b) a game effect later in the same turn reduces this character’s defense such that  the damage it previously received this turn is equal to or greater than its new D, or (c) a later game effect this turn directs that the character be KO’d, then KO this character.  Also KO this character if it is simultaneously damaged by more than one source (for example, being blocked by more than one character die) and the total damage it receives from those sources equals or exceeds its D. (DCDM3)

Intimidate:  When fielded, remove target character die from the Field Zone until end of turn.  Place it next to your character cards during that turn as a reminder. (MDM5)

Opposing: Controlled by another player (either because it belongs to them, or they’ve taken control of one of your dice).

Overcrush: When attacking, if this character KOs all of its blockers (or they are removed for other reasons), it deals any remaining damage to your opponent.

Regenerate: If this character would be KO’d, roll it. If you roll a character face, return it to the field on the rolled face (but not the Attack Zone). Otherwise, move the die to your Prep Area. (DDDM1)

Resistance: Resistance effects let you get extra effects if one of your character dice was KO’d this turn. (MDM5)

Retaliation: If an affiliated character you control is KO’d, deal 1 damage to an opponent. (DCDM1)

Ritual: Instead of paying this monster’s Fielding Cost you may send a monster [character] die from your Reserve Pool to Out of Play in order to field this monster. (YGO1)

Sacrifice: Sacrificed characters are moved from the Field Zone to the Used Pile (often as a cost or penalty). (MDM4)

Spin: To turn or rotate a die so that it shows a different face.

Stats: The numbers on a character die face.

Swarm: While a die with Swarm is active, and you draw another copy of that die from your bag during your Clear and Draw Step, draw and roll an extra die from your bag. You do this for each matching die with Swarm drawn from your bag.

Synergy: While a character with Synergy is active, you can pay the cost of their Synergy ability to use it. (DCDM4)

Teamwatch: Teamwatch abilities reward you for having characters that share an affiliation. When a character with Teamwork is active and you field another character with the same affiliation, you’ll get a bonus.

Teamwork: Teamwork abilities will let you get extra effects from actions when you have multiple character dice from the same team.

Turtle Power:  While a character with Turtle Power is active, all other character dice with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles affiliation cost 1 energy less to purchase for each active character with Turtle Power you control. (TMNT1)

Underdog: This ability can be used when you have fewer character dice fielded than your opponent. Sometimes the character won’t need to be fielded. (MDM4) 

Vengeance: Vengeance effects take place when you’re dealt damage and the  character with Vengeance is active. (DCDM3)

When Fielded: An effect that takes place when you pay a character’s fielding cost to move it to the Field Zone, once for each copy of that die you field.

While Active: See Active.


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