Pendulum Monsters are officially on their way! They were announced and given the rundown on Konami’s official strategy blog, and you can read the article here. However, there are still a few questions that need to be answered.
Before I get into these yet unsolved mysteries, let me give you a brief rundown of how Pendulum Monsters work.
First, Pendulum Monsters have the border of both a monster and a Spell Card. This means that you can play them as one or the other. They also have two text boxes, and special numbers are on the sides of the card. The smaller text box contains the monster’s Pendulum Effects (if any; some Pendulum Monsters won’t have any Pendulum Effects), which are the effects you get if you play the card as a Spell Card. The numbers on the sides are called the Pendulum Scale.
So far, there are only Normal and Effect Pendulum Monsters, so this means they go into your Main Deck when you’re building a deck.
Pendulum Monsters can be Normal Summoned or Set from your hand, and can also be Flip and Special Summoned.
The playing field has gotten an upgrade as well: Two new zones now exist on the left and right sides of the field, between the Field Spell and Extra Deck Zones, and the Deck and Graveyard Zones. These are your two Pendulum Zones. In order to activate a Pendulum Spell, you play it to one of these two Pendulum Zones. They are NOT played to your Spell & Trap Card Zones.
Pendulum Spells are Spell Speed 1, as are their effects that activate, unless stated otherwise on the card.
If a Pendulum Card is sent from the field to the Graveyard for any reason, it is placed face-up in your Extra Deck instead. This happens if it is a monster card (including face-down Pendulum Monsters) or a Spell Card.
Pendulum Summoning is the new summoning method introduced with Pendulum Monsters. When you have set both sides of the Pendulum Scale by playing a Pendulum Spell to each of your Pendulum Zones, you can perform a Pendulum Summon. This lets you Special Summon as many monsters as you like, from your hand or Pendulum Monsters face-up in your Extra Deck or both, to your field. The Levels of your monsters must be BETWEEN the numbers of the Pendulum Scale. So if you have a scale of 1 and 8, you can summon any monsters from Level 2 to Level 7. Pendulum Summons can only be done during Main Phase 1 or 2, and can only be used once per turn. You cannot “save up” Pendulum Summons either. You get one per turn and that’s it.
So, what are these unanswered questions? Let’s go over each one, as well as my proposed answers to them.
NOTICE: If you are a Judge reading this, please don’t take any of my answers as being absolute certainties. They are just speculation at the moment. When judging an event, please use YOUR OWN best judgment, or follow the rulings issued by your Head Judge. Do this until we get actual official word from Konami.
1) What happens if a Pendulum Monster is sent from the hand, deck, or Extra Deck to the Graveyard?
A: I believe they will go to the Graveyard. Everything we’ve seen up to this point has only stated they go to the Extra Deck if they were on the field.
2) What happens if Macro Cosmos is on the field when a Pendulum Card is destroyed?
A: No idea. There are two ways this can go, and both of them make sense in their own way. First, they might actually be banished. The rule states they go the the Extra Deck if they would be sent from the field to the Graveyard, but the Graveyard is inaccessible with Macro Cosmos in play. ON THE OTHER HAND, they might still go to the Extra Deck, since it is the game itself redirecting them rather than a card effect. I’m leaning toward this second answer myself based on historical precedent: Synchro Summoning can still be done while Macro Cosmos or other such cards are in play according to the rulebook.
3) Can a Pendulum Spell be Set face-down?
A: I don’t believe they can. If this is the case, then that’s going to make Anti-Spell Fragrance a really popular Side Deck card…
4) Can the activation of a Pendulum Spell be negated?
A: I don’t see why not.
5) What happens if the Summon of a Pendulum Monster or the activation of a Pendulum Spell is negated?
A: I believe the same thing that would happen if a Pendulum Card is discarded from your hand: It would go straight to the Graveyard.
6) Do Pendulum Cards count as Spells and monsters in your hand and deck?
A: I don’t believe so. I think they count only as monsters.
7) If I negate a Pendulum Summon, what happens to the monsters that were going to be summoned? What about the Pendulum Spells?
A: If you were to use, say, Solemn Warning or Black Horn of Heaven to negate a Pendulum Summon, I believe the monsters that would be summoned are destroyed and sent to the Graveyard- including if they were Pendulum Monsters coming from the Extra Deck. So basically, the same that happens if you use these cards on a Synchro Monster or a Cyber Dragon. I also believe that ALL of the monsters that would be summoned are destroyed, whether its one or a full five. As for the Pendulum Spells, nothing happens to them, but you’ve used your Pendulum Summon for the turn so you can’t try again. (And no, you cannot use Solemn Warning to negate the activation of a Pendulum Spell unless its Pendulum Effect involves Special Summoning on activation; just like you can’t use it on Infernity Launcher).
These are the unanswered questions I was able to think of. If you have any more, post them in the comments, or email them to me. Don’t forget to email Konami on July 11th after the official release of Pendulum Monsters!