Master Duel's very first event, the Xyz Festival, is finally here! In this special event, players are only allowed to use Xyz Monsters in their Extra Decks. Competing in the event will grant you medals, which can be exchanged for Gems and Reward Tickets. The event also brings a brand new Structure Deck in the shop, and offers players a few Gems just for logging in. Let's get into it!

Free Stuff in the Xyz Festival

To celebrate the launch of the Xyz Festival, everyone is getting 500 Gems! This update also gives everyone the 300 Gems form the Twitter promotion from a while back. You can claim them from the daily rewards menu.

In addition, there's also limited timed missions that award Gems when completed. Managing to complete all of them will result in 1170 Gems. Here's a breakdown (the missions refer to the Xyz Festival as an 'Exhibition'):

  • Duel in Exhibition:
    • 2 Duels: 30 Gems.
    • 3 Duels : 40 Gems.
    • 5, 7, 10 Duels: 50 Gems each.
  • Special Summon a Monster: 
    • 3, 5 times: 30 Gems each.
    • 10 times: 40 Gems each.
    • 20, 30, 50 times: 50 Gems each.
  • Activate a Spell, Activate a Trap, Destroy a card:
    • Same breakdown as Summoning a Monster.

How the Xyz Festival Works

You can access the Festival by going into Duels -> Xyz Festival under the Event Duel tab.

Each duel you play will grant you Medals, 100 if you win, 50 if you lose (or end in a draw). Those Medals are used to unlock rewards on the reward track, depending on the amount earned. You can also play with Loaner Decks (detailed bellow), but your earnings are halved if you do.

The rewards alternate between a certain amount of Gems and 2 Xyz or Legacy Reward Tickets. The rewards are greatest up to around 3200 Medals, and start to go down from there, while the required amount of medals needed to claim them rises. Here's a detailed breakdown:

No. of MedalsReward
100100 Gems
2002x Xyz Reward Ticket
300200 Gems
4002x Xyz Reward Ticket
500300 Gems
6002x Xyz Reward Ticket
700600 Gems
8002x Xyz Reward Ticket
900200 Gems
10002x Xyz Reward Ticket
1200200 Gems
14002x Xyz Reward Ticket
1600120 Gems
18002x Xyz Reward Ticket
2000200 Gems
22002x Xyz Reward Ticket
2400100 Gems
26002x Xyz Reward Ticket
2800100 Gems
30002x Xyz Reward Ticket
3200100 Gems
34002x Legacy Reward Ticket
360020 Gems
38002x Legacy Reward Ticket
400020 Gems
42002x Legacy Reward Ticket
440020 Gems
46002x Legacy Reward Ticket
480020 Gems
50002x Legacy Reward Ticket
550020 Gems
60002x Legacy Reward Ticket
650020 Gems
70002x Legacy Reward Ticket
750020 Gems
80002x Legacy Reward Ticket
850020 Gems
90002x Legacy Reward Ticket
950020 Gems
100002x Legacy Reward Ticket
1100020 Gems
120002x Legacy Reward Ticket
1300020 Gems
140002x Legacy Reward Ticket
1500020 Gems
160002x Legacy Reward Ticket
1700020 Gems
180002x Legacy Reward Ticket
1900020 Gems
200002x Legacy Reward Ticket

Xyz Reward Pack

As mentioned in the section above, about half the rewards from the Event are Xyz Reward Tickets. These are used to claim packs in the Bonus Packs section of the shop. If you go and look for this pack while not having any Tickets, you won't find it, as they are available only when you have the corresponding ticket. Some facts about the packs:

  • Each Ticket equates to one Pack.
  • Each Pack contains 2 cards.
  • Those cards cannot be dismantled.
  • Packs expire in 66 days (around the later half of April).

Cards in this pack come from the following pool:

  • Ultra Rare
Tiras, Keeper of Genesis 
Adreus, Keeper of Armageddon
  • Super Rare
Photon Strike Bounzer 
Number 59: Crooked Cook
Archfiend's Ascent
Mind Crush
  • Rare
Number 91: Thunder Spark Dragon
Spirit Converter
  • Normal
Overlay Owl 
Overlay Eater
Harmonic Waves
Resonance Device
Space Cyclone
Reinforced Space

Banned Cards in the Xyz Festival

In addition to the regular Forbidden and and Limited list, the Xyz Festival also has its own cards that are not allowed during the event. Every Extra Deck Monster that isn't an Xyz is not allowed here, so no Fusions, no Synchros, and no Links. There are also a few other cards of note on this list.

The first is Exodia the Forbidden One. While this card is normally Limited, it is outright Banned during the Festival, so you sadly can't Obliterate your opponent.

Another interesting ban is Eldlich the Golden Lord. This is currently one of the strongest archetypes in Master Duel, and it doesn't really use the Extra Deck except as fodder for Pot of Extravagance, so it would technically be legal if it only had Xyz Monsters. With the Golden Lord being Forbidden, though, the deck is more or less unplayable.

A number of powerful Ritual Monsters are also Fobidden, of note being Blue-Eyes Chaos MAX Dragon, Evigishki Gustkraken and Gishki Zielgigas, Herald of Ultimateness and Herald of Perfection, Amorphactor Pain, the Imagination Dracoverlord, Nekroz of Unicore, and Drytron Meteonis Draconids. Those cards either have protection and power above what a lot of Xyz decks can deal with, or they are part of OTK decks.

Some Spells and Traps are also Forbidden. Of note are Pot of Extravagance and Pot of Prosperity, both of which banish cards from the Extra Deck in order to draw from the Main Deck. Looks like Konami didn't want players to destroy their Xyz Monsters during this event.

You can check the full Ban List in the game.

Exodia the Forbidden One Card Image Drytron Meteonis Draconids Card Image Eldlich the Golden Lord Card Image


Xyz Festival Loaner Decks

You can play in the Festival using a number of Loaner Decks. Those are premade decks provided by Konami, and you don't need to own the cards to play with them. However, keep in mind that you only earn half the medals you would if you played your own original decks. There are 3 pre-made decks for you to use:

Light's Simulacrum

3x	Cipher Etranger
3x Radius, the Half-Moon Dragon
3x Cipher Wing
3x Cipher Twin Raptor
3x Cipher Mirror Knight
3x Storm Cipher
3x Cipher Biplane
2x Dark Hole
1x Lightning Storm
2x Double Exposure
2x Twin Twisters
2x Rank-Up-Magic Cipher Ascension
2x Mirror Force
2x Bottomless Trap Hole
2x Xyz Reborn
2x Cipher Bit
2x Back to the Front
3x Galaxy-Eyes Cipher Dragon
1x Galaxy-Eyes Cipher Blade Dragon
3x Neo Galaxy-Eyes Cipher Dragon
1x Galaxy-Eyes Cipher X Dragon

Dark Fangs of Rebellion

3x	The Phantom Knights of Ancient Cloak
3x The Phantom Knights of Silent Boots
3x The Phantom Knights of Ragged Gloves
3x D.D. Survivor
3x Dark Crusader
3x Dark Blade the Captain of the Evil World
2x Dark Hole
2x Overlay Regen
1x Lightning Storm
2x Twin Twisters
2x The Phantom Knights' Rank-Up-Magic Launch
2x Mirror Force
2x Bottomless Trap Hole
2x Xyz Reborn
2x The Phantom Knights of Shadow Veil
2x Back to the Front
3x Phantom Knights' Sword
3x The Phantom Knights of Break Sword
3x Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon
3x Dark Requiem Xyz Dragon

Raptor Evolution

3x	Raidraptor - Vanishing Lanius
3x Raidraptor - Fuzzy Lanius
3x Raidraptor - Singing Lanius
3x Raidraptor - Necro Vulture
3x Raidraptor - Avenge Vulture
3x Raidraptor - Booster Strix
3x Raidraptor - Rudder Strix
2x Dark Hole
2x Rank-Up-Magic Raid Force
2x Raidraptor - Call
2x Rank-Up-Magic Skip Force
1x Lightning Storm
2x Twin Twisters
2x Mirror Force
2x Bottomless Trap Hole
2x Xyz Reborn
2x Back to the Front
2x Raidraptor - Rise Falcon
2x Raidraptor - Force Strix
2x Raidraptor - Blaze Falcon
2x Raidraptor - Revolution Falcon
2x Raidraptor - Satellite Cannon Falcon

Galaxy-Eyes Cipher Dragon Card Image The Phantom Knights of Break Sword Card Image Raidraptor - Blaze Falcon Card Image

Structure Deck

The festival introduces a new Structure Deck that revolves around the Galaxy-Eyes Cipher Dragon cards. The Structure Deck costs 500 Gems, and can be purchased up to 3 times. As with the other Structure Decks, the cards cannot be dismantled.

The deck contains the following cards:

  • Ultra Rare
1x Honest 
1x Galaxy-Eyes Cipher Blade Dragon
1x Galaxy-Eyes Cipher X Dragon
  • Super Rare
1x Galaxy Wizard 
1x Starliege Seyfert
1x Galaxy Cyclone
1x Xyz Unit
1x Rank-Up-Magic Cipher Ascension
1x Back to the Front
2x Galaxy-Eyes Cipher Dragon
  • Rare
2x Cipher Wing
1x Cipher Twin Raptor
1x Cipher Biplane
1x Galactic Spiral Dragon
1x Draconnection
1x Dragon Shield
1x Galaxy Wave
1x Double Exposure
1x Shrink
1x Xyz Reborn
1x Dimension Slice
  • Normal
1x Cipher Etranger
1x Cipher Soldier
1x Galaxy Mirror Sage
1x Radius, the Half-Moon Dragon
1x Galaxy Dragon
1x Heliosphere Dragon
1x Cipher Mirror Knight
1x Storm Cipher
1x Galaxy Cleric
1x Parsec, the Interstellar Dragon
1x Schwarzschild Limit Dragon
1x Nebula Dragon
1x Galaxy Queen's Light
1x Galactic Charity
1x Constellar Belt
1x Cipher Interference
1x Galaxy Storm
1x Double Cipher
1x Cipher Bit
1x Cipher Spectrum

Honest Card Image Galaxy Cyclone Card Image Galaxy-Eyes Cipher Dragon Card Image