Gachi Gachi Gantetsu

One of the first three Xyz monsters to be released, Gachi Gachi Gantetsu is the undeniably one of the factors that propelled Agent Fairy to its current popularity. With Agent Fairy and T.G. Agent being the deck to beat, it is useful to understand the rulings of Gachi Gachi Gantetsu.

Additionally, this article will explain the game mechanics of Continuous Monster Effect, using Gachi Gachi Gantestu as the example.

Yu-Gi-Oh! OCG Rules & FAQ Official Database (Japanese)

■破壊される代わりにエクシーズ素材を取り除く効果の種別は永続効果になり、チェーンブロックが作られません。
■このカードを破壊する効果処理を行う際に、代わりにエクシーズ素材を取り除く事で、このカードは破壊されません。

  • The effect to substitute destruction by detaching a Xyz material is a Continuous Effect, it does not use the Chain Block.
  • When resolving an effect that destroy this card, by detaching a Xyz material instead, this card is not destroyed.

Source: ガチガチガンテツ – 遊戯王OCG ルール&FAQ 公式データベース (日本語版)

Continuous Monster Effect
Continuous Monster Effect are monster effects that persist as long as the monster remains face-up on the field. They do not use the Chain Block, and as such, their effect cannot be chained to. In other words, Continuous Monster Effect cannot be affected by Herald of Orange Light, Gladiator Beast War Chariot and Shadow-Imprisoning Mirror. Said cards can only negate monster effects that activates in a Chain Block.

There are generally two kind of Continuous Monster Effect.

Non-conditional Continuous Monster Effect
The first kind is the Non-conditional Continuous Monster Effect. From Gachi Gachi Gantetsu, the effect “Face-up monsters you control gain 200 ATK and DEF for each Xyz Material attached to this card” is an example of a Non-conditional Continuous Monster Effect.

As there is no condition for the Continuous Monster Effect, the Continuous Monster Effect will be applied the moment that monster is successfully summon. It will continue to be in effect while that monster remains face-up on the field, until the monster leaves the field or is flipped face-down.

More examples of a Non-conditional Continuous Monster Effect:

  • Jinzo
  • Banisher of the Radiance
  • Twinheaded Beast

Conditional Continuous Monster Effect
The second kind is the Conditional Continuous Monster Effect. From Gachi Gachi Gantetsu, the effect “If this face-up card would be destroyed, you can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card instead” is an example of a Conditional Continuous Monster Effect.

Conditional Continuous Monster Effects are only applied when the condition is met. In this sense, it is similar to Trigger Effect, but Trigger Effect uses the Chain Block, whereas a Conditional Continuous Monster Effects do not.

More examples of a Conditional Continuous Monster Effect:

  • Bountiful Artemis
  • Dark Driceratops
  • Black Veloci

Conclusion
Both effects of Gachi Gachi Gantetsu are Continuous Monster Effect. Hence cards like Herald of Orange Light, Gladiator Beast War Chariot and Divine Wrath cannot be chained to it.

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