Earlier today, some interesting news came out for the upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V Anime series where there will be a new method of summoning monsters called Pendulum summons. Essentially, from what we’ve gathered, the Pendulum Summon will require two cards somehow. For more info, check out this link where we first learned of this new ability.
So, as the title suggests, we have a theory on how this will work. We’ve been playing Yu-Gi-Oh! here at Attack On Gaming since we were in highschool, just over ten years ago (wow!), and we’ve seen a lot of new interesting ways of summoning monsters come from the trading card game. What’s always interesting about this though, is that there are always minor differences between how cards are played in the Anime compared to real-life. For this particular theory, we’ll be examining it from a gameplay perspective, so it may or may not be 100% accurate to the Anime.
Our theory is that the Pendulum Summon will be a method of temporarily summoning a stronger monster based on two existing cards of opposing types. These cards with opposing types might be, say, Dark and Light monsters. We also theorise that the cards will be effect monsters with some kind of name like “Pendulum”, or something eerily similar.
This will work by players having a card in their Fusion Deck (we are not calling it an extra deck, also, Spell Cards are Magic Cards) that will be labelled with the two monsters that are required to Pendulum Summon it. Once players have both the cards on the field, they can initiate a Pendulum Summon. A Pendulum Summon should be classed as a Special Summon for the sake of game balance, as this opposingly follows how many different types of cards in the Fusion Deck work. Some of these cards may also have Effects that allow them to Pendulum Summoned during their opponents turn or Battle Phase.
After, say, 2-3 turns, the cards then un-summon and return to being the two separate cards on the field again. This means that they would have been Removed from Play, and then brought back afterwards. If a Pendulum Monster was destroyed while its summoning monsters were still Removed From Play, then this means that they would not be able to return to the game outside of a card effect that brings them back into the game.
We came up with this theory after looking at the promotional image, which shows two wizard-like characters that loosely resemble both Yusei and Jack Atlas. After looking at the promotional image, it becomes apparent that the main character will be using two different main monster cards. Traditionally in Yu-Gi-Oh!, the leading character has always been paired up with the latest Monster types added to the game, so it is likely that Arc-V shall follow suit.
That’s our theory on how that would work on a basic level. Do you agree, disagree, or just want to wait and see what happens? Regardless, we’re excited for a new Yu-Gi-Oh! series and can’t wait for it to get started!