I have Maiden with Eyes of Blue and it says that when targeted for attack, it can change position, cancel the attack, and bring forth a Blue Eyes White Dragon. But can its effect still activate if it was face down when attacked?

The reason I'm asking is because if it doesn't activate when face down, then everyone will know that it will bring forth a Blue Eyes White Dragon.

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Unfortunately, you can't activate a monster's effect unless they are face up.

It is true that at some point you will have to flip Maiden to perform battle calculation, but her effect activates only when she is targeted for an attack as the card text reads.

To use the summoning effect the Maiden has to be face up when targeted for an attack.


Short answer is no.

Because the effect does not activate while it is facedown, when it gets hit it flips face up. Problem being, the effect would have to activate AFTER its targeted for an attack. She would not be flipped face up until the damage step.

  • This is basically part of what I said in my answer. Anything new you would like to include or point out in yours?
    – DarkCygnus
    May 28, 2018 at 0:40
  • Sometimes a different perspective works differently for people. I was putting the question in a step by step phase format.
    – Thatguy
    May 28, 2018 at 4:23
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    It's ok, both of us mentioning it gives the whole point validity in a way.
    – DarkCygnus
    May 28, 2018 at 4:45


No you cannot.

Cards and effects cannot be activated unless they are common knowledge. This means any face-up card on the field or in the graveyard (noted as GY on more recent cards), however cards in hand card be activated as well but these say you either need to discard the card (like Ash Blossom and Joyous Spring) or reveal it to your opponent (like Trickstar Lycoris).

So as Maiden is not common knowledge while face down so the effect cannot be activated as it "misses timing" which I will explain a bit more on.

This next part is a bit more general so I will use generic examples.

During the battle phase there is something known as the Battle step during this there are multiple sub-steps;

  • Attack Declaration
  • Damage Step
  • Damage Calculation

Attack Declaration This step is kind of self explanatory to what it means, it is the point in which the turn player declares their attack on a monster, at this point you can respond with certain cards like Mirror Force which has a specific activation requirement of an attack declaration.

When an opponent's monster declares an attack: Destroy all monsters your opponent's attack position monsters.

Note: any other traps/quick-play spells/monsters using quick effects can still be activated at this point providing it is a legal play.

Damage Step: The damage step works slightly differently so bare with me if I am not clear. The damage step begins when both players have agreed to proceed after attack declaration, to put it simply at this point you can only activate Attack/Defense modifiers or cards that negate activations however other things can be activated too which I will get on to soon.

Attack modifier example Rush Recklessly

Target 1 face-up monster on the field; it gains 700 ATK until the end of this turn.

Negate activation example Solemn Judgement

When a monster would be Summoned, OR a Spell/Trap card is activated: Pay half your Life Points; negate the Summon or activation, and if you do, destroy that card.

Notice how it says activations.

Damage Calculation This happens when both players have finished activating any cards in the damage step before the attack goes through so at this point is when the attack actually takes place and damage is dealt(if any), however this is still part of the damage step.

Earlier how I said other cards can be activated in the damage step, this is this point, these effects are cards that trigger if they are destroyed by battle (something like Sangan) or if it destroys something by battle (something like Sky Striker Mecharmory - Hercules Base) these still count as triggering in the damage step so cards like Ash blossom (which I mentioned earlier) cannot be activated in response as Ash negates effects not activations but however Solemn Judgement can be activated in response to these.

Back to Maiden So if we go back to the example of Maiden with Eyes of Blue in face down. Monsters are not flipped face up when attacked until the Damage Step which is after Attack Declaration (so Maiden has missed timing which is a phrase I mentioned earlier), so by then using the steps I provided you can see why Maiden cannot be activated even in the damage step.

  • Will post blockquote text of all cards I have linked later, yugioh wikia is blocked in work (so the ones there I typed from memory :D) May 30, 2018 at 8:36

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