Card Slash

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Card Slash (カードスラッシュ, Kādosurasshu; Dub: Digi-Modify) is a technique in Digimon Tamers, in which Tamers "Slash" (scan) trading cards from the Digital Monster Card Game, or certain other special cards, into their D-Ark Digivice to generate temporary power-ups, equipment and other modifications for their partner Digimon.

Overview[edit]

The Card Slash sequence.

Digimon Tamers depicts Digital Monster Card Game cards as having a metallic stripe along their side, containing code pertaining to that card's gameplay effects. This code is meant to be read by Card Fighter Ex devices that are used to play the game, by Slashing cards through a long slot in the device,[1] but the D-Ark Digivice is able to use the code from the cards to generate augmentations for partner Digimon. (Card reading functionality of a sort would later be added to the real Digital Monster Card Game, but it used barcodes along the base of some sets of cards instead, and was exclusively used with the D-Scanner toy line rather than to play the card game itself.)

Card Slashing works similarly to how it does with D-Arks in an American Digimon computer game that Lee Jianliang once played, where he met Terriermon. This game uses a card reader peripheral that is plugged into the computer; Jianliang's card reader became his D-Ark when he Slashed a Blue Card.[2]

The effect that a card has when Slashed is based on its own properties, and what type of card it is:

  • Digimon Cards: Basic cards depicting individual Digimon, which are used in the card game to fight against other Digimon cards. When Slashed in a D-Ark, they instead allow the partner Digimon to use one of the featured Digimon's attack techniques.
  • Option Cards: Support cards which invoke additional effects. In the Digital Monster Card Game, these come in three main types that are denoted by an icon in the top left of the card. Two of these types are used in Tamers for Card Slashing:
    • Item Cards: Cards which add to some aspect of the Digimon's strength and abilities. They serve this function both in the card game and when Slashed. For the purposes of Slashing, Item Cards can be divided into three further categories:
      • Equipment Cards: Cards which equip the partner Digimon with a physical item that has abilities that the Digimon did not previously have.
      • Plug-In Cards: Cards which boost the attributes of Digimon. They can be used to increase a Digimon's offensive, defensive or speed stats, can recover a Digimon's energy and stamina, or can induce evolution to the Adult level. Each is named with a single-letter suffix.
      • Device Cards: A type of item card that Akiyama Ryo describes as a "wild card" that is usable only by "truly strong Tamers".[3]
    • Program Cards: Cards which execute a more complex procedure involving the partner Digimon.

D-Arks are also able to read and execute effects from certain other cards which are not from the Digital Monster Card game, but do carry particular algorithms that are in some way intended for use with Digimon, such as Blue Cards.[4]

Jianliang observes that the only reason Card Slashing has any effect at all is because the Tamers believe that it will, and that the D-Arks transfer the power of that faith into their Digimon. He claims that if they did not believe the cards would do anything, the cards would just be cards with no effect at all.[5]

Multiple cards can be Slashed one after another to create combos, where a Digimon can use the powers of all of those cards together at once. However, the cards that a Tamer uses for a combo must be chosen carefully to avoid the cards' effects undermining each other. For example, when Takato tries to combo with the "White Wings" and "High Speed Plug-In B" cards, the increase to Guilmon's speed makes it harder for him to control his flight.[6]

Matsuda Takato's Card Fighter Ex, moments before its transformation into a D-Ark.
Lee Jianliang's card reader peripheral for his computer.

Items that were Card Slashed in Digimon Tamers[edit]

Digital Monster Card Game cards[edit]

Digimon Cards[edit]

Image ID No. Name Slashed by Effect Episode
DT06 Slash Yukiagumon.jpg Bo-126 Yuki Agumon
(ユキアグモン, Yukiagumon;
Dub: (TBA))
Makino Ruki Renamon acquires Yuki Agumon's Itetsuku Kaze technique, and uses it to repel Allomon's friames and then freeze it. "The Meaning of Partner - Renamon Evolves!"
DT06 Slash Snimon.jpg St-200 Snimon
(スナイモン, Sunaimon;
Dub: (TBA))
Makino Ruki Equips Renamon with metal blades on her arms that allow her to use Snimon's Shadow Sickle technique, which she uses to attack Dokugumon. "The Meaning of Partner - Renamon Evolves!"
DT10 Slash Meramon.jpg Bo-5 Meramon
(メラモン, Meramon;
Dub: (TBA))
Lee Jianliang Jianliang Slashes this card so that Terriermon can use the heat of Meramon's Burning Fist technique to melt his way out of Ice Devimon's ice, but it isn't strong enough to affect the ice at all. "Renamon is my Friend! Ruki's Perplexity"
DT13 Slash Metalgarurumon.jpg Bo-109 Metal Garurumon
(メタルガルルモン, Metarugarurumon;
Dub: (TBA))
Matsuda Takato Guilmon acquires Metal Garurumon's Cocytus Breath technique, and uses it to freeze Dark Lizamon. "The Order to Capture Digimon! The Premonition of Disaster"
DT31 Slash Ladydevimon.jpg St-209 Lady Devimon
(レディーデビモン, Redīdebimon;
Dub: (TBA))
Katou Juri Leomon acquires Lady Devimon's Poison technique, and uses it to destroy Orochimon. "Friendship with Guardromon! "I'll fight too!", Tamer Hirokazu"
N/A Not shown[N 1] Yukidarumon
(ユキダルモン, Yukidarumon;
Dub: (TBA))
Lee Jianliang Equips Terriermon with icy boxing gloves that allow him to use Yukidarumon's Zettai Reido Punch technique, in order to freeze a water leak into the cave. "The Mystery of Guilmon's Birth! The Mystical Water Space"
M06 Slash Shellmon.jpg St-188 Shellmon
(シェルモン, Sherumon;
Dub: (TBA))
Makino Ruki Renamon acquires Shellmon's Hydro Pressure technique and tries to use it to extinguish Locomon's boiler, but the fire is too hot. Digimon Tamers: The Runaway Digimon Express

Item Cards[edit]

Image ID No. Name Slashed by Effect Episode
DT20 Slash High Speed Plugin B.jpg
DT05 Slash High Speed Plugin D.jpg
St-51 High-Speed Plug-In B
(高速プラグインB, Kousoku puraguin bī;
Dub: Speed)
Makino Ruki Renamon's movement speed increases, allowing her to slip out from under Lynxmon and attack. "Guilmon is Born! The Digimon that I Created"
Lee Jianliang In Jianliang's Digimon computer game, Terriermon's speed stat is increased. "A Tamer's Task! Defeat Gorimon!"
High-Speed Plug-In D[N 2]
(高速プラグインD, Kousoku puraguin dī;
Dub: (TBA))
Lee Jianliang Terriermon's movement speed increases, allowing him to run and hit Evilmon before it can fire its Nightmare Shock. "Culu Culun! Playing with Culumon!"
High-Speed Plug-In B
(高速プラグインB, Kousoku puraguin bī;
Dub: (TBA))
Matsuda Takato Guilmon's movement speed increases, allowing him to dodge Devidramon's attack, but it makes him move too fast for the confined space and he crashes into an obstacle. "Guilmon Evolves! The Great Decisive Battle in West Shinjuku"
Matsuda Takato Guilmon's movement speed is increased. "Renamon is my Friend! Ruki's Perplexity"
Lee Jianliang No observed effect. "This is the Trump Card! Blue Card of Friendship"
N/A Bo-208[N 3] Boost Chip
(ブーストチップ, Būsutochippu;
Dub: Hyper Chip)
Makino Ruki Renamon's attack power is increased by 10%, according to Ruki. "You are my Friend - Introducing Terriermon!"
Lee Jianliang In Jianliang's Digimon computer game, Terriermon's power stat is increased. "A Tamer's Task! Defeat Gorimon!"
N/A Bo-18t[N 3] Heavy Metal
(ヘヴィ・メタル, Hevī metaru;
Dub: Armor)
Makino Ruki Renamon is equipped with a metal gauntlet that fires a powerful piston to punch opponents. However, when her punch misses Guilmon, the force of the piston firing sends her flying. Later, Yamaki Mitsuo finds this card discarded at the site of Guilmon and Renamon's fight, which has become a crime scene. "Renamon vs Guilmon! Battle is a Digimon's Life"
DT06 Slash Devil Chip.jpg Bo-151 Devil Chip
(デビルチップ, Debiruchippu;
Dub: Power)
Matsuda Takato Takato Slashes this card to increase Guilmon's attack power, but the Slash fails. "A Tamer's Task! Defeat Gorimon!"
Makino Ruki Powers up Renamon's acquired Itetsuku Kaze. "The Meaning of Partner - Renamon Evolves!"
N/A St-382[N 3] Aurvandil's Arrow
(アウルヴァンディルの矢, Auruvandiru no ya;
Dub: (TBA))
Lee Jianliang In Jianliang's Digimon computer game, Terriermon's accuracy stat is increased. "A Tamer's Task! Defeat Gorimon!"
N/A Bo-153[N 3] Seed of Durability
(じょうぶ草の実, Joubusou no mi;
Dub: (TBA))
Lee Jianliang Jianliang Slashes this card into his Digimon computer game intending for it to increase Terriermon's stamina, but instead, Terriermon evolves into Galgomon. "A Tamer's Task! Defeat Gorimon!"
DT04 Slash Training Gibs.jpg St-381 Training Gibs
(トレーニングギプス, Torēningu gibusu;
Dub: Training Grips)
Lee Jianliang Terriermon's ears are equipped with a pair of training gibs, which he throws at Gorimon to bind its arms. Jian borrows this card from Takato, who received it from Shiota Hirokazu. "A Tamer's Task! Defeat Gorimon!"
DT11 Slash White Wings.jpg Bo-46 White Wings
(白い羽, Shiroi Hane;
Dub: (TBA))
Matsuda Takato Guilmon is briefly equipped with a set of wings that let him fly to attack Evilmon. "Culu Culun! Playing with Culumon!"
Matsuda Takato Guilmon is briefly equipped with a set of wings, but they disappear when Devidramon hits him. "Guilmon Evolves! The Great Decisive Battle in West Shinjuku"
Matsuda Takato Guilmon is briefly equipped with a set of wings, allowing him to carry Ice Devimon to the ceiling of the cave. "Renamon is my Friend! Ruki's Perplexity"
Matsuda Takato Guilmon is briefly equipped with a set of wings, but he is unable to control his flight due to the previously used "High Speed Plug-In B" card. "Shinjuku Ō-Guard - The 1½ min. Showdown!"
DT09 Slash Evolution Plugin E.jpg St-379 Evolution Plug-In E
(進化プラグインE, Shinka puraguin ī;
Dub: (TBA))
Matsuda Takato No effect. Takato thought that slashing it in reverse would undo Guilmon's evolution into Growmon. "Revert to Guilmon! Growmon Rebels"
DT11 Slash High Speed Plugin H.jpg Bo-445 High Speed Plug-In H
(高速プラグインH, Kousoku puraguin eichi;
Dub: (TBA))
Matsuda Takato and Lee Jianliang Guilmon and Terriermon's movement speed is increased. "Shinjuku Ō-Guard - The 1½ min. Showdown!"
Matsuda Takato Growmon's movement speed is increased. "Beautiful Evolution! Taomon Dances in the Moonlight"
Makino Ruki Kyubimon's movement speed is increased. "This is the Trump Card! Blue Card of Friendship"
N/A Not shown[N 4] Offense Plug-In A
(攻撃プラグインA, Kougeki puraguin ei;
Dub: (TBA))
Matsuda Takato The power of Guilmon's Fire Ball is supposed to increase, but Musyamon dodges the attack. "Shinjuku Ō-Guard - The 1½ min. Showdown!"
DT15 Slash Super Evolution Plugin S.jpg St-100 Super Evolution Plug-In S
(超進化プラグインS, Choushinka puraguin esu;
Dub:
(TBA))
Matsuda Takato, Makino Ruki, and Lee Jianliang Triggers the evolution of its user's partner Digimon to the Adult level. Many episodes starting from "Stand Up Tamer! The Super Evolved Megalo Growmon"
DT15 Slash Brave Shield.jpg St-384 Brave Shield
(ブレイブシールド, Bureibushīrudo;
Dub: (TBA))
Lee Jianliang Equips Terriermon with War Greymon's Brave Shield. "Giant Snake Appearance! Great Edo Line, Great Panic"
Lee Jianliang Equips Galgomon with War Greymon's Brave Shield. "Impmon Evolves! The Shudder of Beelzebumon the Dark Lord"
DT15 Slash Steel Drill.jpg Bo-47 Steel Drill
(鋼のドリル, Hagane no doriru;
Dub: (TBA))
Matsuda Takato Guilmon's hands are transformed into drills that allow him to dig into the Tokyo subway system. "Giant Snake Appearance! Great Edo Line, Great Panic"
Lee Jianliang The horn on Terriermon's head is enlarged and transformed into a drill that allows him to dig a way out of a cave. "The Mystery of Guilmon's Birth! The Mystical Water Space"
DT15 Slash Power Charger.jpg Bo-448 Power Charger
(パワーチャージャー, Pawāchājā;
Dub: (TBA))
Matsuda Takato The power of Growmon's Exhaust Flame is increased. Takato borrows this card from Hirokazu. "Giant Snake Appearance! Great Edo Line, Great Panic"
Makino Ruki The power of Kyubimon's Koenryū is increased, but it is not enough to resist Vajramon's attacks. "Beautiful Evolution! Taomon Dances in the Moonlight"
DT17 Slash Thor Hammer.jpg Bo-541 Thor Hammer
(トールハンマー, Tōruhanmā;
Dub: (TBA))
Lee Jianliang Terriermon is equipped with Zudomon's Thor Hammer. "Chase the Blue Card! Lightning Rapidmon"
DT17 Slash Strength Plugin W.jpg Bo-443 Strength Plug-In W
(強化プラグインW, Kyouka puraguin dabuyu;
Dub: (TBA))
Makino Ruki Renamon's hands and feet are temporarily wreathed in blue fire. "Chase the Blue Card! Lightning Rapidmon"
Matsuda Takato Growmon's Exhaust Flame is powered up. "This is the Trump Card! Blue Card of Friendship"
DT17 Slash High Speed Plugin T.jpg Bo-498 High Speed Plug-In T
(高速プラグインT, Kousoku puraguin tī;
Dub: (TBA))
Lee Jianliang Galgomon's running speed is greatly increased. "Chase the Blue Card! Lightning Rapidmon"
Matsuda Takato No effect, because Growmon is too exhausted. "Beautiful Evolution! Taomon Dances in the Moonlight"
Makino Ruki Kyubimon's running speed is greatly increased. "The Return to the Real World!"
DT17 Slash Defense Plugin G.jpg Bo-497 Defense Plug-In G
(防御プラグインG, Bougyo puraguin jī;
Dub: (TBA))
Lee Jianliang Galgomon's body is hardened into stone to protect him, but Pajiramon's kicks break the stone. "Chase the Blue Card! Lightning Rapidmon"
DT17 Slash Invalidation Plugin P.jpg Bo-539 Invalidation Plug-In P
(無効化プラグインP, Mukouka puraguin pī;
Dub: (TBA))
Lee Jianliang No observed effect. "Chase the Blue Card! Lightning Rapidmon"
N/A Bo-540[N 3] Strength Plug-In O
(強化プラグインO, Kyouka puraguin ō;
Dub: (TBA))
Lee Jianliang No observed effect. "Beautiful Evolution! Taomon Dances in the Moonlight"
DT20 Slash Reload Plugin Q.jpg None[N 5] Reload Plug-In Q
(充填プラグインQ, Jūten puraguin kyū;
Dub: (TBA))
Lee Jianliang Reloads ammunition for Galgomon's Gatling Arm. "This is the Trump Card! Blue Card of Friendship"
DT29 Slash King Device.jpg Bo-609[N 6] King Device
(キング・デヴァイス, Kingu devaisu;
Dub: (TBA))
Akiyama Ryo Cyberdramon grows significantly in size. "Here is the Ghost Castle! The Great Escape of Stray Culumon"
N/A Not shown[N 7] Device Card: Knight
(デヴァイスカード・ナイト, Devaisukaado naito;
Dub: (TBA))
Akiyama Ryo Cyberdramon is equipped with two lances, which he throws into the ground to use as a support for a rockslide to block the rise of the D-Reaper's bubbles. "Whirling Ultimate Flower! Sakuyamon Evolves"
DT48 Slash Queen Device.jpg Bo-888[N 8] Queen Device
(クィーン・デヴァイス, Kwīn devaisu;
Dub: (TBA))
Lee Shaochung Andiramon glows pink and gains the ability to fly. "The Power to Protect Juri - Beelzebumon's Fist!"
M05 Slash Battle Tomahawk.jpg Bo-542 Battle Tomahawk
(バトルトマホーク, Batoru tomahōku;
Dub: (TBA))
Makino Ruki Renamon is equipped with Boltmon's Battle Tomahawk. Digimon Tamers: The Adventurers' Battle
M05 Slash Aero Wing.jpg Bo-543 Aero Wing
(エアロウイング, Earo uingu;
Dub: (TBA))
Matsuda Takato Guilmon is equipped with Aero V-dramon's wings, allowing him to fly after Hangyomon. Digimon Tamers: The Adventurers' Battle

Program Cards[edit]

Image ID No. Name Slashed by Effect Episode
DT01 Slash Revelation of Hidden Power.jpg Bo-303 The Revelation of Hidden Power!!
(秘めたる力の発現!!, Himeta chikara no hatsuken!!;
Dub: (N/A))
Matsuda Takato In a Digital Monster Card Game match that he plays with Hirokazu, Takato uses this card to evolve his Dark Tyranomon into a Metal Tyranomon (St-148) to defeat Hirokazu's Maildramon (Bo-333). This coincides with a Dark Tyranomon in the Digital World undergoing the same evolution and destroying a Maildramon that was chasing Culumon. "Guilmon is Born! The Digimon that I Created"
Card slash alias.jpg None[N 9] Alias!
(エイリアス!, Eiriasu!;
Dub: (TBA))
Makino Ruki Creates an illusory clone of Renamon to act as a decoy for Evilmon to attack. "Culu Culun! Playing with Culumon!"
Makino Ruki and Lee Jianliang Creates illusory clones of Taomon and Rapidmon, which stay trapped insted Beelzebumon's Bao Yù and are destroyed and loaded, while the real Renamon and Terriermon revert to their Child forms and escape the Bao Yù bubbles. "The Name's Dukemon! The True Ultimate Evolution"
DT10 Slash Inflating Space.jpg None[N 10] Inflating Space!!
(膨張する宇宙!!, Bouchou-suru uchū!!;
Dub: (TBA))
Lee Jianliang Terriermon inflates and expands in size enough to break both himself and Guilmon out of Ice Devimon's ice. "Renamon is my Friend! Ruki's Perplexity"
DT23 Slash Sparkle of Fate.jpg Bo-491 The Sparkle of Fate!!
(運命の煌めき!!, Unmei no kirameki!!;
Dub: (TBA))
Makino Ruki and Lee Jianliang Taomon and Rapidmon glow brightly and escape from Vikaralamon's goo attack. "Digimon Total Sortie! Advancing while Facing the Wind"

Other Cards[edit]

Image Name Slashed by Effect Episode
DT17 Slash Blue Card.jpg Blue Card
(ブルーカード, Burūkādo;
Dub: Blue Card)
Matsuda Takato, Makino Ruki, and Lee Jianliang When used in a D-Ark: Triggers its user's partner Digimon's Matrix Evolution to the Perfect level.
When used in any other card reader: Transforms the card reader into a D-Ark.
In "Save Dukemon! Grani Scramble" , Mizuno Gorou also uses a Blue Card (with Jianliang's Digivice) to help ZERO-ARMS: Grani realize.
Many episodes starting from "Guilmon is Born! The Digimon that I Created"
DT50 Slash Red Card.jpg Red Card
(レッドカード, Reddokādo;
Dub: Red Card)
Matsuda Takato, Makino Ruki, Lee Jianliang, and Akiyama Ryo Enables partner Digimon to remain evolved while inside the D-Reaper. "The Crimson Knight Dukemon - Save Your Beloved Ones!"

Other Objects[edit]

Image Name Slashed by Effect Episode
DT01 Slash Notepad.jpg Matsuda Takato's notepad Matsuda Takato When he first receives his D-Ark, Takato tries scanning his notepad full of Guilmon drawings through it. At first it doesn't work and the notebook is stuck in the D-Ark, but later that night, the D-Ark continues scanning through all the pages by itself and creates Guilmon's DigiTama. "Guilmon is Born! The Digimon that I Created"

Trivia[edit]

  • According to Digimon Tamers head writer Chiaki J. Konaka, the introduction of Card Slashing in Tamers was the result of a directive from Bandai to incorporate the Digital Monster Card Game into the anime, along with having Digimon be an in-universe media franchise.[7]
  • Cards that were used for Card Slashing in Tamers have since been reprinted and sold in several special-edition anniversary collections. They include cards which had only been identified by name and not by ID number (i.e. by having its face shown on-screen) in the series, in which case they select one pre-existing card that has that name (different collections do not always select the same card of the same name).

Additional Information[edit]

References Notes
  1. The face of this card is not shown on-screen. Both of Yukidarumon's real-life cards feature the Zettai Reido Punch technique, so it could be either. Subsequent merchandise sets that include the cards seen on Tamers chose to include different Yukidarumon cards from each other: the D-Ark ver.15th Edition set includes Bo-633, and the Lee Jianliang edition of the Super Complete Selection Animation D-Ark set includes Bo-7.
  2. In this episode, the card is called "High-Speed Plug-In D", and the card graphic is edited accordingly. However, only the name was changed, and the card shares all other details with both the real-world St-51 and its appearances in other episodes, including citing the same card ID number. The D-Ark ver.15th Edition later included a real "High-Speed Plug-In D" card, Re-83, in reference to this.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 This face of this card, and by extension its card ID number, is not shown on-screen. The card number listed here is inferred based on there only being one real card by this name, and the inclusion of that card in the D-Ark ver.15th Edition.
  4. This face of this card, and by extension its card ID number, is not shown on-screen. Five different "Offense Plug-In A" cards were published in the card game's lifetime, so this card could be any of those. Bo-19t was the "Offense Plug-In A" card chosen for the D-Ark ver.15th Edition set.
  5. The real-life "Reload Plug-In Q" card, St-814, was not released until over a year after this episode aired. The version of the card seen in the episode has identical art to the real-life card, but lacks an ID number and has radically different errata.
  6. In the real-life card game, card Bo-609 is actually a Keramon card. The real-life "King Device" card is Bo-642, which was released two months after this episode aired.
  7. The face of this card is not shown on-screen. It is likely intended to be St-582 "Knight Device", which launched in the same month that this episode first aired. This is supported by how St-582 was later included in the D-Ark ver.15th Edition set.
  8. In the real-life card game, card Bo-888 is actually a Yanmamon card that was released nine months after Tamers ended. The real-life "Queen Device" card is Bo-693, which was released in the same month that this episode aired. The errata on the real card are very different, and even includes a clause saying that only Ultimates can use it, meaning Andiramon actually cannot in the real card game.
  9. The real-life "Alias!" card, Bo-22t, was not released until two months after the aired of its debut anime episode, "Culu Culun! Playing with Culumon!". The version of the card seen in the anime has identical art and activation rules to the real-world card, but lacks an ID number and has radically different effect text. The card graphic was not updated at all for "The Name's Dukemon! The True Ultimate Evolution".
  10. The real-world "Inflating Space!!" card, Bo-23t, was released in the same month that this episode aired. The art is identical between the episode and the real card, but none of the errata or details match, and the card in the episode has no ID number.