A card's Status is a term showing how many copies of that card are allowed in a player's combined Main Deck, Extra Deck, and Side Deck for official Duels. Statuses are announced every several months in the Forbidden and Limited lists.
The following Statuses are used in the lists:
- Unlimited - up to three copies, the maximum, are currently allowed.
- Semi-Limited - up to two copies are currently allowed.
- Limited - only one copy is currently allowed.
- Forbidden - no copies are currently allowed. This status is only used in the TCG Advanced Format and in the OCG; Forbidden cards are changed to Limited in the TCG Traditional Format.
The Yu-Gi-Oh! Wikia also covers the following statuses:
- Legal - the card can be used in an official Duel. Since all Forbidden, Limited, Semi-Limited, and Unlimited cards are also legal, this status is reserved on the Yu-Gi-Oh! Wikia for legal cards that are not also any of the above four statuses. (This applies mainly for release Token Monsters; see the legal article for more information.)
- Illegal - the card is not and never will be legal anywhere. All official illegal cards have Limitation Text present on the card, usually stating "This card cannot be used in a Duel".
- Not Legal - the card is only legal in certain regions; outside of those regions, they are considered not legal (see the article for more information).
- Not Yet Released - the card has a confirmed future release date. Any copies that may be leaked will be not be considered legal until then.
- Not Yet Legal - the card has been officially released but will not be considered legal until some time in the future.