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Kinshi kādo


Forbidden card

In the OCG and the TCG Advanced Format, Forbidden (禁止 Kinshi) cards, often unofficially called banned, are cards that players are not allowed to use in their Main Deck, Side Deck, or Extra Deck. There are no Forbidden cards in the Traditional Format; by default, all Forbidden cards are Limited in the Traditional Format.

The following cards are Forbidden as of October 1, 2020 for the OCG, and April 14, 2021 for the TCG Advanced Format.

Monster Cards[]

 Japanese nameOCGTCG Advanced
Agido the Ancient Sentinel古衛兵アギドForbiddenForbidden
Amazoness Archerアマゾネスの射手ForbiddenUnlimited
Artifact Scytheアーティファクト-デスサイズUnlimitedForbidden
Baronne de Fleurフルール・ド・バロネスUnlimitedForbidden
Barrier Statue of the Stormwinds烈風の結界像ForbiddenForbidden
Blackwing - Gofu the Vague ShadowBF-朧影のゴウフウForbiddenForbidden
Block DragonブロックドラゴンLimitedForbidden
Borreload Savage Dragonヴァレルロード・S・ドラゴンUnlimitedForbidden
Cannon Soldierキャノン ・ ソルジャーForbiddenUnlimited
Cannon Soldier MK-2メガキャノン・ソルジャーForbiddenUnlimited
Chaos Ruler, the Chaotic Magical Dragon混沌魔龍 カオス・ルーラーForbiddenForbidden
Crystron Halqifibrax水晶機巧-ハリファイバーForbiddenForbidden
Curious, the Lightsworn Dominionライトロード・ドミニオン キュリオスUnlimitedForbidden
Cyber JarサイバーポッドForbiddenLimited
Djinn Releaser of Rituals儀式魔人リリーサーForbiddenForbidden
Eclipse Wyvernエクリプス・ワイバーンForbiddenForbidden
Elder Entity Norden旧神ノーデンForbiddenForbidden
Fairy Tail - Snow妖精伝姫-シラユキUnlimitedForbidden
Fiber JarファイバーポッドForbiddenForbidden
Fishborg Blasterフィッシュボーグ-ガンナーForbiddenForbidden
Glow-Up Bulbグローアップ・バルブUnlimitedForbidden
Grinder Golemトーチ・ゴーレムForbiddenForbidden
Guardragon Agarpain守護竜アガーペインForbiddenForbidden
Guardragon Elpy守護竜エルピィForbiddenForbidden
Heavymetalfoes Electrumiteヘビーメタルフォーゼ・エレクトラムLimitedForbidden
Hot Red Dragon Archfiend King Calamity琰魔竜王 レッド・デーモン・カラミティForbiddenUnlimited
Isolde, Two Tales of the Noble Knights聖騎士の追想 イゾルデUnlimitedForbidden
Kashtira Arise-Heartクシャトリラ・アライズハートUnlimitedForbidden
Kashtira Fenrirクシャトリラ・フェンリルForbiddenUnlimited
Kelbek the Ancient Vanguard古尖兵ケルベクForbiddenForbidden
Knightmare Goblinトロイメア・ゴブリンForbiddenForbidden
Knightmare Mermaidトロイメア・マーメイドForbiddenForbidden
Lavalval Chainラヴァルバル・チェインForbiddenForbidden
Level Eaterレベル・スティーラーForbiddenForbidden
M-X-Saber InvokerM.X-セイバー インヴォーカーLimitedForbidden
Magical Scientist魔導サイエンティストForbiddenForbidden
Master Peace, the True Dracoslaying King真竜剣皇マスターPForbiddenForbidden
Mathmech Circular斬機サーキュラーLimitedForbidden
Maxx "C"増殖するGUnlimitedForbidden
Mecha Phantom Beast Auroradon幻獣機アウローラドンUnlimitedForbidden
Mind MasterメンタルマスターForbiddenForbidden
Number 16: Shock MasterNo.16 色の支配者ショック・ルーラーForbiddenForbidden
Number 42: Galaxy TomahawkNo.42 スターシップ・ギャラクシー・トマホークUnlimitedForbidden
Number 86: Heroic Champion - RhongomyniadNo.86 H-C ロンゴミアントUnlimitedForbidden
Number 89: Diablosis the Mind HackerNo.89 電脳獣ディアブロシスUnlimitedForbidden
... further results

Spell Cards[]

 Japanese nameOCGTCG Advanced
Brilliant Fusionブリリアント・フュージョンLimitedForbidden
Butterfly Dagger - Elma蝶の短剣-エルマForbiddenForbidden
Card of Safe Return生還の宝札ForbiddenForbidden
Cold Wave大寒波ForbiddenForbidden
Delinquent Duoいたずら好きな双子悪魔ForbiddenForbidden
Dimension Fusion次元融合ForbiddenForbidden
Divine Sword - Phoenix Blade神剣-フェニックスブレードForbiddenUnlimited
The Forceful Sentry強引な番兵ForbiddenForbidden
Giant TrunadeハリケーンForbiddenForbidden
Graceful Charity天使の施しForbiddenForbidden
Heavy Storm大嵐LimitedForbidden
Kaiser ColosseumカイザーコロシアムForbiddenForbidden
Last Will遺言状ForbiddenForbidden
Mass DriverマスドライバーForbiddenForbidden
Mirage of Nightmare悪夢の蜃気楼ForbiddenForbidden
Mystic Mine魔鍾洞ForbiddenForbidden
Painful Choice苦渋の選択ForbiddenForbidden
Pot of Greed強欲な壺ForbiddenForbidden
Premature Burial早すぎた埋葬ForbiddenForbidden
Smoke Grenade of the Thief盗人の煙玉ForbiddenForbidden
Snatch Steal強奪ForbiddenLimited
Soul Chargeソウル・チャージForbiddenForbidden
That Grass Looks Greener隣の芝刈りSemi-LimitedForbidden
Zoodiac Barrage十二獣の会局LimitedForbidden

Trap Cards[]

 Japanese nameOCGTCG Advanced
Appointer of the Red Lotus紅蓮の指名者UnlimitedForbidden
Branded Expulsion分かつ烙印UnlimitedForbidden
Imperial Order王宮の勅命ForbiddenForbidden
Last Turnラストバトル!ForbiddenForbidden
Life EqualizerライフチェンジャーForbiddenUnlimited
Magical Explosionマジカル・エクスプロージョンForbiddenLimited
Red Rebootレッド・リブートLimitedForbidden
Return from the Different Dimension異次元からの帰還ForbiddenForbidden
Royal Oppression王宮の弾圧ForbiddenForbidden
Self-Destruct Button自爆スイッチUnlimitedForbidden
Sixth Sense第六感ForbiddenForbidden
Summon LimitサモンリミッターLimitedForbidden
Trap Dustshootダスト・シュートForbiddenForbidden
Ultimate Offering血の代償ForbiddenForbidden
Vanity's Emptiness虚無空間ForbiddenForbidden



Moved into the list[]

Card Japanese name Card type Old status (January 2024) New status (April 2024)

Moved out of the list[]

Card Japanese name Card type Old status (January 2024) New status (April 2024)
Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls (ばく) (せい) (りゅう) -タイダル Monster Card 4Forbidden 3Limited
Summon Sorceress サモン・ソーサレス Monster Card 4Forbidden 1Unlimited


Moved into the list[]

Card Card type Old status (January 2024) New status (April 2024)
Baronne de Fleur Monster Card 1Unlimited 4Forbidden
Borreload Savage Dragon Monster Card 1Unlimited 4Forbidden
Linkuriboh Monster Card 1Unlimited 4Forbidden
Summon Limit Trap Card 1Unlimited 4Forbidden

Moved out of the list[]

Card Card type Old status (January 2024) New status (April 2024)
Archnemeses Protos Monster Card 4Forbidden 3Limited
Majespecter Unicorn - Kirin Monster Card 4Forbidden 3Limited
Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls Monster Card 4Forbidden 3Limited
Thunder Dragon Colossus Monster Card 4Forbidden 3Limited
Chicken Game Spell Card 4Forbidden 3Limited

World Championship[]

During World Championship tournaments, all cards are automatically set to their lowest allowed status in any region. (For example, a card that is on the Semi-Limited list in one region but the Limited list in another will be Limited on the World Championship banlist, and a card that is Forbidden in one region but Unlimited in another will be Forbidden.)

However, in addition to any cards that are Forbidden on either the OCG or TCG lists, several other cards are also made Forbidden:

Anime and manga[]

During the Battle City arc it is mentioned that cards that directly damage the player, such as "Hinotama", "Meteor of Destruction", and "Raigeki", are Forbidden.[1]

When taken to the Virtual World, the Egyptian God cards were excluded from the virtual card database, since Lector noted they are forbidden cards.[2]

A handful of other cards are noted by characters as "Forbidden" in the anime, including "Golden Castle of Stromberg" in Yu-Gi-Oh!,[3] "Chaos Emperor Dragon - Envoy of the End"[4] and "Infernalvania" in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX,[5] "Gate Blocker" and "Gate Blocker 2" in official Turbo Duels in Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's,[6][7] and "Restraining Sword of Impact" in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V.[8]

In addition, though not stated, the anime appears to follow real life ban lists. For example, Jaden Yuki stopped using Mirage of Nightmare after it was banned in real life, Yuya Sakaki stopped using Monster Reborn (and started using it again when it was unbanned), Pot of Greed stopped being used (with most characters using it until it was banned), and most famously Yusaku Fujiki stopped using his Signature card Firewall Dragon after it was banned.


  1. Yu-Gi-Oh! episode 75: "Friends 'Til the End, Part 1"
  2. Yu-Gi-Oh! episode 108: "Settling the Score, Part 1"
  3. Yu-Gi-Oh! episode 197: "Sinister Secrets, Part 2"
  4. Yu-Gi-Oh! GX episode 19: "The King of Copycats, Part 2"
  5. Yu-Gi-Oh! GX episode 31: "Field of Screams, Part 1"
  6. Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's episode 2: "Creepy Crawlies"
  7. Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's episode 31: "The Reunion Duel"
  8. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 129: "A Duel Within"