Japanese (base text)


Japanese (romanized)

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 July 1, 2019 for the OCG, and July 15, 2019 for the TCG Advanced Format.

Monster Cards

 Japanese nameOCGTCG Advanced
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
Eclipse Wyvernエクリプス・ワイバーンUnlimitedForbidden
Magical Scientist魔導サイエンティストForbiddenForbidden
The Phantom Knights of Rusty Bardiche幻影騎士団ラスティ・バルディッシュUnlimitedForbidden
Samsara Lotusサクリファイス・ロータスUnlimitedForbidden
Topologic Gumblar Dragonトポロジック・ガンブラー・ドラゴンUnlimitedForbidden

Spell Cards

 Japanese nameOCGTCG Advanced
Delinquent Duoいたずら好きな双子悪魔ForbiddenForbidden
Dimension Fusion次元融合ForbiddenForbidden
The Forceful Sentry強引な番兵ForbiddenForbidden
Mass DriverマスドライバーForbiddenForbidden
Painful Choice苦渋の選択ForbiddenForbidden

Trap Cards

 Japanese nameOCGTCG Advanced
Last Turnラストバトル!ForbiddenForbidden
Life EqualizerライフチェンジャーForbiddenUnlimited
Self-Destruct Button自爆スイッチUnlimitedForbidden
Trap Dustshootダスト・シュートForbiddenForbidden



Moved into the list

Card Japanese name Card type Old status (April 2019) New status (July 2019)
Gandora-X the Dragon of Demolition Monster Card 1Unlimited 4Forbidden
Knightmare Mermaid Monster Card 1Unlimited 4Forbidden

Moved out of the list

There are no changes from the April 2019 Lists.


Moved into the list

Card Card type Old status (April 2019) New status (July 2019)
Eclipse Wyvern Monster Card 1Unlimited 4Forbidden
The Phantom Knights of Rusty Bardiche Monster Card 1Unlimited 4Forbidden

Moved out of the list

Card Card type Old status (April 2019) New status (July 2019)
Daigusto Emeral Monster Card 4Forbidden 3Limited
Tempest, Dragon Ruler of Storms Monster 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]


  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 the 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"
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