Card Number

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Card Number

Card Number



Japanese (romanized)



Card Number

A Card Number (Japanese: カードナンバー Kādonanbā) is the code found on most OCG and TCG cards, intended to denote the set from which the card originated, its position in that set, the region the card was printed for, and the language the card was printed in.


On most cards, the Card Number is located immediately underneath the artwork, on the right side. Card numbers on Pendulum Monsters are placed in the bottom left corner of the card instead, in line with the ATK/DEF values, as the Pendulum Effects and the Pendulum Scales take up the space where the card number would usually be placed. On Link Monsters, card numbers are moved slightly left of their normal position to allow room for the bottom-right Link Arrow.


The general format for card numbers is "AAAA-RR###", where "AAAA" is the two- to five-character set abbreviation, "RR" is the one- or two-letter region code, and "###" is the set position number.

Set abbreviation[edit]

The set abbreviation[1] is normally four characters (either letters or digits). Normally the first two characters are letters, but there are sets for which this is not the case.

  • In Series 2, cards use two-character set abbreviations.
  • In Series 3, cards use three-character set abbreviations. Some TCG sets have prefixes that differ between languages.
  • In Series 4, cards use three-character set abbreviations. They no longer vary between TCG languages.
  • From Series 5 onward, cards use four-character set abbreviations.

Region code[edit]

The region code is normally two letters. They were introduced in Series 3, the first series to be released outside of Japan. In Series 3, North American English and Japanese sets do not use region codes, while all other regions use single-digit codes. From Series 4 onward, all regions use two-digit region codes.

Uniquely, the Booster Pack Collectors Tin 2003 and Booster Pack Collectors Tin 2004 promotional cards use the single letter "J" for a Japanese card.

The following is a table of the prefixes for each region.

Region 1-character code 2-character code
Worldwide English N/A EN
North American English none N/A
European English E N/A
Australian English/
Oceanic English
French F FR
French Canadian C N/A
German G DE
Italian I IT
Portuguese P PT
Spanish S SP
Japanese none JP
Japanese Asian N/A JA
Asian-English none AE
Korean N/A KR
Traditional Chinese N/A TC
Simplified Chinese N/A SC

Set position number[edit]

The set position number is normally three digits. The main exception is Series 2 sets, which instead used two-digit set position numbers

For most sets, this is a number that starts at 001, with all numbers up to the highest number corresponding to a card; some sets also include a card numbered 000. Closely related sets that share a prefix, or set with multiple subsets within them (such as Yugi's Legendary Decks), will often replace the first character of the set position number with a letter (different for each set or subset), and number each set or subset separately.

For series of promotional cards, such as magazine promotional cards, instead each new release will use a number one higher than the last promotional card to be released.

Some promotional cards and bonus cards use letters as the first one or two characters to indicate their status as such. (Replacing the first character with "S" is common.) Token Cards will often use TKN as their entire set position number.

The K Series cards appended a capital letter "K" to their set position number, e.g. a print of "Elemental HERO Flame Wingman" had the Card Number TLM-EN035K.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Rush Duel[edit]

Rush Duel cards prefix the card number with "RD/", as in RD/KP01-JP000 ("Blue-Eyes White Dragon"). Otherwise, Card Numbers have the same structure as TCG/OCG cards.

Other media[edit]

Card numbers are not featured in the anime or manga. Most video games do not feature the OCG/TCG-style card numbers, though almost all of them do number cards sequentially (see Comparison of video game card numbers (by number)).

Bandai's Official Card Game[edit]

Card Numbers are used in Bandai's Official Card Game. Almost all Bandai cards only have a number, without any abbreviations or letters.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Dungeon Dice Monsters[edit]

Card Numbers are used in Dungeon Dice Monsters.


See also[edit]