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This article is about the tournament restriction status. For the archetype, see Forbidden (archetype). For other uses, see Forbidden (disambiguation).

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, 2018 for the OCG, and May 21, 2018 for the TCG Advanced Format.

Monster Cards[edit]

 Japanese nameOCGTCG Advanced
Ancient Fairy Dragonエンシェント・フェアリー・ドラゴンForbiddenForbidden
Astrograph Sorcererアストログラフ・マジシャンLimitedForbidden
Blackwing - Gofu the Vague ShadowBFブラックフェザーおぼろかげのゴウフウForbiddenForbidden
Blaster, Dragon Ruler of Infernosえんせいりゅう-ブラスターForbiddenForbidden
Cannon Soldierキャノン ・ ソルジャーForbiddenUnlimited
Chaos Emperor Dragon - Envoy of the End混沌帝龍カオス・エンペラー・ドラゴンしゅうえん使しゃUnlimitedForbidden
Cyber JarサイバーポッドForbiddenForbidden
Daigusto Emeralダイガスタ・エメラルUnlimitedForbidden
Denglong, First of the Yang Zingげんりゅうせい-ボウテンコウLimitedForbidden
Destiny HERO - Disk CommanderD-HEROデステニーヒーロー ディスクガイSemi-LimitedForbidden
Djinn Releaser of RitualsしきじんリリーサーUnlimitedForbidden
Double Iris MagicianこうさいじゅつLimitedForbidden
El Shaddoll Constructエルシャドール・ネフィリムSemi-LimitedForbidden
Elder Entity NordenキュウシンノーデンForbiddenForbidden
Elemental HERO StratosE・HEROエレメンタルヒーロー エアーマンSemi-LimitedForbidden
Evilswarm Exciton Knightれい ヴェルズビュート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
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
Magical ScientistどうサイエンティストForbiddenForbidden
Majespecter Unicorn - Kirinマジェスペクター・ユニコーンForbiddenForbidden
Makyura the Destructorしょけいにん-マキュラForbiddenForbidden
Master Peace, the True Dracoslaying KingしんりゅうけんおうマスターピースForbiddenForbidden
Maxx "C"ぞうしょくするジーUnlimitedForbidden
Mind MasterメンタルマスターForbiddenForbidden
Morphing JarメタモルポットLimitedForbidden
Morphing Jar 2カオスポッドUnlimitedForbidden
Number 16: Shock MasterNo.ナンバーズ16 いろはいしゃショック・ルーラーForbiddenForbidden
Performage Damage JugglerEmエンタメイジダメージ・ジャグラーForbiddenLimited
Performage PlushfireEmエンタメイジヒグルミForbiddenForbidden
Performapal MonkeyboardEMエンタメイトモンキーボードForbiddenForbidden
Performapal Skullcrobat JokerEMエンタメイトドクロバット・ジョーカーLimitedForbidden
Phoenixian Cluster Amaryllisフェニキシアン・クラスター・アマリリスForbiddenForbidden
Redox, Dragon Ruler of Bouldersがんせいりゅう-レドックスForbiddenForbidden
Shurit, Strategist of the Nekroz影霊衣ネクロスじゅつ シュリットUnlimitedForbidden
Supreme King Dragon Starving Venomおうけんりゅうスターヴ・ヴェノムUnlimitedForbidden
Tellarknight Ptolemaeus星守の騎士テラナイト プトレマイオスForbiddenForbidden
Tempest, Dragon Ruler of Stormsらんせいりゅう-テンペストForbiddenForbidden
Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfallsばくせいりゅう-タイダルForbiddenForbidden
Toon Cannon Soldierトゥーン・キャノン・ソルジャーForbiddenUnlimited
Tribe-Infecting VirusどうぞくかんせんウィルスUnlimitedForbidden
True King Lithosagym, the DisasterしんりゅうおうリトスアジムディザスターUnlimitedForbidden
The Tyrant NeptuneThe tyrant NEPTUNEザ・タイラント・ネプチューンForbiddenForbidden
Victory Dragonヴィクトリー・ドラゴンForbiddenForbidden
Wind-Up Carrier ZenmaityぜんまいくうゼンマイティUnlimitedForbidden
Wind-Up HunterゼンマイハンターForbiddenUnlimited
... further results

Spell Cards[edit]

 Japanese nameOCGTCG Advanced
Butterfly Dagger - Elmaちょうたんけん-エルマForbiddenForbidden
Card DestructionふだまっさつLimitedForbidden
Card of Safe ReturnせいかんほうさつForbiddenForbidden
Change of HeartこころわりForbiddenForbidden
Chicken GameチキンレースUnlimitedForbidden
Cold WaveだいかんForbiddenForbidden
Delinquent DuoいたずらきなふたあくForbiddenForbidden
Dimension FusionげんゆうごうForbiddenForbidden
Dragonic DiagramドラゴニックダイアグラムForbiddenUnlimited
The Forceful SentryごういんばんへいForbiddenForbidden
Giant TrunadeハリケーンForbiddenForbidden
Graceful Charityてん使ほどこForbiddenForbidden
Harpie's Feather DusterハーピィのぼうきLimitedForbidden
Heavy StormおおあらしForbiddenForbidden
Kaiser ColosseumカイザーコロシアムUnlimitedForbidden
Last WillゆいごんじょうForbiddenForbidden
Mass DriverマスドライバーForbiddenForbidden
Mirage of NightmareあくしんろうForbiddenForbidden
Painful ChoiceじゅうせんたくForbiddenForbidden
Pot of AvariceどんよくつぼUnlimitedForbidden
Pot of GreedごうよくつぼForbiddenForbidden
Premature BurialはやすぎたまいそうForbiddenForbidden
Rank-Up-Magic Argent Chaos ForceRUMランクアップマジック-アージェント・カオス・フォースUnlimitedForbidden
Snatch StealごうだつForbiddenForbidden
Spellbook of JudgmentどうしょしんぱんForbiddenForbidden
Super PolymerizationちょうゆうごうLimitedForbidden
Super RejuvenationちょうさいせいのうりょくUnlimitedForbidden
That Grass Looks GreenerとなりしばUnlimitedForbidden
Zoodiac BarrageじゅうししかいきょくForbiddenUnlimited

Trap Cards[edit]

 Japanese nameOCGTCG Advanced
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
Return from the Different DimensionげんからのかんForbiddenForbidden
Royal OppressionおうきゅうだんあつForbiddenForbidden
Self-Destruct ButtonばくスイッチUnlimitedForbidden
Sixth SenseだいろっかんForbiddenForbidden
Time SealときふういんForbiddenForbidden
Trap Dustshootダスト・シュートForbiddenForbidden
Ultimate OfferingだいしょうForbiddenForbidden
Vanity's Emptiness虚無空間ヴァニティー・スペースLimitedForbidden



Moved into the list[edit]

Card Japanese name Card type Old status (April 2018) New status (July 2018)
Cannon Soldier キャノン ・ ソルジャー Monster Card 1Unlimited 4Forbidden
Toon Cannon Soldier トゥーン・キャノン・ソルジャー Monster Card 1Unlimited 4Forbidden
Magical Explosion マジカル・エクスプロージョン Trap Card 3Limited 4Forbidden

Moved out of the list[edit]

There are no changes from the April 2018 Lists.


Moved into the list[edit]

Card Card type Old status (February 2018) New status (May 2018)
Ancient Fairy Dragon Monster Card 1Unlimited 4Forbidden
Astrograph Sorcerer Monster Card 1Unlimited 4Forbidden
Master Peace, the True Dracoslaying King Monster Card 1Unlimited 4Forbidden
Phoenixian Cluster Amaryllis Monster Card 1Unlimited 4Forbidden
Supreme King Dragon Starving Venom Monster Card 1Unlimited 4Forbidden
Rank-Up-Magic Argent Chaos Force Spell Card 1Unlimited 4Forbidden
That Grass Looks Greener Spell Card 3Limited 4Forbidden

Moved out of the List[edit]

Card Card type Old status (February 2018) New status (May 2018)
Dinomight Knight, the True Dracofighter Monster Card 4Forbidden 3Limited
Grandsoil the Elemental Lord Monster Card 4Forbidden 1Unlimited

World Championship[edit]

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[edit]

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"