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Cards that are not legal in a given region may not be used in tournaments in that region. If there is any region a card is not legal in, it may not be used in World Championship events.

Generally, a card becomes legal in a region when it has been officially released in a product in that region. For example, Shonen Jump promotional cards became tournament-legal in North America upon their release, but they are not tournament-legal in South America, Europe, Australia, or Africa until they have been formally released in a product in those regions, since Shonen Jump was distributed exclusively in North America.

This term is distinct from illegal, used for cards which have limitation text and will never be legal anywhere, and Forbidden, used for cards that are legal for tournament use but are currently restricted to zero copies in the Main, Side, and Extra Decks for all Advanced Format events.

Currently, cards that are not legal do not have an indication of that status on their pages on this wiki. This page lists some cards that are not legal in various regions, but the information here may be incomplete, out of date, or otherwise incorrect.

Not legal outside of Asia[edit]

Any cards that are OCG-only have not been released in the TCG, and so are not legal in regions that the TCG covers, namely North America, South America, Europe, Australia, and Africa.

Not legal in Asia[edit]

Any cards that are TCG-only have not been released in the OCG, and so are not legal in regions that the OCG covers, namely Asia.

Not legal in South America, Europe, Australia, and Africa[edit]

The following cards have been released in both the OCG and TCG (making them legal in Asia), but their only TCG release has been through a region-restricted method in North America. They are thus not legal in South America, Europe, Australia, and Africa, despite all these regions also following the TCG. They may eventually become legal once re-released in the TCG through a non-region-restricted method.

Shonen Jump promotional cards[edit]

As the Shonen Jump magazine was only distributed in North America, cards that have only been made available in the TCG as Shonen Jump promotional cards are only TCG legal in North America.

Cards whose only TCG release so far has been as a Shonen Jump promotional card are the following:

NameJapanese namePrimary typeSecondary typeAttributeTypeLevel/
TroposphereトラファスフィアEffect MonsterWINDWinged Beast624002000
NameJapanese nameCard typeProperty
Judgment of PharaohファラオのしんぱんTrap CardNormal Trap Card
Unityけっそく UNITYSpell CardQuick-Play Spell Card
Yu-Jo Friendshipゆうじょう YU-JYOSpell CardNormal Spell Card

Manga promotional cards[edit]

The following cards' only TCG release has been as promotional cards for volumes of the Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL and Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga. As the manga is only distributed with bundled promotional cards in Asia and North America, the following cards are not legal in South America, Europe, Australia, or Africa until released again through a non-region-restricted method:

NameJapanese namePrimary typeSecondary typeAttributeTypeLevel/
Gagaga HeadガガガヘッドEffect MonsterDARKSpellcaster621002000
Number 72: Shogi RookNo.ナンバーズ72 ラインモンスター チャリオッツ・しゃXyz Monster
Effect Monster
Odd-Eyes Phantasma Dragonオッドアイズ・ファンタズマ・ドラゴンPendulum Monster
Effect Monster
Timelord Progenitor VorpgateかいしんヴルガータSynchro Monster
Effect Monster

Other cards[edit]

There are also cards whose only TCG releases so far have been North America-exclusive, but were not released as either Shonen Jump or manga promotional cards.

These cards have only been released in Legacy of Darkness, Pharaonic Guardian or Magician's Force; Tournament Pack: 2nd Season; Anniversary Pack; or as part of the McDonald's Promotional Cards.

These cards are the following:

NameJapanese namePrimary typeSecondary typeAttributeTypeLevel/
Beautiful HeadhuntressざんしゅじょNormal MonsterEARTHWarrior41600800
Cobraman SakuzyはんじゃじんサクズィーEffect MonsterEARTHReptile38001400
Dancing Elfダンシング・エルフNormal MonsterWINDFairy1300200
Dharma CannonたいほうだるまNormal MonsterDARKMachine2900500
Flying PenguinトビペンギンNormal MonsterWATERAqua412001000
The Hunter with 7 WeaponsななつのつハンターEffect MonsterEARTHWarrior31000600
The Illusory Gentlemanどうしん-JNormal MonsterDARKSpellcaster415001600
Lizard SoldierリザードへいNormal MonsterWINDDragon31100800
Maiden of the MoonlightつきかりのおとNormal MonsterLIGHTSpellcaster415001300
Molten Behemoth溶岩大巨人マグマ・ギガントNormal MonsterFIREPyro510002200
Queen of Autumn LeavesこうようじょおうNormal MonsterEARTHPlant518001500
Roboladyレアメタル・レディNormal MonsterEARTHMachine3450900
Roboyarouレアメタル・ソルジャーNormal MonsterEARTHMachine3900450
Ryu-Kishin ClownガーゴイルのどうEffect MonsterDARKFiend2800500
Servant of CatabolismぎょうじゅうしゃEffect MonsterLIGHTAqua3700500
Shapesnatchシェイプ・スナッチNormal MonsterDARKMachine512001700
Shiba-Warrior TaroしばせんタロEffect MonsterTuner monsterEARTHBeast-Warrior2800600
Skull GuardianローガーディアンRitual MonsterLIGHTWarrior720502500
Sky Dragon天空竜スカイ・ドラゴンNormal MonsterWINDDragon619001800
Sonic MaidオトNormal MonsterEARTHWarrior31200900
SouleaterたまらいNormal MonsterEARTHFish412000
Spirit of the Booksほんせいれい ホーク・ビショップNormal MonsterWINDWinged Beast414001200
Stuffed AnimalくいぐるみNormal MonsterEARTHWarrior31200900
Super Roboladyレアメタル・ヴァルキリーEffect Monster
Fusion Monster
Super Roboyarouレアメタル・ナイトEffect Monster
Fusion Monster
Throwstone UnitとうせきたいEffect MonsterEARTHWarrior49002000
Turtle Birdタートル・バードNormal MonsterWATERAqua619001700
Turu-PurunツルプルンNormal MonsterWATERAqua2450500
Ushi OniうしおにNormal MonsterDARKFiend621501950
Warrior of TraditionせんじょうしにしょうぞくFusion MonsterEARTHWarrior619001700
Wolf AxwielderベイオウルフNormal MonsterEARTHBeast-Warrior416501000
NameJapanese nameCard typeProperty
A Feint PlanようどうさくせんTrap CardNormal Trap Card
Fengsheng MirrorほうしんきょうSpell CardNormal Spell Card
Fiend Comedianデビル・コメディアンTrap CardNormal Trap Card
Novox's PrayerローのいのSpell CardRitual Spell Card
Pyro Clock of DestinyうんめいけいTrap CardNormal Trap Card

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