Yu-Gi-Oh! Official Card Game

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Official Card Game (遊戯王オフィシャルカードゲーム Yugiō Ofisharu Kādo Gēmu), or OCG for short, is the version of the Yu-Gi-Oh! card game manufactured by Konami. It is played mainly in Japan, South Korea, and other parts of Asia including Hong Kong, Taiwan, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. The equivalent game outside of Asia is the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game (TCG).


The OCG and TCG are different card games. TCG cards are not legal in OCG tournaments, and OCG cards are not legal in TCG tournaments. World Championships are a special multi-format tournament in which both TCG and OCG players can compete.

Due to Japanese, Asian-English and Korean cards having different backings, if a player chooses to use a mixture, they must use protective sleeves that cover the back of the cards.

OCG tournaments are divided into three classes: Expert, which has no age restriction; Regular, for senior high school students; and Challenge, for junior high school students.

Since September 2013, the OCG and TCG have had different Forbidden & Limited lists. While there had previously been different lists between the two games early in their history, they had mostly converged up until September 2013.


There are several different region prints within the OCG: Japanese (JP), Korean (KR), Asian-English (AE), Traditional Chinese (TC), and Japanese-Asian (JA). Currently, only Japanese and Korean are regularly receiving new prints.

Japanese (JP) cards used to be distributed in all Asian territories, but are now exclusively distributed in Japan by Konami of Japan. Korean (KR) cards are only printed in South Korea, and distributed by Daewon Media. Asian-English, Japanese-Asian and Traditional Chinese cards are distributed in other parts of Asia by Konami of Hong Kong.

Card backing[edit]

Unlike TCG cards (which all use the TCG logo), different regions of OCG cards have different logos on their card backings.

  • Japanese and Japanese-Asian card backs have a logo containing the Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! logo (with English Ruby text) and the text Official Card Game Duel Monsters in katakana.
  • Korean card backs have a Korean Yu-Gi-Oh! logo (with English Ruby text) and the text Official Card Game in English.
  • Asian-English card backs have a Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! logo (with English Ruby text) and the text Trading Card Game in English (despite being part of the OCG and not the TCG).

Card layout[edit]

Even though they are OCG cards, Korean and Asian-English cards use the TCG layout and artworks instead of the Japanese OCG's. Traditional Chinese cards follow the same layout and artworks as the Japanese OCG.

Rule revisions[edit]

Official Rules/公式ルール[edit]

These rules were introduced with Vol.1 and were adjusted with the release of the Starter Box: Theatrical Release and Vol.7. They remained in effect until the end of Series 1.

Expert Rules/エキスパートルール[edit]

These rules were introduced in the Official Guide Starter Book on May 5, 1999 and were in effect until the end of Series 1.


New Expert Rules[edit]


Master Rules[edit]

The Master Rules were in effect during Series 6 and the beginning of Series 7.


Master Rules 2[edit]

The Master Rules 2 were in effect during the end of Series 7 and during Series 8.


Master Rules 3[edit]

The Master Rules 3 were in effect during Series 9.


New Master Rules[edit]

The New Master Rules were in effect during Series 10.


Master Rules (April 1, 2020 revision)[edit]

The Master Rules, revised April 1, 2020, are in effect during Series 11.


Language Name Romanization Subtitle translation Language or Region ID
Japanese 遊☆戯☆王YU-GI-OH! オフィシャルカードゲーム デュエルモンスターズ Yūgiō Ofisharukādogēmu Dyuerumonsutāzu Duel Monsters JP (formerly omitted)
遊☆戯☆王YU-GI-OH! 5D’sファイブディーズ オフィシャルカードゲーム Yūgiō Faibudīzu Ofisharukādogēmu Five D’s
遊☆戯☆王YU-GI-OH! ZEXALゼアル オフィシャルカードゲーム Yūgiō Zearu Ofisharukādogēmu Zeal
遊☆戯☆王Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-Ⅴアーク・ファイブ オフィシャルカードゲーム Yūgiō Āku Faibu Ofisharukādogēmu Arc Five JP (Japan), and JA (other Asian regions)
Korean 유☆희☆왕Yu-Gi-Oh! OFFICIAL CARD GAME Yuhuiwang OFFICIAL CARD GAME KR (formerly K)
유☆희☆왕YU-GI-OH! 5D’s파이브디즈 오피셜 카드 게임 Yuhuiwang Paibeudijeu Opisyeol Kadeu Geim Five D's
유☆희☆왕YU-GI-OH! ZEXAL제알 오피셜 카드 게임 Yuhuiwang Jeal Opisyeol Kadeu Geim Zeal
유☆희☆왕Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V아크 파이브 오피셜 카드 게임 Yuhuiwang Akeu Paibeu Opisyeol Kadeu Geim Arc Five
Asian-English 遊☆戯☆王YU-GI-OH! TRADING CARD GAME YU-GI-OH! TRADING CARD GAME AE (formerly omitted)
Chinese 遊☆戯☆王YU-GI-OH! ZEXALゼアル 公式卡片遊戲 Yóuxìwáng Zearu Gōngshì Kǎpiàn Yóuxì
Jau4 hei3 wong4 Zearu Gung1 sik1 Kaat1 pin2 Jau4 hei3
Zeal TC
遊☆戯☆王Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-Ⅴアーク・ファイブ 公式卡片遊戲 Yóuxìwáng Āku Faibu Gōngshì Kǎpiàn Yóuxì
Jau4 hei3 wong4 Āku Faibu Gung1 sik1 Kaat1 pin2 Jau4 hei3
Arc Five





Traditional Chinese[edit]


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