Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel Forbidden and Limited Card list (May 2022)

The digital platform has its own set of limitations that make it unique.

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Konami has multiple methods in place to ensure Yu-Gi-Oh! maintains a balanced competitive meta with the release of every few sets.

This balancing takes place through a constantly updated Forbidden and Limited card list, which ensures no card can be abused in a format for more than a few months at a time. However, Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel forced the company to take a new approach because of its all-digital format. 

Master Duel has a curated card pool of more than 10,000 cards. Among them are several cards that may not have been released physically in the TCG or OCG, leading to a disparity between the digital platform and physical game. Additionally, Master Duel allows players around the world to compete against each other using the same mechanics and available cards. 

As a result, Master Duel has been separated from both the TCG and OCG formats, becoming its own, independent form of Yu-Gi-Oh! This means the Forbidden and Limited card list for Master Duel is entirely original and will help cultivate a unique meta. 

Despite these distinctions, the ban list is still broken down into three specific parts, along with a fourth being included at the end of certain updates to show which cards are no longer having their usage limited. 

  • Forbidden: A card is not allowed to be used in a player’s Main Deck, Extra Deck, or Side Deck.
  • Limited: Only one copy of a card is allowed to be used in a player’s Main Deck, Extra Deck, or Side Deck.
  • Semi-Limited: Only two copies of a card are allowed to be used in a player’s Main Deck, Extra Deck, or Side Deck.

Historically, Konami spaces out its ban list updates by about three months, giving players time to implement new product releases into their strategies and create new decks, while also allowing the company to gather more data and make informed decisions about which cards to hit next. This method will likely still apply to Master Duel

One extra thing to note for Master Duel is that Konami has left a menu open that could potentially feature different variations of the Forbidden and Limited card list if more formats are added to the game. 

With that in mind, here is the current Master Duel Forbidden and Limited card list in effect for ranked gameplay, which will be in effect from May 9 to June 9:

Forbidden 

Effect Monsters

  • Cannon Soldier
  • Cyber Jar
  • Amazoness Archer
  • Fiber Jar
  • Yata-Garasu
  • Toon Cannon Soldier
  • Magical Scientist
  • Dandylion
  • Grinder Golem
  • Cannon Soldier MK-2
  • Substitoad
  • Mind Master
  • Phoenixian Cluster Amaryllis
  • Fishborg Blaster
  • Level Eater
  • Djinn Releaser of Rituals
  • The Tyrant Neptune
  • Glow-Up Bulb
  • Wind-Up Hunter
  • Eclipse Wyvern
  • Redox, Dragon Ruler of Boulders
  • Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls
  • Blaster, Dragon Ruler of Infernos
  • Performage Plushfire
  • Majespecter Unicorn – Kirin
  • Performapal Monkeyboard
  • Grandora-X the Dragon of Demolition
  • Blackwing – Gofu the Vague Shadow
  • Zoodiac Ratpier
  • Master Peace, the True Dracoslaying King

Fusion Monsters

  • Elder Entity Norden
  • Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon

Link Monsters

  • Summon Sorceress
  • Knightmare Mermaid
  • Knightmare Goblin
  • Topologic Gunblar Dragon
  • Guardragon Agarpain
  • Guardragon Elpy
  • Linkross

Synchro Monsters

  • Tempest Magician
  • Ancient Fairy Dragon
  • Ib the World Chalice Justiciar

Xyz Monsters

  • Lavalval Chain
  • Number 16: Shock Master
  • M-X-Saber Invoker
  • Outer Entity Azathot
  • Number 95: Galaxy-Eyes Dark Matter Dragon
  • Tellarknight Ptolemaeus
  • Number S0: Utopic ZEXAL 
  • Zoodiac Broadbull

Spells

  • Graceful Charity 
  • Pot of Greed
  • Change of Heart
  • Last Will 
  • Heavy Storm
  • Snatch Steal
  • Confiscation
  • Delinquent Duo
  • The Forceful Sentry
  • Giant Trunade
  • Painful Choice
  • Premature Burial
  • Card of Safe Return
  • Cold Wave
  • Mirage of Nightmare
  • Metamorphosis
  • Mass Driver
  • Butterfly Dagger – Elma
  • Dimension Fusion
  • Divine Sword – Phoenix Blade
  • Spellbook of Judgment
  • Soul Charge
  • Zoodiac Barrage
  • Set Rotation
  • Mystic Mine

Traps

  • Ultimate Offering
  • Time Seal
  • Royal Oppression
  • Last Turn
  • Trap Dustshoot
  • Self-Destruct Button
  • Sixth Sense
  • Return from the Different Dimension
  • Magical Explosion
  • Life Equalizer

Limited

Normal Monsters

  • Left Arm of the Forbidden One
  • Left Leg of the Forbidden One
  • Right Arm of the Forbidden One
  • Right Leg of the Forbidden One

Effect Monsters

  • Exodia the Forbidden One
  • Cyber Stein
  • Morphing Har
  • Night Assailant 
  • Armageddon Knight 
  • Genex Ally Birdman
  • Tempest, Dragon Ruler of Storms
  • Luster Pendulum, the Dracoslayer
  • Speedroid Terrortop
  • SPYRAL Quick-Fix
  • Astrograph Sorcerer
  • Chronograph Sorcerer 
  • Double Iris Magician
  • Predaplant Ophrys Scorpio
  • Supreme King Dragon Darkwurm
  • Altergeist Multifaker
  • Dinowrestler Pankratops
  • Orcust Harp Horror
  • Thunder Dragonhawk
  • Salamangreat Gazelle
  • Girsu, the Orcust Mekk-Knight

Ritual Monsters

  • Cyber Angel Benten (new)

Fusion Monsters

  • Blaze Fenix, the Burning Bombardment Bird
  • ABC-Dragon Buster
  • Thunder Dragon Colossus

Link Monsters

  • Saryuja Skull Dread
  • Heavymetalfoes Electrumite
  • Cryston Halqifibrax
  • Sky Striker Ace – Kagari
  • Galatea, the Orcust Automaton
  • Predaplant Verte Anaconda

Synchro Monsters

  • Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier
  • T.G. Hyper Librarian
  • PSY-Framelord Omega

Xyz Monsters

  • Wind-Up Carrier Zenmaity
  • Toadally Awesome
  • Zoodiac Drident
  • True King of All Calamities
  • Divine Arsenal AA-ZEUS – Sky Thunder

Spells 

  • Raigeki
  • Harpie’s Feather Duster
  • Card Destruction
  • Monster Reborn
  • Foolish Burial
  • Reinforcement of the Army
  • Terraforming
  • Gold Sarcophagus
  • One for One
  • Gateway of the Six
  • Infernity Launcher
  • Divine Wind of Mist Valley 
  • One Day of Peace
  • Brilliant Fusion 
  • Dragonic Diagram 
  • Trickstar Light Stage
  • Sky Striker Mecha – Hornet Drones
  • Nadir Servant 

Traps

  • Conquistador of the Golden Land (new)
  • Imperial Order
  • Vanity’s Emptiness
  • Trickstar Reincarnation
  • Metaverse
  • Red Reboot

Semi-Limited

Effect Monsters

  • Destiny HERO – Malicious 
  • PSY-Framegear Gamma
  • Harmonizing Magician
  • Souleating Oviraptor
  • Thunder Dragonroar
  • Danger!? Jackalope? 
  • The Phantom Knight of Torn Scales (new)
  • Tri-Brigade Fraktall (new)
  • Virtual World Roshi – Laolao (new)
  • Lyrilusc – Cobalt Sparrow (new)
  • Prank-Kids Rocksies (new)
  • Adamancipator Analyzer (new)

Spells

  • Scapegoat
  • Sekka’s Light (new)
  • Super Polymerization
  • The Beginning of the End
  • Emergency Teleport
  • Mask Change II
  • Magical Meltdown
  • Called by the Grave
  • Sky Striker Mobilize – Engage!
  • Sky Striker Mecha – Widow Anchor
  • Memories of Hope
  • Cursed Eldland
  • Fusion Destiny (new)

Traps

  • D.D. Dynamite (new)

Newly Unlimited

  • Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon

Konami has not confirmed the release date for Master Duel‘s next Forbidden and Limited card list update.