Yu-Gi-Oh! Forbidden and Limited Card list (May 2021)

You can't draw a card if it isn't in allowed in your deck.

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Just like with every competitive game, Konami has to put in additional work to make sure Yu-Gi-Oh! maintains a balanced competitive meta with the release of every few sets. 

This is done through the use of a Forbidden and Limited card list that is constantly updated and makes sure that no card can be abused in a format for more than a few months at a time. 

This ban list is broken down into three specific parts, with a fourth being included at the end of every update simply 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.

Konami typically 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. 

Here is the current Forbidden and Limited card list, which was put into effect on March 15, 2020. All of these listings are based on Advanced Format, which is the official format used for Regional, National, and World Championship events. 

Forbidden 

Effect Monsters

  • Astrograph Sorcerer
  • Blackwing – Gofu the Vague Shadow
  • Blackwing – Steam the Cloak
  • Blaster, Dragon Ruler of Infernos
  • Block Dragon
  • Cyber Jar
  • Dandylion
  • Destrudo the Lost Dragon’s Frisson
  • Djinn Releaser of Rituals
  • Eclipse Wyvern
  • Fairy Tail – Snow
  • Fiber Jar
  • Fishborg Blaster
  • Glow-Up Bulb
  • Grinder Golem
  • Jet Synchron
  • Level Eater
  • Lunalight Tiger
  • Magical Scientist
  • Majespecter Unicorn – Kirin
  • Master Peace, the True Dracoslaying King
  • Maxx “C”
  • Mecha Phantom Beast O-Lion
  • Mind Master
  • Orcust Harp Horror
  • Performage Plushfire
  • Performapal Monkeyboard
  • Performapal Skullcrobat Joker
  • Phoenixian Cluster Amaryllis
  • Redox, Dragon Ruler of Boulders
  • Samsara Lotus
  • SPYRAL Master Plan
  • Substitoad
  • The Tyrant Neptune
  • Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls
  • Victory Dragon
  • Yata-Garasu

Fusion Monsters

  • Elder Entity Norden
  • Supreme King Dragon Starving Venom
  • Thunder Dragon Colossus

Link Monsters

  • Guardragon Agarpain
  • Heavymetalfoes Electrumite
  • Knightmare Goblin
  • Knightmare Mermaid
  • Linkross
  • Summon Sorceress
  • Topologic Gumblar Dragon
  • Union Carrier (New)

Synchro Monsters

  • Ancient Fairy Dragon
  • Denglong, First of the Yang Zing
  • Ib the World Chalice Justiciar
  • Tempest Magician

Xyz Monsters

  • Lavalval Chain
  • M-X-Saber Invoker
  • Number 16: Shock Master
  • Number 42: Galaxy Tomahawk
  • Number S0: Utopic ZEXAL (New)
  • Number 86: Heroic Champion – Rhongomyniad
  • Number 95: Galaxy-Eyes Dark Matter Dragon
  • Outer Entity Azathot
  • Salamangreat Miragestallio
  • Tellarknight Ptolemaeus
  • True King of All Calamities (New)
  • Wind-Up Carrier Zenmaity
  • Zoodiac Broadbull

Spells

  • Brilliant Fusion
  • Butterfly Dagger – Elma
  • Card of Safe Return
  • Change of Heart
  • Chicken Game
  • Cold Wave
  • Confiscation
  • Delinquent Duo
  • Dimension Fusion
  • Giant Trunade
  • Graceful Charity
  • Heavy Storm
  • Kaiser Colosseum
  • Last Will
  • Mass Driver
  • Metamorphosis
  • Mirage of Nightmare
  • Painful Choice
  • Pot of Greed
  • Premature Burial
  • Sky Striker Movilice – Engage!
  • Smoke Grenade of the Thief (New)
  • Snatch Steal
  • Soul Charge
  • Spellbook of Judgment
  • That Grass Looks Greener
  • The Forceful Sentry

Traps

  • Last Turn
  • Return from the Different Dimension
  • Royal Opression
  • Self-Destruct Button
  • Sixth Sense
  • Time Seal
  • Trap Dustshoot
  • Ultimate Offering
  • Vanity’s Emptiness

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

  • Armageddon Knight
  • Black Dragon Collapserpent
  • Cyber-Stein
  • Danger!? Jackalope?
  • Danger! Nessie!
  • Danger!? Tsuchinoko?
  • Dark Grepher 
  • Dinomight Knight, the True Dracofighter
  • Dinowrestler Pankratops
  • Souble Iris Magician
  • Exodia the Forbidden One
  • Genex Ally Birdman
  • Infernity Archfiend
  • Morphing Jar
  • Night Assailant
  • Phantom Skyblaster
  • Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon
  • Salamangreat Gazelle
  • Servant of Endymion
  • Speedroid Terrortop
  • SPYRAL Quik-Fix
  • Tempest, Dragon Ruler of Storms
  • True King Lithosagym, the Disaster
  • White Dragon Wyverburster
  • Zoodiac Ratpier

Fusion Monsters

  • Gem-Knight Master Diamond

Ritual Monsters

  • Cyber Angel Benten (New)

Link Monsters

  • The Phantom knights of Rusty Bardiche

Synchro Monsters

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

Xyz Monsters

  • Beatrice, Lady of the Eternal
  • Daigusto Emeral
  • Zoodiac Drident

Spells

  • A Hero Lives
  • Called by the Grave
  • Card Destruction
  • Card of Demise
  • Chain Strike
  • Dimensional Fissure
  • Divine Wind of Mist Valler
  • Drago Face-Off
  • Dragonic Diagram
  • Emergency Teleport
  • Final Countdown
  • Foolish Burial
  • Gateway of the Six
  • Gold Sarcophagus
  • Harpie’s Feather Duster
  • Infernity Launcher
  • Instant Fusion
  • Into the Void
  • Magical Mid-Breaker Field
  • Mind Control
  • Monster Reborn
  • One Day of Peace
  • One for One
  • Raigeki
  • Reasoning
  • Reinforcement of the Army
  • Salamangreat Circle
  • Scapegoat
  • Sekka’s Light
  • Set Rotation
  • Sky Striker Mecha – Hornet Drones
  • Sky Striker Mecha Modules – Multirole
  • Slash Draw
  • SPYRAL Resort
  • Symbol of heritage
  • Terraforming
  • Trickstar Light Stage
  • Upstart Goblin
  • Zoodiac Barrage

Traps

  • Imperial Order
  • Macro Cosmos
  • Magical Explosion
  • Metaverse
  • Red Reboot
  • Skill Drain
  • Wall of Revealing Light

Semi-Limited

Effect Monsters 

  • Destiny HERO – Malicious

Newly Unlimited 

Effect Monsters

  • Dragon Buster Destruction Sword (previously Forbidden)

Synchro Monsters

  • Dewloren, Tiger King of the Ice Barrier (previously Limited)
  • Ignister Prominence, the Blasting Dracoslayer (previously Limited)

Link Monsters

  • Firewall Dragon (previously Forbidden)
    • Will move to Unlimited on April 14 once its Errata is released in Ghost from the Past
  • The Phantom Knights of Rusty Bardiche (previously Limited)

Spells

  • Rank-Up-Magic Argent Chaos Force (previously Forbidden)

Traps

  • True King’s Return (previously Semi-Limited)

Konami has confirmed the next Forbidden and Limited card list update will be released no earlier than July.