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

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’s constantly updated and makes sure 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’s the current Forbidden and Limited card list, which will be put into effect on May 17, 2022. 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

  • Archnemeses Protos
  • 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
  • Eva
  • Fiber Jar
  • Fishborg Blaster
  • Glow-Up Bulb
  • Grinder Golem
  • Level Eater
  • 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
  • Phoenixian Cluster Amaryllis
  • Redox, Dragon Ruler of Boulders
  • Samsara Lotus
  • SPYRAL Master Plan
  • Substitoad
  • The Tyrant Neptune
  • Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls
  • Victory Dragon

Fusion Monsters

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

Link Monsters

  • Guardragon Agarpain
  • Guardragon Elpy
  • Heavymetalfoes Electrumite
  • Knightmare Goblin
  • Knightmare Mermaid
  • Linkross
  • Mecha Phantom Beast Auroradon (new)
  • Prank-Kids Meow-Meow-Mu (was Limited)
  • Predaplant Verte Anaconda (new)
  • Simorgh, Bird of Sovereignty
  • Summon Sorceress
  • Topologic Gumblar Dragon
  • Union Carrier

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
  • Number 86: Heroic Champion – Rhongomyniad
  • Number 95: Galaxy-Eyes Dark Matter Dragon
  • Outer Entity Azathot
  • Tellarknight Ptolemaeus
  • True King of All Calamities
  • Wind-Up Carrier Zenmaity
  • Zoodiac Broadbull
  • Zoodiac Drident

Spells

  • Brilliant Fusion
  • Butterfly Dagger – Elma
  • Card of Safe Return
  • 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
  • Smoke Grenade of the Thief
  • Snatch Steal
  • Soul Charge
  • Spellbook of Judgment
  • That Grass Looks Greener
  • The Forceful Sentry
  • Zoodiac Barrage

Traps

  • Imperial Order
  • Last Turn
  • Return from the Different Dimension
  • Royal Oppression
  • Self-Destruct Button
  • Sixth Sense
  • 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
  • Astrograph Sorcerer
  • Black Dragon Collapserpent
  • Cyber-Stein
  • Danger!? Jackalope?
  • Danger! Nessie!
  • Danger!? Tsuchinoko?
  • Dark Grepher 
  • Dinowrestler Pankratops
  • Souble Iris Magician
  • Exodia the Forbidden One
  • Fairy Tail – Snow
  • Genex Ally Birdman
  • Infernity Archfiend
  • Jet Synchron (was Forbidden)
  • Lunalight Tiger
  • Miscellaneousaurus
  • Morphing Jar
  • Performapal Monkeyboard (was Forbbiden)
  • Phantom Skyblaster
  • Red Rose Dragon (new)
  • Salamangreat Gazelle
  • Servant of Endymion
  • Speedroid Terrortop
  • SPYRAL Quik-Fix
  • Tempest, Dragon Ruler of Storms
  • True King Lithosagym, the Disaster
  • White Dragon Wyverburster
  • Yata-Garasu (was Forbidden)
  • Zoodiac Ratpier

Fusion Monsters

  • Gem-Knight Master Diamond

Link Monsters

  • Crystron Halqifibrax (new)
  • Striker Dragon

Synchro Monsters

  • PSY-Framelord Omega
  • Shooting Riser Dragon (new)
  • T.G. Hyper Librarian

Xyz Monsters

  • Beatrice, Lady of the Eternal
  • Daigusto Emeral
  • Lyrilusc – Recital Starling

Spells

  • Called by the Grave
  • Card Destruction
  • Card of Demise
  • Chain Strike
  • Change of Heart (was Forbidden)
  • 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 GateMonster Reborn
  • One Day of Peace
  • One for One
  • Reasoning
  • Reinforcement of the Army
  • Sekka’s Light
  • Set Rotation
  • Sky Striker Mecha – Hornet Drones
  • Sky Striker Mecha Modules – Multirole
  • Sky Striker Mobilize – Engage!
  • Slash Draw
  • SPYRAL Resort
  • Terraforming
  • Upstart Goblin
  • Zoodiac Barrage

Traps

  • Macro Cosmos
  • Magical Explosion
  • Metaverse
  • Red Reboot
  • Time Seal (was Forbidden)

Semi-Limited

Effect Monsters 

  • Destiny HERO – Malicious
  • Dinomight Knight, the True Dracofighter (was Limited)

Ritual Monsters

  • Cyber Angel Benten (was Limited)

Spells

  • Fire Formation – Tenki (was Limited)
  • Fusion Destiny
  • Nadir Servant
  • Pot of Desires (was Limited)
  • Trickstar Light Stage (was Limited)

Traps

  • Wall of Revealing Light (was Limited)

Newly Unlimited 

Effect Monsters 

  • Night Assailant (was Limited)

Synchro Monsters

  • Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier (was Limited)

Xyz Monsters

  • Salamangreat Miragestallio (was Limited)

Spells

  • A Hero Lives (was Semi-Limited)
  • Salamangreat Circle (was Semi-Limited)
  • Scapegoat (was Semi-Limited)

Konami has confirmed the next Forbidden and Limited card list update will be released “in a few months.”