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Yu-Gi-Oh! Banlist 2024: Forbidden, Limited and Semi-Limited

Yu better check your decks.

Yugi Moto holding a Yu-Gi-Oh card
Image credit: Konami
Updated to reflect the new Banlist that came into effect on 15 April 2024.

The Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG has had an ever-updating Banlist since the start - and there are some good reasons why! Some quick-thinking players discovered loopholes involving some pretty crazy combos, allowing moves that would quickly break or ruin the game - we are looking at you Last Turn. Basically, there are some cards that are far more powerful than even the creators intended, due to the complexity and growth of the game.

Konami's latest Yu-Gi-Oh! Banlist came into effect on 15 April 2024 - revising the list of Forbidden, Limited and Semi-Limited cards in the TCG meta.

Below we've broken down the Banlist into ban type and card type, and will be updating this list every time Konami updates the meta. The list is focused on the Advanced Format, but the only difference between that and the Traditional Format is that all Forbidden cards in Traditional are simply just Limited:

Forbidden Yu-Gi-Oh! Cards

Forbidden Yu-Gi-Oh! cards are cards deemed too powerful to have in any of your decks and include the seemingly humble Pot of Greed and the overpowered Maxx “C”.

Seto Kaiba summoning a monster in the film Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions
Forbidden Yu-Gi-Oh! cards aren’t permitted for use in any official duels, often due to their unfair power. | Image credit: Studio Gallop

Forbidden Monster/Effect Cards

  • Agido the Ancient Sentinel
  • Artifact Scythe
  • Barrier Statue of the Stormwinds
  • Fairy Tail - Snow
  • Blackwing - Gofu the Vague Shadow
  • Block Dragon
  • Cyber-Stein
  • Dandylion
  • Djinn Releaser of Rituals
  • Eclipse Wyvern
  • Eva
  • Fiber Jar
  • Fishborg Blaster
  • Glow-Up Bulb
  • Grinder Golem
  • Kelbek the Ancient Vanguard
  • Level Eater
  • Magical Scientist
  • Master Peace, the True Dracoslaying King
  • Mathmech Circular
  • Maxx “C”
  • Mind Master
  • Performage Plushfire
  • Phoenixian Cluster Amaryllis
  • Ronintoadin
  • Spyral Master Plan
  • The Tyrant Neptune
  • Victory Dragon

Forbidden Monster/Fusion Cards

  • Tearlaments Kitkallos
  • Elder Entity Norden
  • Supreme King Dragon Starving Venom

Forbidden Monster/Link Cards

  • Spright Elf
  • Curious, The Lightsworn Dominion
  • Guardragon Agarpain
  • Crystron Halqifibrax
  • Guardragon Elpy
  • Heavymetalfoes Electrumite
  • HIsolde, Two Tales of the Noble Knights
  • Knightmare Goblin
  • Knightmare Mermaid
  • Mecha Phantom Beast Auroradon
  • Linkross
  • Linkuriboh
  • Prank-Kids Meow-Meow-Mu
  • Predaplant Verte Anaconda
  • Simorgh, Bird of Sovereignty
  • Summon Sorceress
  • Superheavy Samurai Scarecrow
  • Topologic Gumblar Dragon
  • Union Carrier

Forbidden Monster/Synchro Cards

  • Baronne de Fleur
  • Borreload Savage Dragon
  • Chaos Ruler, The Chaotic Magical Dragon
  • Tempest Magician

Forbidden Monster/Xyz Cards

  • Kashtira Arise-Heart
  • Lavalval Chain
  • M-X-Saver Invoker
  • Number 16: Shock Master
  • Number 42: Galaxy Tomahawk
  • Number 86: Heroic Champion - Rhongomyniad
  • Number 89: Diablosis the Mind Hacker
  • Number 95: Galaxy-Eyes Dark Matter Dragon
  • Number S0: Utopic ZEXAL
  • Outer Entity Azathot
  • True King of All Calamities
  • Wind-Up Carrier Zenmaity
  • Zoodiac Broadbull
  • Zoodiac Drident

Forbidden Spell Cards

  • Mystic Mine
  • Brilliant Fusion
  • Butterfly Dagger - Elma
  • Card of Safe Return
  • 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
  • Soul Charge
  • That Grass Looks Greener
  • The Forceful Sentry
  • Zoodiac Barrage

Forbidden Trap Cards

  • Appointer of The Red Lotus
  • Branded Expulsion
  • Red Reboot
  • Imperial Order
  • Last Turn
  • Return from the Different Dimension
  • Royal Oppression
  • Self-Destruct Button
  • Sixth Sense
  • Summon Limit
  • Trap Dustshoot
  • Ultimate Offering
  • Vanity’s Emptiness

Limited Yu-Gi-Oh! Cards

You are only allowed to have one copy of any Limited Yu-Gi-Oh! card in your deck. These are still feisty cards though, with the frustrating Exodia The Forbidden One and the devastating Magical Explosion sitting among the mix.

Seto Kaiba summoning a monster in the film Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions
You can include Limited Yu-Gi-Oh! cards in your deck, but only a single copy of each. | Image credit: Studio Gallop

Limited Monster Cards

  • Left Arm Of The Forbidden One
  • Left Leg Of The Forbidden One
  • Right Arm Of The Forbidden One
  • Right Leg Of The Forbidden One

Limited Monster/Effect Cards

  • Archnemeses Protos
  • Astrograph Sorcerer
  • Black Dragon Collapserpent
  • Blaster, Dragon Ruler of Infernos
  • Bystial Magnamhut
  • Danger!? Jackalope?
  • Danger!? Tsuchinoko?
  • Dark Grepher
  • Cyber Jar
  • Exodia the Forbidden One
  • Keldo the Sacred Protector
  • Lunalight Tiger
  • Majespecter Unicorn - Kirin
  • Miscellaneousaurus
  • Morphing Jar
  • Mudora the Sword Oracle
  • Performapal Monkeyboard
  • Phantom Skyblaster
  • Psy-Framegear Gamma
  • Red Rose Dragon
  • Redox, Dragon Ruler of Boulders
  • Rescue-ACE Air Lifter
  • Substitoad
  • Tearlaments Havnis
  • Tearlaments Merrli
  • Tearlaments Scheiren
  • Tempest, Dragon Ruler of Storms
  • Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls
  • Unchained Soul of Sharvara
  • White Dragon Wyverburster
  • Zoodiac Ratpier

Limited Monster/Fusion Cards

  • Gem-Knight Master Diamond
  • Thunder Dragon Colossus

Limited Monster/Link Cards

  • Striker Dragon
  • Sunavalon Dryas
  • Sunvine Healer

Limited Monster/Synchro Cards

  • Denglong, First of the Yang Zing
  • Ancient Fairy Dragon
  • Ib the World Chalice Justiciar
  • Psy-Framelord Omega
  • T.G. Hyper Librarian

Limited Monster/Xyz Cards

  • Beatrice, Lady Of The Eternal
  • Daigusto Emeral

Limited Spell Cards

  • Called By The Grave
  • Card Destruction
  • Card Of Demise
  • Chain Strike
  • Change of Heart
  • Chaos Space
  • Chicken Game
  • Divine Wind Of Mist Valley
  • Dragonic Diagram
  • 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
  • Monster Gate
  • Monster Reborn
  • One Day Of Peace
  • One For One
  • Reasoning
  • Reinforcement Of The Army
  • Sekka’s Light
  • Set Rotation
  • Sky Striker Mecha – Hornet Drones
  • Slash Draw
  • Snatch Steal
  • Terraforming

Limited Trap Cards

  • Anti-Spell Fragrance
  • Gozen Match
  • Magical Explosion
  • Naturia Sacred Tree
  • Rivalry of Warlords
  • There Can Be Only One
  • Time Seal

Semi-Limited Yu-Gi-Oh! Cards

You are only allowed to have two copies of any Limited Yu-Gi-Oh! card in your deck. The Semi-Limited list might be short, but believe us, they certainly all still deserve their place on the banlist.

YuGi Mutou summoning a monster in the film Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions
A little less limited than Limited, Semi-Limited Yu-Gi-Oh! cards can appear twice in a deck. | Image credit: Studio Gallop

Semi-Limited Monster/Effect Cards

  • Armageddon Knight
  • Dinowrestler Pankratops

Semi-Limited Spell Cards

  • Lightning Storm
  • Purrely Delicious Memory
  • Purrely Sleepy Memory
  • Runick Fountain

While you're here though, don't forget to check out our guide for how to play Yu-Gi-Oh!, or our rundown of the most expensive Yu-Gi-Oh! cards.

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