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Yu-Gi-Oh! Banlist for September 2023: 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 comes into effect on September 25.

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 update comes into effect on 25th September 2023 - revising the list of Forbidden, Limited and Semi-Limited cards in the TCG meta. The changes in the latest meta are:

YGO card Banlist change
Kashtira Arise-Heart Was Limited, now Forbidden
Bystial Magnumhut Added to Banlist as Limited
Chaos Space Added to Banlist as Limited
Herald of Orange Light Removed from Banlist
Salamangreat Gazelle Removed from Banlist

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

  • Artifact Scythe
  • Barrier Statue of the Stormwinds
  • Archnemeses Protos
  • 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
  • Level Eater
  • Magical Scientist
  • Majespecter Unicorn - Kirin
  • Master Peace, the True Dracoslaying King
  • Maxx “C”
  • Mind Master
  • Orcust Harp Horror
  • Performage Plushfire
  • Phoenixian Cluster Amaryllis
  • Redox, Dragon Ruler of Boulders
  • Ronintoadin
  • Spyral Master Plan
  • The Tyrant Neptune
  • Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls
  • Victory Dragon

Forbidden Monster/Fusion Cards

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

Forbidden Monster/Link Cards

  • Spright Elf
  • Curious, The Lightsworn Dominion
  • Guardragon Agarpain
  • Crystron Halqifibrax
  • Guardragon Elpy
  • Heavymetalfoes Electrumite
  • Knightmare Goblin
  • Knightmare Mermaid
  • Mecha Phantom Beast Auroradon
  • Linkross
  • 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

  • Chaos Ruler, The Chaotic Magical Dragon
  • Ib the World Chalice Justiciar
  • Tempest Magician

Forbidden Monster/Xyz Cards

  • Kashtira Arise-Heart (Was Limited)
  • 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
  • Tellarknight Ptolemaeus
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

  • Bystial Magnamhut (New)
  • Agido the Ancient Sentinel
  • Tearlaments Havnis
  • Tearlaments Merrli
  • Tearlaments Scheiren
  • Armageddon Knight
  • Astrograph Sorcerer
  • Black Dragon Collapserpent
  • Blaster, Dragon Ruler of Infernos
  • Substitoad
  • Danger!? Jackalope?
  • Danger!? Tsuchinoko?
  • Dark Grepher
  • Cyber Jar
  • Dinowrestler Pankratops
  • Exodia the Forbidden One
  • Infernity Archfiend
  • Lunalight Tiger
  • Machmech Circular
  • Miscellaneousaurus
  • Morphing Jar
  • Performapal Monkeyboard
  • Phantom Skyblaster
  • Psy-Framegear Gamma
  • Red Rose Dragon
  • Speedroid Terrortop
  • Tempest, Dragon Ruler of Storms
  • White Dragon Wyverburster
  • Zoodiac Ratpier

Limited Monster/Fusion Cards

  • Gem-Knight Master Diamond

Limited Monster/Link Cards

  • Striker Dragon

Limited Monster/Synchro Cards

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

Limited Monster/Xyz Cards

  • Beatrice, Lady Of The Eternal
  • Daigusto Emeral

Limited Spell Cards

  • Chaos Space (New)
  • Called By The Grave
  • Card Destruction
  • Card Of Demise
  • Chain Strike
  • Spellbook of Judgment
  • Change of Heart
  • 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
  • Mind Control
  • Monster Gate
  • Monster Reborn
  • One Day Of Peace
  • One For One
  • Purrely Delicious Memory
  • Reasoning
  • Reinforcement Of The Army
  • Sekka’s Light
  • Set Rotation
  • Sky Striker Mecha – Hornet Drones
  • Slash Draw
  • Terraforming
  • Upstart Goblin

Limited Trap Cards

  • Magical Explosion
  • Naturia Sacred Tree
  • 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

  • Destiny Hero – Malicious
  • Kashtira Unicorn

Semi-Limited Spell Cards

  • Lightning Storm
  • Pot Of Desires
  • Runick Fountain
  • Sky Striker Mobilize - Engage!
  • Spright Starter

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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