Card Legality

Last Updated: 07 / 04 / 2016


As a general rule, a card is legal for tournament play as soon as it is officially released in a Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME product.

To find out when a card is legal, you can look up its corresponding product release date on the Products page, or search for the card individually via the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Card Database. Certain products may be released at different dates in different regions.

Cards that are reprinted in an upcoming product but were already made legal in a previously released product remain tournament legal regardless of the new product's release date.


Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG cards printed in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish and Portuguese can be played in any TCG territory.

Cards printed in Japanese, Korean, Chinese or "Asian English" (ie: Yu-Gi-Oh! OCG cards) can only be played in Asian territories and are not legal for use in Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG events.

Forbidden & Limited Cards

In addition to the legality rules outlined on this page, certain cards are restricted to less than the usual 3 copies per Deck. For a full list of these cards please check the Forbidden & Limited Cards List.

Event-Specific Legalities

On very rare occasions, a major tournament will take place on the same weekend that a product containing new cards is released. As many players could be travelling in the days prior to that tournament they may not have an opportunity to purchase the new product and are put at a disadvantage to local Duelists who can easily obtain said product.

In situations like this, cards from a certain product may be declared not legal for that specific event only. If that is the case such information will be made publicly known before the event, either via a news announcement or an update to that event's FAQ page.

Prize Cards

Promotional cards awarded as prizes (such as Sneak Peek Promotional Cards or Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Prize Cards) are not legal for play in a region until an event takes place in said region awarding such a card.

Promotional Cards

Promotional cards from books and videogames become legal on the date that their corresponding product becomes available in said region.

Promotional cards that are reprinted in a future product become legal when that product releases, regardless of the availability of their original versions.

Cards not Legal for play in Oceania

The following cards are not legal for tournament play in Oceania, as they have not been released in a product that is available in that region. Some of these cards may become legal in future if they are reprinted in a future product, at which point they will be removed from this list.

JMPS-EN001 Troposphere
JUMP-EN006 Unity
JUMP-EN007 Yu-Jo Friendship
JUMP-EN008 Judgment of Pharaoh
JUMP-EN070 Ebon Illusion Magician
JUMP-EN071 Elemental HERO Core
JUMP-EN075 Dystopia the Despondent
JUMP-EN076 Relinkuriboh
YF03-EN001 Infernity General
YF04-EN001 Blackwing - Gram the Shining Star
YF08-EN001 Beelzeus of the Diabolic Dragons
YF09-EN001 Stardust Chronicle Spark Dragon
YZ01-EN001 Kachi Kochi Dragon
YZ03-EN001 Number 22: Zombiestein
YZ05-EN001 Number 72: Shogi Rook
YZ08-EN001 Number S39: Utopia the Lightning


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