forbidden and limited list in Duel Links

DL – Forbidden and Limited List (Oct2021)

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links

duel links temp titleKey features:

  • Genre: Strategy
  • Origin: Japan
  • Number of Players: 1
  • System Support: online and offline play

Manufacturer: Konami
Release Date: JA: April 2016
US: Jan 11, 2017, Nov 2017 (PC)
UK: Jan 11, 2017
Media: Android and iOS devices, PC (via Steam)
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Fantasy Violence, Mild Blood, Suggestive Themes)


The changes to the forbidden and limited list in Duel Links aim to foster more deck types in PVP.

It’s important to note that the Forbidden/Limited list in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links functions differently than compared to the TCG. In the traditional Yu-Gi-Oh! card game, cards that hit the Semi-Limited or Limited list are restricted to just those items. For example, if the trap card Adhesion Trap Hole hits the Limited list in the TCG, only that card is affected by this addition. This move would have no effect on the amount of copies on a card like Skill Drain, which is currently on the Limited list, that you could run in a deck.

In Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links, things are a bit different. In Duel Links, you can only run a combination of cards that are on the limited list. Here are the different Tiers of the Duel Links Forbidden/Limited list:

  • Forbidden – No copies of this card can be used.
  • Limited 1 – Only one card from this Tier can be added to a deck.
  • Limited 2 – Only two cards from this Tier can be added to a deck.
  • Limited 3 – Only three cards from this Tier can be added to a deck.

Here’s the entire updated October 13, 2021 list of forbidden and limited cards:

Newly Unlimited 

Effect monsters

  • (none)

Spell Cards

  • Secret Pass to the Treasures (previously Limited 2)

Trap cards

  • Amazoness Onslaught (previously Limited 3)


Effect monsters

  • Cyber Stein

Fusion monsters

  • Invoked Cocytus

Spell cards

  • That Grass Looks Greener

Trap cards

  • Performapal Call (new)

Limited 1

Effect monsters

  • Karakuri Merchant mdl 177 “Inashichi”
  • Koa’ki Meiru Maximus
  • Dyna, Hero Fur Hire
  • Woodland Sprite

Fusion monsters

  • Gem-Knight Lady Lapis Lazuli

Synchro monsters

  • Azure-Eyes Silver Dragon (previously Unlimited)

Spell cards

  • Star Blast
  • The Melody of Awakening Dragon (previously Unlimited)
  • De-Synchro
  • Storm (previously Unlimited)
  • Golden Bamboo Sword
  • Restructer Revolution

Trap cards

  • Champion’s Vigilance
  • Needlebug Nest
  • Type Zero Magic Crusher
  • Bamboo Scrap
  • Give and Take
  • Massivemorph
  • Revival Gift

Limited 2

Normal monsters

  • Genex Controller

Effect monsters

  • Magician of Dark Illusion
  • Darklord Ixchel
  • Amazoness Swords Woman
  • Keeper of Dragon Magic
  • Shiranui Solitaire
  • Shiranui Squire
  • Star Seraph Sovereignty (previously Unlimited)
  • Karakuri Komachi mdl 224 “Ninishi”
  • Scrap Recycler
  • Crystron Citree
  • Gagaga Sister (previously Unlimited)
  • Kiteroid
  • Legendary Six Samurai – Enishi
  • Shiranui Spiritmaster
  • Vision HERO Vyon
  • Ritual Beast Tamer Elder
  • Blackwing – Oroshi the Squall
  • Lunalight Crimson Fox
  • Ms. Judge
  • Crystron Rion
  • Aloof Lupine (new)

Ritual monsters

  • Cyber Angel Dakini

Fusion monsters

  • Invoked Magellanica

Synchro monsters

  • Dragunity Knight – Ascalon (previously Unlimited)
  • Shiranui Sunsaga
  • Assault Blackwing – Raikiri the Rain Shower

Spell cards

  • Gold Sarcophagus
  • Charge of the Light Brigade
  • Concentrating Current
  • Cybernetic Fusion Support (previously Unlimited)
  • Enemy Controller
  • Hey, Trunade!
  • Neos Fusion
  • Darklord Contact
  • Machine Angel Ritual
  • Silent Sword Slash
  • Spellbook of Fate
  • Witchcrafter Holiday
  • World Legacy Clash
  • Cup of Ace
  • Iron Core of Koa’ki Meiru
  • Shien’s Dojo
  • Cyberload Fusion (new)
  • Elegant Egotist (new)

Trap cards

  • Head Judging
  • Blackbird Close
  • Crystron Impact
  • Pulse Mines
  • Treacherous Trap Hole
  • Cybernetic Overflow
  • The Sanctified Darklord (previously Unlimited)

Limited 3

Effect monsters

  • Aleister the Invoker
  • Lunalight Yellow Marten (previously Unlimited)
  • Magician’s Rod
  • Battlin’ Boxer Veil
  • Shiranui Spectralsword
  • Lunalight Emerald Bird (previously Unlimited)

Spell cards

  • Cosmic Cyclone
  • Invocation
  • Palace of the Elemental Lords
  • Assault Armor

Trap cards

  • Magician Navigation
  • Fusion Reserve
  • Floodgate Trap Hole (new)

What is forbidden/limited card?
Forbidden cards are essentially “banned” cards, while limited simply means that you can only put 1 in a deck, semi-limited is up to two in your deck only. Some cards in the OCG/TCG are either forbidden, or limited, and this is due to their ability to create an unbalanced experience for the game.

We’ll have more details on this game as they become available, stay tuned!

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