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The playing field as it appears in Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's World Championship 2011: Over the Nexus. Note the "Banished Zone's" location to the right of the Graveyard, and how it is offset from anywhere else on the playing field.

The Banished Zone, known as the Removed from play Zone or Removed Zone prior to the PSCT update, is a semi-official term used to refer to the location where a player's banished cards are placed. It has also been referred to as the banished pile,[1] or the removed from play pile[2] (sometimes formatted as removed-from-play pile[3]) prior to the PSCT update. It is not actually a Zone, and as such, does not exist on any game mats. Card texts that would refer to this location instead directly refer to "cards that are banished" or "the player's banished cards" rather than using the word "Zone".

Cards in the Banished Zone are left face-up, unless an effect specifically banishes them face-down. Neither player may look at a card that is banished face-down.[4].

Most Duelists (and most video games) place the Banished Zone either to the right of the Graveyard or above the Graveyard's Zone (above or to the right of the "3" in the image at top). The artwork of one particular card, "Chain Material", explicitly shows an example of where banished cards may be placed.

The Yu-Gi-Oh! GX anime often shows Duelists utilizing their pockets as a Banished Zone due to the lack of any place on a Duel Disk to put them.


  1. Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME » Round 5 Feature Match: Astro Marc Hahn vs. Botanist Willie Newsome
  2. Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME » Round 6 Feature Match: William Erker vs. David Sanville
  3. Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME » Sunday’s Dragon Duel: Tombkeeper-Initiate Nathan Swaim VS Zealous Cole Agan
  4. [1]: Konami Ruling Updates (Individual e-mail from Konami rulings support)

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