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Cards that are not legal in a given region may not be used in tournaments in that region. If there is any region a card is not legal in, it may not be used in World Championship events.

Generally, a card becomes legal in a region when it has been officially released in a product in that region. For example, Shonen Jump promotional cards become tournament-legal in North America upon their release, but they are not tournament-legal in South America, Europe, Australia, or Africa until they have been formally released in a product in those regions, since Shonen Jump is distributed exclusively in North America.

This term is distinct from illegal, used for cards which have Limitation Text and will never be legal anywhere, and Forbidden, used for cards that are legal for tournament use but are currently restricted to zero copies in the Main, Side, and Extra Decks for all Advanced Format events.

Currently, cards that are not legal do not have an indication of that status on their pages on this wiki. This page lists some cards that are not legal in various regions, but the information here may be incomplete, out of date, or otherwise incorrect.

Not legal outside of Asia

Any cards that are OCG exclusive have not been released in the TCG, and so are not legal in regions that the TCG covers, namely North America, South America, Europe, Australia, and Africa.

Not legal in Asia

Any cards that are TCG exclusive have not been released in the OCG, and so are not legal in regions that the OCG covers, namely Asia.

Not legal in South America, Europe, Australia, and Africa

The following cards have been released in both the OCG and TCG (making them legal in Asia), but their only TCG release has been through a region-restricted method in North America. They are thus not legal in South America, Europe, Australia, and Africa, despite all these regions also following the TCG. They may eventually become legal once re-released in the TCG through a non-region-restricted method.

Shonen Jump promotional cards

As the Shonen Jump magazine is only distributed in North America, cards that have only been made available in the TCG as Shonen Jump promotional cards are only TCG legal in North America.

Cards whose only TCG release so far has been as a Shonen Jump promotional card are the following:

 Level/RankAttributePrimary typeATKDEF
Apprentice Illusion Magician6DARKEffect Monster2,0001,700
Galaxy-Eyes Cipher Blade Dragon9LIGHTXyz Monster3,2002,800
Odd-Eyes Persona Dragon5DARKPendulum Monster
Effect Monster
1,2002,400
Troposphere6WINDEffect Monster2,4002,000
 Card typeProperty
Judgment of the PharaohTrap Card
Normal Trap Card
Normal Trap Card
UnitySpell Card
Quick-Play Spell Card
Quick-Play Spell Card
Yu-Jo FriendshipSpell Card
Normal Spell Card
Normal Spell Card

Manga promotional cards

The following cards' only TCG release has been as promotional cards for volumes of the Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's and Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL manga. As the manga is only distributed in Asia and North America, the following cards are not legal in South America, Europe, Australia, or Africa until released again through a non-region-restricted method:

 Level/RankAttributePrimary typeATKDEF
Beelzeus of the Diabolic Dragons10DARKSynchro Monster4,0004,000
Gagaga Head6DARKEffect Monster2,1002,000
Infernity General7DARKEffect Monster2,7001,500
Number 72: Shogi Rook6EARTHXyz Monster2,5001,200
Odd-Eyes Phantom Dragon7DARKPendulum Monster
Effect Monster
2,5002,000
Stardust Chronicle Spark Dragon10LIGHTSynchro Monster3,0002,500

Other cards

There are also cards whose only TCG releases so far have been North America-exclusive, but were not released as either Shonen Jump or manga promotional cards.

These cards are the following:

 Level/RankAttributePrimary typeATKDEF
Shiba-Warrior Taro2EARTHEffect Monster800600

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