How Many Yu-Gi-Oh! Cards Are There?

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The Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card game was spawned from the Manga of the same name where it pops up briefly, and the anime of which it is a central theme. The game is essentially Duel Monsters, where the goal is that you bring your opponent’s life points down to 0 before they do the same to you. This is done by attacking them with Monsters.

The card game launched in Japan in 1999 and in North America in 2002. To date, it is estimated that 35 billion cards have been sold worldwide with approximately $9.64 billion grossed.

Since Yu-Gi-Oh!, the anime, first aired in 1998, there have been nearly a dozen different iterations of it, including Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX and Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s, some of the most popular ones. Throughout all of them and the decades since its foundation, you might be wondering how many Yu-Gi-Oh! cards exist, or how many are allowed in a deck, or what the most powerful and valuable cards are. If so, you’ve come to the right place.

How many Yu-Gi-Oh! cards are there?

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Konami, the creator of the cards, has never come out with an official number, but the Yu-Gi-Oh! Fandom Wiki has catalogued that there are 12,456 in the Official Card Game and 11,145 in the Trading Card Game. The former is essentially a version played mostly in Japan and the latter is more well known worldwide.

All cards are split up into groups. A card is either a Monster card, a Trap card or a Spell card. Within these groups, there are other divisions (like Fusion Monsters, Continuous Traps and Field Spells), but everything falls into one of these three. 

How many Yu-Gi-Oh! cards are there in a deck?

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In a standard duel, players are allowed one main deck, one side deck and one extra deck. The main deck is what players use to duel generally. The side deck is not required, but is a choice of many players against specific other players. The extra deck, formerly known as the Fusion Deck, is where Fusion, Synchro, Xyz and Link Monsters are kept.

The main deck must consist of at least 40 cards and no more than 60 cards. The side deck and extra deck can have no more than 15 cards in them.

Which character is the most powerful monster in Yu-Gi-Oh!?


When it comes to Monster cards, power can be defined in a few ways amongst Yu-Gi-Oh! fans. It can be a high number of attack points, or an impact in the anime series, or something that was so powerful in a tournament that it had to be banned. The Monster card with the most attack points is Don Thousand / Monster C, boasting a whopping 10,000 ATK points and 10,000 DEF points.

Of course, Exodia The Forbidden One also deserves a nod. Drawing all five cards and forming Exodia wins a player the game, which is an incredible feat. Also deserving the nod, for their history in the lore if nothing else, are Slifer The Sky Dragon, Obelisk The Tormentor and The Winged Dragon Of Ra, the Egyptian God cards.

In terms of tournaments, Chaos Emperor Dragon – Envoy Of The End was immensely powerful. If players were willing and able to sacrifice 1,000 life points, they were able to send all cards on the field and in their and their opponent’s hands to the graveyard, with each card doing 300 damage to the opponent. It was close to a one-turn kill, which got it banned.

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What’s the most valuable Yu-Gi-Oh! card to collectors?


Like many trading cards, Yu-Gi-Oh! cards have value largely due to their rarity, condition, and what edition they are. Among collectors, the most valuable card ever produced by far is the Tournament Black Luster Soldier. It was a reward at the first-ever Yu-Gi-Oh! tournament in 1999 and it was printed on stainless steel, truly making it one of its kind. Rumors say it has exchanged hands multiple times throughout the years, but there’s hardly any concrete information about that anywhere. Either way, it is estimated to be worth a whopping $2 million. In comparison, the other most valuable cards in the game fall just shy of the $100k mark.

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