| Forbidden Characters |
禁断文字 (Kindan Moji)
Forbidden characters are a type of encoding system that is first featured on a promotional version of Forbidden. It encodes English and thus the forbidden Characters correspond to English characters. At first the text is considered to have an unknown meaning, but players managed to decipher the text, revealing the mysterious Seal mechanic. This mechanic was an unknown mechanic and thus many players thought it is a non-card object.
Later on in the Duel Masters Versus Revolution Final: Episode Listing season of the anime, a card named kndn legend dkdm x appeared and is used by Basara, revealing the Seal mechanic. The card itself is actually a secret version of Dokindam X, The Legendary Forbidden which appears extremely rarely and is nearly impossible to obtain by regular players due to its extremely low packaging rate and thus high prices.
Despite forbidden characters are not Japanese characters, Forbidden character cards can be used in official tournaments. However, in order to prevent younger players from unable to recognize the card's effect, tournaments may disallow Forbidden character cards to be used. As a result, it is recommended to bring a proxy copy of the Japanese version of the card for reference purposes. Additionally, despite that it references English text, cards with forbidden characters can't be used in the English game, and is still a card in the Japanese game.
It also introduced Initials X creatures that had Forbidden Characters for Greek letters.
- These were previously used for Survivors.
Examples of cards with Forbidden Characters
| KNDN |
|Fire / Creature / 9 / 9999|
| ■ Creatures can't attack. |
creatures can't attack.
■ Seals can't be removed from creatures.
| The world will come to end when the forbidden seal becomes unlocked. |
the world will come to end when the forbidden seal becomes unlocked.
| KNDN ~SEALED X~ |
kndn ~sealed x~
|Fire / KNDN Pulse|
| ■ This pulse starts the game in the battle zone with 6 seals on it. |
this pulse starts the game in the battle zone with 6 seals on it.
■ This pulse can't leave the battle zone.
■ Unsealing—When this pulse has no seals on it, flip it to its creature side.
■ Whenever a player puts a command into the battle zone, he puts seal from one of his cards into graveyard.
| KNDN LEGEND DKDM X |
kndn legend dkdm x
|Fire / KNDN Creature / 99 / 99999|
| ■ Triple breaker |
■ When this card is flipped to this creature side, your opponent puts a seal on each of his creatures.
■ Whenever a spell that costs 4 or less would cause your opponent to choose a creature, he can't choose this one.
■ If this card is anywhere other than the battle zone, you lose the game.
|Artist: MITSUAKI MATSUMOTO (mtsk mtmt)|
| DEMON HAND |
|Darkness / Spell / 6|
| ST (When this spell is put into your hand from your shield zone, you may cast it for no cost.)|
ST (when this spell is put into your hand from your shield zone, you may cast it for no cost.)
■ Destroy one of your opponent's creatures.
|Fire / Evolution Creature / ソニック・コマンド + 侵略者 / 5 / 6000|
| ■ Evolution - Put on one of your fire creatures.
evolution - put on one of your fire creatures.
■ Invasion - Fire command
invasion - fire command
■ Double Breaker
■ When this creature is destroyed, you may put one of the cards that was under it from your graveyard into the battle zone.
when this creature is destroyed, you may put one of the cards that was under it from your graveyard into the battle zone.
Additionally, forbidden characters have been featured in creature's artworks, reading as follows:
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|Forbidden ~The Sealed X~||seal||SEAL|
|Marmo, Forbidden C|| save |
| SAVE |
(KNDN on the Promotional card.)
|Trooper, Forbidden U||unchain||UNCHAIN|
|Red-End, Super Lightning Sonic||thered||THERED|
|Redzone X, Forbidden Lightning Sonic||darkness||DARKNESS|
|The End of X||dkndm||DKNDM|
|Trig, Forbidden C|| vol |
| VOL |
|Typhoon, Forbidden C||honcen||HONCEN|
|The Black V, Roaring Sound||rudo||RUDO|
|Kizamu, Forbidden V||slash||SLASH|
|Walsura Prince S||scepter||SCEPTER|
|Metal Walsura S||guard||GUARD|
|Savage, Forbidden U||summon||SUMMON|
|Hook, Dark Armor K|| tenebris |
| TENEBRIS |
|Luciano, Explosive G|| ferus |
| FERUS |
Since each of the cards with a Forbidden Characters card exist with a Japanese printing, they can be directly compared to the original card.
|kndn||禁断||Kindan / Forbidden||Forbidden|
|dkdm||ドキンダム||Dokindam||Dokindam X, The Legendary Forbidden|
|unsealing||禁断解放||Forbidden Liberation||Forbidden ~The Sealed X~|
|st||S・トリガー||Shield Trigger||Terror Pit|
|knda||禁断機関||Forbidden Engine||VV-8, Forbidden Machine|
|forbidden riser||禁断機動||Forbidden Mechanism|
|dormaggedon X||ドルマゲドン X||Dormageddon X||Dormageddon X, Forbidden Armageddon|
| forbidden star |
~the last day of the world~
|FORBIDDEN STAR ～世界最後の日～||FORBIDDEN STAR ~The Last Day of the World~||FORBIDDEN STAR ~World's Last Day~|
Appearances in the anime
Only Basara is able of reading the forbidden characters, this being the reason why Zakira let him have the unsealed version of Forbidden. Later on, when Basara duels against Lucifer in a revenge match, the card of Red-End, Super Lightning Sonic had its effect changed from kanji to Forbidden Characters which only he could read, which influenced the outcome of the duel as Lucifer accidentally destroyed it and helped his opponent unseal Dokindam X after playing a Fire Command.
Whenever a seal was removed, a number would be displayed in Forbidden Characters as ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR, FIVE and SIX. Additionally, Forbidden Characters seem to appear around the creatures as well as on their cards.
The letters surrounding Red-End, spell out his name, REDEND redend
The letters showed during Dokindam's liberating and those shown on cards that seal the opponent's creatures read, SEAL seal
The letters on Redzone X's bracelets spell out DARKNESS darkness
Awaken ● Battle ● Block ● Break ● Cast ● Charge ● Cross
Destroy ● Discard ● Dragsolution ● Expand ● Forbidden Liberate
Fortify ● Gachinko Judge ● Generate ● Gacharange Summon ● Link ● Reveal ● Seal
Search ● Shuffle ● Summon ● Switch ● Tap ● Trigger ● Upside Down ● Use
Ability ● Artist ● Card Illustration ● Card Name ● Card Number
Card Rarity ● Card Type ● Cost ● Civilization ● Mana Cost ● Mana Number
Power ● Race ● Soul ● Subtype ● Summon Cost ● Supertype
D2 Field ● DG Field ● Dragheart Creature ● Dragheart Fortress ● Dragheart Weapon
Evolution Creature ● Evolution Cross Gear ● Evolution Exile Creature ● Exile Creature
Final Forbidden Creature ● Final Forbidden Field ● Forbidden Core ● Forbidden Creature
Forbidden Field ● Forbidden Impulse ● Gacharange Creature ● Happiness Field
Moonless Night Field ● Neo Creature ● Neo Evolution Creature ● Orega Aura
Psychic Creature ● Psychic Evolution Creature ● Psychic Super Creature ● Twinpact
Ceremony of Zeron ● Zeron Creature ● Zeron Nebula
Super Deck Zero Duel ● Start Deck Champion Finals
Adds Civilization ● Adds Race ● Alternate Win ● Alternative Cost
Attack Bend ● Basic Card ● Cantrip ● Card Discard ● Chump Block
Cost Reduction ● Deck Manipulation ● Degenerate ● Diamond State
Draw Engine ● Draw Lock ● Draw Source ● Draw Spell
Extra Turn ● Finisher ● Graveyard Fertilizer ● Graveyard Summon
Hand Addition ● Hand Change ● Increase Power
Infinite ● Infinite Attacker ● Infinite Blocker
Mana Acceleration ● Mana Burn ● Mana Curve ● Mana Summon
Opponent Reliance ● Peeping ● Prevents Attack ● Prevents Defeat
Reset ● Resistance ● Reverse Fury Charge ● Reverse Slayer ● Shield Addition
Shield Burn ● Shield Change ● Shield Peek
Suicide ● Skip the rest of the turn ● Trample
Unattackable ● Unblockable ● Unchoosable
Vigilance ● Win All Battles ● 3D Dragsolution
Blocker Based Removal ● Bounce ● Can Attack Untapped Creatures
Card Based Removal ● Decrease Power ● Fixed Removal ● Force Battle ● Mass Removal
Power Based Removal ● Reset ● Sealing ● Self Removal ● Tap In ● Tap and Destroy
4 or more of this card in your deck ● Activation Cost ● Additional Cost ● Attacking Creature
Can't be destroyed ● Choose a race ● Color Accident ● Concept ● Consists of ● Counter
Dead Card ● Deck Building ● Deck Compression ● Designer's Combo ● Evolution Icon
Evolution Source ● Face Up ● Forced ● Gacha Figure ● Game
Game Table ● Key Card ● Limited Card ● Mode ● Name Rule ● Optional ● Overkill
Play ● Power Creep ● Psychic Cost ● Quasi-Vanilla ● Real Cost ● Repair
Rock-Paper-Scissors ● Stop ● System Creature ● The Over Eggplant-cross
Touch ● Trivia card ● Twinpactification