List of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters episodes (season 1)

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Season 1 DVD cover
Country of origin Japan
No. of episodes 49
Release
Original network TV Tokyo (Japan)
Kids' WB (U.S.)
Original release April 18, 2000 – April 3, 2001
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The First Season of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters, based on the manga by Kazuki Takahashi, premiered in Japan on April 18, 2000, and concluded on April 3, 2001, on TV Tokyo. An English adaptation of the series was made and premiered in the United States on September 29, 2001, and concluded on November 9, 2002, on Kids' WB. It was renamed Yu-Gi-Oh!, due to the fact that the first Yu-Gi-Oh! TV series was never released outside Japan. The season was directed by Kunihisa Sugishima, and written by Junki Takegami, Masashi Sogo, and Shin Yoshida. The original version features vocals from Shunsuke Kazama, Hiroki Takahashi, Hidehiro Kikuchi, Maki Saito and Kenjiro Tsuda as the main characters. The English adaptation features vocals from Amy Birnbaum, Frank Frankson, Wayne Grayson, Dan Green, Chuck Powers, Sam Regal, Eric Stuart and Dwayne Tan as the main characters.

It follows Yugi Mutou, a timid, kind-hearted boy, who embarks on a journey with his friends - Katsuya Jonouchi, Hiroto Honda, and Anzu Mazaki (renamed to Joey Wheeler, Tristan Taylor and Téa Gardener in the English adaptation) - to Duelist Kingdom, a tournament on the island of the same name, to free his grandfather, Sugoroku (renamed Solomon Moto in the English adaptation) from imprisonment by Pegasus J. Crawford (renamed Maximillion Pegasus in the English adaptation) - the season's main antagonist. While on the journey, he begins to learn more about the seven Millennium items, including his own Millennium Puzzle, in which contains a 5,000-year-old spirit that takes over when he duels or when he is pressured. Katsuya enters the contest with Yugi in order to obtain the prize money to pay for his young sister, Shizuka's (renamed Serenity Wheeler in the English adaptation) eye operation. At first an inexperienced duelist, he works his way up to the tournament's top tier with Yugi. It also tells the story of Seto Kaiba - a ruthless, skilled duelist and company owner — who was ranked as the top duelist until Yugi defeated him. Plagued by his defeat, his company's image suffers and his young brother, Mokuba gets kidnapped, forcing him to travel to Duelist Kingdom to retrieve him from the same imprisonment Yugi's grandfather faces. The last ten episodes deal with the aftermath of Yugi's duel with Pegasus, featuring two episode sagas: "Legendary Heroes" and "Dungeon Dice Monsters".

Between September 24, 2002 and February 22, 2005, Funimation Productions released twenty DVD sets for the season: twelve sets containing three episodes, three containing four episodes, one with two episodes, one containing all forty-nine episodes and the last three containing uncut versions of the first nine episodes. All DVDs were encoded in Region 1.

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Duelist Kingdom

No. in series No. in season English dub title/Original translated title
Original Japanese title
Original airdate English airdate
1 1 "The Heart of the Cards" / "The Bloodcurdling Blue-Eyes White Dragon"
"Senritsu no Burūaizu Howaito Doragon" (戦慄のブルーアイズ・ホワイト・ドラゴン) 
April 18, 2000 September 29, 2001
Yugi and his friends are in awe over Grandpa's collection of Duel Monsters cards, but when #1 ranked Duelist and ruthless tycoon Seto Kaiba kidnaps Grandpa to get the rare Blue-Eyes White Dragon card, Yugi must face Kaiba in the "ultimate Duel Monsters showdown" and avenge his "Gramps". 
2 2 "The Gauntlet Is Thrown" / "The Trap of Illusionist No Face"
"Iryūjonisuto No Feisu no Wana" (幻想師 (イリュージョニスト)ノー・フェイスの罠) 
April 25, 2000 October 6, 2001
Yugi and his friends take a break from honing their card playing skills to watch Weevil Underwood and Rex Raptor compete in the Duel Monsters Regional Championship. When Yugi opens a package from Duel Monsters creator, Maximillion J. Pegasus, Yugi is forced to face him in the mysterious Shadow Realm, where all the monsters and magic are real. Upon defeating Yugi, Pegasus claims the soul of Yugi's Grandpa. Yugi must travel to the Duelist Kingdom and win Pegasus' tournament if he is ever to see his Grandpa again. 
3 3 "Journey to the Duelist Kingdom" / "The Lost Exodia"
"Ushinawareshi Ekuzodia" (失われしエクゾディア) 
May 5, 2000 October 13, 2001
When the time comes to head off to the Duelist Kingdom, Yugi is ready and determined to save his Grandpa's soul from Pegasus. Yugi gives up one of his own star chips to Joey so that he can join up with Yugi and board the boat bound for Duelist Kingdom, his reason being is that he wants to duel in the tournament so that he can attempt to save his young sister, Serenity's failing eyesight. Meanwhile, Téa and Tristan stowaway to join their friends, making sure to not get caught by the security guards. When word spreads throughout the entire boat that Yugi was the one who had defeated the World Champion Kaiba, the cunning cheat Weevil Underwood tries to cripple Yugi's deck by tossing his Exodia cards overboard just as they reach the island. 
4 4 "Into the Hornet's Nest" / "The Insector Combination"
"Insekutā Konbo" (インセクターコンボ) 
May 9, 2000 October 20, 2001

Once Yugi and his friends reach Duelist Kingdom, Pegasus announces that there are many strange secrets on the island which will make his ultimate tournament unlike any they have ever had. When Weevil begins to use these mysterious new rules against Yugi from within their duel, Yugi must not only figure the rules out, but master them as well if he is to survive. After Yugi defeats Weevil's first wave of Duel Monsters, he's shocked to discover that Weevil has one last trick up his sleeve; a ravenous Great Moth that grows in power with every turn. Yugi must find a way to destroy this winged beast before it destroys him.

The American version was combined into one episode called "Welcome to the Duelist Kingdom". All other countries received the episode in its two-part form, which was also released on VHS and DVD in the US, but it eventually aired on 4Kids TV on November 25, 2006. 
5 5 "The Ultimate Great Moth" / "The Ultimate Perfect Appearance – Great Moth"
"Kyūkoku Kanzen Tai: Gurēto Mosu" (究極完全態 グレート・モス) 
May 16, 2000 October 20, 2001

Once Yugi and his friends reach Duelist Kingdom, Pegasus announces that there are many strange secrets on the island which will make his ultimate tournament unlike any they have ever had. When Weevil begins to use these mysterious new rules against Yugi from within their duel, Yugi must not only figure the rules out, but master them as well if he is to survive. After Yugi defeats Weevil's first wave of Duel Monsters, Weevil summons a ravenous Great Moth that grows in power with every turn, which Yugi is able to defeat, winning him the match and eliminating Weevil from the tournament at the same time as well.

The American version was combined into one episode called "Welcome to the Duelist Kingdom". All other countries received the episode in its two-part form, which was also released on VHS and DVD in the US, but it eventually aired on 4Kids TV on December 2, 2006. 
6 6 "First Duel" / "The Beautiful Harpy Ladies"
"Kareinaru Hāpi Redi" (華麗なるハーピィ・レディ) 
May 23, 2000 November 3, 2001
After seeing Yugi defeat Weevil while eliminating him from the tournament at the same time as well, Joey is amped up for a Duel Monsters challenge and soon finds himself accepting a match from veteran duelist, Mai Valentine. When Mai begins to demonstrate an unnerving psychic-like ability, Joey becomes flustered, but he is soon able to turn things around and manages to win the duel against Mai. 
7 7 "Attack from the Deep" / "The Sea-God Leviathan"
"Kaishin Ribaiasan" (海神リバイアサン) 
May 30, 2000 November 10, 2001
Yugi, Tristan, Joey, and Téa are hungry and realize that they haven't brought any food for the trip. Joey, however, follows his nose to some fish someone has left over a fire. Joey and Tristan eagerly dig in, but are soon surprised by an unknown man who climbs out of the sea. Yugi soon realizes that the unknown man is the fisherman duelist Mako Tsunami and the master of the Sea Deck. After Mako learns who Yugi is, he invites Yugi and all his friends to eat the fish. When Yugi and his friends attempt to leave after eating, Mako quickly stops them dead in their tracks and swiftly demands that Yugi duel him. Yugi changes into Yami Yugi and defeats Mako from within their duel. 
8 8 "Everything's Relative" / "The Stolen Blue-Eyes White Dragon"
"Ubawareta Burūaizu Howaito Doragon" (奪われたブルーアイズ・ホワイト・ドラゴン) 
June 6, 2000 November 17, 2001
A masked boy escapes from Pegasus' North tower and into the forest, determined to find Yugi for unknown purposes. Within time, Yugi and his friends run into a young kid who had his star chips and duel deck stolen by the same masked boy. Determined to return the stolen property to the young kid, who is in danger of being forced to leave the island, Yugi and his friends head back to the scene of the crime and run into the masked boy. The masked boy wants to duel Yugi, who accepts. Yugi transforms into Yami Yugi and wager all five of his star chips to start the duel. It is soon revealed that the masked boy is in fact Mokuba, Kaiba's little brother, who seeks revenge against Yugi for his brother's past defeat, but Yugi is able to convince Mokuba into letting go of his personal hatred towards him so that the two of them can work together into stopping Pegasus. 
9 9 "Duel with a Ghoul" / "Revival of the Dead! Magical Silk Hat"
"Kishi Kaisei! Majikaru Shiruku Hatto" (起死回生! マジカルシルクハット) 
June 13, 2000 November 24, 2001
In order to save Mokuba from the current danger, Yami Yugi must duel a person claiming to be the ghost of Kaiba, betting his last three star chips on the match. Meanwhile, the real Kaiba, who is revealed to have survived his dangerous fall into the ocean after a sudden and unexpected confrontation with two of Pegasus' henchmen, enters into one of his secret labs to gather information. Kaiba hacks into Pegasus' computer mainframe to find Yugi so that he can make sure he doesn't lose after learning and knowing that Yugi's potential loss to Pegasus would enable Pegasus to gain control over KaibaCorp. 
10 10 "Give up the Ghost" / "Blue-Eyes White Dragon Strikes Back"
"Gyakushū no Burūaizu Howaito Doragon" (逆襲のブルーアイズ・ホワイト・ドラゴン) 
June 20, 2000 December 1, 2001
Through both luck and faith, Yugi is able to defeat the Blue-Eyes White Dragon with his Dark Magician, but his victory is soon cut short when Kaiba's "ghost" quickly unleashes a second Blue-Eyes and annihilates the Dark Magician with ease. Despite this, Yugi manages to win the duel in the end and uses his "Mind Crush" to send the fake ghost back to the Shadow Realm. 
11 11 "The Dueling Monkey" / "Friendship Power! Barbarian #1 & #2"
"Yūjō Pawā Bābarian Ichi-go Ni-go" (友情パワー! バーバリアン1号・2号) 
June 27, 2000 December 15, 2001
Ever since Joey had defeated her from a while back, Mai realizes that she no longer enjoys dueling as much as she used to and vows to get revenge against Joey. When Rex Raptor challenges her to a duel, she says that she'll take him on, but only if he beats Joey first. 
12 12 "Trial by Red-Eyes" / "Black Flare! Red-Eyes Black Dragon"
"Kuroki Honō! Reddoaizu Burakku Doragon" (黒き炎! レッドアイズ・ブラックドラゴン) 
July 4, 2000 January 19, 2002
When Rex plays his powerful Red-Eyes Black Dragon, Joey has to figure out a way to counter it without Yugi's help. Joey's Time Wizard helps him defeat and eliminate Rex from the tournament, earning not only his star chips, but also his Red-Eyes as well via a bet that Rex had made with Joey during their duel. After the duel's conclusion, the group runs into their old friend Bakura and decide to have a friendly duel just for fun. However, Bakura reveals that he possess his own Millennium Item, the Millennium Ring, and an evil spirit within the Ring steals their souls so that he can take the Millennium Puzzle from Yugi. 
13 13 "Evil Spirit of the Ring" / "Trap of the Metamorpot! Flame Swordsman in Danger"
"Metamorupotto no Wana! Honō no Kenshi Ayaushi" (メタモルポットの罠! 炎の剣士危うし) 
July 11, 2000 January 26, 2002
Yami Bakura lures Yami Yugi into a Shadow Game, where the gang (including Yugi himself) have had their souls sealed into their favourite cards. When a "soul card" is put into play, the person whose soul was sealed within it emerges from the card. Although the gang manages to save each other, they lose life points rapidly. Yami Bakura draws the Change of Heart magic card and plans on using it to possess Yugi, but the real Bakura unexpectedly emerges from the card and quickly possesses one of his own monsters instead. He then tells Yugi to destroy him in order to save the others, but Yami Yugi uses the Millennium Puzzle to simultaneously put the real Bakura's soul back into his body while also transferring Yami Bakura into the possessed monster, enabling Yugi to defeat Yami Bakura and send him to the card graveyard while also enabling the gang to escape the Shadow Game, with Joey, Téa, and Tristan being convinced that the entire duel was nothing more than a dream. 
14 14 "The Light at the End of the Tunnel" / "Pitch-Black Duel! The Castle Hidden in the Darkness"
"Shikkoku no Dyueru! Yami Kuramashi no Shiro" (漆黒のデュエル! 闇晦ましの城) 
July 25, 2000 February 2, 2002
Yugi and the others learn that Mai has been defeated by Panik, one of the Duelist Kingdom Eliminators, and faces being axed from the tournament for losing all her star chips. Yugi volunteers to duel Panik and win back Mai's star chips. The American version was combined into one episode called "Panik Attack". All other countries received the episode in its two-part form, which was also released on VHS and DVD in the US, but it eventually aired on 4Kids TV on January 6, 2007. 
15 15 "Winning Through Intimidation" / "Cut Through the Darkness! Sealing Swords of Light"
"Yami o Kirisake! Hikari no Gofūken" (闇を切り裂け! 光の護封剣) 
August 1, 2000 February 2, 2002
Yugi unleashes his trump card, the Swords of Revealing Light, which illuminate Panik's side of the field and unmask his monsters. Yugi eventually wins the duel (and by extension, Mai's star chips back) and soon dispatches Panik with his "Mind Crush" after the latter had tried to burn Yugi alive with the use of his flamethrowers. The American version was combined into one episode called "Panik Attack". All other countries received the episode in its two-part form, which was also released on VHS and DVD in the US, but it eventually aired on 4Kids TV on January 13, 2007. 
16 16 "The Scars of Defeat" / "Clash! Blue-Eyes vs. Red-Eyes"
"Gekitotsu! Burūaizu VS Reddoaizu" (激突! ブルーアイズVSレッドアイズ) 
August 8, 2000 February 9, 2002
When Kaiba turns up in Duelist Kingdom (intent on confronting Pegasus and rescuing Mokuba), Joey rashly challenges him to a duel but loses. Afterwards, Yugi and Bakura notice that Bakura's Millennium Ring is glowing and pointing straight towards Pegasus' Castle. 
17 17 "Arena of Lost Souls, Part 1" / "Terror! Call of the Living Dead"
"Kyōfu! Ribingu Deddo no Yobi Koe" (恐怖! リビングデッドの呼び声) 
August 15, 2000 February 16, 2002
Still smarting from his defeat by Kaiba, Joey vows to prove that he isn't a "whimpering dog" and ends up being forced into a duel with Bonz, one of a gang of duelists led by the ruthless Bandit Keith. 
18 18 "Arena of Lost Souls, Part 2" / "Shield in the Right Hand, Sword in the Left Hand"
"Migi Te ni Tate o Hidari Te ni Ken o" (右手に盾を左手に剣を) 
August 22, 2000 February 23, 2002
Joey is fighting a losing battle against Bonz's Zombie Monsters, who have the ability to come back to life and become much stronger whenever they're destroyed. Yugi and the others are determined to find Joey and soon reunites with him in due time. Despite the odds stacked against him, Joey manages to win the duel against Bonz. 
19 19 "Double Trouble Duel, Part 1" / "Tag Duel in the Labyrinth"
"Meikyū no Taggu Dyueru" (迷宮のタッグ・デュエル) 
August 29, 2000 March 16, 2002
Yugi and his friends are trapped in the caves by Bandit Keith and his gang, with the latter soon betraying his own henchmen afterwards and stealing their remaining star chips so that he can enter into Pegasus' castle. Lost in the caves, Bakura's Millennium Ring begins glowing again. Bakura uses its magic to guide them, eventually having to admit that the Shadow Game between him and Yugi, in which Joey, Téa, and Tristan thought was just a dream, had actually really happened. While searching for a way out of the caves, they come across a room guarded by the scheming Paradox Brothers. Before the gang can progress, Yugi and Joey must face the Paradox Brothers in a two-on-two duel where their Monsters must negotiate a trap-filled maze. Meanwhile, Kaiba is making his own way to Pegasus' castle, determined to find and save Mokuba. 
20 20 "Double Trouble Duel, Part 2" / "Fusion of Three Gods! Gate Guardian"
"Mikami Gattai! Gēto GĀdian" (三神合体! ゲート・ガーディアン) 
September 9, 2000 March 23, 2002
To get their monsters through the Paradox Brothers' maze, Yugi and Joey must work as a team, but the Paradox Brothers attempt to divide and conquer by changing the layout of the maze so that Yugi's Monsters become separated from Joey's own. From there, the brothers start assembling the pieces they need to form the powerful Gate Guardian in an attempt to defeat both Yugi and Joey. Meanwhile, Kaiba is able to get into Pegasus' castle and wastes no time in searching for Mokuba, but unknown to Kaiba, Pegasus is watching him with a sinister eye and decides to initiate a plan of his own in order to stop Kaiba. 
21 21 "Double Trouble Duel, Part 3" / "Devil Dragon! Black Demons Dragon"
"Akuma Ryū! Burakku Dēmonzu Doragon" (悪魔竜! ブラック・デーモンズ・ドラゴン) 
September 12, 2000 March 30, 2002
In a bid to defeat the Gate Guardian, Yugi uses Polymerization to fuse his Summoned Skull to Joey's Red Eyes Black Dragon, creating the Black Skull Dragon. Through the combined effort of their unified teamwork, Yugi and Joey defeat the Paradox Brothers, winning enough star chips to allow them inside Pegasus' castle. Also, Yugi and his friends manage to escape the caves after solving a riddle posed to them by the Paradox Brothers. Meanwhile, Kaiba is able to find Mokuba from within his search, but Pegasus suddenly appears and uses his Millennium Eye to steal Mokuba's soul. After doing this, Pegasus then gives Kaiba an ultimatum: Kaiba must first defeat Yugi in a duel so that the former can gain the right to face Pegasus himself in an attempt to win back his brother's soul. 
22 22 "Face Off, Part 1" / "The Destined Duel! Yugi vs. Kaiba"
"Shukumei no Dyueru! Yūgi VS Kaiba" (宿命のデュエル! 遊戯VS海馬) 
September 19, 2000 April 6, 2002
Arriving at Pegasus' castle, Yugi and the others are confronted by Kaiba, who challenges Yugi to a duel as a part of Pegasus' past ultimatum towards Kaiba. As the two duelists face off on the castle roof, Kaiba hatches a plan to fuse all three of his Blue-Eyes White Dragons and create the Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon. 
23 23 "Face Off, Part 2" / "Strongest! Splendid! Ultimate Dragon"
"Saikyō! Karei! Kyūkyoko Ryū" (最強! 華麗! 究極竜) 
September 26, 2000 April 13, 2002
The duel between Kaiba and Yugi continues. Kaiba tricks Yugi into releasing the Crush Card virus, rendering every Monster in Yugi's deck with more than 1500 Attack points unplayable. 
24 24 "Face Off, Part 3" / "Multiplying Kuriboh! The Shocking Conclusion"
"Kuribō Zōshoku! Kyōgaku no Ketsumatsu" (クリボー増殖! 驚愕の結末) 
October 3, 2000 April 20, 2002
Yugi plays a Kuriboh/Multiply combo to protect his Life Points and uses his Living Arrow and Polymerization magic cards to fuse his Mammoth Graveyard to Kaiba's Blue Eyes Ultimate Dragon. This causes the Ultimate Dragon to decay and lose Attack points until it is weak enough for Yugi to attack. Refusing to lose from within a desperate state, Kaiba unexpectedly stands on a turret and warns Yugi that if he attacks, the impact force of the monsters battling will knock Kaiba off the castle and kill him. An internal conflict soon takes place between Yugi and Yami Yugi which causes the real Yugi to quickly stop his Celtic Guardian from attacking the Ultimate Dragon, enabling Kaiba to swiftly counterattack and win the duel so that he can gain the right to face Pegasus. 
25 25 "Shining Friendship" / "A Duel of Tears! Friendship"
"Namida no Dyueru! Furendoshippu" (涙のデュエル! フレンドシップ) 
October 10, 2000 April 27, 2002
After losing half of his star chips to Kaiba, Yugi becomes depressed. He is also worried by the fact that Yami had wanted him to win the duel, even though it meant killing Kaiba. In a bid to help him, Téa, despite her lack of experience in Duel Monsters, volunteers to duel Mai, who has more than enough star chips to qualify for the finals and is more than willing to give her extra star chips to Yugi if Téa is able to defeat her. After a bad start, Téa eventually manages to win via Mai forfeiting the duel after seeing Téa's strong resolve and determination to help Yugi out and through this, Yugi is able to regain enough star chips so that he can enter Pegasus' castle while personally vowing to face and defeat Pegasus with his own strong resolve and determination. 
26 26 "Champion vs. Creator, Part 1" / "Save Mokuba! Kaiba vs. Pegasus"
"Mokuba o Sukue! Kaiba VS Pegasasu" (モクバを救え! 海馬VSペガサス) 
October 17, 2000 May 18, 2002
Yugi and the others enter Pegasus' castle, where they learn that Kaiba is about to duel Pegasus in an attempt to win back Mokuba's soul. As the duel gets underway, it becomes clear that Pegasus is using his Millennium Eye to anticipate Kaiba's moves and see every card in his hand. 
27 27 "Champion vs. Creator, Part 2" / "Kaiba Falters! The Invincible Toon World"
"Kaiba Chiru! Muteki no Tūn Wārudo" (海馬散る! 無敵のトゥーンワールド) 
October 24, 2000 May 25, 2002
Pegasus unleashes his secret weapon, the Toon World card, which he uses to turn one of Kaiba's Blue-Eyes White Dragons into the Blue-Eyes Toon Dragon. When Kaiba tries to counter with one of his other Blue-Eyes, it emerges that Toon Monsters have the ability to dodge any attack. Faced with a card so powerful that it was never put into circulation, Kaiba loses the duel and ends up having his own soul stolen by Pegasus. 
28 28 "The Night Before" / "The Night Before the Finals! Pegasus's Secret"
"Kessen Senya! Pegasasu no Himitsu" (決戦前夜! ペガサスの秘密) 
October 31, 2000 August 17, 2002
The line-up for the Duelist Kingdom semi-finals is determined: Mai will battle Yugi in the first match while Joey faces off against Bandit Keith in the second match. Once everyone is settled in for the night, Tristan, Téa, and Bakura set out to find on how Pegasus had "cheated" in his match against Kaiba. They are soon trapped by Pegasus in an underground chamber and he is about to claim their souls when Yami Bakura unexpectedly emerges and blasts Pegasus with the power of his Millennium Ring. He then tricks everyone into thinking that the entire ordeal was just a dream while secretly planning his own revenge against Yami Yugi. Meanwhile, Yugi speaks to his Grandpa in a dream of his own and is warned by him that Pegasus must be stopped before he risks causing Armageddon to the world. 
29 29 "Duel Identity, Part 1" / "A Desperate Situation! Seductive Shadow"
"Zettai Zetsumei! Yūwaku no Shadō" (絶体絶命! 誘惑のシャドウ) 
November 7, 2000 August 24, 2002
The semi-finals begin, with Yugi facing off against Mai. Yugi is still emotionally affected by his duel with Kaiba and Mai appears to be winning the duel via Yugi's internal struggle with Yami Yugi. 
30 30 "Duel Identity, Part 2" / "The Ultimate Legendary Soldier – Chaos Soldier Descends"
"Densetsu no Saikyō Kenshi: Kaosu Sorujā Kōrin" (伝説の最強戦士 カオス・ソルジャー降臨) 
November 14, 2000 August 31, 2002
After Yugi and Yami Yugi make an internal compromise to each other and vow to work together as a team, Yugi starts to make a comeback against Mai, taking control of her Harpie's Pet Dragon and using his own Catapult Turtle to fire it at her Mirror Wall. Mai multiplies her Harpie Lady and revives Harpie's Pet Dragon, which gets a power boost for every Harpie Lady in play. Yugi manages to summon the Black Luster Soldier and defeats Mai from within their duel via Mai surrendering, sending Yugi straight to the finals of the Duelist Kingdom tournament. 
31 31 "Keith's Machinations, Part 1" / "Cruel – Heavy Metal Deck"
"Kyōaku Jūkikai Dekki" (凶悪 重機械デッキ) 
November 21, 2000 September 7, 2002
Just minutes before he is due to duel Bandit Keith in the second match of the Duelist Kingdom tournament's semi-finals, Joey finds that his entry card is missing. Unaware that Bandit Keith had secretly stole it from last night, Joey runs back to his room so that he can look for it to no avail. Just when it seems that all hope is lost for Joey, Mai unexpectedly gives him her entry card right before her departure from Duelist Kingdom and the duel itself is able to go ahead. 
32 32 "Keith's Machinations, Part 2" / "Travel Through Time! Red-Eyes Black Metal Dragon"
"Toki o Koero! Reddoaizu Burakku Metaru Doragon" (時を超えろ! レッドアイズ・ブラックメタルドラゴン) 
November 28, 2000 September 7, 2002
Joey transforms his Red-Eyes Black Dragon into the Red-Eyes Black Metal Dragon, enabling him to take out the strongest Monster in Bandit Keith's deck, the Barrel Dragon, but Joey still has to deal with Bandit Keith's Slot Machine, in which Bandit Keith is powering up with the 7 Completed magic cards he has hidden under his right wristband. Joey emerges triumphant against Bandit Keith, who is then thrown out of the castle and dropped into the ocean for cheating. 
33 33 "Best of Friends, Best of Duelists, Part 1" / "Finals of Friendship – Yugi vs. Jonouchi (Part 1)"
"Yūjō no Kesshōsen: Yūgi VS Jōnouchi (Zenpen)" (友情の決勝戦 遊戯VS城之内 (前編)) 
December 5, 2000 September 14, 2002
Yugi and Joey, who have been helpful and supportive of each other from within the start of the Duelist Kingdom tournament, must now face-off against one another from within the finals in order to see on who will win the tournament and face-off against Pegasus when all is said and done. 
34 34 "Best of Friends, Best of Duelists, Part 2" / "Finals of Friendship – Yugi vs. Jonouchi (Part 2)"
"Yūjō no Kesshōsen: Yūgi VS Jōnouchi (Kōhen)" (友情の決勝戦 遊戯VS城之内 (後編)) 
December 12, 2000 September 14, 2002
Yugi defeats the Black Skull Dragon (which Joey had summoned in the previous episode by fusing his Red-Eyes Black Dragon and Yugi's Summoned Skull) by using a combination of the Dark Magician, Magical Hats, Spellbinding Circle and Book of Secret Arts. Joey responds with his Baby Dragon/Time Wizard combo in a bid to overcome Yugi's strong offense against him, but in the end, he loses to Yugi. Despite this, Joey is thankful to Yugi for giving him a great match and vows to be by his side, along with Téa, Tristan, and Bakura for his upcoming duel against Pegasus. 
35 35 "Yugi vs. Pegasus: Match of the Millennium, Part 1" / "Final Duel! Yugi vs. Pegasus"
"Saishū Kettō! Yūgi VS Pegasasu" (最終決闘! 遊戯VSペガサス) 
December 19, 2000 September 21, 2002
Yugi prepares himself for his long-awaited and fated battle against Pegasus with the souls of Grandpa, Kaiba, and Mokuba on the line. Meanwhile, Tristan and Bakura infiltrate the castle to find the Kaiba brothers in an attempt to cripple Pegasus' current plan. 
36 36 "Yugi vs. Pegasus: Match of the Millennium, Part 2" / "Attacks Ineffective!? The Invincible Toon Army"
"Kōryaku Funō!? Metsuki no Tūn Gundan" (攻略不能!? 無敵のトゥーン軍団) 
December 26, 2000 September 21, 2002
Pegasus punishes Yugi by using the same Toon Deck and mind-reading abilities that he had previously used on Kaiba. As Pegasus turns Yugi's monsters against him, Yugi loses both the will and resolve to battle. Yugi is personally worried that Pegasus might seal his soul into a card, just like what he had done before to both Kaiba and Mokuba. 
37 37 "Yugi vs. Pegasus: Match of the Millennium, Part 3" / "The Counterattack Begins! Mind Shuffle"
"Hangeki Kaishi! Maindo Shaffuru" (反撃開始! マインドシャッフル) 
January 9, 2001 September 28, 2002
Yugi has found an ingenious way to counter Pegasus' mind-reading ability: Yugi switches back and forth between his two separate spirits and through this, Yugi is able to destroy Pegasus' Toon World, but Pegasus soon transports the duel to the Shadow Realm, where the situation itself becomes much harder for both Yugi and Yami Yugi. Meanwhile, Tristan is horrified to learn that Bakura is once again possessed by the evil spirit of Yami Bakura. 
38 38 "Yugi vs. Pegasus: Match of the Millennium, Part 4" / "The Evil Eye Activates – Sacrifice"
"Jagan Hatsudō: Sakurifaisu" (邪眼発動 サクリファイス) 
January 16, 2001 September 28, 2002
Yami Bakura is after Mokuba's body so that his evil spirit can possess it. Tristan, however, knocks out Yami Bakura and throws away the Millennium Ring containing the evil spirit into the forest below. Meanwhile, Pegasus summons Relinquished, a fearsome monster that uses its enemies as shields. Yugi crumples in a complete state of both fatigue and exhaustion, under the crippling strain of maintaining his own monsters in the Shadow Game. Joey, Téa, and Tristan all yell desperate encouragement in an attempt to help their friends out, but their own voices cannot penetrate the sphere of darkness. Yami Yugi is the only one who can duel now, but unfortunately, he is at the mercy of Pegasus' Millennium Eye. 
39 39 "Yugi vs. Pegasus: Match of the Millennium, Part 5" / "Fusion of Light and Darkness – Black Chaos Descends"
"Hikari to Yami no Yūgō: Burakku Kaosu Kōrin" (光と闇の融合 ブラックカオス降臨) 
January 23, 2001 October 5, 2002
Pegasus' Relinquished has captured Yugi's Dark Magician, and his time bomb monster is ready to blow it to bits and take out the rest of Yugi's life points. However, Yami Yugi captures Relinquished using a Mind Control card. Then, with the last card Yugi played face-down, he performs a Dark Magic Ritual, sacrificing the Dark Magician as well as Pegasus' time bomb to summon the Magician of Black Chaos. Pegasus counters by fusing Relinquished with Thousand Eyes Idol, creating Thousand Eyes Restrict. The Thousand Eyes Restrict paralyzes the Magician of Black Chaos, but Yami Yugi uses Kuriboh combined with his Multiply magic card. The Kuribohs explode on contact, blinding Thousand Eyes Restrict and freeing the Magician of Black Chaos to attack. Yami Yugi destroys Thousand Eyes Restrict and ends the duel as the victor. While Yugi, Joey, Téa, and Tristan celebrate the former's triumphant victory, Pegasus silently slips away and releases the spirits that he had stolen, honoring his word of the agreement that he had made with Yugi right before the start of their duel. Bakura is seemingly back to normal and volunteers to take care of an unconscious Mokuba while the others go look and search for Pegasus. 
40 40 "Aftermath" / "King of Duelists"
"Kingu obu Dyuerisuto" (キング オブ デュエリスト) 
January 30, 2001 October 5, 2002
Pegasus is found badly injured with his Millennium Eye missing. Tea reads Pegasus' diary and the gang learns on how Pegasus had got his Millennium Eye and the reason of why he had held the Duelist Kingdom tournament. A mysterious Egyptian soon shows up looking for the person that had stolen Pegasus' Millennium Eye. Seeing that Yugi has a Millennium item as well, he thinks that he might be responsible. The Egyptian uses his Millennium Key to enter into Yugi's mind. There he finds two chambers; one is covered in children's toys, while the other is mysterious, disconcerting and confusing. When the Egyptian falls victim to a trap in the latter chamber, Yugi comes to his rescue. The two journey deeper and are confronted by the Dark Magician. Yugi commands him to back down, causing the Egyptian to realize that Yugi is "the Chosen One". The Egyptian soon departs leaving Yugi with his name, Shadi, as well as questions about the seven Millennium Items. The Kaiba brothers are later reunited with Kaiba thanking Yugi and his friends for helping him and Mokuba out. As everyone leaves the island, it is soon revealed that Yami Bakura had found his way back to his host and challenged Pegasus to a Shadow Game and took his Millennium Eye, and that the real Bakura had no memory of the possession, with Yami Bakura secretly promising that he will have his personal vengeance towards Yami Yugi. 

Legendary Heroes

No. in series No. in season English dub title/Original translated title
Original Japanese title
Original airdate English airdate
41 41 "The Wrath of Rebecca" / "The Girl from America"
"Amerika kara Kita Shōjo" (アメリカからきた少女) 
February 6, 2001 October 12, 2002
Upon returning home, Yugi is emotionally happy to see that his Grandpa has awaken from his coma thanks to his soul being restored by Pegasus and that Yugi himself is personally satisfied to know that his mission to save his Grandpa was a complete success. A few weeks later, Yugi and his friends soon meet a young girl named Rebecca Hawkins who demands that Yugi's Grandpa return his Blue-Eyes White Dragon to her. Rebecca claims that Yugi's Grandpa had stole the card from her own grandfather many years ago and challenges Yugi to a duel in an attempt to get it back. 
42 42 "The Ties of Friendship" / "The All-Powerful Shadow Ghoul"
"Hissatsu no Shadō Gūru" (必殺のシャドーグール) 
February 13, 2001 October 12, 2002
The duel between Rebecca and Yugi continues until Yugi forfeits the match. Rebecca's grandfather appears and reveals that Yugi could have won the duel by playing Soul Release, but forfeited the match for his friendship with Rebecca, as Yugi's grandfather did for Rebecca's grandfather. He explains that Yugi's grandfather won his Blue-Eyes White Dragon monster card in a duel, rather than stealing it. 
43 43 "Legendary Heroes, Part 1" / "Big 5's Trap – Duel Monsters Quest"
"Biggu Faibu no Wana: Dyueru Monsutāzu Kuesto" (ビッグ5の罠 デュエルモンスターズクエスト) 
February 20, 2001 October 19, 2002
KaibaCorp's two-faced Board of Directors, known as the Big Five, trap Kaiba inside a virtual reality game. Mokuba recruits Yugi and Joey in order to help free Kaiba and stop the Big Five from seizing control of KaibaCorp. 
44 44 "Legendary Heroes, Part 2" / "DM Quest 2: The Legendary Hero – Yugi"
"DM Kuesuto 2: Densetsu no Yūsha – Yūgi" (DMクエスト② 伝説の勇者 遊戯) 
February 27, 2001 October 19, 2002
The quest to locate Kaiba continues with help from Mai, who was offered a past deal by the Big Five to help test Kaiba's virtual reality game. 
45 45 "Legendary Heroes, Part 3" / "DM Quest 3: Master of Dragon Knight"
"DM Kuesuto 3: Masutā obu Doragon Naito" (DMクエスト③ マスター・オブ・ドラゴンナイト) 
March 6, 2001 October 26, 2002
Yugi, Joey, Mai, and Mokuba are able to rescue Kaiba, but they are still stuck in the game. The only exit is past a Five-Headed Dragon which is being controlled by the Big Five via transferring their own virtual minds straight into it. From within the battle, Joey, Mokuba, and Mai lose all of their life points and are apparently deleted from the game, with their own virtual minds seemingly deleted as well. Yugi and Kaiba, two former rivals and opponents, work together to defeat the dragon, thus deleting the virtual minds of the Big Five. Joey, Mai, and Mokuba are revived thanks to the restoration power of the Mystical Elf and the three of them, along with Yugi and Kaiba, escape the game so that they can return to the real world. 

Dungeon Dice Monsters

No. in series No. in season English dub title/Original translated title
Original Japanese title
Original airdate English airdate
46 46 "Dungeon Dice Monsters, Part 1" / "The Mysterious Transfer Student – Ryuji Otogi"
"Nazo no Tenkōsei: Otogi Ryūji" (謎の転校生 御伽龍児) 
March 13, 2001 November 2, 2002
A new student named Duke Devlin defeats Joey in a game of Duel Monsters and forces Joey to become his reluctant servant. Duke orders Joey to wear a dog costume and humiliates him in public, leading Yugi to challenge Duke to a duel in order to free Joey from his enslavement. Duke accepts Yugi's challenge, but tells him that instead of playing Duel Monsters, the two of them will be playing a game called Dungeon Dice Monsters, which Duke created himself. 
47 47 "Dungeon Dice Monsters, Part 2" / "Showdown! Dungeon Dice Monsters"
(対決! ダンジョンダイスモンスターズ) 
March 20, 2001 November 2, 2002
In exchange for Joey's freedom, Yugi agrees to give up Duel Monsters forever if he loses. Unfamiliar with the rules of Dungeon Dice Monsters, Yugi gets off to a bad start. Duke reveals that he had designed Dungeon Dice Monsters with Pegasus' aid and also tells Yugi that he seeks revenge against him for cheating against Pegasus during their past duel. Yugi denies that he cheated against Pegasus, but Duke does not listen. 
48 48 "Dungeon Dice Monsters, Part 3" / "Yugi's Tough Battle – God Orgoth's Fierce Assault"
"Yūgi Kusen: Goddo Ōgasu no Mōkō" (遊戯苦戦 ゴッドオーガスの猛攻) 
March 27, 2001 November 9, 2002
Yugi manages to get ahead of Duke in the duel, but falls victim to an unfamiliar rule which prevents him from summoning any more monsters. 
49 49 "Dungeon Dice Monsters, Part 4" / "The Miracle Dimension – The Black Magician Is Summoned"
"Kiseki no Dimenshon: Burakku Majishan Shōkan" (奇跡のディメンジョン ブラックマジシャン召喚) 
April 3, 2001 November 9, 2002
After Duke's all-powerful Orgoth the Relentless slices and dices Yugi's entire cadre of monsters to shreds, Yugi only has one turn left before he loses all of his heart points. Nevertheless, he manages to win the duel and free Joey from his humiliating punishment. Duke is humbled by his loss and admits that Yugi defeated Pegasus fairly, becoming friends with him. 

DVD releases[edit]

The first ten DVD volumes, as well as volumes 12 and 13, contain 3 episodes each. Volumes 11, 15, and 16 contain four episodes each and the fourteenth volume contains two episodes. The first volume was released on September 24, 2002. The complete first season set was released on August 10, 2004.

Volume Discs Episodes Region 1 release
1: The Heart of the Cards 1 3 September 24, 2002[1][2]
2: Into the Hornet's Nest 1 3
3: Attack from the Deep 1 3 November 5, 2002[3][4]
4: Give Up the Ghost 1 3
5: Evil Spirit of the Ring 1 3 January 14, 2003[5][6]
6: The Scars of Defeat 1 3
7: Double Trouble Duel 1 3 March 18, 2003[7][8]
8: Face Off 1 3
9: Champion vs. Creator 1 3 May 6, 2003[9][10]
10: Duel Identity 1 3
11: Best of Friends, Best of Duelists 1 4 July 22, 2003[11]
12: Match of the Millennium, Part 1 1 3 August 19, 2003[12]
13: Match of the Millennium, Part 2 1 3 September 16, 2003[13]
14: Legendary Heroes 1 2 October 14, 2003[14][15]
15: Ties of Friendship 1 4
16: DungeonDice Monsters 1 4 November 18, 2003[16]
Complete First Season 6 49 August 10, 2004[17][18]
1: The Shadow Games (Uncut) 1 3 October 19, 2004[19][20]
2: The Insector Combo (Uncut) 1 3
3: Stolen: Blue-Eyes White Dragon (Uncut) 1 3 February 22, 2005[21]

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