List of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters episodes (season 2)

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Rulers of the Duel
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Country of origin Japan
No. of episodes 48
Original network TV Tokyo
Original release April 10, 2001 – March 5, 2002
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The second season of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters, based on the anime by Kazuki Takahashi, premiered in Japan on April 10, 2001, and concluded on March 5, 2002, on TV Tokyo. An English adaptation of the series was made and premiered in the United States on November 16, 2002, and concluded on October 25, 2003, on Kids WB. 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.

This season follows Yugi and his friends — Joey, Tristan and Téa — to the Battle City tournament on a quest to prevent the spread of evil by Marik, the season's new antagonist. The competition organized by Seto Kaiba in an attempt to gather more powerful cards, including the three Egyptian God Cards — Marik plans to use the three cards to take over the world with the help of his servants, known as the Rare Hunters. He uses them to capture Yugi's friends and Kaiba's brother, to lure them out to duel for the Egyptian Gods. After taking out Marik in the form of Joey. Mai, Serenity and Duke join the others at the finals, which take place on Kaiba's company blimp flying over the city. There, they learn the truth about Marik and his origins as well as the hidden abilities of the coveted Egyptian Gods.

Between January 24 and December 28, 2004, Funimation Productions released eleven DVD sets for the season, containing episodes from the season. The complete season package was released on March 4, 2008. All DVDs were encoded in Region 1.

Cast and characters[edit]



Episode list[edit]

No. in series No. in season English dub title/Original translated title
Original Japanese title
Original airdate English airdate
50 1 "The Mystery Duelist (1)"
"Challenge from the Past — The Terrifying Zera" (過去からの挑戦 戦慄のゼラ) 
April 10, 2001 November 16, 2002
An arcane fortune teller steals the Millennium Puzzle and Yugi must defeat him in a duel to win it back! However, this is no ordinary soothsayer; he's a familiar and formidable foe from Duelist Kingdom... or is he? Can Yugi beat him all alone, without the help of his friends or the spirit inside the Puzzle? 
51 2 "The Mystery Duelist (2)"
"The Shattered Millennium Puzzle" (砕かれた千年パズル) 
April 17, 2001 November 16, 2002
The mysterious menace controlling Bandit Keith shatters the Millennium Puzzle into pieces before setting the dueling arena ablaze! Can Yugi put the Millennium Puzzle back together and save the spirit before the entire room is engulfed in flames? And is it possible with the dark spirit of Bakura's Millennium Ring determined to keep the Pharaoh from returning? 
52 3 "The Past is Present"
"The Pharaoh's Lost Memories" (失われた王の記憶) 
April 24, 2001 November 23, 2002
The origin of Duel Monsters is revealed! Using the magic of the Millennium Necklace, Egyptian historian Ishizu Ishtar shows Kaiba how Duel Monsters was played millennia ago in the form of Shadow Games! The ancient games have been resurrected in modern times, along with three almighty beasts of devastation – the Egyptian Gods, whose powers are far more powerful than Exodia! Now they are duel monster cards and when Ishizu gives Kaiba Obelisk The Tormentor, his greed for power overwhelms him and he is determined to get the legendary God Cards, even if it means destroying Yugi. 
53 4 "Steppin' Out"
"The Fiery Dance Battle" (炎のダンスバトル) 
May 1, 2001 November 23, 2002
The spirit of the Millennium Puzzle realizes that his memories of ancient Egypt have faded, but Téa is going to help him uncover the mysteries of his past! However, their search is interrupted by the dancing duelist Johnny Steps and his musical monsters of rock! 
54 5 "Obelisk the Tormentor"
"This City Will Become Battle City!" (この町は, バトルシティとなる!) 
May 8, 2001 November 30, 2002
To face the future, Yugi must first look into the past! Yugi learns that he was once a powerful Pharaoh who saved the world five thousand years ago, and he must now save the world again! Meanwhile, Kaiba tests the hidden powers of Obelisk against the fury of Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon with the revolutionary hologram technology of a new invention-the Duel Disk! 
55 6 "Stalked by the Rare Hunters"
"Ghouls Attacks — Red-Eyes Black Dragon Targeted" (グールズ強襲 狙われた真紅目黒竜) 
May 8, 2001 December 14, 2002
Joey is cornered by a group of sinister Rare Hunters who force him into a duel where if he loses, the Rare Hunters get his precious Red-Eyes Black Dragon! Though Joey pummels his foes with his mighty monster armada, eliminating life points isn't the only path to victory... 
56 7 "Yugi VS the Rare Hunter (1)"
"Clash! Battle City Begins" (激闘! バトルシティ開幕) 
May 15, 2001 January 11, 2003
It's time to master new rules and monsters; let the Battle City Tournament commence! In the first duel of the tournament, Yugi challenges the Rare Hunter to win back Joey's Red-Eyes Black Dragon. However, Yugi's falling into the same trap that led to Joey's demise! 
57 8 "Yugi VS the Rare Hunter (2)"
"Reversal — Chain Destruction" (逆転 連鎖破壊) 
May 22, 2001 January 18, 2003
Yugi figures out the Rare Hunter's strategy to summon the almighty Exodia, but it's too late to stop him! The Rare Hunter already has four pieces of Exodia in his hand, and the fifth and final piece is on top of his deck! How can Yugi stop Exodia? 
58 9 "Espa Roba — The ESP Duelist (1)"
"Esper Roba — Terror of the Psychic Deck" (エスパー絽場 サイキックデッキの恐怖) 
May 29, 2001 January 25, 2003
The psychic duelist Espa Roba defeats Rex Raptor as easy as a chumpasaurus, and Joey's next on his hit list! What chance does Joey have when Espa Roba has the telepathic ability to read all the cards in Joey's hand? 
59 10 "Espa Roba — The ESP Duelist (2)"
"Gamble of Courage — The Spinning Roulette Spider" (勇気ある賭け 廻れルーレットスパイダー) 
June 5, 2001 February 1, 2003
Joey discovers that Espa Roba's extrasensory perception was a hoax, but he's not yet free from Espa's mental manipulations! Espa Roba's Jinzo not only slaughters all of Joey's monsters, but grows in power every turn! Joey's luck has come to an end... or has it? 
60 11 "The Master of Magicians (1)"
"The Black Magician Master — Pandora" (ブラックマジシャン使い パンドラ) 
June 19, 2001 February 8, 2003
The magician duelist Arkana (Pandora in the Japanese version) transports Yami Yugi to the world's most lethal dueling arena, where the loser gets sent to the Shadow Realm! Yami Yugi must win this duel or he'll lose much more than his Dark Magician! 
61 12 "The Master of Magicians (2)"
"Black Magic of the Soul" (魂のブラックマジック) 
June 26, 2001 February 8, 2003
It's Dark Magician versus Dark Magician! However, while Yami Yugi only controls one Dark Magician, Arkana has three residing in his deck! Yami Yugi will never give up, as long as he believes in the Heart of the Cards! 
62 13 "The Master of Magicians (3)"
"The Magician's Disciple — Black Magician Girl" (魔術師の弟子 ブラックマジシャンガール) 
July 3, 2001 February 8, 2003
To counter Arkana's Dark Magician, Yugi pulls a rabbit out of his hat: the Dark Magician Girl! It's the battle of the sexes to determine the true master of magicians! 
63 14 "Playing with a Parasite (1)"
"The Trap of Revenge — Rampage! Paraside" (復讐の罠 暴走! パラサイド) 
July 10, 2001 February 15, 2003
Old enemy Weevil Underwood lures Joey into a rigged duel. With a Parasite Paracide monster sneaked into Joey's deck, Weevil is able to block all of his monster's attacks and summon the Perfectly Ultimate Great Moth! 
64 15 "Playing with a Parasite (2)"
"The Steel Knight — Gearfried" (鋼鉄の騎士 ギアフリード) 
July 17, 2001 February 22, 2003
Joey squashes Weevil's Moth, but Weevil has other tricks up his sleeves. He summons the all-powerful Insect Queen, which gains power from all of Joey's infected monsters and becomes practically invincible. Can Joey find a way to win? 
65 16 "Mime Control (1)"
(マリク始動 神のコンボ) 
July 24, 2001 March 8, 2003
Yugi is challenged by Strings, Marik's mind-slave, who has a strong monster in his deck! Marik's summoning of the great beast seems assured when he calls forth Revival Jam. 
66 17 "Mime Control (2)"
"Osiris the Heaven Dragon" (オシリスの天空竜) 
July 31, 2001 March 8, 2003
Marik summons Slifer The Sky Dragon, and with his invincible combo, the dragon's attack power will increase! Yugi tries everything, but Marik's strategy seems infallible. 
67 18 "Mime Control (3)"
(神を越えろ! 究極の無限ループ) 
August 7, 2001 March 15, 2003
Yugi suddenly devises a strategy to defeat Slifer despite its overwhelming attack power. Will it work, or will Marik win and gain the Pharaoh's power? 
68 19 "Legendary Fisherman (1)"
"Invisible Enemy — Sea Stealth II" (見えない敵 シーステルスII) 
August 14, 2001 March 22, 2003
Joey duels Mako Tsunami, unaware of the danger that Marik has prepared for him and Yugi's other friends... Marik arrives in Domino and allies himself with Yami Bakura. 
69 20 "Legendary Fisherman (2)"
"The Legendary Fisherman" (伝説のフィッシャーマン) 
August 21, 2001 March 29, 2003
Mako summons the Legendary Fisherman, a monster protected by the ocean's power. Can Joey defeat it and claim victory? And even if he does, can he escape Marik's trap? 
70 21 "Double Duel (1)"
"The Mask's Curse — The High Altitude Duel" (仮面の呪縛 高層デュエル) 
August 28, 2001 May 3, 2003
Marik captures Joey, Téa, and Mokuba, forcing Yami Yugi and Kaiba into a tag team duel with Lumis and Umbra, a pair of Rare Hunters with fantastic teamwork abilities, which unfortunately, Yami Yugi and Kaiba seem to lack. 
71 22 "Double Duel (2)"
"Sealed God Cards" (封じられた神のカード) 
September 4, 2001 May 10, 2003
Lumis and Umbra prevent the summoning of all high-level monsters with their Mask of Restrict card, while they summon the powerful Masked Beast. But even in spite of all this, Kaiba is highly reluctant to work together with Yami Yugi. 
72 23 "Double Duel (3)"
"Unite!" (結束せよ!) 
September 11, 2001 May 17, 2003
As Yami Yugi and Kaiba finally pull together a semblance of teamwork, and their enemies' team spirit begins to crumble, Lumis takes things into his own hands and summons the Masked Beast Des Gardius, a monster even more powerful than Kaiba's Blue-Eyes. Tea helps Mokuba escape the rare hunters. 
73 24 "Double Duel (4)"
"The Giant God Soldier of Obelisk" (オベリスクの巨神兵) 
September 18, 2001 May 24, 2003
Yugi and Kaiba finally conquer Lumis and Umbra with Valkyrion the Magna Warrior and Obelisk The Tormentor. But Marik still has Joey and Téa... 
74 25 "The Rescue"
"Bonds" (絆) 
September 25, 2001 June 14, 2003
As they head via helicopter to Marik's hideout, Yugi and Kaiba discuss the events of the past. Tea and Joey are brainwashed by Marik. 
75 26 "Friends 'Til the End (1)"
"A Cruel Duel — Yugi Vs. Jonouchi" (非情の決闘 遊戯vs城之内) 
October 2, 2001 June 28, 2003
With Joey under Marik's mind control, Yugi is forced to duel his best friend in a twisted timed match where only one will survive! 
76 27 "Friends 'Til the End (2)"
"Awaken! Red-Eyes Black Dragon of Friendship" (届け!友情の真紅眼の黒竜) 
October 9, 2001 July 5, 2003

Yugi chooses to duel himself, without the Pharaoh's aid, and summons Joey's Red-Eyes Black Dragon, hoping to break Marik's control over Joey. When that fails, he gives Joey the Millennium Puzzle...

Meanwhile,Tristan and Serenity are chased by the rare hunters. 
77 28 "Friends 'Til the End (3)"
"The Countdown to Despair" (絶望へのカウントダウン) 
October 16, 2001 July 12, 2003

An enraged Marik finds his hold over Joey slipping, which leads to a weakened Red-Eyes still surviving and Yugi managing a lead. But when Marik draws Meteor of Destruction, all hope seems lost...

Back in Battle City, Serenity and Tristan are saved from the rare hunters by Duke Devlin and Mai Valentine. 
78 29 "Friends 'Til the End (4)"
"Attack Me! The Fated Last Turn" (ボクを撃て!運命のラストターン) 
October 23, 2001 July 19, 2003
Joey finally breaks free of Marik's control, and finds, to his horror, that Yugi plans to lose the duel and give up his life so that Joey can escape. How will both of them survive? 
79 30 "Shadow of a Duel"
"Ghost Deck Vs. Occult Deck" (ゴーストデッキvsオカルトデッキ) 
October 30, 2001 August 16, 2003
To fulfill his plot with Marik, Yami Bakura forcibly enters the tournament. After taking control of a badly injured Bakura,(Who was in the hospital in a coma after being attacked by his evil self) He looks for locator cards, and finds that the perfect victims are Bonz and his gang... 
80 31 "Lights, Camera, Duel"
"Ninja Master Magnum Enters" (忍者使いマグナム見参) 
November 6, 2001 August 23, 2003
Before they arrive at the Battle City Finals, Mai is challenged by Hollywood star Jean Claude Magnum, who plans to gain Mai's hand in marriage after he defeats her in a duel. Will her Harpies be able to stand up against his Ninjas? 
81 32 "Let the Finals Begin!"
"Battle Ship Takes Off!" (バトルシップ発進!) 
November 13, 2001 August 30, 2003
The Battle City Finals draw to a beginning with triple deception; Marik's servant, Odion, is assuming his name, Marik acts like a friend (Namu), and Yami Bakura plans to enter with Bakura as his pawn. Yugi and the Pharaoh make the difficult decision to put Slifer in their deck, and enter the battle to save the world. 
82 33 "The Dark Spirit Revealed (1)"
"First Duel in the Sky — Yugi vs. Dark Bakura" (天空のファーストデュエル 遊戯vs闇の獏良) 
November 27, 2001 September 6, 2003
Yami Bakura reveals himself, but seems to be no great duelist. He loses nearly all of his life points, even when he summons the powerful Dark Necrofear. What is he planning? 
83 34 "The Dark Spirit Revealed (2)"
"The Death-Calling Ouija Board" (死を呼ぶウィジャ盤) 
November 27, 2001 September 13, 2003
Yami Bakura calls forth the terrifying Dark Sancturary, activated when Yami Yugi sent Dark Necrofear to the Graveyard, which is capable of possessing one of Yugi's monsters each turn. While Yugi tries to find a way around this, Yami Bakura calls forth the Destiny Board, which will destroy all monsters on Yugi's side of the field... 
84 35 "The Dark Spirit Revealed (3)"
(闇を砕け 神の一撃!) 
November 27, 2001 September 13, 2003
Yugi finally overcomes Yami Bakura's tactics when he summons Slifer the Sky Dragon. But Marik plots to make him face a difficult decision when he persuades Yami Bakura to release control of a badly injured Bakura: would Yami Yugi rather save the world or risk harming a friend? However, Yami Bakura decides not to take the risk, since he needs Bakura in good health, because Bakura is the holder of the Millennium Ring and the host for Yami Bakura's spirit. As a result, Yami Bakura regains control, much to Marik's shock, which allows Yami Yugi to follow through with his attack and win the duel,once again leaving the good Bakura in a coma. While taking care of Bakura, Yugi and Joey realize his Millennium Ring is missing. 
85 36 "Rage of the Legendary Dragons"
(秘められた力 神のカードの謎) 
December 4, 2001 September 20, 2003
Yugi meets Shadi again, who relates the history of the legendary Egyptian God Cards and the terrible power they possess. Afterwards, Shadi uses his Millennium Key to cloak his presence as he checks up on Bakura, while Marik is revealed to have temporarily retaken control of Tea's mind to take Bakura's Millennium Ring, in order to gain a leverage over Yami Bakura. 
86 37 "Awakening of Evil (1)"
December 11, 2001 September 20, 2003
Joey duels Odion (who has taken Marik's name) but quickly falls behind when he faces Odion's powerful traps. When Joey attempts to take advantage of his deck's weakness (having no monsters), Odion pulls out a surprise! 
87 38 "Awakening of Evil (2)"
"The Spirit-Inheriting Card — Psycho Shocker Counterattacks!" (受け継ぎし魂 サイコショッカー反撃!) 
December 18, 2001 September 27, 2003
Joey summons Jinzo and devastates Odion by disabling all of his traps. But when Joey summons his most powerful monsters, Odion calls forth the deadly Mystical Beast of Serket! 
88 39 "Awakening of Evil (3)"
December 25, 2001 September 27, 2003
As Odion's Mystical Beast of Serket destroys Joey's monsters one by one, he is impressed by the friendship Joey shares with the others, and recounts his and Marik's own dark history; revealing himself to be marik's older, adoptive brother who was mistreated by their father for not being a true member of the tomb keepers, and that he dedicated his life to protecting his brother from his inner evil. 
89 40 "Awakening of Evil (4)"
"Ra's Fury — Stand up Jonouchi!" (ラーの怒り 立て! 城之内) 
January 8, 2002 October 4, 2003
Due to this event, Kaiba decided that the winner will be the one who stands up first. Joey eventually manages to stand first, allowing him to win the duel. Before passing out, Odion reveals his real identity and cryptically warns Joey that they will all now be in worse danger. However, Odion's lapse into unconsciousness allows Mariks's evil half, Yami Marik, to surface and take control of Marik's body, since Marik needs Odion to help restrain his dark side. 
90 41 "Mind Game (1)"
"Mai vs. Marik — A Dark Duel" (舞vsマリク 闇のデュエル) 
January 15, 2002 October 4, 2003
Mai goes up against Yami Marik, an even more malicious counterpart of Marik. Though Mai gains an early lead, Yami Marik soon creates a Shadow Game; as Mai's monsters are destroyed, so are her memories of her friends... 
91 42 "Mind Game (2)"
January 22, 2002 October 11, 2003
Mai attempts to stand up to Yami Marik's torture and steals The Winged Dragon of Ra from his deck. But the monster can only be summoned by reciting the card's text... 
92 43 "Mind Game (3)"
"Mystery of the Hieratic Text" (古代神官文字の謎) 
January 29, 2002 October 11, 2003
Yami Marik recites the text and summons Ra. With his victory, he banishes Mai to the Shadow Realm, where he plans to torture her for eternity... 
93 44 "A Duel with Destiny (1)"
"Kaiba Vs. The 8th Duelist" (海馬vs8人目のデュエリスト) 
February 5, 2002 October 18, 2003
Kaiba duels against the mysterious eighth duelist who is soon revealed to be Ishizu, and she, in turn, is revealed to be Marik's elder sister. She plans to take Obelisk the Tormenotr back and save her brother from himself, as her necklace shows her, and plants a trap in the midst of Kaiba's arrogance. While trying to call out to his sister,Marik is banished from his own body by the evil force controlling him. 
94 45 "A Duel with Destiny (2)"
"An Attack that Changes the Future" (未来を変える一撃) 
February 12, 2002 October 18, 2003
As Kaiba summons Obelisk, he is unaware of the trap Ishizu has implanted within the monster, which will destroy him when he attacks. But Kaiba soon has a vision in the midst of the duel, which goes against Ishizu's predictions... 
95 46 "The Tomb-Keeper's Secret"
"The Truth of the Ishtar Family Revealed" (明かされるイシュタール家の真実) 
February 19, 2002 October 25, 2003
Ishizu gives Yugi her Millennium Necklace and recounts the story of the Ishtar family, finally revealing tragedy that gave birth to Marik's evil side. After everyone goes to sleep, Marik (who finally discovered the truth while lurking in Tea's mind) uses Tea to deliver the spirits of Yami Bakura and himself into Bakura's body and confronts his evil half. 
96 47 "Showdown in the Shadows (1)"
"Darkness Vs. Darkness" (闇 Vs. 闇) 
February 26, 2002 October 25, 2003
With the 'good' Marik aiding him, Yami Bakura duels Yami Marik. Using Marik's knowledge of The Winged Dragon of Ra, Bakura steals it and plans to summon it. However, Yami Marik seems unconcerned... 
97 48 "Showdown in the Shadows (2)"
"One Turn Kill" (ONE TURN KILL) 
March 5, 2002 November 1, 2003
Yami Marik uses Joyful Doom to reduce Ra's attack points to 0. When the beast is destroyed, he revives it, and then, Yami Marik uses the previously unknown abilities to defeat Bakura and Marik. Yami Bakura is sent inside the maze of the Pharaoh's mind, and plans on unlocking the Pharaoh's secret. Upon realizing that the innocent good Bakura was also sent to the Shadow Realm, an enraged Yami Yugi confronts Yami Marik and vows to defeat him. Marik temporarily takes over Tea's body again to warn Ishizu about his evil half's plans. 

DVD releases[edit]

Volume Discs Episodes Region 1 release
1 1 4
2 1 3
3 1 3 April 6, 2004[1][2]
4 1 5
5 1 5 June 1, 2004[3][4]
6 1 5
7 1 5 July 27, 2004[5]
8 1 5 September 28, 2004[6]
9 1 5 November 16, 2004[7][8]
10 1 4
11 1 4 December 28, 2004[9]
Complete Second Season 7 48 March 4, 2008[10]


  • "Season 2". Yu-Gi-Oh!. Watch Series. Retrieved January 14, 2013. 
  • "Cast". Yu-Gi-Oh!. Retrieved January 14, 2013. 
  1. ^ "Volume 3: The ESP Duelist". Amazon. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Volume 4: The Master of Magicians". Amazon. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Volume 5: Mime Control". Amazon. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Volume 6: Double Duel". Amazon. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Volume 7: Friends 'Til the End". Amazon. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Volume 8: The Dark Spirit Revealed". Amazon. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "Volume 9: Awakening the Evil". Amazon. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Volume 10: Mind Game". Amazon. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "Volume 11: Showdown in the Shadows". Amazon. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  10. ^ "Yu-Gi-Oh! The Complete Second Season". Amazon. Retrieved 11 January 2013.