List of Yu-Gi-Oh! episodes

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The Yu-Gi-Oh! (遊戯王, Yūgiō, lit. "Game King") anime series, based on the original manga series by Kazuki Takahashi, consists of three television anime adaptations. The original 1998 anime series was produced by Toei Animation and was broadcast in Japan from April 4 to October 10, 1998, running for 27 episodes. Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters was animated by Studio Gallop and ran for 224 episodes, premiering in Japan on April 18, 2000 and concluding on September 29, 2004. Finally, Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters was a twelve-episode, anime-exclusive miniseries commissioned by 4Kids Entertainment for broadcast in the United States, where it aired from September 9 to November 25, 2006.

The franchise has since has spawned five spin-off series (Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters GX, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal, Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V, and Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS) as well as four animated films (The 1999 film, Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light, Yu-Gi-Oh!: Bonds Beyond Time, and Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions).

Theme songs[edit]

Opening themes[edit]


Title Vocalist Episodes
A Yell of Thirst (渇いた叫び, Kawaita Sakebi) Field of View 1-27

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters

Title Vocalist Episodes
Voice CLOUD 1-48
Shuffle Masami Okui 49-80
Wild Drive Masato Nagai 81-131
Warriors Yuichi Ikusawa 132-189
Overlap Kimeru 190-224

Yu-Gi-Oh! (US) The US version of Yu-Gi-Oh! featured two tracks done on a synthesizer. Both are available in the album Music by 4Kids TV, and two other versions have been made available in Yu-Gi-Oh! Music to Duel By and Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie Soundtrack. The theme is composed by Wayne Sharpe and John Siegler.

Title Episodes
Yu-Gi-Oh! Season 1 Theme 1 - 55, 122 - 224
Yu-Gi-Oh! Season 2 Theme 56 - 121

Ending themes[edit]


Title Vocalist Episodes
Even if You Break Tomorrow (明日もし君が壊れても, Ashita Moshi Kimi ga Kowaretemo) WANDS 1-27

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters

Title Vocalist Episodes
Energizing Shower (元気のシャワー, Genki no Shawā) Aki Maeda 1-48
The Afternoon of that Day (あの日の午後, Ano Hi no Gogo) Masami Okui 49-80
Paradise (楽園, Rakuen) CAVE 81-131
These Overflowing Feelings Don't Stop (あふれる感情がとまらない, Afureru Kanjō ga Tomaranai) Yuichi Ikusawa 132-189
EYE'S Yuichi Ikusawa 190-224

Yu-Gi-Oh! (1998) episode list[edit]

# Title Original air date
1"Furious Battle - A Shadow Game"
"Gekiretsu Batoru - Yami no Gēmu" (激烈バトル 闇のゲーム)
April 4, 1998[1]
A shy and meek young boy named Yugi Mutou is a student, who is bullied by his classmate Katsuya Jonouchi. The hall monitor, Tetsu Ushio, forcibly becomes Yugi's bodyguard, beating up Jonouchi and Hiroto Honda, and then says that Yugi owes him money. Ushio later beats up Yugi, but Jonouchi and Honda try to intervene, only to be beaten up as well. One day, Yugi solves the Millennium Puzzle after working on it for eight years, heralding the return of the Shadow Games. In the process, he unknowingly changes his own life forever by releasing an alter-ego, who is the "King of Games", and challenges Ushio to a Shadow Game. Ushio loses after a failed attempt to cheat, and Yugi enforces a Penalty Game upon him, which results in Ushio hallucinating that there were monsters coming out of a body of water that were about to eat him. After all of that, Yugi, Honda, and Jonouchi become life-long friends, with Yugi's childhood friend, Anzu Mazaki, and Honda's crush, Miho Nosaka, joining the group.
2"The Devil Gamer - The Trap of Hell"
"Akuma Gēmā - Jigoku no Wana" (悪魔ゲーマー 地獄の罠)
April 11, 1998[2]
A criminal escapes from jail, disguises himself and gets a job at the restaurant Burger World. When his true identity is exposed, he holds the restaurant and the people inside hostage, including Yugi, Honda, Jonouchi, and Miho, while also taking Anzu as a prisoner. When Yugi reacts angrily to the criminal slapping Anzu, his other self in the Millennium Puzzle emerges and wastes no time in challenging the criminal to a Shadow Game in order to get her back. The game this time is that the two contestants are allowed to choose one finger to use, as soon as the game begins they can do whatever they wish with it, the criminal chooses his pointer to fire a gun, but is outsmarted when Yugi uses his to light a lighter to light his cigarette, but then puts it on his hand, so that if he tries to fire, the lighter will ignite the alcohol he is about to consume. However, the prisoner decides to cheat and uses his other hand to remove the lighter, before attempting to kill Yami Yugi with his gun. As punishment, Yami Yugi subjects him to a Penalty Game, causing the criminal to believe he is on fire. As a result, Anzu develops a crush on the man who saved her, unaware that it was Yugi's alter-ego.
3"Clash! The Strongest Monster"
"Gekitotsu! Saikyō no Monsutā" (激突!最強のモンスター)
April 18, 1998[3]
Seto Kaiba, a new student in Yugi's class is a Duel Monsters expert and the head of a company known as the Kaiba Corporation. After he steals the Blue-Eyes White Dragon from Yugi's grandfather, Yugi's other self challenges Kaiba to a duel where the monsters from the cards are real. The game ends in a tie, and Yugi gets his Grandpa's card back.
4"Theft! The Legendary Super Rare Watch"
"Gōdatsu! Chō Maboroshi no Geki Rea Tokei" (強奪!超幻の激レア時計)
April 25, 1998[4]
Honda buys a watch for Miho, and he gets lucky because he gets the last one. When a guy that obsessively collects watches sees that there aren't anymore watches, he steals the watch from Honda who in turn gets slapped by an angry Miho. Yugi follows and gets beaten up as he attempts to reclaim the watch. However, when the guy manages to beat him, Yugi's alter-ego emerges, who promptly challenges him to a Shadow Game for the watch. The watch collector loses and Yugi returns the watch to Miho. As punishment, the man becomes a living watch with watches embedded in his entire body, to reflect his obsession for watches.
5"Now Revealed!! Yugi's Secret"
"Ima Abakareru!! Yūgi no Himitsu" (今暴かれる!!遊戯の秘密)
May 2, 1998[5]
A man from ancient Egypt comes to the museum where he sees Yugi with the Millennium Puzzle. He travels in Yugi's mind to see if the puzzle really belongs to Yugi. In there, the man from Egypt is challenged to a game where he must find the alter-ego's "True Room". The man from Egypt loses and he tells Yugi that he really is the owner of the Millennium Puzzle. He also reveals his name to be Shadi.
6"Desperate Situation!! The Passionate Battle of Friendship."
"Zettai Zetsumei!! Atsuki Yūjō Kessen" (絶体絶命!!熱き友情決戦)
May 9, 1998[6]
Shadi, the man from Egypt, attacks Yoshimori. He then infiltrates Yugi's mind room in order to force Yugi's alter ego into a shadow game.
7"The Underhanded Digital Pet Rebellion"
"Urawaza Dejitaru Petto Sōdō" (裏技デジタルペット騒動)
May 16, 1998[7]
The popularity of Digital Pets leads to a contest, and Honda trains Miho's pet, so they can take the paid trip. Meanwhile, Yugi is worried for his friend Hayama, who seems to be pressured into some shady business by the bullying Kujirada. However, Hayama turns out to be controlling Kujirada by giving him money; Yugi plays a shadow game with Kujirada involving their Digital Pets and wins.
8"The Four Game Masters Finally Move Out"
"Gēmu Shitennō Tsuini Ugoku" (ゲーム四天王ついに動く)
May 23, 1998[8]
Yugi is kidnapped by Kaiba, and forced to duel the first of his four Game Masters, Count Ridley Sheldon who has a strong obsession with dolls. Can Yugi defeat his doll monsters?
9"Explosion - The Ultimate Secret Yo-Yo Technique"
"Sakuretsu - Yō-Yō Kyūkyoku no Higi" (炸裂 ヨーヨー究極の秘技)
May 30, 1998[9]
The gang is concerned and confused when they see Jonouchi with a gang wielding yo-yos as weapons. Has he turned his back on his friends for good?
10"The Pressing Beautiful Teacher - The Secret Mask"
"Semaru Bijin Kyōshi - Himitsu no Kari" (迫る美人教師 秘密の仮)
June 6, 1998[10]
Anzu clashes with the beautiful but strict Ms. Chono, and organizes a petition to change the school rules. But Chono's underhanded counterattack threatens to ruin the petition, forcing Yugi to step in, and ensure that Chono gets what she deserves.
11"The Rumored Capmon - It's a New Arrival"
"Uwasa no Kapumon - Shin Tōjō da ze" (噂のカプモン 新登場だぜ)
June 13, 1998[11]
Yugi's friend Warashibe is obsessed with Capsule Monsters, and Miho. When she spurns his advances, Warashibe decides to eliminate her friends--his competition for her affection. In revenge, Warashibe poisons Anzu, Jonouchi, and Honda with tainted water, causing the three teenagers to fall ill during class, and forcing them to be sent to the Nurse's Office for treatment. An enraged Miho confronts Warashibe, but Warashibe manages to beat her. When things gets crazy, Yugi interveres and challenges Warashibe to a Capsule Monsters game with a twist. Thanks to Yugi's powers, the monsters themselves are brought to life. Now it's up to Yugi to end Warashibe's prank and his unhealthy obsession with Miho once and for all.
12"The Extremely Lucky Enemy - The Invincible Legend"
"Kyōun wo Yobu Teki - Fuhai no Shinwa" (強運を呼ぶ敵 不敗の神話)
June 20, 1998[12]
Game show champion Ryuichi Fuwa (Kaiba's second game Master) moves to Domino City and starts attending Domino High, ending up in the same class as Yugi and the gang. Although he seems friendly, Ryuichi's tactics for summoning Yugi's alter-ego soon turn dangerous...
13"Target the Schoolgirls - The Fangs of Great Prophecies"
"Onna Seito wo Nerau - Dai Yogen no Kiba" (女生徒を狙う 大予言の牙)
June 27, 1998[13]
Fraudulent psychic Kokurano has his eyes on Anzu. Though Anzu does not believe his predictions at first, her desire to see her mysterious savior leads her right into Kokurano's grasp. Then Yugi challenges him to a shadow game. The episode ends with Anzu discovering a burn mark on Yugi's hand, causing her to realize that Yugi saved her (since both Yugi and his alter-ego share the same body).
14"A Bomb Game Makes for the Worst Date"
"Bakuha Gēmu de Saiaku Dēto" (爆破ゲームで最悪デート)
July 4, 1998[14]
When Anzu realizes that Yugi is her mysterious crush, she invites him on a date to an amusement park, intending to "put herself" in danger to see his alter-ego. But she finds herself in real danger when a mad bomber challenges Yugi to a twisted card game of balloons and explosions.
15"Scary Woman!! Unable to Transform"
"Kowai Onna!! Henshin Dekinai" (怖〜い女!!変身できない)
July 11, 1998[15]
A new girl named Risa Kageyama wants Yugi's rare Violet Hectate card, and tries to get to it by pretending to be Yugi's girlfriend (much to Anzu's anger).
16"Turnabout by a Hair's Breadth - The White-Robed Crisis"
"Ippatsu Gyakuten - Hakui no Kiki" (イッパツ逆転 白衣の危機)
July 18, 1998[16]
Jonouchi has a crush on Miyuki, who is the nurse taking care of his sister, Shizuka. But when a corrupt doctor who is more interested in playing golf than caring for the well-being of his own patients fires her, Jonouchi is forced to keep his mouth shut, because if he talks, Shizuka will be kicked out of the hospital. As a result of seeing his distress, Yugi's alter-ego emerges, intending to challenge the doctor to a Shadow Game, with the hope of stopping the doctor for good.
17"A Last Minute Match - The Model that Invites"
"Girigiri Shōbu - Izanau Moderu" (ギリギリ勝負 誘うモデル)
July 25, 1998[17]
Kaiba's third Game Master, the famous model Aileen Rao, challenges Yugi to a game of Raijinhai. Aileen also happens to be Anzu's model, and also prides herself on taking away the most important things from the ones she defeats. If Yugi loses, then Aileen's pet tiger will attack Anzu, the most important person to him. This forces Yugi's alter-ego to emerge and play a game in hopes of saving Anzu's life.
18"Don't Touch the Forbidden Game"
"Kindan Gēmu ni Tewodasuna" (禁断ゲームに手を出すな)
August 1, 1998[18]
Yugi befriends a bullied boy named Imori, and the two discover the forbidden game Dragon Block. The evil game takes control of Imori, and then he challenges a clueless Yugi to play the game. The evil Imori overcomes Yugi, causing him to lose his soul. However, it turns out that Yugi's other self is still there, and Imori challenges him to a game of Dragon Block, with both of their souls on the line.
19"The Great Melee!! A Popularity Contest"
"Dai Ransen!! Ninki Kontesuto" (大乱戦!!人気コンテスト)
August 8, 1998[19]
With Honda's support, Miho enters a popularity contest against arrogant school beauty Kaoruko Himekoji. When Kaoruko resorts to cheating and hurts Miho, Yugi challenges her to a shadow game she is bound to lose.
20"It's Here!! The Strongest and Final Trump Card"
"Deta!! Saikyō Saigo no Kirifuda" (出た!!最強最後の切り札)
August 15, 1998[20]
Kaiba's butler Daimon, an old man kept alive through machinery, duels Yugi as the final Game Master. In the process, he reveals how Kaiba used to be, and implores Yugi to restore Kaiba's kindness.
21"Complete!! The Ultimate Game Land"
"Kansei!! Kyūkyoku no Gēmu Rando" (完成!!究極のゲームランド)
August 22, 1998[21]
Kaiba kidnaps Yugi's grandfather, and dares him to come to Death-T, an amusement park full of death trap games. But Yugi is hesitant to put his friends in danger.
22"Breakthrough - Borderline Shooting"
"Yabure - Genkai Shūtingu" (破れ 限界シューティング)
August 29, 1998[22]
Yugi and his friends heads through Death-T, making their way through a laser tag game with actual lasers, and a game of wits with a giant killer robot.
23"Capumon King! Showdown for the Top!!"
"Kapumon Ō! Chōjō Kessen!!" (カプモン王!頂上決戦!!)
September 5, 1998[23]
With Honda seemingly dead, an enraged Yugi battles Mokuba, Kaiba's younger brother, in Capsule Monster Chess. This is the first time Jonouchi and Miho see his alter-ego. After Mokuba loses and faces the penalty of the Penalty Game, Yugi saves him, ultimately going to Death-T 5, to defeat Seto Kaiba in a game of Duel Monsters.
24"Now! The Time of Decision and the Miracle Friendship"
"Ima! Ketchaku no Toki Kiseki no Yūjō" (今!決着の時奇跡の友情)
September 12, 1998[24]
With the lives of his grandfather and friends at stake, Yugi duels Kaiba, with his three Blue-Eyes White Dragons, while Jonouchi and Miho battle Ryuichi and Aileen. With his friends's support, Yugi pulls off the unbeatable combo--Exodia.
25"A New Development - The Handsome Boy who Attacks"
"Aratanaru Tenkai Osō Bishōnen" (新たなる展開 襲う美少年)
September 26, 1998[25]
Yugi and his friends meet Ryo Bakura, a gentle new student with an interest in role-playing games. Little do they know that he has an alter ego as well, one that seeks to take Yugi's Millennium Puzzle for himself. He also had a history of playing shadow games with people, although people are unaware that it was Bakura's alter-ego. One day, Yugi and his friends visit Bakura's house to ask if they play a game of Monster World. They end up playing, but with a twist - players that are defeated will have their souls transferred into their respective figures.
26"Clash of Rivals - The Greatest Pinch"
"Raibaru Gekitotsu - Saidai Pinchi" (ライバル激突 最大ピンチ)
October 3, 1998[26]
Yugi's other soul aids the others, who are reduced to figurines, against Dark Bakura and his RPG (Role Playing Game)'s boss, Dark Master Zorc. Both Yugis see each other for the first time, and although Yugi's friends are surprised that there are two Yugis, they do not believe that it matters. They continue the game and eventually defeat Zorc.
27"Friendship - From Legend to Myth"
"Yūjō - Densetsu Kara Shinwa e" (友情 伝説から神話へ)
October 10, 1998[27]
Even when seemingly defeated, Zorc rises again and threatens to overwhelm the gang. It is up to Bakura to defeat his evil counterpart with the other Yugi and the group aiding him. Eventually, Ryo Bakura is able to shatter Dark Bakura's possessed dice, saved from death himself by Yugi's friends, and allowing the gang to win the game. Afterwards, their souls are freed from their figurine look-alikes.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters episode list[edit]

Season 1: Duelist Kingdom (2000–01)[edit]

Duelist Kingdom

No. in series No. in season English dub title/Original translated title
Original Japanese title
Original airdate English airdate
11"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, 2000September 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".
22"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, 2000October 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.
33"Journey to the Duelist Kingdom" / "The Lost Exodia"
"Ushinawareshi Ekuzodia" (失われしエクゾディア)
May 5, 2000October 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.
44"Into the Hornet's Nest" / "The Insector Combination"
"Insekutā Konbo" (インセクターコンボ)
May 9, 2000October 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.
55"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, 2000October 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.
66"First Duel" / "The Beautiful Harpy Ladies"
"Kareinaru Hāpi Redi" (華麗なるハーピィ・レディ)
May 23, 2000November 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.
77"Attack from the Deep" / "The Sea-God Leviathan"
"Kaishin Ribaiasan" (海神リバイアサン)
May 30, 2000November 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.
88"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, 2000November 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.
99"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, 2000November 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.
1010"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, 2000December 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.
1111"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, 2000December 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.
1212"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, 2000January 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.
1313"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, 2000January 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.
1414"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, 2000February 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.
1515"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, 2000February 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.
1616"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, 2000February 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.
1717"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, 2000February 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.
1818"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, 2000February 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.
1919"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, 2000March 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.
2020"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, 2000March 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.
2121"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, 2000March 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.
2222"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, 2000April 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.
2323"Face Off, Part 2" / "Strongest! Splendid! Ultimate Dragon"
"Saikyō! Karei! Kyūkyoko Ryū" (最強! 華麗! 究極竜)
September 26, 2000April 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.
2424"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, 2000April 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.
2525"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, 2000April 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.
2626"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, 2000May 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.
2727"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, 2000May 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.
2828"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, 2000August 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.
2929"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, 2000August 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.
3030"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, 2000August 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.
3131"Keith's Machinations, Part 1" / "Cruel – Heavy Metal Deck"
"Kyōaku Jūkikai Dekki" (凶悪 重機械デッキ)
November 21, 2000September 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.
3232"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, 2000September 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.
3333"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, 2000September 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.
3434"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, 2000September 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.
3535"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, 2000September 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.
3636"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, 2000September 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.
3737"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, 2001September 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.
3838"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, 2001September 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.
3939"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, 2001October 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.
4040"Aftermath" / "King of Duelists"
"Kingu obu Dyuerisuto" (キング オブ デュエリスト)
January 30, 2001October 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
4141"The Wrath of Rebecca" / "The Girl from America"
"Amerika kara Kita Shōjo" (アメリカからきた少女)
February 6, 2001October 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.
4242"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, 2001October 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.
4343"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, 2001October 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.
4444"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, 2001October 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.
4545"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, 2001October 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
4646"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, 2001November 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.
4747"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, 2001November 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.
4848"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, 2001November 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.
4949"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, 2001November 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.

Season 2: Rulers of the Duel (2001–02)[edit]

No. in series No. in season English dub title/Original translated title
Original Japanese title
Original airdate English airdate
501"The Mystery Duelist, Part 1"
"Challenge from the Past — The Terrifying Zera" (過去からの挑戦 戦慄のゼラ)
April 10, 2001November 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?
512"The Mystery Duelist, Part 2"
"The Shattered Millennium Puzzle" (砕かれた千年パズル)
April 17, 2001November 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?
523"The Past is Present"
"The Pharaoh's Lost Memories" (失われた王の記憶)
April 24, 2001November 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.
534"Steppin' Out"
"The Fiery Dance Battle" (炎のダンスバトル)
May 1, 2001November 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!
545"Obelisk the Tormentor"
"This City Will Become Battle City!" (この町は, バトルシティとなる!)
May 8, 2001November 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!
556"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, 2001December 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...
567"Yugi VS the Rare Hunter, Part 1"
"Clash! Battle City Begins" (激闘! バトルシティ開幕)
May 15, 2001January 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!
578"Yugi VS the Rare Hunter, Part 2"
"Reversal — Chain Destruction" (逆転 連鎖破壊)
May 22, 2001January 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?
589"Espa Roba — The ESP Duelist, Part 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, 2001January 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?
5910"Espa Roba — The ESP Duelist, Part 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, 2001February 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?
6011"The Master of Magicians, Part 1"
"The Black Magician Master — Pandora" (ブラックマジシャン使い パンドラ)
June 19, 2001February 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!
6112"The Master of Magicians, Part 2"
"Black Magic of the Soul" (魂のブラックマジック)
June 26, 2001February 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!
6213"The Master of Magicians, Part 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, 2001February 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!
6314"Playing with a Parasite, Part 1"
"The Trap of Revenge — Rampage! Paraside" (復讐の罠 暴走! パラサイド)
July 10, 2001February 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!
6415"Playing with a Parasite, Part 2"
"The Steel Knight — Gearfried" (鋼鉄の騎士 ギアフリード)
July 17, 2001February 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?
6516"Mime Control, Part 1"
"Malik's Opening Play: The God Combo" (マリク始動 神のコンボ)
July 24, 2001March 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.
6617"Mime Control, Part 2"
"Osiris the Heaven Dragon" (オシリスの天空竜)
July 31, 2001March 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.
6718"Mime Control, Part 3"
"Overcoming God! The Ultimate Infinite Loop!" (神を越えろ! 究極の無限ループ)
August 7, 2001March 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?
6819"Legendary Fisherman, Part 1"
"Invisible Enemy — Sea Stealth II" (見えない敵 シーステルスII)
August 14, 2001March 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.
6920"Legendary Fisherman, Part 2"
"The Legendary Fisherman" (伝説のフィッシャーマン)
August 21, 2001March 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?
7021"Double Duel, Part 1"
"The Mask's Curse — The High Altitude Duel" (仮面の呪縛 高層デュエル)
August 28, 2001May 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.
7122"Double Duel, Part 2"
"Sealed God Cards" (封じられた神のカード)
September 4, 2001May 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.
7223"Double Duel, Part 3"
"Unite!" (結束せよ!)
September 11, 2001May 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. Meanwhile, Téa helps Mokuba escape the Rare Hunters in order to get help for her and Joey.
7324"Double Duel, Part 4"
"The Giant God Soldier of Obelisk" (オベリスクの巨神兵)
September 18, 2001May 24, 2003
Yugi and Kaiba finally overcome and defeat Lumis and Umbra with Valkyrion the Magna Warrior and Obelisk The Tormentor, but Marik still has Joey and Téa...
7425"The Rescue"
"Bonds" (絆)
September 25, 2001June 14, 2003
As they head via helicopter to Marik's hideout, Yugi and Kaiba discuss the events of the past. Meanwhile, Téa and Joey are brainwashed by Marik as a part of his diabolical plan to lure Yugi into a deadly and inescapable trap.
7526"Friends 'Til the End, Part 1"
"A Cruel Duel — Yugi Vs. Jonouchi" (非情の決闘 遊戯vs城之内)
October 2, 2001June 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!
7627"Friends 'Til the End, Part 2"
"Awaken! Red-Eyes Black Dragon of Friendship" (届け!友情の真紅眼の黒竜)
October 9, 2001July 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 mind control over Joey. When that fails, he gives Joey the Millennium Puzzle in the hopes of trying to save him. Meanwhile, Tristan and Serenity are chased and pursued by the Rare Hunters.
7728"Friends 'Til the End, Part 3"
"The Countdown to Despair" (絶望へのカウントダウン)
October 16, 2001July 12, 2003
An enraged Marik finds his mind controlling hold over Joey slowly 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, with the latter driving them to the location of the duel between Yugi and Joey.
7829"Friends 'Til the End, Part 4"
"Attack Me! The Fated Last Turn" (ボクを撃て!運命のラストターン)
October 23, 2001July 19, 2003
Joey finally breaks free of Marik's mind 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?
7930"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, 2001August 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 some locator cards, and finds the perfect victims in the form of Bonz and his gang...
8031"Lights, Camera, Duel"
"Ninja Master Magnum Enters" (忍者使いマグナム見参)
November 6, 2001August 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?
8132"Let the Finals Begin!"
"Battle Ship Takes Off!" (バトルシップ発進!)
November 13, 2001August 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 to Yugi and co. under the false identity of 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.
8233"The Dark Spirit Revealed, Part 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, 2001September 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 exactly is he planning?
8334"The Dark Spirit Revealed, Part 2"
"The Death-Calling Ouija Board" (死を呼ぶウィジャ盤)
November 27, 2001September 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 should it truly succeed from within its full activation...
8435"The Dark Spirit Revealed, Part 3"
"Smash the Darkness — God Attacks!" (闇を砕け 神の一撃!)
November 27, 2001September 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.
8536"Rage of the Egyptian Gods"
"Hidden Power — The Purpose of the God Cards" (秘められた力 神のカードの謎)
December 4, 2001September 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 Téa's mind to take Bakura's Millennium Ring, in order to gain a leverage over Yami Bakura.
8637"Awakening of Evil, Part 1"
"Jounouchi Vs the Trap Deck" (城之内vsトラップデッキ!)
December 11, 2001September 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!
8738"Awakening of Evil, Part 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, 2001September 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!
8839"Awakening of Evil, Part 3"
"Summon the Winged Sun Dragon of Ra" (ラーの翼神竜を召喚せよ)
December 25, 2001September 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.
8940"Awakening of Evil, Part 4"
"Ra's Fury — Stand up Jonouchi!" (ラーの怒り 立て! 城之内)
January 8, 2002October 4, 2003
The counterfeit Ra knocks out Odion and Joey, and Kaiba decides the winner will be whoever stands up first. Joey 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. 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.
9041"Mind Game, Part 1"
"Mai vs. Marik — A Dark Duel" (舞vsマリク 闇のデュエル)
January 15, 2002October 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 too are her personal memories of her friends...
9142"Mind Game, Part 2"
"Capturing the God Card" (神のカードを奪え)
January 22, 2002October 11, 2003
Thanks to some strong and emotional support and encouragement from Yugi and his friends, Mai attempts to stand up and fight back against Yami Marik's mind torture towards her, leading to Mai stealing The Winged Dragon of Ra from his deck via a dueling strategy, but the monster can only be summoned by reciting the card's ancient text...
9243"Mind Game, Part 3"
"Mystery of the Hieratic Text" (古代神官文字の謎)
January 29, 2002October 11, 2003
Yami Marik recites the ancient text and summons Ra. With his victory, he banishes Mai to the Shadow Realm, where he plans to torture her for all of eternity...
9344"A Duel with Destiny, Part 1"
"Kaiba Vs. The 8th Duelist" (海馬vs8人目のデュエリスト)
February 5, 2002October 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 Tormentor back and save her brother from himself, as her Millennium Necklace shows her, and plants a trap in the midst of Kaiba's arrogance during their duel. While trying to call out to his sister, Marik is banished from his own body by the evil force controlling him.
9445"A Duel with Destiny, Part 2"
"An Attack that Changes the Future" (未来を変える一撃)
February 12, 2002October 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 an unexpected vision in the midst of the duel, which goes against Ishizu's own predictions...
9546"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, 2002October 25, 2003
Ishizu gives Yugi her Millennium Necklace and recounts the story of the Ishtar family, finally revealing the past tragedy that gave birth to Marik's evil side. After everyone goes to sleep, Marik (who finally discovered the truth while lurking in Téa's mind) uses Téa to deliver the spirits of Yami Bakura and himself into Bakura's body and confronts his evil half.
9647"Showdown in the Shadows, Part 1"
"Darkness Vs. Darkness" (闇 Vs. 闇)
February 26, 2002October 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 quite unconcerned about the current turn of events...
9748"Showdown in the Shadows, Part 2"
"One Turn Kill" (ONE TURN KILL)
March 5, 2002November 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 Téa's body again to warn Ishizu about his evil half's plans.

Season 3: Noah's Saga and Enter the Shadow Realm (2002–03)[edit]

Noah's Saga

No. in series No. in season English dub title/Original translated title
Original Japanese title
Original airdate English airdate
981"A Virtual Nightmare!"
"The Unknown Challenger — The Giant Mobile Fortress Surfaces!" (未知なる挑戦者 巨大機動要塞浮上!)
March 12, 2002November 1, 2003
On its way to the Battle City Finals, the KaibaCorp blimp is captured by a mysterious boy named Noah. Yugi, Kaiba, and the others are lured into a virtual world, where old enemies, the Big 5 (reduced to minds in programming), are waiting to exact their revenge.
992"Isolated in Cyber Space — Part 1"
"Deck Master Deep Sea Warrior" (デッキマスター 深海の戦士)
March 19, 2002November 8, 2003
Yugi faces off against Gansley, in the form of "Deepsea Warrior", but struggles with the complexities of the dueling field and the new rules. Tea faces peril from a vicious tribe of cyclopses while Kaiba and Mokuba are brought to a setting similar to their old orphanage.
1003"Isolated in Cyber Space — Part 2"
"The Terrifying Regeneration Combo" (恐怖の再生コンボ)
March 26, 2002November 8, 2003
Yugi's strategy is hindered by Gansley's Deck Master ability. Tristan and Duke face a mean dinosaur to save Serenity. Meanwhile, Kaiba and Mokuba confront painful visions of their miserable childhood, but within the heartache may lurk the key to Noah's true intentions...
1014"Isolated in Cyber Space — Part 3"
"The Rainbow Arch Strikes Back" (反撃のレインボーアーチ)
April 9, 2002November 15, 2003
With his life points almost gone and Gansley's strategy working perfectly, Yugi calls on his Deck Master Kuriboh to help him win the duel. In a different realm of cyberspace, Téa's kidnapped by a group of Hitotsu-Me Giants, but is later saved by a penguin.
1025"Freeze Play — Part 1"
"Duel on Ice — Anzu Targeted" (氷上の決闘 狙われた杏子)
April 16, 2002November 15, 2003
Téa is led by a penguin to Crump, in the form of Nightmare Penguin, who challenges her to a duel. She learns immediately that dueling in the virtual realm differs starkly from her previous duels, and starts to succumb to the virtual playing field.
1036"Freeze Play — Part 2"
"Shine! The Jewel of the Sage" (輝け! 賢者の宝石)
April 23, 2002November 22, 2003
Despite gaining a lead with Maha Vailo, Téa falls behind as Crump begins an assault on her life points, causing the ice around her to grow. With the help of her Deck Master, Dark Magician Girl, and Yugi's Dark Magician, Téa gains enough confidence to win.
1047"Courtroom Chaos — Part 1"
"Deck Master Judgeman's Judgement" (デッキマスター ジャッジマンの裁き)
April 30, 2002November 22, 2003
Joey faces the Big 5's lawyer, Johnson, in a courtroom duel. Joey pulls an early lead with his Deck Master, Flame Swordsman, but Johnson's Deck Master, Judge Man, has abilities of his own.
1058"Courtroom Chaos — Part 2"
"Gamble to Victory" (勝利への賭け)
May 7, 2002November 29, 2003
Joey attempts to pull through with several luck-based cards, but Johnson's cheating tactics ruin all his chances, until an angry Noah puts a stop to him.
1069"Mechanical Mayhem — Part 1"
"A Man's Path of Glory — Honda's Honorable Defeat" (男の花道 本田玉砕)
May 14, 2002November 29, 2003
Tristan, Duke and Serenity duel Nesbitt, the Big 5's mechanical expert. Serenity's lack of experience with the game and Nesbit's powerful machine monsters create a tragic end for Tristan.
10710"Mechanical Mayhem — Part 2"
"Saint Jannu's Trinity Attack" (聖女ジャンヌ三位一体の攻撃)
May 21, 2002December 6, 2003
With Tristan gone and Serenity in shock, Duke attempts to defeat Nesbitt by himself. But when Orgoth the Relentless is destroyed by his Perfect Machine King, Duke tries to help Serenity regain confidence in her abilities. The two later remember Tristan's face down card, hoping it will help them win.
10811"Settling the Score — Part 1"
"Kidnapped Mokuba — Kaiba vs. Psycho Shocker" (さらわれたモクバ 海馬vsサイコショッカー)
May 28, 2002December 13, 2003
As Nesbitt (in Tristan's body) kidnaps Mokuba, Kaiba is forced to duel Leichter, the former assistant to his stepfather. For Leichter, the duel is personal, as he plans to take what he believes is rightfully his—KaibaCorp. Meanwhile, Tristan rejoins the group; his friends do not recognize him, since his mind has been downloaded into a mechanical monkey.
10912"Settling the Score — Part 2"
"Attacks from Outer Space — Satellite Cannon" (宇宙からの攻撃 サテライトキャノン)
June 4, 2002December 20, 2003
With Lector's Jinzo Deck Master destroying all of Kaiba's traps, Imperial Order destroying all his spell cards, and Lector's unreachable Satellite Cannon striking from space, Kaiba doesn't seem to stand a chance. Mokuba's unwavering faith in Kaiba keeps him believing that his brother will pull out with a victory, but Noah has plans to ruin their brotherhood.
11013"Noah's Secret"
"The Deepening Mystery — Noah Kaiba" (深まる謎 乃亜の正体)
June 11, 2002January 10, 2004
Yugi, Kaiba, and Tea are separated from the others as the Big 5 (minus Nesbitt) plan to take their bodies anyway. As Noah tortures Kaiba by brainwashing Mokuba, he reveals his true identity as Gozaboro Kaiba's biological son.
11114"Merger of the Big Five — Part 1"
"Big 5's Counterattack" (ビッグ5の逆襲)
June 18, 2002January 17, 2004
Noah gives the Big Five one last chance to redeem themselves in a five-on-two tag team duel where Yugi and Joey take on the entire Big Five, who are using Tristan's body.
11215"Merger of the Big Five — Part 2"
"Target: Jonouchi — The Teamwork Play to Victory" (狙われた城之内 勝利への連係プレー)
June 25, 2002January 24, 2004
The Big 5 attempt various strategies of victory, with the aim of eliminating Joey first. However, their poor teamwork soon puts Yugi and Joey ahead. Leichter then calls their most powerful monster to the field, the Five Head Dragon.
11316"Merger of the Big Five — Part 3"
"Defeat it! Five-Headed Dragon" (倒せ! ファイブゴッドドラゴン)
July 2, 2002January 31, 2004
Yugi and Joey are forced to use their strongest monsters to take down the Five-Headed Dragon.
11417"Brothers in Arms — Part 1"
"Noa vs. Seto — The Duel of Heaven and Earth's Creation" (乃亜vs瀬人 天地創造の決闘)
July 16, 2002February 7, 2004
Kaiba and Noah duel for full control of KaibaCorp, but Noah's revelations and constant manipulation of the playing field complicate things for Kaiba.
11518"Brothers in Arms — Part 2"
"The Invincible Deck Master — The Miracle Ark" (無敵デッキマスター 奇跡の箱舟)
July 23, 2002February 14, 2004
Noah's Shinato's Ark puts Kaiba in a difficult position, as he scrambles to find a winning strategy.
11619"Brothers in Arms — Part 3"
"Save Mokuba! The Seventh Turn of Fate" (モクバを救え! 運命の第七ターン)
July 30, 2002February 21, 2004
Kaiba regains control of the duel, but Noah brings a brainwashed Mokuba out to hinder his plans. After finally breaking through to Mokuba, Kaiba tries to embrace his brother before Noah, jealous over their close relationship, turns them to stone.
11720"Noah's Final Threat — Part 1"
"Change of Decks — Yugi vs. Noa" (引き継ぎし山札 遊戯vs乃亜)
August 6, 2002February 28, 2004
Enraged at Noah's cruel games, Yugi takes over for Kaiba and duels Noah with only 400 life points.
11821"Noah's Final Threat — Part 2"
"LP 10000 vs. 100!!" (LP 10000vs100!!)
August 18, 2002March 6, 2004
Yugi's efforts to win the duel are further complicated by Noah, who turns all of his friends into stone statues, leaving Yugi feeling alone and without hope.
11922"So Close Yet So Far"
"Darkness of the Kaiba Family" (海馬家の闇)
August 20, 2002March 20, 2004
Gozaboro Kaiba reveals himself and plans to virtualize the entire world to create a digital kingdom. With Noah's unlikely aid, Yugi and the others must escape while fending off memories from the past.
12023"Burying the Past — Part 1"
"Exodia Necross" (エクゾディア·ネクロス)
August 27, 2002April 3, 2004

Using Mokuba's body, Noah escapes and sets the virtual world to self-destruct. But Mokuba's kindness breaks through his heart, and he tries to set the others free. Meanwhile, Kaiba duels Gozaboro, who summons a seemingly unstoppable monster—Exodia Necross.

Note: When aired in Japan, it was an hour-long special.
12124"Burying the Past — Part 2"
"Escape!!" (脱出!!)
August 27, 2002April 17, 2004

Yami Marik destroys the computers in the control room, disabling the controls for the self-destruct mechanism, which turns the situation desperate. Meanwhile, Kaiba defeats Gozoboro Kaiba, and he and Yugi rush to the exit before the virtual world explodes. Noah erases Gozoboro's files and releases his mind, and finally makes peace with his family, and prepares for the destruction of the virtual world.

Note: When aired in Japan, it was an hour-long special.

Enter the Shadow Realm

No. in series No. in season English dub title/Original translated title
Original Japanese title
Original airdate English airdate
12225"Back to Battle City — Part 1"
"The Place of the Finals — Alcatraz" (決戦の地 アルカトラズ)
August 27, 2002May 1, 2004
Yugi and the others arrive at KaibaCorp Island and The Battle City Finals resume. To decide who will duel whom, the four duelists--Yugi, Joey, Kaiba, and Marik-- face each other in a four-way duel in the duel tower
12326"Back to Battle City — Part 2"
"Battle Royale!" (バトルロイヤル!)
September 3, 2002May 8, 2004
The four-way duel continues with Joey determined to duel Marik in order to save Mai while Marik and Kaiba both intend to face Yugi. Meanwhile, Ishizu reflects on her past.
12427"Back to Battle City — Part 3"
"The Respective Opponents" (それぞれの対戦者)
September 3, 2002May 15, 2004
With the conclusion of the four-way duel, the match-ups for the semi-finals are determined — Joey will duel Marik while Yugi will be facing off against Kaiba.
12528"The Darkness Returns — Part 1"
"The Dark Semi-Final Duel — Jonouchi vs. Marik" (闇の準決勝 城之内vsマリク)
September 10, 2002May 15, 2004

Marik brings Joey and himself to the Shadow Realm, where each duelist's heart is linked with his monsters, suffering the pain that the monsters feel.

Note: When aired in Japan, it was an hour-long special.
12629"The Darkness Returns — Part 2"
"The Hell Poet — Helpoemer" (地獄の詩人 ヘルポエマー)
September 17, 2002May 22, 2004

Marik's duel tactics eat away at Joey's deck and his life points. Joey's comeback strategy, however is hindered by Marik's new monster on Joey's side of the field.

Note: When aired in Japan, it was an hour-long special.
12730"The Darkness Returns — Part 3"
"The Turning of the Tide! Gilford the Lightning" (逆転! 稲妻の戦士)
September 24, 2002May 22, 2004
With life points dropping and his monsters unable to attack, Joey summons a monster that proves to be his saving grace, prompting Marik to unleash Ra.
12831"The Darkness Returns — Part 4"
"Jonouchi's Death" (城之内死す)
October 8, 2002May 29, 2004
Despite surviving Marik's onslaught, Joey is weakened by the shadow game's effects and succumbs just as he is about to win the duel. Yugi struggles to find hope after losing his best friend to the Shadow Realm.
12932"Clash in the Coliseum — Part 1"
"Tenkū Koroshiamu Yūgi vs Kaiba" (天空闘戯場 遊戯vs海馬)
October 15, 2002May 29, 2004
The second duel of the semi-finals begins with Yugi dueling Kaiba for the second spot in the grand final and the chance to duel Marik. Kaiba draws Obelisk on his first turn, but Yugi thwarts his attempts to summon it with Lightforce Sword.
13033"Clash in the Coliseum — Part 2"
"The Three Knights Used to Call God" (神を喚よぶ三騎士)
October 22, 2002June 5, 2004
Kaiba and Yugi compete to summon their monsters to the field, but each is hindered by the other's strategies.
13134"Clash in the Coliseum — Part 3"
"Clash! Osiris VS Obelisk" (激突! 神vs神)
October 29, 2002June 12, 2004
Kaiba is able to summon Obelisk the Tormentor, to the field, putting it at odds with Yugi's own Slifer the Sky Dragon.
13235"Clash in the Coliseum — Part 4"
"The Inherited Destined Duel" (受け継ぎし運命の決闘)
November 5, 2002June 19, 2004

With the destruction of both their monsters, Kaiba and Yugi are presented with a vision of the High Priest's legendary battle against the Pharaoh. Kaiba believes this to be a mere illusion, but Yugi knows it is a vision of the past. The duel continues with Kaiba and Yugi attacking with their signature cards.

Note: When aired in Japan, it was a 90-minute-long special.
13336"Clash in the Coliseum — Part 5"
"The Promise to a Friend — Red-Eyes Black Dragon" (友との誓い 真紅眼の黒竜)
November 12, 2002June 26, 2004

Kaiba gains a lead in the duel when he summons three Blue Eyes White Dragons. Yugi's hopes of winning come to an end, but receives some encouragement from Joey and stays strong in the game. Meanwhile, Joey's dreams and the ongoing duel cause Joey to awake.

Note: When aired in Japan, it was a 90-minute-long special.
13437"Clash in the Coliseum — Part 6"
"Destroy the Hatred! Black Paladin" (憎しみを撃て! ブラックパラディン)
November 19, 2002July 3, 2004

Kaiba's final move forces the duelists to use only three cards, forcing to use the best cards in the decks to win the duel.

Note: When aired in Japan, it was a 90-minute-long special.
13538"Battle for the Bronze — Part 1"
"The Mediocre's Road to Flame — Jonouchi vs. Kaiba" (炎の凡骨ロード 城之内vs海馬)
December 3, 2002July 10, 2004
Tired of Kaiba's constant ridicule, Joey challenges Kaiba for third place in the Battle City tournament.
13639"Battle for the Bronze — Part 2"
"Burū-Aizu Howaito Doragon vs Burū-Aizu Howaito Doragon" (青眼の白龍vs青眼の白龍)
December 10, 2002July 17, 2004
Joey manages to gain one of Kaiba's strongest cards to help him advance in the duel. Meanwhile, Téa – possessed by the good half of Marik's soul – fights Yami Marik for control of the Millennium Rod.
13740"Battle for the Bronze — Part 3"
"The Path to Becoming a True Duelist" (真のデュエリストへの道)
December 17, 2002July 24, 2004
After defeating Joey and taking third place in the tournament, Kaiba plans to destroy the Duel Tower and bury his past forever. Ishizu and Mokuba convince him otherwise, and he gives Yugi one all-powerful card that could give him a chance to defeat Marik in the final duel.
13841"The Final Face Off — Part 1"
"The Final: Yugi vs Malik" (決勝戦 遊戯vsマリク)
December 24, 2002July 31, 2004
The final duel of Battle City begins. Yami Marik quickly turns it into a shadow game and sets it up so that if he or the Pharaoh loses, their host's soul will be destroyed. Yugi convinces the Pharaoh not to worry about him and to keep dueling to save Mai, Bakura and the good Marik. Yami Marik quickly discards his Winged Dragon of Ra to the graveyard, planning to revive it. Yugi manages to summon Slifer the Sky Dragon using his three Knights.
13942"The Final Face Off — Part 2"
"Devil's Sanctuary Activates!" (悪魔の聖域発動!)
January 7, 2003August 14, 2004
Marik uses Ra's effect to destroy Slifer and revives it once again to attack Yugi. Yugi plays the card Kaiba gave him, Fiend's Sanctuary, to stop Marik's attack. He then uses Multiply in order to summon Obelisk the Tormentor and devastate Marik.
14043"The Final Face Off — Part 3"
"Immortal Wall: God Slime" (不死の壁 ゴッドスライム)
January 14, 2003August 21, 2004
Marik's good half possesses Tea again and begs Yugi to destroy him along with his evil side,but he eventually weakens and begins fading away as his dark half loses life points. Yugi and the Pharaoh become hesitant to duel, not wanting to harm the good Marik. As he fades away, Marik appears to an unconscious Odion, thanks him for taking care of him and apologizes, wishing that he could take back his cruel actions. In a cliffhanger, Odion is revealed to have been awakened by Marik's apology.
14144"The Final Face Off — Part 4"
"Obelisk's Anger: Soul Energy—MAX)" (オベリスクの怒り ソウルエナジーMAX)
January 21, 2003August 28, 2004
Yugi continues fending off Marik's attacks, holding out until he has the cards he needs to defeat Marik. Finally, he summons Dark Magician and Dark Magician Girl and uses them to activate Ragnarok – a spell card with the ability to destroy all the monsters on Marik's field, including his Grapha dragon lord of dark world that he fused himself with. (The card actually negates and removes all cards Marik controls, at the cost of banishing all monsters to the graveyard that Yami Yugi has.) But Yami Marik claims that if Grapha is destroyed (which will leave the good Marik with only 1 life point), then the good Marik will be too weak to resist the power of the Shadow Realm, and will consequently lose his soul. Then, Odion arrives (although he is still weak), and tells Yami Marik that he has come to release his master (the good Marik), although Yami Marik counters this by saying that Marik's good half is almost completely gone, and that he is here to stay.
14245"The Final Face Off — Part 5"
"Battle City Ends!" (バトルシティ終結!)
January 28, 2003August 28, 2004
Odion tries to get the good Marik to resist his evil half. As a result, Yami Marik becomes angered, and attacks Odion with the Millennium Rod, which weakens Odion even more. Odion doesn't give up, despite Ishizu's protests. As Marik continues his onslaught (which begins to injure Odion), Odion tells Marik's good side that together, they had conquered his evil have before, and that they could do it again. Then, he tells the good Marik that since Yami Marik was created by the good Marik's hatred, he has the power to destroy him. As Yami Marik raises the Rod to deliver the final blow, the good Marik disappears from the field, and begins fighting against Yami Marik, who struggles for control over Marik's body, and refuses to be defeated. However, Marik's good half stalls Yami Marik long enough for Yugi to activate his spell card. Yugi's Ragnarok spell succeeds in destroying (and removing to the graveyard) Ra, allowing the good Marik to regain control of his body. However, a sliver of Yami Marik reappears on the field, although this time, he is the victim. Yami Marik tries to convince the good Marik to help him seize the Millennium Items and rule the world together, but fails as Marik has decided to stop being evil and make up for his actions. Marik surrenders the duel to Yugi, which sends Yami Marik to the Shadow Realm, ending the Battle City finals. Bakura and Mai are returned from the shadow realm and Marik is reunited with his siblings, who forgive him. Yugi receives the three Egyptian God Cards. Kaiba then activates the Duel Tower's self-destruct sequence, giving everybody one hour to get off the island before it explodes.
14346"One for the Road"
"The Destruction of Alcatraz" (アルカトラズ炎上)
February 4, 2003September 4, 2004
Yugi and the gang escape from the island in time, but they are forced to leave Kaiba and Mokuba behind. The brothers get away just as the island explodes using the Blue-Eyes White Jet. Yugi's group heads back to Domino City, where they say their farewells and go their separate ways.
14447"Looking Back and Moving Ahead"
"A Sign" (兆)
February 11, 2003September 4, 2004

Téa shows Serenity around the city, to all the sites of the important duels of the Battle City Tournament, while Joey duels Yugi to get his Red-Eyes Black Dragon back. Téa eventually meets up with Yugi, and they head off for further adventures.

Note: This episode recaps all the events of the Battle City Tournament.

Season 4: Waking the Dragons (2003)[edit]

No. in series No. in season English dub title/Original translated title
Original Japanese title
Original airdate English airdate
1451"A New Evil – Part 1"
"The Pulsation of a New Darkness" (新たなる闇の鼓動)
February 18, 2003 (2003-02-18)September 11, 2004 (2004-09-11)
Duel monsters are becoming real and Kaiba’s company receives the blame. Meanwhile, Yugi takes the Egyptian god cards to the museum to gain more answers about Yami’s past, but a dark force steals energy from the cards. The cards are later stolen by Gurimo and his team of bikers, the members of which possess the Seal of Orichalcos. Yugi challenges Gurimo to a duel for the Egyptian God Cards.
1462"A New Evil – Part 2"
"The Seal of Orichalcos" (オレイカルコスの結界)
February 25, 2003 (2003-02-25)September 18, 2004 (2004-09-18)
Yugi is almost overpowered by the Seal of Orichalcos' effects and Obelisk the Tormentor. He turns the duel around and manages to win, causing Gurimo's soul to be taken by the Seal of Orichalcos. Yugi and the others go to Arthur and Rebecca Hawkins for more help.
1473"Legend of the Dragons"
"Nameless Dragon — Timaeus" (名もなき竜 ティマイオス)
March 4, 2003 (2003-03-04)September 25, 2004 (2004-09-25)
Yugi and the Pharaoh are taken to the "Duel Monsters Spirit World", where they find three dragons frozen in crystal. Warned by Dark Magician Girl of Hades and how it will return to destroy the world, Yugi and the Pharaoh manage to release one of the dragons, Timaeus, and form a bond with it.
1484"The Creator Returns"
"The Invitation from Pegasus" (ペガサスからの招待状)
March 11, 2003 (2003-03-11)October 2, 2004 (2004-10-02)
Yugi, Joey, Tristan and Téa are warned by Pegasus of a new threat, prompting them to travel to Industrial Illusions to find out more. Meanwhile, Dartz sends an unlikely mercenary (Mai Valentine) to capture Pegasus’s soul. Kaiba learns that his company shares are being bought out by Pegasus, who challenges him to a duel.
1495"Deja Duel! – Part 1"
"The Nightmare of Toon World" (トゥーンワールドの悪夢)
March 18, 2003 (2003-03-18)October 9, 2004 (2004-10-09)
Kaiba and Mokuba go to Duelist Kingdom Island for Kaiba and Pegasus’s duel. Kaiba senses something strange about the duel and Pegasus, and soon learns that someone else is involved.
1506"Deja Duel! – Part 2"
"Awaken! Critias" (目覚めよ! クリティウス)
April 8, 2003 (2003-04-08)October 16, 2004 (2004-10-16)
Alister reveals himself, as well as his intentions for Kaiba, while locking him in the Seal of Orichalcos. The duel ends in a draw. Meanwhile, Yugi, Tea, Joey and Tristan prepare for their flight to Industrial Illusions.
1517"An Unexpected Enemy"
"An Unexpected Enemy" (予期せぬ敵)
April 15, 2003 (2003-04-15)October 23, 2004 (2004-10-23)
Yugi and the others are left stranded in the desert and surrounded by a gang of bikers. They are later saved by a mysterious female biker, later revealed to be Mai Valentine. They arrive at Pegasus's headquarters, only to be cornered by Mai, who has joined Dartz's team and challenges Joey to a duel.
1528"My Freaky Valentine – Part 1"
"Mai who Fell into Darkness" (闇に堕ちた舞)
April 22, 2003 (2003-04-22)October 23, 2004 (2004-10-23)
Mai confesses her reason for joining Dartz's team and overpowers Joey with her enhanced deck and the Seal of Orichalcos. Joey is forced to decide how to carry on with the duel.
1539"My Freaky Valentine – Part 2"
"Revive! The Third Dragon" (よみがえれ! 第三の竜)
April 29, 2003 (2003-04-29)October 30, 2004 (2004-10-30)
Mai continues to overpower Joey with her Harpie Ladies and the Seal. However, Joey is transported to the Dominion of the Beasts, where he releases the third dragon, Hermos.
15410"My Freaky Valentine – Part 3"
"The Miracle of Hermos" (ヘルモスの奇跡)
May 6, 2003 (2003-05-06)October 30, 2004 (2004-10-30)
Joey makes a comeback with the Claw of Hermos and nearly wins against Mai. Valon decides to step in and break the seal, causing the duel to end in a draw. Kaiba arrives at the Headquarters, and the group finds a digital message left by Pegasus. Pegasus warns them about the Great Leviathan and leaves them a card that can be used against Dartz.
15511"The Challenge"
"Target: Nameless Pharaoh" (ターゲットは名もなき王)
May 13, 2003 (2003-05-13)November 6, 2004 (2004-11-06)
The group heads off to find Professor Hawkins, only to discover he has been kidnapped by Rafael. Yugi leaves in the middle of the night to face Rafael alone. Meanwhile, Rex and Weevil follow Yugi to see his duel.
15612"Fate of the Pharaoh – Part 1"
"Yugi vs. Rafael — The Impregnable Guardian Deck" (遊戯vsラフェール 鉄壁のガーディアンデッキ)
May 20, 2003 (2003-05-20)November 6, 2004 (2004-11-06)
Rafael and Yami Yugi face off in a duel. Rafael reveals his past and his reasons for joining Dartz’s team.
15713"Fate of the Pharaoh — Part 2"
"The Truth of Doma" (ドーマの真実)
May 27, 2003 (2003-05-27)November 13, 2004 (2004-11-13)
Rafael maintains his lead over Yami Yugi in the duel, while accusing him of being an evil Pharaoh responsible for the chaos in the world. However, he is forced to give Yami Yugi the Seal of Orichalcos when Yami plays the Exchange spell card. Initially hesitant to use the Seal of Orichalcos, Yami Yugi plays it when he appears to be a turn away from losing, against Yugi’s advice. This causes Yugi's spirit to be imprisoned in an Orichalcos prison, and it also lets Yami Yugi's inner darkness to consume him.
15814"Fate of the Pharaoh – Part 3"
"The Darkness Within Yugi — Timaeus Disappears" (遊戯の中の闇 ティマイオス消滅)
June 3, 2003 (2003-06-03)November 13, 2004 (2004-11-13)
Under the influence of the Orichalcos, Yami Yugi ruthlessly attacks Rafael, using Catapult Turtle to sacrifice his monsters in order to drain Rafael's life points. However, when Rafael summons his ace monster, Guardian Eatos, he gains the upper hand; he has unlocked Yami Yugi's inner darkness, which caused him to duel recklessly, and he manages to turn the Pharaoh's own monsters against him, using Guardian Eatos's effects. This causes Guardian Eatos to gain attack points equal to the total attack points of all the monsters in Yami Yugi's Graveyard, allowing Eatos to power up to 10,000 attack points. When Eatos attacks, Yami Yugi loses the duel and almost has his soul taken, but Yugi uses the Millenium Puzzle to destroy his prison and steps in to save Yami Yugi. This causes Yugi's soul to be taken instead, devastating the Pharaoh. Meanwhile, Rex and Weevil jump onto Rafael's helicopter to join up with Dartz's team, in order to obtain the power of the Orichalcos.
15915"Trial by Stone"
"A Taken Soul" (引きさかれた魂)
June 10, 2003 (2003-06-10)November 20, 2004 (2004-11-20)
After Yugi sacrifices his soul to save Yami, the gang decides to seek out Dartz’s headquarters. They ask Kaiba to give them a ride, but he is enraged that Yugi lost to someone other than him. Meanwhile, Rex and Weevil join Dartz and gain the power of the Orichalcos.
16016"On the Wrong Track – Part 1"
"The Runaway Train Duel" (暴走特急デュエル)
June 24, 2003 (2003-06-24)November 20, 2004 (2004-11-20)
Yami and the rest of his friends take a train to get to the airport but the ride is interrupted when the group is separated. Rex challenges Joey to a duel, while Weevil goes up against Yami. Rex and Weevil both use the Seal of Orichalcos against their opponents.
16117"On the Wrong Track — Part 2"
"Power-Up Deck! Haga & Ryuzaki" (パワーアップデッキ! 羽蛾&竜崎)
June 24, 2003 (2003-06-24)November 27, 2004 (2004-11-27)

Without Yugi by his side to support him, Yami loses faith and is losing to Weevil. Joey struggles against Rex’s enhanced deck until he uses his Red-Eyes Black Dragon and Metalmorph combo.

Note: This episode and "On the Wrong Track — Part 1" aired in Japan as a one-hour special.
16218"On the Wrong Track – Part 3"
"Timaiosu Hatsudō Sezu" (ティマイオス発動せず)
July 1, 2003 (2003-07-01)November 27, 2004 (2004-11-27)
Joey plays Release Restraint on Gearfried the Iron Knight to summon Gearfried the Swordmaster, then fuses Hermos and Red-Eyes Black Dragon into Red-Eyes Black Dragon Sword to win the duel against Rex. Meanwhile, Yami is having trouble defeating Weevil without Timaeus, who has seemingly deserted him after Yugi's sacrifice. Weevil plays a cruel trick on Yami, who responds by ruthlessly discarding monsters and attacking Weevil repeatedly with Breaker the Magical Warrior long after the duel has ended; shortly after, the train falls off the edge of a cliff...
16319"Self Destruction"
"Confrontation! Two Yugis" (対決! 二人の遊戯)
July 8, 2003 (2003-07-08)January 29, 2005 (2005-01-29)
Yami and Téa awake after their sojourn from the train and are found by a sage named Ironheart, his granddaughter Chris, and their dog Sky. Yami asks Ironheart to hold on to the Eye of Timaeus until he feels ready to use it again, since it wouldn't work for him in his last duel. In an attempt to rescue Yugi, Yami enters the valley where lost souls come. He enters a circle containing Yugi's soul and tries to get him back, but Yugi angrily challenges him to duel. There, Yugi uses the same strategy that Yami used in his duel with Rafael, and activates the Seal of Orichalcos, much to Yami’s dismay. But in the end, Yami does the right thing and defeats Yugi, therefore defeating the darkness within him.
16420"Reliving the Past"
"Orichalcos Soldier" (オレイカルコス•ソルジャー)
July 22, 2003 (2003-07-22)January 29, 2005 (2005-01-29)
Just as Yami Yugi leaves the circle, Dartz summons a creature called Orichalcos Gigas to attack him. Despite his most valiant efforts, Yami Yugi can't defeat it. Every time he destroys it, it comes back stronger. Ironheart, Chris and Skye sacrifice themselves so that Timaeus can rejoin the Pharaoh. The Pharaoh wins, and he and Téa go in search of Joey and Tristan. Meanwhile, Joey and Tristan carry Rex’s body, when suddenly an explosion occurs up ahead.
16521"Deck of Armor"
"Valon Moves! The Mysterious Armor Deck" (ヴァロン始動! 謎のアーマーデッキ)
July 29, 2003 (2003-07-29)February 5, 2005 (2005-02-05)
Duke and Rebecca are about to reunite with Yami and the gang when they run into Mai and Valon. In order to prove himself to Mai, Valon accepts Rebecca's invitation to duel. Duke enters the fray as well. Despite their best efforts, Valon's mysterious Armor deck ultimately proves too strong to handle and they lose the duel, but are spared because Valon doesn't bother to use the Seal of Oricalcos on them. Meanwhile, Yugi, Joey, Tristan and Téa are close to meeting up with each other, while Kaiba and Mokuba head out on their private plane.
16622"Flight of Fear – Part 1"
"The Revenging Amelda — The Duel in Heaven" (復讐のアメルダ 大空中決闘)
August 12, 2003 (2003-08-12)February 5, 2005 (2005-02-05)
Alister has returned to finally get his revenge against Kaiba. He challenges him to a duel on Kaiba's plane. The two of them face off in a duel and Alister plays the Seal of Orichalcos. Kaiba refuses to take responsibility for what his father has done, and Alister shows Kaiba a vision of his past. Meanwhile, the Seal of Orichalcos short-circuits the plane and Mokuba takes the controls to keep them in the air.
16723"Flight of Fear – Part 2"
"Sky Fortress Ziggurat" (天空の要塞 ジグラート)
August 19, 2003 (2003-08-19)February 12, 2005 (2005-02-12)

The duel between Alister and Kaiba continues, with Alister summoning his powerful Sky Fortress Zuggurat. Meanwhile, Mokuba is having trouble controlling the airplane, narrowly escaping a collision with a mountain. Eventually, Roland arrives to help out. Kaiba fuses the Fang of Critias with Tyrant Wing and Blue-Eyes White Dragon to form Blue-Eyes Tyrant Dragon and win the duel against Alister. Critias, Hermos and Timaeus appear and help Kaiba land the plane safely where the Pharaoh and his friends are waiting. Meanwhile, Dartz manages to buy out the rest of Kaiba's company, making him the owner of KaibaCorp.

Note: This episode and "Paradise Found" aired in Japan as a one-hour special.
16824"Paradise Found"
"The Shadow of Dartz Creeps Near" (忍びよるダーツの影)
August 19, 2003 (2003-08-19)February 12, 2005 (2005-02-12)

Kaiba's company has been completely taken over by Dartz. Kaiba and Yami break into KaibaCorp headquarters to get information off of the company’s hard drive and end up fighting off an army of monsters. Rebecca hacks into the security system to help them out. The Seal of Orichalcos is revealed to be the symbol of the "Paradias Organization", of which Dartz is the leader. Joey runs off to Paradias headquarters to find Mai, while Tristan and Téa chase after him.

Note: This episode and "Flight of Fear — Part 2" aired in Japan as a one-hour special.
16925"Fighting for a Friend – Part 1"
"Clash! Jonouchi vs. Valon" (激突! 城之内vsヴァロン)
September 2, 2003 (2003-09-02)February 19, 2005 (2005-02-19)
Joey chases after Valon and challenges him to a duel. Tristan follows Joey, only to be cornered by Dartz’s Orichalcos soldier. Yami, Kaiba and the gang are stopped by an army of Orichalcos soldiers.
17026"Fighting for a Friend – Part 2"
"Fullarmor Gravitation" (フルアーマー•グラビテーション)
September 9, 2003 (2003-09-09)February 19, 2005 (2005-02-19)
Joey and Valon continue their duel, while Yami and Kaiba fight off the Orichalcos soldiers. Kaiba and Mokuba leave the others to search for Dartz. Rebecca hacks into the KaibaCorp system to find Joey, while Mai continues searching for him to exact her revenge.
17127"Fighting for a Friend – Part 3"
"Reverberating Soul" (響きあう魂)
September 16, 2003 (2003-09-16)February 26, 2005 (2005-02-26)
Rebecca locates Joey; Yami, Téa and Tristan go after him. However, Mai finds Joey and Valon first. Joey uses the Claw of Hermos card to gain an advantage, but Valon overpowers it. Joey uses his Red-Eyes Black Dragon to create armor for himself and combat Valon’s strategy, resulting in a clash of monster armors.
17228"Fighting for a Friend — Part 4"
"The End of the Fierce Battle" (激闘の果てに)
September 23, 2003 (2003-09-23)February 26, 2005 (2005-02-26)
Valon uses Phoenix Gravitation to revive his armor, but Joey is able to revive Hermos, overpowering Valon and winning the duel. Valon's soul is taken by the Orichalcos, but not before he realizes what he had done was wrong. Joey challenges the possessed Mai to a duel, knowing it is the only way to free her. She quickly plays the Seal of Orichalcos and summons a whole flock of Cyber Harpies, which, coupled with his physical condition, puts Joey in a tight spot. Meanwhile, Kaiba and Mokuba are close to Paradias headquarters while Yami, Téa and Tristan continue looking for Joey.
17329"Fighting for a Friend – Part 5"
"A Bitter Victory" (苦い勝利)
October 1, 2003 (2003-10-01)April 16, 2005 (2005-04-16)
Mai's Cyber Harpies continue to destroy Joey's monsters and reduce his Life Points. Joey is only one attack away from defeat, but Mai finds herself unable to go through with it. Joey is too worn out from his last duel to continue dueling Mai and the Orichalcos takes his soul. Mai is freed from the Orichalcos' control, even as she swears to destroy Dartz. Kaiba fights off more Orichalcos soldiers while Yami, Téa and Tristan find a soulless Joey.
17430"Grappling with a Guardian – Part 1"
"The Duel of Destiny! Yugi vs. Rafael" (運命の決闘! 遊戯vsラフェール!)
October 8, 2003 (2003-10-08)April 23, 2005 (2005-04-23)
Distraught by Joey’s defeat, Yami runs off to Paradias headquarters, where he finds a soulless Mai. He finds Rafael, who confesses to dueling Mai and challenges Yami to a duel. Téa and Tristan meet up with Kaiba and Mokuba and head to Dartz’s headquarters. During Yami and Rafael's duel, Yami implores Rafael not to use the Seal of Orichalcos, but he does so anyway.
17531"Grappling with a Guardian – Part 2"
"Invincible! Guardian Deathscythe" (不死身! ガーディアン•デスサイス)
October 15, 2003 (2003-10-15)April 30, 2005 (2005-04-30)
Rafael has given in to the darkness and uses it to strengthen his monsters even further, including his beloved Guardian Eatos. Yami merges Timaeus and Dark Magician to form Amulet Dragon, which gains more attack points from the Spell cards in his graveyard. He successfully destroys Eatos, only for Rafael to summon Guardian Dreadscythe in its place. Realizing that Rafael is in the same position he was after playing the Seal of Orichalcos, Yami plays Underworld Circle to help him witness the darkness he unleashed on his Guardian monsters.
17632"Grappling with a Guardian – Part 3"
"Destroy the Darkness of the Heart!" (心の闇を撃て!)
October 22, 2003 (2003-10-22)April 30, 2005 (2005-04-30)
Taken to the graveyard by Underworld Circle, Yami and Rafael witness a flashback of Rafael’s past, showing Dreadscythe’s birth. Back at their duel, Rafael revives a nearly invincible Guardian Dreadscythe. Yami finally defeats it using Eatos and Goddess Bow. With the last of his Life Points, Rafael revives all his sacrificed Guardians. Even though he lost, Rafael's soul is spared from being taken by the Orichalcos, as he recovers the light inside his soul.
17733"A Duel with Dartz – Part 1"
"To the Place of the Final Battle! Dartz vs. Yugi and Kaiba" (戦の地へ! ダーツvs遊戯&海馬)
October 29, 2003 (2003-10-29)May 7, 2005 (2005-05-07)
Paradias headquarters collapses, and Rafael falls with it as Kaiba’s plane comes to save them. Rafael gives Yami directions to Dartz’s lair and the group heads off before being cornered by the authorities. Being told that they are the world’s only hope, the plane heads off to Dartz’s island, on which they find his lair etched with images of captured souls. Dartz challenges Yami and Kaiba to duel. During the duel, Yami, Kaiba and Dartz are shown the events of the past, detailing how Dartz came into contact with the Orichalcos.
17834"A Duel with Dartz – Part 2"
"The Tragedy of Atlantis" (アトランティスの悲劇)
November 5, 2003 (2003-11-05)May 7, 2005 (2005-05-07)
Dartz shows Yami and Kaiba the history of Atlantis, how the Orichalcos drove them into insanity, and how he lost his wife. In an attempt to save his people, Dartz made a contract with the Great Leviathan to use the Orichalcos to purge mankind, in order to restore "paradise." However, he was stopped by the three Legendary Dragons and former King Ironheart. Back in the duel, Dartz plays the second layer of the Seal of Orichalcos, Orichalcos Dueteros, and he uses his Mirror Knight Calling to summon his four Mirror Knights, each containing the souls of Yugi, Joey, Pegasus and Mai. However, if the Knights are destroyed, their souls may be lost forever.
17935"A Duel with Dartz – Part 3"
"The Captive Mirror Knights" (囚われのミラーナイト)
November 12, 2003 (2003-11-12)May 14, 2005 (2005-05-14)
Kaiba refuses to let Yami's sentimentality cost them the duel and launches assaults on the Mirror Knights, only for them to defend each other by sacrificing their shields. Yugi talks to the Pharaoh and tells him to attack, saying that they would be alright. All the while, the second seal increases Dartz's Life Points, making him harder to beat. The Pharaoh plays weak moves and passes altogether. Rafael arrives and Dartz reveals that he made the boat crash on the day Rafael survived. Dartz plays on the darkness in Rafael's heart to make him lose control of Guardian Eatos, causing it to self-destruct, which allows the Seal of Orichalcos to take Rafael's soul.
18036"A Duel with Dartz – Part 4"
"The Third Seal of Orichalcos" (オレイカルコスの三重結界)
November 19, 2003 (2003-11-19)May 14, 2005 (2005-05-14)
Dartz plays the third seal of Orichalcos, letting him negate Spells, Traps and Monster Effects that target his monsters. Kaiba goes all-out, using the Fang of Critias to summon Mirror Force Dragon and destroy all of Dartz's monsters. However, Kyutora's destruction lets Dartz play Orichalcos Shunoros and summon the invincible shields Dexia and Aristoros. Kaiba's Life Points hit 0, but he activates Wish of Final Effort to raise Yami's Life Points before his soul is taken by the Orichalcos, leaving Yami to duel Dartz alone. With his soul captured, the Leviathan causes the world to shake and is nearly ready to be revived. Dartz knocks out Tristan, Téa and Mokuba, and tells Yami Yugi of their first encounter.
18137"A Duel with Dartz – Part 5"
"Revive! The Three Legendary Knights" (よみがえれ! 伝説の三騎士)
November 26, 2003 (2003-11-26)May 21, 2005 (2005-05-21)
With Tristan, Téa and Mokuba out cold, Yami Yugi can no longer rely on his friends for moral support. Dartz tries to convince him to give up, saying that he would do more good to his friends by sacrificing his soul. Remembering that his friends will always be with him, Yami Yugi decides not to forfeit the duel, and instead activates Legend of Heart to unlock the Legendary Dragons' true forms: the 3 Legendary Knights of Atlantis. The three knights are able to destroy Dartz's Orichalcos Shunoros and Orichalcos Tritos, however Dartz discards all the cards in his hand and pays all his Life Points to summon the Divine Serpent, a creature with an infinite amount of attack points. In order for the Pharaoh to win, he has to destroy Dartz's Divine Serpent. However, an attack from Divine Serpent promptly reduces Yami Yugi's Life Points to 0 as well. By using the trap Relay Soul, Yami remains in the game, using Dark Magician Girl to prevent him from losing. But if Dark Magician Girl is destroyed, the Pharaoh will lose the duel. Dartz orders his Divine Serpent to attack Dark Magician Girl...
18238"A Duel with Dartz – Part 6"
"Infinite Attack Power — Serpent God Ge" (∞攻撃力 蛇神ゲー)
December 3, 2003 (2003-12-03)May 21, 2005 (2005-05-21)
Yami Yugi fuses the Legendary Knights to form the Knight of Destiny, and destroys the Divine Serpent. As the duel ends, a vortex opens and Dartz is taken by the Great Leviathan. The knights release the souls of Yugi, Kaiba and Joey. A storm brews all over the world as Atlantis rises from the sea, causing a hurricane to head towards the East Coast. Yugi, Kaiba and Joey head to Atlantis and face off against the Great Leviathan, whom Dartz awakens by offering up his soul.
18339"Rise of the Great Beast – Part 1"
"Battle of the Gods" (神神の戦い)
December 10, 2003 (2003-12-10)May 28, 2005
The gateway to the monster world opens and all the monsters come out to help Yugi, Kaiba and Joey. Despite the combined forces of their monsters, Yugi, Kaiba and Joey lose and are absorbed by the Great Leviathan. After the Pharoah is completely absorbed into the Leviathan, he rallies the souls Dartz captured and the monsters offer their strength, allowing Yami to summon the Egyptian god cards and free Kaiba, Joey and himself from the Great Leviathan. He uses the monsters to destroy the Great Leviathan and free the captured souls. Yugi, Joey and Kaiba flee as Atlantis collapses, but Yugi and Yami are stopped by a resurgent Dartz and the Great Leviathan.
18440"Rise of the Great Beast – Part 2"
"Walk into the Light" (光の中を歩め)
December 17, 2003 (2003-12-17)May 28, 2005
Yami Yugi is being absorbed by the Great Leviathan, as he still has darkness inside. With the light of his friendship, however, he is able to channel enough strength to lock away the Great Leviathan, ending the catastrophes plaguing the world. Dartz is freed from the Orichalcos and returns home with Kris and Ironheart. Yugi and Yami leave Atlantis, while the others flee the island as it collapses. Everyone whose soul was captured awakens. Mai leaves Valon with her Cyber Harpie and promises to face Joey in the future. Yugi and Yami wash up on shore and are visited by Dark Magician Girl and the Legendary Knights, who tell them that their world is safe. Then, the Legendary Knights return to the Duel Monsters Spirit World, promising to return if such a great darkness ever threatens the world again. Afterwards, the others find Yugi and rescue him from the island. Before Yugi departs from the island, he agrees that Yami that needs to find out the secrets of his past, and promises Yami that he will not be doing it alone.

Season 5: KC Grand Championship and Dawn of the Duel (2003–04)[edit]

KC Grand Championship

No. in series No. in season English dub title/Original translated title
Original Japanese title
Original airdate English airdate
1851"Unwanted Guest, Part 1"
"KC Grand Prix Opens" (KCグランプリ開幕)
December 24, 2003August 27, 2005
Stranded following the events of the Orichalcos, the Kaibas extend to Joey and Yugi an invitation for the Kaiba Grand Championship (KC Grand Prix in Japan) in exchange for tickets back home. One of the attractions is a duel computer that allows novices to refine their duelling skills. However, an enigmatic hacker locks all the guests in and sets the difficulty to Expert, leaving the amateur duelist Rick facing an immensely difficult task. Yugi duels instead, but he uses Rick's deck: full of Dragons and next-to-no magic and trap cards!
1862"Unwanted Guest, Part 2"
"The Start of a Conspiracy" (動きだした陰謀)
January 7, 2004August 27, 2005
Due to Rick stacking his deck with Dragons and only one magic card, Yugi is backed into a corner by the Expert-difficulty duel computer who forces Yugi to discard his hand. Yugi activates the card he gave to Rick, Heart of the Underdog, to power up his Spirit Ryu and restore the computer to normal.
1873"Let the Games Begin!, Part 1"
"Jonouchi vs. Mask the Rock" (城之内vsマスク·ザ·ロック)
January 14, 2004September 3, 2005
The Grand Championship starts in earnest with Joey facing off against the mysterious Apdnarg Otom; or Grandpa (Solomon) Moto backwards, who allegedly begged to be in the tournament. Solomon turns Joey's reliance on luck against him and leads an assault with the Ancient Giant.
1884"Let the Games Begin!, Part 2"
"The Illusionary Ancient Dragon" (幻の古代竜)
January 21, 2004September 3, 2005
Joey is being beaten by his former teacher Solomon Moto, who sacrifices most of his cards to Summon the legendary Ancient Dragon, a card he's been waiting to play for years. Slowly Joey begins a comeback, using Gilford the Lightning to destroy the Dragon, but it's futile as it immediately resurrects itself with Ancient City. Joey counters this by returning it to Solomon's hand with Giant Trunade, and launching a double assault with Gilford the Lightning and Goblin Attack Force.
1895"Child's Play"
"Hot Battle! Rebecca Vs. Vivian" (熱闘! レベッカvsヴィヴィアン)
January 28, 2004September 10, 2005
Rebecca is duelling against the Asian champion, Vivian Wong, not just for a place in the next round, but for Yugi's heart. Rebecca uses a clever strategy to gain Life Points and burn away Vivian's each round, and even when Vivian hinders it with Dragon Lady, Rebecca makes a winning counter with Guardian Angel Joan. Rex and Weevil have sneaked into the tournament against rules under another competitor, and despite both duelling Zigfried Lloyd, he obliterates both of them in one turn with a single card: Ride of the Valkyries (Walkuren Ritt in the Japanese Version).
1906"Down in Flames, Part 1"
"Jonouchi vs. Sieg - A Beautiful Duel" (城之内vsジーク 華麗なる決闘)
February 4, 2004September 10, 2005
Joey is pitted against Zigfried, who previously defeated two duelists in one move using one card. After a bad start, the facilities around KaibaLand go haywire, even putting the duelists themselves in danger: all Zigfried's work in an attempt to give Kaiba a 'hint'. After Joey makes a stinging direct attack with Jinzo, Zigfried focuses back on the duel, playing the Ride of the Valkyries card he used last time against Rex and Weevil, which easily defeated them in one turn.
1917"Down in Flames, Part 2"
"The Goddesses of Monster Extermination" (モンスター抹殺の女神)
February 11, 2004September 17, 2005
With the aid of his Hyper Refresh, Joey survives with only 800 Life Points remaining. Zigfried decides to try a different tactic.
1928"A Brawl in a Small Town, Part 1"
"Genius Girl Vs. Genius Boy" (天才少女vs天才少年)
February 18, 2004September 17, 2005
The Elite Eight in the KC Grand Championship have been filtered down to four Semi-Finalists: Zigfried Lloyd against Balfry Ginger, and the child prodigies Rebecca and Leon. Rebecca's gain-and-drain strategy is torn asunder by Leon's fairytale-based cards. In another attempt, Rebecca uses her Dragons, but Leon Summons Cinderella in response who attacks Rebecca directly repeatedly. Meanwhile, Yugi's grandfather has mysteriously gone missing.
1939"A Brawl in a Small Town, Part 2"
"Leon in Fairyland" (おとぎの国のレオン)
February 25, 2004September 24, 2005
Vivian is revealed to have taken Grandpa from the hospital to act as bait for Yugi to duel her; in exchange, she would heal Grandpa's back. The two duel and Yugi uses her strategy of discarding Dragons to the Graveyard to his advantage with Dark Paladin. Leon is royally trouncing Rebecca but the latter refuses to give in, more so when Yugi finally arrives to cheer her on. Heartened, Rebecca Summons her Diamond Head Dragon and launches a brutal assault, but Leon ultimately triumphs with Thorn Princess. Leon will now face Zigfried in the finals.
19410"One Step Ahead, Part 1"
"Kaiba Intrudes! The Grand Prix Final" (海馬乱入! グランプリ決勝戦)
March 3, 2004September 24, 2005
Kaiba stops the match, disqualifying Zigfried for using a false alias and revealing him as Zigfried von Schroder, Kaiba's former arch-rival and the tournament saboteur. The two then duel to determine whether Zigfried stays in the tournament. Kaiba summons his XYZ-Dragon Cannon, but Zigfried uses the Nibelung's Ring and his Three Goddesses to remove Kaiba's cards.
19511"One Step Ahead, Part 2"
"Walkure Vs. Blue Eyes White Dragon" (戦女神vs青眼の白龍)
March 10, 2004October 1, 2005
Kaiba calls his immensely powerful Chaos Emperor Dragon - Envoy of the End to reset the playing field, destroying Zigfried's hand, his field, and even his ace card Valkyrie Brunnhilde. Zigfried ups his play by reviving his Valkyrie and forcing both players to predict how many Magic Cards they think they'll play or take serious damage if they're incorrect. Seto uses a combo of Soul Release, Spell Reproduction and Dimension Fusion to Summon five Dragons at once and together they destroy Brunnhilde and win the duel.
19612"Sinister Secrets, Part 1"
"The Final Battle for Duel King - Yugi vs. Leon" (デュエルキング決定戦 遊戯vsレオン)
March 17, 2004October 1, 2005
Leon is stopped by Zigfried and is given a card to add to his deck, for his battle against Yugi for the title of World Champion. Leon is unusually bitter about it, and oddly, considering his last duel, doesn't appear to be enjoying himself. He launches countless assaults, replacing destroyed monsters with more fairytale creatures and reveals he, too, is a Von Schroder. Despite this, Kaiba cannot call off the match as that is against the tournament rules.
19713"Sinister Secrets, Part 2"
"The Gold Castle of Stromberg" (シュトロームベルクの金の城)
March 24, 2004October 8, 2005
Leon reveals his motivation to duel, stemming from being ignored by his family in favor of the smart, highly gifted and talented Zigfried. To distract himself, Leon became engrossed in fairytales, and started dueling following the creation of a set of fairytale cards. He initially believed this was earning Zigfried's respect, but in reality his older brother saw him as little more than a tool for destroying KaibaCorp. Determined to earn his elder brother's love, Leon plays an illegal Field Spell: The Golden Castle of Stromberg, which infects KaibaCorp's systems with an extremely powerful and dangerous computer virus that rapidly deletes the files and can't be destroyed by card or trap effects.
19814"Sinister Secrets, Part 3"
"KC Grand Prix Ends" (KCグランプリ終結)
March 31, 2004October 8, 2005
Yugi decides to help Leon get rid of the Golden Castle of Stromberg, but this proves to be challenging as not only is it unaffected by card effects, it forces all monsters to battle and discards half of Yugi's Deck each turn. This proves to be its undoing, however, as he's left with one card and so can't discard half of it, destroying the card. Leon fights valiantly but loses to Yugi's Dark Magician. Zigfried is furious with this, but Leon manages to calm him down and forgives him. Yugi and his best friends are finally able to go back home.

Dawn of the Duel

No. in series No. in season English dub title/Original translated title
Original Japanese title
Original airdate English airdate
19915[n 1]"Tomb of the Nameless Pharaoh"
"Ultimate Game" (究極のゲーム)
April 7, 2004October 15, 2005

Bakura tries to escape the returning spirit of the Millennium Ring, Yami Bakura. He eventually escapes into a church, where he believed he was safe. However, Yami Bakura's dark spirit followed Bakura into the church, and began to taunt him while Bakura told him to stop. Yami Bakura then told Bakura that they still had to obtain all of the seven Millennium Items, and that they only had one at the moment-the Millennium Eye.

When Bakura refuses to help, Yami Bakura forcibly takes over his mind and body, shattering all of the windows in the process while Bakura cries out in dismay. Yugi's grandfather tells him the story of how he entered the tomb of the Nameless Pharaoh and discovered the Millennium Puzzle. Yugi prepares for his trip to Egypt in order to help restore the Pharaoh's memories. Rex and Weevil return and steal Yugi's bag containing the Egyptian God cards and the Millennium Items. However, their plans are thwarted when Yami Bakura shows up and reclaims the Millennium Ring. Then, he uses it to send both of their souls to the Shadow Realm. When Yugi shows up and asks if he was Bakura, Yami Bakura denies it, claiming that he himself was someone entirely different.
20016"Spiritual Awakening"
"The Dark Bakura on the Move" (動きだした闇のバクラ)
April 14, 2004October 22, 2005
Yami Bakura returns Yugi's belongings, minus the Millennium Ring, as he states that he still needs it, until Yugi obtains all seven of the Millennium Items. Then, he tries to persuade Yugi to help, using a combination of both facts and lies. However, Yugi refuses to trust him. Then, the Pharaoh tells Bakura to stop. Yami Bakura tells the Pharaoh that the only way to regain his memory is to play a game (the Ultimate Shadow Game), before departing. Then, Yami Bakura kidnaps Mokuba and sends his soul to the Shadow Realm, which forces Kaiba to duel him. Yami Bakura turns the duel into a Shadow Game, and he tells Kaiba that if he wins, then he will return Mokuba's soul. Planning to claim the great power of the Blue-Eyes White Dragon as his own, and to have Kaiba join "The Ultimate Shadow Game", Bakura attacks using a new deck of Egyptian-themed cards, including his "tablet" trap cards, and his spirit beast, Diabound Kernel. Diabound is able to absorb half of the power of Blue-Eyes each time it activates its ability, even as Kaiba manages to fight back. However, as the Sun rises, Bakura abandons the duel, stating that he had other "business" to attend to. However, he leaves a parting gift for Kaiba - the Millennium Eye, and tells him to come to Egypt if he wants to learn about his ancient past. As Yugi was about to board a flight to Cairo, Egypt, he meets up with Tea, Joey, and Tristan as they refuse to let him leave on his own.
20117"Memoirs of a Pharaoh"
"The Door of Memory Opens" (開かれた記憶の扉)
April 21, 2004October 29, 2005
The Pharaoh, Yugi, Tea, Joey, and Tristan arrive in Egypt and meet up with Marik. The Pharaoh presents the Egyptian God cards to the stone tablet, and his spirit is sent five thousand years into the past, to when he was still alive and reigned as King of Egypt, even as Yami Bakura uses his connection to the Pharaoh's Millennium Puzzle to hitch a ride back into the past, intending to finish the battle he started five millnenia ago. Yami Bakura's departure into the past causes the spirits of Rex Raptor, Weevil Underwood, and Mokuba to be released from the Shadow Realm (not shown on screen). Later, Yami Bakura completely takes over the body of his ancient alter ego, Bakura the Thief King, and then frees him from his guards. Soon, his minions arrive, and free him from his chains. Then, Thief King Bakura (now under the control of Yami Bakura) raids the previous Pharaoh's tomb, and heads off to the royal palace to claim the seven Millennium Items.
20218"The Intruder, Part 1"
"Thief King Bakura Enters!" (盗賊王バクラ見参!)
April 28, 2004November 5, 2005
Thief King Bakura, arrives at the palace to claim the Millennium Items for himself. The priests engage him in battle, but Bakura the Thief King's spirit beast, Diabound, proves too much for them to handle, until the Pharaoh steps in and summons Obelisk the Tormentor. However, Obelisk happens to be evenly matched with Bakura's Diabound, which is enhanced with power that it stole from Kaiba's Blue-Eyes White Dragon, during Yami Bakura's previous Duel with Seto Kaiba. Meanwhile, the spirits of Yugi and the others enter the Millennium Puzzle, thanks to the help of Shadi and his Millennium Key, in search of a doorway into the Pharaoh's memories, which would take them to the memory world that the Pharaoh had entered.
20319"The Intruder, Part 2"
"Mahado's Decision" (マハードの決意)
May 5, 2004November 12, 2005
Bakura's Diabound fights against the Pharaoh's Obelisk, but their power is equal, and Bakura is forced to retreat. Mana, a magician and also a childhood friend of the Pharaoh's, arrives to visit the palace. Mahad decides to help protect the former Pharaoh's tomb, despite Priest Isis' visions of his fate. Mahad's men take on Bakura's minions, while Mahad is trapped with Bandit Bakura, inside of the Magician's Academy (inside of a cave).
20420"Makings of a Magician"
"Battle to the Death! Mahad Vs. Bakura" (死闘! マハードvsバクラ)
May 12, 2004November 19, 2005
Mahad unlocks his full power using the Millennium Ring, and forces Bakura the Thief King to face him by trapping them both inside the academy where magicians used to be trained (inside of a cavern). Mahad draws upon his Millennium Ring to completely unearth his full powers, which he had sealed away long ago, within the academy for his own safety. Mahad's Illusion Magician faces off against Bakura's Diabound, which has grown in strength since his battle with the Pharaoh. However, Mahad's Illusion Magician has also grown in strength since then, but Bakura's Diabound is still the strongest monster on the field. Diabound gains the upper hand, and Thief King Bakura finishes the job by deliberately setting off the tomb's traps. To save himself, Mahad fuses his soul with his spirit beast, the Illusion Magician, transforming himself into the Dark Magician, which made him much more powerful than Bakura's Diabound, much to Bakura's disbelief. Bakura the Thief takes the Millennium Ring, however, Mahad as Dark Magician is able to destroy Bakura's Diabound, which causes the cavern to collapse. Thief King Bakura barely manages to escape, while Mahad's soul is sealed into the stone tablet meant for Diabound.
20521"Birth of the Blue-Eyes"
"Blue-Eyed Kisara" (青い瞳のキサラ)
May 19, 2004November 26, 2005
Mana is distraught at the loss of her master. Priest Isis explains that he has become the Dark Magician and will eventually return with even greater magical powers and spells than ever before. Priests Seto and Shada head out into the city to search for people with strong spirit beasts. Seto meets a white-haired, blue-eyed young girl named Kisara who is shunned by the citizens. Meanwhile, Shadi guides Yugi and the others to the doorway, into the Memory World of the Pharaoh's past, and begin searching for the Pharaoh.
20622"Village of Lost Souls"
"The Secret of the Creation of the Millennium Items" (千年アイテム誕生の秘密)
May 26, 2004December 3, 2005
Thief King Bakura breaks into the palace again and attacks Priest Aknadin, infusing part of his evil soul into the Millennium Eye. The Pharaoh summons Slifer the Sky Dragon to chase after Bakura and Diabound. When Bakura begins targeting the villagers, Slifer is forced to take Diabound's attacks in order to defend the helpless people. The wounded Aknadin reminisces about the creation of the Millennium Items through the destruction of Kul Elna, and how he was forced to abandon his wife and his own son, Seto.
20723"A Reversal of Fortune"
"Wound Back Time" (巻き戻る時間)
June 2, 2004December 10, 2005
Priest Seto and Karim arrive to defend the Pharaoh. Thief King Bakura pretends to retreat and leads them into a trap, giving him the chance to finally defeat Slifer. Yugi and the others appear just in time, giving the Pharaoh the strength he needs to summon the Winged Dragon of Ra. However, Yami Bakura uses Zorc's immense dark power to turn back time, so he can make sure Yugi never shows up. The Pharaoh is defeated and Thief King Bakura takes the Millennium Puzzle, while the Pharaoh falls into the chasm.
20824"In Search of a King"
"The Pharaoh is Alive" (生きていたファラオ)
June 9, 2004December 17, 2005
Aknadin forces Kisara to fight the other prisoners in an attempt to force her to call forth her spirit beast. Despite Aknadin urging him not to, Seto steps in to protect Kisara, until she is finally able to summon the Blue-Eyes White Dragon. Meanwhile, Yugi and the gang search for the Pharaoh, who they firmly believe is still alive. During their search, they run into Mana, who decides to help them. They find the Pharaoh taking shelter in a cave, though he is badly injured.
20925"Village of Vengeance, Part 1"
"Village of Dead Spirits" (死霊の村)
June 16, 2004January 7, 2006
The priests meet up with the Pharaoh and the others, and together they track Thief King Bakura to Kul Elna, a ruined village haunted by the vengeful spirits of its former citizens. The Pharaoh heads in to face Bakura alone, but is soon joined by the spirit of Mahad, in the form of the Dark Magician. Bakura summons Diabound, newly evolved after its battle with Slifer, to combat him. Mana finally unlocks the great magical power of her spirit beast, the Dark Magician Girl, and rushes to their aid.
21026"Village of Vengeance, Part 2"
"The End of Thief King Bakura" (盗賊王バクラの最期)
June 23, 2004January 14, 2006
Mahad and Mana mount a counterattack on Diabound, but it absorbs the dead spirits of Kul Elna to make itself even more powerful. Seto and the rest of the priests arrive to fight him, but they are unable to penetrate Diabound's spirit shield. Bakura takes the Millennium Scale from Karim and uses it to strengthen Diabound even more, by fusing another Shadow Creature (Illushu) with it. Shada locates Diabound's stone tablet, and plans to destroy it to eliminate the beast. However, Aknadin attacks him and takes the Millennium Key. As Shada realizes Aknadin's betrayal, he is dragged into Diabound's tablet by the spirits of Kul Elna. The Pharaoh and his Guardians try to defeat Diabound, however, Diabound is protected by the souls of Kul Elna, and Diabound's attacks overwhelm their monsters. As Diabound defeats the Sacred Guardians and the Pharaoh, the Pharaoh plans to surrender himself to the souls of Kul Elna. The angry spirits then enter the Pharoh's body, planning to drag him into the Shadow Realm. At the last possible moment, the Pharaoh's father, King Aknamkanon, intercepts the spirits and convince them to take his soul instead. However, Aknamkanon is much more powerful, and is able to trap the angry spirits within him. As a result, Shada is released from Diabound's tablet. Then, King Aknamkanon leads the spirits to the Shadow Realm (trapping himself there as well), after telling his son (the Pharaoh) to restore peace to Egypt. Bakura becomes enrages as the loss of the spirits weakens his Diabound. Mahad is finally able to defeat Diabound, with help from the Pharaoh. As Shada watches, Diabound's tablet cracks and breaks into pieces.
21127"Village of Vengeance, Part 3"
"A New Stage" (新たなるステージ)
June 30, 2004January 21, 2006
Yugi and the others enter the palace to search for clues about the Pharaoh's real name. Thief King Bakura collapses, but manages to place his three Millennium Items into the Millennium stone. Then, Yami Bakura releases Thief King Bakura from his control, who is confused about what was happening, and is unable to recall what he was doing. Then, he turns into dust, even as he cries out in anguish for help. Yami Bakura's disembodied spirit then tells the others that he was merely using Bandit Bakura, the "poor fool," as a pawn. Later, Aknadin betrays the other priests, using a time-freezing spell to incapacitate them, and takes the Millennium Items, giving him the power needed to resurrect the Zorc Necrophades, The Dark One, from the Millennium Stone. Zorc then transforms Aknadin into the Lord of Darkness, The Great Shadow Magus (which doubles Aknadin's power). Yami Bakura reveals the true nature of the Shadow Game - it is simply a board game, played by the present-day versions of Yami Bakura and the Pharaoh (the other parts of their souls). However, their actions dictate the events of the Memory World, which are manipulated by their game pieces.
21228"Village of Vengeance, Part 4"
"The Dark High Priest" (闇の大神官)
July 7, 2004January 28, 2006
Kaiba arrives in Egypt. Ishizu and Marik lead him to the stone tablet shrine, where the Millennium Eye begins glowing and shows his visions of Bakura and the Pharaoh's Shadow Game. Yami Bakura pulls Kaiba's soul into the game, and uses it to help resurrect the Thief King, and Yami Bakura retakes control of Thief King Bakura. Meanwhile, Bobasa guides Yugi and the others to the Valley of the Kings, where the Pharaoh's true name lies within his future tomb. Then, Bobasa leaves, having fulfilled his duty.
21329"Village of Vengeance, Part 5"
"The Countdown to the Evil God Revival" (邪神復活へのカウントダウン)
July 14, 2004February 4, 2006
Thief King Bakura revives Diabound, stronger than ever thanks to the Millennium Items, which has now achieved its 5th and final form. Now, Thief King Bakura is able to summon Diabound without its tablet, because he now has all seven Millennium Items. The Millennium Stone then sinks deep into the ground, along with the seven items. Bandit Bakura then uses Diabound to allow Aknadin escape, who takes Priest Seto with him. To give Zorc Necrophades enough time to be fully reborn, he separates the Pharaoh and his priests from one another, and attacks them with armies of monsters while they are isolated. Karim sacrifices himself, in order to give his remaining power to Shada. Meanwhile Pharaoh heads back to the palace to find Priest Seto.
21430"Name of the Game"
"White Dragon" (白き龍)
July 21, 2004April 1, 2006

Seto and Kisara face Aknadin, however Kisara is killed while protecting Seto, and the White Dragon is sealed in stone. Meanwhile, Yugi and his friends brave many deadly traps, and then find the Pharaoh's true name, within a room in the back. The Pharaoh makes it back to the palace, however he is forced to engage battle against Seto, since his mind was being manipulated by the evil Priest Aknadin. The legendary ancient match between the Pharaoh and Priest Seto begins. The Pharaoh summons Mahad, as Dark Magician, to fight against the Blue-Eyes White Dragon, now controlled by Priest Seto. The Pharaoh is eventually overpowered. However, the spirit of Kisara, in the form of the Blue-Eyes White Dragon, enters Seto's mind, where she destroys Aknadin for good. As a result, Aknadin's soul is sent to the Shadow Realm. However, the time on Yami Bakura's 3rd hourglass runs out, and Zorc Necrophades begins to revive.

At the same time, Yami Bakura takes full control of Tristan's body, and blocks the only exit of the Pharaoh's tomb. Telling Yugi that he will never leave the tomb alive, Yami Bakura challenges Yugi to a duel.
21531"The Dark One Cometh, Part 1"
"The Great Evil God Zorc Revives" (大邪神ゾーク復活)
July 28, 2004April 8, 2006

Thief King Bakura succeeds in reviving Zorc Necrophades, sacrificing himself and his Diabound in the process, resulting in both him and Diabound being disintegrated, and then being absorbed into the Millennium Stone. As Zorc emerges from underneath Kul Elna, his energy destroys the Millennium Stone, causing the Millennium Items to scatter throughout Kul Elna. The Pharaoh and Priest Seto ride back to the palace and attempt to stop Zorc. Soon afterwards, Shada intercepts a lightning bolt meant for the Pharaoh (sent by Zorc), which kills Shada.

Meanwhile, Yugi and Yami Bakura duel (possessing the body of Tristan). If Yugi wins, he can leave and tell the Pharaoh his true name, and if he loses, he'll never leave, and he will lose his soul to the Shadow Realm, along with the souls of his friends.
21632"The Dark One Cometh, Part 2"
"The Legendary Guardian God - Exodia Revives!" (伝説の守護神 エクゾディア復活!)
August 4, 2004April 15, 2006

Isis and Mana head for Kul Elna to retrieve the Millennium Items. Isis uses her Millennium Necklace to strengthen her Winged Guardian of the Fortress, in order to distract Zorc. However, Zorc Necrophades destroys Isis's dragon, and the amount of damage she takes causes her to die. Once Mana delivers the Millennium Items to Shimon, he summons Exodia (with the Millennium Key), which holds its own against Zorc. Zorc eventually overpowers it, since Exodia drew its power from a mortal, Shimon, while Zorc had an almost infinite supply of darkness. Zorc the Dark One then destroys Exodia, killing Shimon. Mana delivers the other Millennium Items to the Pharaoh, and the Pharaoh prepares to fight Zorc.

The duel between Yugi and Yami Bakura continues, but suddenly, Yami Bakura's voice changes and he calls Yugi a "pathetic mortal", which strikes Téa as strange.
21733"The Dark One Cometh, Part 3"
"Summon! The Three Gods" (召喚! 三幻神)
August 11, 2004April 22, 2006

The Pharaoh summons the Three Egyptian Gods to combat Zorc. Then, as if to confirm Téa's suspicions last episode, at the tabletop in the Shadow Realm, Yami Bakura claims that soon he'll return to his original form, and then he leaves the table to join with his 5,000-year-old counterpart, which is Zorc. At the same time, he sends the present-day Pharaoh to the battlefield to reunite his past self, and the other part of his soul. Meanwhile, Zorc defeats the three Egyptian Gods by covering the Sun, wiping their strength out, as they get their power from the Sun. Zorc then turns the Egyptian Gods into motionless statues of stone.

While this is going on, Yami Bakura's devious deck destruction strategy drives Yugi into a corner, but, remembering that the Pharaoh, Joey and Téa are all counting on him, he continues the duel and draws the one card that can turn the tables.
21834"The Dark One Cometh, Part 4"
"Zorc Vs. Blue Eyes Ultimate Dragon" (ゾークvs青眼の究極竜)
August 18, 2004April 29, 2006
Mana takes the Pharaoh back to the palace while Seto summons Blue-Eyes White Dragon to combat Zorc. Blue-Eyes White Dragon stops the solar eclipse, but is defeated by Zorc, which turns both Priest Seto and the Millennium Rod to stone. Kaiba takes over and summons Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon, which is equal to power of Zorc. Meanwhile, Yugi successfully defeats Yami Bakura with Gandora, the Dragon of Destruction. But this allows the spirit of Yami Bakura to fully reunite with his original body, Zorc itself, which earlier Yami Bakura had told the Pharaoh that both he and Zorc were "one and the same." The Pharaoh becomes Black Luster Soldier, and fuses with Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon, becoming Master of Dragon Knight. But the Master of Dragon Knight is destroyed by its own attack during the battle against Zorc, and the Pharaoh is seemingly defeated, but Yugi and his friends fly to him.
21935"In the Name of the Pharaoh!"
"In the Name of the Pharaoh!!" (王の名のもとに!!)
August 25, 2004May 6, 2006
The Pharaoh continues his battle between Zorc in the Memory World. Yugi, Joey, and others summon monsters, such as the Dark Magician, to help the Pharaoh. The ancient characters cannot be read but Yugi is going to reveal the Pharaoh's true name. Tea then remembers the cartouche pendant and passes it to the Pharaoh. The Pharaoh regained his true name, "Atem", the keyword which allowed him to summon the three Egyptian Gods and fuse them together to form the Creator of Light, Horakhty. (Horakhty is a level 12, warrior-type Divine-God attribute monster, with infinite attack and defense points.) The Pharaoh then attacks Zorc directly with Horakhty's Shining Light Attack, which results in Zorc being destroyed forever. Later, the Pharaoh entrusts the Millennium Items to Priest Seto (his soul was released from the Shadow Realm) and makes him the next Pharaoh of Egypt. Then, Pharaoh Atem's body dissolves (since his role in the past was over), even as Priest Seto promises to rule Egypt justly. Afterwards, Atem and his friends leave the Memory World of the past.

The Final Duel

No. in series No. in season English dub title/Original translated title
Original Japanese title
Original airdate English airdate
22036[n 1]"The Final Journey"
"The Final Test" (最後の試練)
September 1, 2004May 13, 2006
Atem and the others return to present-day Egypt, where they are met by Marik, Ishizu, Odion, and even Bakura, who has finally been freed from Zorc's malevolent grasp. Atem has set his mind to sealing the seven Millennium Items with himself. Someone must be able to defeat Atem in a duel to do so. Although Kaiba and Joey both volunteer, it will be Yugi that will take the honor. The duel will take place tomorrow, and both Pharaoh Atem and Yugi construct the best deck possible to each of their abilities.
22137"The Final Duel, Part 1"
"The Last Duel of Destiny" (運命のラストデュエル)
September 8, 2004May 20, 2006
Yugi and Atem place the seven Millennium Items into their slots in Millennium Stone (which now appears to be intact) in the Shrine of the Millennium Stone. Pharaoh Atem and Yugi then separate into two physical beings. The duel that will determine the fate of Atem and Yugi begin. Pharaoh Atem summons "The Tricky" with an attack power of 2000 but Yugi plays the magic card, "Swords of Revealing Light". Yugi is able to fuse the three monsters: "Green Gadget", "Red Gadget", and "Yellow Gadget" into one monster with 3000 attack points: the "Mobile Fortress Stronghold".
22238"The Final Duel, Part 2"
"Defeat the Three Gods" (三幻神を倒せ!)
September 15, 2004May 27, 2006
The duel between Yugi and Atem continues. Atem summons the three gods: Ra, Obelisk and Slifer to the field. The sum of their attack power exceeds ten thousand. Yugi is overwhelmed, but he parries Slifer's Summon Thunder Bullet with this episode's Key Point: a Quick Spell card, "Mirage Magic." When a player's monsters' Attack Power and Defense Power increase or decrease due to an opponent's card, this negates the effect and recovers the difference in Life Points. Furthermore, Yugi also dodges Obelisk's attack with the Trap card "Mirage Ruler." Yugi finally makes a counterattack move that threatens the Egyptian Gods.
22339"The Final Duel, Part 3"
"Strong Heart - Tender Heart" (強き心 優しき心)
September 22, 2004June 3, 2006
Yugi is successful in defeating the Egyptian Gods. However, Atem is not worried at all. Atem admits that he knew that Yugi would defeat the Egyptian Gods. Now the real duel begins between Yugi and Atem. Now, Yugi must face his most trusted creature, the Dark Magician, if he wants to help Atem. (Note: When this aired in the U.S, the ending said "To Be Concluded" instead of "To Be Continued", thus signifying the end of the series.)
22440"The Final Duel, Part 4"
"The Story that Concludes in Light" (光の中へ完結する物語)
September 29, 2004June 10, 2006

Yugi tries his best to fend off the attacks from Atem's most powerful trump card, the "Dark Magician." Yugi then plays his Spell Card, "Gold Sarcophagus." The Gold Sarcophagus negates the effects of another magic card that is stored in the chest. Yugi was finally able to defeat the "Dark Magician" with his "Silent Magician." Atem tries to activate the Spell card Monster Reborn so he can revive Slifer the Sky Dragon, but when Yugi opens the Gold Sarcophagus to reveal the card he sealed, the card was "Monster Reborn". It means neither of them can use that card in this game. It is Yugi's message to the Pharaoh that "Those of the dead should not remain in the world of the living." Yugi finally defeats Atem, but immediately collapses on his knees, crying. Despite Atem telling Yugi that he shouldn't cry, Yugi tells Atem that he (Yugi) is a coward, and that Atem was always his goal. Atem comforts Yugi, saying that he isn't a coward; instead, Yugi's victory has finally set him free. Atem then departs into the afterlife, while Yugi and his friends begin a new journey. Then, the Millennium Stone shatters, which causes the seven Millennium Items to fall into the pit left behind. Also, the shrine collapses, and Shadi's spirit is seen here one last time. Everybody barely makes it out in time. As a result of the shrine's destruction, the Millennium Items are buried forever. Then, Yugi tells Joey that, "Sometimes, the end of one adventure is only beginning of another." This concludes the end of the 4-Kids version of the story.

In the extended ending (only in the original Japanese version), Yugi, Tea, Joey, Tristan, Bakura, Duke, Grandpa, Kaiba and Mokuba all leave Egypt and return to Domino City of Japan. In the airport, they meet up with Rebecca, Arthur, and Serenity. Both Duke and Tristan run towards Serenity, only to be pulled back by Joey. Rebecca hugs Yugi, much to Tea's annoyance. Weevil Underwood and Rex Raptor get into an argument again and decide to duel. Zigfried and Leon von Schroeder make a business proposition with Pegasus, to which he agrees. Mako Tsunami returns from a fishing trip, and he meets Espa and the Roba brothers at the harbor. Espa Roba starts his duel disk, intimating that a duel is about to take place. Mai Valentine and Vivian Wong are facing off in a two-on-two duel against the Paradox Brothers atop the Great Wall of China. The credits end with a cutscene where Grandpa is sweeping, while Yugi comes out from the house to join Tea, Joey, and Tristan to go to school. Yugi ends the show by saying that his story has not ended, and that his story extends beyond that of the Pharaoh, who after 5,000 years defeated the evil Zorc Necrophades.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters episode list[edit]

No. in series No. in season Title Original air date
115[n 1]"Getting Played"September 9, 2006 (2006-09-09)
216"Divide and Conquer"September 16, 2006 (2006-09-16)
317"Reunited at Last"September 23, 2006 (2006-09-23)
418"Fortress of Fear"September 30, 2006 (2006-09-30)
519"Eye of the Storm"October 7, 2006 (2006-10-07)
620"Trial of Light and Shadow"October 14, 2006 (2006-10-14)
721"Red-Eyes Black Curse"October 21, 2006 (2006-10-21)
822"Fruits of Evolution"October 28, 2006 (2006-10-28)
923"The Fiendish Five, Part 1"November 4, 2006 (2006-11-04)
1024"The Fiendish Five, Part 2"November 11, 2006 (2006-11-11)
1125"The True King, Part 1"November 18, 2006 (2006-11-18)
1226"The True King, Part 2"November 25, 2006 (2006-11-25)


# English Title
Japanese Title
Japanese release date English release date
"Yu-Gi-Ō!" (遊☆戯☆王)
March 6, 1999 (1999-03-06)N/A
This was a 30-minute movie produced by Toei Animation in Japan. The movie is about a boy named Shougo Aoyama, who is too timid to duel, even after he got a powerful rare card in his deck, the legendary Red-Eyes Black Dragon. Yugi tries to bring Shougo's courage out in a duel with Seto Kaiba, who has his eyes on Shougo's rare card.
This movie follows the plot line developed in the first Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series.
2"Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light"
"Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters: Pyramid of Light" (遊戯王デュエルモンスターズ 光のピラミッド)
November 3, 2004 (2004-11-03)August 13, 2004
In the movie, the evil sorcerer Anubis wants revenge on Yami Yugi, having been defeated by him long ago, and awakens after Yugi Muto solves the Millennium Puzzle. The evil sorcerer possesses the cards Andro Sphinx and Sphinx Teleia, which can be merged into Theinen the Great Sphinx. He also possesses the Pyramid of Light, a corrupted version of the Millennium Puzzle, which also has a card version. His plans to obtain his revenge by using Kaiba to defeat Yami Yugi, in order to completely revive as the King of Destruction and annihilate mankind.
This movie follows the plot line developed in the first three seasons of the second Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series.
3"Yu-Gi-Oh!: Bonds Beyond Time / 10th Anniversary Yu-Gi-Oh! Movie: Super Fusion! Bonds That Transcended Time"
"Tensu Anivāsarī Gekijōban Yū☆Gi☆Ō ~Chō Yūgō! Toki o Koeta Kizuna~ 10th Anniversary" (10thアニバーサリー 劇場版 遊☆戯☆王 ~超融合!時空を越えた絆~)
January 23, 2010 (2010-01-23)February 26, 2011
In the movie, Yusei Fudo of New Domino City has his ace monster, Stardust Dragon, stolen by a mysterious man, Paradox, who has come from the future. Paradox plans to erase the creation of Duel Monsters by disposing of Maximillion Pegasus in the past. Yusei goes through a time slip and reaches Jaden Yuki, one capable of using the power of Card Spirits. In pursuit of Paradox, Yusei and Jaden travel to the times of the legendary duelist, Yugi Muto. They meet with him and make an agreement to combine their powers to fight. To stop Paradox's plans and retrieve Stardust Dragon, Yugi, Jaden, and Yusei's grand duel with Paradox unfolds.
This movie follows the plot line developed in 3 of the franchise's anime series Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's.
4"Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions"
"Yū☆Gi☆Ō Za Dākusaido Obu Dimenshonzu" (ゆう☆戯ぎ☆王おう THE DARK SIDE OF DIMENSIONS)
April 23, 2016 (2016-04-23)January 27, 2017
This movie takes place one year after the conclusion of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters anime series, in the international dubs. In the Japanese Dub, the movie takes place six months after the conclusion of the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga. In the movie, a new threat arises when the Millennium Items are unearthed. Kaiba, obsessed with defeating Pharaoh Atem in a rematch, gathers the pieces of the Millennium Puzzle, planning to reassemble it. Aigami shows up with the Quantum Cube and steals two of the pieces. Kaiba reclaims one, but he must get the other by defeating Yugi. Yugi and Kaiba duel, with Yugi completing the Millennium Puzzle midway through after Kabia refuses to believe Atem's soul is no longer in the Puzzle. Their duel is interrupted by Aigami who has been engulfed by the Millennium Ring's evil, as it was unearthed along with the Puzzle. Yugi and Kaiba team up to defeat him, with Pharaoh Atem's spirit eventually showing up to win the duel. The defeat returns Aigami to normal and destroys the Millennium Ring. Later, Kaiba uses the Quantum Cube to duel Pharaoh Atem in the afterlife.


  1. ^ a b c In the English Dub, Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters takes place between the KC Grand Championship and Dawn of the Duel story arcs, and as such, it counts as a part of Season 5 of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters.


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