The BEST Episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh!

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Apr 19, 2020

Network: TV Asahi

A young boy named Yugi Moto solves an Ancient Egyptian Puzzle and brings forth a dark and powerful alter ego. Whenever he and his friends are threatened by evil, this alter ego breaks out of the confines of the Millenium Puzzle and challenges wrongdoers to the Shadow Games: Life or Death situations that test the true nature of human beings. Those that lose or cheat suffer serious penalties that result in losing their sanity or even their lives. Along with his friends Joey, Tristan, Téa and Miho; Yugi and his dark counterpart faces off against foes such as Seto Kaiba: The ruthless champion of the duel monsters card game; and Ryo Bakura, who possesses the Millenium Ring containing a spirit more brutal than Yami Yugi. Will Yugi and his friends succeed or will they lose their souls?

Friendship - From Legend to Myth

#1 - Friendship - From Legend to Myth

Season 1 - Episode 27 - Aired Oct 10, 1998

Even when seemingly defeated, Zorc rises again and threatens to overwhelm the gang. It is up to Bakura to defeat his evil counterpart.

star 8.71
21 votes
The Furious Battle - A Shadow Game

#2 - The Furious Battle - A Shadow Game

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 4, 1998

A boy named Yugi Mutou solves the Millennium Puzzle which turns in into the "King of Games".

star 8.65
105 votes
Now! The Time of Decision - The Miracle Friendship

#3 - Now! The Time of Decision - The Miracle Friendship

Season 1 - Episode 24 - Aired Sep 19, 1998

With his grandpa and friends at stake, Yugi duels Kaiba, and his three Blue-Eyes White Dragons, while Jonouchi and Miho battle Ryuchi and Aileen. With his friends' support, Yugi pulls off the unbeatable combo--Exodia.

star 8.53
15 votes
In a Bomb Game - The Worst Date

#4 - In a Bomb Game - The Worst Date

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Jul 4, 1998

When she realizes that Yugi is her mysterious crush, Anzu invites him on a date to an amusement park, intending to put herself in danger to see Dark Yugi. But she finds herself in real danger when a mad bomber challenges Dark Yugi to a twisted game of balloons and explosions.

star 8.29
21 votes
A New Development - The Handsome Boy who Attacks

#5 - A New Development - The Handsome Boy who Attacks

Season 1 - Episode 25 - Aired Sep 26, 1998

Yugi and his friends meet Ryo Bakura, a gentle new student with an interest in role-playing games. Little do they know the danger that dwells within him...

star 8.19
16 votes
Rival Clash - The Greatest Crisis

#6 - Rival Clash - The Greatest Crisis

Season 1 - Episode 26 - Aired Oct 3, 1998

Yami Yugi aids the others, reduced to figurines, against Dark Bakura and his RPG's boss, Dark Master Zorc.

star 8.18
17 votes
Now Revealed!! Yugi's Secret

#7 - Now Revealed!! Yugi's Secret

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired May 2, 1998

A man from ancient Egyptian comes at 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, Dark Yugi challenges him to a game where the man from Egypt must find the real door which has the Millennium Puzzle in it. In the end, the man from Egypt loses and he tells Dark Yugi that he really is the owner of the Millennium Puzzle.

star 8.13
32 votes
The Devil Gamer - The Trap of Hell

#8 - The Devil Gamer - The Trap of Hell

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 11, 1998

A criminal escapes from jail and takes Anzu as a prisoner. Yugi shows his other self by using the Millennium Puzzle as he challenges the criminal to a Shadow Game in order to get Anzu back.

star 8.09
32 votes
Theft! The Super Legendary Rare Watch

#9 - Theft! The Super Legendary Rare Watch

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 25, 1998

Honda buys a watch for Miho and he gets lucky because he gets the last one. When a guy that collects watches sees that there aren't anymore, he steals the watch from Miho only to be stopped by Dark Yugi right in time. Yugi challenges him to a Shadow Game for the watch as the watch collector loses and Yugi returns the watch to Miho.

star 7.91
33 votes
Complete!! The Ultimate Game Land

#10 - Complete!! The Ultimate Game Land

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired Aug 22, 1998

Kaiba kidnaps Yugi's grandpa 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.

star 7.89
19 votes
The Rumored Capmon - It's a New Arrival

#11 - The Rumored Capmon - It's a New Arrival

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Jun 13, 1998

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.

star 7.88
25 votes
The Capmon King! The Showdown for the Top!!

#12 - The Capmon King! The Showdown for the Top!!

Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired Sep 5, 1998

With Honda seemingly dead, an enraged Dark Yugi battles Mokuba, Kaiba's little brother, in Capsule Monster Chess.

star 7.87
15 votes
Desperate Situation!! The Hot Friendship Showdown

#13 - Desperate Situation!! The Hot Friendship Showdown

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired May 9, 1998

Shadi, the man from Egypt, challenges Yugi to a Shadow Game, with Anzu's life as the prize.

star 7.84
56 votes
Explosion - The Ultimate Secret Yo-Yo Technique

#14 - Explosion - The Ultimate Secret Yo-Yo Technique

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired May 30, 1998

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?

star 7.81
27 votes
A Last Minute Match - The Model that Invites

#15 - A Last Minute Match - The Model that Invites

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Jul 25, 1998

Kaiba's third Game Master, famous model Aileen Rao, challenges Dark Yugi to a game of Rijinhai. Irene prides herself on taking away the most important things from the ones she defeats--if Yugi loses, he loses Anzu...

star 7.74
19 votes
Tear - The Borderline Shooting

#16 - Tear - The Borderline Shooting

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired Aug 29, 1998

The gang 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.

star 7.69
16 votes
An Eerie Woman!! Unable to Transform

#17 - An Eerie Woman!! Unable to Transform

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Jul 11, 1998

A new girl named Risa Kageyama wants to become Yugi's girlfriend (much to Anzu's anger). But Risa is actually intent on obtaining Yugi's rare Violet Hectate card.

star 7.67
21 votes
It Came Out!! The Strongest and Final Trump Card

#18 - It Came Out!! The Strongest and Final Trump Card

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired Aug 15, 1998

Kaiba's butler Daimon, an old man kept alive through machinery, duels Dark Yugi as the final Game Master. In the process, he reveals how Kaiba used to be, and implores Yugi to restore his kindness.

star 7.65
17 votes
Target the Schoolgirls - The Fangs of Great Prophecies

#19 - Target the Schoolgirls - The Fangs of Great Prophecies

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Jun 27, 1998

Fraudulent psychic Kokurano has his eyes on Anzu. Though Anzu doesen't believe his predictions at first, her desire to see her mysterious savior (Dark Yugi) leads her right into Kokurano's grasp.

star 7.60
25 votes
The Pressing Beautiful Teacher - The Secret Mask

#20 - The Pressing Beautiful Teacher - The Secret Mask

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Jun 6, 1998

Anzu clashes with the beautiful but sadistically strict Ms. Chrono, and organizes a petition to change the school rules. But Chrono's underhanded counterattack ruins the petition--until Dark Yugi steps in.

star 7.48
27 votes
Turnabout by a Hair's Breadth - The White-Robed Crisis

#21 - Turnabout by a Hair's Breadth - The White-Robed Crisis

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Jul 18, 1998

Jonouchi has a crush on Miyuki, the nurse taking care of his sister Shizuka. But when a corrupt doctor fires her, Jonouchi can't expose him, or Shizuka will be kicked out of the hospital.

star 7.48
25 votes
The Four Game Masters Finally Move Out

#22 - The Four Game Masters Finally Move Out

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired May 23, 1998

Yugi is kidnapped by Kaiba, and forced to duel the first of his four Game Masters, Count Ridley Sheldon. Can Dark Yugi defeat his doll monsters?

star 7.27
26 votes
In a Forbidden Game - Don't Make a Move

#23 - In a Forbidden Game - Don't Make a Move

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Aug 1, 1998

Yugi befriends bullied youth Imori, and the two discover the forbidden game Dragon Block. The evil game overcomes Imori and he challenges Dark Yugi to a game with his soul itself on the line.

star 7.26
19 votes
Clash! The Strongest Monster

#24 - Clash! The Strongest Monster

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 18, 1998

Seto Kaiba is a new student in Yugi's class and he is also a Duel Monsters (a card game) expert. After he steals the Blue-Eyes White Dragon from Yugi's grandfather, Yugi challenges him to a duel where the cards are real. The game remains a tie and Yugi gets his grandpa's card back.

star 7.16
32 votes
The Extremely Lucky Enemy - The Invincible Legend

#25 - The Extremely Lucky Enemy - The Invincible Legend

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Jun 20, 1998

Game show champion Ryuichi Fuha (Kaiba's second Game Master) moves to the gang's high school. Although he seems friendly, Ryuichi's tactics for arousing Dark Yugi soon turn dangerous...

star 7.12
25 votes