The BEST Episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 19, 2021

Network: TV Tokyo

Follows the adventures of high school student Yugi, who has a magical secret that comes to life when he plays his favorite card game: 'Duel Monsters.

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The Final Duel (4)

#1 - The Final Duel (4)

Season 5 - Episode 40 - Aired Sep 29, 2004

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, "Golden Chest of Sealing." The power of the Golden Chest of Sealing is it can negate 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 Golden Chest of Sealing 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 another Yugi that "Those of the dead should not remain in the world of the living."

star 8.53
36 votes
Clash In The Coliseum (Part 6 of 6)

#2 - Clash In The Coliseum (Part 6 of 6)

Season 3 - Episode 37 - Aired Nov 19, 2002

As Joey wakes up in the hospital bed, the duel continues. Kaiba plays his Final Attack Orders trap card, meaning that all of Yugi's and Kaiba's monsters must be in attack mode for the rest of the duel, and that they must take 3 cards out of their deck to play with and throw the rest into the graveyard. And after that, Kaiba plays Monster Reborn to revive the Blue Eyes white Dragon and plays Polymerization to fuse them all together into the Blue Eyes Ultimate Dragon. Yugi mimics this move, by playing Double Spell. He revives Buster Blader and fuses it with Dark Magician to form the Dark Paladin. Kaiba attacks, but Yugi plays Diffusion, forcing Kaiba's Ultimate Dragon to split into the 3 separate Blue Eyes. Using this, Yugi can power up the Dark Paladin to 4900 attack points. Yugi follows by playing Diffusion Wave Motion, which allows him to attack all the monsters on his opponents field with one monster. The Dark Paladin destroys the 3 Blue Eyes White Dragons and Kaiba's Life Points dro

star 8.37
41 votes
The Final Face Off (Part 4 of 5)

#3 - The Final Face Off (Part 4 of 5)

Season 3 - Episode 44 - Aired Jan 21, 2003

Yami Marik could very well be on the verge on defeating Yami Yugi. On his next turn, he will activate Monster Reborn, allowing him to once again revive The Winged Dragon of Ra from the Graveyard. However, Yami Yugi won't give up, as he is convinced he can win the duel and save Marik from the Shadow Realm. He also has the Egyptian God Slime to worry about. Yami Marik lays a card face-down and summons Swallowtail Spike Lizard (1900/700) in defense mode. The card will grant Yami Marik 1000 Life Points each time his turn begins. Joey realizes that Yami Yugi is in a dilemma. If he attacked, Marik's good side would further disappear into the shadows. Joey then remembers it's Marik's fault this is happening to begin with. Marik, still in possession of Téa's body, tells him he was trying to help Yami defeat Yami Marik, but Joey is still angry and demands Marik leave Téa's body so the duel can continue. Marik apologizes for what's happened. He returns control to Téa. Marik knows that Yami won't

star 8.36
36 votes
Noah's Final Threat (Part 2 of 2)

#4 - Noah's Final Threat (Part 2 of 2)

Season 3 - Episode 21 - Aired Aug 13, 2002

The attack went through, but Yami activated the trap card Nutrient Z, which gave him 4000 more life points if the damage done to him was greater than 2000 before the attack. Now Yami now has 1800 life points. However, since Yami lost 2300 life points, Noah gains them, setting him at 8200. He then chains with a Quickplay Magic card from his hand: Sebek's blessing, which lets him gain the damage done to Yami, setting his lifepoints at 10,500. But then the turn ends and the Yamata Dragon returns to his hand, setting off the Spring, which makes Noah's life points 11,000. Yami plays Alpha the Magnet Warrior in attack mode and attacks directly, making Noah's life points 9600. Noa then turns Tristan to stone. He explains that one person will be turned to stone during the end of each of Yami's turns. Noa draws and plays Inaba White Rabbit which can attack directly, setting Yami at 1100. He ends his turn, recalls the Spirit monster, and gains 700 life points from Shinato and 500 life points fro

star 8.29
41 votes
The Final Face Off (Part 3 of 5)

#5 - The Final Face Off (Part 3 of 5)

Season 3 - Episode 43 - Aired Jan 14, 2003

As the concluding duel to Battle City rages on, things are looking good for Yami Yugi. His newly summoned Egyptian God card, Obelisk the Tormentor (4000/4000), has taken a big chunk of Yami Marik's Life Points; 4000 to be exact. Despite the major blow, Yami Marik isn't too worried, reminding Yami Yugi that it's Marik who suffers as a result. Marik, with whatever power he's got left, goes to a still-unconscious Odion. He apologizes for everything he's done, but remembers why Odion stood by Marik to begin with, to control the evil within. Odion knew what Marik was doing was evil, but Odion has protected Marik since he was born, even undertaking his own painful ritual to prove his loyalty. Marik could never repay him for all he's done, and he realizes his time is up. He says goodbye to Odion. Back in the Shadow Game, Yami Marik activates a trap card, Metal Reflect Slime, which creates a copy of Obelisk, with a DEF of 3000. Yami Yugi sets a card and ends his turn. Yami Marik brings out Rev

star 8.28
39 votes
The Final Duel (3)

#6 - The Final Duel (3)

Season 5 - Episode 39 - Aired Sep 22, 2004

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.)

star 8.28
29 votes
Best of Friends, Best of Duelists (Part 2 of 2)

#7 - Best of Friends, Best of Duelists (Part 2 of 2)

Season 1 - Episode 34 - Aired Dec 12, 2000

Yugi is shocked as Joey uses the Time Wizard card he gave him as a sign of their friendship against him. However, as the two battle each other and one comes out the victor, they find confirmation of the strength of their friendship that surpasses any duel.

star 8.27
60 votes
Mime Control (Part 3 of 3)

#8 - Mime Control (Part 3 of 3)

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired Aug 7, 2001

Yugi continues his duel, being outmatched by Slifer and its special ability every turn. Even his best Magic and Trap cards are not working. Can Yugi discover Slifer's one fatal flaw before he's annihilated by tens of thousands of attack points?.

star 8.26
46 votes
The Master of Magicians (Part 2 of 3)

#9 - The Master of Magicians (Part 2 of 3)

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Jun 26, 2001

Yugi continues his duel against Arkana. However, Yugi can not seem to overcome Arkana's own Dark Magician, not to mention his ectoplasmer cards. Will he be able to beat Arkana?. Meanwhile, Grandpa, Tea, Joey, and Tristan comb the city trying to find Yugi.

star 8.26
43 votes
Yugi versus Pegasus: Match Of The Millennium (Part 5 of 5)

#10 - Yugi versus Pegasus: Match Of The Millennium (Part 5 of 5)

Season 1 - Episode 39 - Aired Jan 23, 2001

Little Yugi collapses, leaving only the spirit of the puzzle to duel against Pegasus. Pegasus tries to read the spirit's mind, but Tea, Joey and Tristan use their friendship ritual to block him out. Can the mysterious spirit of the puzzle defeat Pegasus alone as the shadow game draw's to a close.

star 8.24
66 votes
Burying The Past (Part 1 of 2)

#11 - Burying The Past (Part 1 of 2)

Season 3 - Episode 23 - Aired Aug 27, 2002

Having escaped from the Virtual World in Mokuba's body, Noah sets about to shut down the system once and for all, destroying the minds of his father and everybody else in the Virtual World at the same time. Yugi and the others, meanwhile, continue to search for an exit from their virtual prison, but Kaiba is more interested with defeating his step-father once and for all. However a duel between the two relatives soon proves to be a lot more challenging than Seto could have ever expected.

star 8.24
38 votes
Mime Control (Part 1 of 3)

#12 - Mime Control (Part 1 of 3)

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired Jul 24, 2001

Marik is making his way to Battle City by boat, and is planing his ultimate strike on Yugi. He takes control of Strings - The Silent One and forces him to duel. At first the duel is going neither way. However, Marik is about to pull out his trump card, the Egyptian God card, Slifer the Sky Dragon.

star 8.20
41 votes
Face Off (Part 3 of 3)

#13 - Face Off (Part 3 of 3)

Season 1 - Episode 24 - Aired Oct 3, 2000

Yugi begins spinning a strategy to put the Blue Eyes Ultimate Dragon to rest, but he must decide whether to claim victory or spare Kaiba's life. Yugi's heart is split in two, but will the spirit of the puzzle choose compassion, or victory at any cost ?.

star 8.19
67 votes
Duel Identity (Part 2 of 2)

#14 - Duel Identity (Part 2 of 2)

Season 1 - Episode 30 - Aired Nov 14, 2000

As the first playoff duel rages, Yugi seems helpless against the power of Mai's Harpy Combo Team. Yugi still won't accept help from the spirit of the puzzle either. But, after some reassurance from his friends, Yugi decides to trust the spirit of the puzzle and together they must think of a plan to defeat Mai.

star 8.19
63 votes
Fighting For A Friend (Part 5 of 5)

#15 - Fighting For A Friend (Part 5 of 5)

Season 4 - Episode 29 - Aired Oct 1, 2003

As Yami Yugi, Tea, and Tristan continue searching and Kaiba and Mokuba fight off swarms of Orichalcos Soldiers, the duel between Joey and Mai continues. Joey again tries to convince Mai that she should stop, but it doesn't work. The duel continues, and Mai continues to have the upper hand. Joey finally draws his Claw of Hermos and uses it to create the Red Eyes Black Dragon sword. Victory seems in his hand, but Mai makes quick work of his sword with her Harpy's Feather Duster. Things look hopeless for Joey as Mai begins her final assult. She is ready to attack his Life Points and end the duel, but she stops. She begins to remember all the good times she and Joey had and all the times Joey protected her from danger. But at that moment, Joey begins to collapse. Mai rushes towards him, but it's too late. As the seal closes in around them, Joey tells Mai that he's glad her soul is safe and pushes her out. As the Seal takes Joey's soul, Mai screams and her Orichalcos shard shatters. Dartz s

star 8.14
29 votes
Yugi versus Pegasus: Match Of The Millennium (Part 4 of 5)

#16 - Yugi versus Pegasus: Match Of The Millennium (Part 4 of 5)

Season 1 - Episode 38 - Aired Jan 16, 2001

Yugi crumples in exhaustion under the crippling power of the Shadow Game. His friends yell desperate encouragement, but their voices cannot penetrate the sphere of darkness. Yugi's chance's of victory are ebbing away, as is his life.

star 8.10
60 votes
Yugi versus Pegasus: Match Of The Millennium (Part 3 of 5)

#17 - Yugi versus Pegasus: Match Of The Millennium (Part 3 of 5)

Season 1 - Episode 37 - Aired Jan 9, 2001

Yugi has found a way to counter Pegasus's mind-reading ability. by switching back and forth between himself and the spirit of the puzzle he is able to destroy Pegasus's Toon World. But, far from being over the next level of the deadly Shadow Game has only just begun.

star 8.10
62 votes
The Final Face Off (Part 1 of 5)

#18 - The Final Face Off (Part 1 of 5)

Season 3 - Episode 41 - Aired Dec 24, 2002

Yugi is now all that stands between Yami Marik and his sick, twisted desire to rule the world. Even though Yugi has two Egyptian God cards, Obelisk the Tormentor and Slifer the Sky Dragon, his chances at defeating Yami Marik's Egyptian God card, The Winged Dragon of Ra, are slim. However, Kaiba has given Yugi a magic card which may be what he needs to take Ra down, Fiend's Sanctuary. Of course, Kaiba still doesn't believe in his ancient past, but Ishizu thinks he'll be proven wrong soon enough. Yami Marik decides to make their duel a Shadow Game, but there's a lot at stake. If Yami Marik loses, Mai Valentine, and Yugi, who has been taken captive, will be freed but Marik will be gone. If Yami Marik wins, not only does Marik disappear into the shadows, Mai and Yugi as well. Without Yugi, Yami Yugi will cease to exist. Either way, Marik goes bye-bye. Early in the duel, Yami Yugi is already down to 3300 life points, but Yugi still encourages him to keep fighting. Yami Yugi manages to preve

star 8.09
43 votes
The Final Face Off (Part 5 of 5)

#19 - The Final Face Off (Part 5 of 5)

Season 3 - Episode 45 - Aired Jan 28, 2003

As this starts, Odion continues to try to go to the duel tower, but Yami Marik laughs and says that even if Odion is awake, he won't change places with his other self. As Odion reaches the duel tower, he talks about how the Ishtar family has suffered a lot and that how Yami Marik sent his father to the Shadow Realm. Yami Marik tells Odion to be quiet, and then uses the Millennium Rod to throw his back. But then Odion gets up again, telling Marik that he is trying to seal him self in darkness. Again, Yami Marik throws Odion back with the Millennium Rod. Ishizu runs to Odion, and then Marik raises the Millennium Rod again, but then regular Marik combines with Yami Marik and makes the Rod fall. The two Mariks fight within the same body. Yami Marik screams. Marik tells Yugi to attack him quickly and says that he committed an unforgivable crime. So, using the effect of Ragnarok, Yami Yugi removes all the monsters from his hand, graveyard, and deck from play to destroy all opponents' monster

star 8.08
39 votes
Obelisk the Tormentor

#20 - Obelisk the Tormentor

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired May 8, 2001

To face the future, Yugi must first look into the past. He learns that he was 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 his Egyptian God Card Obelisk The Tormentor against the fury of his Blue Eyes Ultimate Dragon.

star 8.07
54 votes
Sinister Secrets (Part 1 of 3)

#21 - Sinister Secrets (Part 1 of 3)

Season 5 - Episode 12 - Aired Mar 17, 2004

With Kaiba's hacker trouble out of the way, it is time for the promised event: Yugi, the King of Games vs. Leon. However, things do not seem as peaceful as they are supposed to be. As Leon progresses up the stairs to the final duel of the event, Zigfried catches his eye and hands him a card with a picture of a golden castle on it, saying it will prove useful. Taking it, Leon begins his awaited duel. However, during the duel, one of Kaiba's men comes up and gives Kaiba some news that unsettles everyone present: Leon and Zigfried are brothers! However, Leon is dueling to help his brother fulfill their mission: destroy Kaiba Corp and advertise their own company.

star 8.07
30 votes
Sinister Secrets (Part 2 of 3)

#22 - Sinister Secrets (Part 2 of 3)

Season 5 - Episode 13 - Aired Mar 24, 2004

Zigfried does not seem content with just his brother's victory in this duel. To ensure things go that way, the card he gave to Leon, The Golden Castle of Stromburg, an illegal card, has been modified to force the duelist's monsters to battle and cause Yugi's own creatures to self-destruct while Leon's remain untouched. In addition, to make things worse, Yugi has to put half his deck in the graveyard to keep it going, much to his distaste. Add to the fact that so long as the card does remain active, Kaiba's computer mainframe will be infected with an unstoppable virus, and you have a recipe for the ultimate disaster. Even Leon isn't happy with the arrangement, especially since it's cheating. However, Leon's pleas fall on Zigfried's deaf ears as he controls the duel from the balcony. However, Yugi promises that he'll help Leon destroy the castle somehow. But how can he destroy a card that can't be affected by traps and spells?

star 8.07
30 votes
On The Wrong Track (Part 3 of 3)

#23 - On The Wrong Track (Part 3 of 3)

Season 4 - Episode 18 - Aired Jul 1, 2003

With their duels still unresolved, both Yami Yugi and Joey draw their Legendary Dragon cards at similar times and both summon them to the field. However while Joey successfully combines Hermos with his Red-Eyes Black Dragon, Timaeus vanishes as Yami Yugi summons it leaving him stranded with his main hope for victory gone. Nonetheless, Yami Yugi is determined to defeat Weevil and find out where Yugi's soul is being kept, but the pressure of the guilt residing within him seems to be growing stronger by the minute. Joey is able to defeat Rex easily with Hermos's power, but things look bad for Yami Yugi. He eventually wins using his Berzerker Soul magic card, but he's still no closer to finding Yugi's soul. At that moment, the train derails, and Yami Yugi, Tea, and Weevil's souless body go plummeting into a ravine.

star 8.06
32 votes
Deja Duel! (Part 2 of 2)

#24 - Deja Duel! (Part 2 of 2)

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 8, 2003

Kaiba and Alister's duel continues, with Alister seeming to get the upper hand. His Gorlag's attack points rise from 1000 to 2500 just on the turn it's summoned due to its special effect and the effect of The Seal of Orichalcos. Then, Alister tells Kaiba about his past, and how his little brother Mikey was captured by enemy troops during a war. Kaiba Corperation was providing the tanks to the army that captured his brother, so Alister wants revenge on the Kaiba family. And it seems he might be able to achieve that by looking at how the duel is going. Alister now has two Blue Eyes White Dragons and his Gorlag on the field, with a combined attack power of 10,000. Just as Kaiba is about to give up, he is transported to the Duel Monsters world. He gains the power of the dragon Critias and comes back to the real world, amazed to find a card with Critias's picture on it. He plays it anyway, and almost wins, but Alister uses a trap card and because of its effect, the duel ends in a tie and Al

star 8.06
36 votes
Mind Game (Part 2 of 3)

#25 - Mind Game (Part 2 of 3)

Season 2 - Episode 42 - Aired Jan 22, 2002

As Mai loses more and more of her memories under Marik's relentless assault, she loses confidence in her dueling abilities. Will Yugi and his friend's support bring her back to victory, or will her shattered mind be trapped in the Shadow Realm for eternity.

star 8.05
38 votes