The BEST Episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Feb 9, 2020
Network: TV Tokyo
Yu-Gi-Oh! is a show about a boy named Yugi Moto and his alter-ego who lives in his pendant known as the Millennium Puzzle, Yami Yugi, who plays a card game known as Duel Monsters. However, everything is not so simple. The game of Duel Monsters originates in ancient Egypt, and the monsters in the cards are based off of real monsters. Also, the Millennium Puzzle holds several powerful secrets that several people want to get their hands on.
#1 - The Heart of the Cards
Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 18, 2000
When Seto Kaiba forces Yugi Moto's grandfather to duel him, crushing him and taking his most valued card, the Blue-Eyes White Dragon, as a prize, Yugi Moto and his friends Joey Wheeler, Tea Gardner and Tristan Taylor step in and a duel between Yugi and Kaiba begins. But while Kaiba's monsters prove too powerful for Yugi's deck, smashing through his defences, there may still be hope for Yugi if he can put his trust in the Heart of the Cards and claim victory from the jaws of defeat.
#2 - Give Up The Ghost (Part 3 of 3)
Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 1, 2001
Yugi manages to defeat the first Blue Eyes White Dragon, but there are two more waiting in the wings. As the duel rages on the real Seto Kaiba races to save Yugi from defeat at the hands of his own deck.
#3 - Evil Spirit of the Ring
Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 26, 2002
Yugi's classmate Bakura, possessed by his Millennium Ring's dark powers, traps Yugi and his friends in a Shadow Game where they become the cards themselves. Not only must Yugi battle to avoid becoming a permanent part of the card game, but also free Bakura's soul from the Millennium Ring's control.
#4 - Winning Through Intimidation (Part 2 of 2)
Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 2, 2002
Yugi may have found a way to defeat Panik, but has he lost the plot by telling his opponent how he intends to defeat him?. As the Eliminator continues to build his army in the cover of darkness, Yugi must pull out all the stops if he hopes to win the duel.
#5 - Double Trouble Duel (Part 2 of 3)
Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired Mar 23, 2002
Yugi and Joey pool their strengths and manage to fend off their opponents' monsters, but things are about to change as the Paradox Brother's summon the almighty Gate Guardian, a monster in the class of Exodia. Is Joey helping Yugi in this duel, or will his lack of experience seal their fate.
#6 - Face Off (Part 3 of 3)
Season 1 - Episode 24 - Aired Apr 20, 2002
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 ?.
#7 - The Night Before
Season 1 - Episode 28 - Aired Aug 17, 2002
Night falls on Duelist Kingdom and as Yugi and Mai prepare for the following day, Tristan leads an exploration party to uncover Pegasus's secrets. Meanwhile, Joey drifts into pleasant dream's, unaware of Bandit Keith's plan to eliminate him from the contest.
#8 - Yugi versus Pegasus: Match Of The Millennium (Part 1 of 5)
Season 1 - Episode 35 - Aired Sep 21, 2002
Yugi prepares for the ultimate battle against Pegasus with the souls of his Grandfather, Kaiba, and Mokuba on the line. Meanwhile, Tristan and Bakura infiltrate the castle to find the Kaiba brothers, but at this crucial moment, is Bakura once again under the control of the evil spirit of the Millennium ring.
#9 - Yugi versus Pegasus: Match Of The Millennium (Part 5 of 5)
Season 1 - Episode 39 - Aired Oct 5, 2002
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.
#10 - Aftermath
Season 1 - Episode 40 - Aired Oct 5, 2002
The Pegasus saga comes to an end, but a new journey is about to begin. Yugi meets a mysterious Egyptian named Shadi who enters Yugi's mind with the Millennium Key. What are these Millennium Items, and do they hold the answer to the mystery behind the Shadow Games.
#11 - Dungeon Dice Monsters (Part 3 of 4)
Season 1 - Episode 48 - Aired Nov 9, 2002
As the Dungeon Dice game between Yugi and Duke continues, Yugi begins to work out the rules of the game, and how to use them to his advantage. And as Yugi wipes out two of Duke's three heart points, it seems that the King of Games is going to keep his crown after all.
#12 - The Mystery Duelist (Part 1 of 2)
Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 16, 2002
When a mysterious fortune teller steals Yugi's Puzzle, he follows him to a warehouse where Yugi must duel the mysterious figure to win back his Puzzle. But as the duel begins, Yugi recognises his opponent's voice and eventually identifies him as Bandit Keith. However Keith has changed since Yugi last saw him and is now under the control of the mysterious figure. And with Keith's new-found masters comes a new style of playing, one that even Yugi might not be able to beat.
#13 - The Past is Prologue
Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 23, 2002
The origin of Duel Monsters is revealed. Using the magic of the Millennium Necklace, Egyptian historian Ishizu Ishtar shows Seto Kaiba how Duel Monsters was played millennia ago. It seems the ancient games have been resurrected in modern times, along with three almighty beasts of unstoppable power - the Egyptian God Monsters.
#14 - Steppin' Out
Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 23, 2002
The spirit of the Millennium Puzzle realizes that his memories of ancient Egypt have faded, but Tea is going to help him uncover the mysteries of his past. Tea and the Pharaoh hang out and head to an arcade. At the arcade, Tea beats Johnny Steps at a dance machine and he demands a re-match. However, Yugi decides to duel him instead and if he wins, Tea has to date him.
#15 - Stalked by the Rare Hunters
Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 14, 2002
On his way to the hospital to see his sister, Joey is cornered by a group of sinister Rare Hunters, who force him into a duel where, if he lose's, 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.
#16 - The Master Of Magicians (Part 1 of 3)
Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Feb 8, 2003
The magician duelist Arkana transports Yugi to the world's most lethal dueling arena where the cost of losing is banishment to the Shadow Realm. Yugi must win this duel or he'll lose much more than his Dark Magician.
#17 - The Master of Magicians (Part 2 of 3)
Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Feb 8, 2003
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.
#18 - Mime Control (Part 3 of 3)
Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 15, 2003
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?.
#19 - Friends 'Til the End (Part 1 of 4)
Season 2 - Episode 26 - Aired Jun 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.
#20 - Friends 'Til the End (Part 4 of 4)
Season 2 - Episode 29 - Aired Jul 19, 2003
Joey finally breaks free, and finds, to his horror, that Yugi plans to lose the duel and give up his life. Can Joey save Yugi, or will their friendship come to a tragic end.
#21 - Shadow Of A Duel
Season 2 - Episode 30 - Aired Aug 16, 2003
Bakura unleashes his army of ghosts against Bonz's zombies for the right to enter the Battle City finals. But for whom will the final bell toll when this duel is played out in the Shadow Realm.
#22 - The Dark Spirit Revealed (Part 1 of 3)
Season 2 - Episode 33 - Aired Sep 6, 2003
It's the first duel of the Battle City finals as Yugi squares off against the evil spirit of the Millennium Ring who has possessed Bakura. Yugi quickly disposes of Bakura's ghouls, but Bakura has a sinister strategy straight from the graveyard.
#23 - The Dark Spirit Revealed (Part 2 of 3)
Season 2 - Episode 34 - Aired Sep 13, 2003
Bakura activates Destiny Board, which will cause Yugi to lose automatically in five turns, and, to make matters worse, Bakura's Dark Sanctuary damages Yugi's Life Points every time Yugi attacks. Unable to attack and running out of time, Yugi is trapped.
#24 - The Dark Spirit Revealed (Part 3 of 3)
Season 2 - Episode 35 - Aired Sep 13, 2003
Yugi finally overcomes Bakura's tactics when he summons Slifer the Sky Dragon. But Marik plots to make him face a difficult decision: save the world or risk harming a friend.
#25 - Mind Game (Part 1 of 3)
Season 2 - Episode 41 - Aired Oct 4, 2003
The third duel of the Battle City finals between Mai and Marik is no ordinary duel; it's a battle in the dreaded Shadow Realm where losing Life Points equals losing your memories. As Marik's true sinister self comes to the surface, does Mai stand a chance against this malevolent evil.