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

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 23, 2019

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.

The Final Duel (4)

#1 - The Final Duel (4)

Season 5 - Episode 40

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 8.95
19 votes
The Final Duel (1)

#2 - The Final Duel (1)

Season 5 - Episode 37

Yugi and Atem place the seven Millennium Items into their slots in the Pharaoh's Memory in the shrine of the Underworld. 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".

star 8.93
14 votes
The Final Duel (2)

#3 - The Final Duel (2)

Season 5 - Episode 38

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 Magic 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 gods.

star 8.92
13 votes
Fate Of The Pharaoh (Part 3 of 3)

#4 - Fate Of The Pharaoh (Part 3 of 3)

Season 4 - Episode 14

Because Yami Yugi activated The Seal of Orichalcos, his Timaeus card disappears because it can't mix with the power of Orichalcos. Angry, Yami Yugi summons many monsters to the field and is able to destroy Rafael's Guardian Grarl, meaning his Purity of the Cemetary card is destroyed. But Rafael plays Monster Rebirth, sending his Grarl card into the deck, proving that Rafael still doesn't want any of his monsters in the graveyard. Meanwhile, from some dark place, Yugi wakes up to see that his other self really did activate the Seal and started becoming evil. When Joey, Tristan, and Duke arrive outside the duel arena, Rex explains to them that Yugi got the Orichalcos card and played it, which Joey can't believe. Back to the duel, Rafael activates Swords of Revealing Light, stopping Yami Yugi's monsters from attacking for 3 turns. Yami Yugi shrugs it off and plays Catapult Turtle, which he uses to catapult his monsters at Rafael's life points. Although Rafael still has 100 life points lef

star 8.85
20 votes
The Dark One Cometh (3)

#5 - The Dark One Cometh (3)

Season 5 - Episode 33

The Pharaoh summons the Three Egyptian Gods to combat Zorc. Meanwhile, at the tabletop, Bakura claims that he'll return to his original form and both leave the table and join with their 3000-year old counterparts. Zorc defeats the Gods by covering the sun, wiping their strength out.

star 8.58
12 votes
The Final Duel (3)

#6 - The Final Duel (3)

Season 5 - Episode 39

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 8.57
14 votes
Tomb of the Nameless Pharaoh

#7 - Tomb of the Nameless Pharaoh

Season 5 - Episode 15

Mr. Muto tells his grandson the story of how he received the Millennium Puzzle and how a mysterious man saved him after one of his guides betrayed him. During the night, Rex and Weevil break into Yugi's room and steal his duffle bag to get the three Egyptian cards. Yugi wakes up from the noise and chases them out into the street. They're surprised to find the Millennium Items inside the bag. When Yugi finally catches up with them, he ends up face-to-face with Yami Bakura.

star 8.50
14 votes
Yugi versus Pegasus: Match Of The Millennium (Part 5 of 5)

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

Season 1 - Episode 39

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 8.48
42 votes
A Duel With Dartz (Part 5 of 6)

#9 - A Duel With Dartz (Part 5 of 6)

Season 4 - Episode 37

As Dartz and Yami Yugi talk, Joey wakes up in the soul-prison world. He, Yugi, and Pegasus talk about the chances of Yami Yugi defeating Dartz, and Pegasus says that he can win with the card he gave him. The card has the power to break the seal on the Legendary Dragons and turn them human. Back at the duel, Dartz succeeds in breaking Yami Yugi's spirit. Dartz has 20,000 life points and three invincible monsters on his field. Dartz tries to convince Yami Yugi that he'll do much more for his friends by surrendering and going to where they are than attempting to draw the duel out longer. Yami Yugi prepares to surrender, but a teardrop hits the Millennium Puzzle and the Seal of Orichalcos closing in all around him is repelled. Dartz is confused, and Yami Yugi says that he was able to look into his heart and knows that all his friends are with him. He draws a card. It's the card Pegasus gave him, Legend of Heart. Using it, he summons the Legendary Dragons and transforms them into the Legend

star 8.47
15 votes
A Duel With Dartz (Part 6 of 6)

#10 - A Duel With Dartz (Part 6 of 6)

Season 4 - Episode 38

Yami Yugi uses Hermos's special ability to escape Dartz's attack. Then he has Critias and Hermos attack Divine Serpent at the same time, and with their respective special abilities, they are able to form a loop on Divine Serpent's head creating a power even more powerful than infinity. Yami Yugi then fuses the three knights together to form the Knight of Destiny. He attacks Divine Serpent, destroying it and winning the duel. Dartz is amazed that he lost, and refuses to believe it. A portal open behind him and he disappears into it. The three knights use a rip in the barrier between the two sides to call back the souls of Yugi, Kaiba, and Joey. After a touching reunion, Roland runs in to inform everyone of some bad news. Atlantis is rising from the ocean depths, creating a large tsunami with it. The tsunami will destroy the entire American east coast within one hour. Yugi, Kaiba, and Joey decide to go to Atlantis themselves and defeat Dartz once and for all, much to the dismay of everyo

star 8.46
13 votes
Clash In The Coliseum (Part 2 of 6)

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

Season 3 - Episode 33

Ishizu watches over Odion and recalls the events of her and Marik's past. Meanwhile, at the duel, Yugi thanks Kaiba for letting him get Slifer in his hand so quickly. Yugi summons Big Shield Gardna in defence position and he places one card facedown. Kaiba draws and summons Z Metal Tank and fuses it with his XY Dragon Cannon to summon XYZ Dragon Cannon. XYZ attacks and destroys Big Sheild Gardna, but Yugi activates Soul Rope, allowing him to pay 1000 Life Points to special summon a monster from his deck, so he summons King's Knight. Since both the King's and Queen's Knights are on the field, Yugi special summons Jack's Knight from his deck. Kaiba sets two cards and ends his turn. On Yugi's turn, he sacrifices his three knights to summon Slifer the Sky Dragon, who has an attack and defense of 3000. Slifer attacks XYZ, but Kaiba uses Interdimensional Transporter to remove XYZ from the game until the end of the turn. Yugi sets one card, reducing Slifer's attack and defense to 2000 and end

star 8.45
20 votes
Noah's Final Threat (Part 2 of 2)

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

Season 3 - Episode 21

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 8.38
26 votes
Spiritual Awakening

#13 - Spiritual Awakening

Season 5 - Episode 16

Dark Bakura kidnaps Mokuba and forces Kaiba to duel him. Planning to claim the power of the Blue-Eyes as his own, Bakura attacks using a new deck of Egyptian-themed cards, including his spirit beast, Diabound. Diabound is able to absorb some of the power of the Blue-Eyes, and Bakura abandons the duel. However, he leaves a parting gift for Kaiba - the Millennium Eye.

star 8.38
13 votes
Deja Duel! (Part 2 of 2)

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

Season 4 - Episode 6

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 8.35
23 votes
Best of Friends, Best of Duelists (Part 2 of 2)

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

Season 1 - Episode 34

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 8.33
36 votes
Sinister Secrets (Part 2 of 3)

#16 - Sinister Secrets (Part 2 of 3)

Season 5 - Episode 13

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 8.33
15 votes
The Master Of Magicians (Part 3 of 3)

#17 - The Master Of Magicians (Part 3 of 3)

Season 2 - Episode 13

As the duel between Arkana and Yugi continues, both sides struggle to beat the other, pitting Dark Magician against Dark Magician. However, Yugi has a secret weapon in Dark Magician Girl. Meanwhile, Joey and the other's continue the search for the secret duelling arena.

star 8.31
29 votes
Clash In The Coliseum (Part 4 of 6)

#18 - Clash In The Coliseum (Part 4 of 6)

Season 3 - Episode 35

The God cards destroy each other at the same time, creating a huge explosions and destroying the televisions that are broadcasting the duel. The explosions cause Yugi and Kaiba to go into a flashback where they watch their ancient selves begin a duel. The Priest-Kaiba summons Blue Eyes White Dragon and the Pharaoh Yugi summons Dark Magician. When the flashback ends, Kaiba summons Blue Eyes White Dragon and Yugi summons Dark Magician, creating an image similar to the tablet in the museum. As Yami Yugi and Kaiba return to the duel, they notice that both Egyptian God Cards have been destroyed. But with renewed zeal for winning, Kaiba manages to summon his Blue Eyes White Dragon, while Yugi summons the Dark Magician.

star 8.30
23 votes
Clash In The Coliseum (Part 3 of 6)

#19 - Clash In The Coliseum (Part 3 of 6)

Season 3 - Episode 34

As Joey's dream continues, he continues to advance in the dream tournament. With Yugi controlling Slifer the Sky Dragon and Kaiba controlling Obelisk The Tormentor, the duel of the God cards seems to go on and on because they both use a wide assortment of Magic and Trap cards to prevent their God card from being destroyed. Eventually, the two monsters' attack powers become equal and they attack and destroy each other at the same time, causing a massive explosion. What will result from the attacks?

star 8.30
20 votes
Clash In The Coliseum (Part 6 of 6)

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

Season 3 - Episode 37

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 8.29
24 votes
The Final Face Off (Part 2 of 5)

#21 - The Final Face Off (Part 2 of 5)

Season 3 - Episode 42

The final Battle City duel continues. Yami Marik has summoned his Egyptian God card, The Winged Dragon of Ra via Monster Reborn in its Phoenix mode. Slifer the Sky Dragon, Yami Yugi's Egyptian God card, is unable to scratch it, even with its ability to reduce its stats by 2000. Yami Marik pays 1000 Life Points to destroy Slifer. Yami Yugi is still able to continue the match. Despite the destruction of Slifer, Yami Yugi still has one more Egyptian God card waiting, Obelisk the Tormentor, and there's still the card which Kaiba gave him, Fiend's Sanctuary. Yami Yugi takes his turn, and without even looking, he draws a card and places it face-down, as if he knew what it was right off the bat. Yami Marik once again resurrects his Winged Dragon of Ra, but this time, he pays all but one of his LP and sacrifices his monster, Juragedo, to add it's ATK to Ra, bringing it to 4699 ATK. The end seems near, but Yami Yugi activates Fiend's Sanctuary, which produces a Metal Fiend Token. If Ra attacks

star 8.29
24 votes
Mime Control (Part 3 of 3)

#22 - Mime Control (Part 3 of 3)

Season 2 - Episode 18

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 8.29
28 votes
In Search of a King

#23 - In Search of a King

Season 5 - Episode 24

Akunadin forces Kisara to fight the other prisoners in an attempt to force her to call forth her spirit beast. Despite Akunadin 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 to be 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.

star 8.29
14 votes
Fighting For A Friend (Part 5 of 5)

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

Season 4 - Episode 29

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 8.28
18 votes
The Final Face Off (Part 4 of 5)

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

Season 3 - Episode 44

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 8.27
22 votes