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

Last Updated: Nov 15, 2018

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.

Champion versus Creator (Part 2 of 2)

#1 - Champion versus Creator (Part 2 of 2)

Season 1 - Episode 27

As Kaiba continues his duel with Pegasus, Yugi tells the others about the power of Pegasus's Millennium Eye. Joey seems to think that if the Millennium Eye really had such powers there would be no way for Kaiba to win. Yugi disagrees with this, reminding Joey that Kaiba is the champion of the game - but champion or not is Joey right and will this spell the end for Seto Kaiba ?.

star 8.61
18 votes
Face Off (Part 3 of 3)

#2 - Face Off (Part 3 of 3)

Season 1 - Episode 24

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 8.50
12 votes
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The Light at the End of the Tunnel (Part 1 of 2)

#3 - The Light at the End of the Tunnel (Part 1 of 2)

Season 1 - Episode 14

Mai has fallen victim to Panik, a duelist hired as an eliminator by Pegasus, and lost all her star chips. Yugi vows to defeat him and win them back. Panik, confident that Yugi will fall before his fear inducing deck accepts.

star 8.24
17 votes
Shining Friendship

#4 - Shining Friendship

Season 1 - Episode 25

After losing his duel to Kaiba, Yugi only has five star chips left and refuses to duel again, afraid he may not be able to control the spirit of the puzzle. Mai finally arrives at the castle, with the eight star chips she promised Yugi. However, Yugi will not take them. Tea has other idea's and challenges Mai in Yugi's place.

star 8.23
13 votes
The Ultimate Great Moth (Part 2 of 2)

#5 - The Ultimate Great Moth (Part 2 of 2)

Season 1 - Episode 5

Yugi's first Duelist Kingdom duel continues, but despite turning the tables on Weevil things are far from over. Attempting to foil Weevil's plans, Yugi finds himself worse off than ever as his opponent summons the seemingly impenetrable Cocoon of Evolution. Is nothing in Yugi's deck strong enough to defeat this creature before the Ultimate Great Moth is summoned to the field?

star 8.22
27 votes
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Champion versus Creator (Part 1 of 2)

#6 - Champion versus Creator (Part 1 of 2)

Season 1 - Episode 26

With ten star chips each, Yugi, Joey, Mai and the others head back to Pegasus's castle ready for their chance to duel him. Inside the castle they find Bandit Keith who is also waiting for his duel with Pegasus. He tells them that they'll have to wait for the current duel to end first, a duel between Kaiba and Pegasus. Can Kaiba defeat an opponent who knows his moves even before he does?.

star 8.21
14 votes
Attack From the Deep

#7 - Attack From the Deep

Season 1 - Episode 7

Mako Tsunami, the master of the Sea Deck, lures Yugi into a duel on his own Sea playing field where all his monsters gain a field advantage. Can Yugi adapt to these new settings to turn the tide of battle?.

star 8.08
25 votes
The Dueling Monkey (Part 1 of 2)

#8 - The Dueling Monkey (Part 1 of 2)

Season 1 - Episode 11

Baited by Mai, Joey accepts a challenge to duel Rex Raptor without any aid from his friend's. But as Rex destroys Joey's best monsters, will the card given to him by Tristan remind him that with his friends he is never alone in battle.

star 8.00
20 votes
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The Gauntlet is Thrown

#9 - The Gauntlet is Thrown

Season 1 - Episode 2

After watching Yugi's skill in his duel against Seto Kaiba, Joey becomes determined that he will also make it as a duellist and asks Yugi's grandpa to train him. As the rigorous training regime begins to pay off, Joey learns a lot about strategy when he sees how Weevil Underwood crushed his opponent Rex Raptor's more powerful monsters with the help of a few Magic and Trap cards. However the real tactics begin when Yugi is forced into a timed duel against the mysterious Maximillion Pegasus who seems able to predict his every move before he has even made it.

star 8.00
25 votes
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Into The Hornet's Nest (Part 1 of 2)

#10 - Into The Hornet's Nest (Part 1 of 2)

Season 1 - Episode 4

As the Duelist Kingdom tournament begins, Maximillion Pegasus explains that only those who can win a total of ten Star Chips will be qualified to enter the finals. Determined to take his revenge on Weevil for throwing his Exodia cards overboard, Yugi is lured into the forest where a duelling arena appears. Once the duel begins, Weevil quickly begins to exploit the advantages of Pegasus's new rules system in an attempt to gain an early lead, but Yugi is no novice and won't be as easy to defeat as Weevil hopes.

star 8.00
27 votes
Arena of Lost Souls (Part 1 of 2)

#11 - Arena of Lost Souls (Part 1 of 2)

Season 1 - Episode 17

Joey is haunted by nightmares of Kaiba and his Blue Eyes White Dragon , but the nightmares soon become real as he is kidnapped by Bandit Keith's gang and taken to a sinister secret cave with a graveyard playing field. As Yugi and his friends search for him, Joey is forced into a duel with Bonz, unaware of what Bandit Keith has in store for him.

star 8.00
14 votes
Duel With A Ghoul (Part 2 of 3)

#12 - Duel With A Ghoul (Part 2 of 3)

Season 1 - Episode 9

Yugi is challenged to a duel by ghostly figure claiming to be the spirit of Seto Kaiba. But with his best cards resting at the bottom of the ocean, Yugi must discover a new strategy as he once again faces the legendary Blue Eyes White Dragon.

star 7.85
20 votes
Double Trouble Duel (Part 3 of 3)

#13 - Double Trouble Duel (Part 3 of 3)

Season 1 - Episode 21

Yugi and Joey each unleash their strongest monster, the Summoned Skull and the Red Eyes Black Dragon, but their strength pales in comparison to the tremendous power of the Gate Guardian. Nevertheless, Yugi and Joey battle on, knowing that even if they defeat the brothers they must still solve the riddle of the doors or remain underground forever.

star 7.80
15 votes
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Face Off (Part 1 of 3)

#14 - Face Off (Part 1 of 3)

Season 1 - Episode 22

Using the magic of the Millennium Eye, Pegasus traps Mokuba's soul inside a card right before Kaiba's eyes. In order to earn the right to challenge Pegasus, Kaiba must first beat Yugi and take his star chips. The rematch between Yugi and Kaiba is about to begin.

star 7.75
12 votes
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The Heart of the Cards

#15 - The Heart of the Cards

Season 1 - Episode 1

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.

star 7.74
42 votes
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Winning Through Intimidation (Part 2 of 2)

#16 - Winning Through Intimidation (Part 2 of 2)

Season 1 - Episode 15

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.

star 7.69
16 votes
Face Off (Part 2 of 3)

#17 - Face Off (Part 2 of 3)

Season 1 - Episode 23

Kaiba summons the Blue Eyes Ultimate Dragon, the strongest monster in his deck - a fusion of three Blue Eyes White Dragon's. Yugi has lost all his powerful Duel Monsters, but fight's on despite the realisation that, rather than toying with him as he did in their first duel, Kaiba is now desperate for a victory and will stop at nothing to win.

star 7.67
12 votes
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First Duel

#18 - First Duel

Season 1 - Episode 6

Joey's search for a dueling opponent lead's him to accept a challenge from veteran duelist, Mai Valentine. But when Mai begins to demonstrate an unnerving psychic-like ability, Joey becomes totally flustered, leaving him no choice but to figure out Mai's secret strategy before falling victim to it!

star 7.64
25 votes
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Evil Spirit of the Ring

#19 - Evil Spirit of the Ring

Season 1 - Episode 13

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.

star 7.62
21 votes
Everything's Relative (Part 1 of 3)

#20 - Everything's Relative (Part 1 of 3)

Season 1 - Episode 8

If Yugi is eliminated from the tournament, Kaiba Corporation's crooked Board of Directors will transfer control of the company from Kaiba to Pegasus. Kaiba's younger brother, Mokuba, challenges Yugi to a duel not only to protect his brother's company but to regain their honor. Is Pegasus successfully manipulating possible allies against each other?.

star 7.60
20 votes
Give Up The Ghost (Part 3 of 3)

#21 - Give Up The Ghost (Part 3 of 3)

Season 1 - Episode 10

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.

star 7.55
22 votes
Double Trouble Duel (Part 2 of 3)

#22 - Double Trouble Duel (Part 2 of 3)

Season 1 - Episode 20

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.

star 7.50
12 votes
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Arena of Lost Souls (Part 2 of 2)

#23 - Arena of Lost Souls (Part 2 of 2)

Season 1 - Episode 18

Joey falters under the onslaught of the seemingly unstoppable zombie monsters unleashed by Bonz, and, in an act of desperation, summons Time Wizard. But has his luck finally run out ?.

star 7.43
14 votes
Trial By Red Eyes (Part 2 of 2)

#24 - Trial By Red Eyes (Part 2 of 2)

Season 1 - Episode 12

Joey duels valiantly, but Rex has unleashed his secret weapon: the Red Eyes Black Dragon. Joey must figure out the secret of the Time Wizard card given to him by Yugi, or face defeat and the end of his hopes of helping his sister, Serenity.

star 7.42
19 votes
The Scars of Defeat

#25 - The Scars of Defeat

Season 1 - Episode 16

Pegasus has a meeting with the KaibaCorp executives to plan their takeover, and to discuss Mokuba. Meanwhile, Kaiba himself returns to Duelist Kingdom looking for Mokuba. He lands at Yugi's campsite in the middle of the night, which results in a fight between him and Joey. Kaiba then challenges Joey to a duel using his new duel disk technology so he can test it for his duel against Pegasus.

star 7.26
19 votes
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