The WORST 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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Looking Back And Moving Ahead

#1 - Looking Back And Moving Ahead

Season 3 - Episode 47 - Aired Feb 11, 2003

On her last day in Domino, Serenity meets Téa and asks if she will show her around the city before she leaves. As the two tour the town, they both remember all of the events, both good and bad, that happened during the Battle City tournament and Serenity is as surprised as Téa first was when she learns about Yami's past as an Egyptian Pharaoh. As the day draws to a close, Serenity thanks Téa for a good day and departs, leaving Téa free to make her way to meet Yami.

star 6.45
33 votes
The Rescue

#2 - The Rescue

Season 2 - Episode 25 - Aired Sep 25, 2001

Yugi and Kaiba are on a rescue mission to save their friends. But along the way, all their worries and secrets are revealed as they relive the troubles they've faced... and will be facing in the future.

star 6.69
39 votes
The Master Of Magicians (Part 3 of 3)

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

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Jul 3, 2001

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 6.96
70 votes
The Challenge

#4 - The Challenge

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired May 13, 2003

Although Yugi and Joey are determined to defeat Dartz using the Legendary Dragon cards, Kaiba is less than enthusiastic about the idea. He still refuses to believe it and walks off with Mokuba. The others decide to go to Professer Hawkins's house to try to find some clues, but Kaiba and Mokuba have already flown off in their Blue Eyes jet, so they have to go in Duke's car, bringing Rex and Weevil along in the trunk. Meanwhile, Mai reprimands Valon for stopping the duel, claiming that she would have beaten Joey if he hadn't interferred. Rafael tells Mai that she would have lost because Joey had his Hermos card. Mai rides off angrily on Valon's motorcycle, and Rafael decides it's time to target the Pharaoh. Meanwhile at Professer Hawkins's place, while Rebecca is coming home from the grocery store, Hawkins is kidnapped by Dartz's men and his lab is destroyed. Rebecca finds a card with a note written on it at the scene. Yugi and the others arrive to see the charred mess. As everyone discu

star 6.97
33 votes
Trial By Stone

#5 - Trial By Stone

Season 4 - Episode 15 - Aired Jun 10, 2003

Weevil and Rex jump on the helicopter that Rafael and Alister are on, and Alister has no choice but to continue flying with Weevil and Rex. Meanwhile, Yami Yugi and the others return to where Tea and Rebecca are waiting. They're happy to see Yugi back, but not after they find out that Yami Yugi lost and Yugi's soul was taken. Rebecca blames Yami Yugi for everything, and he agrees with her. Joey tries to snap him out of it and tells him if he's going to save Yugi he can't just stand there moping. Meanwhile, at Dartz's headquarters, Rafael, Alister, Weevil, and Rex have arrived and walk into the main meeting room. Dartz greets them, Valon appears and tells them they got the wrong soul. Rafael is amazed, but vows to reclaim the Pharaoh's soul later. Then, Weevil and Rex jump in and say they want to join them. Dartz is reluctant at first, but decides to test them by placing two Orichalcos shards in front of them. If they can grab them, they are worthy to weild the power of Orichalcos. But

star 7.00
31 votes
An Unexpected Enemy

#6 - An Unexpected Enemy

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 15, 2003

Yugi and the gang get ambushed by bikers at the gas station. Right as they're about to attack, someone rushes in to save them. When Joey sees the Harpy Lady card, he knows the person was Mai. Meanwhile, Kaiba and Mokuba leave Duelist Kingdom and decide to pay a visit to Pegasus at the Industrial Illusion headquarters. At the same time, Duke meets up with Weevil and Rex, who trick him into taking them to Industrial Illusion. With everyone heading to the same destination, Yugi and co. arrive, only to get locked inside. Suddenly Mai appears and reveals that she has taken Pegasus's soul. Everyone is surprised, and then they see Rafael and Valon up on a balcony. Mai decides to duel with Joey, and activates The Seal of Orichalcos. Confused, Joey tries to snap Mai out of it, but she just keeps dueling. Can Joey duel against and old friend with both their souls up for bet?

star 7.12
33 votes
A Virtual Nightmare

#7 - A Virtual Nightmare

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 12, 2002

Morning dawns on the battle ship, but it isn't starting out to be a good day. Though the Duel Tower on Kaiba Corp Island, the place where Kaiba had built a dueling tower in place of his foster father's military base after he died, is within distance, the blimp is acting funny. A boy named Noah has taken it over and has redirected it's destination to a large metal object floating in the ocean. The blimp lands inside and Noah, he is viewed from the screen in the blimp, ""invites"" Kaiba and ""the other duelists"" to get off the ship. Kaiba decides it's not safe and that he should go alone, but no sooner does he make the statement than cannons begin firing at the blimp. Kaiba get off, followed by Mokuba, Yugi, Joey, Tea, Tristan, Duke, and Serenity. Yami Marik watches from the top of the blimp as Noah fires more cannons at the ship as more people attempt to get off. Kaiba and the others walk into a room where they see the figures of the former directors of Kaibacorp; the directors that attemp

star 7.16
50 votes
Legendary Heroes (Part 2 of 3)

#8 - Legendary Heroes (Part 2 of 3)

Season 1 - Episode 44 - Aired Feb 27, 2001

The quest for Kaiba continues with a little help from Mai. But can Yugi and his friends adapt to a virtual world where the rules and strategies keep changing every step of the way.

star 7.19
52 votes
The Creator Returns

#9 - The Creator Returns

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Mar 11, 2003

Yugi receives a parcel from Maximillion Pegasus, containing a VHS tape and a card with key on it. Joey and Tristan freak, but Yugi inserts the tape anyway. Pegasus appears, showing his usual cocky attitude, but tells Yugi he has information for him concerning all the recent happenings. However, he can't divulge it on the tape for fear that the wrong person will get it, so he requests Yugi to come see him in person. Joey, Tristan, and Téa all decide to go with him. Elsewhere, Dartz and his warriors conspire. Dartz wants them to keep an eye on Pegasus. Also, Rafael is determined to take down the Pharaoh. Valon has his eye on destroying Joey, while Alister wants a piece of Seto Kaiba. Yugi needs the card from Pegasus to enter the compound, so he takes it with him. Pegasus has a private jet ready to take them to California. What they don't realize is that Weevil and Rex hid in the luggage. After they all arrive, the bag in which Weevil and Rex were hiding in gets thrown into lost and found

star 7.22
41 votes
Noah's Secret

#10 - Noah's Secret

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Jun 11, 2002

Furious that the Big Five have failed him, Noah takes things into his own hands as he brianwashes Mokuba into believing that Noah, not Kaiba, is his real brother. When Kaiba, Yugi and Téa finally locate Noah and Mokuba, a startling revelation by their virtual captor leaves them confused and unsure what to believe. Meanwhile, Gansley, Crump, Johnson, and Leichter attack Joey, Duke, and Serenity in an attempt to take their bodies by force.

star 7.24
42 votes
Legendary Heroes (Part 1 of 3)

#11 - Legendary Heroes (Part 1 of 3)

Season 1 - Episode 43 - Aired Feb 20, 2001

The traitorous board of directors of Kaiba Corporation trap Seto Kaiba inside his own virtual reality game. Mokuba recruits Yugi and Joey to free him from this ultimate game, where the cost of losing is death.

star 7.24
54 votes
Birth of the Blue-Eyes

#12 - Birth of the Blue-Eyes

Season 5 - Episode 21 - Aired May 19, 2004

Mana is distraught at the loss of her master. Isis explains that he has become the Dark Magician and will eventually return with greater powers then ever before. Seto and Shada head out into the city to search for people with strong spirit beasts. Seto meets a girl named Kisara who is shunned by the citizens because of her strange white skin and blue eyes. Meanwhile, Yugi and the others find the doorway into the memory world and begin searching for the Pharaoh.

star 7.24
29 votes
The Ties of Friendship (Part 2 of 2)

#13 - The Ties of Friendship (Part 2 of 2)

Season 1 - Episode 42 - Aired Feb 13, 2001

As Rebecca summons the Shadow Ghoul, it seems like there is no way for Yugi to win. However as Yugi and his friends wonder how he can defeat the mysterious duellist, Yugi's grandpa already knows how the duel is going to end, having played the exact same match himself many years before.

star 7.27
52 votes
Isolated in Cyber Space (Part 3 of 3)

#14 - Isolated in Cyber Space (Part 3 of 3)

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 9, 2002

Yami is cornered with no way out of a direct attack that will surely kill him, but as he falls to the ground, he manages to have the strength to get back up again. Gansley is surprised, but doesn't really care. Yami's life points stand at 400, and he is confident that he will win. Meanwhile, Duke and Tristn chop their way through the walls and find themselves on the roof of a castle. They look down at the field below and spot Serenity, running away from a Mad Sword Beast. Tristan jumps off the castle roof and onto the beast while Duke runs and gets Serenity out of the way. As Tristan climbs out a river where he led the beast, he sees that Duke has already taken the credit for Serenity's rescue. Tea wakes up in a large cave and spots Hitotsu-me Giants down at the bottom, boiling a kettle of water. Getting the feeling they're preparing for dinner, and not wanting to be main course, Tea spots a penguin who has drapped a vine down. She starts to climb up, but makes a noise that alerts the

star 7.29
42 votes
Spiritual Awakening

#15 - Spiritual Awakening

Season 5 - Episode 16 - Aired Apr 14, 2004

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 7.29
28 votes
In Search of a King

#16 - In Search of a King

Season 5 - Episode 24 - Aired Jun 9, 2004

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 7.29
28 votes
Reliving the Past

#17 - Reliving the Past

Season 4 - Episode 20 - Aired Jul 22, 2003

After his confrontation with Yugi, Yami Yugi is given little time to recover as Rafael arrives and informs Dartz. Dartz uses Rafael's Orichalcos shard to unseal an Orichalcos Soldier from its resting place. As a vicious battle begins, Yami Yugi gets a vision of the past, in which hundreds of Orichalcos Soldiers are fighting against an army of Duel Monsters, with Ironheart, Crhis, and Skye at its front. Back in the current time, the Orichalcos Soldier summons an Orichalcos Gigas to attack the Pharaoh. But the spirits of the Duel Monsters who fought there surround Yami Yugi and protect him. Yami Yugi uses his cards to fight the Orichalcos Gigas off, but it simply revives each time it's destroyed, and it gains strength each time it revives. As things begin to look hopeless for the Pharaoh, Ironheart decides that it's time to return Timaeus to him and runs down into the battlefield. Yami Yugi has another vision of the past, in which Timeaus appears and destroyes the entire army of Orichalc

star 7.29
34 votes
Village of Lost Souls

#18 - Village of Lost Souls

Season 5 - Episode 22 - Aired May 26, 2004

Bakura breaks into the palace again and attacks Akunadin, infusing part of his evil soul into the Millennium Eye. The Pharaoh summons Slifer the Sky Dragon to chase after Bakura and Diabound. When Bakura begins targeting the villagers, Slifer is forced to take Diabound's attacks in order to defend the helpless people. The wounded Akunadin reminisces about the creation of the Millennium Items through the destruction of Kul Elna, and how he was forced to abandon his own son, Seto.

star 7.33
30 votes
Awakening of Evil (Part 3 of 4)

#19 - Awakening of Evil (Part 3 of 4)

Season 2 - Episode 39 - Aired Dec 25, 2001

The tide turns in Odion's favour as Mystical Beast Serket devours Joey's monsters. Meanwhile, Odion, impressed by the bond Joey shares with his friends begins to recount his and Marik's own dark history.

star 7.33
39 votes
A Duel With Dartz (Part 5 of 6)

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

Season 4 - Episode 37 - Aired Nov 26, 2003

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 7.33
27 votes
Merger Of The Big Five (Part 1 of 3)

#21 - Merger Of The Big Five (Part 1 of 3)

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired Jun 18, 2002

Noah is deciding on how to punish the Big Five,when Nezbitt shows up in Tristan's body.Noah decides that if they all use Tristan's body and beat Yugi,they can have their bodies.When the Big5/Tristan shows up,Kaiba leaves to find Mokuba.Joey wants to fight as well,so the Big5 get 8000 Life Pts.Gansley starts off with a Legenday Ocean and Legendary Fisherman.But after Gansley starts losing his edge,Crump takes control.After his Ocean and Fisherman are destroyed by Joey,Yugi uses Card Destruction,so Crump can't resummon Fisherman with Monster Reborn.Johnson then takes control,and we head back to Kaiba,who can't believe Noah's his step-brother,because not only has he never seen him before, but he hasn't aged in 6 years. As Kaiba comes to a virtual temple ruin,he looks down and see building designs that he created,but has never shown to anyone...

star 7.33
42 votes
Lights, Camera, Duel

#22 - Lights, Camera, Duel

Season 2 - Episode 31 - Aired Nov 6, 2001

Hollywood heartthrob Jean-Claude Magnum challenges Mai to a duel in order to win her hand in marriage. Will Mai succumb to Jean-Claude's charm, not to mention his deck of ninja monsters, or will she send him packing back to Tinseltown.

star 7.34
41 votes
A Brawl in a Small Town (Part 2 of 2)

#23 - A Brawl in a Small Town (Part 2 of 2)

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired Feb 25, 2004

As Yugi and his friends enter the restaurant, they find Vivian and Yugi's grandpa. Solomon explains how Vivian helped cure his back pain, but then Vivian undoes what she did earlier, bringing his back pain back. She challenges Yugi to a duel for his grandpa and Yugi accepts. Yugi duels Vivian and wins without much of a struggle. Back at the main duel, Leon and Rebecca continue. Rebecca does manage to get the upper hand on Leon by summoning her Diamond Head Dragon. As Yugi and the others finally arrive at her duel, Leon summons his Thorn Princess card to control Rebecca's dragon and attack her life points directly with it, bringing them down to 0. Though Rebecca loses, she congratulates Leon and wishes him luck in the finals.

star 7.34
29 votes
Isolated in Cyber Space (Part 1 of 3)

#24 - Isolated in Cyber Space (Part 1 of 3)

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 19, 2002

Everyone accepts the dueling challenge and are transported to the virtual reality world in different places. Yugi finds himself alone in the middle of a swamp, Tea in the middle of the desert, Duke and Tristan in a corridor, Serenity by the lake, Joey in a castle, and Kaiba and Mokuba in a forest. Yugi finds one of the Big 5 members, Gansley, dressed as the Deep Sea Warrior. He challenges Yugi and Yami takes over to accept. Cards appear before him and Gansley instructs him to choose his deck-cards and one Deck Master. As Yami is browsing through his choices, he decides to choose the Dark Magician as his Deck Master, but Kuriboh pops out instead! Stuck with Kuriboh, one of the weakest creatures in the game, Yami begins the duel. Meanwhile, Kaiba and Mokuba find a door in the forest. Considering it an exit, they open it, to find the orphanage where they grew up. They watch as parts of their past begin to play by them. Tea wanders around the dessert for a while, until she meets up with a

star 7.35
46 votes
Deck of Armor

#25 - Deck of Armor

Season 4 - Episode 21 - Aired Jul 29, 2003

At Dartz's headquarters, Mai begins to grow tired of taking orders from Dartz and sets out on her own, determined to find and defeat Joey. As Valon heads off after her, the two eventually meet up and Valon explains to Mai that he cares for her and would do anything to make her happy. While Mai seems unimpressed by the announcement, the two have little time to discuss things further when Rebecca and Duke arrive, challenging Valon to a 2 vs. 1 duel in the hopes of winning back Yugi's soul. Valon agrees to the duel only because he wants to show off his dueling skills to Mai. As they duel, Valon seems to play nothing but Armor monsters with zero attack strength. Rebecca and Duke are confused, but continue to duel, only to have their life points wiped out three turns into the duel by Valon's Armored Gravitation card. Meanwhile, Kaiba and Mokuba are flying to Florida on the KC1 as an aurora appears in the sky again...

star 7.36
33 votes