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Duel Disks are a series of devices manufactured by KaibaCorp as a portable form of the Duel Arenas used in the early part of the Yu-Gi-Oh! second series anime. They use a portable hologram generator to display Duel Monsters cards, and in the case of the Mark 1, the player's hand. Since their introduction in the anime and manga, they have become a staple among duelists.

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DiaDhank

The Sacred Guardians readying their DiaDhanks.
The Duel Disk is based on an ancient Egyptian artifact called a DiaDhank, a golden device worn similarly to the Duel Disk that uses the user's Ba (life force) to summon Ka (spirit monsters) and control them. Unlike the Duel Disk, the DiaDhank can only control up to three monsters at once. In place of the Life Point counter is the The Eye of Wdjat, which contains a glowing yellow meter that measures the user's Ba, as the disk measures life points. Since summoning monsters drains life force, the losing duelist faints or dies. It is heavily implied only Millenium Item bearers can use a DiaDhank.

The design of the second Duel Disk suggests that Seto Kaiba designed it based on memories from his past life as Priest Seto, who used the Millenium Rod. The Academy Duel Disk also seems to take elements from the DiaDhank, as its shape when in standby mode looks like the blades on the DiaDhank. Yubel's dueling arm looks like a demonic version of the ancient device, as well.

Shimon describes a DiaDhank as a device use for calling for Shadow Creatures that is sealed away in Stone Tablets.

DiaDhanks did not appear in the manga. Rather the priests used the power of their Millennium Items to summon the creatures from the stone tablets.

Duel Disk (Version 1)

Duel Disk 1

During the Duelist Kingdom arc, Seto Kaiba developed the first generation duel disk prototypes as a means of countering Pegasus' mind reading techniques. Seto gambled that Pegasus needed face to face contact for his mind reading to work so as a feature of the disks, holographic projections of the cards obstruct the duelists from seeing each other.

This duel disk was physically and functionally different than the ones that would follow. Where the others are a single piece construct which houses the deck, graveyard, life point counter and cards in play, The first Duel Disk system had two components joined by a retractable cable, The wrist component houses the deck and life point counter, and the actual disk component holds 5 cards. Users would load the cards as explained later into the disk and throw it yo yo style, causing hologram to be projected from it.

The duel disk system also changed the rules of Duel Monsters. They followed Duelist Kingdom rules except for the following changes:

  • Both players draw cards until they have 5 in their "hand". If they have 5 then can draw no more.
  • One monster card is placed on the "Main card stage", the centre place on the disk. This can be in Attack or Defence position.
  • The other 4 cards are placed face down into the other places, the "Sub card stage".
  • The players can only attack with the monster in the main card stage, providing it is in attack position first. It can attack the opponent's main card stage monster or one of the sub stage cards.
  • Any monsters in the sub card stage are considered to be in attack position, and damage calculation is done accordingly. Spell and Trap cards are destroyed with no calculation done.
  • The players may shuffle their sub card stages at their discretion.

An early variation of this system is used in Toei's Yu-Gi-Oh! movie.

Duel Disk (Version 2)

Duel Disk 2

Prior to the Battle City Tournament, KaibaCorp developed the second generation Duel Disk, the first one to be released to the public. Issued to participants of Battle City, this Disk played the game according to the new revisions (which make it closer to the real world version.) Unlike the previous Duel Disk, it did not need to be thrown. (In the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime, sealers flew out of the Duel Disk to the sides of the dueling area. These disappeared in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX.) When in use, it resembled an arm blade. Monsters that are in play are placed on the five slots on the blade either in Attack or Defense position. Directly underneath each Monster slot is another slot for Spell and Trap Cards. If a Duelist were to activate a Set card, they would activate a button on the round portion of the disk. Another slot can open on the front end of the disk that is used for the Field Spell Card. The center of the Disk includes the Deck and Graveyard slot and Life Point counter. The bottom part of the disk (the part that goes around an user's arm) also contains a retractable cable that could be attached to duel arena systems (in the anime, Kaiba used a cable somewhat similar to a USB device). Ever since their introduction, almost all duels were conducted with these, or with the later introduced Chaos Duel Disk.

In Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, This version of the Duel Disk is shown being used by citizens of The Satellite, indicating that this model has become obsolete, replaced with the more modern versions shown in GX, as well as the D-Wheel and other Duel Disk versions that are shown. Also, the protagonist of 5D's, Yusei Fudo, is shown to remove a duel disk from his D-Wheel which has a startling resemblance to this version, possibly indicating that he has modified the obsolete model for use with his D-Wheel.

Despite other models of Duel Disks being used primarily in each series, this version of the Duel Disk has appeared in all three anime series, as shown with all the students who tried out for Duel Academy prior to receiving the Academy-issued Duel Disk and the residents of Satellite.

Mattel's Duel Disk 2

The toy company Mattel produced replicas of this Duel Disk. There are a couple of notable differences between the Mattel Duel Disk and its fictional counterpart. The spell and trap cards are loaded into the bottom of the blade, but most notably, it cannot project holographic images.

While the toy Duel Disk was advertised as being compatible with the TCG, there are a few flaws that make this impractical:

  • Most players used card protectors to prevent damage to their cards. Cards in protectors will not fit into the Duel Disk.
  • The Deck Zone can only hold about 50 to 59 cards safely. The Academy Duel Disk can hold 65 cards in total. While most players stick to the minimum, there are those who use bigger decks and cannot use the duel disk. Though, the new rules made a maximum of 60 cards, (but now changed to 80 in deck) making the limited holding capacity problem moot.
  • The graveyard can only hold about 20 cards. This would present a problem when playing against someone who relies on running an opponents deck out.
  • No place for fusion decks or out of play cards. (This is also true in the anime, however fusion cards have been seen in the player's hand, and removed from play cards can be seen to go in the player's pocket in one episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX.)
  • The Life Points counter can only go up to 9990 life points. While both players start with 8000, 4000, or 2000, it could rise to 9000 or 10,000+ Life Points due to card effects. The reason for the zero at the end is because while there are four buttons on the disk, only 3 of them change the counter, the last one lights up the display. This also serves the problem that some cards can cause the Life Points in the ones place to be a number different than zero.
  • The way the duel disk moves from stand-by to in use is also different. In the anime, the graveyard is locked over the deck, and the two field parts are retracted into the main part of the disk. When triggered, the field parts and graveyard are unlocked, and the central piece rotates the graveyard and field into play position. The toy however does not have a rotating center, and the two halves of the field aren't locked in closer to the central piece. When the player triggers the toy into play mode, the smaller half of the field, which is spring loaded, is released from it's lock at the same time as the larger half which has a weaker spring, and thus, the smaller part pushes the larger part into play position.

Chaos Duel Disk

The standard Chaos Duel Disk
The large, bladed Disk of the Orichalcos Soldiers

The Chaos Duel Disk is a Duel Disk designed for the members of the organization called Doma in the Waking the Dragons saga. (Doma was named Paradias in the English dub.) Functionwise it is identical to the Battle City duel disks except that, except for projecting holograms of monsters, it appears to cause the monsters to physically manifest. It looks different to the Battle City disk in that it resembles a scythed blade. It is believed to be modeled after the scythes on the armour of the Orichalcos Soldiers.

Mattel's Chaos Duel Disk

Like the Duel Disk 2, The company Mattel manufactured replicas of the Chaos Duel Disk for use with the real TCG, however the same flaws in the Battle City disk. These include not being able to use card protectors, lack of a fusion deck zone and not being able to have more life points than 9990 even though a card effect such as "Solemn Wishes" can boost your Life Points beyond this. Therefore in order to calculate the user's Life Points if they exceed this the user must use some way to keep track such as a calculator. It also folds in different, instead of the front tip folding into the center, the monster zone closest to the field spell zone is visible. In the anime, the Chaos duel disk folded in on itself until the field was completely folded into the hinged 'spell trigger' part of the disk, and then folded into the central part of the disk, creating a compact form. The toy is much the same, but cannot fold all the way as the anime disk can, but instead leaves the first card space out. The hinge on the toy is the whole of the first and second card spaces, which pushes to the back of the central part, and though not as compact as the anime Chaos disk, it is still the most compact and light-weight of the toy duel disks.

Yu-Gi-Oh! R

Richie's Black Disk.

In the spinoff manga Yu-Gi-Oh! R, the Duel Disk 2 is used, identical to the ones used in the series proper, with one notable exception. The Black Disk is a special Disk owned by Yakou Tenma, and given to the strongest of his Card Professors, currently Twelfth Professor Richie Merced. The Black Disk's color cannot be changed to anything else. Following Richie's defeat, Bandit Keith takes the Disk, as he has proven himself to be stronger than Richie. He uses it in his duel with Jonouchi.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters

Capsule Shooter

Capsule Shooter

In Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters, The Capsule Shooter is the Capsule Monsters version of the Duel Disk.

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX

Academy Duel Disk

Academy Duel Disk, the 1st version
Academy Duel Disk

A streamlined version of the second Duel Disk. This is the standard Duel Disk issued to students of the various Duel Academies established by Seto Kaiba in the Yu-Gi-Oh! GX series. Aside from the obligatory alternate folding feature, and a cosmetic refit, this Disk functions identically to the second Duel Disk. The shift from standby to active mode of this version of the Duel Disk is much less pronounced than the Battle City variant, only requiring the top section of the card platform to extend.

Mattel's Academy Duel Disk

As with the Duel Disk and Chaos Disk, the toy company Mattel made replicas of the Duel Academy Disk. They fixed one of the main problems of the Disks in resizing the card zones, along with deck and Graveyard to fit cards with protective sleeves without problems. Although this problem was addressed, many of the other problems remained.

  • No place for removed from play cards and fusion cards.
  • Straps are one size only. This was a major problem for players who were bulky in the wrist region and used the Academy Disk in order to save space and not use a table (this was also a problem for fans of the anime series who cosplayed as characters and decided to use the toys in their cosplays).
  • The Life Point counter is still limited to 9990.
  • Owners of the Academy Disk accounted that between different Academy Disk that there was a variance of 34 - 40 cards held within the deck zone.

Though the main flaw with the Duel Disk was addressed in the new Academy Disk, many of the major flaws still remained unaddressed. Though the Duel Disks are perceived as "toys", few use the Academy Disk in place of taking up space on a table. In Walmart's catalog, they picture a prototype of the Academy Duel Disk, however the only notable change is darker blue tone. Along with the release of the Academy Disk Mattel produced a specialized carrying pack for the new disks, though none have been actually seen used or in stores. Due to past sales of the Academy Disk and the limited popularity with the toy as a dueling medium Mattel discontinued the production of the Academy Disk several months after its release, thus there will most likely not be releases of the special themed Disks that appeared throughout the series, nor will there be a release of the V2 within the states (which is simply a recolor of the V1 that is if no improvements were planned).

Academy Duel Disk (Version 2)

The upgraded version, with Slifer Red colors.

An updated version of the Academy Duel Disk which now has the color of the user's respective dorm on it. A new set of Academy Duel Disks are coming out, with colors of red, yellow and blue reflecting the dorm colors of the Academy. In season four, the duelists are using these new duel disks. Beginning in it, all students attending Duel Academy received these next generation Academy Duel Disks with color highlights.

The upgraded version, with Slifer Red colors.
  • Academy Duel Disk (Version 2) - Slifer Red

These Second Generation Academy Duel Disks are used by Slifer Red students (such as Jaden).

The upgraded version, with Ra Yellow colors.
  • Academy Duel Disk (Version 2) - Ra Yellow

These Second Generation Academy Duel Disks are used by Ra Yellow students.

The upgraded version, with Obelisk Blue colors.
  • Academy Duel Disk (Version 2) - Obelisk Blue

These Second Generation Academy Duel Disks are used by Obelisk Blue students.

Many characters who no longer attend Duel Academy (such as Aster Phoenix) continue to use the silver style Academy Duel Disk. The change is cosmetic only and the Disks still retain the exact functionality of the original Academy Duel Disks.

Others

Different Duelists are using different Duel Disks in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX. The Duel Disks are different from the Academy Duel Disks.

Duel Coats

Duel Coat - A different version of the Duel Disk. One of the biggest Duel Disks in Yu-Gi-Oh GX. It is used primarily by both Vellian Crowler and Napoleon. Bonaparte's has a wheel attached to its underside to compensate for his short, fat stature. Unlike many other Duel Disks the card platform is completely separate from the deck and graveyard section. In its standby position the card platform is slung across the back and carried by a strap, leaving both arms free. When active the card platform is held in front of the body, much like a guitar. The Deck and Graveyard are contained in a hub on the support strap, usually resting in the center of the duelist's chest. The Duel Coat also does not require the user to manually draw a card, the disk will automatically eject a card into the duelist's hand during each draw phase.

Titan's Duel Disk - Titan's Duel Disk is an altered version of the Duel Coat. It is similar to Camula's except for the fact that the holograms are projected from a device worn on Titan's shoulder.
Professor Viper's Disk - Professor Viper's Duel Disk is an altered version of the Duel Coat, like Titan's Duel Disk. It is a very heavy Duel Disk that works like a fold-out table. One of the biggest Duel Disks in Yu-Gi-Oh GX. The armor on Viper's shoulders look snake-like in appearance. The Graveyard is actually found in a compartment on his coat.

Academy-like Duel Disks

Jewel Duel Disk (Admiral's version) - Admiral's Disk is encrusted with jewels and other treasures of the sea. Looks identical to the Jewel Disk, but pearlish-white in color
Jewel Duel Disk - The Gecko family's most valuable possession. Offered as a prize by Adrian Gecko in the "Duel for Jewels" tournament. Looks the same as the Admiral's, but golden in color.
Amnael's Duel Disk - This Duel Disk is used by the seventh and final of the Shadow Riders, Amnael. It is a black model of the Academy Duel Disk, used by Professor Banner/Amnael. It appears as an unlockable in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Spirit Caller on which it is known as the Alchemy Disk.

Human Duel Disks

Nightshroud's Duel Disk - This Duel Disk is used by the first of the Shadow Riders, Nightshroud. It is an extremely odd Duel Disk that is actually incorporated into Nightshroud's body. Each of his five wings holds a Monster Card Zone and a Spell & Trap Card Zone.
Camula's Disk - This Duel Disk is used by the second of the Shadow Riders, Camula. A Duel Disk shaped like a vampire wing.
Tania's Disk - This Duel Disk is used by the third of the Shadow Riders, Tania. It resembles a large sword blade, with spikes around the Deck Zone(Refered to as the Amazoness Duel Disk in the World Championship Games)
Abidos's Duel Disk - This Duel Disk is used by the fifth of the Shadow Riders, Abidos the Third. It resembles a scarab beetle.
Axel Brodie's Disk - A Duel Disk shaped like a gun that can shoot flaming cards.
Jim Crocodile Cook's Disk - A Duel Disk shaped like a boomerang. This disk also has a handle extending off the main zone, which Jim uses to carry it. The edges are apparently very sharp, and it can be used as a blade.
Adrian Gecko's Disk - Adrian's Duel Disk appears to be a slightly modified Academy Disk with a blue inside & gray outline. In standby mode, rather than having the back three slots visible, only the back two slots are visible. The third/middle slot is hidden under the other two, so when Adrian activates it, the back two slots extend out to reveal the middle one.
The Supreme King's Duel Disk - When the Disk is activated, 5 Monster Card Zones appear out of center of the Duel Disk and spin around it for approximately a second, before aligning themselves horizontally.
Trueman's Duel Disk - Trueman's Duel Disk is merged with his suit, and is shaped like a dragon's wing. He can produce the Disk from his suit in a manner similar to some Duel Monster Spirits.

Duel Monster Spirit Duel Disks

Gravekeeper's Chief's Duel Disk.
Kaibaman's Duel Disk - A Duel Disk modeled after Kaiba's Blue Eyes White Dragon.
The Rock Spirit's Duel Disk - A Duel Disk used by Titan the Rock Spirit.
Scarr's Duel Disk
Zure's Duel Disk - A Duel Disk that is part of Zure's body. Zure activates the Disk by pulling on a horn on his arm, revealing a flap of skin with 5 Monster Card Zones.

Human and Duel Monster Spirit Duel Disks

Dark World Duel Disk - The same as the Academy Duel Disk, but with a sharper edge. This is the Disk used by most inhabitants of the Dark World including Freed. The inhabitants of the Dark World activate the Disk by pulling a switch on it.
Brron's Duel Disk - A black version of the Dark World Disk with a green trim.

Human fused with Duel Monster Spirit Duel Disks

Masked Knight's Duel Disk - When a Duel Monster spirit was fused with three students, by Marcel using Polymerization to become the Three Masked Knights, their Duel Disks were changed into those new Duel Disks. They have blades that pop to show the Card Zones when activated.

Human controlled by Duel Monster Spirit Duel Disks

Yubel's Duel Disk I - A Duel Disk with a tray shaped like a bat wing and a graveyard like a sharp-toothed mouth (Used by Marcel when under Yubel's control and by Yubel herself). When Yubel activates it, it grows from her arm.
Yubel's Duel Disk II - A purple Duel Disk with three blades on it that work as a normal Duel Disk does (used by Jesse under Yubel's influence). Resembles the DiaDhank.

Other Duel Disks

Alien of Light's Duel Disk - The Alien's Duel Disk seems to be perpetually active, as seen when he was wearing it while exiting the ship. Semicircular in shape, it's rounder than most others. As the Alien is from another dimension, it is unlikely that this device is a Duel Disk at all, but rather an instrument from the Light of Destruction's world that serves the same function.

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's

Lenny's Duel Disk.
Black Rose Dragon in the back of Duel Disk.

Duel Disks in New Domino City are sharper looking than the previous types,they come in custom colors and have a compartment worn on the wrist of the duelist that holds the deck. Some are compatible with a type of motorcycle known as a Duel Runner. Customized duel disks also exist in New Domino, as seen on Mr. Armstrong. However, the duel disk he uses has a pale blue version, as shown in Episode 6 of the 5D's. Unlike previous Duel Disks, there is a chamber for the Extra Deck (which is located on the opposite side to where the Main Deck is inserted); this can be seen more clearly in the picture to the left. In several episodes of the anime, the opening intros, the deck zone is shown to be able to shuffle cards while locked in. These types of Duel Disks, including some custom made ones, are shown to have built in two-way microphones.

During a Duel between Akiza Izinski and Commander Koda, Black Rose Dragon appeared in the back of Akiza's Duel Disk when Koda played Mind Monster.

5D's Real Life Duel Disk

Konami is releasing the first Duel Disk of the 5D's Era, starting with Yusei's Duel Disk Version. It is scheduled to be released in the OCG Market on Sept. 26th, 2009 for 4,000 Yen (Including Tax). It will include Yusei's Duel Disk and 2 Promotional Cards: Vice Dragon and Shield Wing (both will be Duel Terminal compatible). This will be the first Duel Disk since they released the Academy Duel Disk Osiris Red from Yu-Gi-Oh! GX back in Nov. of 2007.

Yusei's Duel Disk
Yusei's Duel Disk in action

Specific Examples

The Duel Disks uses in Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's are used by Duelists. The Duel Disks are used by the Duel Runners, and they are attached to Duel Runners. The Standard Duel Disks come in different colors with different-colored gems, and don't attach to Duel Runners.

Duel Runner Duel Disks

Yusei Fudo's Duel Disk is a modified version of the Battle City Duel Disk. When connected to his Duel Runner, it attaches just below the dashboard,and the two parts of the blade separate. Unlike the original Battle City model, Yusei's Duel Disk does not seem to fold when not in use. Like most other hybrid Duel Disks, the deck zone is on his Wrist Dealer and not in the Duel disk itself.
Jack Atlas' Duel Disk is a single-bladed version of the Battle City Duel Disk. It is usually attached to his Duel Runner, where it forms the left armrest. It is the only hybrid Duel Disk shown that doesn't feature a removable deck zone.
Crow Hogan's Duel Disk is a customized version of the chaos Duel Disk. When attached to his Duel Runner, the card zones fold in a semicircle around the center area. It resembles Richie's Duel Disk from Yu-Gi-Oh! R. Like most other hybrid Duel Disks, the deck zone is on his Wrist Dealer and not in the Duel disk itself. It's life point counter has the unique feature of doubling as a GPS.

Standard Duel Disks

The standard New Domino City Duel Disk. It bears the same colors as the original model and it is the most used color by duelists in the anime. No Duel Disks of this type have been shown to combine with Duel Runners.
Lenny's Duel Disk is various shades of grey.
Akiza Izinski's Duel Disk is a red version of the standard model with purple gems.
Mr. Armstrong's Duel Disk is a black and dark gray version of the standard model with amber gems.
Professor Frank's Duel Disk is a green version of the standard model with yellow gems.
Greiger's Duel Disk is a tan and black version of the standard model with green gems. It is the first Duel Disk shown far in the anime that doesn't attach to the owner's Duel Runner.
Commander Koda's Duel Disk is a blue gray version of the standard model with teal gems.
Lazar's Duel Disk is a gold colored version of the standard model with orange gems. It was abandoned by Lazar during the Black fog incident.
Leo's Duel Disk is a blue and white version of the standard model with yellow gems. It, along with Luna's Duel Disk, was modified by Yusei to fit his arm.
Luna's Duel Disk is a pink and white version of the standard model with yellow gems. It, along with Leo's Duel Disk, was modified by Yusei to fit her arm.
Sayer's Duel Disk is a yellowish version of the standard model with red gems. Sayer loses this Duel Disk after his second duel with Carly and instead uses a Sector Security Duel Disk (see below).
Sector Security Duel Disk is a metallic blue and white version of the standard model with green gems. It is used primarily by members of Sector Security, a prime example being Trudge. It is also used by Sayer when he pretends to be a member from Sector Security.
Mizoguchi's Duel Disk

Other Duel Disks

Gill Randsborg's Duel Disk is the shield of his knight armor
The third Duel Academy student's Duel Disk is predominately yellow. This model is presumably used by all the students at the New Domino City Duel Academy. It appears similar to Power Tool Dragon's head.
The Dark Signers' Duel Disks are almost completely black, and are decorated to look like the head of a dragon. The deck is placed in the mouth of the dragon head. These disks are used by the Dark Signers Carly Carmine, Misty Tredwell, Devak, and Rudger Goodwin. Rudger's Duel Disk is modified to attach to his mechanical arm instead of going around his wrist.
Rex Goodwin's first Duel Disk shown in the anime is his mechanical left arm. It is later torn off and replaced with Rudger's severed arm.
Rex Goodwin's second Duel Disk is not a Duel Disk at all but a platform that rose from the top of the Stairway to the Dragon Star. It is used by Rex in his 3-on-1 Turbo Duel against Yusei, Jack, and Crow. It is notable as being the third ancient Duel Disk (the first being the DiaDhank, the second being the one used by the Orichalcos Soldiers) shown in the anime.
The Skeleton Knight's Duel Disk contains an extra slot to hold his hand, while he holds the reigns of his horse.
Lucciano's Duel Disk is completely different from any other Duel Disk shown thus far. The Deck, Graveyard, and Field Spell Zones are a part of the central body with the Spell, Trap and Monster Cards are played on the teal energy beams between the six gold cylinders. When not in use, it goes on Lucciano's back instead of around his wrist.
The Duel Disks used in Crashtown are shaped like guns. The duelist who pulls first and puts his duel disk on his arm faster gets the first turn.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Super Fusion! Bonds That Transcend Time

Paradox's Duel Disk

Paradox is the fifth person to duel with his left hand, the first being Lucien Grimley, the second being Dark Glass, the third being Lucciano, and the fourth being Bruno. By the looks of the deck zone, this duel disk could hook up to his Duel Runner.
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