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Duelist Kingdom

Duelist Kingdom


Duelist Kingdom

Manga storyline


Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist


1 – ???

Preceded by

Monster World

Followed by

Dungeon Dice Monsters

Anime storyline



Original run

April 18, 2000 – April 3, 2001



Followed by

Legendary Heroes

Duelist Kingdom was a tournament organized by Maximillion Pegasus, which took place on his island of the same name.

Duelist Kingdom was the battlefield of the world’s strongest duelists, invited to compete for the title "King of Games" and a prize money of ¥3,000,000 (using the US Dollar-Japanese Yen exchange rate at the time the episode aired in Japan in May 2000, this came to approximately $27,959; however it was "translated" to $3,000,000 in the English dub). Yugi Muto enters the tournament with best friend Joey Wheeler in tow, Yugi having been forced to participate after Pegasus stole Solomon Muto's (Yugi's grandfather) soul in a Shadow Game.

Between strong and underhanded competitors, and the notorious Eliminators, Yugi & his friends faced many obstacles to overcome before reaching Grandpa Muto and discovering the true purpose behind Duelist Kingdom. However, he was not the only one who had a score to settle with Pegasus. Seto Kaiba was also there to retrieve something he held dear, and he would go to great lengths to get it.


Story Setting

In the manga, the story begins with Maximillion Pegasus. Yugi Muto's defeat of Seto Kaiba (occuring at Death-T during the *previous* story arc in the manga; as opposed during *this* story arc in the anime) brings him to the Millennium Eye. Pegasus seeks to reacquire his deceased love, but in order to do that he needed Kaiba's holographic technology. Forced by The Big Five of KaibaCorp to defeat Yugi before being able to take over KC, Pegasus traps the soul of Solomon Muto (Yugi's grandfather) forcing Yugi to join the Duelist Kingdom tournament. In the manga, Kaiba emerges from a coma after Pegasus announces the tournament. In the anime, Kaiba (still shocked at Yugi's upset) refrains from joining the tournament, but would later be forced as well when Pegasus kidnaps Seto's little brother Mokuba, in conjuction with an attempt to take over KaibaCorp.

Yugi Muto vs. Seto Kaiba

Yugi plays Exodia in his Duel against Seto

In the anime, the arc begins with Yugi's duel against Seto Kaiba, a genius programmer and business sensation. Kaiba is (self-proclaimed) as the greatest duelist in the world, the favourite to win the most recent Duel Monsters tournament. Naturally, Kaiba's genius, glory, and business skills make him very arrogant. Kaiba also has an obsession with the "Blue-Eyes White Dragons", willing to spend great effort in order to gain all four of them. With three already in his possession he is searching for the fourth, and seems to have found it in the game shop of Yugi's grandfather (the Kame Game Shop in the manga and Japanese versions). Kaiba attempts to buy or trade the card, but Yugi's grandfather refuses to part with it claiming it has sentimental value. He thus kidnaps him and forces him into an Ante Duel, with Kaiba emerging as victor.

Now in possession of the fourth Blue-Eyes White Dragon, Kaiba tears it up because in Duel Monsters a person cannot have more than three of the same card (in the manga, the reason given for tearing up the Blue-Eyes is different), and so if he Kaiba can't use it then no one should. Enraged at Kaiba kidnapping and dueling his grandfather, Yugi challenges Kaiba himself, upsetting the world champion and defeating him.

In the anime, this part of the story is derived from several manga chapters.

Yugi & his friends depart for Duelist Kingdom

Pegasus selects only the best for his Duelist Kingdom tournament, giving each duelist 2 Star Chips and allowing an entry into the finals to only the first four players to get 10 of them. That meant that Joey was not to be included, however he cruelly needed the prize money in order to pay for an eye surgery for his sister Serenity, whose disease was slowly causing her to go blind. So, Yugi gave one of his Star Chips to Joey, and the two friends started dueling their way to the top.

Sneaking their way into the cargo room of the ship, Téa Gardner and Tristan Taylor also accompany Yugi & Joey during their duels. In addition, their friend from school Ryo Bakura also makes his way to Duelist Kingdom, by which way however is left a mystery.

Duelist Kingdom Tournament

Kingdom Rules

Invitation Cards with 2 Star Chips

Duel Rules

  • Each player begins the Duel with 2000 Life Points.
  • Direct attacks on your opponent are not permitted.
  • Players can Summon any Level Monster, without requiring a Tribute.
  • Certain cards have anime-only special abilities affecting the Playing Field (e.g. "Umi" hides underwater monsters from being seen by the opponent; if attacked, "Mystical Moon" will lower "Umi's" tide to reveal the hidden monsters, etc.).
  • Fusion Monsters are added to the Main Deck and can be Normal Summoned and Set.
  • Fields give certain monsters bonuses, like the Ocean field for WATER monsters, which are eventually turned into a real card, (Umi)
Playoff Entry Cards: Glory of the King's Opposite Hand (left) and Glory of the King's Hand (right)

Tournament Rules

  • Participation is by invitation only. Each participant is given 5 Invitation Cards, 2 Star Chips, and 1 Dueling Glove.
  • Participants in the preliminary round must be in possession of at least 1 Star Chip.
  • Each Duel, a player must wager a minimum of 1 Star Chip.
  • Players who have lost all their Star Chips are sent home.
  • The first four players to reach 10 Star Chips will be admitted entry into the Castle, in order to participate to the Duelist Kingdom Finals.
  • Duelist Kingdom Finals are set up in a playoff-type mini-tournament.
  • Each participant of the Duelist Kingdom Finals must present one of his Playoff Entry Cards ("Glory of the King's Hand" or "Glory of the King's Opposite Hand").
    • "Glory of the King's Hand" is needed to claim the tournament cash prize.
    • "Glory of the King's Opposite Hand" allows the winner to challenge Pegasus for the Championship.

Kingdom Duels

Yugi Muto vs. Weevil Underwood

Episodes 004-005.

  • Yugi defeats Weevil Underwood, the Japan/Duel Monsters tournament Champion, obtains +2 Star Chips (Yugi also wagered his deck in order for Weevil to wager an additional Star Chip). YUGI'S TOTAL: 3.
  • Mai defeats random duelist (Duel not featured). Obtains +1 Star Chip. MAI'S TOTAL: 3.

Joey Wheeler vs. Mai Valentine

Episode 006

  • Joey defeats Mai Valentine. Obtains +1 Star Chip. JOEY'S TOTAL: 2. MAI'S TOTAL: 2.

Yugi Muto vs. Mako Tsunami

Episode 007

  • Yugi defeats Mako Tsunami, a sea duelist. Obtains +2 Star Chips. YUGI'S TOTAL: 5.

Yugi Muto vs. Mokuba Kaiba

Episode 008

  • Yugi loses two star chips after Mokuba steals them and Kimo, Pegasus's main bodyguard, throws them into the ocean. YUGI'S TOTAL: 3.

Yugi Muto vs. Ghost Kaiba

Episodes 009-010

  • Yugi defeats the Player Eliminator ("Dark Kaiba", also known as "Yami Kaiba" or "Ghost Kaiba" in the dub). Obtains +3 Star Chips. YUGI'S TOTAL: 6.
  • Mai defeats random duelist (Duel not featured). MAI'S TOTAL: 8.

Joey Wheeler vs. Rex Raptor

Episodes 011-012

  • Joey defeats Rex Raptor, the Japan Tournament Runner-up. Obtains +2 Star Chips, plus Rex's Red-Eyes B. Dragon card as part of the ante. JOEY'S TOTAL: 4.
Yugi vs. Bakura in a Shadow Game

Yami Yugi vs. Yami Bakura (non-tournament)

Episode 013

  • In the anime version, at night, Yugi beats Dark Bakura in a Shadow Game. This duel was adapted from the Monster World RPG game in Volumes 6 & 7 of the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga, and does not take place in the manga. No star chips are wagered.
  • Mai gets beaten by Panik and loses 8 star chips (Duel not featured). MAI'S TOTAL: 0.

Yugi Muto vs. Panik

Episodes 014-015

  • Yugi beats Panik to give Mai all of her star chips back. MAI'S TOTAL: 8.

Joey Wheeler vs. Seto Kaiba (non-tournament)

Episode 016

Joey Wheeler vs. Bonz

Episodes 017-018

  • Joey beats Bonz, a zombie duelist with cards from Bandit Keith. Obtains +4 star chips. JOEY'S TOTAL: 8.

Yugi Muto + Joey Wheeler vs. Para + Dox

Episodes 019-021

  • Joey and Yugi fight together against Para and Dox, who are "Eliminators". YUGI'S TOTAL: 10. JOEY'S TOTAL: 10.
  • Pegasus also has to get Kaiba's technology. Pegasus appeals to The Big Five, Kaiba's Board of Directors, and abducts Mokuba. Kaiba goes to Duelist Kingdom to get Mokuba back. Pegasus traps Mokuba's soul in a card.
    • In the English anime, Pegasus sends Mokuba to the Shadow Realm and forces Kaiba to beat Yugi to try and get Mokuba back. The Big 5 are fired after this arc in the manga.
Yugi vs. Kaiba on top of Duelist Kingdom Castle

Yugi Muto vs. Seto Kaiba

Episodes 022-024

  • Kaiba confronts Yugi on the top of the castle, explaining his situation to him. He also wants a rematch after losing the first Duel they played. Yugi accepts the challenge, and they each wager 5 Star Chips so that only one of them will be allowed entry into the Castle. During this Duel, Kaiba merges his three "Blue-Eyes White Dragons" to create "Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon". However, his combo is destroyed with an impenetrable wall of "Kuriboh", "Mammoth Graveyard", "Living Arrow", and "Polymerization". Kaiba threatens he'll jump off the tower if he should lose (in the anime, Kaiba says the attack of Yugi's monster might knock him off the edge), so for fear seeing Kaiba hurt Yugi overcomes his other self (Yami) and surrenders the duel. KAIBA'S TOTAL: 10, YUGI'S TOTAL: 5.

Yugi is so shaken up by this experience that he breaks down in tears, vowing never to duel again. He fears his other self could cause someone serious harm.

Téa Gardner vs. Mai Valentine (non-tournament)

Episode 025

  • In the Anime, to get Yugi back into the finals Tea decides to duel Mai Valentine (who has 16 Star Chips). Initially, Mai offers her 6 surplus Star Chips in order to repay Yugi back for his duel with Panik, but still too shaken up Yugi refuses. Although Mai could have beaten Tea with the card "Harpie's Feather Duster", she instead forfeits in order to help Yugi (without admitting it). Inspired by Téa's dedication, Yugi receives the boost he needs to galvanize himself for the finals. YUGI'S TOTAL: 10.
    • In the manga, Mai simply gives the star chips to Yugi, rather than dueling Téa for them.

The Finals

Kingdom Finals - Dueling Tree

Finals Participants: "Bandit" Keith Howard, Joey Wheeler, Yugi Muto, Mai Valentine
  Semi finals Final
Episodes 029-030
 Mai Valentine  750 (ab.)  
  Yugi Muto  300  
Episodes 033-034
      Yugi Muto  550
   Joey Wheeler  0
"King of Games" Title
Episodes 031-032 Episodes 035-039
  Joey Wheeler  450   Yugi Muto  100
 "Bandit" Keith Howard  0    Maximillion Pegasus  0

Seto Kaiba vs. Maximillion Pegasus (non-tournament)

Episodes 026-027

  • Before the finals, Pegasus introduces Kaiba to the finalists, and the two duel. If Pegasus wins, he will take Kaiba's soul; if Kaiba wins, Mokuba's soul will be restored.
  • Kaiba's monsters are far stronger, but Pegasus can see the his opponent's cards and predict his strategies using the Millennium Eye.
  • Pegasus uses Continuous Spell Card "Toon World", which transforms all his monsters into toons which cannot be destroyed. Kaiba attempts to use the "Crush Card Virus" combo that he used against Yugi, but Pegasus reads his mind and prevents the strategy from working.
  • In the end, Pegasus uses "Doppelganger" (aka "Mimicat") to copy Kaiba's "Crush Card Virus", and wins the duel.
  • After his victory, Pegasus uses his Millennium Eye to steal Kaiba's soul. Seeing this and knowing it has happened because Kaiba was trying to save his little brother, Yugi starts to cry and demands to know why Pegasus is toying with people.
  • Seconds later, Yugi's Millennium Puzzle activates and Yugi's "other self" emerges for the first time since his duel with Kaiba, which nearly ended in tragedy. Yugi vows to defeat Pegasus once and for all, but he will first have to get through the remaining rounds of the tournament.

Semi-final #1: Mai Valentine vs. Yugi Muto

Episodes 029-030

Semi-final #2: Joey Wheeler vs. "Bandit" Keith Howard

Episodes 031-032

Bandit Keith is about to taste the power of Joey's "Red-Eyes Black Metal Dragon"
  • Keith Howard steals Joey's Playoff Entry card, nearly causing Joey to be disqualified. However, Mai gives Joey her entry card, allowing him to participate in extremis.
  • Keith uses machine cards, which are very powerful. Joey uses his Trap Cards to hold off the machines, and then copies Keith's "Metalmorph" to make his "Red-Eyes B. Dragon" a machine itself with an added 400 ATK. Furthermore, Joey uses "Dragon Nails" to power up his Red-Eyes even more to avoid being destroyed by Keith's "Blast Sphere".
  • Keith uses "Slot Machine", but cheats by putting two Spell Cards up his sleeve, each being able to power up "Slot Machine" by 700.
  • On the last turn, Keith damages Joey's dragon and attacks it with "Slot Machine", but Joey activates "Graverobber" to grab Keith's "Time Machine", returning his monster to the way it was a turn before. Joey attacks "Slot Machine" and wins the duel.
  • Pegasus then confronts Keith and says that he saw his cheating, whereupon Keith tries to get the prize money by force. In the anime, Pegasus drops Keith down a trap door, and Keith eventually reappears prior to Battle City under the mind control of Marik Ishtar. In the manga, Pegasus inflicts a penalty game on Keith, causing his apparent death.

Final: Joey Wheeler vs. Yugi Muto

Episodes 033-034

Note: Pegasus skipped the match in the manga automatically making Yugi the winner.

Yugi vs. Pegasus: Match of the Millennium

Yugi vs. Pegasus: Match of the Millennium

Episodes 035-039

  • Pegasus applies the same strategy to Yugi as he did to Kaiba. He's able to play "Toon World", making all his monsters invincible. Pegasus saw every one of Yugi's strategies, and counters every one of them. However, Yugi then uses mind shuffle. Yugi and Dark Yugi keep changing places, and Pegasus cannot see the mind of the other. Therefore, he does not know what Yugi plans.
  • In the English anime, Pegasus then sends the duel into the Shadow Realm, where his illusion monsters come into play. In the manga and Japanese anime, Pegasus does not use the Shadow Realm as the Shadow Realm does not exist in either of those versions. Either version, the duel still turns into a Shadow game where summoning monsters creates a massive strain on the duelist's mind if they don't have the strength. Dark Yugi had the strength to work through it, but Yugi didn't, which Pegasus knew, resulting in his near death.
  • Yugi's friends are able to block Pegasus from reading Dark Yugi's mind, so his plan to be able to read his mind still doesn't work. Ultimately, Yugi wins.


Episode 040
In the end of it all, Pegasus's Millennium Eye gets stolen by Dark Bakura, and the souls of Mokuba Kaiba, Seto Kaiba and Solomon Muto are restored. Yugi gives Joey the money for Serenity's eye surgery.

Duelist Kingdom - Featured Duels List

Duel # Episode(s) Duelist #1 vs Duelist #2 Winner LP #1 LP #2 Turns
1 001 Joey Wheeler vs. Yugi Muto Yugi Muto 0 N/A N/A
2 001 Yami Yugi vs. Seto Kaiba Yami Yugi 400 (Ex.) 1000 17
3 004-005 Yami Yugi vs. Weevil Underwood Yami Yugi 50 0 28
4 006 Joey Wheeler vs. Mai Valentine Joey Wheeler 1020 0 9
5 007 Yami Yugi vs. Mako Tsunami Yami Yugi 1480 0 12
6 008 Yami Yugi vs. Mokuba Kaiba (interrupted) 2000 1100 3
7 009-010 Yami Yugi vs. Ghost Kaiba Yami Yugi 500 0 18
8 011-012 Joey Wheeler vs. Rex Raptor Joey Wheeler 235 0 23
9 013 Yami Yugi vs. Yami Bakura Yami Yugi 500 0 13
10 014-015 Yami Yugi vs. Panik Yami Yugi 300 0 14
11 016 Joey Wheeler vs. Seto Kaiba Seto Kaiba 0 1600 19
12 017-018 Joey Wheeler vs. Bonz Joey Wheeler 150 0 24
13 019-021 Yami Yugi
+ Joey Wheeler
vs. Para
+ Dox
Yami Yugi
+ Joey Wheeler
400-650 0-0 34
14 022-024 Yami Yugi vs. Seto Kaiba Seto Kaiba 0 400 27
15 025 Téa Gardner vs. Mai Valentine Téa Gardner 1100 1600 (Su.) 10
16 026-027 Seto Kaiba vs. Maximillion Pegasus Maximillion Pegasus 0 1200 19
17 029-030 Mai Valentine vs. Yugi Muto Yugi Muto 750 (Su.) 300 23
18 031-032 Joey Wheeler vs. "Bandit" Keith Joey Wheeler 450 0 22
19 033-034 Joey Wheeler vs. Yami Yugi Yami Yugi 0 550 19
20 035-039 Yami Yugi vs. Maximillion Pegasus Yami Yugi 100 0 37
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