Joey Wheeler's Deck has changed numerous times throughout the series. His strategies often involve luck, which is sometimes criticized by other characters. Throughout much of the series Joey utilizes a Mixture deck with no discernible archetype. It usually consists of Warrior-Type monsters, possibly representing his strong fighting spirit, and later support for "Red-Eyes Black Dragon".

Initially he tried filling his Deck with just powerful Monster Cards. His Deck becomes more balanced as he learns more about the game.

Anime and manga

Amateur Deck

The first deck that Joey made was filled only with normal monster cards and no spell or trap cards. He used this in the first two episodes of the second anime. He lost a total of 6 duels with this deck, 1 against Yugi and 5 against Tea.

Duelist Kingdom

Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome
Yugi Muto 1 Lose
Téa Gardner 2 Lose (+ 4 times off-screen)
Mai Valentine 6 Win
Rex Raptor 11-12 Win
Seto Kaiba 16 Lose
Bonz 17-18 Win
Para and Dox 19-21 Win (with Yugi Muto)
Bandit Keith 31-32 Win
Yugi Muto/Yami Yugi 33-34 Lose
Mai Valentine 44 No result

Initially an amateur, Joey's deck was of poor design, possessing no strategic methodology or Trap or Magic cards to begin with. During Duelist Kingdom Joey's Deck comprised mainly of Warriors, Beast-Warriors or other tough-looking anthropomorphic animals; cards that befit his rough and tumble personality.

Since the rules at this stage of the series excluded Tribute Summons, many of his monsters are above Level 4 and could be Summoned without Tributes.

In the anime on the boat trip to Duelist Kingdom, Joey acquired a few additions to his Deck. Yugi gave him the "Time Wizard" card and Joey traded with other people to get "Baby Dragon", "Salamandra", "Shield & Sword" and "Kunai with Chain". During the tournament, Tristan Taylor gave him the card "Lava Battleguard" in the anime. Joey won the card "Red-Eyes Black Dragon" off Rex Raptor by gambling the "Time Wizard" card.

Duelist Kingdom Deck (manga)
Duelist Kingdom Deck (anime)

Vs. Duke Devlin

Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome
Duke Devlin 46 Lose

In the anime, Joey Dueled Duke Devlin using a Deck made from Booster Packs opened just before the Duel. Yugi objected that Joey shouldn't Duel using cards he's not used to. All the cards are from the Thousand Eyes Bible expansion of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Official Card Game (in the TCG, this set was merged with the OCG set Pharaoh's Servant and released as the set Pharaoh's Servant).


Battle City

Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome
Seeker 55 Lose
Espa Roba 58-59 Win
Weevil Underwood 63-64 Win
Mako Tsunami 68-69 Win
Odion 86-89 Win (default)
Seto Kaiba, Yami Marik, Yugi Muto 122-124 Lose
Yami Marik 125-128 Lose (Disqualified)
Seto Kaiba 135-137 Lose
Yugi Muto/Yami Yugi 143 Not shown

Many changes are made to Joey's Deck during the Battle City tournament. With the rules changed to be closer to the OCG, Joey's Deck includes fewer high Level monsters as they must now be Tribute Summoned.

Joey's original Battle City Deck featured his "Red-Eyes Black Dragon", however he lost it in an Ante Duel, and remakes a new Deck in time for the tournament - now with "Time Wizard" as his rare card. Additionally, he wins more rare cards from the duels he wins in the preliminaries.

The number of tough Warriors and Beast-Warrior-Type monsters decreases and he includes a few cartoon-like warriors, while many more luck based cards are added, a trait that leads Esper Roba to dub it a Gamble Deck. Also his deck is fortified with the monsters he won per ante at the tournament; again there's no major archetype.

Although Yugi manages to win back Joey's "Red-Eyes", Joey refuses to take it back and says he'll earn it when he becomes a better Duelist (in the English dub, he lends it to Yugi to help defeat Marik). In later arcs of the anime, he is shown to have it again, which means one of three things. The first being Yugi/Atem beat Joey and gave Red Eyes back to Joey because he deserved it. The second is both Yugi and Joey had a draw and neither of them won or lost but Joey earned back his Red Eyes, or lastly he defeated Yugi in the Duel following the tournament, earning back his Red Eyes. The true result is left for the viewer to decide. In the manga Jonouchi does not use it again, except in Millennium World, where he wouldn't necessarily need the actual card, but it is eventually confirmed that he has re-obtained it when he shows the card to Aigami in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions.

Battle City Deck (manga)
Battle City Deck (Anime)

Possessed Deck

Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome
Yugi Muto/Yami Yugi 75-78 DRAW (partially controlled by Marik Ishtar)

During the tournament, Joey is possessed by Marik Ishtar and is forced to Duel Yugi with additions to his Deck made by the Rare Hunters. He runs a Burn Deck. Marik adds a number of Magic Cards to his Deck, which allow him to directly destroy monsters and inflict damage, although such cards were outlawed in the Battle City tournament.

Possessed Deck

Dream Deck

Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome
Unidentified kid #1 128 Win (dream)
Unidentified kid #2 130 Win (dream)
Unidentified kid #3 133 Lose (dream)

After losing to Yami Marik, Joey falls into a coma, in which he dreams about the tournament he entered in episode 2, using his original Deck based on Warrior-Type monsters. (In the dub, he dreams that he is participating in a different tournament.)

Flashback Deck

Virtual World

Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome
Johnson 104-105 Win
The Big Five (through Tristan Taylor) 111-113 Win (with Yugi Muto)

In Noah Kaiba's virtual world, Joey was made to construct a Deck to use in this world. He made one close to his Battle City Deck, but also included a number of "Harpie" cards as a tribute to Mai Valentine.

He used "Flame Swordsman" as his Deck Master, where it could distribute its ATK among Joey's other monsters.

He teamed up with Yugi to face the Big Five. Here Joey was able to combine "Flame Swordsman" with Yugi's Deck Master, "Dark Magician" to form "Dark Flare Knight" and "Mirage Knight" who became their shared Deck Master.

Virtual World Deck

Waking the Dragons

Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome
Mai Valentine 151-154 No result
Rex Raptor 160-162 Win
Valon 169-172 Win
Mai Valentine 172-173 Lose

Joey's Deck had evolved to incorporate even more luck cards, and runs a Red-Eyes/Warrior/Hermos Deck. He also has included cards that end the opponent's turns, as well as "Aura Armor" much to Valon's surprise. The main addition, however, is "Claw of Hermos" which can fuse with monster cards to become Equip Cards. He is also seen using his Red-Eyes Black Dragon again.

Waking the Dragons Deck

Grand Championship

Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome
Apdnarg Otum 187-188 Win
Zigfried Lloyd 190-191 Lose

In the Grand Championship Joey's Deck incorporates more support for low Level monsters, such as the "Landstar" monsters. He continues his luck cards as well as his more memorable cards like "Red-Eyes Black Dragon" and "Jinzo".

Grand Championship Deck

Dawn of the Duel

He was not seen dueling properly during this arc, but he used cards from previous arcs while he's in Ancient Egypt to protect himself and others from Zorc Necrophades.

Dawn of the Duel Deck

Yu-Gi-Oh! R

Opponent(s) Chapter(s) Outcome
Klamath Osler 5 Win
Pete Coppermine 7 Win
Mendo Cino 12-13 Win
Reiko Kitamori 20-21 Win
Bandit Keith 33-36 Win

Jonouchi's Deck is similar to his Battle City Deck, but has advanced slightly in each of his play-styles. He retains his rare and luck-based cards, having acquired more of both, and continues to occasionally use Fusion Monsters. The most notable addition to his Deck is the "Time Machine" card that he took from Bandit Keith after the Duelist Kingdom arc.


Other anime

Pyramid of Light

Pyramid of Light Deck

Scripted Duels

Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Providence 2012

Opponent(s) Tournament Outcome
Maximillion Pegasus YCS Providence 2012 Lose
Opponent(s) Tournament Outcome
Seto Kaiba North American WCQ 2012 Lose

North American World Championship Qualifiers 2012


YCS Origins 2016 Special

Opponent(s) Tournament Outcome
Maximillion Pegasus YCS Origins 2016 Lose

Video games

Dark Duel Stories

Joey's Deck from Yu-Gi-Oh! Dark Duel Stories is loosely based on his early Battle City Deck from the manga, featuring "Red-Eyes Black Dragon" as his signature card. Other monsters previously used by Joey include "Mountain Warrior", "Time Wizard" and "Swordsman of Landstar". Other than that, Joey's Deck was stacked with many weaker low-level monsters to reflect his low-level in the game.


The Eternal Duelist Soul


Worldwide Edition: Stairway to the Destined Duel

Deck (Phantom Pyramid)

The Falsebound Kingdom


The Sacred Cards

Possessed Deck (Dark Joey)

World Championship Tournament 2004

Joey Wheeler is a Level 3 opponent in World Championship Tournament 2004. In order to unlock him, the player must defeat all of the Level 2 Duelists at least five times and have a "Jinzo" in their Trunk, but not in their Deck. If they can amass at least ten wins and maintain at least a 50% win ratio against Joey, the latter stipulation no longer applies.

Fitting his aggressive personality in the anime, Joey's Deck is full of high-ATK monsters, primarily Warriors and Beast-Warriors. Many of his Level 4 monsters have 2000 ATK or more, but suffer from various restrictions, such as changing to Defense Position after the Battle Phase or losing ATK for every monster destroyed. He also has some dangerous Effect Monsters, such as "Jinzo" and "Time Wizard", and he almost always activates the latter's effect successfully, making it difficult to keep monsters on the field.

He has generic Spells and only a few Traps, which mostly focus on strengthening his own monsters or getting rid of his opponent's monsters to give him a clear shot at their Life Points. If he gets the chance, he'll also use "Polymerization" to bring out one of three deadly Fusion Monsters: the 1700-ATK, potentially-Direct Attacking "Alligator's Sword Dragon", the 2400-ATK "Thousand Dragon", or his strongest monster, the 3200-ATK "Black Skull Dragon".

On the other hand, Joey's Deck has no Spell or Trap negation apart from Jinzo, and very little defense against monster Summons (other than his "Ring of Destruction" cards). He also tends to Summon "Time Wizard" in Attack Position to make use of its effect immediately, which leaves him vulnerable to taking a large amount of Battle Damage from a powerful monster.


The Dawn of Destiny

Joey's signature card is shown to be Red-Eyes B. Dragon.


Reshef of Destruction

Possessed Deck (Dark Joey)

7 Trials to Glory: World Championship Tournament 2005

Standard Deck
Advanced Deck

World Championship 2007

Warrior Max

World Championship 2008

Display of Courage
Ideal Partner

Yu-Gi-Oh! Nightmare Troubadour


Dice Power
Power of Luck
Warrior Max (Version 1)
Warrior Max (Version 2)
Warrior Max (Version 3)
Super Warrior

Deck Recipe

Duel Gambler

Duel Terminal

Duel Terminal


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 This card was played as a Normal Monster. It is a Fusion Monster in the TCG/OCG.
  2. 2.0 2.1 This card is not a physical card, but rather "Red-Eyes Black Dragon" affected by "Metalmorph". It is an Effect Monster in the TCG/OCG.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 This card is not a physical card, but rather "Baby Dragon" aged by the effect of "Time Wizard". It is a Fusion Monster in the TCG/OCG.
  4. This card was played as an Illusion Card. It is an Effect Monster Card in the TCG/OCG.
  5. This card was played as an Equip Card. It is an Equip Spell Card in the anime.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 This card was played as a Spell Card. It is an Effect Monster in the TCG/OCG.
  7. This card's card type is unknown.
  8. This card can be seen in his hand in Duel 64.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 This card was played as a Trap Spell Card in the Japanese version. It was displayed as a Trap Card in the English translation. It is a Trap Card in the TCG/OCG.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 He traded with someone on the boat to Duelist Kingdom to acquire this card.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 This card can be seen in his hand at the beginning of episode 1.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 This card can be seen when Yugi checks Joey's Deck in episode 2.
  13. This card was played in face-down Defense Position during his Duel with Bonz. Its name was not mentioned.
  14. This card is Summoned during his brief Duel with Yugi at the start of episode 1.
  15. This card was played in face-down Defense Position during his Duel with Mai Valentine. Its name was not mentioned.
  16. He won this card from Rex Raptor in episode 12.
  17. This card can be seen in his opening hand during his Duel with Rex Raptor in the original version. This card is replaced by "Sword Arm of Dragon" in the dub.
  18. This card was given to him by Tristan Taylor in episode 11.
  19. This card was shown as a Level 5 Effect Monster (Normal Monster in the dub) that is DARK with 0 ATK and 100 DEF. In the TCG/OCG, it is a Level 1 LIGHT Effect Monster with 0 ATK and 0 DEF.
  20. 20.0 20.1 This card was shown as an Effect Monster but played as a Spell Card. In the TCG/OCG, it is an Effect Monster.
  21. This card was given to him by Yugi in episode 3.
  22. Won from Ryota Kajiki in Yu-Gi-Oh! Volume 124. It is unknown if this card was added to Jonouchi's Deck.
  23. Lost to Rare Hunter after Yu-Gi-Oh! Volume 151.
  24. Won from Insector Haga in Yu-Gi-Oh! Volume 169. It's unknown if this card was added to Jonouchi's Deck.
  25. Won from Esper Roba in Yu-Gi-Oh! Volume 158.
  26. Illegally added to Jonouchi's deck by Insector Haga in Yu-Gi-Oh! Volume 167. Removed some time after Volume 183.
  27. Won from Ryota Kajiki in Yu-Gi-Oh! Volume 124.
  28. He lost this card to Seeker in episode 55. Yugi won it back in episode 57 and Joey told him to keep it.
  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 29.3 This card was played as a Normal Monster. It is an Effect Monster in the TCG/OCG.
  30. He won this card from Weevil Underwood during episode 64.
  31. He won this card from Espa Roba in episode 59.
  32. This card was placed into his Deck by Weevil in episode 63.
  33. He won this card from Mako Tsunami in episode 69.
  34. 34.0 34.1 34.2 34.3 34.4 34.5 34.6 This card was played as a Magic Card. It was depicted as a Trap Card in the dub. It is a Trap Card in the TCG/OCG.
  35. This card is shown in his hand during his duel with Odion in episode 88.
  36. This card is discarded via the effect of "Helpoemer" in episode 127.
  37. This card can be seen in his hand
  38. This card is Summoned in episode 120 when he battles to reach the exit to the Virtual World.
  39. 39.0 39.1 This card is Summoned in episode 110 to distract the Big Five and escape.
  40. 40.0 40.1 40.2 This card can be seen when he searches his Deck to choose his Deck Master in 104.
  41. 41.0 41.1 41.2 This card can be seen in his hand in episode 111.
  42. This card can be seen in his hand after Mai activates "Card of Sanctity" in episode 173.
  43. 43.0 43.1 43.2 This card is drawn but not played by him in episode 191.
  44. 44.0 44.1 This card is removed from play with the effect of "Goddess Urd's Verdict" in episode 191.
  45. This card is discarded via the effect of "Nibelung's Ring" in episode 191.
  46. This card can be seen in his hand in episodes 188 and 190.
  47. He took this card from Bandit Keith after Duelist Kingdom. He returns it to him after their Duel in chapter 36.
  48. Joey mentions this card being in his Deck.
  49. This card was destroyed by "A Wingbeat of a Giant Dragon".
  50. This card is treated as an Effect Monster. It is a Fusion Monster in the TCG/OCG.
  51. This card was played as a Spell Card. It is an Effect Monster in the TCG/OCG.
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