The Millennium Rod (
Upon Dark Marik's awakening, he took the Millennium Rod and used the blade to kill his own father (skinning his back off in the manga, stabbing him to death in the Japanese anime, and sending him to the Shadow Realm in the English dub). After that, Marik took the Rod to assist him in his quest for world domination. In the English dub, Marik planned to collect all three Egyptian God cards and the Millennium Puzzle to become King. However in original Japanese version, he stated that after he gets his revenge, the Rod would be useless to him, and that he would have no qualms of giving it to Dark Bakura. After Marik's defeat at Battle City, he gave the Millennium Rod to Yugi.
A false Millennium Rod was created and given to Odion Ishtar, who was disguising himself as Marik at the time, in order to play his role more realistically. While Odion wielded the false item, Marik (under the pseudonym "Namu") utilized the real Rod's powers in secret, to make it look like Odion is the wielder of the item. When Odion played a false God Card Ra, it incurred the Gods' wrath and caused a lightning bolt to strike down Odion, shattering the false Millennium Rod, revealing Odion's true identity.
In Seto Kaiba's Duel with Ishizu Ishtar, the Millennium Rod showed Kaiba a vision of his past incarnation and the Blue-Eyes White Dragon, causing him to summon it instead of attacking with Obelisk the Tormentor (which would have caused him to lose the duel). This is because it was originally owned by the Egyptian Priest Seto, of whom Kaiba is a reincarnation. Its use in Egyptian times was to seal the Ka hiding inside of people into stone tablets.
In Yu-Gi-Oh! Forbidden Memories, the Rod is shaped and colored slightly different. It is also owned by Kaiba in the modern day instead of Marik.
This item's unique ability grants the holder the power to control people's minds, turning them into the owner's mind slaves. By extension, it allows the owner to telepathically communicate with others, look into their memories, use the victim's body to see, hear, and speak to others through them, and trick their minds into believing what the owner of the item wants them to. He can even knock people unconscious and also, leave a portion of his mind in the people that he has controlled, like it did Bakura and Tea. It's power has no effect on one who bears a Millennium Item or someone who has a unique connection to the ancient Shadow Games, like Yugi, Bakura, or Kaiba. Also, if the victim has a strong enough will, the spell can be broken.
Like the other Millennium Items, its power over the Shadow Games allows it to materialize and command Duel Monsters and their effects, and cast a Penalty Game against the loser. Marik´s shadow games created through this item have been the most brutal and damaging, from memory destruction to pain-inducing.
Its other abilities allow the owner to use a telekinetic-like ability to force an opponent back, and to paralyze them. In the Virtual World arc, Marik commanded the Rod to unleash destructive lightning to destroy the machinery in Noah's undersea fortress. It can also show others visions of the past. A victory duel is not required to use these abilities.
In Yu-Gi-Oh!: Forbidden Memories, it was also used to separate both Atem and Yugi at one time, and it also has a magical sense that detects objects of great power, like other Millennium Items or the Egyptian Gods.
There is also a short blade concealed in the bottom of the rod, although this was only used in the Japanese anime and manga. The shaft of the rod acts as the sheath. This is removed in the English version. In the original Japanese version, this knife was used for the Ishtar clan for carving the symbols on their first born male heir's back. Marik Ishtar was one of the many to endure this painful ritual, against his will, which gave birth to his dark side, Dark Marik.