North Academy

North Academy

North Academy, known as the Arctic Academy (アークティック校 Ākutikku-kō) in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Tag Force 3 is one of the Duelist schools in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX. It is located somewhere in the arctic.



Various North Academy students cheering on Chazz.

The uniforms for North Academy students is fairly different from the ones seen at Duel Academy. Unlike Duel Academy, which has different uniforms for the each dorm, North Academy students wear varying shades of brown and gray. On the chest of the uniforms is the North Academy symbol. Some students, such as Czar, have specially-tailored outfits.[1]

As female North Academy students are not seen, it is unknown what their outfit looks like, or if there are any female students.


North Academy is truly a difficult school to get into. Before one can even enter, they must possess a Deck of at least 40 cards. If the Duelist in question does not have the necessary number, then they must scour the icy landscape that surrounds the school for scattered cards in order to meet this requirement.[1]


When a new student arrives at North Academy, they must go through a 'Duel Gauntlet', a ranking system where they face off against all of the students in the school, starting off against the lowest-ranking and ending with the top student. Whichever Duelist you eventually lose against determines your rank, unless you defeat the top Duelist, which makes you the new top Duelist.[1]

Students do not appear to be separated by dorms in North Academy, and as a result only follow the ranking system at the school.


North Academy has a known rivalry with Duel Academy, and the two schools even hold an annual competition.[1] The students use a submarine owned by the academy to travel.[2] One North Academy student, Lucien Grimley, would journey to Duel Academy to take part in the Genex Tournament.[3] Later, Jesse Anderson, North Academy's top student at the time, would be sent to Duel Academy to represent them as one of the Overseas Champions.[4]

Known students and staff

Plot hole

Jesse Anderson is said to have earned his Crystal Beast Deck prior to entering the North Academy and Jaden entering his senior year at the Duel Academy. However, he is absent from Episode 24 (among the Duelists defeated by Chazz) and the Genex Tournament (as one of the Duelists representing his Academy).


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Yu-Gi-Oh! GX episode 24: "The New Chazz"
  2. Yu-Gi-Oh! GX episode 25: "The School Duel, Part 1"
  3. Yu-Gi-Oh! GX episode 91: "Don't Fear the Reaper"
  4. Yu-Gi-Oh! GX episode 106: "A Jewel of A Duel: Part 1"

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