Kaiba mainly runs Decks that centralize on a beatdown strategy to aggressively overwhelm his opponents with high ATK monsters. During the first several arcs of the Yu-Gi-Oh anime, his Deck is composed of vicious-looking monsters, with most of them being DARK Fiend-Type. The Spells and Traps in his Deck normally serve to disrupt and counter any strategies his opponents would use. His monster lineup is spearheaded by his signature card, "Blue-Eyes White Dragon" and its Fusion form, "Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon". In the later arcs, he incorporates "Virus" Trap Cards such as "Giant Germ", "Crush Card", and "Virus Cannon" that give it the traits of a Virus Control Deck and swarm Deck, destroying all monsters in his opponent's Deck with more than 1500 ATK, further crippling their ability to defend against him.

As the series evolves, Kaiba's switches his focus towards Dragon-Type monsters. His later Decks incorporate an array of Dragon and Dragon-Type support cards such as "Spirit Ryu", "Spear Dragon", "Luster Dragon #2", "Different Dimension Dragon", "Paladin of White Dragon", and "Chaos Emperor Dragon - Envoy of the End" while still maintaining "Blue Eyes White Dragon" and "Blue Eyes Ultimate Dragon" as his most aggressive boss monsters. His later Decks still retain much of the aggressive beatdown strategies to wreak havoc upon his opponents with high ATK incorporated with Dragon-type support cards that contain inherent self-protection effects.


1st Anime

2nd Series Anime

Childhood Deck

This Deck is seen in a flashback during the Virtual World arc. These cards were taken away by Seto and Mokuba's stepfather, and were taken back by Mokuba Kaiba.

Duelist Kingdom

Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome(s)
Solomon Muto 1 Win (off-screen)
Yugi Muto/Yami Yugi 1 Lose
Joey Wheeler 16 Win
Yugi Muto/Yami Yugi 22-24 Win
Maximillion Pegasus 26-27 Lose

During Duelist Kingdom, his Deck utilized various brutal appearing monsters to reflect his personality. Ghost Kaiba also utilized Kaiba's Deck and the Duel Computer also used some of his cards when Kaiba wanted to test his new Duel Disk system. Notably, his signature card (through all seasons of the anime and manga) is the "Blue-Eyes White Dragon". His main plan consists of using "Saggi the Dark Clown" as bait, then use "Crush Card" to destroy the opponent's Deck. Against Yugi he tries regaining Life Points or destroying the opponents cards to stall until he draws the right cards required for Summoning "Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon" for the final blow.

Test Deck

Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome(s)
Duel Robot 54 Win

After obtaining "Obelisk the Tormentor" and developing the Duel Disk, Kaiba creates a Deck to test them both out and Duels against a Duel Computer, which used some of Kaiba's own cards.

Battle City

Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome(s)
Koji Nagumo 60 Win
Rare Hunter 2 and Rare Hunter 3 68 Win (with Yami Yugi)
Lumis and Umbra 70-73 Win (with Yami Yugi)
Ishizu Ishtar 93-94 Win
Yami Marik, Yugi Muto, Joey Wheeler 122-124 Win
Yugi Muto/Yami Yugi 129-135 Lose
Joey Wheeler 135-137 Win

In Battle City, Kaiba's Deck takes on several traits of a Virus Deck, which focuses on removing cards from his opponents' Decks and leaving them with limited options. One of the main strategies in this Deck includes using "Crush Card Virus" and "Virus Cannon" to mill his opponents' Decks, while also attempting to Summon "Obelisk the Tormentor" for the finishing blow. His "Obelisk the Tormentor" is supported with "Soul Exchange", and if that fails, he implemented parts of a Machine deck representing Kaiba's expertise in technology; mainly he uses his "XYZ" monsters as offense until he is able to Summon "Obelisk".

Virtual World

Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome(s)
Leichter 108-109 Win
Noah Kaiba 114-116 Lose (taken over by Yami Yugi, who won)
Gozaburo Kaiba 120-121 Win

The Virtual World Deck is very similar to Kaiba's Battle City Deck, though with more emphasis on Dragon-Type monsters, and without his Egyptian God (as the Virtual World's Deck construction list excludes the God Cards).

Waking the Dragons

Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome(s)
Alister 149-150 DRAW
Alister 166-167 Win
Dartz 177-182 Win (with Yami Yugi); Eliminated

During the Waking the Dragons arc, Kaiba uses a Virus/Critias Deck. Kaiba's Deck evolves considerably, as he begins to include many more Dragons in his Deck, while also gaining "Fang of Critias", and still supporting "Blue-Eyes White Dragon" and "XYZ" monsters. He supports many of his Trap Cards with "Fang of Critias", creating powerful monsters to defeat the opponent.

Grand Championship

Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome(s)
Zigfried von Schroeder 194-195 Win

Kaiba only Dueled once in the Grand Championship arc (in order to officially disqualify Zigfried von Schroeder). This Deck, which still consisted mostly of Dragons, focused on swarming the field with monsters that were removed from play, using "Dimension Fusion".

Dawn of the Duel

Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome(s)
Yami Bakura 200 No result

Kaiba duels once in this arc as well, against Yami Bakura, but the Duel is not finished because his opponent leaves in the middle of it. Against Bakura, he included cards from previous arcs, focusing mainly on his "Blue-Eyes White Dragon". Kaiba uses cards from previous arcs while he's in ancient Egypt to protect himself and others from harm.


On more than one occasion, Kaiba has opened his briefcase to reveal a large collection of rare cards.

First Briefcase

Upon hearing that Solomon Muto has a Blue-Eyes White Dragon, Kaiba brings a briefcase full of rare cards in an attempt to trade him for it.

Second Briefcase

Kaiba's second briefcase contained his prototype for the Duel Disk as well as many other valuable cards he took to Duelist Kingdom with him.

Third Briefcase

Kaiba's third briefcase of cards was offered to improve Koji Nagumo's deck prior to him dueling with Obelisk the Tormentor. Kaiba's condition was that he could keep the rare cards he added if he beat him in a duel.

Fourth Briefcase

Kaiba's fourth briefcase consists of some of his cards used in previous arcs. He opens it to get his deck and duel disk prior to his duel vs Yami Bakura.

Fifth Briefcase

Kaiba's fifth briefcase consists of some of his best and most powerful cards offered to Yugi for his duel against the Pharaoh.


Early manga

Opponent(s) Chapter(s) Outcome(s)
Dark Yugi 9-10 Lose
Sugoroku Mutou 27 Win
Dark Yugi 36-39 Lose

Seto's early Deck includes these cards as well two unnamed monsters.

Duelist Kingdom

Opponent(s) Chapter(s) Outcome(s)
Joey Wheeler 26-27 Win
Dark Yugi 41-46 Win
Maximillion Pegasus 49-52 Lose

Seto's Duelist Kingdom manga Deck includes these cards, as well as one unnamed monster.

Test Deck

Opponent(s) Chapter(s) Outcome(s)
Duel Robot 89 Win

This Deck was made by Seto in order to test the power of The God of the Obelisk against his three "Blue-Eyes".

Battle City

Opponent(s) Chapter(s) Outcome(s)
Rare Hunter 2 and Rare Hunter 3 118 Win (with Dark Yugi)
Lumis and Umbra 126-130 Win (with Dark Yugi)
Ishizu Ishtar 166-171 Win
Dark Marik, Dark Yugi, Joey Wheeler 180-183 Win; 2nd place
Dark Yugi 193-203 Lose

Seto's Battle City Deck is very similar to his anime Deck, and it also contains one Level 8 unnamed monster. Dark Marik described his Deck during his Duel with Yugi as a Power Deck designed to suppress the opponent with monsters while gathering sacrifices to Summon his God card. Kaiba is not limited to using his own monsters, however, making liberal use of "Soul Exchange" to use his opponent's monsters as the sacrifices he needed. At the same time, he did not abandon his "Blue-Eyes White Dragons," often using them as either backup or a temporary replacement for "Obelisk," and including multiple methods to Summon them with the utilization of the ordinary twin-Tribute method. He also retained his Virus strategies, which he used against Ishizu, but he likely temporarily abandoned them in the manga after learning that his "Crush Card" strategy would be ineffective against "Ra."


Opponent(s) Chapter(s) Outcome(s)
Willa Mette 14-15 Win
Yako Tenma 28-30 Lose

Kaiba runs a Crack-and-Power Deck. Having lost his God card, Kaiba has expanded upon his previous strategies; he includes new support for Virus Cards and also more "self-fusing" Fusion Monsters, notably the "Material" series. His "Blue-Eyes White Dragons" are back to their old position of spearheading his Deck.


Yu-Gi-Oh! GX

Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome(s)
Gerard 21-22 Win (flashback)

Kaiba was only shown Dueling during Gerard's flashback. He defeated him with "Blue-Eyes White Dragon".

A Monster Spirit named Kaibaman—who was rumored to have been created in honor of Kaiba, has been shown to possess a Deck based on Kaiba's Blue-Eyes White Dragon Deck. All the listed cards were part of Kaibaman's Deck.

Pyramid of Light

Opponent(s) Outcome(s)
Maximillion Pegasus Win
Yugi Muto/Yami Yugi No result (Duel taken over by Anubis)

In the movie, Kaiba's Deck works by removing monsters like the "XYZ" monsters from play to Special Summon them back to the field. After obtaining "Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon", he modifies his Deck slightly to include it and "Pyramid of Light"

Only the cards used by Kaiba in his Duels were shown in the film. The full Deck List was given in the novelization of the film.

The Dark Side of Dimensions

In the film, Kaiba plays a "Blue-Eyes Deck", featuring expanded support for "Blue Eyes White Dragon" and other high Level Dragon-Type monsters.

Scripted Duels

North American World Championship Qualifiers 2012

Opponent(s) Tournament Outcome(s)
Joey Wheeler North American WCQ 2012 Win

North American World Championship Qualifiers 2013

Opponent(s) Tournament Outcome(s)
Maximillion Pegasus North American WCQ 2013 Win

During this duel, Kaiba claims to have specially pre-delivered Saga of Blue-Eyes White Dragon Structure Deck.

World Championship 2016 Special: Yugi vs. Kaiba

Opponent(s) Tournament Outcome(s)
Yugi Muto World Championship 2016 Special Lose

Video games

The Eternal Duelist Soul

Worldwide Edition: Stairway to the Destined Duel

The Falsebound Kingdom

The Sacred Cards

World Championship Tournament 2004

The Dawn of Destiny

Kaiba's signature card is shown to be Blue-Eyes White Dragon.

Reshef of Destruction

7 Trials to Glory: World Championship Tournament 2005

Nightmare Troubadour


Deck Recipe

Jump Ultimate Stars

Jump Ultimate Stars

World Championship Tournament 2007

World Championship Tournament 2008

Online Duel Accelerator

Duel Terminal

Pulse of Trishula


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Used by Duel Computer.
  2. This card is used to jam the gun of one of Pegasus' henchmen in episode 20. The scene was absent from the dub.
  3. This card was played as an Effect Monster. It is a Normal Monster in the TCG/OCG.
  4. This card was used in the Big Five's virtual game to destroy a "Dragon Capture Jar" in episode 45.
  5. The second copy can be seen in his hand after he activates the first in episode 23.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 This card was used as a Magic Card. It was depicted as a Trap Card in the dub. It is a Trap Card in the TCG/OCG.
  7. This card was used as a Quick-Play Magic Card. It was depicted as a Trap Card in the dub. It is a Counter Trap Card in the TCG/OCG.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Alternate version in the dubs.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 This card was used as a Trap Card. It is an Effect Monster in the TCG/OCG.
  10. 10.0 10.1 This card was played as a Normal Monster. It is an Effect Monster in the TCG/OCG.
  11. This card can be seen in his hand near the end of episode 70.
  12. This card is discarded via the effect of "Michizure of Doom" in episode 93.
  13. He selects this card to remove from his Deck at the start of the Battle Royal in episode 122, knowing its high ATK would ensure he gets the first turn.
  14. This card was present in his Deck prior to episode 135.
  15. This card was sent from his hand to the Graveyard via the effect of "Spirit Ryu" in episode 109.
  16. This card is used by Yugi after he merges his Deck with Kaiba's to duel Noah. He states it is Kaiba's card.
  17. 17.0 17.1 This card was sent from the top of his Deck to the Graveyard via the effect of "Hiro's Shadow Scout" in episode 108.
  18. He Summoned this card to help fight The Great Leviathan in episode 182.
  19. He Summoned this card to help fight The Great Leviathan in episode 183.
  20. This was only named in the dub and is in reality just "Blue-Eyes White Dragon" affected by the effect of "Tyrant Burst Dragon".
  21. 21.0 21.1 This card is discarded to activate "Spell Reproduction" in episode 195.
  22. This card is seen in his hand in episode 195.
  23. This card was discarded via the effect of "Graceful Charity" in episode 195.
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 24.4 24.5 This card was seen in Kaiba's briefcase only in the dub.
  25. This card is only seen in Kaiba's briefcase in the manga. In the anime, it is apart of his deck.
  26. In chapter 10, Kaiba uses a copy stolen from Sugoruko Muto, which added from his pocket. By chapter 27, Kaiba added three copies of his own to the deck.
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 27.3 This card was played as a Virus Card. It is a Trap Card in the TCG/OCG.
  28. This card was played as a Fusion Monster. It is an Effect Monster in the TCG/OCG.
  29. This card was played as a Virus Card.
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 30.3 30.4 30.5 30.6 This card can be seen when he searches his Deck with "Manju of the Ten Thousand Hands".
  31. He obtains this card after his Duel with Pegasus. The novel reveals that he removes "Enemy Controller" from his Deck to add it.
  32. The novel reveals he removes this card from his Deck to add "Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon".
  33. This card is used during a virtual simulation and was not included in the Decklist given in the novel.
  34. The novel reveals he removes this card from his Deck to add "Pyramid of Light".
  35. He obtains this card after his Duel with Pegasus. The novel reveals that he removes "Cloning" from his Deck to add it.
  36. This card was sent from his Deck to the Graveyard via the effect of "Dark Sacrifice" during his Duel with Virtual Dark Yugi.
  37. Kaiba discards this card as part of the effect of "Graceful Charity".
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