Yami Bakura runs Occult Decks focused on Fiend and Zombie-Type monsters, he also runs cards to support the Spirit Message archetype. His first known deck was an Anti-Meta themed deck. His Decks often employ lockdown strategies while concurrently disrupting and stunning his opponent from employing their strategic moves while trying to either instantly win through activating his "Destiny Board" by fueling his graveyard through Deck thinning Fiend-Type monsters or through using the "Cursed Twin Dolls" and "Goblin Zombie" to mill his opponent Decks. Yami Bakura makes use of lower level Fiend-Type monsters such as "Headless Knight" and "The Gross Ghost of Fled Dreams" to bait opponents into attacking them for fueling his Graveyard with Fiend monsters in order to Summon and activate his signature card "Dark Necrofear" effect. He also employs the use of monster effects to turn his opponent's attacks against them such as using his boss monster "Dark Necrofear" to control his opponents monsters or crippling his opponent Life Points when using "Zoma the Spirit". His monsters have a Role-playing games theme (such as "Morphing Jar" being a mimic and Zorc's effect requiring to throw a dice like in RP), which makes certain sense as in the first series, Bakura was into RPGs.


Duelist Kingdom

Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome
Yami Yugi 13 Lose (Duel taken over by Bakura Ryou)

Bakura's initial Deck is an Anti-Meta/Disruption Deck, using cards like "Morphing Jar" and "Man-Eater Bug" to control the field and hand and to disrupt his opponent's strategies. This strategy was effective due to the specific nature of this Shadow Game against Yami Yugi, where the souls of Yugi and his friends had been sealed in their favorite cards which were added to Yami Yugi's Deck. Thus Yami Yugi focused on gathering them on the field to avoid having to discard them to the Graveyard, which Bakura exploited with "Just Desserts" to deal heavy damage since Yami Yugi controlled multiple monsters. Ultimately he was defeated when he played "Change of Heart", the favorite card of the true Bakura. Bakura's soul within the card defied Yami Bakura and allowed Yugi and Yami Yugi to restore Bakura to his body, trapping Yami Bakura in the card of "Lady of Faith" where Yugi destroyed him as the "Dark Magician". It's implied that this deck was also created for the sole purpose of his later tarot session with Maximillion Pegasus, as Lady of Faith is known as the High Priestess in Japan, which also implies that the cards used during this session ("Happy Lover", "Mask of Darkness", and "Doma The Angel of Silence") actually belonged to him.

Battle City

Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome
Bonz 79 Win
Yugi Muto/Yami Yugi 82-84 Lose
Yami Marik 96-97 Lose

During Battle City Yami Bakura uses his Occult Deck for the first time, with a new signature boss card "Dark Necrofear". This Deck was highly risky, often using lower level Fiend-type monsters and relying on baiting opponents into attacking them for fueling his graveyard in order to summon and activate his signature card "Dark Necrofear" effect. Against Yugi, Yami Bakura allowed "Dark Necrofear" to be destroyed to activate "Dark Sanctuary". Using the card's powers Yami Bakura was protected from Yugi's attacks and was able to recover his Life Points while draining Yugi's. He also used "Destiny Board" with the intent to eventually declare an automatic victory once he was able to complete its five-letter message. Against Yami Marik, Bakura focuses on making Yami Marik add "The Winged Dragon of Ra" to his hand with "Dark Designator" and claiming it for himself with "Exchange". He may or may not have "Call of the Haunted", as it was Bonz's rarest card and he won the card in an Ante duel.

Memory World


Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome
Seto Kaiba 200 No result

Yami Bakura plays another Fiend Deck when he confronts Seto Kaiba in order to gain the power of his "Blue-Eyes White Dragon" for his own purposes. He protects himself from attack with "Spirit Shield" and uses "Diabound Kernal" and "Spirit Illusion" to weaken Kaiba's "Blue-Eyes" so "Diabound" can destroy it and absorb its power. He also uses various tablet cards that symbolize the original Duel Monster spirits that were captured in stone.

Undead Lockdown

Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome
Yugi Muto 215-218 Lose (through Tristan Taylor)

In his final Duel of the series, Yami Bakura plays an Undead Lock Deck with the "Necro" monsters against Yugi Muto, which focuses upon winning the Duel by having one's opponent run out of cards. To achieve this he uses "Cursed Twin Dolls" and "Counterbalance", allowing his destroyed monsters to return to the field as "Ghosts" rather than going to the Graveyard and forcing Yugi to discard cards from his Deck each turn equal to the number of monsters in play. Due to this combo Yugi lost almost a dozen cards each turn, quickly depleting his Deck, while Bakura did not have to discard since his Graveyard had been "destroyed". As protection until Yugi's Deck was wiped out, Bakura utilized "Spirit Sword of Sealing" and "Narrow Corridor" to limit his attacks.


Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist

(One of Bakura's cards is unnamed. It is unknown if it is a Monster, Spell or Trap.)

Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium World

Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome
Katsuya Jonouchi 28 No result
Yugi Mutou 46-49 Lose

During the Millennium World arc, Bakura uses an Undead Lockdown Deck, focused on destroying the opponent's Deck while locking the opponent's attacks.

Scripted Duels

Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Providence 2012

Opponent(s) Tournament Outcome
Yugi Muto YCS Providence 2012 Lose

Video games

Dark Duel Stories

In Dark Duel Story, Yami Bakura uses a Dragon/Forbidden Magic Deck.

The Eternal Duelist Soul

The Sacred Cards

World Championship Tournament 2004

In World Championship 2004, Yami Bakura plays a Fiend/Destiny Board Deck.

The Dawn of Destiny

Yami Bakura's signature card is shown to be Dark Necrofear, despite him not using it in the game.

Reshef of Destruction

Nightmare Troubadour

7 Trials to Glory: World Championship 2005

World Championship 2008


  1. He uses this card to subdue a few of Pegasus' guards during episode 36.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 This card was played as a Normal Monster. It is an Effect Monster in the TCG/OCG.
  3. This card's card type is unknown.
  4. 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.
  5. This card is discarded by Yugi's "Card Destruction".
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