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"First Duel", known as "Beautiful Harpie Lady" in the Japanese version, is the sixth episode of the Yu-Gi-Oh! second series anime. It first aired in Japan on May 23, 2000 and in the United States on November 3, 2001.

In his first Duel on the island, Joey Duels Mai Valentine, a professional Duelist who uses "Harpie Lady" as her ace monster. But even more dangerous than Mai's "Harpies" is her ability to predict every card she will draw.


Featured Duel: Joey Wheeler vs. Mai Valentine

Monsters compatible with Mountain, Forest or Meadow receive a 30% Field Power Bonus. This includes Beast, Beast-Warrior, Dragon, Insect, Plant, Thunder, Warrior and Winged Beast-Type monsters.

Turn 1: Joey
Joey Normal Summons "Masaki the Legendary Swordsman" (1100 → 1430/1100 → 1430) in Attack Position.

Turn 2: Mai
Mai Normal Summons "Harpie Lady" (1300 → 1690/1400 → 1820) in Attack Position. "Harpie Lady" attacks "Masaki". "Masaki" then loses its Field Power Bonus since it is an EARTH monster battling a WIND monster ("Masaki": 1430 → 1100/1430 → 1100). "Harpie Lady" destroys "Masaki" (Joey: 2000 → 1410 LP). Mai then Sets a card.

Turn 3: Joey
Joey Normal Summons "Tiger Axe" (1300 → 1690/1100 → 1430) in Attack Position. "Tiger Axe" attacks "Harpie Lady". Because "Tiger Axe" is an EARTH monster battling a WIND monster, "Tiger Axe" loses its Field Power Bonus ("Tiger Axe": 1690 → 1300/1430 → 1100). "Harpie Lady" destroys "Tiger Axe" (Joey: 1410 → 1020 LP).

Turn 4: Mai
Mai draws. She then Sets a card ("Cyber Shield").

Turn 5: Joey
Joey draws. He then Sets a monster.

Turn 6: Mai
Mai activates her face-down "Cyber Shield", equipping it to "Harpie Lady" and increasing its ATK and DEF by 500 ("Harpie Lady": 1690 → 2190/1820 → 2320). "Harpie Lady" attacks and destroys Joey's Set "Kojikocy" (1500 → 1950/1200 → 1560).

Turn 7: Joey
Joey draws. He then Normal Summons "Baby Dragon" (1200/700) in Defense Position.

Turn 8: Mai
Mai activates her face-down "Elegant Egotist" to turn one "Harpie Lady" into three "Harpie Ladies" (1300 → 2190/1400 → 2320 for newly Summoned "Harpie Ladies") in Attack Position. None of Mai's monsters can attack during this turn due to "Elegant Egotist's" effect.

Turn 9: Joey
Joey draws "Time Wizard" and subsequently Normal Summons it (500/400) in Attack Position. Joey then activates the effect of "Time Wizard" and succeeds at the effect. Since the effect of "Time Wizard" was activated successfully, "Baby Dragon" is turned into "Thousand Dragon" (2400/2000). Doing this also ages Mai's "Harpie Ladies", reducing their ATK to their original value ("Harpie Ladies": 2190 → 1300/2320). "Thousand Dragon" attacks and destroys all three "Harpie Ladies" (Mai: 2000 → 0 LP).

Differences in adaptations

  • Some scenes that showed Mai's cleavage were edited to shorten her cleavage.
  • Mai's "Cyber Shield" (Cyber Bondage) has spikes on the breastplate in the original. In the dub, the spikes are erased.
  • When Yami Yugi is telling Joey the phrase, a glowing eye is added to Yami Yugi's forehead in the dub.
  • The duplicate "Harpie Ladies" have spikes on their breastplates. The spikes are erased in the dub.

Featured cards

The following cards appeared in this episode. Cards in italics debuted here.

Unknown Duelists
Normal Monsters


  1. 1.0 1.1 This card was played as a Magic Card. It is an Effect Monster in the TCG/OCG.