"Bounty Hunter Blood Shepherd" is the fifty-third episode of the Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS anime. It aired in Japan on May 23, 2018, and became available with official subtitles via Crunchyroll on the same day.

Shepard challenges Playmaker to a Duel. He manages to figure out Playmaker's strategy, and uses his Drone deck to perform a series of combos to overwhelm Playmaker and seal off his strategy.

Featured Duel: Playmaker vs. Shepard

Playmaker VS Blood Shepherd

The Duel is conducted as a Speed Duel.

Turn 1: Shepard
Shepard Normal Summons "Drone Pawn" (600/0) to the left Main Monster Zone, and sets a card.

Turn 2: Playmaker
Playmaker Normal Summons "Clock Wyvern" (1800/1000), and activates its effect as it was Normal or Special Summoned, halving its ATK ("Clock Wyvern": 1800 → 900 ATK) to Special Summon a "Clock Token" (0/0). As he controls a Cyberse Monster, he Special Summons "Backup Secretary" (1200/800) from his hand. He uses "Clock Wyvern" and "Backup Secretary" as Link Material to Link Summon "Elphase" (2000/LINK-2/↑→). He then uses "Elphase" and "Clock Token" to Link Summon "Shootingcode Talker" (2300/LINK-3/↓↑←) to the Right Extra Monster Zone.

As the Link Summoned "Elphase" left the field, Playmaker activates its effect to target 1 Level 4 or lower Cyberse Monster in his GY and Special Summon it. He targets "Clock Wyvern" and Special Summons it to the zone "Shootingcode Talker" points to. As Shepard controls a "Drone" Monster, he activates his Set "Capture Drone" by targeting a Link Monster his opponent controls. That target has its effect negated and cannot be used as Link Material nor tributed. Shepard targets "Shootingcode Talker". Playmaker sets a card.

Turn 3: Shepard
Shepard uses "Drone Pawn" as Link Material to Link Summon "Battledrone Sergeant" (800/LINK-1/↓). He uses the effect of "Capture Drone", Special Summoning "Drone Tokens" (0/0) equal to the Link Rating of the monster targeted by this effect. "Shootingcode Talker" is a LINK-3 monster, so three "Drone Tokens" are summoned. Shepard uses his three "Drone Tokens" to Link Summon "Battledrone General" (2400/LINK-3/→↓←).

Duel continues in the next episode.

Featured cards

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

Playmaker (Yusaku Fujiki)
Shepard (Kengo Dojun)
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