"The Beginning", known as "Turning Point" in the original version is the sixty-fourth episode of the Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS anime. It aired in Japan on August 15, 2018. It will air on Teletoon on January 5, 2020.
Theodore and Yusaku are heading to Kolter's place, but Naoki then shows up and starts talking to Yusaku. Thus, Theodore has no choice but to go to Kolter by himself. Theodore asks Kolter about how he met Yusaku.
Flashback Featured Duel: Unknown vs. Knight of Hanoi
This Duel is conducted as a Master Duel.
Turn 1: Knight of Hanoi
The KoH Normal Summons "Jack Wyvern" (1800/0). KoH activates the Equip Spell Card "Big Bang Shot", equipping it to "Jack Wyvern" and increasing its ATK by 400 ("Jack Wyvern": 1800 → 2200 ATK). KoH Sets a card.
Turn 2: Unknown
As Unknown controls no monsters, he Special Summons "Photon Thrasher" (2100/0) from his hand by its own effect. Unknown Normal Summons "Marauding Captain" (1200/400). As "Marauding Captain" was Normal Summoned, Unknown activates its effect, Special Summoning a Level 4 or lower monster from his hand. He Special Summons the Level 4 "Exarion Universe" (1800/1900). Unknown uses "Photon Thrasher", "Marauding Captain" and "Exarion Universe" to Link Summon "Gaia Saber, the Lightning Shadow" (2600/LINK-3/←↓→) to the Extra Monster Zone.
"Gaia Saber" attacks "Jack Wyvern". KoH activates his face-down Quick-Play Spell Card "Limiter Removal", doubling the ATK of all Machine monsters he controls until the End Phase, but during the End Phase of this turn, those monsters are destroyed. Unknown chains the Quick-Play Spell Card "Forbidden Lance", decreasing the ATK of a monster by 800 and making it unaffected by the effects of other Spell/Trap Cards. He decreases the ATK of "Jack Wyvern" ("Jack Wyvern": 2200 → 1400 → 1000 ATK). The effect of KoH's "Limiter Removal" resolves, but the ATK of "Jack Wyvern" is not doubled. Unknown activates the Quick-Play Spell Card "Limiter Removal", doubling the ATK of all Machine monsters he controls, but during the End Phase they are destroyed ("Gaia Saber": 2600 → 5200 ATK). The attack continues and "Jack Wyvern" is destroyed (KoH: 4000 → 0 LP).
The following cards appeared in this episode. Cards in italics debuted here.
In the dub, when Unknown Link Summons "Gaia Saber, the Lightning Shadow", he incorrectly states that it is Link-2 when in actuality it is Link-3.
- When Unknown summons "Photon Thrasher", the summoning animation is the same one from Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL.
- Four of the six cards Unknown uses are in the Starter Deck: Link Strike, which he also appears on the box.
- This is the first English episode of a Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series to air in the 2020s.