“Payback”, known as "A Turbulent Past" in the Japanese version, is the eighty-fourth episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS anime. It aired in Japan on January 9, 2019. It aired in English on Teletoon on September 13, 2020.

Varis suggests to Playmaker and his allies that they should team up. However, Soulburner reacts with anger and challenges Varis to a Duel! Fueled by his burning hatred, Soulburner launches a brutal attack with his Salamangreat monsters. However, Varis then does something unexpected.

Featured Duel: Soulburner vs. Varis

Soulburner VS Revolver

The Duel is conducted as a Master Duel.

Turn 1: Soulburner
Soulburner Normal Summons "Salamangreat Wolvie" (1700/1000) and activates "Fury of Fire", letting him Special Summon up to 2 "Salamangreat" monsters from his hand with their effects negated. He Special Summons "Salamangreat Parro" (2000/1000) and "Salamangreat Falco" (1200/1600) both in Defense Position. He uses "Wolvie", "Parro", and "Falco" to Link Summon "Salamangreat Heatleo" (2300/LINK-3/↙↑↘) to the Extra Monster Zone. Soulburner sets a card.

Turn 2: Varis
Varis's hand contains "Magnarokket Dragon", "Gateway Dragon", "Anesthrokket Dragon", "Autorokket Dragon" and "Sniffer Dragon". Varis draws "Boot Sector Launch", and passes his turn.

Turn 3: Soulburner
Soulburner draws "Salamangreat Jack Jaguar" and subsequently Normal Summons it (1800/1200). "Heatleo" attacks Varis directly (Varis: 4000 → 1700 LP). Soulburner is about to attack directly with "Jack Jaguar", but decides not to and instead the duel ends with no result.

Featured cards

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

Soulburner (Theodore Hamilton)
Varis (Ryoken Kogami)
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