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"Where It All Began" is the one-hundredth-and-fifteenth episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS anime. It aired in Japan on August 21, 2019.

Soulburner has obtained some data about Ai. Varis then appears before Soulburner. In order to finish the battle with the Ignises once and for all, Varis attempts to take the data from Soulburner. Their previous Duel was never resolved, and now, they will have a second showdown, with the data about Ai on the line.

Featured Duel: Soulburner vs. Varis

Soulburner VS Varis

The Duel is conducted as a Master Duel.

Turn 1: Soulburner
Soulburner Normal Summons "Salamangreat Wolvie" (1700/1000) then activates the Normal Spell "Fury of Fire", allowing him to Special Summon up to 2 "Salamangreat" monsters with different names from his hand and/or GY in Defense Position, but their effects are negated, also, for the rest of this turn after this card resolves, he can only Special Summon from the Extra Deck once. He Special Summons both "Salamangreat Parro" (2000/1000) and "Salamangreat Falco" (1200/1600) from his hand, both in Defense Position, both with their effects negated. Soulburner uses "Wolvie", "Falco", and "Parro" to Link Summon "Salamangreat Heatleo" (2300/↙↑↘) to the Extra Monster Zone. Soulburner Sets 1 card and ends his turn.

Turn 2: Varis
Varis activates the Field Spell Card "Boot Sector Launch", and activates its effect, Special Summoning up to two "Rokket" monsters with different names from his hand in Defense Position. He Special Summons "Anesthrokket Dragon" (0/2200) and "Silverrokket Dragon" (1900/100). The effect of "Boot Sector Launch" increases the ATK/DEF of all "Rokket" monsters on the field by 300 ("Anesthrokket": 0/2200 → 300/2500, Silverrokket (1900/100 → 2200/400). Varis then uses "Anesthrokket" and "Silverroket" to Link Summon "Quadborrel Dragon" (1000/LINK-2/←↓). Varis then activates "Quadborrel"'s effect, he can discard 1 card, then target 1 face-up monster on the field and destroy it, but he cannot Special Summon Link-2 or lower monsters from the Extra Deck for the rest of the turn. he discard "Rokket Recharger" to destroy "Heatleo" then Since "Quadborrel" was destroyed a link monster, its other effect activates, allowing Varis to summon "Rokket" monsters from his GY equal to its Link Markers. "Heatleo" is LINK-3, so Varis summons "Anethrokket Dragon", "Rokket Recharger", and "Silverrokket Dragon" from his GY (Anethrokket 0/2200 → 300/2500, Silverrokket 1900/100 → 2200/400, Rokket Recharger 0/2100 → 300/2400). Varis then activates the effect of "Noctovision Dragon" from his hand. When DARK Dragon-Type monster(s) have been summoned, it can Special Summon itself in Defense Position (0/2800 → 300/3100). Varis uses "Anethrokket", "Silverrokket", "Rokket Recharger", and "Noctovision Dragon" to Link Summon "Borreload Dragon" (3000/LINK-4/←↙↘→).

Quadborrel attacks directly (Soulburner 4000 → 3000). "Borreload Dragon" attacks directly, but Soulburner activates his facedown "Salamangreat Gazer" to return "Heatleo" from his GY back to his Extra Deck and reduce a monster's ATK by 1000 by each of "Heatleo"'s Link Markers (Borreload Dragon 3000 → 0/LINK-4). Then, Soulburner can draw 2 cards (one for each Link Monster on field). The attack continues, but Soulburner takes no damage. Varis Sets one card and ends his turn. At the End Phase, the effect of Salamangreat Gazer expires (Borreload 0 → 3000/LINK-4).

Turn 3: Soulburner

Soulburner draws "Salamangreat Spinny" and subsequently summons it (1000/1500) and uses it to summon "Salamangreat Balelynx" (500/LINK-1). He then activates the effect of "Salamangreat Gazelle"'s effect in his hand to Special Summon itself since a "Salamangreat" monster was sent to the GY (1500/1000). first effect of "Balelynx" activated, when this card is Link Summoned: Soulburner can add "Salamangreat Sanctuary" from his Deck to his hand. Soulburner activates the second effect of "Gazelle": as it Normal or Special Summoned, he can send 1 "Salamangreat" card from his Deck to his GY, except "Gazelle". He sends "Fusion of Fire". Soulburner activates "Spinny"'s effect in the GY, as he control a "Salamangreat" monster other he can to Special Summon it (1000/1500) but banish it when it leaves the field. Soulburner Overlays the LV3 "Spinny" and "Gazelle" to Xyz Summon "Salamangreat Miragestallio" (2000/900/ORU: 2) in Attack Position to the Main Monster Zone the bottom-center Link Arrow of "Balelynx" points to. Soulburner activates the first effect of "Miragestallio": he can detach 1 material from it, in order to Special Summon 1 "Salamangreat" monster from his Deck in Defense Position, also he cannot activate monster effects for the rest of this turn, except FIRE monsters. He Special Summons "Salamangreat Jack Jaguar" (1800/1200) ("Miragestallio": 2 → 1 ORU). Soulburner uses "Balelynx" and "Miragestallio" to Link Summon "Salamangreat Sunlight Wolf" (1800/LINK-2/↑↓) to the Extra Monster Zone.

Soulburner uses"Sunlight Wolf" and "Jack Jaguar" to Reincarnation Link Summon a second copy of "Sunlight Wolf" (1800/LINK-2) to the Extra Monster Zone. Soulburner activates the second effect of "Sunlight Wolf": as he controls this card that was Reincarnation Link Summoned, Soulburner can add 1 "Salamangreat" Spell/Trap from his GY to his hand. He adds "Fusion of Fire". Soulburner activates the second effect of "Jack Jaguar" in his GY: if he controls a "Salamangreat" Link Monster while this card is in his GY, he can target 1 "Salamangreat" monster in his GY, except "Jack Jaguar", and shuffle that target into the Deck. Soulburner Special Summons "Jack Jaguar" to his zone his "Salamangreat Sunlight Wolf" Link Monster points to. He targets and shuffles "Spinny" from his GY to his Deck, and Special Summons "Jack Jaguar" in Attack Position (1800/1200) to the zone the bottom-center Link Arrow of "Sunlight Wolf" points to. as a monster(s) is Normal or Special Summoned to the zone(s) this card points to, Soulburner activates the effect of "Sunlight Wolf" to add 1 FIRE monster from his GY to his hand, but for the rest of this turn, he cannot Normal Summon/Set or Special Summon monsters with the added monster's name. He targets and adds "Wolvie" from his GY to his hand. Soulburner activets the effect of "Wolvie" in his hand: if this card is added from his GY to his hand by an effect:, then he can reveal it, then target 1 card in his GY, and add it to his hand. He reveals "Wolvie" in his hand, then targets and adds "Gazer" from his GY to his hand.

Soulburner uses"Jack Jaguar" and the Link-2 "Sunlight Wolf" to Link Summon "Heatleo" (2300/LINK-3/↙↑↘) to the Extra Monster Zone. Soulburner activates the effect of "Heatleo": as it is Link Summoned, he can target 1 card in his opponent's Spell & Trap Zone, and shuffle it into the Deck. He targets Varis' Set card, as opponent activates a card or effect that targets a Set card(s) Varis' controls, while he controls a Link Monster in the Extra Monster Zone, Varis activates the effect of "Noctovision" in his GY: By banish it from his GY, to negate that effect then his opponent cannot target that Set card(s) with card effects for the rest of this turn. Soulburner activates the Field Spell "Sanctuary" and uses its first effect: if he Link Summons a "Salamangreat" Link Monster, he can use 1 "Salamangreat" Link Monster he controls with its same name as the entire material. Soulburner uses"Heatleo" to Reincarnation Link Summon" a second copy of "Heatleo" to the Extra Monster Zone. Soulburner activates the second effect of "Heatleo": as this card was Reincarnation Link Summoned, Soulburner can target 1 face-up monster on the field and 1 monster in his GY, and make the ATK of the first target become equal to the other target's, until the end of this turn. He targets "Quadborrel" on the field and the 500 ATK "Balelynx" in his GY ("Quadborrel": 1000 → 500 ATK).

Soulburner activates the Normal Spell "Fusion of Fire", allowing him to Fusion Summon 1 "Salamangreat" Fusion Monster from his Extra Deck, using monsters from his hand and/or either field as Fusion Material. but Varis activates his Set Normal Trap "Borrel Buster Barrier", allowing him to tribute 1 Link Monster, then target 1 "Borrel" Link Monster he controls, and equip this card to it then he places counters on this card equal to the Tributed Link Monster's Link Rating. The equipped monster is unaffected by his opponent's activated effects, also his opponent cannot target this equipped card with card effects. He tributes the Link-2 "Quadborrel" and targets "Borreload", and equips "Borrel Buster Barrier" to that target, which gains 2 counters ("Borrel Buster Barrier": 0 → 2 counters). "Fusion of Fire" resolves, and Soulburner fuses "Heatleo" on his field and "Wolvie" in his hand to Fusion Summon "Salamangreat Violet Chimera" (2800/2000) to the Extra Monster Zone. Soulburner activates the first effect of "Violet Chimera": if it is Fusion Summoned, Soulburner can make it gain ATK equal to half the combined original ATK of the Fusion Materials used to Summon it, until the end of this turn ("Violet Chimera": 2800 → 4800 ATK). Soulburner activates the Equip Spell "Salamangreat Kernel" and equips it to "Violet Chimera".

"Violet Chimera" attacks "Borreload". Soulburner activates the third effect of "Kernel": if the equipped monster attacks an opponent's monster, that opponent's monster loses 800 ATK during the Damage Step only ("Borreload": 3000 → 2200 ATK). Varis activates the second effect of "Borreload": he can target 1 face-up monster on the field, and make it lose 500 ATK/DEF. Also, his opponent cannot activate cards or effects in response to this effect's activation. He targets "Violet Chimera" ("Violet Chimera": 4800/2000 → 4300/1500). During damage calculation, Soulburner activates the second effect of "Violet Chimera": if it battles a monster whose current ATK is different from its original ATK, he can double the ATK of "Violet Chimera" during damage calculation only ("Violet Chimera": 4300 → 8600 ATK). Varis activates the second effect of "Borrel Buster Barrier": once per battle during damage calculation, if the equipped monster battles, can remove 1 counter from this card ("Borrel Buster Barrier": 2 → 1 counter) for halve the battle damage he would take from that battle. The attack continues and "Borreload" is destroyed (Varis: 4000 → 800 LP). Violet Chimera's ATK is resolves ("Violet Chimera": 8600 → 4300 ATK). As the monster it was equipped to left the field, "Borrel Buster Barrier" is destroyed as well.

Soulburner Sets 1 card in his Spell & Trap Zone. During the End Phase, the effect of "Violet Chimera" expires ("Violet Chimera": 4300 → 2300 ATK).

Duel continues in the next episode.

Featured cards

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

Takeru Homura (Soulburner)
Varis
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