"Shark Bait", known as "Determined Revenge - Tragic Duelist, Shark" in the Japanese version, is the thirty-fourth episode of the Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL anime. It first aired in Japan on December 5, 2011 and in the United States on October 20, 2012.
Shark is determined to have his revenge on Quattro, but Quattro's younger brother Trey snares Shark with a Duel Anchor and allows Quattro to leave. Trey's mission from Vetrix and Quinton is to give a "Number" to Shark, which he accomplishes. Shark is able to resist completely being controlled by the "Number" and defeats Trey.
Shark confronts Quattro, saying that he finally found him. Quattro responds that he forgot Shark really is the biggest fan he has. Shark asks to repay the debt he owes Quattro. Quattro asks how Shark's "precious" sister is doing. Yuma looks perplexed as he didn't know Shark has a younger sister. Shark thinks back to the National Duel Circuit, when Quattro set Shark up to see his Deck in the waiting room, leading to his disqualification. Shark blames himself for not being able to help his sister. Shark says he'll exact his revenge here and now and Yuma seems worried that Shark would Duel for revenge. Quattro agrees, responding that he really likes people like Shark. Before either can act, Trey deploys a Duel Anchor, snaring Shark's wrist. Trey explains that Shark won't be able to escape without finishing a Duel with Trey. Quattro tells Trey that Shark is his prey and to get lost. Trey says that Shark's Deck has no "Numbers", so there is no reason for Quattro to Duel him. He adds that Vetrix's orders are absolute. Quattro sighs and says that his "fanservice" is over. Quattro begins to walk off and Shark tells him to wait, asking if he's running away. Quattro shows a full Heart Piece, saying he's already done collecting them as his crest glows. He tells Shark he'll wait for him in the finals and vanishes in a swirl of dust, cackling. Shark screams Quattro's name and Trey tells him to calm down, saying his brother is quite busy and they have their own Duel to conduct now.
Astral wonders just who these people are, thinking that that Duel Anchor is just like the one Kite uses. He speculates that these people are collecting "Numbers" using the same technical powers as Kite. Bronk and Tori help Caswell to his feet. They tell Yuma they'll take him to the hospital and urge him to stay and watch the Duel. Yuma begins to object, but Astral says he agrees. Shark arms his D-Pad, saying he'll crush Trey first just as he wishes. Trey says "Duel Mode, Change!" and a gauntlet appears on his left arm. He throws a device out, which spins back at him and lands on the gauntlet in a wing-like formation - his D-Pad. Shark arms his D-Gazer and an orange D-Gazer tattoo appears around Trey's left eye. The two yell "Duel!" and Trey says he'll go first. Trey activates a Field Spell Card - "Sunken Kingdom". A field of underwater ruins is manifested, complete with fish swimming through it as Trey explains that all WATER monsters will gain 300 ATK. Yuma takes a huge breath and believes he's drowning, asking where his oxygen tank is. Astral reminds him that this is Augmented Reality. Trey Normal Summons "Chronomaly Mayan Machine", Sets a card and ends his turn (the Japanese name of the "Chronomaly" archetype is "OOPArts"). Yuma asks what Chronomaly are and Astral explains that they are works made by ancient civilizations who shouldn't have had the technology necessary to build them. He says their existence is still wrapped in mystery as images of "Crystal Skull", "Cabrera Stone", "Stonehenge" and "Ashoka Pillar" float by.
Shark begins his turn, Normal Summoning "Hammer Shark", whose ATK increases to 2000 due to "Sunken Kingdom". Shark muses that Trey must not have been aware that Shark plays a Water Deck. Trey explains that "Sunken Kingdom" has an additional effect - "Chronomaly" monsters cannot be attacked by Level 4 or lower monsters. Shark asks if that's his insurance and activates "Falling Current", decreasing the Level of "Hammer Shark" to 3. Trey says that Shark Duels strangely and asks what he's planning by lowering its Level. Shark Special Summons "Big Jaws" from his hand in Attack Position via its own effect as he activated a Normal Spell Card this turn. Its ATK increases to 2100 via "Sunken Kingdom". Trey says there are two Level 3 monsters. Shark overlays them to Xyz Summon "Black Ray Lancer" in Attack Position. Shark explains that Xyz Monsters have no Levels, so "Black Ray Lancer" can attack. Yuma complements Shark and "Black Ray Lancer" attacks and destroys "Mayan Machine" with "Black Spear", dropping Trey to 3400 LP. Trey activates his face-down "Stonehenge Methods", causing Stonehenge to rise from the sea. He explains that when a "Chronomaly" monster is destroyed, he can Special Summon a Level 4 or lower Rock-Type "Chronomaly" monster from his Deck in Defense Position. He Special Summons "Chronomaly Colossal Head". Shark Sets a card to end his turn.
Trey draws and Normal Summons "Chronomaly Golden Jet". He activates the "Orichalcum Chain" Continuous Spell Card. He explains that when this card is face-up when he performs and Xyz Summon, he can use one less Overlay Unit than usually required. Shark is shocked and Trey comments that the card has risks too - should "Orichalcum Chain" be destroyed, control of the Summoned Xyz Monster will shift to Shark. Shark is surprised he'd take such a risk in order to Xyz Summon. Trey overlays his two Level 4 monsters, using one less Overlay Unit via "Orichalcum Chain" to Xyz Summon "Number 32: Shark Drake" in Attack Position. Yuma says "Numbers" and Astral says that it is indeed. The ATK of "Shark Drake" rises to 3100 via the effect of "Sunken Kingdom". "Shark Drake" attacks and destroys "Black Ray Lancer" with "Depth Bite", dropping Shark to 3000 LP. Trey activates the effect of "Shark Drake" detaching an Overlay Unit to to Special Summon the destroyed monster back to Shark's field in Attack Position, with its ATK decreased by 1000. "Black Ray Lancer" appears with 1100 ATK. He explains that "Shark Drake" can then attack it again, and Yuma is surprised to see a "Number" that can do that. Astral says its more than just "attack twice" and calls it a very overpowered effect. Trey says "Shark Drake" will bite until its target has no bones left. "Shark Drake" attacks and destroys "Black Ray Lancer" again, reducing Shark to 1000 LP. Shark is thrown through the air by the attack, landing on his back. Yuma yells to him, asking if he's alright. Shark tells Yuma to shut up and asks if he honestly thinks he'll be defeated like this. Trey Sets a card and tells Shark that if he can't find a way to counter "Shark Drake", he won't escape. Yuma says he's right and Astral states that there is a way to bring about a reversal in these circumstances. Shark mutters that he needs to take that "Number" from Trey.
Shark begins his turn, Normal Summoning "Skull Kraken", who bursts from the ground. Its effect activates, letting him destroy one face-up Spell or Trap Card. Black ink flows from the mouth of "Skull Kraken", obliterating "Orichalcum Chain". "Shark Drake" roars and moves to Shark's side of the field. Trey smirks, thinking its going as planned. That's the only thing Shark could do to survive. A purple aura appears around Shark as the "Number" begins to exert its influence over him and 32 appears on his hand. In his mind's eye, Shark faces "Shark Drake", who tells him to accept him. It plunges one of its talons through Shark's chest and he screams in pain (In the dub, Shark Drake just pokes him on the chest). The "Number" instructs him to accept it and release the darkness inside his heart. Shark remembers the times that Yuma reached out to him and when he expressed that there is nothing wrong with having a fear of losing. Shark yells that he's not the same as he used to be and the talon vanishes from his chest (the wound left by the talon is changed from blood-red to light green in the dub). He tells "Shark Drake" he'll never be controlled by the likes of it. "Shark Drake" roars and vanishes from his mind. Back at the Duel, "Shark Drake" remains on his field. Shark yells that he is who he is and Astral says that Shark managed to suppress the power of the "Number". Yuma is excited and Trey appears pleased that Shark wasn't possessed. "Shark Drake" attacks Trey directly, with Yuma saying he'll hit for massive damage if he connects. Trey says he won't let that happen and activates his face-down "Antikythira Gear". He explains that it can be activated when his opponent controls two or more monsters and attacks directly. Trey can take control of one of the opponent's monsters, switch it to Defense Position and make it the new attack target. The gears rush towards "Skull Kraken", but Shark activates his face-down "Extreme Pressure Power", sending "Skull Kraken" to the Graveyard and drawing a card. "Antikythira Gear" cannot take control of the monster that is attacking, so it resolves with no effect as Shark says his trap is useless. The attack continues and Trey is reduced to 300 LP and thrown onto his back. Shark Sets two cards.
Trey rises to his feet and complements Shark while thinking that his mission was to give Shark the "Number". He thinks back, remembering that Vetrix told him he could lose purposely once the mission was accomplished. He urges Shark not to get overconfident and draws. He activates "Chronomaly Technology", banishing the "Mayan Machine" in his Graveyard to draw two cards and send the "Chronomaly Crystal Skull" in his hand to the Graveyard. He Special Summons "Chronomaly Crystal Bones" in Attack Position via its own effect as he controls no monsters while Shark does. Its effect activates, Special Summoning the "Chronomaly Crystal Skull" from his Graveyard in Attack Position. Trey overlays his two Level 3 monsters to Xyz Summon "Chronomaly Crystal Chrononaut" in Attack Position. Trey explains that by detaching an Overlay Unit, "Crystal Chrononaut" cannot be destroyed by battle this turn and any Battle Damage from battles involving it will be inflicted to his opponent. Trey smirks, saying the difference in ATK between "Shark Drake" and "Crystal Chrononaut" is 1000 - exactly the amount of LP Shark has left. "Crystal Chrononaut" attacks "Shark Drake" with "Reflect Flash". Yuma is worried and Trey tells Shark that's it over. Shark activates his face-down "Plate Salvage", causing the ruins of "Sunken City" to start floating upwards. He explains that it will negate the effect of Field Spell Cards for two cards. Now they are in the ruins, but on land. Yuma thinks its awesome that they're above sea level again. Since the effects of "Sunken Kingdom" are negated, the ATK of "Shark Drake" returns to 2800 and the attack continues, letting Shark survive with 300 LP. Astral thinks that was an amazing play. Yuma says they both only have 300 LP left and Astral muses that the next blow will decide the outcome. Trey is shocked that Shark survived "Reflect Flash", but determines that he will use the effect of "Shark Drake" during his next turn - and that is when the Duel will be decided. Trey Sets a card and ends his turn.
Shark immediately declares an attack with "Shark Drake". Yuma says its Shark's win and Trey tells them not yet. He activates the effect of the "Colossal Head" in his Graveyard, banishing it to change "Crystal Chrononaut" to Defense Position. "Crystal Chrononaut" is destroyed. Yuma says that's not good - no damage was inflicted. Astral tells him no and Shark activates the effect of "Shark Drake", detaching an Overlay Unit to Special Summon "Crystal Chrononaut" back to Trey's field with 1100 ATK. Shark asks if Trey thought he would forget the effect of "Shark Drake". Shark attacks with "Shark Drake" again and Trey tells him that fortunately, he hasn't underestimated Shark at all. He says he knew Shark would be able to control the "Number" and activates his face-down "Chronomaly Ley Line Power", switching the ATK of the battling monsters. Trey says he wins and Shark smirks, saying he expected that. He claims he's the fortunate one - he didn't' underestimate Trey either. Shark says he knew that Trey would expect him to use the effect of "Shark Drake". He activates his face-down "Sea King's Verdict", negating "Chronomaly Ley Line Power" as it was activated during the Battle Phase. Trey asks how that could be and curses. Shark tells "Shark Drake" to resume its attack. "Crystal Chrononaut" is destroyed and Trey's LP fall to 0. The Field Spell fades and Yuma is happy that Shark won. Astral calls the Duel a breathtaking display of offense and defense. Trey says he understands that Shark is quite good and that he lost - for today, at least. He tosses Shark a Heart Piece and holds up a full container of his own. He says it won't be easy for Shark if they meet again in the finals. Yuma is surprised Trey has already qualified too. Trey tells Shark to keep the "Number" and consider it a reward for winning the Duel. Trey's crest glows and he vanishes in a green light. Yuma's D-Gazer rings and he answers. Its Tori, who tells him they're at the hospital now and Caswell is holding up fine. Yuma says he'll be right over and then hears the engine of Shark's motorcycle roar. Shark tells Yuma not to get involved with him anymore and rides off. Yuma is worried about Shark Dueling for revenge. Astral observes that Yuma and Shark will Duel again eventually, since Shark has another "Number" now.
At Vetrix's headquarters, Trey approaches Vetrix, who tells him he did a good job. He complements him, saying he always completes the tasks Vetrix assigns. Trey says he just does everything he can for Vetrix and Vetrix comments that modesty is one of Trey's virtues as well. Trey informs him that Shark wasn't possessed by the "Number". Vetrix says that's not the case - the darkness that sleeps in a person's heart can come out as long as there is even the tiniest opening. It will slowly expand with their realization.
Featured Duel: Shark vs. Trey
Turn 1: Trey
Trey draws "Sunken Kingdom" and subsequently activates it. Now while this card is face-up, the ATK of all WATER monsters will increase by 300. Trey Normal Summons "Chronomaly Mayan Machine" (3/1500/700) in Attack Position and Sets a card.
Turn 2: Shark
Shark draws. He then Normal Summons "Hammer Shark" (4/1700 → 2000/1500). Trey, at this point, explains, that "Sunken Kingdom" also prevents all Level 4 or lower monsters from attacking "Chronomaly" monsters. Shark activates "Falling Current" to target "Hammer Shark" and declare Level 1 in order to decrease the Level of "Hammer Shark" by one ("Hammer Shark": 4 → 1). As Shark activated a Normal Spell Card this turn, he Special Summons "Big Jaws" (3/1800 → 2100/300) from his hand in Attack Position via its own effect. Shark overlays "Big Jaws" and "Hammer Shark" in order to Xyz Summon "Black Ray Lancer" (3/2100/600, ORU: 2) in Attack Position.
"Black Ray Lancer" attacks and destroys "Mayan Machine" (Trey: 4000 → 3400 LP). As a "Chronomaly" monster was destroyed, Trey activates his face-down "Stonehenge Methods" to Special Summon "Chronomaly Colossal Head" (4/800/1600) in Defense Position (as it's a Level 4 Rock-type "Chronomaly" monster). Shark Sets a card.
Turn 3: Trey
"Shark Drake" attacks and destroys "Black Ray Lancer" (Shark: 4000 → 3000 LP). Since "Shark Drake" destroyed a monster by battle and sent it to the Graveyard by attacking it, Trey activates the effect of "Shark Drake", detaching "Chronomaly Colossal Head" ("Shark Drake": 2 → 1 ORU) in order to Special Summon "Black Ray Lancer" from Shark's Graveyard to his side of the field in Attack Position with 1000 less ATK (3/2100 → 1100/600) and allow "Shark Drake" to attack that monster again. "Shark Drake" attacks and destroys "Black Ray Lancer" (Shark: 3000 → 1000 LP). Trey Sets a card.
Turn 4: Shark
Shark draws. He then Normal Summons "Skull Kraken" (3/600/1600) in Attack Position. As "Skull Kraken" was Normal Summoned, Shark activates its effect to destroy "Orichalcum Chain". Due to the second effect of "Orichalcum Chain", control of "Shark Drake" goes to Shark.
"Shark Drake" attacks directly, but Trey activates his face-down "Antikythira Gear" to target "Skull Kraken" and take control of it as well as switch it to Defense Position due to Shark controlling at least two monsters and having declared a direct attack. Shark activates his face-down "Extreme Pressure Power" to destroy "Skull Kraken", send the latter to the Graveyard and draw one card, so "Antikythira Gear" resolves with no effect. The direct attack continues (Trey: 3400 → 300 LP). Shark Sets two cards.
Turn 5: Trey
As Shark controls monsters and Trey does not, Trey Special Summons "Chronomaly Crystal Bones" (3/1300/400) from his hand in Attack Position via its own effect. Since Trey Special Summoned "Chronomaly Crystal Bones" through its own effect, he activates its second effect to revive "Chronomaly Crystal Skull" (3/900/600) in Attack Position. Trey overlays "Chronomaly Crystal Bones" and "Chronomaly Crystal Skull" in order to Xyz Summon "Chronomaly Crystal Chrononaut" (3/2100/1000, ORU: 2) in Attack Position.
Trey activates the effect of "Crystal Chrononaut", detaching an Overlay Unit ("Crystal Chrononaut": 2 → 1 ORU) in order to prevent it from being destroyed by battle and make Shark take any Battle Damage from battles involving it this turn. "Chronomaly Crystal Chrononaut" attacks "Shark Drake", but Shark activates his face-down "Plate Salvage" to negate the effects of all face-up Field Spell Cards for two turns ("Shark Drake": 3100 → 2800 ATK). "Chronomaly Crystal Chrononaut" is not destroyed and Shark takes the damage Trey would have taken (Shark: 1000 → 300 LP). Trey Sets a card.
Turn 6: Shark
Shark draws. "Shark Drake" attacks "Crystal Chrononaut", but Trey activates the effect of "Chronomaly Colossal Head" from his Graveyard, banishing it from his Graveyard in order to switch "Chronomaly Crystal Chrononaut" to Defense Position. "Shark Drake" then destroys "Chronomaly Crystal Chrononaut". Shark activates the effect of "Shark Drake", detaching "Chronomaly Golden Jet" ("Shark Drake": 1 → 0 ORU) in order to Special Summon "Chronomaly Crystal Chrononaut" from Trey's Graveyard to his side of the field in Attack Position with 1000 less ATK (3/2100 → 1100/1000) and allow "Shark Drake" to attack that monster again.
"Shark Drake" attacks "Crystal Chrononaut", but Trey activates his face-down "Chronomaly Ley Line Power" to switch the ATK of both battling monsters. Shark activates his face-down "Sea King's Verdict" to negate the activation of "Chronomaly Ley Line Power" and destroy it since it was activated during the Battle Phase. "Shark Drake" then destroys "Chronomaly Crystal Chrononaut" (Trey: 300 → 0 LP).
- At one point, cards with the old backing can be seen in Trey's hand instead of those with the design that started with this arc.
- Just like Jaden Yuki in episode 38 of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, Yuma believed he was drowning when a Field Spell Card that covered the field in water was activated.
The following cards appeared in this episode. Cards in italics debuted here.
|Japanese character name||Japanese voice actor||English chacter name||English voice actor|
|Yuma Tsukumo||Tasuku Hatanaka||Yuma Tsukumo||Eli Jay|
|Astral||Miyu Irino||Astral||Marc Thompson|
|Kotori Mizuki||Mikako Komatsu||Tori Meadows||Eileen Stevens|
|Tetsuo Takeda||Makoto Shimada||Bronk Stone||Sean Schemmel|
|Ryoga Kamishiro||Toshiki Masuda||Reginald Kastle||Gary Mack|
|Tron||Sachi Kokuryū||Vetrix||Sebastian Arcelus|
|IV||Yoshimasa Hosoya||Quattro||Darren Dunstan|
|III||Kyōsuke Ikeda||Trey||Wayne Grayson|