"Test Your Luck!", known as "The Fated Rail - Try Your Luck with a Trap Card!?" in the Japanese version, is the fifty-third episode of the Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL anime. It first aired in Japan on April 30, 2012, and in the United States on March 16, 2013.
In the underground section of the Duel Coaster, the field is narrowed to eight Duelists, who speed towards four special Duel Fields. In the process, Kite and Dextra attempt to become Vetrix's opponent, while Nistro chases after Quinton and Yuma blunders into Trap Points. Dextra overtakes Kite and stops at the "Jungle Field", where she will face Vetrix.
Mr. Heartland announces that fourteen Duelists have survived the park section of the Duel Coaster and now move to the underground section. He says that from the sun-lit stadium, they now enter a cave of darkness. In the stands, the crowd cheers. Bronk says there are fourteen Duelists left and Cathy says that Yuma is one of them. One row in front of them, a boy leaps to his feet and cheers for Yuma, telling him to "kattobingu!". Flip says that Yuma is fourteenth - which means he's last. Cathy says that doesn't matter, since it isn't a race. Caswell agrees, it's Dueling that will determine the outcome. Bronk asks if they'll even be able to see in the dark. Flip says they won't be able to see what happens and Cathy says that no matter what, Yuma will "kattobingu". Mr. Heartland explains that the purpose of the underground section is to find an opponent who you will Duel one-on-one. There are four Duel Fields the tracks lead to - Magma, Space, Jungle and Canyon. He says each field has different properties and urges the participants to lead their opponents into fields that will put them at a disadvantage. He yells "heart burning!" and fireworks explode in the skies around the stadium. Heartland thinks to himself that the real hell will start now and wonders who will survive.
Astral asks if Yuma heard what Mr. Heartland said. He replies that he did - they need to find a one-on-one Duel opponent. Tori asks who Yuma will try to Duel and he says it doesn't matter - he'll go against anyone. Astral points out that there are only four fields - so only eight Duelists total will make it to them. Yuma attempts to do the math in his head and fails. Yuma asks how he's supposed to find an opponent when its so dark and Tori points out that Duel Coaster's monitor has a map. Further up, Quinton says he entered the underground section first, so he's in coaster one, while Vetrix is in coaster two. He wonders who has coaster three and sees that its Kite. Kite asks if Vetrix and Quinton think he'll let them go and changes lanes to try to catch up to them. Vetrix seems excited and says that this looks like fun, while wondering what's hidden in the darkness. He says he can't wait and accelerates. Dextra says that Vetrix's opponent will be her. She says she'll increase her Life Points as much as possible. Shark is after Quattro, who are in coasters four and five, respectively. Shark says he'll catch up to him now. Quattro urges him to follow and intends to lead him the "Magma Field", where Shark will be at a disadvantage.
Nistro is now close to Quinton and realizes that he is the one who kidnapped Hart. He says he noticed him back at the finals party and that he's exactly as Yuma said he was. He says that according to Dextra, Vetrix is behind Quinton's actions. He doesn't know what their motivations are, but vows to get revenge for being humiliated. Tricky Tommy Noble approaches Nistro from behind, saying he's in the way. Mr. Heartland says the fight will begin now. Toramaru in coaster 13th is challenging Nistro in coaster twelve. Toramaru says he'll finish Nistro off and orders his "Grapple Blocker" to attack. Nistro tells him to be quiet and says he's not in the mood to face trash like Toramaru. He activates "Heroic Call", letting him Special Summon a "Heroic Challenger" monster from his hand. He Special Summons "Heroic Challenger - War Hammer" and says that Toramaru is the one who will be finished off. "War Hammer" attacks and destroys "Grapple Blocker", dropping Toramaru from 900 Life Points to 0 and eliminating him. Heartland says he was finished off in one blow, but says that should be expected of Nistro, a former World Duel Carnival administrator. Heartland says his face is handsome and his skills first-rate. In the stands, Cathy leaps to her feet and asks them to show Yuma already. Yuma says battles have started all over already and he needs to join them. He accelerates, but Tori tells him to brake since there's a Trap Point ahead. Its too late and the trap activates. A boxing glove on a spring punches Yuma in the face, dropping him from 600 Life Points to 400. Tori says that that's what he'll get for not paying attention.
Nistro has caught up to Quinton and calls him out to Duel. Heartland says its Nistro again and urges them to show them a fiery Duel. He yells "heart burning!" Quinton asks if Nistro really wishes to challenge him. Nistro responds by ordering "War Hammer" to attack directly. Quinton activates "Malevolent Flash", negating the attack as "War Hammer" has 2000 or more ATK and returning it Nistro's hand. Nistro says Quinton doesn't have guts and tells him to stop it with tricks and come at him with his full strength. Quinton responds that he doesn't need to use his full strength to defeat someone like Nistro. He activates "Punishing Fire", inflicting 600 damage to Nistro and dropping him to 3400 Life Points. Heartland says Nistro is burning and hopes that that move wasn't too violent for the children watching. Heartland checks the monitors and says there are battles going on elsewhere too. Quattro is Dueling and orders his "Fiendish Knight" to attack directly, defeating his opponent and reducing him from 1600 Life Points to 0. Shark is also battling someone and orders "Big Jaws" to finish him off by destroying "Unifrog" with "Big Mouth", dropping his opponent from 900 to 0. Quattro urges Shark to keep following him and he will show him hell. In the stands, Jen cheers for Quattro, while Summer does the same for Shark. Jen says Quattro is stronger and more handsome. Cathy leaps to her feet and says the strongest and most handsome finalist is Yuma. Jen and Summer both bluntly say that Cathy is wrong (in the dub, Cathy angrily tells them she is having a headache). Yuma accelerates and again hits a Trap Point - the same trap as last time, dropping him to 200 Life Points now. Tori asks if Yuma's eyes are just for decoration. Astral declares his 19th observation - that Yuma is stupid. Dextra approaches a Spell Point, thinking its will be healing card. She hits it and she is right - its "Dian Keto the Cure Master". Her Life Points increase from 6000 to 7000. She says she still needs more Life Points. Kite watches Vetrix's coaster on the monitor and sees him suddenly stop. He's been doing that a lot. Kite calls for Orbital 7 and asks him to find what Vetrix is doing. Vetrix approaches a Trap Card. He uses his crest's power to check it and sees it is "Butterfly Mist", which would inflict 1000 damage to him. Vetrix backs up to change lanes and and wonders where these traps are leading. Dextra hits another Spell Point - "Dian Keto" again. She now has 8000 Life Points. She thinks she still needs more.
Tori tells him Yuma has only 200 Life Points left. Tori asks what he's planning and Yuma says he's planning nothing. She says it would one thing if he lost Life Points from a Duel, but he keeps hitting Trap Points. Yuma insists it can't be helped. Astral tells him to look in front. There's another Trap Point. Tori yells for him to brake. He does so in time, but is able to see what the trap is - "The Paths of Destiny". Astral says that by flipping a coin, he will either gain or lose 2000 Life Points. Yuma says he's moving forwards - he'll get heads and get his Life Points back. Tori tells him not to, but he doesn't listen, which Astral expected. A coin appears in Yuma's hand and he flips it, yelling "kattobingu". At Nistro's Duel, he is burning again and his Life Points drop to 500. Quinton says its useless - Nistro won't defeat him no matter how hard he tries. Nistro tells him to be quiet and Quinton calls him foolish. He says he was waiting for his Life Points to be 500 or less. He Normal Summons "Heroic Challenger - Double Lance". He explains that it can be treated as two Overlay Units for the Xyz Summon of a "Heroic Champion" monster. He overlays it to Xyz Summon "Heroic Champion - Excalibur" in Attack Position. He says it may only attack when his Life Points are 500 or less. He activates its effect, detaching its Overlay Units to double its ATK to 4000. He orders "Excalibur" to attack directly. Quinton calls him foolish and activates "Neverending Nightmare". It negates an attack from a monster that has 2000 or more ATK and inflicts damage to his opponent equal to half of that monster's ATK. Quinton calls Nistro a poor man to be killed by his ally's sword, as "Excalibur" is surrounded by a dark aura and turns against Nistro, preparing an attack. Yuma appears behind Nistro and tells him to wait. Astral instructs him to use "Achacha Chanbara". It appears and blocks the sword of "Excalibur" with its own blades. Astral explains it was will negate the damage and inflict 400 damage to the opponent. A beam is fired from its forehead, which reduces Quinton to 4600 Life Points. A shocked Quinton then states it is impossible that someone could damage him. After a moment's pause, Quinton becomes infuriated that Yuma damaged him. Quinton then tries to retaliate against Yuma by playing a card from his hand, but Vetrix contacts him, asking if he's going to Summon a monster. He instructs Quinton to leave Yuma alone for now. After a moment of hesitation, Quinton says he understands and changes lanes.
Nistro asks Yuma why he isn't going after Quinton. Yuma responds that his priority right now is to heal his Life Points. Yuma tells Nistro to follow him. Quinton wonders if Yuma's goal is victory is or friendship. Vetrix says he's just like Kazuma. He valued friendship, but that is also what brought him misfortune. Yuma has led Nistro to the Trap Point that contains "The Paths of Destiny". Nistro asks if Yuma healed himself with this. Yuma says he did - he flipped a coin and got heads, so he gained 2000 Life Points. Nistro says Yuma is amazing and Yuma tells him to trust in his luck, but warns him that he'll take 2000 damage if he gets tails. Yuma says good-bye and leaves, saying he's behind again. Tori smiles at him, then points out another Trap Point ahead. It activates - its another boxing glove trap. It inflicts 200 damage, dropping him back down to 2000, but the glove itself hits Tori instead of Yuma. Tori is not happy about this and angrily yells at Yuma since he unintentionally led them to another trap that inflicted damage due to his poor thinking. Elsewhere, three coasters approach Vetrix, one behind him and one in each adjacent lane. His opponents are Count Crazy Fang, Pepe Perez and Lord Percius, who control "Rabidragon", "Behemoth the King of All Animals" and "Master of Oz", respectively. Vetrix says they have 2950, 2700 and 4200 ATK. He's surprised they'd Summon such amazing monsters just because of him. He says they sure are trying very hard. As the coasters go deeper into the cave a flash of light permeates the area. All the monsters are destroyed and all three opponents have their Life Points drop to 0 - and they each had over 5000 to begin with. Dextra says he defeated three people at once, so his power can't be underestimated. She sees Kite approaching him from behind. She says she can't let Kite face Vetrix and changes lanes. Mr. Heartland says its been decided - of the twenty-three finalists, fourteen made it to the underground section and now only eight remain - Quinton, Dextra, Vetrix, Quattro, Shark, Kite, Yuma and Nistro. Yuma's friends are happy to see him on-screen again, thinking he may have been eliminated when the cameras were focused elsewhere. Flip says the others are all very powerful opponents, but Cathy says he'll be fine. Heartland says that from here on, they will have one-on-one Duels and they are headed towards four Duel Fields. He yells "heart burning!" again.
Shark is still chasing Quattro, who encourages him to follow him. Yuma says that in this situation, he must flip a coin again to regain more Life Points. Tori says there's no guarantee he'll get heads again. Yuma says he's going to do it anyway and Astral sighs. Orbital 7 has reported back to Kite, saying that Vetrix's strange movements were due to his avoiding traps that someone Set - and all of the cards had "Butterfly" in their names. Dextra changes lanes, putting her between Vetrix and Kite. Dextra says that Vetrix is her target. Kite asks why she's after him and Dextra says that she swore her loyalty to Mr. Heartland, so she'll defeat anyone who is in his way. Mr. Heartland says that Dextra is another former WDC administrator and that her skills are just as polished as Nistro's. Heartland thinks that though Dextra did swear loyalty to him, he doesn't see why she should stand in Kite's way because of it. Kite tells Dextra to get out of his way, but she tells him to leave - she'll face Vetrix. Dextra pays 1000 Life Points to activate "Butterfly Ballet", which will inflict 300 damage to Kite for each "Butterfly" monster she reveals from her hand. Kite changes lanes, but is angry at himself, as he did so unconsciously. Dextra urges Kite to live and says that the "Jungle Field" is ahead. Her Deck should have an advantage over Vetrix there. With that, she may have a chance. Vetrix realizes it was Dextra that was blocking his course with those traps. He says that if she wants to fight him that badly, it can't be helped. They stop their Duel Coasters once they get into the field and Vetrix remarks that it really is like a jungle. Vetrix asks if this is the place Dextra wanted and she says it is and that this will be their battlefield. Vetrix replies that this looks like fun and smiles menacingly.
Featured Duel: Duel Coaster
See Duel Coaster for rules.
Duel continues from the previous episode.
Nistro activates "Heroic Call", Special Summoning "Heroic Challenger - War Hammer" (2100/1300) from his hand in Attack Position. "War Hammer" attacks and destroys "Grapple Blocker" (Tricky Tommy Noble 900 → 0).[Notes 1] 13 Duelists Remain
Nistro and Quinton
Nistro controls "War Hammer" (2100/1300) in Attack Position.
Nistro attacks directly with "War Hammer", but Quinton activates his face-down "Malevolent Flash" as Nistro declared an attack with a monster that has 2000 or more ATK. The attack is negated and "War Hammer" returns to Nistro's hand. Quinton activates "Punishing Fire", inflicting 600 damage to Nistro (Nistro 4000 → 3400). If Nistro Normal Summons a monster during his next turn, he will take 600 more damage.
"Big Jaws" attacks and destroys "Unifrog" (Finalist 900 → 0). 11 Duelists Remain
Yuma hits a Trap Point. The trap inflicts 200 damage to him (Yuma 400 → 200).
Dextra hits another Spell Point. It is once again "Dian Keto the Cure Master", so she gains 1000 Life Points (Dextra 7000 → 8000).
Yuma sees another Trap Point and halts his coaster before hitting it, but after the card is shown to him. It is "The Paths of Destiny". He opts to continue and hits the Trap Point. A coin is flipped and he calls it correctly, so he gains 2000 Life Points (Yuma 200 → 2200).
Nistro, Quinton and Yuma
An unspecified effect damages Nistro (Nistro 1100 → 500). He Normal Summons "Heroic Challenger - Double Lance" (1700/1000) in Attack Position. He overlays it, using its effect to treat it as 2 Overlay Units for the Xyz Summon of a "Heroic Champion" monster. He Xyz Summons "Heroic Champion - Excalibur" (2000/2000) in Attack Position. Nistro activates the effect of "Excalibur", detaching the Overlay Units to double its ATK until Quinton's next End Phase (2000 → 4000). "Excalibur" attacks directly, but Quinton activates "Neverending Nightmare" from his hand via its own effect. As a monster with 2000 or more ATK declared an attack, Quinton can negate the attack and inflict damage to Nistro equal to half of that monster's ATK. Yuma enters the Duel and Special Summons "Achacha Chanbara" (1400/400) from his hand in Attack Position by negating the effect damage that Nistro would have taken. As it was Special Summoned via its own effect, Quinton takes 400 damage (Quinton 5000 → 4600). Quinton changes lanes, leaving Nistro and Yuma behind.
Yuma leads Nistro to the Trap Point with "The Paths of Destiny" and then speeds off, leaving Nistro behind. Yuma hits a Trap Point. The trap inflicts 200 damage to him (Yuma 2200 → 2000).
Vetrix, Lord Percius, Pepe Perez and Count Crazy Fang
Percius controls "Master of Oz" (4200/2700), Fang controls "Rabidragon" (2950/2900) and Pepe controls "Behemoth the King of All Animals" (2700/1500). All are in Attack Position. An unknown effect controlled by Vetrix causes all of them to be destroyed and inflicts damage to them (Percius 8400 → 0, Fang 5900 → 0, Pepe 5400 → 0). (It is interestingly noted that each of the three had double the Life Points of the ATK of the monsters they each controlled, suggesting that the effect might have been destroying all monsters and inflicting damage equal to twice the ATK of the monster they controlled.) 8 Duelists Remain
Vetrix, Dextra and Kite
Dextra has 9000 Life Points. She pays 1000 Life Points (Dextra 9000 → 8000) to activate "Butterfly Ballet", which can inflict 300 damage to an opponent for each "Butterfly" card she reveals from her hand. Kite changes lanes. Dextra and Vetrix stop their coasters at the Jungle Field.
The following cards appeared in this episode. Cards in italics debuted here.
- ↑ The written Japanese anime lore of "Heroic Challenger - War Hammer" in episode 45 states it cannot be Special Summoned. Whether the lore changed or this was an oversight is unknown.