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Yugi plays a Strategy Deck, containing various flexible strategies for any situation, however, two Types that can be seen consistently throughout Yugi's Decks are the Fiend-Type and the Spellcaster-Type, possibly to reflect Yami Yugi's mystical and somewhat dark nature.

Toei anime[]

Yu-Gi-Oh! anime[]

Duelist Kingdom[]

Yugi's Deck[]

Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome
Joey Wheeler 1 Win

The only known card in Yugi's own Deck is "Blackland Fire Dragon".

Grandpa's Deck[]

Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome
Seto Kaiba 1 Win
Maximillion Pegasus 2 Lose
Weevil Underwood 4-5 Win
Mako Tsunami 7 Win
Mokuba Kaiba 8 No result
Ghost Kaiba 9-10 Win
PaniK 14-15 Win
Para and Dox 19-21 Win (with Joey Wheeler)
Seto Kaiba 22-24 Lose
Mai Valentine 29-30 Win
Joey Wheeler 33-34 Win
Maximillion Pegasus 35-39 Win
Rebecca Hawkins 41-42 Lose
Bandit Keith/Marik Ishtar 50-51 No result
Johnny Steps 53 Win (Johnny quits)

Yugi originally uses the Deck built by his grandfather, Solomon Muto in a rematch against Seto Kaiba. Solomon had previously added his prized card, "Blue-Eyes White Dragon" into the Deck for the Duel, but it was subsequently destroyed by Kaiba upon Solomon's defeat.

Yugi inherited the Deck and subsequently built his own, containing many of the staple cards collected by Solomon. Yugi used this Deck against Pegasus, and brought it to compete in Duelist Kingdom, however the Deck was radically altered again once the pieces of Exodia were lost by Weevil Underwood.

This Deck is generally an EARTH/DARK Normal Monster Deck. Most Monsters have low ATK, but he supports them with Magic Cards such as "Horn of the Unicorn" to raise their strength, while also maximizing his more powerful monsters' potential through cards like "Burning Land" and "Makiu, the Magical Mist." If put on the defensive, he uses "Swords of Revealing Light" and "Magical Hats" to buy time for a comeback, or "Mirror Force" and "Spellbinding Circle" for a surprise counterattack. He also includes a bit of support for his signature card, "Dark Magician", like "Mystic Box" and "Book of Secret Arts". If all else fails, he resorts to Summoning mighty Ritual Monsters including "Black Luster Soldier" and "Magician of Black Chaos" for a reversal finish. The Deck also had "The Forbidden One" cards in it, which he used in the first episode to defeat Kaiba, but Weevil Underwood threw them overboard on the ship to Duelist Kingdom, and Joey Wheeler was only able to recover two of them, so Yugi abandoned Exodia. When Yugi dueled Ghost Kaiba, he used Monster Reborn to revive "Blue-Eyes White Dragon" to finish him off.

Yugi's Deck also has access to Fusion Monsters, such as "Dragon Master Knight" and "Black Skull Dragon". Both have have only been used when cooperating with Seto Kaiba and Joey Wheeler, respectively. Using only his own cards, Yugi can however count on a reliable Fusion Monster such as Gaia the Dragon Champion.

Special Deck[]

Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome
Bakura Ryou/Yami Bakura 13 Win

In episode 13, Yugi combines some of Joey's, Téa's and Tristan's cards into his Deck against Yami Bakura.

Battle City[]

Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome
Seeker 56-57 Win
Arkana 60-62 Win
Strings/Marik Ishtar 65-67 Win
Rare Hunter 2 and Rare Hunter 3 68 Win (with Seto Kaiba)
Lumis and Umbra 70-73 Win (with Seto Kaiba)
Joey Wheeler/Marik Ishtar 75-78 DRAW
Yami Bakura 82-84 Win
Seto Kaiba, Yami Marik, Joey Wheeler 122-124 Win
Seto Kaiba 129-135 Win
Marik Ishtar/Yami Marik 138-142 Win
Joey Wheeler 143 Not shown

During the Battle City preliminaries and quarter-finals, Yugi runs a Magnet Warrior/Spellcaster Deck that focuses on "Dark Magician" and "Dark Magician Girl" and supports both Spellcasters through "Magic Cylinder" and "Magic Formula". His Deck also includes more control cards that allow him to manipulate an opponent's cards, such as "Brain Control", "Lightforce Sword" and "Mystical Refpanel".

In accordance with Battle City's ante rules, whenever Yugi won a Duel, he would gain the rarest card his opponent's Deck along with the Locator Card needed to participate in the finals. After defeating the Rare Hunter, Seeker, he got back the "Red-Eyes Black Dragon" that was taken from Joey after he lost it in a previous duel and was prepared to give it back to him, but Joey let him keep it as a sign of their friendship, which proved invaluable when they were forced to duel each-other by Marik. Yugi also gains ownership of Arkana's unique Dark Magician after beating him, but never used it in a Duel, presumably because it was illegally trimmed. It wasn't until he defeated Marik's human puppet, Strings that he obtained his first Egyptian God Card, "Slifer the Sky Dragon", which he didn't use until the Battle City finals. However, he wasn't seen taking anything from Lumis, Umbra or the other two Rare Hunters he defeated in tag-team duels with Seto Kaiba, likely because he was more focused on saving his friends.

During his Duel against Seto Kaiba in the semi-finals and his Duel against Yami Marik in the finals, his Deck shifts its focus to an Egyptian God Deck, whose strategy involves swarming the field through "Soul Rope" and "King's Knight" to Summon "Slifer the Sky Dragon", further strengthen his monster through cards such as "Card of Sanctity" and "Disgraceful Charity", and disrupt his opponent's strategies through cards such as "Change of Heart" and "Electromagnetic Turtle".

If "Slifer" is destroyed, Yugi falls back on destructive OTK strategies, either by using his more powerful monsters like "Dark Magician" and "Buster Blader", or their fusion, "Dark Paladin" and enhancing its power through "Red-Eyes Black Dragon" and "Diffusion-Wave Motion", or with "Obelisk the Tormentor" (in his Duel against Yami Marik) by Summoning it through a combination of "Fiend's Sanctuary" and "Multiply" and supporting its effect with cards like "Soul Taker".

Battle City Deck

Virtual World[]

Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome
Gansley 99-101 Win
The Big Five (through Tristan Taylor) 111-113 Win (with Joey Wheeler)
Noah Kaiba 117-119 Win (Duel taken over for Seto Kaiba)

Yugi's Virtual World Deck is largely similar to his Battle City Deck, though he did not have the luxury of his God Card. He also included several (retrained versions of) cards he had formerly used in Duelist Kingdom, but not in Battle City. He also introduces new support for his Duelist Kingdom themes, such as "The Rock Spirit" (EARTH monsters) and "Sangan" (low ATK). For his Duel with Noah Kaiba, Yugi would shuffle his Deck together with the remainder of Seto's own.

Waking the Dragons[]

Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome
Gurimo 145-146 Win
Rafael 156-158 Lose
Yami Yugi 163 Lose

Yugi plays a Kuriboh/Spellcaster/Timaeus Deck during the Waking the Dragons arc, focusing on Summoning the 5 Kuriboh Brothers through "Five Star Twilight" and combining them to form "Kuribabylon" and raising its ATK through "Pump Up" and "The Seal of Orichalcos" (the latter when he was under its influence). He also makes use of his "The Eye of Timaeus" card he received in order to defeat Dartz, by fusing it with his Magicians in order to Summon powerful Fusions. He supports his strategy by using "Excalibur" or "Altar of Restoration". Because of Yami's loss to Rafael, Yugi's soul was taken and thus he played no part in the Duels for the rest of the season, save a Duel against Yami that acted as a test of the latter's character. Cards used by Yami after this point are listed at Yami Yugi's Decks, as Yugi had no part in any further alterations to the Deck.

Grand Championship[]

Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome
KC DuelTek 760 185-186 Win
Vivian Wong 193 Win
Leon von Schroeder 196-198 Win

In the Grand Championship arc, Yugi plays a Spellcaster/Three Musketeers of Face Cards Deck, which focuses on Summoning his Magicians quickly through "Skilled Dark Magician" and "Watapon", and supports older combos involving them with cards like "Emblem of Dragon Destroyer" and "Necromancy". He again makes use of his Knights' swarming abilities, this time to Summon "Royal Straight Slasher" who he used to destroy the illegal card "Golden Castle of Stromberg". In addition, most of his Kuriboh support cards made no appearance.

See also: Rick, whose Deck Yugi used against KC DuelTek 760.

Dawn of the Duel[]

Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome
Yami Bakura (through Tristan Taylor) 215-218 Win
Yami Yugi 221-224 Win

During the Dawn of the Duel arc, Yugi uses a Silent/Toy Deck with a focus on defensive and stalling tactics through cards like "Marshmallon", "Mirage Ruler", and "Ambush Shield", supplemented by cards that activate their effects over time, like "Silent Swordsman LV0" and "Ground Erosion". It also has a theme of Rock and Machine-type monsters that support each other by combining together or summoning other monsters, such as the "Gadget" and "Magnet Warrior" archetypes. This deck is meant to symbolize the strength and growth that Yugi has undergone on his journey to prove he is ready to live without Yami Yugi, and also shows Yugi's playful side and love of games. The deck notably omits "Dark Magician" and its related cards, as Yugi feels they are more suited for Yami Yugi to use when they build separate decks for the Ceremonial Duel. As a last resort, Yugi utilizes "Gandora the Dragon of Destruction" to banish all monsters on the field.


Pyramid of Light[]

Opponent(s) Outcome
Seto Kaiba/Anubis Win

In the movie, Yugi's Deck adds more support for his "Dark Magicians" as well as a higher amount of resources devoted to Summoning the God cards. Only the cards used by Yugi in his Duel were shown in the film, but the full Decklist (totaling out to exactly forty cards) was given in the novelization of the film.



Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome
Jaden Yuki 179-180 Not shown

In Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, Yugi's Deck featured cards that he had previously used in a variety of arcs, including some not seen in a while. The Duel between him and Jaden Yuki is known to have taken place sometime after a second version of Battle City.


In episode 18, Yugi's Deck was to be displayed in a special room within Duel Academy, where it was stolen by Dimitri, who used it in two Duels. Here, the Deck focused on retrained "Chaos" versions of Yugi's "Chaos" Ritual monsters.


In episodes 168 and 179, a replica of Yugi's Deck is shown, which was to be given to the student who did the best in the graduation Duels.

3D Bonds Beyond Time[]

Opponent(s) Outcome
Paradox Win (with Jaden Yuki and Yusei Fudo)

A special opening of episode 65 of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's features some of his famous monster cards. Most of them didn't appear in the movie.

The Dark Side of Dimensions[]

In Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yugi runs a hybrid Deck mixing cards of his own and cards he inherited from Atem. He uses a number of retrained versions of iconic monsters of the both, including brand-new Spellcaster-Type support cards for Atem's "Dark Magician" and "Dark Magician Girl". He also has lots of tactics involving Continuous Trap Cards, such as a number of Trap Monsters and the "Dimension" Trap Cards he calls the "Dimension Trap Pyramid".


Early manga[]

Opponent(s) Chapter(s) Outcome
Katsuya Jonouchi 9 Win
Seto Kaiba 9-10 Win
Seto Kaiba 36-39 Win

Yugi's early manga Deck included these cards as well as a number of unnamed monsters. This deck is a combination of both his own deck and his grandfather's deck, which he used in Death-T.

Duelist Kingdom[]

Battle City[]

Millennium World[]


Opponent(s) Chapters(s) Outcome
Depre Scott 22-24 Win

In Yu-Gi-Oh! R, Yugi uses a Toy Deck, centered around Yugi's childish side, using cards such as "Toy Magician" and "Toy Box". Similar to the Millennium World arc, Yugi and Yami utilize separate Decks.


Scripted Duels[]

North American World Championship Qualifier 2011[]

Opponent(s) Tournament Outcome
Yusei Fudo North American WCQ 2011 Win

Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Providence 2012[]

Opponent(s) Tournament Outcome
Maximillion Pegasus YCS Providence 2012 Win
Yami Bakura YCS Providence 2012 Win

World Championship 2013[]

Opponent(s) Tournament Outcome
Mai Valentine WC 2013 Win

North American World Championship Qualifier 2014[]

Opponent(s) Tournament Outcome
Astral 2014 NAWCQ Win

World Championship 2016 Special: Yugi vs. Kaiba[]

Opponent(s) Tournament Outcome(s)
Seto Kaiba World Championship 2016 Special Win

V Jump Magazine[]

World Championship 2019 Special[]

Opponent(s) Tournament Outcome(s)
Seto Kaiba World Championship 2019 Special Win

Live-action Speed Duel 2020[]

Opponent Tournament Outcome(s)
Maximillion Pegasus Match of the Millenium Win

Video games[]

Duel Monsters[]

Yugi uses assorted low-level monsters as a first-tier opponent in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters. The only card previously attributed to Yugi in his decks is Time Wizard, which was later given to Katsuya Jonouchi in the manga.

Dark Duel Stories (Duel Monsters III: Tri-Holy God Advent[]

Yugi's deck in Yu-Gi-Oh! Dark Duel Stories is based off cards he used in Duelist Kingdom and Battle City, such as Gaia The Fierce Knight and D. Magician Girl. True to his anime and manga appearances, his most powerful card is D. Magician, while his signature card is shown to be Kuriboh. The rest of his deck consists of assorted low-level monsters (mostly repeats).

The Eternal Duelist Soul[]

The Sacred Cards[]

World Championship Tournament 2004[]

Dawn of Destiny[]

Reshef of Destruction[]

7 Trials to Glory: World Championship Tournament 2005[]

World Championship 2007[]

World Championship 2008[]

Nightmare Troubadour[]


Duel Links[]

In Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links, Yugi, like the rest of the characters, has Decks that reference his usage of anime cards, mostly from the original series and The Dark Side of Dimensions movie.

Deck Recipe[]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 This card is Set in Defense Position and destroyed in episode 1. Originally part of Solomon's Deck and not seen again afterwards.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 This card was present in his Deck for only the first three episodes. Weevil Underwood threw this card off of the boat to Duelist Kingdom in episode 3.
  3. 3.0 3.1 This card can be seen in his hand in episode 2 during his duel against Video Pegasus.
  4. 4.0 4.1 This card was shown in his hand as a Normal Monster. It is a Fusion Monster in the TCG/OCG.
  5. This card is not part of his deck but appears in episode 33 during his duel against Joey Wheeler when the latter plays Time Wizard. It is essentially an aged Dark Magician.
  6. This card is activated to destroy a horde of monsters in the virtual game in episode 44, but is destroyed by an "Armed Ninja".
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 This card was played as a Magic Card. It was depicted as a Quick-Play Magic Card in the dub. It is a Trap Card in the TCG/OCG.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Alternate art in the dub.
  9. 9.0 9.1 This card was played as a Magic Card. It was depicted as a Trap Card in the dub. It is a Trap Card in the TCG/OCG.
  10. This is Tristan's favorite card. He lent to Yugi for this Duel.
  11. This is Joey's favorite card. He lent to Yugi for this Duel.
  12. This is Téa's favorite card. She lent to Yugi for this Duel.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 This card can be seen in his hand in episode 60 before he activates "Card Destruction".
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 14.5 14.6 14.7 14.8 This card can be seen when he rebuilds his Deck in episode 85.
  15. This card is won from Seeker in episode 57. It originally belonged to Joey Wheeler.
  16. This card is won from Seto Kaiba in episode 134.
  17. This card appears with all of his monsters in episode 142 after he activates "Ragnarok".
  18. This card is won from Strings/Marik Ishtar in episode 67.
  19. This card is won from Yami Marik/Marik Ishtar in episode 142. Since it was won in the last Duel of the arc, Yugi was never shown using this card in this Deck.
  20. This card is received from Seto Kaiba in episode 137.
  21. This card can be seen in his hand briefly in episode 76.
  22. This card can be seen in his hand in episode 71
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 Borrowed from Seto Kaiba's Deck.
  24. 24.0 24.1 This card can be seen in episode 99 before "Kuriboh" selects itself to be his Deck Master.
  25. 25.0 25.1 This card is Summoned when the group attempts to escape the Virtual World in episode 120.
  26. 26.0 26.1 He picks this card when he was building his Deck in Episode 99.
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 This card is used in episode 102 to get through a monster-guarded door in the maze.
  28. This card is discarded via the effect of "Card Destruction" in episode 112. It is later removed from the Graveyard to Summon "The Rock Spirit".
  29. Borrowed Seto Kaiba's Deck Master.
  30. This card is Tributed to Ritual Summon "Magician of Black Chaos" in episode 113.
  31. The first copy can be seen before he activates "Card Destruction" in episode 112. Another copy is seen in his hand later in the same episode after "Card Destruction" is activated.
  32. 32.0 32.1 This card is discarded via the effect of "Ashingray" in episode 99.
  33. This card is drawn but not played by him in episode 158.
  34. 34.0 34.1 34.2 In Yu-Gi-Oh! Episode 145, this card was stolen by Dartz's gang.
  35. 35.0 35.1 35.2 In episode 157, this card can be seen in Yami Yugi's hand after he activates "Card of Sanctity".
  36. 36.0 36.1 36.2 36.3 This card is used during his Duel against Yami Yugi in episode 163.
  37. This card is acquired episode 147.
  38. This card can be seen in his hand after he activates "Graceful Charity" in episode 146.
  39. 39.0 39.1 39.2 This card is discarded from his Deck to the Graveyard to activate the effect of "Royal Straight Slasher" in episode 198.
  40. This card can be seen in his hand after he activates "Card of Sanctity" in episode 198.
  41. This card is Set in episode 198 and sent to the Graveyard via "Emergency Provisions".
  42. 42.0 42.1 42.2 This card is selected by Yugi and added to hand via the effect of "Subspace Battle" in episode 180.
  43. 43.0 43.1 This card can be seen in his hand after "Subspace Battle" resolves in episode 180.
  44. 44.0 44.1 While shuffling Yugi's Deck before their Duel, Jaden sensed the power of all 3 Egyptian God cards in it.
  45. This card is given to Jaden Yuki in episode 1.
  46. 46.0 46.1 46.2 46.3 46.4 46.5 46.6 This card was played by Virtual Atem in duel vs Seto Kaiba
  47. 47.0 47.1 47.2 47.3 47.4 47.5 47.6 This card can be seen when he reconstructs his Deck at the Kame Game.
  48. This card's card type is unknown. It is a Spell Card in the TCG/OCG.
  49. This card is given to him by Kaiba before the final duel of Battle City between Yugi and Yami Marik.
  50. This card was played as a Trap Spell Card. It is a Spell Card in the TCG/OCG.
  51. 51.0 51.1 51.2 51.3 51.4 This card was played as a Normal Monster. It is an Effect Monster in the TCG/OCG
  52. This card can been seen in his hand in chapter 23.
  53. This card was played as a Trap Spell Card.
  54. This card was discarded for the effect of Dark Paladin.
  55. 55.0 55.1 55.2 55.3 This card was discarded by the effect of Graceful Charity.
  56. 56.0 56.1 This card is used as Fusion Material for "Valkryion the Magna Warrior".
  57. 57.0 57.1 57.2 57.3 57.4 57.5 57.6 57.7 This card is discarded by the effect of "Card Destruction".
  58. This card was treated as a Fusion Monster. It is an Effect Monster in the TCG/OCG.
  59. This card is seen in Yugi's Deck after the duel.
  60. Used with Multiply.
  61. Used with Magical Hats.
  62. This card is discarded for the cost of "Dark Magician Girl the Dragon Knight".