Arkana plays a Magician Deck, using an assortment of DARK monsters lead by his "Dark Magicians", which, have a different artwork from Yugi's "Dark Magician". Arkana supports his monsters with Magic and Trap cards themed after the props of a stage magician, such as "Dark Magic Curtain" and "Thousand Knives". Arkana trims the edges of his cards and shuffles his deck in such a way to manipulate what he will draw, and sacrifices his monsters through the use of "Ectoplasmer" to attempt to defeat Yugi. This reckless disrespect for his cards would prove Arkana's doom, when his own "Dark Magician" served to power up Yugi's "Dark Magician Girl" enough for him to destroy Arkana's second "Dark Magician" and win the Duel.
In dubbed anime using the "language neutral" cards, many of his cards were incorrectly changed, which caused the contents of his hand to change between shots, and included the additions of cards that he couldn't have possibly possessed.