He only appears in-game after the player reaches Stage 3.
The Duelist Joey Wheeler isn't afraid to face danger to help his friends, especially for his best bud Yugi. Always ready to take a chance, his cards often rely on luck. However, his go-to monster is the reliable "Red-Eyes B. Dragon."
After the player advances to Stage 3, they will encounter Joey for the first time, making an unexpected arrival through the Gate. He is apparently taken off guard by the unexpected transportation, and threatens to pummel its processors if he gets transported like that again. Upon recovering, he comments that Duel World looks similar to Domino City, and that he'll feel right at home as he tries to become the Duel World King. He declares that all other Duelists should watch out, since "Joey Wheeler is comin'!" before mentioning that Kaiba neglected to send him a personal invite; he angrily states that he'll show him.
Until the player defeats Joey at least once, whenever they challenge Joey to a Duel, he notes that the player can't get to the next Stage unless they beat him first. He then prompts the player to show him their skills, followed by his declaration of "Step right up so I can knock ya down!" which he privately enjoys, thinking his 'trash talk' sent shivers down the player's spine.
Until the player defeats Joey at least once, whenever they lose to him, the latter briefly cheers. However, he then reveals to the player that he's been bothered by something: his current Deck is different from his one in the real world, as it's missing some cards. He recommends that the player check their own Deck as well, before wishing them good luck and saying that he'll see them around.
When Joey is defeated for the first time, he will be briefly surprised, but quickly recovers by stating that he's not giving up on his dream of becoming the Duel World King, since he's never surrendered before and won't surrender now. He then tells the player that when he Duels, he always gives it his all, with his "Red-Eyes B. Dragon" fighting by his side. After this dialogue, the player unlocks him as a playable character, along with his Deck.
The skill is activated randomly when your turn starts. Your Life Points does not get decreased to less than 1 until your opponent's next turn ends.
Can be used each time your Life Points decrease by 1800. In the Draw Phase, instead of doing a normal draw, draw a random Warrior-Type monster.
Roll 'n' Boost
Can be used each time your Life Points decrease by 2000. Show 1 monster card in your hand to the opponent and roll the die once. The Level of the monster shown becomes that of the die number until the end of the turn.
Can be used in your Main Phase, starting from the fifth turn. Upon activation, reduces your LP to 100 and discards 2 cards from your hand. You roll a die and draw that number of cards. This skill can only be used once per Duel.
Luck on Your Side
If your Life Points drop below 1000, your coin tosses always land on heads.
Whenever Joey Wheeler Summons "Red-Eyes B. Dragon", a cut-in frame of Joey Wheeler will appear, and he'll announce "Red-Eyes Black Dragon!" followed by "This pal o' mine's a super rare monster!" If that player hasn't already Summoned "Red-Eyes B. Dragon" during that Duel, a cutscene of "Red-Eyes B. Dragon" being Summoned will play afterwards.
Most of the time when he declares an attack with that monster, he announces "Go, Red-Eyes!" followed by "Inferno Fire Blast!"
Most of the time when Joey declares an attack with "Battle Warrior", he announces "I attack with Battle Warrior!" followed by "Ultimate Battle Fist!"
Whenever Joey Summons "Flame Swordsman", he announces "Flame Swordsman! Goooo!"
Most of the time when he declares an attack with that monster, he announces "Flame Swordsman, time to fight!" followed by "Flaming Sword of Battle!"
Most of the time when he declares an attack with that monster, he announces "I attack with Gearfried!" followed by "Metal Forearm Thrust!"
Whenever he activates that monster's effect, he announces "Equip Cards slide right off Gearfried's iron armor!"
Whenever Joey activates "Graceful Dice", he announces "Here's the Spell Card - Graceful Dice!" followed by "It raises my monster's Attack Points depending on what I roll!"
Whenever Joey activates "Graverobber", he announces "I activate the Trap Card, Graverobber!" followed by "I steal 1 Spell Card from your Graveyard!"
Interestingly, if he activates a Normal or Equip Spell Card gained from this effect, he will remain mute.
Whenever Joey activates "Heart of the Underdog" (or its effect), he announces "I activate da Spell Card, Heart of the Underdog!"
Whenever Joey activates "Polymerization", he announces "I activate the Spell Card, Polymerization!"
Whenever Joey activates "Shield & Sword", he announces "Shield & Sword!" followed by "This switches the Attack and Defense Points of all monsters on the field!" which is also followed by "This switcheroo spells trouble for you!"
Whenever Joey Summons "Thousand Dragon", he announces "All right!" followed by "Thousand Dragon!"
Most of the time when he declares an attack with that monster, he announces "Go, Thousand Dragon!" followed by "Noxious Nostril Gust!"
Whenever Joey activates the effect of "Time Wizard", he'll announce one of the two following phrases:
"Time Wizard!" followed by "Time Magic!"
"Time Wizard's effect activates!" followed by "Time Roulette!"
Whenever Joey activates "White Elephant's Gift", he announces "I activate da Spell Card, White Elephant's Gift!"
Whenever Joey Summons "Red-Eyes Black Metal Dragon", he announces "I summon Red-Eyes Black Metal Dragon!"
The inclusion of "Hinotama" in Joey's Decks (as an opponent) is a possible reference to when he was under Yami Marik's influence in the anime/manga, with his Deck supplemented with effect damage-inflicting cards.
↑ 2.02.12.22.32.42.5With this reward unlocked, the maximum number of Decklists that can be assigned to Joey Wheeler is increased by 1.
↑ 3.03.1In-game description: Skill activation is determined by probability at the start of each of your opponent's turns. Until the end of your opponent's next turn, your Life Points will not fall below 1.