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Duelists use D-Boards to Duel and are used to ride the Data Storm. Some Duels conducted here are done so under the Speed Duel rules instead of the Master Rules. The Dara Storm disappeared five years prior to the main event, and reappeared as of the first episode. When a Duelist is in LINK VRAINS, their physical body is enshrouded in a blue sphere.
Inside LINK VRAINS, a mysterious hacker group that hacks via Dueling has appeared: The Knights of Hanoi. Their goal is to destroy the "AI World" known as Cyberse that exists somewhere in the depths of the Network.
The Duel interface possess a high-tech appearance. Cards are generally hidden and only become visible when the player is making a move, and cards that are dropped will disappear and reappear as necessary. If a card with multiple effects is activated, a selection appears and rotates upon the options available until the user declares their chosen effect.
While in LINK VRAINS, duelist can take avatar forms. While in these avatars, they can also use pseudonyms. Because of this, the Duelist's real identities usually are unknown. Avatar forms can also give the duelists special abilities such as forming energy whips. Using avatars is not madantory, as some Duelists like Go Onizuka don't seem to have avatars. Avatars can also be non-humanoid, such as with the case of Frog and Pigeon. It is also possible to have duplicate avatars, as multiple "Playmaker" impersonators were seen when reporters were looking for the real one.
LINK VRAINS was filled with a wind which duelists used to duel and ride D-Board's in Speed Duels. However it disappeared along with peoples memories of it. Inside the wind was said to contain another world called Cyberse.
At some point following the disappearance of Cyberse, the data material which was taken and placed into the network had been reduced. This resulted in a reduction in the network's efficiency by more than 30%.
LINK VRAINS became a place where the top duelists and Charisma Duelists went. Master Duels took the place of Speed Duels due to the absence of Data Storm.
At one point during Duels which involved GO and Blue Angel, the Knights of Hanoi attacked with "Cracking Dragon". They begun to attack users which resulted in accounts being deleted. Playmaker appeared and saved Blue Angel from an attack.
Ignis, who was taken as a hostage by Playmaker, unlocked data material from Cyberse to bring back the wind and Speed Duels. Playmaker then commenced a Duel against the Knight. After defeating the Knight of Hanoi, Playmaker became famous and widely regarded LINK VRAINS' hero. Multiple reporters such as Frog and Pigeon attempted to find him to get a scoop, but they only found several "Playmaker" impersonators. At the same time SOL and Hanoi became determined to capture Playmaker in order to recover Ignis. The Data Storm Ignis started remained behind, but Speed Duels were not allowed so anyone attempting them had their accounts suspended.
Similar to Action Duels, Dueling in LINK VRAINS can bring real dangers. Any physical harm a person suffers while in LINK VRAINS transfers to their real bodies. Being forcefully expelled from LINK VRAINS after taking too much physical damage can also cause psychological damage. Additionally, Duelists are usually shown to be physically exhausted when logging out of VRAINS.
When The Knights of Hanoi attacked LINK VRAINS, their "Cracking Dragons" deleted the accounts of anyone engulfed in its flames. When Playmaker fell off his D-Board, Ignis said that a fall from that height could've killed his real body had he not been rescued by Blue Angel. Duelists usually fall of their D-Boards when they lose a Speed Duel. However Playmaker has shown to be able to transport himself back onto his D-Board if he has enough time to aim at the D-Board. It is currently unknown whether anyone else can do this as well.
Knights of Hanoi can hack into cards in order to take control of the Duelist using it, as seen with Dark Angel.
LINK VRAINS is guarded by security bots. They can give orders and capture people in virtual nets if they disobey. They also have the power to ban accounts.
|Image||VR Name||Real Name||Deck|
|Blue Angel||Aoi Zaizen||Trickstar|
|Go Onizuka||Go Onizuka||Gouki|
|Knights of Hanoi||Unknown||DARK Machine|
|Ghost Girl||Ema Bessho||Altergeist|
- Several locations in LINK VRAINS are noted to have similarities to real life locations, such as Paris and Italy.
- LINK VRAINS is somewhat similar to the Neurons VR world from the TRANSCEND GAME manga. The only difference is that to access Neurons, it is necessary to wear a large egg-shaped headpiece device while the user remains in the real world; to access LINK VRAINS, however, the users are fully digitalized and encased in a blue half-sphere (thus enabling them to physically enter the digital world), but said users can also receive real damage if they are too careless.