Obelisk the Tormentor (character)

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Obelisk the Tormentor


Corresponding card



Oberisuku no Kyoshinhei

Alternate names
  • Giant God Soldier of Obelisk
  • The God of Obelisk
Anime debut

Yu-Gi-Oh! Episode 085: "Rage of the Egyptian Gods"

  • Male

Egyptian Gods


Lo and Behold (WC10)

WC 2010
  • Ready to Summon!

Obelisk the Tormentor, known as Giant God Soldier of Obelisk in the Japanese version, is a character version of the card "Obelisk the Tormentor". He appears in the manga and anime, as one of the most powerful monster spirits, the Egyptian Gods. In the Japanese anime and manga, Obelisk's card is called "The God of Obelisk", while in the English manga it is known as "The God of the Obelisk", though it is frequently referred to as "Obelisk the Tormentor" in the English manga on occasion.

Obelisk also appears in the video game Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's World Championship 2010: Reverse of Arcadia as a Free Duel opponent.


Ancient Egypt

MW-010 Obelisk Summoned

Atem Summons Obelisk.

Obelisk is one of the three Egyptian Gods, along with Slifer the Sky Dragon and The Winged Dragon of Ra. These monsters were only capable of being summoned by the Pharaoh.

When Bakura, King of Thieves invaded the Pharaoh's palace after plundering Aknamkanon's tomb, he engaged in a ka battle with the priests. During the battle, Aknamkanon's son, Pharaoh Atem, heard his father's spirit uttering "justice lies in the name of the gods".[1] With that, Atem managed to summon Obelisk to fight Diabound, forcing Bakura to retreat.[2]

Battle City


The Egyptian Gods as cards.

3000 years later, Maximillion Pegasus created cards depicting the three Egyptian Gods, for his game Duel Monsters. However the souls of the Gods came to dwell in the cards, making them powerful weapons. On realizing this, Pegasus regarded their creation as one of his greatest mistakes. He tried to destroy the God Cards, but could not bring himself to do it, so he had the Egyptian supreme council of antiquities bury the cards in different locations in the Valley of the Kings. The Ghouls managed to steal the "Slifer the Sky Dragon" and "The Winged Dragon of Ra" cards. However the Egyptian supreme council of antiquities was able to prevent them finding the "Obelisk the Tormentor" card. Ishizu Ishtar, from the council, later gave it to Seto Kaiba, so that he would host the Battle City tournament to retrieve the other two.[3]

D-167 Destruction prediction

Ishizu's failed prediction of Obelisk's destruction.

Kaiba used "Obelisk the Tormentor" in many of his Duels in the Battle City preliminaries. In his quarter final Duel against Ishizu Ishtar, Ishizu had used the Millennium Necklace to see in the future. She played the Duel in accordance to her foresight, which would result in her destroying "Obelisk the Tormentor" and winning. However after seeing a vision of Priest Seto and Kisara, Kaiba felt compelled to Summon "Blue-Eyes White Dragon" and did so by Tributing "Obelisk", allowing him to win the Duel instead.[4][5] During Kaiba's semi final Duel against Yami Yugi, they got their Egyptian Gods, "Slifer the Sky Dragon" and "Obelisk the Tormentor" to battle, which caused Yami and Kaiba to see a vision of an ancient city. Here Slifer and Obelisk were turned to stone, while Priest Seto and Pharaoh Atem battled.[6] When Kaiba lost the Duel, he gave Yami Yugi the "Obelisk the Tormentor" card in accordance with the tournament rules.[7] Yami Yugi proceeded to use "Obelisk" in his final Duel against Yami Marik.

Project R.A.

"Obelisk" remained manly out of focus in this arc, compared to the early appearances of "Slifer" and "Ra", only being mentioned in conjunction with the other God cards.

"Obelisk" finally made an appearance during Dark Yugi's Duel against Yako Tenma, being Summoned with "Monster Reborn" after being discarded to Special Summon "The Tricky." Yugi would then use its effect to increase its ATK to infinite in an attempt to defeat "The Wicked Avatar" (which had taken "Obelisk's" form when Obelisk was Summoned). Dark Yugi then used "Divine Evolution" to increase its Hierachy to the same level as "Avatar", causing "Obelisk" to ascend to its "Obelisk The Progenitor" form, allowing both God monsters to destroy one another.


In order to regain his memories, Yami Yugi presented the three Egyptian Gods to the stone tablet in the museum. However, the God cards began to crackle with black energy as Dartz drained their power. Yami was then interrupted as Duel Monster spirits began appearing throughout the city. Later that day, Dartz's men broke into Kame Game and stole the God Cards. Yugi and his friends chased after Dartz's men and Yami Yugi engaged in a Duel with one of them, Gurimo. Despite not being a chosen Duelist, Gurimo was able to Summon "Obelisk the Tormentor" and harness its power through "The Seal of Orichalcos".[8] After losing, Gurimo threw the "Obelisk" card to Rafael before Yami could take it back.[9] Rafeal, Alister and Valon brought the Egyptian God cards to Dartz, who placed them in the mouths of three stone serpents in order to use their power to summon The Great Leviathan.[10]

After defeating Dartz in a Duel, Yami retrieved the Egyptian God cards, though their strength had already been drained.[11] After Yami Yugi's soul had been absorbed into The Great Leviathan, the other souls Dartz had captured were able to lend him their strength. With it, Yami called out, "In the name of the Pharaoh, awaken!" and summoned the three Egyptian Gods. By summoning them, Yami was also able to free himself, Joey Wheeler and Seto Kaiba from the Leviathan. Obelisk, Slifer and Ra engaged in battle with The Great Leviathan. The three combined their attacks and seemed to defeat it at first.[12] However the Leviathan reappeared in a different form, which Yami managed to defeat.[13]

Pyramid of Light

Kaiba Dueled and defeated Pegasus to obtain a card capable of defeating the Egyptian God cards. Anubis added an extra card, "Pyramid of Light" to Kaiba's prize. Kaiba went on to face Yami Yugi in a Duel and used "Obligatory Summon" to force him to Summon the Egyptian God cards and then activated "Pyramid of Light". Out of curiosity, Obelisk touched the pyramid. He, Ra and Slifer, were then removed from play.[14]

Memory World

MW-055 Gods Summoned

Atem summons Obelisk, Slifer and Ra before fusing them into Horakhty.

When Yami Yugi entered the Memory World, he relived some of his life as Pharaoh Atem, and fought the battle against Thief Bakura, in which he summoned Obelisk, again.[1][2]

The Pharaoh used the three Egyptian Gods to battle Zorc Necrophades. However Zorc managed to overpower them and turn them into stone.[15] Upon relearning his name, Atem was able to summon the three Gods again, this time from the cards in Yugi's Deck. He then combined them into The Creator God of Light, Horakhty, who defeated Zorc.[16]

Yugi and Atem constructed separate Decks for the Ceremonial Battle, which Atem needed to lose in order to pass on to the afterlife. Despite needing to lose, Atem gave the Duel his all. He included the three Egyptian God cards in his Deck and managed to summon the three of them at once in the Duel. However Yugi was able to destroy them and win.

Non-canon appearances

Reshef of Destruction

In Yu-Gi-Oh! Reshef of Destruction, Pegasus, under the name Sol Chevalsky, turned the Egyptian God Cards into stone in order to give their power to Reshef the Dark Being. The Egyptian Gods were absorbed into Reshef, where they became orbs inside his body. The player, Yugi Muto and Joey Wheeler tried to collect the Millennium Items in an attempt to regain the power of the Egyptian Gods and defeat Sol Chevalsky, preventing Reshef from gaining its power.[17]

Reshef's Deck contained the three Egyptian God cards.[17]

Reverse of Arcadia

Obelisk the Tormentor

Obelisk in Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's World Championship 2010: Reverse of Arcadia.

In Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's World Championship 2010: Reverse of Arcadia, Obelisk the Tormentor and Dandylion can be unlocked as Tag Duel opponents by defeating the Tag Team Protect and Burn 3 times. Their Tag Team name is Lo and Behold.[18]


In Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's World Championship 2010: Reverse of Arcadia, Obelisk uses a Deck called "Ready to Summon", which contains monsters requiring three Tributes, including his own card, "Obelisk the Tormentor", and the Wicked Gods. His teammate, "Dandylion" uses a Deck called "Ready to Sacrifice", which focuses on providing Tributes to Summon these monsters.

Ready to Summon!


  1. 1.0 1.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium World Duel 10: ""
  2. 2.0 2.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium World Duel 11: ""
  3. Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist Duel 88: "The Lost Cards"
  4. Yu-Gi-Oh! Episode 93: "A Duel with Destiny, Part 1"
  5. Yu-Gi-Oh! Episode 94: "A Duel with Destiny, Part 2"
  6. Yu-Gi-Oh! Episode 132: "Clash in the Coliseum - Part 4"
  7. Yu-Gi-Oh! Episode 135: "Battle for the Bronze - Part 1"
  8. Yu-Gi-Oh! Episode 145: "A New Evil - Part 1"
  9. Yu-Gi-Oh! Episode 146: "A New Evil - Part 2"
  10. Yu-Gi-Oh! Episode 147: "Legend of the Dragons"
  11. Yu-Gi-Oh! Episode 182: "A Duel with Dartz - Part 6"
  12. Yu-Gi-Oh! Episode 183: "Rise of the Great Beast - Part 1"
  13. Yu-Gi-Oh! Episode 184: "Rise of the Great Beast - Part 2"
  14. Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light
  15. Yu-Gi-Oh! Episode 217: "The Dark One Cometh - Part 3"
  16. Yu-Gi-Oh! Episode 219: "In the Name of the Pharaoh"
  17. 17.0 17.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! Reshef of Destruction
  18. Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's World Championship 2010: Reverse of Arcadia

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