One Turn Kill

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A One Turn Kill is achieved when a player wins a Duel in the space of a single turn, as soon as said player has the appropriate cards in their hand/Graveyard and has control over the duel.

In one turn, all of the opponent's Life Points, which is normally assumed to be no more than 8000, must be depleted, or an alternate victory condition must be fulfilled.

Significant or reliable OTKs generally consist of 4 or fewer cards, do not require the opponent to have particular cards or rely on indefinite chance, such as the effect of "Snipe Hunter".

Traditional and Advanced Formats will have very different OTK styles, owing to the allowable Card Pools. The Advanced Format banlist is updated every six months to reduce the viability of OTKs.

OTKs are rare in Yu-Gi-Oh! media, especially prior to Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, but are not non-existent. In many cases, an OTK in the anime is shown either to show off the strength of a powerful duelist, or for the winner to have a come-from-behind victory. Since duelists usually start with 4000 Life Points in the anime, an OTK is declared when all 4000 are depleted in one turn. Some duelists have OTKed their opponents in the anime, such as Yami Yugi against Seeker[1], Yami Yugi against Noah Kaiba[2], Zigfried von Schroeder against Weevil Underwood and Rex Raptor[3], Zane Truesdale against Mad Dog[4],Jaden Yuki against Nightshroud[5], Crow Hogan against Hermann[6], Jack Atlas against Nicolas[7], Caswell Francis against Yuma Tsukumo (dub only)[8], Yuma Tsukumo against Anna Kaboom[9], Charlie McCay against his opponent[10], Yuma Tsukumo against Charlie McCay[11], Quattro against Bronk Stone and Caswell Francis[12], Yuma Tsukumo against Cathy Katherine and Tori Meadows[13], Yuma Tsukumo against Girag[14], Yuma Tsukumo against Vector[15], Kite Tenjo against Scritch[16], Don Thousand against Mizar[17], Yuya Sakaki against The Sledgehammer[18], Yuto against Sylvio Sawatari[19], Julia Krystal against Zuzu Boyle[20], Yuya Sakaki against Aura Sentia[21], Shay Obsidian against Julia Krystal, Dipper O'rion, and Kit Blade[22], Gong Strong against Grizzlepike Jones[23], and Jack Atlas against Yuya Sakaki[24].

A One Turn Kill that is pulled off during the player's first turn is referred to as a First Turn Kill.

List of One Turn Kills

Advanced Format OTKs

Traditional Format Only OTKs


  1. Yu-Gi-Oh! episode 57: "Yugi vs. The Rare Hunter, Part 2"
  2. Yu-Gi-Oh! episode 118: "Noah's Final Threat, Part 2"
  3. Yu-Gi-Oh! episode 189: "Child's Play"
  4. Yu-Gi-Oh! GX episode 65: "No Pain, No Game"
  5. Yu-Gi-Oh! GX episode 178: "The Last Hope! Yuki Judai"
  6. Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's episode 105: "Rook Takes Knight"
  7. Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's episode 105: "Rook Takes Knight"
  8. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 3: "In The End, Part 1"
  9. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 29: "Love Hurts"
  10. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 31: "Life is a Carnival: Part 1"
  11. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 32: "Life is a Carnival: Part 2"
  12. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 33: "Foolish Fans"
  13. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 81: "The Friendship Games"
  14. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 88: "Dual Duel: Part 2"
  15. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 94: "Enter Vector"
  16. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 117: "Now or Never, Part 2"
  17. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 138: "The New World"
  18. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 2: "Swing into Action: Part 2"
  19. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 7: "Mr. Mystery"
  20. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 10: "You Show 'Em"
  21. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 23: "A Date With Fate: Part 2"
  22. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 24: "For Our Tomorrows"
  23. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 30: "Gong the Strong"
  24. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 64: "Duel King - "Jack Atlas""

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