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 in Media

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, including:

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

Traditional Format


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  2. Yu-Gi-Oh! episode 118: "Noah's Final Threat, Part 2"
  3. Yu-Gi-Oh! episode 68: "Legendary Fisherman, Part 1"
  4. Yu-Gi-Oh! episode 189: "Child's Play"
  5. Yu-Gi-Oh! GX episode 65: "No Pain, No Game"
  6. Yu-Gi-Oh! GX episode 178: "The Last Hope! Yuki Judai"
  7. Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's episode 83: "Will The Real Jack Atlas Please Stand Up, Part 1"
  8. Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's episode 105: "Rook Takes Knight"
  9. Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's episode 105: "Rook Takes Knight"
  10. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 3: "In The End, Part 1"
  11. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 29: "Love Hurts"
  12. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 32: "Life is a Carnival: Part 2"
  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 31: "Life is a Carnival: Part 1"
  18. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 33: "Foolish Fans"
  19. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 138: "The New World"
  20. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 2: "Swing into Action: Part 2"
  21. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 7: "Mr. Mystery"
  22. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 10: "You Show 'Em"
  23. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 23: "A Date With Fate: Part 2"
  24. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 24: "For Our Tomorrows"
  25. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 30: "Gong the Strong"
  26. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 64: "Duel King - "Jack Atlas""

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