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, but are not non-existent. Some duelists have OTKed their opponents in the anime, such as Yami Yugi against Seeker[1], Zigfried von Schroeder against Weevil Underwood and Rex Raptor[2],Jaden Yuki against Nightshroud[3], Don Thousand against Mizar[4], and Jack Atlas against Yuya Sakaki[5].

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 189: "Child's Play"
  3. Yu-Gi-Oh! GX episode 178: "The Last Hope! Yuki Judai"
  4. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 138: "The New World"
  5. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 64: "Duel King - "Jack Atlas""

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