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Kaiba runs a Power Deck, focusing on a Beatdown strategy featuring vicious-looking monsters, most of them being Fiend-Type and of the DARK Attribute. The Spells and Traps in his Deck normally serve to disrupt and counter any strategies his opponents would use. In later arcs, the Deck includes cards that give it the traits of a Virus Control Deck, and then a Swarm Deck. As his Decks evolve, he switches his focus from Fiends to Warriors and Dragons, while continuing to summon his signature card, "Blue-Eyes White Dragon".

Yu-Gi-Oh!

1st Anime

Deck

2nd Series Anime

Childhood Deck

(This Deck is seen in a flashback during the Virtual World arc. These cards were taken away by Seto and Mokuba's stepfather, and were taken back by Mokuba Kaiba.)

Deck

Duelist Kingdom

Record
Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome(s)
Solomon Muto 1 Win (off-screen)
Yugi Muto/Yami Yugi 1 Lose
Joey Wheeler 16 Win
Yugi Muto/Yami Yugi 22-24 Win
Maximillion Pegasus 26-27 Lose

During Duelist Kingdom, he utilized various brutal appearing monsters to reflect his personality. Ghost Kaiba also utilized Kaiba's Deck and the Duel Computer also used some of his cards when Kaiba wanted to test his new Duel Disk system. Notably, his signature card (through all seasons of the anime and manga) is the "Blue Eyes White Dragon".

Deck

Test Deck

Record
Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome(s)
Duel Robot 54 Win

After obtaining "Obelisk the Tormentor" and developing the Duel Disk, Kaiba creates a Deck to test them both out and duels against a Duel Computer, which used some of Kaiba's own cards.

See also the Duel Robot to see Kaiba's cards used by it.

Deck

Battle City

Record
Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome(s)
Koji Nagumo 60 Win
Rare Hunter 2 and Rare Hunter 3 68 Win (with Yami Yugi)
Lumis and Umbra 70-73 Win (with Yami Yugi)
Ishizu Ishtar 93-94 Win
Yami Marik, Yugi Muto, Joey Wheeler 122-124 Win; 2nd place
Yugi Muto/Yami Yugi 129-134 Lose
Joey Wheeler 135-137 Win

In Battle City, Kaiba's Deck takes on several traits of a Virus Deck, which focuses on removing cards from his opponents' Decks and leaving them with limited options. One of the main strategies in this Deck includes using "Crush Card Virus" and "Magic Removal Virus Cannon" to mill his opponents' Decks, while also attempting to Summon "Obelisk the Tormentor" for the finishing blow. During the Battle City Finals, he also introduced the "XYZ" monsters, and in later episodes, his Deck becomes more focused on removing his monsters from play and swarming the Field with those same monsters.

Deck

Virtual World

Record
Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome(s)
Leichter 108-109 Win
Noah Kaiba 114-119 Lose (Duel continued by Yami Yugi)
Gozaburo Kaiba 120-121 Win

The Virtual World Deck is very similar to Kaiba's Battle City Deck, though with more emphasis on Dragon-Type monsters.

Deck

Waking the Dragons

Record
Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome(s)
Alister 149-150 Draw
Alister 166-167 Win
Dartz 177-182 Win (with Yami Yugi); Eliminated

Kaiba's Deck evolves considerably, as he begins to include many more Dragons in his Deck, while also gaining "Fang of Critias" and still supporting "Blue-Eyes White Dragon" and "XYZ" monsters.

Deck

Grand Championship

Record
Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome(s)
Zigfried von Schroeder 194-195 Win

Kaiba only Dueled once in the Grand Championship arc (in order to officially disqualify Zigfried von Schroeder). This Deck, which still consisted mostly of Dragons, focused on swarming the field with monsters that were removed from play, using "Dimension Fusion".

Deck

Dawn of the Duel

Record
Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome(s)
Yami Bakura 200 No result

Kaiba Duels once in this arc as well, against Yami Bakura, but the Duel is not finished because his opponent leaves in the middle of it. Kaiba uses cards from previous arcs while he's in Ancient Egypt to protect himself and others from harm.

Deck

Briefcase

On more than one occasion, Kaiba has opened his large, metal briefcase to reveal a large collection of rare cards. These are the cards in the briefcase he offers to Solomon Moto for his "Blue-Eyes White Dragon" in Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 001.

1st Briefcase Cards

These are the cards in his briefcase when he pulls his duel disk out to duel Bakura in Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 200.

2nd Briefcase Cards
Kaiba's 3rd briefcase

Manga

Early manga

Record
Opponent(s) Chapter(s) Outcome(s)
Dark Yugi 9-10 Lose
Sugoroku Mutou 27 Win
Dark Yugi 36-39 Lose

Seto's early Deck includes these cards as well two unnamed monsters.

Deck

Duelist Kingdom

Record
Opponent(s) Chapter(s) Outcome(s)
Joey Wheeler 26-27 Win
Dark Yugi 41-46 Win
Maximillion Pegasus 49-52 Lose

Seto's Duelist Kingdom manga Deck includes these cards as well one unnamed monster.

Deck

Test Deck

Record
Opponent(s) Chapter(s) Outcome(s)
Duel Robot 89 Win

This Deck was made by Seto in order to test the power of Obelisk the Tormentor against his three Blue-Eyes.

Deck

Battle City

Record
Opponent(s) Chapter(s) Outcome(s)
Rare Hunter 2 and Rare Hunter 3 118 Win (with Dark Yugi)
Lumis and Umbra 126-130 Win (with Dark Yugi)
Ishizu Ishtar 166-171 Win
Dark Marik, Dark Yugi, Joey Wheeler 180-183 Win; 2nd place
Dark Yugi 193-203 Lose

Seto's Battle City Deck is very similar to his anime Deck, and it also contains one Level 8 unnamed monster. Yami Marik described his Deck during his Duel with Yugi as a Power Deck designed to suppress the opponent with monsters while gathering sacrifices to Summon his God card. Kaiba is not limited to using his own monsters, however, making liberal use of "Soul Exchange" to use his opponent's monsters as the sacrifices he needed. At the same time, he did not abandon his "Blue-Eyes White Dragons," often using them as either backup or a temporary replacement for "Obelisk," and including multiple methods to Summon them with the utilization of the ordinary twin-Tribute method. He also retained his Virus strategies, which he used against Ishizu, but he likely temporarily abandoned them in the manga after learning that his "Crush Card" strategy would be ineffective against "Ra."

Deck

R

Record
Opponent(s) Chapter(s) Outcome(s)
Willa Mette 14-15 Win
Yako Tenma 28-30 Lose

Having lost his God card, Kaiba has expanded upon his previous strategies; he includes new support for Virus Cards and also more "self-fusing" Fusion Monsters, notably the "Material" series. His "Blue-Eyes White Dragons" are back to their old position of spearheading his Deck.

Deck

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX

Record
Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome(s)
Gerard 21-22 Win (Gerard's flashback)

Kaiba was only shown Dueling during Gerard's flashback. He defeated him with "Blue-Eyes White Dragon".

A Monster Spirit named Kaibaman—who was rumored to have been created in honor of Kaiba, has been shown to possess a Deck based on Kaiba's Blue-Eyes White Dragon Deck. All the listed cards were part of Kaibaman's Deck.

Deck

Pyramid of Light

Record
Opponent(s) Outcome(s)
Maximillion Pegasus Win
Yugi Muto/Yami Yugi No result

In the movie, Kaiba's Deck works by removing monsters like the "XYZ" monsters from play to Special Summon them back to the field. After obtaining "Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon", he modifies his Deck slightly to include it and "Pyramid of Light"

Only the cards used by Kaiba in his Duels were shown in the film. The full Deck List was given in the novelization of the film.

Deck

Scripted Duels

North American World Championship Qualifiers 2012

Record
Opponent(s) Tournament Outcome(s)
Joey Wheeler North American WCQ 2012 Win
"Kaiba"

North American World Championship Qualifiers 2013

Record
Opponent(s) Tournament Outcome(s)
Maximillion Pegasus North American WCQ 2013 Win

During this duel, Kaiba claims to have specially pre-delivered Structure Deck: Saga of Blue-Eyes White Dragon.

"Kaiba"

Video games

The Eternal Duelist Soul

Deck

Worldwide Edition: Stairway to the Destined Duel

Deck

The Falsebound Kingdom

Starter

The Sacred Cards

Deck

World Championship Tournament 2004

World Championship 2004 Deck

The Dawn of Destiny

Deck

Reshef of Destruction

Deck
Deck

7 Trials to Glory: World Championship Tournament 2005

Standard Deck
Advanced Deck

Nightmare Troubadour

Decks

X-Y-Z
Blue-Eyes Burst
Fist of Fury
Kaiser Impact

Deck Recipe

Obelisk Impact

Jump Ultimate Stars

Jump Ultimate Stars

World Championship Tournament 2007

Fist of Fury
Blue-Eyes Burst

World Championship Tournament 2008

Ruinous Beast
Noble Soul

Online Duel Accelerator

Deck

Duel Terminal

Pulse of Trishula

Pulse of Trishula

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Used by Duel Computer.
  2. This card is used to jam the gun of one of Pegasus' henchmen in episode 30. The scene was absent from the dub.
  3. This card was played as an Effect Monster. It is a Normal Monster in the TCG/OCG.
  4. This card was used in the Big Five's virtual game to destroy a "Dragon Capture Jar" in episode 45.
  5. The second copy can be seen in his hand after he activates the first in episode 23.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 This card was used as a Magic Card. It was depicted as a Trap Card in the dub. It is a Trap Card in the TCG/OCG.
  7. This card was used as a Quick-Play Magic Card. It was depicted as a Trap Card in the dub. It is a Counter Trap Card in the TCG/OCG.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 Alternate version in the dubs.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 This card was used as a Trap Card. It is an Effect Monster in the TCG/OCG.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 This card was played as a Normal Monster. It is an Effect Monster in the TCG/OCG.
  11. This card is discarded via the effect of "Michizure of Doom" in episode 93.
  12. This card can be seen in his hand near the end of episode 70.
  13. He selects this card to remove from his Deck at the start of the Battle Royal in episode 122, knowing its high ATK would ensure he gets the first turn.
  14. This card was present in his Deck prior to episode 135.
  15. This card was sent from his hand to the Graveyard via the effect of "Spirit Ryu" in episode 109.
  16. This card is used by Yugi after he merges his Deck with Kaiba's to duel Noah. He states it is Kaiba's card.
  17. 17.0 17.1 This card was sent from the top of his Deck to the Graveyard via the effect of "Hiro's Shadow Scout" in episode 108.
  18. He Summoned this card to help fight The Great Leviathan in episode 182.
  19. He Summoned this card to help fight The Great Leviathan in episode 183.
  20. 20.0 20.1 This card is discarded to activate "Spell Reproduction" in episode 195.
  21. This card is seen in his hand in episode 195.
  22. This card was discarded via the effect of "Graceful Charity" in episode 195.
  23. This card was played as a Fusion Monster. It is an Effect Monster in the TCG/OCG.
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 24.4 24.5 24.6 This card can be seen when he searches his Deck with "Manju of the Ten Thousand Hands".
  25. He obtains this card after his Duel with Pegasus. The novel reveals that he removes "Enemy Controller" from his Deck to add it.
  26. The novel reveals he removes this card from his Deck to add "Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon".
  27. This card is used during a virtual simulation and was not included in the Decklist given in the novel.
  28. The novel reveals he removes this card from his Deck to add "Pyramid of Light".
  29. He obtains this card after his Duel with Pegasus. The novel reveals that he removes "Cloning" from his Deck to add it.
  30. Kaiba discards this card as part of the effect of "Graceful Charity".

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