Yami no Duel
Duel of Darkness
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Shadow Duels, known as Duels of Darkness in the Japanese version, are Shadow Games involving Duel Monsters. This term was introduced in the manga and was also featured in all anime and manga series thus far. It causes the players to suffer real damage from the effects of any card played on the Duel.
The first Shadow Duel to occur in the series was Dark Yugi's Duel with Seto Kaiba in the manga, during which the monsters were materialized and the loser suffered a Penalty Game. Kaiba was defeated and subjected to the Experience of Death.
The next Shadow Duels took place between Yami Yugi and Maximillion Pegasus during the Duelist Kingdom arc. Pegasus Dueled Yami Yugi through a videotape and defeated him when the timer ran out before Yami Yugi launch a winning attack, capturing Solomon Muto's soul as a Penalty Game. The two later had a rematch as the prize of the finals of the Duelist Kingdom tournament, though it was not played as a Shadow Game until after "Toon World" was destroyed. This time, Yami Yugi was able to emerge victorious. Yami Yugi also played a Shadow Duel with Yami Bakura in the anime only, defeating him.
Despite the claims of deathtraps that would send the loser to the Shadow Realm in the dub, none of the Duels played in the Battle City preliminaries were Shadow Games. It was not until Yami Marik took over Marik Ishtar that Shadow Duels began to appear, and all of the subsequent Duels that he took part in were Shadow Duels, save the four-way Duel to decide the semi-finals match-up.
During the Dawn of the Duel arc, Yami Bakura took part in two Shadow Duels, though these differed between the anime and the manga; Dueling Seto Kaiba inconclusively in the anime and Jonouchi in the manga, in addition to Yugi Muto in both versions. Only his Duel with Yugi ended conclusively; the others ended with no result.
Jaden Yuki mentions that the King of Games, Yugi Muto, faced many Shadow Duels and triumphed. That means that the Shadow Duels that Yugi played were part of the Shadow Games. This also means that it became common knowledge that Yugi played Duels involving elements of magic.
Jaden, while Dueling against Nightshroud, noticed that Shadow Duels really existed. Unlike the Shadow Duels in the Yu-Gi-Oh!, which were invoked with a Millennium Item, these Duels were invoked by spirits of Duel Monsters or by Shadow Charms. Shadow Duels featured in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX:
|Atticus Rhodes vs. Lyman Banner||-||Lyman Banner||The loser was trapped in the darkness.|
|Nightshroud vs. Gravekeeper's Chief||-||Nightshroud||The spirit lost, so he let Nightshroud escape.|
|Jaden Yuki vs. Titan||6||Jaden Yuki|| It was called "Yami no Game".|
The loser was trapped in the darkness.
|Jaden Yuki vs. Jinzo||14||Jaden Yuki|| It was revealed to be a Shadow Duel in episode 29.|
The spirit lost, so it disappeared.
|Jaden Yuki vs. Gravekeeper's Chief||27 - 28||Jaden Yuki|| It was revealed to be a Shadow Duel in episode 29.|
The spirit lost, so he let Jaden and his friends escape.
|Jaden Yuki vs. Nightshroud||29 - 30||Jaden Yuki||The loser's soul was trapped in a card.|
|Vellian Crowler vs. Camula||31||Camula||The loser's soul was trapped in a doll.|
|Zane Truesdale vs. Camula||32||Camula||The loser's soul was trapped in a doll.|
|Jaden Yuki vs. Camula||33||Jaden Yuki||The loser's soul was trapped by the Illusion Gate.|
|Chazz Princeton vs. Don Zaloog||39||Chazz Princeton|| This Shadow Duel was played without the knowlege of Chazz and his friends.|
The loser's soul was trapped in a card.
|Jaden Yuki vs. Abidos the Third||40||Jaden Yuki||The loser went to the afterlife.|
|Alexis Rhodes vs. Titan||41||Alexis Rhodes||The loser was trapped in the darkness.|
|Alexis Rhodes vs. Amnael||44||Amnael||The loser was trapped in the Emerald Tablet.|
|Chazz Princeton vs. Amnael||44||Amnael||The loser was trapped in the Emerald Tablet.|
|Jaden Yuki vs. Amnael||45 - 46||Jaden Yuki||The loser was banished.|
|Jaden Yuki vs. Kagemaru||48 - 49||Jaden Yuki||The loser's energy and life was supposed to be given to the winner, although when the Duel ended, nothing happened.|
The Dark Signers are capable of turning Duels into Shadow Duels. When a Dark Signer engages in a Duel, the arena is surrounded by a forcefield of light, taking the shape of the Dark Signers' corresponding Nazca Line and becomes a Shadow Duel. When a brainwashed Dark Signer servant engages in a Duel, the arena is instead surrounded by a circle-shaped purple glow. When a brainwashed person loses a Shadow Duel the Dark Signers' mark disappears and they return to their original state.
Shadow Duels are damaging to the Dark Signer's opponent, their environment, and even the Dark Signer who is dueling. The blasts from the attacks can be fatal and often cause damage to the surrounding area, Jack and Trudge blew up half a hospital. The Nazca Line shape around the area viciously tears up any objects in its path as it forms.
Many concepts similar to Shadow Dueling have existed throughout Yu-Gi-Oh! series, including the original Shadow Games of Duel Monsters, Dueling with the "Seal of Orichalcos" and Psychic Dueling, as well as the technology at the disposal of Yliaster. Shadow Dueling is said to be similar to Psychic Dueling, but is much more powerful. However, unlike the past series, these Duels are never referred to as "Shadow Games."
Shadow Turbo Duel
A Shadow Turbo Duel is a derivation of a normal Shadow Duel against a Dark Signer.
It possesses all the characteristics of this kind of Dark Dueling, except that it occurs within the rules of a Turbo Duel. However, similar to shadow dueling, all impacts coming from monster attacks and effects are real. This results in the possible damaging of a Duel Runner as it occurred to Yusei Fudo.
Another consequence led by this dangerous kind of Turbo Dueling is that wherever area on which the Nazca Line geoglyph materializes, its surroundings is surely to be trashed and destroyed. As while this Dark Turbo Duel takes place through all the respective area, the attacks coming from either player's monsters which becomes real, whatever impact coming from these indirectly results in the devastation of any near object. As this was clearly seen during the Shadow Turbo Duel between Crow and Greiger.
However, in the last Shadow Turbo Duel that occurred between Yusei, Jack and Crow versus Rex Goodwin, Goodwin is at the top of altar of the Stairway to the Dragon Star, while Yusei, Jack and Crow are on their Duel Runners which are on the track formed by Goodwin's Condor geoglyph. This is the only Turbo Duel so far in which someone is not on a Duel Runner or a Duel Board. However as long as someone has a Speed World card they could use a Duel Disk.
Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXALIn Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, Vector, in his past life, initiated a Shadow Duel (which he referred to as a "Shadow Game") against Shark/Nash, where whenever a player's monsters are destroyed also had their respective armies lose some of its warriors. Though Nash was victorious, his entire army was decimated due to the amount of monsters that were destroyed.
Similar to Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, there are several other concepts similar to Shadow Duels in the series. The Baria Sphere Cube damages its occupants when they take damage inside it, and this effect is applied to the Earth when it begins to merge with the Barian World. The souls of losing Duelists in the latter are sent to the Barian World. Dueling is also more intense in Astral World, during which Yuma was blown off his feet simply after one of his Defense Position monsters was destroyed.
It is important to note that while the AR Vision technology can apparently cause shockwaves that can harm Duelists, the damage from the Shadow Duel between Vector and Nash proved far more dangerous as when either player took a hit in the Duel, the damage to the player was visibly more brutal.
In Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V while there is no direct mention of a Shadow Duel, some elements are utilized in the Action Duel concept, where through the use of Solid Vision, monsters are physically materialized and landscapes changed according to the Action Field selected. Real damage is inflicted through shockwaves, and although harmful, they are not shown to be lethal. Noteworthy is that Duelists are allowed to physically assault the opponent, although such practices are rare. Shadow Duels are implied when Yuto and later Shay inflict damage without the use of an Action Field, though this appears to be a function of their Duel Disks.