Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 014

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Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 014



Shikkoku no Dyueru! Yamikuramashi no Shiro

Japanese translation

Pitch-Black Duel! Castle of Darkening


The Light at the End of the Tunnel

Episode number


Japanese air date

July 25, 2000

English air date

February 2, 2002

Gallery International
Japanese opening


English opening

Season one theme

Japanese ending

Energizing Shower

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The Light at the End of the Tunnel, (Panik Attack - Part 1) known as Pitch-Black Duel! The Castle concealed in the Dark in the Japanese version is the fourteenth episode of the Yu-Gi-Oh! second series anime.


Last episode ended with the gang hearing a loud scream and rushing to see where it came from. It was from Mai, who had just lost a duel against an eliminator named PaniK (her "Harpie Lady Sisters" are shown being destroyed through unknown means and this somehow in turn causes Mai to be defeated), forcing to give up all her Star Chips and is therefore, eliminated from Duelist Kingdom.

Upset at the way PaniK treated her, Yami Yugi challenges him to a duel. If he wins, he gets all of Mai's chips back. However, if PaniK wins, not only will he get Yugi's chips, Yugi will be burned to death. The duel does not start very well for Yugi, as Castle of Dark Illusions makes it impossible to see any of PaniK's cards and with a DEF of 2509, almost none of his monsters can destroy it.

All of Yami Yugi's first few monsters are destroyed, but he is not intimidated by PaniK's tricks and insults. He then starts mocking back at PaniK. He shows PaniK the Swords of Revealing Light in his hand, then he summons Curse of Dragon in Defense Position and Sets a card.

PaniK, believing the Set card is Swords of Revealing Light, summons Reaper of the Cards and uses its effect in an attempt to destroy the Set card, but it turns out to be a Trap Card, Spellbinding Circle, which traps Reaper of the Cards and reduces its ATK by 700.

Yami Yugi then Sets 2 cards. PaniK says he is not finished yet. He has a whole bunch of powerful cards that can destroy Yugi and win the duel.

When this episode first aired in the United States on Kids WB!, it was merged with the following episode, so the duel took place in just one episode titled "PaniK Attack". In 2007, this episode was aired as 2 parts on 4-Kids TV, like shown on the DVD.

Featured Duels

Mai Valentine vs. PaniK

Duel already in progress. Mai has 800 Life Points and controls "Harpie Lady Sisters" while PaniK controls "Castle of Dark Illusions" and an unknown monster.

Turn ?: PaniK
PaniK's unknown monster attacks and destroys "Harpie Lady Sisters" (Mai 800 → 0).

Yami Yugi vs. PaniK

Turn 1: PaniK
PaniK Normal Summons "Castle of Dark Illusions" (920/1930) in Defense Position. Since it is nighttime, "Castle of Dark Illusions" gains a Field Power Bonus ("Castle of Dark Illusions": 920 → 1196/1930 → 2509). The effect of "Castle of Dark Illusions" covers PaniK's side of the field in darkness; making Yami unable to see what cards he plays.

Turn 2: Yami Yugi
Yami Yugi Normal Summons "Celtic Guardian" (1400/1200) in Defense Position.

Turn 3: PaniK
PaniK draws. He then Normal Summons "Barox" (1380/1530) in Attack Position. Since it is night, "Barox" gains a Field Power Bonus ("Barox": 1380 → 1794/1530 → 1989). "Barox" attacks and destroys "Celtic Guardian".

Turn 4: Yami Yugi
Yami Yugi draws. He then Normal Summons "Winged Dragon, Guardian of the Fortress #1" (1400/1200) in Defense Position.

Turn 5: PaniK
PaniK draws. He then Normal Summons "Dark Chimera" (1610/1460) in Attack Position. Since it is night, "Dark Chimera" gains a Field Power Bonus ("Dark Chimera": 1610 → 2093/1460 → 1898).

Turn 6: Yami Yugi
Yami Yugi draws. He then Switches "Winged Dragon, Guardian of the Fortress #1" into Attack Position. "Winged Dragon, Guardian of the Fortress #1" attacks. The attack briefly reveals PaniK's monsters.

Turn 7: PaniK
"Barox" attacks and destroys "Winged Dragon, Guardian of the Fortress #1" (Yami Yugi 2000 → 1606).

Turn 8: Yami Yugi
Yami Yugi draws. He then Sets a card and Normal Summons "Curse of Dragon" (2000/1500) in Defense Position.

Turn 9: PaniK
PaniK draws "Reaper of the Cards" and subsequently Normal Summons it (1380/1930) in Attack Position. Since it is night, "Reaper of the Cards" gains a Field Power Bonus ("Reaper of the Cards": 1380 → 1794/1930 → 2509). PaniK then activates the effect of "Reaper of the Cards" to destroy Yugi's set card as he believes the set card to be "Swords of Revealing Light", but the card turns out to be "Spellbinding Circle" which is immediately activated, decreasing the ATK of "Reaper of the Cards" by 700 and forbidding it from attacking or changing its battle position ("Reaper of the Cards": 1794 → 1094/2509).

Turn 10: Yami Yugi
Yami Yugi draws. He then Sets two cards (one of which is "Swords of Revealing Light").

Duel concludes next episode.

Differences in adaptations

  • A musical montage of the Duel is used to bridge the two episodes together, showing part of the Duel but not its entirety.
  • Cut from the beginning: a flashback of Mai standing on the beach, saying to herself that it's not her style to think of the past, then being grabbed by the Player Killer.
  • The reflection of PaniK in Mai's eyes is added to the US version.
  • In the dub, the episode ends with PaniK telling Yugi that he's going to win the Duel then his monster is shown charging. In the Japanese version, it ends with Mai watching the Duel, PaniK scowling, Yami smiling and a long shot of the Duel.


  • In both versions, Spellbinding Circle is shown to be face-down after it was activated even though it should be face up.

Featured cards

The following cards appeared in this episode. Cards in italics debuted here.

Yugi Muto/Yami Yugi
Mai Valentine


  1. This card was played as a Normal Monster. It is a Fusion Monster in the TCG/OCG.

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