Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 023

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Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 023

最強! 華麗! 究極竜


Saikyō! Karei! Burū Aizu Arutimetto Doragon

Japanese translation

Strongest! Splendid! Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon


Face Off, Part 2

Episode number


Japanese air date

September 26, 2000

English air date

April 13, 2002

Japanese opening


English opening

Season one theme

Japanese ending

Energizing Shower

Episode listing Yu-Gi-Oh! episode listing (season 1)
Previous Face Off, Part 1
Next Face Off, Part 3

"Face Off, Part 2", known as "Strongest! Splendid! Blue Eyes Ultimate Dragon" in the Japanese version, is the twenty-third episode of the Yu-Gi-Oh! second series anime.


  • In Yugi and Kaiba's duel, Yugi appears to have an advantage over Kaiba until Kaiba unleashes his Crush Card, destroying all of Yugi's monsters with 1500 or more ATK.
  • Bandit Keith continues to watch the duel on a higher balcony.

Featured Duel: Yami Yugi vs. Seto Kaiba

Duel continued from previous episode.

Turn 7: Kaiba
"Swords of Revealing Light" is shown to be in Yami Yugi's hand. Kaiba draws "De-Spell" and subsequently activates it to destroy Yami's "Swords of Revealing Light".

Turn 8: Yami Yugi
Yami Yugi draws "Mystic Box". He then activates "The Eye of Truth" to see Kaiba's hand. Kaiba's hand is shown to contain "De-Spell", "Ancient Lamp", "Saggi the Dark Clown", and "Blue-Eyes White Dragon". Yami then activates "Mystic Box" to destroy "Ancient Lamp". "Dark Magician" attacks and destroys "La Jinn the Mystical Genie of the Lamp" (Kaiba 1500 → 800). "Multiply" is shown in Yami's hand.

Turn 9: Kaiba
Kaiba draws "Crush Card". He then Normal Summons "Saggi the Dark Clown" (600/1500) in Defense Position and Sets 1 card.

Turn 10: Yami Yugi
Yami draws "Gaia The Fierce Knight" and subsequently Normal Summons it (2300/2100) in Attack Position. Yami recalls his "Dark Magician" back into his hand. "Gaia The Fierce Knight" attacks and destroys "Saggi the Dark Clown". Kaiba then activates "Crush Card" to destroy every monster that has 1500 or more ATK on Yami's side of the field and hand. Every other monster in Yami's Deck that has 1500 or more ATK is rendered useless. "Horn of the Unicorn" and "Multiply" are shown in Yami's hand.

Turn 11: Kaiba
Kaiba's hand contains "Blue-Eyes White Dragon" and "Battle Ox". Kaiba passes his turn.

Turn 12: Yami Yugi
Yami Yugi draws "Summoned Skull". Yami Yugi Normal Summons "Silver Fang" (1200/800) in Defense Position.

Turn 13: Kaiba
Kaiba draws "Blue-Eyes White Dragon". Kaiba Normal Summons "Battle Ox" (1700/1000) in Attack Position. "Battle Ox" attacks and destroys "Silver Fang". Kaiba's hand contains "Gift of the Mystical Elf" and "Blue-Eyes White Dragon".

Turn 14: Yami Yugi
Yami's hand contains "Mammoth Graveyard", "Multiply", and "Horn of the Unicorn". Yami draws "Griffore" and subsequently Normal Summons it (1200/1500) in Attack Position. He then activates "Horn of the Unicorn", equipping it to "Griffore" and increasing its ATK and DEF by 700 ("Griffore": 1200 → 1900/1500 → 2200). "Griffore" attacks and destroys "Battle Ox" (Kaiba 800 → 600).

Turn 15: Kaiba
Kaiba draws the third "Blue-Eyes White Dragon". Kaiba then activates "Gift of the Mystical Elf" to increase his Life Points by 300 for every monster on the field. There is only one (Kaiba 600 → 900). Seto then Normal Summons "Blue-Eyes White Dragon" (3000/2500) in Attack Position. "Blue-Eyes White Dragon" attacks and destroys "Griffore" (Yami 1500 → 400).

Turn 16: Yami Yugi
Yami draws. He then Normal Summons "Giant Soldier of Stone" (1300/2000) in Defense Position. Yami's hand contains "Mammoth Graveyard", "Multiply", and "Polymerization".

Turn 17: Kaiba
Kaiba draws "Polymerization" and subsequently activates it to fuse his "Blue-Eyes White Dragon" with the two "Blue-Eyes White Dragons" in his hand and Fusion Summon "Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon" (4500/3800) in Attack Position. "Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon" attacks and destroys "Giant Soldier of Stone". Yami Yugi's hand still contains the three above-mentioned cards he had on his previous turn.

Turn 18: Yami Yugi
Yami Yugi draws.

Duel concludes next episode.


Differences in adaptations

Featured cards

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

Seto Kaiba
Yugi Muto/Yami Yugi
Kaiba's thought


  1. 1.0 1.1 This card was played as a Magic Card. It is a Trap Card in the TCG/OCG.
  2. This card was played as a Trap Card. It is an Effect Monster in the TCG/OCG.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 This card was seen in Yugi's hand.
  4. This card was seen during one of Yugi's Draw Phases. He couldn't Summon it, due to the effect of "Crush Card Virus".

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