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Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 031

凶悪 重機械デッキ


Kyōaku Hebi Metaru Dekki

Japanese translation

Brutal - Heavy Metal Deck


Keith's Machinations, Part 1

Episode number


Japanese air date

November 21, 2000

English air date

September 7, 2002

Japanese opening


English opening

Season one theme

Japanese ending

Energizing Shower

Episode listing Yu-Gi-Oh! episode listing (season 1)
Previous Duel Identity, Part 2
Next Keith's Machinations, Part 2

Keith's Machinations, Part 1, known as Cruel - Heavy Metal Deck in the Japanese version, is the thirty-first episode of the Yu-Gi-Oh! second series anime.

The second Duel of the Duelist Kingdom Finals begins, with Joey Wheeler facing off against Bandit Keith and his near-invincible Machine Deck.


The first Duel of the Duelist Kingdom finals has concluded. Yugi Muto has defeated Mai Valentine and will be dueling the winner of the next duel, Joey Wheeler vs. Bandit Keith. When Croquet asks both contestants to show their tournament entry cards, Keith shows the one he took from Joey. When Joey reaches for his, he can't find it. He has five minutes to find that card or he will be disqualified. Joey searches all over his room for it, but to no avail. He is just about to give up when Mai comes in and gives him her card. He arrives at the Dueling Arena just in the nick of time.

The Duel between Joey and Bandit Keith begins, and Keith is revealed to be using a Machine-Type Deck. Unknown to Joey, Keith's Machine monsters are immune to non-physical attacks, and when Joey's first attack fails due to this, he is left exposed and takes damage. Keith lures him into opening his defenses again by moving to Set a monster and "accidentally" dropping it. Joey recognizes it as a non-Machine and seizes the opportunity for a powerful magical attack, but Yugi and Bakura realize that "Zoa" has ATK that is not only higher than its DEF, but also higher than the ATK of any other monster in play. The only reason to Set a monster like that in Defense Position is as a lure.

But it is too late to warn Joey, who falls into the trap and takes heavy damage. Just as Keith prepares to deliver the final blow, his attack gets stopped, and everyone is thunderstruck to see that Joey also had a trap and just knocked out the strongest monster on Keith's field. On his next turn, Joey sets another card and announces that it is a Trap. He also begins a counterattack and taunts Keith in his inimitably grating fashion. Enraged at Joey's mockery and presumption, Keith attacks, but it wasn't a bluff, and it costs him the last monster on his field. With a handful of low-level monsters and his own dueling style, Joey has turned the duel into a neck-to-neck battle, but Keith knows that this duel is far from over. Will Joey defeat Keith and his mighty Machine monsters, or will he be eliminated and lose his chance to save his sister, Serenity Wheeler?

Featured Duel: Joey Wheeler vs. "Bandit" Keith Howard

Turn 1: Bandit Keith
Keith draws. He then Sets a monster.

Turn 2: Joey
Joey draws. He then Sets a monster.

Turn 3: Bandit Keith
Keith draws. He then Flip Summons "Pendulum Machine" (1750/2000) into Attack Position. "Pendulum Machine" attacks and destroys Joey's Set monster. It's revealed to be "Battle Warrior" (700/1000).

Turn 4: Joey
Joey Normal Summons "Giltia the D. Knight" (1850/1500) in Attack Position. "Giltia the D. Knight" attacks "Pendulum Machine", but the attack doesn't destroy it or inflict Battle Damage to Keith. Keith explains that his Machine-Type monsters are immune to Magic or non-physical attacks because of their metal armor.

Turn 5: Bandit Keith
Keith draws. He then Normal Summons "Launcher Spider" (2200/2500) in Attack Position. "Launcher Spider" attacks and destroys "Giltia the D. Knight" (Joey 2000 → 1650).

Turn 6: Joey
Joey draws. He then Sets 1 card and sets a monster.

Turn 7: Bandit Keith
Keith draws. He then Sets 1 card. When Keith is about to Set a monster, he purposely drops it, revealing it to be "Zoa" (2600/1900). Keith then picks it back up and then Sets it.

Turn 8: Joey
Joey draws "Flame Swordsman" and subsequently Normal Summons it (1800/1600) in Attack Position. Joey then activates "Salamandra", equipping it to "Flame Swordsman" and increasing its ATK by 700 ("Flame Swordsman": 1800 → 2500/1600). "Flame Swordsman" attacks Keith's set monster: "Zoa", but Keith activates "Magic Metal Force" to transform "Zoa" into "Metalzoa" (3000/2300) in Defense Position. Keith then explains that "Metalzoa" reflects all magical attacks back to the attacking monster. "Flame Swordsman" destroys himself and Joey takes damage equal to the ATK difference between "Metalzoa" and "Flame Swordsman" (Joey 1650 → 1150).

Turn 9: Bandit Keith
Keith draws "Stop Defense" and subsequently activates it to switch Joey's Set monster, "Axe Raider" (1700/1150) into Attack Position. Keith then switches his "Metalzoa" into Attack Position. "Metalzoa" attacks "Axe Raider", but Joey activates "Chasm of Spikes" to destroy "Metalzoa" and inflict damage to Keith equal to one quarter of "Metalzoa's" ATK (Keith 2000 → 1250).

Turn 10: Joey
Joey draws. He then Sets 1 card and switches "Axe Raider" to Defense Position. Joey then Normal Summons "Garoozis" (1800/1500) in Attack Position. "Garoozis" attacks and destroys "Pendulum Machine" (Keith 1250 → 1200).

Turn 11: Bandit Keith
"Launcher Spider" attacks "Garoozis", but Joey activates "Kunai with Chain" to equip the latter to "Garoozis" and increase its ATK by 500 ("Garoozis": 1800 → 2300/1500). "Garoozis" then destroys "Launcher Spider" (Keith 1200 → 1100).

Duel concludes next episode.

Differences In Adapations

  • The shot of "Pendulum Machine" dragging "Battle Warrior" up to his feet then slicing him in half is cut from the US version, and is replaced by white slashes diagonally left and right.
  • Cut from the US version at the beginning when Yami turns back into Yugi, Yugi tells his friends that he is not the one who duels, and that it is Yami.
  • When Croquet announces the duel, cut from the US version is a bit where Honda tells Jounouchi to be calm, advising him to write something three times on his palm to relax himself. A wound-up Jounouchi tells Honda he's only making him more nervous, and smacks him.


Featured cards

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

"Bandit" Keith Howard
Joey Wheeler
Yugi Muto


  1. This card belongs to Joey, but it was stolen by Keith three episodes ago.
  2. 2.0 2.1 This card was played as a Normal Monster. It is a Fusion Monster in the TCG/OCG.
  3. This card belongs to Mai, but she gives it to Joey before she leaves as a thank you for teaching her a lesson.

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