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Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 043

ビッグ5の罠 デュエルモンスターズクエスト


Biggu Faibu no Wana Dyueru Monsutāzu Kuesto

Japanese translation

Big 5's Trap - Duel Monsters Quest


Legendary Heroes, Part 1

Episode number


Japanese air date

February 20, 2001

English air date

October 19, 2002

Japanese opening


English opening

Yu-Gi-Oh! Theme

Japanese ending

Energizing Shower

English ending

Yu-Gi-Oh! Theme

Episode listing Yu-Gi-Oh! episode listing (season 1)
Previous The Ties of Friendship
Next Legendary Heroes, Part 2

"Legendary Heroes, Part 1", known as "Big 5's Trap - Duel Monsters Quest" in the Japanese version, is the forty-third episode of the Yu-Gi-Oh! second series anime. It is the first episode of the Legendary Heroes arc. It first aired in Japan on February 20, 2001 and in the United States on October 19, 2002.

The Big Five trap Seto Kaiba in a virtual game in an attempt to take over KaibaCorp. Yugi and friends mount a rescue mission at the behest of Mokuba.


On a rainy morning, inside KaibaCorp headquarters, the Kaiba brothers confront The Big Five for making an alliance with Maximillion Pegasus and trying to take over his company. However, the men manipulate Seto into trying his new virtual game, Duel Monsters Quest. It isn't long before The Big Five reveal their true plan to trap Seto in the game, and with Mokuba as their prisoner, they can once again take over KaibaCorp. However, Mokuba grabs Seto's deck and runs off before guards can capture him. He arrives at the card shop, where Yugi and his friends are. He explains the whole story to them and they decide they will go into the virtual game and rescue Seto.

They arrive at the test room where three prototype pods are. Mokuba, Yugi, and Joey enter the game while Tristan and Tea stand guard. The Big Five notice them and send their guards to unplug those pods, which will trap the three boys as well. Tristan and Tea try to hold them off. In the game, Yugi, Mokuba, and Joey arrive in a Graveyard, where they are confronted by three zombie monsters. Remembering that they have 0 DEF, Yugi and Joey manage to defeat them with "Shield & Sword" and "Dark Magician", earning them five points. They arrive at a village and discover that someone took a stranger through a desert to a temple. They try to cross it, but a tornado knocks them back. An old man tells them in order to cross the desert, they would need the "Niwatori" card, and the only way to get one is by winning it through a duel against the village's champion.

In the coliseum, Joey takes the offer, despite having lower Life Points than Yugi and Mokuba from the battle with the zombies. He dresses up in a pig outfit and at the ring, discovers the champion is a woman.

Featured Duels

Seto Kaiba vs. monsters

Yugi Muto + Joey Wheeler + Mokuba Kaiba vs. monsters

  • "Armored Zombie" (1500/0) rises from the grave and is joined by "Dragon Zombie" (1600/0) and "Clown Zombie" (1350/0).
  • Mokuba Summons "Rude Kaiser" (1800/1600).
  • Yugi Summons "Dark Magician" (2500/2100).
  • "Rude Kaiser" attacks and destroys "Dragon Zombie" while "Dark Magician" attacks and destroys "Armored Zombie" and "Clown Zombie".
  • The Zombies revive themselves and become stronger than before ("Armored Zombie": 1500 → 1650/0, "Clown Zombie": 1350 → 1450/0, "Dragon Zombie": 1600 → 1760/0).
  • Joey Summons "Flame Swordsman" (1800/1600).
  • "Flame Swordsman" attacks and destroys "Dragon Zombie".
  • "Dragon Zombie" revives itself and becomes stronger than before ("Dragon Zombie": 1760 → 1920/0).
  • "Dragon Zombie" attacks and destroys "Flame Swordsman" (Joey: 2000 → 1820 LP).
  • Joey activates "Shield & Sword", swapping the ATK and DEF of every monster on the field ("Armored Zombie": 1650 → 0/0 → 1650, "Clown Zombie": 1450 → 0/0 → 1450, "Dragon Zombie": 1920 → 0/0 → 1920, "Dark Magician": 2500 → 2100/2100 → 2500, "Rude Kaiser": 1800 → 1600/1600 → 1800).
  • "Dark Magician" attacks and destroys all three of the zombies. Since the zombies' ATK were 0 when they were destroyed, they do not revive.

Changes to the English Version

  • The word "Proto" on the pod is erased in the dub.
  • In the Japanese, the sign over the building they're sneaking into says "Adventure Game." In the US version, it's replaced with a big "K".
  • The "Keep Out" sign on the rope barrier they run under is removed.
  • When Yugi, Joey, and Mokuba see a poster for a "Niwatori" card as the prize to a warrior who can defeat the coliseum's champion. And, even though the writing on the Japanese poster is just a bunch of scribbles, it's still redrawn into different scribbles for the US.
  • The words "TO BE CONTINUED" are added at the end of the dub episode.
  • In the original version when Yugi and Joey encountered the old man, he kept saying "You need a Koke Card to cross the desert" while in the English version he tells them they need the card but can only be won.

Featured cards

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

Seto Kaiba
Mokuba Kaiba
Yugi Muto
Joey Wheeler
Other (incomplete)


  1. 1.0 1.1 This card was played as a Normal Monster. It is a Fusion Monster in the TCG/OCG.
Facts about "Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 043"RDF feed
English air date19 October 2002 +
English episode nameLegendary Heroes, Part 1 +
Episode number43 +
Episode season number1 +
Episode seriesYu-Gi-Oh! +
Episode summaryThe Big Five trap Seto Kaiba in a virtual game in an attempt to take over KaibaCorp. Yugi and friends mount a rescue mission at the behest of Mokuba.
Japanese air date20 February 2001 +
Japanese episode nameビッグ5の罠 デュエルモンスターズクエスト
Romaji episode nameBiggu Faibu no Wana Dyueru Monsutāzu Kuesto +
Translated Japanese episode nameBig 5's Trap - Duel Monsters Quest +

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