Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 077

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Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 077



Zetsubō e no Kauntodaun

Japanese translation

Countdown to Despair


Friends 'Til the End, Part 3

Episode number


Japanese air date

October 16, 2001

English air date

July 12, 2003

Japanese opening


English opening

Yu-Gi-Oh! theme

Japanese ending

The Afternoon of that Day

English ending

Yu-Gi-Oh! theme

Animation director
Episode listing Yu-Gi-Oh! episode listing (season 2)
Previous Friends 'Til the End, Part 2
Next Friends 'Til the End, Part 4
"Friends 'Til the End, Part 3", known as "Countdown to Despair" in the Japanese version, is the seventy-seventh episode of the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime. It first aired in Japan on October 16, 2001, and in the United States on July 12, 2003.

Major Events

  • Joey is under Marik's control. (Téa was also under Marik's control but she was released once the rules were explained and she unknowingly trapped herself.)
  • Both players are chained to an anchor above the Dueling site. When a player's Life Points reach 0, his opponent's key will be unlocked, allowing him to remove the chains. The loser is dragged into the sea forever.
  • If anyone attempts to stop the Duel, the crate above Téa will be released (it would most likely kill her, however, this is omitted in the dubbed English version, but the fact that this would happen was obvious).
  • Joey uses cards given by Marik.
  • Yugi takes over during the Duel.

Featured Duel: Joey Wheeler vs. Yugi Muto, Part 3

Duel continues from previous episode.

Turn 8: Joey
On Joey's End Phase, the effect of "Rocket Warrior" expires ("Red-Eyes Black Dragon": 400 → 900/2000).

Turn 9: Yugi
Yugi draws "Beta the Magnet Warrior". He then Sets two cards and Normal Summons "Beta The Magnet Warrior" (1700/1600) in Attack Position.

Turn 10: Joey
Joey draws "Panther Warrior" and subsequently Normal Summons it (2000/1600) in Attack Position. Marik tells Joey to attack "Red-Eyes Black Dragon" with "Panther Warrior", but Joey orders "Rocket Warrior" to attack "Beta The Magnet Warrior" instead. Yugi activates his face-down "Magic Arm Shield" to redirect the attack to "Panther Warrior" instead. Due to the effect of "Rocket Warrior", it is not destroyed and Joey takes no Battle Damage. After damage calculation, the ATK of "Panther Warrior" decreases by 500 ("Panther Warrior": 2000 → 1500/1600). The effect of "Attrition" then activates ("Panther Warrior": 1500 → 0/1600). At the end of Joey's turn, the effect of "Rocket Warrior" expires ("Panther Warrior": 0 → 500/1600).

Turn 11: Yugi
Yugi draws "Beast of Gilfer". He then Tributes "Beta The Magnet Warrior" to Tribute Summon "Beast of Gilfer" (2200/2500) in Attack Position. "Beast of Gilfer" attacks and destroys "Rocket Warrior" (Joey 2400 → 1700).

Turn 12: Joey
Joey draws "Skull Dice". Joey's hand contains "Card Destruction", "Graceful Dice", and "Skull Dice". He then Sets two cards.

Turn 13: Yugi
Yugi draws "Mystical Refpanel" and subsequently sets it. "Beast of Gilfer" attacks "Panther Warrior", but Joey activates his face-down "Skull Dice" and his face-down "Graceful Dice". Due to the effect of "Graceful Dice", Joey will roll a die and multiply the ATK of "Panther Warrior" by the die result. Due to the effect of "Skull Dice", Joey will roll another die and divide the ATK of "Beast Gilfer" by that die result. Yugi then activates his face-down "De-Spell" to destroy "Graceful Dice" and nullify its effects. The effect of "Skull Dice" continues, but Joey gets a two ("Beast of Gilfer": 2200 → 1100/2500). "Beast of Gilfer" destroys "Panther Warrior" (Joey 1700 → 1100). On Joey's End Phase, the effect of "Skull Dice" expires ("Beast of Gilfer": 1100 → 2200/2500).

Turn 14: Joey
Joey draws "Meteor of Destruction". Marik intends to use this card to wipe out the remainder of Yugi's Life Points.

Duel concludes next episode.

Changes from the Manga

  • When Jonouchi plays the "Devil Dice" (Skull Dice) card, he rolls a one, which doesn't reduce the ATK of "Beast of Gilfer". This is changed to a two in the anime, which cuts its ATK in half.

Changes to the English Version

  • In the Japanese version "Skull Dice" is a Magic Card, In the dub it is a Trap Card.
  • The words "TO BE CONTINUED" are added at the end of the dub episode.


  • At the start of the episode, when Yugi is walking back to his side of the field, a shot of his hand is shown. It contains "Beta the Magnet Warrior", "Beast of Gilfer", "Rocket Warrior" and "Card Destruction". "Rocket Warrior" is already on Joey's side of the field, he hasn't drawn "Beast of Gilfer" or "Beta" yet, and "Card Destruction" was given to Joey via "Exchange", so those cards shouldn't be in Yugi's hand.

Featured cards

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

Yugi Muto
Joey Wheeler


  1. This card was seen in Joey's hand.
  2. This card belongs to Yugi, but it was taken by Joey via "Exchange" in the previous episode.
  3. This card was seen during Yugi's turn and it was Set on the same turn.
  4. This card was seen at the end of the episode.
  5. This card was played as a Magic Card. It is a Trap Card in the TCG/OCG.
  6. This card belongs to Joey, but it was taken by Yugi via "Exchange" in the previous episode.

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