"Merger of The Big Five, Part 3", known as "Defeat It! Five God Dragon" in the Japanese version, is the one hundred and thirteenth episode of the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime. It first aired in Japan on July 2, 2002 and in the United States on January 31, 2004.
After losing, The Big Five again try to steal everyone's bodies by force. Noah interrupts and takes the Five to his headquarters. Due to their repeated failures and rule-breaking, Noah imprisons each of them in an isolated part of his Virtual World (in the Japanese version he deletes them). The Five are never seen again.
Tristan is devastated because he thinks he will never get his body back.
Turn 19: The Big Five (Leichter)
On Leichter's Standby Phase, the effect of "Altar of Mist" activates, letting Leichter add "Dragon Revival Ritual" from his Deck to his hand by sending "Altar of Mist" to the Graveyard. Leichter's hand contains "Five-Headed Dragon", "Dragon Revival Ritual", and "A Deal with Dark Ruler". Leichter then activates "Dragon Revival Ritual" to Tribute all of the Big Five's Deck Masters and Ritual Summon "Five-Headed Dragon" (5000/5000) in Attack Position and make it the Big Five's new Deck Master. Since "Five-Headed Dragon" was Ritual Summoned, its first effect activates, destroying all cards on Yami Yugi and Joey's side of the field. Leichter explains that due to the last two effects of "Five-Headed Dragon", it can't attack on the turn it's Ritual Summoned and it cannot be destroyed in battle by any monsters except LIGHT monsters. Leichter then Sets a card.
Turn 20: Joey Wheeler
Joey draws "Silver Dollar". He then Sets three cards and moves his Deck Master, "Flame Swordsman", to the field in Attack Position (800/1600).
Turn 21: Yami Yugi
Yami Yugi draws "Magical Hats". He then moves his Deck Master, "Dark Magician", to the field in Attack Position (2500/2100). Yami Yugi then activates "Polymerization" to fuse "Dark Magician" with "Flame Swordsman" and Fusion Summon "Dark Flare Knight" (2200/800) in Attack Position and make it Yami Yugi and Joey's new Deck Master.
"Dark Flare Knight" attacks "Five-Headed Dragon". "Five-Headed Dragon" destroys "Dark Flare Knight", but due to the latter's first effect, all Battle Damage that Yami Yugi would have taken is nullified. Since "Dark Flare Knight" was destroyed in battle and sent to the Graveyard, its second effect activates, allowing Yami Yugi and Joey to Special Summon "Mirage Knight" (2800/2000) in Attack Position and make it the new Deck Master for both Yami Yugi and Joey.
"Mirage Knight" attacks "Five-Headed Dragon". Due to the effect of "Mirage Knight", it gains ATK equal to that of the opposing monster ("Mirage Knight": 2800 → 7800/2000) during damage calculation only. "Mirage Knight" destroys "Five-Headed Dragon". Since a Level 8 or above monster was destroyed in battle, Leichter activates his face-down "A Deal with Dark Ruler" to pay half his Life Points (The Big Five 1200 → 600) and negate the Battle Damage he would take as well as Special Summon "Berserk Dragon" (3500/0) in Attack Position. "Berserk Dragon" then becomes Leichter's new Deck Master. After damage calculation, the effect of "Mirage Knight" expires ("Mirage Knight": 7800 → 2800/2000).
At the end of the Battle Phase, the last effect of "Mirage Knight" activates, removing itself from play and Special Summoning "Flame Swordsman" (800/1600) and "Dark Magician" (2500/2100) from Yami Yugi and Joey's Graveyard in Attack Position while the two summoned monsters become Joey and Yami Yugi's Deck Masters again.
Yami Yugi then activates "Magical Hats" to hide "Dark Magician" within one of four hats. He then activates the Deck Master Ability of "Dark Magician" to pay 1000 Life Points (Yugi 2000 → 1000) and copy the effect of "Magical Hats", allowing Yami Yugi to hide Joey's "Flame Swordsman" within one of four hats.
Turn 22: The Big Five (Leichter)
Leichter draws "Spring of Rebirth". "Berserk Dragon" attacks every "Hat" on Yami Yugi's side of the field via its own effect. The three empty hats are destroyed. "Berserk Dragon" then attacks the hat that "Dark Magician" is under, but Joey orders "Flame Swordsman" to intercept the attack. Joey then activates his face-down "Silver Dollar" to prevent "Flame Swordsman" from being destroyed and nullify the Battle Damage he would take. At the End Phase, "Berserk Dragon" loses 500 ATK due to its second effect ("Berserk Dragon": 3500 → 3000/0).
Turn 23: Joey Wheeler
Joey draws. He then activates his face-down "Knight's Title" to Tribute "Dark Magician", Special Summon "Dark Magician Knight" (2500/2100) in Attack Position and, make it Yami Yugi's new Deck Master. Joey then activates "Flame Swordsman's" Deck Master's ability to decrease its ATK by 700 ("Flame Swordsman": 800 → 100/1600) and increase the ATK of "Dark Magician Knight" by the same amount ("Dark Magician Knight": 2500 → 3200/2000).
Turn 24: Yami Yugi
Yami Yugi draws. "Dark Magician Knight" attacks and destroys "Berserk Dragon". Since the Big Five's Deck Master was destroyed, they automatically lose by default.
The Big Five are defeated, but they still try to advance on the gang to try to steal their bodies. Noah stops them. For disappointing him again, Noah banishes them to the depths of the Virtual World forever, then goes off to challenge Seto Kaiba himself.
Differences in Adaptations
When The Big Five's Deck Masters are sacrificed together, the five pointed star is given more points in the dub than usual.
Once again, Mokuba's eyes while brainwashed glow red in the English version.
In the original version, Noah explains to the Big Five that nothing is real in the virtual world and they can't get flesh.
In the original version, Noah deleted the Big Five, but in the English version, he simply imprisons each of the Big Five in an isolated portion of the Virtual World.
Technically, the summoning of the Five Headed Dragon shouldn't have happened. The Big 5's deck masters consist of only 4 different attributes out of 6. (Water, Fire, Dark, Earth, Light, Wind). No Wind Monster was used in the summoning
The Japanese version of the episode makes it clear that Nightmare Penguin is WIND Attribute rather than WATER as the printed version suggests.
This is not the only time that a Fusion Monster attacked too early. It happened in episode 107 with Nezbitt's "Perfect Machine King" and Serenity's "St. Joan". This indicates that Battle City rules do not apply in this arc. This makes sense, as they are not actually in the tournament at this time.
Note: In Episodes 99, 104, 115 & 118, the Magic Cards "Quick Attack" and "Sinister Justice" were used to allow a Fusion Summoned monster to attack in the turn it was Fusion Summoned, indicating that Battle City Rules do apply in this arc. Conclusions that can be drawn from this are:
1. Fusion Monsters can only not attack when they are Fusion Summoned, not Special Summoned by an effect, as in the case of "St. Joan" being Special Summoned by the effect of "Goddess with the Third Eye."
2. Fusion Monsters can attack on the turn they are Fusion Summoned if the Deck Master is used as a Fusion Material Monster, as in the cases of "Perfect Machine King" and "Dark Flare Knight."
Joey is seen to lay 3 cards face down, however, he only uses 2 of them (Knight's Title and Silver Dollar) The 3rd card is Gamble, based on his hand in the previous episode. Why he chooses to set it is never revealed, as its effect could not have been activated.
In the Japanese, when "Dark Flare Knight" is Summoned, its Defense Points are shown at 2200 instead of 800.
The following cards appeared in this episode. Cards in italics debuted here.