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Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 125
Yugioh125
Kanji

闇の準決勝 城之内vsマリク

Rōmaji

Yami no Junkesshō Jōnōchi Vāsasu Mariku

Japanese translation

Semifinal of Darkness - Jonochi vs. Marik

English

The Darkness Returns - Part 1

Episode number

125

Japanese air date

September 10, 2002

English air date

May 15, 2004

Music
Japanese opening

WILD DRIVE

English opening

Yu-Gi-Oh! theme

Japanese ending

Paradise
楽園

English ending

Yu-Gi-Oh! theme

Chronology
Episode listing Yu-Gi-Oh! episode listing (season 3)
Previous Back to Battle City - Part 3
Next The Darkness Returns - Part 2

Major Events

  • First Duel of the Battle City Semi-Finals.
  • Many of "The Winged Dragon of Ra's" effects are revealed.
  • This is a Shadow Game with upped stakes. Marik makes it so that "dark energy strings" connect Marik and Joey to each monster they summon. As a monster is destroyed or weakened, a corresponding amount of "damage" is dealt to the monster's owner. As it turns out, Joey is the only one whose physical energy is visibly affected, albeit not as badly as Marik had expected.
  • Joey collapses from pain and exhaustion (almost dying) before he can make the winning move and thus, loses the Duel.

Featured Duel: Marik Ishtar vs. Joey Wheeler - Part 1

Turn 1: Yami Marik
Yami Marik draws "Gil Garth" and subsequently Normal Summons it (1800/1200) in Attack Position. He then Sets a card ("Dark Wall of Wind").

Turn 2: Joey Wheeler
Joey draws "Alligator's Sword". Joey's hand contains "Scapegoat", "Rocket Warrior", "Graceful Dice", "Foolish Burial", "Baby Dragon" and "Alligator's Sword". He then Sets a card. Next Joey Normal Summons "Alligator's Sword" (1500/1200) in Defense Position.

Turn 3: Yami Marik
Yami Marik draws. He then Normal Summons "Drillago" (1600/1100) in Attack Position. "Drillago" attacks and destroys "Alligator's Sword". "Gil Garth" attacks Joey directly, but Joey activates "Scapegoat" to Special Summon four "Sheep Tokens" (0/0 for each) in Defense Position. "Gil Garth" destroys a "Sheep Token".

Turn 4: Joey Wheeler
Joey draws "Panther Warrior" and subsequently Normal Summons it (2000/1600) in Attack Position. He then Tributes a "Sheep Token" to allow "Panther Warrior" to attack. "Panther Warrior" attacks and destroys "Gil Garth" (Marik 4000 → 3800).

Turn 5: Yami Marik
Yami Marik draws "Hidden Soldiers". Marik's hand contains "Card of Last Will", "Tribute Burial", "Plasma Eel", "Helpoemer" and "Hidden Soldiers". Yami Marik activates "Tribute Burial" to remove from play "Alligator's Sword" from Joey's Graveyard and "Gil Garth" from his own Graveyard in order to Normal Summon "Helpoemer" (2000/1400) in Attack Position without Tributing. Yami Marik then sets a card.

Turn 6: Joey Wheeler
Joey draws "Jinzo". He then Normal Summons "Rocket Warrior" (1500/1300) in Attack Position. Marik then activates "Hidden Soldiers" to Special Summon "Plasma Eel" (500/1200) in Attack Position since Joey Normal Summoned a monster. Yami Marik activates the effect of "Plasma Eel" to equip the latter to "Panther Warrior". "Rocket Warrior" attacks "Helpoemer". Due to the effect of "Rocket Warrior", it is not destroyed and Joey takes no Battle Damage. After damage calculation, the effect of "Rocket Warrior" reduces "Helpoemer's ATK by 500 until the end of the turn ("Helpoemer": 2000 → 1500/1400). Joey then Tributes a "Sheep Token" to allow "Panther Warrior" to attack. "Panther Warrior" attacks and destroys "Helpoemer" (Marik 3800 → 3300). Since "Helpoemer" was sent to the Graveyard as a result of battle, Joey is now forced to randomly discard a card from his hand at the end of each of his Battle Phases so long as "Helpoemer" is in the Graveyard. At the end of the Battle Phase, the effect of "Helpoemer" forces Joey to discard "Jinzo".

Duel continues next episode.

Changes to the English Dub

Featured cards

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

Flashbacks
Yami Marik
Joey Wheeler

Notes

  1. This was played as a Normal Monster. It is an Effect Monster in the TCG/OCG.
  2. This card can be seen, it was Set.
  3. This card can be seen, it was Set in the dub.
  4. This card can be seen in Marik's hand.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 This card can be seen in Joey's hand.

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