Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 156

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Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 156

遊戯vsラフェール 鉄壁のガーディアンデッキ


Yūgi Vāsasu Rafēru Teppeki no Gādian Dekki

Japanese translation

Yugi vs. Rafael - The Impregnable Guardian Deck


Fate of the Pharaoh - Part 1

Episode number


Japanese air date

May 20, 2003

English air date

November 6, 2004

Japanese opening


English opening

Season one theme

Japanese ending

These Overflowing Feelings Don't Stop

English ending

Season one theme

Episode listing Yu-Gi-Oh! episode listing (season 4)
Previous The Challenge
Next Fate of the Pharaoh - Part 2


  • Yami Duels Rafael, 1 of the 3 Swordsmen of Doma. He seeks to eliminate the Pharaoh. He traps him in a sole patch of rock by cutting off the rope bridge and ensuring no-one can come in or out of the Duel Field.
  • Rafael demonstrates a calm composure and being a good speaker: upon being accused of being 'evil' by Yami, he calmly questions what he understands for 'justice' instead. He claims that History itself decides if the road Doma walks upon is evil or not.
  • Rafael reveals a Deck of Guardian Monsters, which were his sole companions when he was shipwrecked on an island for 3 years as a child, losing his parents, brother, and sister. He signals how some of his Cards are slightly blurry, revealing they got wet time before. He's replaced the backside so as not to be recognizable this way, but it doesn't change the fact that they've supported him.
    • He always kept his Cards safe, and his current strategy reflects that bond -- he will pay any cost to keep his Monsters out of the Graveyard. He doesn't want to lose anyone else. One day he was shown a vision of a mysterious island and a voice --- Dartz's --- told him that, when he would understand everything, he would be allowed to come to his side.
    • When he was finally rescued from the island, he found the normal world depressing. That was when he was approached by Dartz and joined Doma, hoping to find the answer to 'Fate' itself.
    • One of the Monsters, Guardian Eatos, was his birthday present just before the wreck.

Featured Duel: Rafael vs. Yami Yugi - Part 1

Turn 1: Rafael
Rafael draws. He then activates "Guardian Treasure" to discard 5 Cards and draw 2 Cards. Now while "Guardian Treasure" is face-up, Rafael may Draw one extra Card from his Deck during each of his Draw Phases. Rafael Sets a monster and Sets a Card.

Turn 2: Yami Yugi
Yami Yugi draws "Gazelle the King of Mythical Beasts". He then activates "Polymerization" to fuse "Gazelle the King of Mythical Beasts" with "Berfomet" in order to Fusion Summon "Chimera the Flying Mythical Beast" from his Fusion Deck (2100/1800) in Attack Position. "Chimera" attacks Rafael's Face-Down Monster. It's revealed to be "Backup Gardna" (500/2200). The attack fails (Yami 4000 → 3900).

Turn 3: Rafael
Rafael draws. Due to the effect of his "Guardian Treasure", Rafael draws one extra card. Rafael then activates "Gravity Axe - Grarl", equipping it to "Backup Gardna" and increasing the ATK of "Backup Gardna" by 500 ("Backup Gardna": 500 → 1000/2200). Since "Gravity Axe - Grarl" is on the field and "Guardian Grarl" is the only Card in Rafael's Hand, he Special Summons "Grarl" (2500/1000) from his Hand in Attack Position.

Rafael then activates "Backup Gardna's" effect to unequip its "Gravity Axe - Grarl" and equip it to "Guardian Grarl" instead ("Backup Gardna": 1000 → 500/2200; "Guardian Grarl": 2500 → 3000/1000). "Guardian Grarl" attacks & destroys Yami's "Chimera the Flying Mythical Beast" (Yami 3900 → 3000). Since "Chimera" was destroyed, Yami Yugi activates its effect to Special Summon "Berfomet" from his Graveyard (1400/1800) in Attack Position.

Turn 4: Yami Yugi
Yami Yugi draws "Five Star Twilight" and subsequently activates it to Tribute "Berfomet" and Special Summon the 5 Kuriboh Brothers, "Kuriboh", "Kuribah", "Kuribee", "Kuribeh" and "Kuriboo" in Attack Position (300/200 for all). Yami Yugi then activates the effect of "Kuribah" to remove "Kuriboh", "Kuribah", "Kuribee", "Kuribeh" and "Kuriboo" from play and Special Summon "Kuribabylon" (?/200) from his Deck in Attack Position. Due to the effect of "Kuribabylon", its ATK is equal to the sum of the total ATK of all five Kuriboh Brothers ("Kuribabylon": ? → 1500/200). Yami Yugi then activates "Pump Up" to double the ATK of "Kuribabylon" for 1 turn ("Kuribabylon": 1500 → 3000/200).

"Kuribabylon" attacks Rafael's "Guardian Grarl", but Rafael activates the effect of "Rescuer from the Grave" from his Graveyard, removing from play five Cards in his Graveyard in order to negate the attack and end the Battle Phase. Yami Yugi then activates the effect of "Kuribabylon" effect to remove it from play and Special Summon the 5 Kuriboh Brothers, "Kuriboh", "Kuribah", "Kuribee", "Kuribeh" and "Kuriboo" from the Removed from Play Zone to the field in Attack Position (300/200 for all).

Turn 5: Rafael
Rafael draws. Due to the effect of his "Guardian Treasure", Rafael draws one extra card. Rafael then Sets two Cards ("Exchange" and "Self Tribute") and activates "Purity of the Cemetery". Now during each of Yami Yugi's Standby Phases, Yami Yugi will receive 100 damage for each Monster present in his Graveyard. If there is a monster in Rafael's Graveyard, "Purity of the Cemetery" will be destroyed. "Guardian Grarl" attacks "Kuriboh".

Duel continues next episode.

Differences Between Adaptions

  • In the Japanese version, Rafael's parents were either presumed to be dead or confirmed to be dead as he visited their graves. His remaining relatives took his parents' inheritance and threw him out. In the dub, that scene of him visiting their graves were cut and he believed his family had forsaken him- since they were said to have been alive since they acquired lifeboats and never bothered to look for him even after he gained recognition as being a "miracle boy".
  • When Rebecca was doing research in the original, apart from mentioning Rafael's shipwreck, she also mentioned she wasn't the first national Duel Monsters champion of the United States, but Rafael was. In the dub, she only mentioned the shipwreck.

Featured cards

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

Yugi Muto/Yami Yugi


  1. 1.0 1.1 This card can be seen near the end of this episode.
  2. This card can be seen near the end of this episode only in the dub.

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