Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 194

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Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 194

海馬乱入! グランプリ決勝戦


Kaiba Rannyū! Guran Puri Kesshōsen

Japanese translation

Kaiba's Intrusion! The Grand Prix Final Match


One Step Ahead - Part 1

Episode number


Japanese air date

March 3, 2004

English air date

September 24 2005

Japanese opening


English opening

Yu-Gi-Oh! theme

Japanese ending


English ending

Yu-Gi-Oh! theme

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One Step Ahead - Part 1, entitled Kaiba's Intrusion! The Grand Prix Final in the Japanese version, is the 194th episode of the Yu-Gi-Oh! television series.

The Grand Championship is almost at its end, narrowed down to 2 contestants: Leon Wilson and Zigfried Lloyd—but before their Duel can begin, Seto Kaiba suddenly intervenes and replaces Leon as Zigfried's opponent.

Major Events

Zigfried Lloyd vs. Leon Wilson

  • The Duel is set in Kaiba Dome, the big audience stadium of Kaiba's theme park Kaibaland. The winner will have the honour of playing against Yugi Muto.
  • Suddenly, Seto Kaiba arrives and declares a "dueling foul": Zigfried entered the tournament under a false name (in breach of KC Championship contract rules), and must therefore be disqualified. Seto exposes Zigfried as Zigfried von Schroeder and immediately orders him to leave.
  • Zigfried calls Kaiba a coward, saying this is just a "technicality" excuse to prevent him from reaching the Championship crown. However, Kaiba tells him that "no one is going to kick you out" and challenges him to try to stand up to him in a Duel, to which Ziegfried quickly agrees. The featured Duel becomes Seto Kaiba vs. Zigfried von Schroeder.
  • Kaiba already has knowledge of Zigfried unleashing a virus all over KaibaCorp's computer banks, giving him an advantage. To remedy this, Kaiba instead uses his Duel Disk connected to the Duel Stage with a USB cable, ensuring that they both play on fair terms.

Featured Duel: Seto Kaiba vs. Zigfried von Schroeder

Turn 1: Kaiba
Seto draws "X-Head Cannon" and subsequently Normal Summons it (1800/1500) in Attack Position (1800/1500). He then Sets 2 cards.

Turn 2: Zigfried
Zigfried draws "Ride of the Valkyries" and subsequently activates it to Special Summon "Valkyrie Erste" (1600/1800), "Valkyrie Zweite" (1600/1600) and "Valkyrie Dritte" (1000/1600) from his hand all in Attack Position. Since "Valkyrie Zweite" was summoned, its effect activates, destroying "X-Head Cannon". Zigfried then activates the effect of "Valkyrie Erste", removing from play "X-Head Cannon" from Seto's Graveyard and increasing the ATK of "Valkyrie Erste" by the ATK of "X-Head Cannon" for this turn ("Valkyrie Erste": 1600 → 1800/1800). Due to the effect of "Valkyrie Dritte", it gains 100 ATK for each monster that is removed from play. Since there is currently one removed from play monster, "Valkyrie Dritte" gains 100 ATK ("Valkyrie Dritte": 1000 → 1100/1600).

"Valkyrie Zweite" attacks Seto directly, but Seto activates "Negate Attack" to negate the attack and end the Battle Phase.[Notes 1] Zigfried then activates "Mischief of the Time Goddess" to skip the current turn and proceed directly to his next Battle Phase. Since this turn is now over, the ATK of "Valkyrie Erste" goes back to normal ("Valkyrie Erste": 1800 → 1600/1800).

Turn 3: Zigfried
"Valkyrie Zweite" attacks Seto directly, but Seto activates "Magical Trick Mirror" to activate "Mischief of the Time Goddess" from Zigfried's Graveyard as his card, allowing Seto to skip the current turn and proceed directly to Seto's next Battle Phase. Since the end of Zigfried's turn was never reached, the effect of "Ride of the Valkyries" does not return his "Valkyrie" monsters to his Deck.

Turn 4: Kaiba
Since Seto has no monsters to attack with, he goes directly to his Main Phase 2. Seto Normal Summons "Z-Metal Tank" (1500/1300) in Defense Position. Since he Summoned a monster, Seto activates the effect of "Clone Dragon" to Special Summon the latter (?/?) from his hand in Defense Position. The effect of "Clone Dragon" activates, making its name, ATK, and DEF the same as those of "Z-Metal Tank" ("Clone Dragon": ? → 1500/? → 1300).

Turn 5: Zigfried
Zigfried draws. He then activates "Valkyrie's Embrace" to change his "Valkyrie Dritte" to Defense Position and remove from play "Z-Metal Tank". Since there is another monster that is now removed from play, "Valkyrie Dritte" gains 100 more ATK ("Valkyrie Dritte": 1100 → 1200/1600). "Valkyrie Erste" attacks and destroys "Clone Dragon". "Valkyrie Zweite" attacks Seto directly (Seto 4000 → 2400).

Turn 6: Kaiba
Seto draws "Pitch-Dark Dragon" and subsequently Normal Summons it (900/600) in Defense Position. He then Sets a card.

Turn 7: Zigfried
Zigfried draws. He then changes his "Valkyrie Dritte" to Attack Position. "Valkyrie Zweite" attacks and destroys "Pitch-Dark Dragon". Since a monster he controlled was destroyed, Seto activates "Flat Lv 4" to allow both players to Special Summon 1 Level 4 monster from their Decks. Seto Special Summons "Y-Dragon Head" (1500/1600) in Defense Position while Zigfried Special Summons another "Valkyrie Dritte" (1000/1600) in Attack Position. Due to the effect of that "Valkyrie Dritte", it gains 200 more ATK since there are currently two monsters that are removed from play (2nd "Valkyrie Dritte": 1000 → 1200/1600).

Turn 8: Kaiba
Seto draws "Pot of Greed" and subsequently activates it to draw 2 cards. He then activates "Dimension Fusion" to pay 2000 Life Points (Seto 2400 → 400) and allow both players to Special Summon as many of their removed from play monsters as possible. Seto Special Summons "X-Head Cannon" (1800/1500) and "Z-Metal Tank" (1500/1300) both in Attack Position. Since there are now no monsters removed from play, the ATK of both "Valkyrie Dritte" return to normal (both "Valkyrie Dritte": 1200 → 1000/1600). Seto activates "Soul Absorption". Now whenever 1 or more cards is removed from play, Seto will gain 500 Life Points for each of those cards.

Seto then removes from play his "X-Head Cannon", "Y-Dragon Head", and "Z-Metal Tank" to Special Summon "XYZ-Dragon Cannon" (2800/2600) in Attack Position. Since 3 cards were removed from play, the effect of "Soul Absorption" increases Seto's Life Points by 1500 (Seto 400 → 1900). Also, since 3 monsters are now removed from play, the effects of both "Valkyrie Dritte" increase their ATK by 300 (both "Valkyrie Dritte": 1000 → 1300/1600). "XYZ-Dragon Cannon" attacks and destroys a "Valkyrie Dritte" (Zigfried 4000 → 2500).

Turn 9: Zigfried
Zigfried draws "Nibelung's Treasure" and subsequently activates it to activate "Nibelung's Ring" from his Deck to his opponent's side of the field. "Nibelung's Ring" then equips onto "XYZ-Dragon Cannon". Now the equipped monster can't attack or be Tributed and all of its effects are now negated. As "Nibelung's Treasure" resolves, Zigfried draws 5 cards. He then Tributes "Valkyrie Dritte" to Tribute Summon "Fortune Chariot" (0/0) in Attack Position.

Zigfried then uses the effect of "Fortune Chariot" to equip it to "Valkyrie Zweite". Since "Fortune Chariot" is equipped to a monster, Zigfried activates its effect to halve the ATK of the equipped "Valkyrie Zweite" for this turn ("Valkyrie Zweite": 1600 → 800/1600) and allow it to attack Seto directly this turn. "Valkyrie Zweite" attacks Seto directly (Seto 1900 → 1100). Zigfried then activates "Mystical Space Typhoon" to destroy "Soul Absorption". Zigfried then Sets a card. During the End Phase, the ATK of "Valkyrie Zweite" returns to normal ("Valkyrie Zweite": 800 → 1600/1600).

Duel concludes next episode.

Differences in adaptations

  • Cut from the dub is a sequence of children rushing home to watch the duel on TV at the beginning of the episode.
  • Cut from the dub are long shots of Kaiba's helicopter flying above the stadium, and the gang wondering what's happening.


Featured cards

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

Seto Kaiba
Zigfried von Schroeder


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Negate Attack" was played as a Quick-Play Spell Card in the Japanese version of this episode. It is a Counter Trap Card in the TCG/OCG.

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