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Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 221



Unmei no Rasuto Dyueru

Japanese translation

The Fated Last Duel


The Final Duel - Part 1

Episode number


Japanese air date

September 8, 2004

English air date

May 20, 2006

Japanese opening


English opening

Yu-Gi-Oh! theme

Japanese ending


English ending

Yu-Gi-Oh! theme

Episode listing Yu-Gi-Oh! episode listing (season 5)
Previous The Final Journey
Next The Final Duel - Part 2

The Final Duel - Part 1 known as The Fated Last Duel in the Japanese version is Episode 221 of the Yu-Gi-Oh! second series anime.

This episode marks the beginning of the final Duel between Yugi Muto and Yami Yugi to determine the Pharaoh's fate. If Yugi wins, the Pharaoh will be able to return to the Spirit World; otherwise, Yami must remain in the "real" world for another 5,000 years.


(NOTE: for steps in the Yami Yugi and Yugi Muto Duel please see the Featured Duel section below)

Arrival at the Temple of the Realm of the Dead

  • Ishizu Ishtar has taken Yugi & the Pharaoh (along with all their friends) to the shrine of the Millennium Stone, its final resting place.
  • At the entrance, Téa asks why they have to rush into things: after all this might be the last time they get to see the Pharaoh. Ishizu replies "Yugi and the Pharaoh must carry out this battle ritual as quickly as possible; if too much time should pass, [their] window of opportunity will close".
  • Inside the Temple and in front of the Tablet of the Realm of the Dead, Ishizu explains what will happen next by reading the text engraved on the Tablet.
'Ishizu Ishtar: "Before the ritual can begin, the Millennium Items must be returned to the Stone from whence they came. The Eye of Wdjat will then peer into your soul Yugi, thus unraveling the Pharaoh's spirit from your own".
Solomon Muto: (thinking) "All of this began the day Yugi solved that puzzle. And it will all end the moment he returns it."
Yugi Muto: "All right, here it goes." (thinking) "(...) And my wish did come true the day I met my friends! And thanks to you Pharaoh, I'm ready to give it back."
  • After placing the final item, the Eye of Widjat lights up and separates Pharaoh Atem and Yugi from one another (they both wear the same clothes as the original Yugi, and they both seem to be equal in height; later in Duel however it is obvious Yami is slightly taller than Yugi).
Mokuba Kaiba: "Hey wait, so which one are we supposed to root for?"
Téa Gardner: (thinking) "If the Pharaoh wins, he gets to stay, which means we won't have to say good-bye."
Joey Wheeler: "We gotta root for Yugi guys, it's the only way to set the Pharaoh's spirit free."
Téa Gardner: (thinking) "Joey's right. I should want what's best for the Pharaoh, and that's for his spirit to move on. I have to be strong."
Yami Yugi: (thinking) "This is the first time in my life that I've hoped for my opponent's victory, but in order for this Duel to truly test our readiness to separate, I must fight with ALL my strength."
Yugi Muto: (thinking) "Pharaoh, now that you've left the Millennium Puzzle I can't hear your thoughts any more, but somehow I still know what you're thinking. And I feel the same way. If you've taught me anything is to put your heart into your Deck and Duel with everything you've got. And that's exactly what I'm gonna do!"
Seto Kaiba: "I guess we're about to find out who the true 'King of Games' is."

Enter "Obelisk the Tormentor"

Joey Wheeler: "Yugi!"
Tristan Taylor: "You've gotta hang in there dude!'""
Joey Wheeler: "The Pharaoh means business!"
Téa Gardner: "Yugi...!"
Duke Devlin: "Poor guy. Not only did he get clobbered by Obelisk, but thanks to "Swords of Revealing Light" he can't strike back!"
Yami Yugi: (to Yugi) "I told you I wouldn't go easy on you."
Mokuba Kaiba: "Check it out guys! Yugi is back on his feet!"
Seto Kaiba: "Big deal! There's still no way he can stand up to Obelisk"
Duke Devlin: "Then why is he smiling?"
Ryo Bakura: "Perhaps Yugi WANTS to lose so the Pharaoh doesn't have to go!"
Joey Wheeler: "No way, Bakura! Yugi may not wanna say goodbye, but there's no way he'd be happy about losing."
Téa Gardner: "So why the smile?"
Joey Wheeler: "He's having the time of his life! Think about it, Téa: this is Yugi's shot to finally PROVE himself! Usually he takes a back seat during Duels, but this time he's in control of his own Deck! So this time instead of standing BEHIND the Pharaoh, the two of them are face to face for one last Duel."
Téa Gardner: "Yeah, but can Yugi win?"
Joey Wheeler: (thinking) "It's gonna be tough. But if anyone can do it, Yugi can!"
  • The Duel resumes.

Featured Duel: Pharaoh Atem vs. Yugi Muto - Part 1

Turn 1: Pharaoh Atem
Atem draws "The Tricky". He then activates "The Tricky's" effect to discard a card and Special Summon "The Tricky" (2000/1200) from his Hand in Attack Position. Atem then Sets a card ("Bounce Spell").

Turn 2: Yugi Muto
Yugi draws "Swords of Revealing Light" and subsequently activates it. Now Atem's monsters cannot attack for the next three turns and all of his monsters must be face-up. Yugi then Normal Summons "Green Gadget" (1400/600) in Attack Position. Since "Green Gadget" was summoned, its effect activates, allowing Yugi to add "Red Gadget" from his Deck to his Hand. Yugi then Sets a card.

Turn 3: Pharaoh Atem
Due to Yugi's "Swords of Revealing Light", Atem cannot attack (3 more turns). Atem draws "Rebellion" and subsequently activates it to force Yugi's "Green Gadget" to attack Yugi directly. Yugi then activates "Stronghold the Moving Fortress", which is immediately Special Summoned in Defense Position as a Machine-Type EARTH Level 4 Effect Monster with 0 ATK and 2000 DEF. Due to the effect of "Rebellion", Atem must use Yugi's "Green Gadget" to attack "Stronghold the Moving Fortress" instead. The attack fails. Since "Green Gadget" is still considered one of Yugi's monsters, Yugi is dealt Battle Damage (Yugi 4000 → 3400).

Turn 4: Yugi Muto
Yugi draws "Ties of the Brethren" and subsequently activates it to pay 1000 Life Points (Yugi 3400 → 2400) and Special Summon "Red Gadget" (1300/1500) from his Hand and "Yellow Gadget" (1200/1200) from his Deck in Defense Position. Since "Green Gadget", "Red Gadget", and "Yellow Gadget" are on the field, The second effect of "Stronghold the Moving Fortress" allows its ATK to become 3000 ("Stronghold the Moving Fortress": 0 → 3000/2000).Yugi then switches "Stronghold the Moving Fortress" to Attack Position. "Stronghold the Moving Fortress" attacks Atem's "The Tricky", but Atem activates "Bounce Spell" to transfer the effect of "Swords of Revealing Light" to Yugi's side of the field. This means Yugi's monsters cannot attack for the next three turns. Yugi then switches "Green Gadget" to Defense Position.

Turn 5: Pharaoh Atem
Atem draws. He then activates "Tricky's Spell 4" to Tribute "The Tricky" and Special Summon "Tricky Tokens" (2000/1200 for each) equal to the number of monsters Yugi controls. Since Yugi controls 4 monsters, Atem Special Summons 4 "Tricky Tokens" in Defense Position. These Tokens cannot attack. Atem then Tributes three of his "Tricky Tokens" to Summon "Obelisk the Tormentor" (4000/4000) in Attack Position. "Obelisk the Tormentor" attacks & destroys Yugi's "Stronghold the Moving Fortress" (Yugi 2400 → 1400). Atem then Sets a card ("Summoning Clock").

Turn 6: Yugi Muto
Due to "Swords of Revealing Light", Yugi cannot attack (3 more turns). Yugi draws. He then Sets three cards and Normal Summons "Silent Swordsman LV0" (1000/1000) in Attack Position.

Turn 7: Pharaoh Atem

Atem draws. He then Sets a card ("Mirror Force") and activates "Card of Sanctity" to force both Duelists to draw until they have 6 cards in their hand. "Obelisk the Tormentor" attacks Yugi's "Silent Swordsman LV0", but Yugi activates "Ground Erosion" by selecting the Monster Card Zone occupied by "Obelisk the Tormentor"
DM-221 Obelisk attacks

Obelisk attacks Silent Sword LV0

. Yugi then activates "Turn Jump", but Atem activates "Summoning Clock" in response. Due to the effect of "Turn Jump", the Turn Count moves forward by 6 turns (3 turns for each Player), and all cards on the field are treated as having had their effect(s) active for three full turns. Since 3 turns have passed for Yugi, the effect of "Swords of Revealing Light" vanishes. Since 3 turns have passed for Yugi, his "Silent Swordsman LV0" increases by 1 LV three times and it also gains 500 ATK three times ("Silent Swordsman LV0" → "Silent Swordsman LV1" → "Silent "Swordsman LV2" → "Silent Swordsman LV3": 1000 → 1500 → 2000 → 2500/1000). Since 3 turns have passed for Atem, Yugi activates the effect of "Ground Erosion", sending it to the Graveyard in order to negate the effects of "Obelisk the Tormentor" and decrease its ATK by 500 for each Standby Phase that "Ground Erosion" has been face-up on the field. As it was face-up for three turns, "Obelisk" loses 1500 ATK ("Obelisk the Tormentor": 4000 → 2500/4000). "Turn Jump" also brings Atem back to the beginning of his Battle Phase, so he can choose whether to attack with Obelisk again or not. He chooses not to.

Atem then activates the effect of "Summoning Clock", sending it to the Graveyard and Tributing his "Tricky Token" in order to Special Summon a monster for every one of Atem's Standby Phases that have passed since the activation of "Summoning Clock". Since three Standby Phases have passed, Atem can Special Summon three monsters. He Special Summons "Queen's Knight" (1500/1600), "King's Knight" (1600/1400), and "Slifer the Sky Dragon" (X000/X000) all in Attack Position. Since "King's Knight" was summoned while "Queen's Knight" was on the field, its effect activates, allowing Atem to Special Summon "Jack's Knight" (1900/1000) from his Deck in Attack Position. Since Atem holds 3 Cards in his Hand, Slifer's ATK/DEF is 3000 ("Slifer the Sky Dragon": X000 → 3000/X000 → 3000). Yugi then activates "Ambush Shield" to Tribute "Red Gadget" and increase "Silent Swordsman LV3's" ATK by Red Gadget's" DEF until the End Phase ("Silent Swordsman LV3": 2500 → 4000/1000). "King's Knight" attacks & destroys Yugi's "Yellow Gadget". "Queen's Knight" then attacks & destroys Yugi's "Green Gadget".

Atem then Tributes "Queen's Knight", "King's Knight", and "Jack's Knight" to Summon "The Winged Dragon of Ra" (?/?) in Attack Position ("Slifer the Sky Dragon": 3000 → 2000/3000 → 2000) (NOTE: in the anime, Atem also has to recite the Hieract chant to "unlock" Ra. It's chanted exactly as it's written on the Card itself, so no-one but Atem himself and the Grave Keepers can understand it. The Japanese version has him chant in this idiom, so a transcription of it isn't possible.). Due to the effect of "Ra", its ATK and DEF Ra are equal to the sum of the respective ATK/DEF of the monsters Tributed to Summon it ("The Winged Dragon of Ra": ? → 5000/? → 4000).

Duel continues next episode.


  • The order the God Cards are summoned is the same order they debuted in the series (though they were summoned by different people). Also, Slifer's ATK was 3000 when it's Summoned, which was the same amount of ATK that Slifer had when it was first Summoned by Strings.

Featured cards

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

Yugi Muto
Pharaoh Atem


  1. This card can be seen, it was Set.

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