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Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship Tournament 2004
English  Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship Tournament 2004
Kanji  遊戯王デュエルモンスターズ エキスパート3
Romaji  Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters Expert 3
Developer(s)  Konami
Publisher(s)  Konami
Platform(s)  Game Boy Advance
Release date(s)
  • Flag of Japan February 5, 2004
  • Flag of the United States February 10, 2004

Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship Tournament 2004, known in Japan as Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters Expert 3, is a video game based on the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise.

The game has been released on the Game Boy Advance.

In the game, the player can assemble three Decks and can play Duel Monsters against a variety of computer opponents.

The game features the first 1,138 cards released in Japan. (201 spells, 109 traps, 55 fusion monster, 16 ritual monster, 224 effect monster and 533 normal monster) It is noteworthy that you can collect Dark Magician and Polymerisation in two different artworks also counting as different cards.

Game Speed

The speed of Gameplay is relatively slow but can be sped up by holding L while dueling or just hold L while choosing an opponent.


There are 28 opponents in the game. Each opponent has different skills and Decks revolving around a certain theme (Yugi Muto = Basic, Rare Hunter = Exodia, Yami Yugi = Ultimate, etc.). There is no conversation, you just start duels right away.

You might miss the key monsters/strategies from the anime in their Decks like the egyptian god cards.

Sadly the weaker opponents Decks are full of junk monsters that aren't worth battling like Winged Cleaver. The stronger opposing Decks (Level Four and above) put up a higher callenge since they ignore card limitations.

Since many opponents don't use cards against opponents spells/traps the use of stalling cards like Gravity Bind can make winning a pretty easy task.

see also:


The number of total cards shown in the top bar is sadly not the number of different cards collected so far. It really means the total number of all cards you have. The other numbers in the sub categories only refer to the number of cards in your actually used deck.

You can sort cards (only ascending) by chosing sorting criterias one after another. The previous sortings are kept as far as possible. (i.e. sort by 1) name 2) DEF 3) ATK)

Sadly there is no useful sorting criteria for spells and traps beside "name".

For faster scrolling through the card list push the left/right-button.You wil jump to the next 4 cards. For even faster scrolling hold the B-button and press up/down.

You start the game with 120 random cards. The default Deck can be optimzed right away with other cards in your trunk in most cases.

Their are cards which are Limited or Semi-Limited. (for you but not for the opponents of higher level)

Receiving Cards

After winning a duel you can choose a booster pack containing 5 cards.

In most cases one of the cards is a (highlighted) rare card. There can be only 1 rare card per pack. Since the AI wants you to receive all cards in the game most of the cards he offers are cards you haven't collected so far which makes it hard to collect 3 copies especially of the rare cards.

see the booster packs here:

the following cards are also found in the game but it is not yet confirmed to which pack they belong:


Banned List


semi limited


Card Text

  • Cards with "Dark Magician", and other magician cards such as "Magician of Black Chaos", in their text mistakenly replaces "Magician" with "Spellian". This can be seen on "Dark Magician Girl". This is likely as a result of a last-minute changing of "Magic" to "Spell" using a mass-text replacer on the ROM before release.

Card Effect

  • You are not asked if you want to activate a trap on an empty game state. So it is not possible to use Call of the Haunted during your opponents end phase i.e.

  • Axe of Despair is not placed on top of your deck even if you have offered a monster for its effect.
  • Terrain bonuses sometimes do not benefit the player, but it does benefits AI.
  • Despite the text saying otherwise, "Maiden of the Aqua" does give the same stat bonuses and penalties as "Umi" when it is face-up on the field. Until another field card is played then it deactivates.
  • After "Spear Dragon" has attacked, activate "Book of Moon" and "Spear Dragon" would be flipped facedown, therefore, the effect of "Spear Dragon" makes the card into facedown Attack Position.
  • Monsters gained through the effects of "Red-Moon Baby" are glitched.
  • Despite the text of "Spellbinding Circle" saying otherwise, if the targeted monster is Tributed, "Spellbinding Circle" is destroyed.
  • If "Spirit Reaper" is targeted by an Equip Spell, only the Spell is destroyed.
  • When you activate Call of the Haunted during your own battle phase while your opponent has no monsters the summoned monster attacks automatically.
  • when Zombyra the Dark is removed from the field i.e. by the flip effect of a Cyber Jar it just destroyed, a replacement monster gets his ATK reduced by 200 (even if it is summoned in facedown DEF mode).

Smartness of AI

  • The AI...
    • shows signs of "knowing" face-down cards. i.e. he never attacks a set monster if it has higher DEF than his monsters ATK.
    • never attacks a monster with highest ATK on the field even if he has an equally strong monster and would be able to attack with other monsters afterwards.
    • only attacks an opponents monster with equal or higer ATK in DEF mode (like i.e. Spear Dragon) when he has a monster with piercing effect.
    • activates (all of his) traps/spells even while Royal Decree/Imperial Order is in play. They are all negated though.
    • doesn't use his Mirror Force as long as he has Fairy Box in play.
    • only returns 1 of the opponents monsters to his hand using Penguin Soldier
    • sometimes uses his Mystical Space Typhoon on itself.
    • allways tribute summons, even if the tributed monster was stronger than the new monster.
    • tributes a facedown flip effect monster without flip summoning it first
    • activates Monster Reborn in Main Phase 2 even if he would have won the duel when using it before his battle phase.
    • does not hesitate tot finish himself i.e. by destroying a faceup opponents Black Pendant while having less than 500 LP.
    • never uses his Snatch Steal
    • uses Backup Soldier when its activation requirments are fulfilled even if he doesn't retrieve any monster from his graveyard at that time.
  • If a card effect would make one of the AI's monsters stronger than your highest-ATK monster, but the monster is naturally weaker than the latter, the AI will still play it in Defense Position. However, it will switch the monster to Attack Position at the next opportunity.


The Japanese version of this game uses the censored TCG card artworks instead of the Japanese, except for some few cards.

Promotional Cards

The following cards were included in the English version of this game:

The following cards were included in the Japanese version of this game:

Game Guides

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters 9 Expert 3 Game Guide

External links

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