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"Bounty Hunter Blood Shepherd" is the fifty-third episode of the Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS anime. It aired in Japan on May 23, 2018.

Blood Shepherd challenges Playmaker to a Duel. He manages to figure out Playmaker's strategy, and uses his Drone deck to perform a series of combo to overwhelm Playmaker and seal off his strategy.

Featured Duel: Playmaker vs. Blood Shepherd

Playmaker VS Blood Shepherd

The Duel is conducted as a Speed Duel.

Turn 1: Blood Shepherd
Blood Shepherd Normal Summons "Drone Pawn" (600/???) to the left Main Monster Zone, and sets a card.

Turn 2: Playmaker
Playmaker Normal Summons "Clock Wyvern" (1800/1000), and activate its effect as it was Normal or Special Summoned, halving its ATK ("Clock Wyvern": 1800 → 900 ATK) and Special Summon a "Clock Token" (0/0). As he control a Cyberse Monster, he Special Summons "Backup Secretary" (1200/800) from his hand. He uses "Clock Wyvern" and "Backup Secretary" as Link Material to Link Summon "Elphase" (2000/LINK-2/↑→). He then uses "Elphase" and "Clock Token" to Link Summon "Shootingcode Talker" (2300/LINK-3/↓↑←) to the Right Extra Monster Zone.

As Link Summoned "Elphase" left the field, Playmaker activates its effect to target 1 Level 4 or less Cyberse Monster in his GY and Special Summon it. He targets "Clock Wyvern" and Special Summons it to the zone "Shootingcode Talker" points to. As Blood Shepherd controls a "Drone" Monster, he activates "Capture Drone" by targeting a Link Monster his opponent controls. That target has its effect negated, cannot be used as Link Material nor tributed. Also, Link Monster his opponent controls cannot declare an attack.

Turn 3: Blood Shepherd
Blood Shepherd uses "Drone Pawn" as Link Material to Link Summon "Battledrone Sergeant" (800/LINK-1/↓). He uses the effect of "Capture Drone", Special Summoning an amount of "Drone Tokens" (0/0), equal to the Link Rating of the monster targeted by this effect. "Shootingcode Talker" is LINK-3 monster, so three "Drone Tokens" are summoned. Blood Shepherd uses his three "Drone Tokens" to Link Summon "Battledrone General" (2400/LINK-3/→↓←).

Duel continues in the next episode.

Featured cards

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

Playmaker
Blood Shepherd