"Hard Knox", known as "I'm Here, Thinking for the Best! My Name Is Rei Shingetsu" in the Japanese version, is the seventy-sixth episode of the Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL anime. It first aired in Japan on October 21, 2012 and in the United States on August 31, 2013.

A new student has transferred to Yuma's class. His name is Ray Shadows and has become huge fan of Yuma due to his winning the WDC. Everyone at school is psyched at the arrival of the Pro Duelist Devon Knox, who is going to a special lesson. Feeling bad for Yuma, who's banned from attending the special lesson (in the dub, he didn't sign up for the class), Ray runs off to get Devon's signature. But, what awaits Ray is a "Coaching" under the instruction of Devon, who is being controlled by the Barian faction!

Featured Duels

Bronk Stone and four unnamed students vs. Devon Knox

The full Duel is not shown. The female student activated "Madolche Chateau" at one point, while Devon activated a Trap Card. Eventually, Devon attacks all five opponents directly with "Armed Samurai - Ben Kei", who had 7800 ATK and could attack multiple times due to the Equip Cards equipped to it. This reduces the Life Points of all five opponents to 0.

Ray Shadows vs. Devon Knox

Duel is shown from an unspecified turn. Devon controls "Coach Captain Bearman" (2600/2700) in Attack Position and has an unspecified amount of Life Points, while Ray controls no cards and has 1500 Life Points.

Devon's turn
"Bearman" attacks directly (Ray 1500 → 0).

Yuma Tsukumo vs. Devon Knox

Turn 1: Yuma
Yuma activates "Three Card Summon", letting him reveal three Level 4 or lower monsters with the same Level in his hand and Special Summon one of them. He reveals the Level 3 "Mimimic", "Rai Rider" and "Zubaba Knight". He Special Summons "Rai Rider" (1200/1400) in Attack Position and Normal Summons "Zubaba Knight" (1600/900). As he controls two Level 3 monsters, he Special Summons "Mimimic" (300/300) from his hand in Attack Position via its own effect. Yuma overlays his three Level 3 monsters to Xyz Summon "Number 34: Terror-Byte" (0/2900) in Defense Position. Yuma Sets a card.

Turn 2: Devon
Devon activates the Field Spell Card "Training Grounds", which will let him send two monsters from his hand to the Graveyard to Normal Summon one Level 7 or higher monster without Tribute. He sends "Panther Warrior" and "Coach Soldier Wolfbark" to the Graveyard to Normal Summon "Coach Captain Berman" (2600/2700) in Attack Position. As Devon controls "Bearman", he activates "Bear's Boot Camp" which allows him to Special Summon one Level 4 Beast-Warrior-Type monster from his Deck. He Special Summons "Coach Soldier Wolfbark" (1600/1200) in Attack Position. He activates the effect of "Wolfbark", letting him Special Summon another "Wolfbark" (1600/1200) from his Graveyard once per turn. Devon activates the effect of "Bearman", letting him double the Levels of all Level 4 or lower Beast-Warrior-Type monsters he controls until the End Phase. The Levels of both "Wolfbarks" are doubled to 8. Devon overlays his three Level 8 monsters to Xyz Summon "Coach King Giantrainer" (2800/2000) in Attack Position. He activates the effect of "Giantrainer", detaching an Overlay Unit ("Giantrainer" ORU 3 → 2) to shuffle both players' Decks. Both players will draw a card and reveal them. The player who draws the monster with the lower Level will take 800 damage, then the drawn cards are sent to the Graveyard. Devon draws the Level 8 "Beast King Barbaros" and Yuma draws Level 1 "Stinging Swordsman" (Yuma 4000 → 3200). Devon activates the effect again, detaching an Overlay Unit ("Giantrainer" ORU 2 → 1). Devon draws the Level 8 "Mosaic Manticore" and Yuma draws the Level 3 "Gagaga Girl" (Yuma 3200 → 2400). Devon detaches the last Overlay Unit ("Giantrainer" ORU 1 → 0) to activate the effect again. Devon draws the Level 4 "Wolfbark" and Yuma draws the Level 6 "Dododo Warrior" (Devon 4000 → 3200). Devon activates "Rank-Up-Magic Barian's Force", which allows him to Rank-Up "Giantrainer" and Summon a "CXyz" monster one Rank higher than it, while using "Giantrainer" as its Overlay Unit. Devon performs a Chaos Xyz Evolution, overlaying the Rank 8 "Giantrainer" to Special Summon the Rank 9 "CXyz Coach Lord Ultimatrainer" (3800/2300) in Attack Position. The effect of "Barian's Force" lets him target one Xyz Monster the opponent controls, detach its Overlay Units and attach them to the newly Summoned "CXyz" and decrease the ATK of that monster by 300 for each one detached. "Ultimatrainer" takes the three Overlay Units of "Terror-Byte" ("Terror-Byte" ORU 3 → 0, "Ultimatrainer" ORU 1 → 4).

Number 34 Terror-Byte is attacked

"Number 34: Terror-Byte" is destroyed.

"Ultimatrainer" attacks "Terror-Byte" and as it was Special Summoned with "Barian's Force", it can negate the effects of monsters that would prevent their destruction by battle. Therefore, "Terror-Byte" is destroyed despite "Ultimatrainer" not being a "Number" monster. Devon activates the effect of "Ultimatrainer" as it was Xyz Summoned by Ranking Up "Giantrainer" and successfully destroyed an opponent's monster. He can detach all of its Chaos Overlay Units ("Ultimatrainer" ORU 4 → 0) to force his opponent to draw cards equal to the amount of detached Units and send them to the Graveyard. If a drawn card is a Level 4 or lower monster, Yuma will take damage equal to its ATK. Yuma draws the Level 3 "Achacha Archer" (Yuma 2400 → 1200), "Wonder Wand", the Level 4 "Kagetokage" (Yuma 1200 → 100) and the Level 3 "Dotedotengu", which has 0 ATK. As it was sent from the hand to the Graveyard, the effect of "Dotedotengu" activates, letting Yuma target one card on the field and return it to the hand. He targets "Ultimatrainer", but Devon activates the effect of "Ultimatrainer", letting it become immune to monster effects once per turn.[Notes 1] Yuma activates his face-down "Panic Burial" to decrease the ATK of "Ultimatrainer" by 100 for each monster sent to the Graveyard this turn and inflict the same amount to Devon as damage. Eighteen monsters were sent, so the ATK of "Ultimatrainer" is reduced by 1800 (3800 → 2000) and Devon takes 1800 damage (Devon 3200 → 1400).

Turn 3: Yuma
Yuma Normal Summons "Gagaga Magician" (1500/1000) and activates "Gagaga x Gagaga". This lets him target a "Gagaga" monster he controls and Special Summon this card to the Monster Card Zone as a monster with the same Attribute, Type, Level, ATK and DEF as that monster. He targets "Gagaga Magician", so "Gagaga x Gagaga" is Special Summoned (1500/1000). Yuma overlays his two Level 4 monsters to Xyz Summon "Number 39: Utopia" (2500/2000) in Attack Position. Yuma performs a Chaos Xyz Evolution, overlaying "Utopia" to Xyz Summon "Number C39: Utopia Ray" (2500/2000) in Attack Position. Yuma activates the effect of "Utopia Ray" three times, detaching all of Overlay Units ("Utopia Ray" ORU 3 → 0) to increase its ATK by 500 for each one detached (2500 → 4000). "Utopia Ray" attacks and destroys "Ultimatrainer" (Devon 1400 → 0).

Featured cards

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

Yuma Tsukumo
Devon Knox



ZEXAL76 Easter Egg - Chazz

Chazz's look-alike.


  1. The written Japanese anime lore of "Dotedotengu" states it can return a card on its controller's side of the field to the hand, not the opponent's.

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