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Yugi plays a Strategy Deck, containing various flexible strategies for any situation, however, two Types that can be seen consistently throughout Yugi's Decks are the Fiend-Type and the Spellcaster-type, possibly to reflect Yami's mystical and somewhat dark nature. In later arcs, it becomes increasingly focused on his "Dark Magician" and the Summoning of the Egyptian Gods.

Toei anime

First series anime
Death-T Deck
Movie Deck

Yu-Gi-Oh! anime

Duelist Kingdom

Yugi's Deck

Record
Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome
Joey Wheeler 1 Win

The only known card in Yugi's own Deck is "Blackland Fire Dragon".

Grandpa's Deck

Record
Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome
Seto Kaiba 1 Win
Maximillion Pegasus 2 Lose (Timed)
Weevil Underwood 4-5 Win
Mako Tsunami 7 Win
Mokuba Kaiba 8 No result
Ghost Kaiba 9-10 Win
PaniK 14-15 Win
Paradox Brothers 19-21 Win (with Joey Wheeler)
Seto Kaiba 22-24 Lose
Mai Valentine 29-30 Win
Joey Wheeler 33-34 Win
Maximillion Pegasus 35-39 Win
Rebecca Hawkins 41-42 Lose
Bandit Keith/Marik Ishtar 50-51 No result
Johnny Steps 53 Win

Yugi's Duelist Kingdom Deck is a EARTH/DARK Normal Monster Deck, which he received from his grandfather. Despite this being Solomon's Deck, Yugi never received his grandfather's Blue-Eyes White Dragon that was part of the deck as it was ripped in half by Seto Kaiba. Most of his Normal Monsters have low ATK, but he supports them with Magic Cards such as "Horn of the Unicorn" to raise their strength, while also maximizing his more powerful monsters' potential through cards like "Burning Land" and "Makiu, the Magical Mist." If put on the defensive, he uses "Swords of Revealing Light" and "Magical Hats" to buy time for a comeback, or "Mirror Force" and "Spellbinding Circle" for a surprise counterattack. He also includes a bit of support for his Signature card, "Dark Magician", like "Mystic Box" and "Book of Secret Arts". If all else fails, he resorts to Summoning mighty Ritual Monsters including "Black Luster Soldier" and "Magician of Black Chaos" for a reversal finish. The Deck also had Exodia in it, which he used in the first episode to defeat Kaiba, but Weevil Underwood threw them overboard on the ship to Duelist Kingdom, and Joey Wheeler was only able to recover 2 of them, so Yugi abandoned Exodia.

Duelist Kingdom Deck

Special Deck

Record
Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome
Bakura/Yami Bakura 13 Win

In episode 13, Yugi combines some of Joey's, Téa's and Tristan's cards into his Deck against Bakura/Yami Bakura.

Friendship Deck

Battle City

Record
Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome
Seeker 56-57 Win
Arkana 60-62 Win
Strings/Marik Ishtar 65-67 Win
Rare Hunter 2 and Rare Hunter 3 68 Win (with Seto Kaiba)
Lumis and Umbra 70-73 Win (with Seto Kaiba)
Joey Wheeler/Marik Ishtar 75-78 Draw
Yami Bakura 82-84 Win
Seto Kaiba, Yami Marik, Joey Wheeler 122-124 Win
Seto Kaiba 129-134 Win
Yami Marik 138-142 Win
Joey Wheeler 143 Not shown

During the Battle City preliminaries and quarter-finals, Yugi runs a Magnet Warrior/Spellcaster Deck that focuses on "Dark Magician Girl" and supports both Spellcasters through "Magic Cylinder" and "Magic Formula". His Deck also includes more control cards that allow him to manipulate an opponent's cards, such as "Brain Control", "Lightforce Sword" and "Mystical Refpanel". During his Duel against Seto Kaiba in the semi-finals and his Duel against Yami Marik in the finals, his Deck shifts its focus to a Poker Knight Deck, whose strategy involves swarming the field through "Soul Rope" and "King's Knight" to summon "Slifer the Sky Dragon", and further strengthen his monster through cards such as "Card of Sanctity" and "Disgraceful Charity". If "Slifer" is destroyed, Yugi falls back on destructive OTK strategies, either by using "Dark Paladin" and enhancing its power through "Red-Eyes Black Dragon" (which he received from Joey Wheeler after winning it back from Seeker) and "Diffusion Wave-Motion", or with "Obelisk the Tormentor" (in his Duel against Yami Marik) by Summoning it through a combination of "Fiend's Sanctuary" and "Multiply" and supporting its effect with cards like "Soul Taker".

Battle City Deck

Virtual World

Record
Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome
Gansley 99-101 Win
The Big Five 111-113 Win (with Joey Wheeler)
Noah Kaiba 117-118 Win

Yugi's Virtual World Deck is largely similar to his Battle City Deck, though he did not have the luxury of his God Cards. He also included several cards he had formerly used in Duelist Kingdom, but not in Battle City. He also introduces new support for his Duelist Kingdom Themes, such as The Rock Spirit (EARTH monsters) and Sangan (low ATK). For his Duel with Noah Kaiba, Yugi would shuffle his Deck together with the remainder of Seto's own.

Virtual World Deck

Waking the Dragons

Record
Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome
Gurimo 145-146 Win
Rafael 156-158 Lose
Yami Yugi 163 Lose

Yugi plays a Kuriboh/Timaeus Deck during the Waking the Dragons arc, focusing on Summoning the 5 Kuriboh Brothers through "Five Star Twilight" and combining them to form "Kuribabylon", whom he raises its ATK through "Pump Up" and "The Seal of Orichalcos" (the latter when he was under its influence). He also makes use of his "The Eye of Timaeus" card he received in order to defeat Dartz, by fusing it with his Magicians in order to Summon powerful Fusions. He supports his strategy by using "Excalibur" or "Altar of Restoration". In his Duel against Dartz, he focused on the three "Legendary Knights" to take down his most powerful monsters through their own special abilities or by fusing them into "Timaeus the Knight of Destiny". Because of Yami's loss to Rafael, Yugi's soul was taken and thus he played no part in the Duels for the rest of the season, save a Duel against Yami that acted as a test of the latter's character. Cards used by Yami after this point are listed at Yami Yugi's Decks, as Yugi had no part in any further alterations to the Deck.

Waking the Dragons Deck

Grand Championship

Record
Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome
KC DuelTek 760 185-186 Win
Vivian Wong 193 Win
Leon von Schroeder 196-198 Win

In the Grand Championship arc, Yugi plays a Dark Magician/Poker Knight Deck, which focuses on Summoning his magicians quickly through "Skilled Dark Magician" and "Watapon", and supports older combos involving them with cards like "Emblem of Dragon Destroyer" and "Necromancy". He again makes use of his Knights' swarming abilities, this time to Summon "Royal Straight Slasher" whom he used to destroy the illegal card "Golden Castle of Stromberg". In addition, most of his Kuriboh support cards made no appearance.

See also: Rick, whose Deck Yugi used against KC DuelTek 760.

Grand Championship Deck

Dawn of the Duel

Record
Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome
Yami Bakura 215-218 Win
Yami Yugi 221-224 Win

During the Dawn of the Duel arc, Yugi uses a Silent/Toy Deck that focuses mainly on cards that have effects that happen gradually throughout the Duel, like "Silent Swordsman LV0" and "Ground Erosion", and maximizes their effects through his "Turn Jump". To protect his "Silent Swordsman LV0", he relies on "Mirage Ruler" or "Ambush Shield". He also supports his "Marshmallon" through cards like "Marshmallon Glasses" and "Witch of the Black Forest". He includes several cards to protect his life points, such as "Lengard" and "Soul Shield". For last resorts, he moves on to his "Gandora the Dragon of Destruction" and supports its Summoning through "Blockman". During the beginning ceremonial battle, he makes use of the "Gadget" series whom he uses to power-up his Trap Monster, "Stronghold the Moving Fortress", through "Ties of the Brethren". He also further supports his "Magnet Warriors" with cards like "Magnet Reverse" and "Magnet Force", the latter he used to defeat the "Egyptian Gods". During the last turns of the final Duel, he focuses on strengthening his "Silent Magician LV0" in order to beat Atem's "Dark Magician", through "Card of Sanctity". This Deck represents the strength Yugi has without the help of Yami Yugi as well as his playful side. As a result he does not use the Dark Magician and its related cards (except for Buster Blader), leaving them to Yami Yugi when they build separate Decks for the final ceremonial Duel.

Dawn of the Duel Deck

Other

Pyramid of Light

Record
Opponent(s) Outcome
Seto Kaiba/Anubis Win

In the movie, Yugi's Deck adds more support for Dark Magicians as well as a higher amount of resources devoted to Summoning the God cards. Only the cards used by Yugi in his Duel were shown in the film, but the full Decklist (totaling out to exactly forty cards) was given in the novelization of the film.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light

GX

Past

Record
Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome
Jaden Yuki 179-180 Not shown

In Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, Yugi's Deck featured cards that he had previously used in a variety of arcs, including some not seen in a while. The Duel between him and Jaden Yuki is known to have taken place sometime after a second version of Battle City.

Past Deck

Present

In episode 18, Yugi's Deck was to be displayed in a special room within Duel Academy, where it was stolen by Dimitri, who used it in two Duels. Here, the Deck focused on retrained "Chaos" versions of Yugi's "Chaos" Ritual monsters.

Present Deck

Replica

In episodes 168 and 179, a replica of Yugi's Deck is shown, which was to be given to the student who did the best in the graduation Duels.

Replica Deck

3D Bonds Beyond Time

Record
Opponent(s) Outcome
Paradox Win (with Jaden Yuki and Yusei Fudo)
Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D Bonds Beyond Time

A special opening of episode 65 of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's features some of his famous monster cards. Most of them didn't appear in the movie.

Teaser Deck

Manga

Early manga

Record
Opponent(s) Chapter(s) Outcome
Katsuya Jonouchi 9 Win
Seto Kaiba 9-10 Win
Seto Kaiba 36-39 Win

Yugi's early manga included these cards as well as a number of unnamed monsters.

Early Manga Deck

Duelist Kingdom

Duelist Kingdom Deck

Battle City

Battle City

Millennium World

Millennium World

R

Record
Opponent(s) Chapters(s) Outcome
Depre Scott 22-24 Win

In Yu-Gi-Oh! R, Yugi uses a Toy Deck, centered around Yugi's childish side, using cards such as "Toy Magician" and "Toy Box". Similar to the Millennium World arc, Yugi and Yami utilize separate Decks.

Yu-Gi-Oh! R Yugi's Deck

Novel

Yu-Gi-Oh! Novel Deck

Scripted Duels

North American World Championship Qualifier 2011

Record
Opponent(s) Tournament Outcome
Yusei Fudo North American WCQ 2011 Win
Deck

Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Providence 2012

Record
Opponent(s) Tournament Outcome
Maximillion Pegasus YCS Providence 2012 Win
Yami Bakura YCS Providence 2012 Win
Deck

World Championship 2013

Record
Opponent(s) Tournament Outcome
Mai Valentine WC 2013 Win
Deck

North American World Championship Qualifier 2014

Record
Opponent(s) Tournament Outcome
Astral 2014 NAWCQ Win
Deck

V Jump Magazine

Dark Yugi (Atem) Deck

Video games

Yu-Gi-Oh! Dark Duel Stories

Yugi's deck in Yu-Gi-Oh! Dark Duel Stories is based off cards he used in Duelist Kingdom and Battle City, such as Gaia The Fierce Knight and D. Magician Girl. True to his anime and manga appearances, his most powerful card is D. Magician, while his signature card is shown to be Kuriboh. The rest of his deck consists of assorted low-level monsters (mostly repeats).

Deck

The Eternal Duelist Soul

Deck

The Sacred Cards

Deck

World Championship Tournament 2004

World Championship 2004 Deck

Dawn of Destiny

Dawn of Destiny Deck

Reshef of Destruction

Deck

7 Trials to Glory: World Championship Tournament 2005

Standard Deck
Advanced Deck

World Championship 2007

Magic Darkness

World Championship 2008

Give You Courage

Nightmare Troubadour

Decks

Magic Darkness (Version 1)
Magic Darkness (Version 2)
Magic Darkness (Version 3)
Magnet Power
Magic Time

Deck Recipe

True Friends

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 This card is Set in Defense Position and destroyed in episode 1.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 This card was present in his Deck for only the first three episodes. Weevil Underwood threw this card off of the boat to Duelist Kingdom in episode 3.
  3. 3.0 3.1 This card was played as a Normal Monster. It is a Fusion Monster in the TCG/OCG.
  4. This card is given to Joey Wheeler in episode 3.
  5. This card can be seen in his hand in episode 2.
  6. This card is activated to destroy a horde of monsters in the virtual game in episode 44, but is destroyed by an "Armed Ninja".
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 This card was played as a Magic Card. It was depicted as a Quick-Play Magic Card in the dub. It is a Trap Card in the TCG/OCG.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Alternate art in the dub.
  9. 9.0 9.1 This card was played as a Magic Card. It was depicted as a Trap Card in the dub. It is a Trap Card in the TCG/OCG.
  10. This is Tristan's favorite card. He lent to Yugi for this Duel.
  11. This is Joey's favorite card. He lent to Yugi for this Duel.
  12. This is Téa's favorite card. She lent to Yugi for this Duel.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 This card can be seen in his hand in episode 60 before he activates "Card Destruction".
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 This card can be seen when he rebuilds his Deck in episode 85.
  15. This card is won from Seeker in episode 57. It originally belonged to Joey Wheeler.
  16. This card is won from Seto Kaiba in episode 134.
  17. This card is won from Strings/Marik Ishtar in episode 67.
  18. This card is won from Marik Ishtar in episode 142.
  19. This card can be seen after Yami activates Ragnarok in episode 142 as a monster spirit. It was probably used as a cost to activate ragnarok's effect.
  20. This card is received from Seto Kaiba in episode 137.
  21. 21.0 21.1 This card can be seen when he rebuilds his Deck in episode 85.
  22. This card can be seen in his hand briefly in episode 76.
  23. This card can be seen in his hand in episode 71
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 Borrowed from Seto Kaiba's Deck.
  25. This card can be seen in episode 99 before "Kuriboh" selects itself to be his Deck Master.
  26. 26.0 26.1 This card is Summoned when the group attempts to escape the Virtual World in episode 120.
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 This card is used in episode 102 to get through a monster-guarded door in the maze.
  28. This card is discarded via the effect of "Card Destruction" in episode 112. It is later removed from the Graveyard to Summon "The Rock Spirit".
  29. Borrowed Seto Kaiba's deck master.
  30. This card is Tributed to Ritual Summon "Magician of Black Chaos" in episode 113.
  31. The first copy can be seen before he activates "Card Destruction" in episode 112. Another copy is seen in his hand later in the same episode after "Card Destruction" is activated.
  32. 32.0 32.1 This card is discarded via the effect of "Ashingray" in episode 99.
  33. This card is drawn but not played by him in episode 158.
  34. 34.0 34.1 34.2 34.3 In episode 157, this card can be seen in Yami Yugi's hand after he activates "Card of Sanctity".
  35. 35.0 35.1 35.2 35.3 This card is used during his Duel against Yami Yugi in episode 163.
  36. This card is acquired in episode 147.
  37. This card can be seen in his hand after he activates "Graceful Charity" in episode 146.
  38. 38.0 38.1 38.2 This card is discarded from his Deck to the Graveyard to activate the effect of "Royal Straight Slasher" in episode 198.
  39. This card is given to Rick in episode 185.
  40. This card can be seen in his hand after he activates "Card of Sanctity" in episode 198.
  41. This card is Set in episode 198 and sent to the Graveyard via "Emergency Provisions".
  42. 42.0 42.1 42.2 This card is selected by Yugi and added to hand via the effect of "Subspatial Battle" in episode 180.
  43. 43.0 43.1 This card can be seen in his hand after "Subspatial Battle" resolves in episode 180.
  44. 44.0 44.1 While shuffling Yugi's Deck before their Duel, Jaden sensed the power of all 3 Egyptian God cards in it.
  45. This card is given to Jaden Yuki in episode 1.
  46. This card is given to him by Kaiba before the final duel of Battle City between Yugi and Yami Marik.
  47. 47.0 47.1 47.2 47.3 47.4 This card was played as a Normal Monster. It is an Effect Monster in the TCG/OCG
  48. This card can been seen in his hand in chapter 23.
  49. This card was discarded for the effect of Dark Paladin.
  50. 50.0 50.1 50.2 50.3 This card was discarded by the effect of Graceful Charity.
  51. 51.0 51.1 This card is used as Fusion Material for "Valkryion the Magna Warrior".
  52. 52.0 52.1 52.2 52.3 52.4 52.5 52.6 52.7 This card is discarded by the effect of "Card Destruction".
  53. This card was treated as a Fusion Monster. It is an Effect Monster in the TCG/OCG.
  54. This card is seen in Yugi's Deck after the duel.
  55. Used with Multiply.
  56. Used with Magical Hats.
  57. This card is discarded for the cost of "Dark Magician Girl the Dragon Knight".

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