Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS - Episode 042

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Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS - Episode 042
Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS - Episode 042



Sutādasuto Rōdo no Michibiki

Japanese translation

Stardust Road's Guidance


Storm Access

Episode number


Japanese air date

March 7, 2018

English air date

January 20, 2019

Japanese opening

With The Wind

Japanese ending

Writing Life


Junki Takegami


Masakazu Takahashi



Animation director

Yuji Kaneko

Episode listing Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode listing (season 1)
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Next The Reveal

"Storm Access", known as "Stardust Road's Guidance" in the Japanese version, is the forty-second episode of the Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS anime. It first aired in Japan on March 7, 2018, and aired in Canada on January 20, 2019.

Playmaker manages to withstand a brutal attack from Varis' Link Monster. Sensing the presence of monsters in the Tower of Hanoi, he flies into it. Playmaker then bets it all on a draw, but...

Featured Duel: Playmaker vs. Varis[edit]

Duel continues from the previous episode.

Turn 4: Varis
"Blast Powder Dragon" attacks Playmaker directly. As Varis' monster attacked directly while Playmaker has three or more Cyberse monsters in his GY, he activates the Quick-Play Spell Card "Spool Code" to negate the attack and Special Summon three "Spool Tokens" in Defense Position (???/0). As monsters were Normal or Special Summoned to a zone "Flash Charge Dragon" points to, Varis activates its effect to destroy one of those monsters and inflict 500 damage to Playmaker. He destroys a "Spool Token" (Playmaker: 900 → 400 LP).

Turn 5: Playmaker
Playmaker uses a "Spool Token" to Link Summon "Link Disciple (500/↓) to the Extra Monster Zone. Playmaker Normal Summons "Swap Cleric" (500/???). Playmaker uses "Swap Cleric" and a "Spool Token" to Link Summon "Security Dragon" (1100/↑↓) to the zone the bottom-center Link Arrow of "Link Disciple" points to. As "Swap Cleric" was used as a Link Material for a Link Summon, Playmaker activates its effect, decreasing the ATK of the Link Summoned monster by 500, then Playmaker draws a card. As "Security Dragon" is co-linked, Playmaker activates its effect to return a monster Varis controls to his hand. He targets "Flash Charge Dragon". As "Flash Charge Dragon" was targeted by a card effect, Varis activates its effect, Tributing a monster he controls to negate the effect. He Tributes "Blast Powder Dragon".

At this point, Playmaker enters the Data Storm. As his LP is 1000 or lower, Playmaker activates his Skill "Storm Access", randomly accessing a card within a Data Storm. Playmaker obtains "Transcode Talker" and adds it to his Extra Deck.

Playmaker uses "Link Disciple" and the Link-2 "Security Dragon" to Link Summon "Transcode Talker" (2300/↑→↓) to the Extra Monster Zone. Playmaker activates the effect of "Transcode Talker" to Special Summon a "code Talker" monster from his GY to a zone it points to. He Special Summons "Decode Talker" (2300/↙↑↘) to the zone the bottom-center Link Arrow of "Transcode Talker" points to. "Decode Talker" gains 500 ATK for each monster it points to ("Decode Talker": 2300 → 2800 ATK). As "Transcode Talker" is co-linked, it and the monster co-linked to it gain 500 ATK ("Transcode Talker": 2300 → 2800 ATK; "Decode Talker": 2800 → 3300 ATK). Playmaker activates the Field Spell Card "Cynet Storm", increasing the ATK and DEF of linked monsters on the field by 500 ("Transcode Talker": 2800 → 3300 ATK; "Decode Talker": 3300 → 3800 ATK). If Playmaker takes 2000 or more damage, he can shuffle the face-down cards in his Extra Deck and excavate the top card among them. If it is a Cyberse Link Monster, Playmaker can Special Summon it; otherwise, it is returned to the Extra Deck. "Decode Talker" attacks and destroys "Flash Charge Dragon" (Varis: 4000 → 2500 LP). "Transcode Talker" attacks Varis directly. As Playmaker's monster attacked directly, Varis activates the effect of "Chobham Armor Dragon" to Special Summon it from his hand in Attack Position (0/???) and change the attack target to "Chobham Armor Dragon". "Chobham Armor Dragon" cannot be destroyed by that battle, and any battle damage Varis would have taken is halved. The attack continues (Varis: 2500 → 850 LP).

Turn 6: Varis
At this point, Varis enters the Data Storm. As his LP is 1000 or lower, Varis activates his Skill "Storm Access", randomly accessing a card within a Data Storm. Varis obtains "Topologic Gumblar Dragon" and adds it to his Extra Deck.

Varis activates the Spell Card "Link Recovery" to Special Summon a Link Monster from his GY, then if the Link Rating of the Special Summoned monster is more than the number of monsters Playmaker controls, Playmaker draws a card, however Varis cannot conduct his Battle Phase this turn. He Special Summons "Flash Charge Dragon" (2300/↖↑↗). Varis uses "Chobham Armor Dragon" and the Link-3 "Flash Charge Dragon" to Link Summon "Topologic Gumblar Dragon" (3000/↑←↓→) to the Extra Monster Zone. As "Chobham Armor Dragon" was used as a Link Material for a Link Summon, Varis activates its effect to let both players add a monster from their GY to their hands. Varis adds "Spin-Headed Behemoth" and Playmaker adds "Backup Secretary". As Varis controls a Link-3 or higher monster, he Special Summons "Drop Draco" by its own effect (1000/2200). As a monster was Special Summoned to a zone a Link Monster pointed to, Varis activates the effect of "Topologic Gumblar Dragon" to destroy all cards in both players' hands. As a card was sent from a player's hand to the GY, Varis activates the effect of "Drop Draco" to inflict 300 damage to both players for each card sent, in this case three (Playmaker: 400 → 0 LP; Varis: 850 → 0 LP).

Featured cards[edit]

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

Yusaku Fujiki/Playmaker

Differences in adaptations[edit]

  • During the scene of Playmaker explaining the effect of "Transcode Talker", the 360° rotation has been cut from the dub.
  • Virtual "blood" has been recolored to blue in the dub.

In other languages[edit]

Language Title
Germany German Der Pfad zur Stardust Road
Italy Italian Accesso Tempesta
Brazil Portuguese Orientação para a Stardust Road
Mexico Spanish La guía de Stardust Road