|Anime Deck||Gladiator Beast|
|Anime debut||Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 118: "Survival of the Fittest"|
The Battle Beast, often abbreviated BB, is a character in the Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V anime. He is a member of Duel Academy and the most powerful student of Sanders. As he proved to be too violent to control, the Battle Beast is kept at Duel Academy.
The Battle Beast's design seems to be based two-fold, around a Roman gladiator (like his Deck) and also of an archetypal barbarian. While young, the Battle Beast is tall and rather muscular with a lean, well-built frame with a wide chest and large shoulders. His hair is reddish brown and very long, as it passes his shoulders and reaches his back, while also sporting two bangs, both of which almost reach his abdomen. Due to him wearing very little clothing, most of his frame is revealed. The only real clothes he wears are a pair of ragged trousers/shorts, which further emphasizes the brutish theme of his design. He wears a very simplistic necklace with three green fangs and two red orbs, with the center fang being visibly the longest of them. He also wears black wristbands, and has a white armband on his right arm's biceps. On the left side of his upper body, he has a black armband/gladiatorial-like shoulder pauldron, with orange studs around the circumference. Cementing his barbarian motif even further, he walks barefoot.
Blindly competitive and savage, to the degree of coming off as feral, the Battle Beast has no problem in defeating his own comrades and sealing them into cards. His savagery is exacerbated in the dub by having him speak in the third person. Even sealing his opponents may not necessarily save them from the Battle Beast's wrath; he once attempted to crush a card containing one of his victims. Even when calm, he is shown to be very arrogant and sadistic, reveling in others' fear and suffering while showing no restraint. When called out on his actions, the Battle Beast only responds with absolute indifference. His competitiveness can be used against him to a degree; Yuya Sakaki, Gong Strong, and Crow Hogan all exploited this in order to cause him to target them. His savagery is such that he is referred as being "Duel starved" and has show violent tendencies like physically assaulting his opponents if needed.
Despite his savagery and undeniable skill, the Battle Beast is cowardly; attacking from the shadows and retreating behind his Continuous Trap Cards when cowed. This is further reflected in his playstyle, given the tag-out effects of the "Gladiator Beasts". BB seems to struggle with dealing with constant pressure and threats from Sanders and dislikes taking orders from him. Ultimately, BB dislikes having to fight and only does so for self-preservation, when threatened with being sealed into a card, BB snapped and rebelled against Sanders.
The Battle Beast is extremely fast and agile, able to match the blinding speed of the ninja-trained Moon Shadow with ease, as well as deftly deny Yuya Sakaki (who was using Rollerboots at the time) access to Action Cards in a Duel. He is also skilled at using the "Predaprimal Jungle" to conceal himself. His camouflage isn't perfect, however, as Sylvio Sawatari was able to pick out his hiding place by the glowing of his eyes.
The Battle Beast was trained by Sanders to become the strongest Duel Soldier, but his sheer hostility caused him to Duel and seal anyone he encountered into cards. Due to this he was judged defective and imprisoned.
When Sanders began a Survival Duel between the Lancers and five Duel Academy students, the Battle Beast joined the Battle Royal as well. He defeated and sealed Bernie into a card so swiftly that the change in numbers was barely picked up by those watching. He soon encountered Moon Shadow and engaged him in a Duel. Moon proved to be a more even opponent due to his comparable speed and agility, but the Battle Beast began to overpower him. Ted joined the Duel and received the intrusion penalty, allowing the Battle Beast to seize the chance to defeat the unprepared student with a single attack, before defeating Moon as well and sealing them both into cards. He later defeated and sealed Ethan into a card, before going after Sylvio Sawatari and chased him until he fell off the Duel arena. When Sylvio reunited with Crow Hogan, he watched them until Emma and Jacob arrived. Battle Beast then joined the Duel between the four, receiving the intrusion penalty while they wondered where he was.
The Battle Beast swiftly defeated Emma and Jacob and sealed them into cards, before hunting down Crow and Sylvio. Crow eliminated Sylvio from the game by damaging his Duel Disk and engaged the Battle Beast directly in an attempt to end the Duel in a DRAW. The Battle Beast was able to survive, but the attack and its location drew him out of hiding. As Yuya Sakaki and Gong Strong arrived, the Battle Beast pinned Crow down and sealed him into a card. He attempted to stomp on Crow's card, but Sylvio managed to snatch it away from him. The Battle Beast then proceeded to Duel Yuya and Gong. He weathered their attacks by protecting his "Gladiator Beasts" with "Gladiator Beast's Medallion" and used destruction effects in combination with "Thumbs Down" to quickly reduce their LP. The Battle Beast used Contact Fusion to bring out "Gladiator Beast Andabata" and "Gladiator Beast Gyzarus"; Yuya and Gong managed to barely survive his subsequent attacks, as the Battle Beast blocked Yuya's moves to get an Action Card, forcing Gong to use one. Incensed at Gong's resistance, the Battle Beast wiped him out with the effect of "Thumbs Down" and prepared to seal him into a card, but was interrupted by the arrival of Jack Atlas.
Jack asked the Battle Beast if he was the one who sealed Crow into a card, and the Battle Beast responded cryptically, prompting Jack to declare his actions unforgivable. Jack Summoned "Scarlight Red Dragon Archfiend" and used its effect to destroy "Andabatae", countering the Battle Beast's efforts to protect it and resulting in the effect of "Thumbs Down" inflicting extra damage. The Battle Beast thought that he'd lost, but the effect of the "Red Warg" that Jack had used to Summon "Scarlight" prevented him from attacking, and the Battle Beast smiled in relief, causing Sanders to yell at him and join the Duel. Sanders brought "Andabatae" back with the effect of "Gladiator Beast Tamer Editor" and told him to show his strength and viciousness to the enemy, causing the Battle Beast to start shaking. Yuya successfully grabbed an Action Card; the Battle Beast didn't stop him as he was still frozen in shock and Sanders yelled at him again for not following orders. The Battle Beast activated his trump card, "Gladiator Beast Assault Fort", to protect himself and challenged Yuya and Jack to break through it, shaking again. Sanders threatened to seal him into a card for his disobedience; having had enough, the Battle Beast used the effect of "Tamer Editor" to destroy itself with the intent of defeating Sanders, surprising everyone.
After he defeated Sanders, the Battle Beast jumped off the fort and held him down to seal him into a card. Yuya tried to stop him but the Battle Beast knocked him back. Yuya protested that the Battle Beast didn't really want to fight. The Battle Beast asked Yuya how he would know, and Yuya claimed that they were similar. Angered by being ordered around and enlisted in Duel Academy's war, the Battle Beast threatened to seal Sanders into a card, and Sanders agreed, insisting that the Battle Beast seal him into a card and the eliminate Yuya. Still angered that Sanders was ordering him around, he retreated into "Gladiator Beast Fort" after learning that the Professor had ordered Yuya's elimination. He tried to use his "Fort" to damage Yuya twice, but Yuya dodged the first attempt and Jack blocked the second.
Angered, the Battle Beast restocked his "Fort", but to his shock, Jack used "Tyrant Red Dragon Archfiend" to destroy all the cards on the field, wiping out his "Fort". This allowed the Battle Beast to activate "Gladiator Beast Great Fortress" and stock it with the monsters in his Graveyard to and negate the effects of all face-up monsters on the field. Jack attacked directly, but the Battle Beast activated the effect of "Great Fortress" to Special Summon "Andabatae" as a defender with ATK based on the number of monsters in the "Assault Fort". Jack prevented "Tyrant's" destruction, much to the Battle Beast's anger. Yuya stepped up next, launching several attacks with low-Level "Performapals" and protecting them from destruction, forcing the Battle Beast to use up his defenders to intercept the attacks. Believing that Yuya had used up his attacks, the Battle Beast waited for his monsters to return, but to his shock, they were engaged in a paintball match with Yuya's monsters due to "Performapal Pendulum Art & Clean", and they plucked him out of "Great Fortress", depositing on the ground covered in paint. Yuya insisted that Dueling could be fun and that the Battle Beast could Duel his own way, before revealing that all the monsters Summoned this turn would be destroyed by "Performapal Pendulum Art & Clean", which combined with the effect of "Great Fortress" would inflict 500 damage to their controller for each monster sent to the Graveyard. Yuya revealed that his Pendulum Monsters would be sent to the Extra Deck, and he announced that the finishing move was the Battle Beast's. The Battle Beast agreed, announcing that the effect of "Great Fortress" would defeat him as the damage landed home. He blamed himself for hurting so many people but Yuya reassured him that he could atone for his deeds since his true self returned, and he cried and apologized as Yuya vowed to save the people that the Battle Beast had sealed into cards.
The Battle Beast uses a "Gladiator Beast" Deck. The "Gladiator Beast" monsters focus on returning themselves to the Deck after a battle to Special Summon other "Gladiator Beasts"; in order to either activate their potent effects or use them to Special Summon "Gladiator Beast" Fusion Monsters through Contact Fusion. The Battle Beast focuses highly on removal effects like "Gladiator Beast Murmillo" and "Gladiator Beast Gyzarus", using these in combination with cards like "Thumbs Down" and "Gladiator Beast's Great Fortress" to reduce his opponent's LP even more quickly. To ensure their survival, the Battle Beast protects them with various Continuous Trap Cards, and when cornered he has the option of protecting himself with "Gladiator Beast Assault Fort"
|Emma and Jacob||119-120||Win|
|Sylvio Sawatari and Crow Hogan||119-120||Win (Crow); no result (Sylvio)|
|Yuya Sakaki and Jack Atlas||120-122||Lose (with Sanders)|