Battle Royal

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A Battle Royal (バトル・ロイヤル, Batoru Roiyaru) is a game of Duel Monsters involving more than 2 sides.

The rules of a normal Duel apply, but a number of changes are made to accommodate multiple players. The following characteristics are common in this kind of Duel:

  • Each player is each other player's opponent.
  • Players may help or attack other players.
  • Players may cooperate against other players.
  • No player may attack on their first turn.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, no player may draw on their first turn either.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, if a player joins an ongoing Duel without themselves Dueling in progress, their starting LP is halved to 2000 as a penalty. This is called an "Intrusion Penalty"
    • If they are Dueling each other, they can change their current Duel into a Battle Royal if they intruded pair and other pair agree to do so.

This type of game has been carried out multiple times in the anime and manga series.


From episode 106 to episode 107, Nesbitt Duels Tristan Taylor, Duke Devlin and Serenity Wheeler at once. Despite Tristan losing, his cards were still on the field and their effects were still applying.

From episode 122 to episode 124, Yugi Muto, Joey Wheeler, Seto Kaiba and Yami Marik faced each other in a Battle Royal to determine the match-ups for the finals of the Battle City tournament.

In episode 165, Valon Duels Rebecca Hawkins and Duke Devlin while using the Battle Royal rules.

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX[edit]

The Duel from episode 92 featured Maximillion Pegasus facing off against Vellian Crowler and against Jean Louis Bonaparte.

In the episodes from 122 to 130, Duels in Battle Royal mode occured against the Duel Ghouls.

In the episodes 175 and 176, Yusuke Fujiwara Dueled like this while trying to defeat Jaden Yuki and Jesse Anderson. He chose these rules in order to manipulate Jaden and Jesse into attacking one another due to their common rivalry.

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's[edit]

In episode 62 to episode 64, Rex Goodwin Duels Yusei Fudo, Jack Atlas and Crow Hogan, with Goodwin starting with 12,000 LP. It is also a Turbo Duel, even though Goodwin doesn't ride a Duel Runner and stands on the top of a temple, but he uses the Turbo Duel rules against his opponents.

In episode 86, when Yusei Fudo Dueled against three thugs, the Battle Royal rules are used.

In episode 106, Primo's army of Ghosts, named "Diablo", invaded the WRGP and began to start Duels in Battle Royal mode with all the contestants present.

In episode 139 to episode 140, Sherry LeBlanc tricks Crow Hogan and Akiza Izinski into fighting one another using these rules.

In episode 141 to episode 143, when Aporia Duels against Jack, Leo and Luna, the Battle Royal rules are used.

Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL[edit]

In episode 33, featured Quattro facing off against Caswell Francis and against Bronk Stone.

From episode 51 to episode 53, Duels were carried out using the Battle Royal rules for the World Duel Carnival finals aboard the Duel Coaster.

In episode 85, Girag brainwashed multiple students to attack Yuma Tsukumo with a Battle Royal Duel.

In episode 87, the Duel of Girag, Yuma and Ray Shadows utilized the Battle Royal rules.

From episode 112 to episode 117, the Duels against the Fearsome Four of the Dark Dueling World were carried out using these rules.

In episode 131, the Duel of Vector, Marin and Dumon is conducted through the Battle Royal rules.

In episode 138, the Duel of Don Thousand, Yuma and Nash is conducted through the Battle Royal rules.

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V[edit]

In episode 24, the Duel between Shay Obsidian, Dipper O'rion, Julia Krystal and Kit Blade used Battle Royal rules, with the latter three cooperating against Shay.

In episode 30, Yuya Sakaki Dueled against four of Grizzlepike Jones's friends to retrieve Gong's sash.

In episode 36, Yuya Sakaki joins the Duel between Sora Perse and Yuto, turning the Duel into a Battle Royal.

In episode 42, Zuzu Boyle interrupted Olga and Gong Strong's Duel, turning the Duel into a Battle Royal.

In episode 44, a Battle Royal started between Reed Pepper and the pair of Olga and Halil.

In episode 47, a Battle Royal also started between Yuri and the pair of Olga and Halil.

In episode 48, a 7-vs-3 (including Reed and Trout) Battle Royal began in the Volcano Area.

In episode 103, a Battle Royal started between Alexis Rhodes and three Juvenile Officers.

In episode 136 to 140, a Battle Royal occurred between the Lancers and their allies against Z-ARC.

Video Games[edit]


In Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's World Championship 2011: Over the Nexus, Primo unleashes the Diablo army, which attack the player in a fashion similar to the anime. However, instead of engaging in a free-for-all Duel, the player has to dodge the numerous Ally Salvos launched by the Ghosts for a set time. Afterwards, Battle Royal mode is available in the race simulator.

In Battle Royal mode in the video game, top speed and acceleration of the Duel Runner mean next to nothing. The player must survive for a set 90 seconds while dodging the attacks from Ghosts and picking up any items along the way. Accelerating will only move the player further up the screen, while braking does the opposite. Using a booster will allow the player to temporarily outrun the Ghosts and remain unattacked for a few seconds. Rank is determined not by how long the player survives nor how much the player is damaged, but how many items are picked up along the way.