Card Appearances:The Winged Dragon of Ra - Sphere Mode

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Ra's Sphere Mode

Whenever "The Winged Dragon of Ra" was Tribute Summoned, it was represented in this form until its Hieratic Text could be recited. While in this mode, Ra cannot attack, defend, or activate any of its special abilities.

Its most notable appearance was the first time "Ra" was Tribute Summoned, by Mai Valentine in episode 91, in which she adds Yami Marik's "Ra" card to her hand by the effect of "Amazoness Chain Master" and subsequently Tribute Summons it. In the next episode, after Mai fails to recite the Hieratic Text, Marik is given the opportunity to do so, allowing him to unlock this card's true form.

The chant in the English dub of the anime is:

"Great beast of the sky, please hear my cry.
Transform thyself from orb of light and bring me victory in this fight.
Envelop the desert with your glow and cast your rage upon my foe.
Unlock your powers from deep within so that together we may win.
Appear in this Shadow Game as I call your name,
Winged Dragon of Ra!"

In the English dub of episode 221, when Pharaoh Atem summoned "Ra", he uses a different chant:

"Almighty protector of the sun and sky, I beg of thee, please heed my cry.
Transform thyself from orb of light and bring me victory in this fight.
I beseech thee, grace our humble game.
But first I out thy name,
Winged Dragon of Ra!

In Japanese, the chant is incomprehensible Hieratic. The text on the card described the 3 main group of effects of "The Winged Dragon of Ra" (acquiring the ATK and DEF values of the 3 monsters Tributed to summon "Ra", Point-to-Point Transfer, and Egyptian God Phoenix). The player had to select and read the effect they desired to activate. Kaiba, in the Japanese manga and anime versions only, translated the text which reads as fellow:

「太陽神は3体の生贄を束ねてその力を得る ただし神を従えし者古の呪文を天に捧げよ
神は地より蘇生する 再生の術と術者の命を与えよ 時はひとつであろうとも戦場の敵は炎によって屍と化す
時ひとつとして神は不死鳥となる 選ばれし魔物は大地に眠る」

When roughly translates to:

"Ra shall acquire the power of three tributes. However, only those who offer the ancient incantation to heaven shall God follow.
God shall revive from earth. By offering the Ritual of Revival and his own life, one shall be united with God, and all enemies on the battlefield shall be incinerated.
In an instant, God shall become a Phoenix, and all evil spirits chosen by it shall repose on earth."

Scripted Duels[edit]