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Egyptian God
From left to right: "Slifer", "Ra" and "Obelisk"
From left to right: "Slifer", "Ra" and "Obelisk"
  • さんげんしん
  • 三幻神 (base)
  • さんげんしん (ruby)
  • Sangenshin (romanized)
  • Three Legendary Gods (translated)
Traditional Chinese
  • 三幻神
  • Three Legendary Gods (translated)
  • Dieux Egyptiens
  • Ägyptischen Götter
  • Divinità Egizie
  • 삼환신
  • 三幻神 (Hanja)
  • Samhwanshin (romanized)
  • Three Legendary Gods (translated)
  • Deus Egípcio
  • Dios Egipcio
Other names Legendary God
Anime appearances
Manga appearances

The Egyptian God Cards, also known in Japanese as the Three Legendary Gods (さんげんしん, Sangenshin), are a series of powerful monster cards in Yu-Gi-Oh! that serve as a focal point in the series' manga, the anime, and numerous video games. They are all Level 10 DIVINE Divine-Beast Monster Cards, and in the TCG and OCG, they are the only Divine-Beast cards and, along with "Holactie the Creator of Light", are the only DIVINE cards.



The "Egyptian Gods" are one-of-a-kind all-powerful cards created by Maximillion Pegasus, who modeled them after three Ancient Egypt divine beasts whose likenesses surround the Millennium Puzzle on the stone tablet said to hold the memories of the nameless Pharaoh. According to Ishizu Ishtar, they are believed to represent the polarities of the universe. When Pegasus decided to make them into cards, everyone involved in the project was attacked by the spirits of the "Egyptian God" monsters, so Pegasus decided to create the cards on his own, under the protection of his Millennium Eye. When Pegasus finished the art-work on the prototypes, he had a nightmare about the Egyptian Gods attacking him. Shadi told Pegasus that he had angered the "Egyptian gods". Maximillion Pegasus woke up injured after this "nightmare," so he decided that these cards were too powerful to be mass-produced, and had Ishizu Ishtar bury the prototypes in the Pharaoh's tomb. The wielder of these great cards is able to acquire the title of "Duel King," but in the wrong hands, they are capable of causing legitimate injury or even death. Using counterfeits of the "God" cards also proved to be deadly, as Marik Ishtar found out when his Rare Hunters were testing counterfeited copies of "The Winged Dragon of Ra", some ended up being crippled, some lost their minds, and some even died the moment the card was played. Marik came to the conclusion that the "Gods" respond to the strength of heart of the Duelists, of which none of the members of the experimental group had, and to this end, he gave Odion a copy of "Ra", reasoning that he would be able to control it due to his past as a servant of the Tomb Keepers. Unfortunately, this proved to be incorrect, resulting in both Duelists being struck down.

Marik was able to acquire "The Winged Dragon of Ra" and "Slifer the Sky Dragon", but Ishizu was able to protect "Obelisk the Tormentor". She gave the card to Seto Kaiba, and requested that he host a Dueling tournament to lure Marik and his Rare Hunters to the city, bringing the other "God" cards with them. Kaiba, intent on claiming the cards for himself to secure his title as the strongest Duelist, agreed and hosted the Battle City tournament. During the tournament Marik revealed to Yami Yugi the "God" cards and that the Millennium Puzzle were needed to unlock his lost memories. Marik used "Slifer the Sky Dragon" against Yami Yugi through Strings, but Yami Yugi was able to defeat "Slifer" and took it for himself in accordance with Battle City's ante rules. Kaiba reveled in the power of "Obelisk the Tormentor" after testing it against his own Deck, and he used it throughout the tournament against Koji Nagumo and several Rare Hunters, including Lumis and Umbra.

During the tournament quarterfinals, Yami Yugi used "Slifer" for the first time to defeat Yami Bakura. Marik had placed a copy of "The Winged Dragon of Ra" in Odion's Deck without his knowledge, telling him that usage of the card against Joey Wheeler was needed to prove to those watching that Odion was Marik, as Marik was keeping his identity a secret. After Odion was struck down by "Ra's" rage for using a counterfeit of its card, Marik was taken over by Yami Marik, who Dueled Mai Valentine in the next round. Mai successfully took "The Winged Dragon of Ra" from Yami Marik's Deck with "Amazon Chain Master" and Summoned it, but was unable to read the hieratic text on the card one needed to recite to control it. On his next turn Yami Marik did so himself and took back control of "Ra" to win the Duel. In the final round of the quarter-finals, Kaiba faced Ishizu who had entered the tournament to save her brother and reclaim "Obelisk" from Kaiba. Using her Millennium Necklace to foresee Kaiba's moves, Ishizu allowed him to Summon "Obelisk" with the intent to destroy it "Blast Held With a Tribute", but a vision from Yami Marik's Millennium Rod convinced Kaiba to win using his "Blue-Eyes White Dragon", thwarting Ishizu's strategy. In an unofficial fifth Duel later that night, Yami Bakura Dueled Yami Marik, and Bakura used a combination of "Dark Designator" and "Multiple Destruction" to place "Ra" in the Graveyard, apparently eliminating it, but later Yami Marik revived it with "Monster Reborn" and revealed its secret abilities Instant Attack and Point-to-Point Transfer) to win the Duel. In the anime Bakura used "Exchange" to seize "The Winged Dragon of Ra" instead, and with the help of the spirit of the original Marik was able to Summon and control Ra. However, Yami Marik sapped "Ra's" tribute materials' ATK to 0 with "Joyful Doom", thus "Ra" was also left with 0 ATK, and Bakura later abandoned "Ra" later in the Duel, allowing Yami Marik to revive it and win the Duel.

The Egyptian God Cards did not appear during the Virtual World arc, since the Big Five had the cards forbidden from their database that was used to choose a player's Deck.

Yugi holding the 3 "Egyptian God" Cards at the end of the Battle City tournament

Marik and Joey Dueled in the semi-finals, and Yami Marik unveiled "Ra's" Phoenix Mode, burning Joey and wounding him so badly he fell unconscious and was unable to finish the Duel. In the next Duel, Kaiba and Yami Yugi faced each other and eventually both got their "God" cards on the field. Eventually they equaled at 4000 ATK and destroyed each other, the clash triggering a vision of the Duel between Priest Seto and Pharaoh Atem in Ancient Egypt, and a vision of their two Gods petrified. Yami Yugi was eventually able to win the Duel with "Dark Paladin", claiming "Obelisk". In the final Duel against Yami Marik, Yami Yugi used both "God" cards to battle him, but it was revealed "Ra" was stronger than both the other "God" cards and it destroyed "Slifer" with ease and eventually forced Yugi to sacrifice "Obelisk" to survive. Nonetheless Yami Yugi eventually won by using "Ragnarok". In the manga, Yugi used "Dimension Magic" to have two Magicians on the field, then the second effect of "Dimension Magic" makes Yugi combine the attacks of his two Magicians and destroy "Ra" by battle. As Yami Marik was fused with "Ra" at the time, this allowed Marik to regain control of his body from his dark half. Marik surrendered the Duel to Yugi, and gave him "Ra".

In the Waking the Dragons season, Yami Yugi attempts to use the "God" cards to unlock the Tablet of Lost Memories, but it is iced over by the power of Dartz, preventing him from regaining his memories. The "God" cards are later stolen when Solomon Muto is caring for them by Dartz's underlings. "Obelisk" was briefly used by Gurimo against Yami Yugi and though it was successfully controlled by "The Seal of Orichalcos" the combination caused Gurimo to suffer discomfort. After Gurimo's defeat, the God cards were taken to Dartz's temple, where they were drained of their energy to fuel the Great Leviathan. They are retrieved at the end of the season and empowered with the light of Dartz's captives to battle the Great Leviathan in physical form, defeating it decisively.

In the Memory World arc, Yami Yugi uses the "God" cards to enter the world of the Pharaoh's memory. Here, acting as Atem in what is actually an RPG-type Shadow Game orchestrated by Yami Bakura, Yami Yugi battles Bandit King Bakura and his Diabound with the "God" monsters one by one. "Slifer" is destroyed by Diabound, resulting in Diabound gaining its power, but "Ra" successfully destroys Diabound. However, as the Summoning of "Ra" was as a result of outside interference from Yugi, Yami Bakura used his ability as a player of the Shadow RPG to rewind time and prevent the Summoning of "Ra". Yami Yugi later Summons the Gods to battle Zorc Necrophades, apparently defeating them, but Zorc petrifies the Gods, badly injuring the Pharaoh. Upon learning his name, Yami Yugi/Atem uses it to merge the "Gods" into "Holactie the Creator of Light", destroying Zorc and winning the Shadow RPG. Afterwards Yami Yugi used the "God" cards again against Yugi Muto in the Battle Ritual, Yugi destroying the cards by turning "Slifer's" effect against the "God" cards with "Magnet Force" (in the manga, Atem only Summoned Obelisk, but it was weakened, and Yugi's "Silent Swordsman" was strengthened, making both their ATK 2500, then, when Obelisk attacked, they were both destroyed). In the Duel's final move, Yami Yugi attempts to revive "Slifer" with "Monster Reborn", but Yugi had foreseen this and sealed "Monster Reborn" with "Gold Sarcophagus", allowing him to win the Duel. The three "God" cards were then lost forever when the tomb collapsed, burying the seven Millennium Items along with the cards when Atem left for the afterlife.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions[edit]

In Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions, Kaiba pulls "Obelisk" out of the ground during his Duel against Diva, and used it to reduce his Life Points to 1000 before the Duel abruptly ends.

Yu-Gi-Oh! R[edit]

In Yu-Gi-Oh! R, the "Wicked Gods" are introduced, used by Pegasus's protégé Yako Tenma; Yako claimed them to be the twins of the three "Egyptian God" cards, and that Pegasus himself was too afraid to produce them, but Yako completed them based on Pegasus's designs. The "Egyptian Gods" themselves made only brief appearances in the series, with "Slifer" being destroyed by "The Wicked Avatar" in Dark Yugi's first Duel with Yako and later being used to offhandedly dispatch Cedar Mill;" "Ra" being briefly Summoned in the second Duel with Yako to destroy "The Wicked Dreadroot," though ultimately, Yako negated the Summon; and "Obelisk" to clash with "Avatar" in the final Duel with Yako, matching its ATK and destroying them both after being made equal on the Divine Hierachy as "Obelisk The Progenitor."

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light[edit]

The three "Gods" combined.

In Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light, the three "Gods" combine to form a monster with infinite strength. This allowed Yugi to destroy Anubis' "Theinen the Great Sphinx" with an ultimate attack, "Titan Firestorm," and win the Duel. In the Japanese version of the second series anime, this is the equivalent of "Obelisk's" "Soul Energy Max" ability, which, as alluded to by Seto Kaiba, was a "miracle of God's anger."

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX[edit]

In Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, the dorms of Duel Academy are named for the "God" cards - Slifer Red, Ra Yellow and Obelisk Blue. The series also introduces the Sacred Beasts, evil and twisted versions of the "God" cards. Pegasus confirms the "God" cards themselves are gone.[1] Presumably when Yami Yugi departed to the afterlife after his Duel with Yugi, he took the "God" cards with him. A copy of "The Winged Dragon of Ra" that Industrial Illusions created for testing purposes is stolen by a disgruntled card designer named Franz, who later Duels Jaden Yuki. The abilities of the card as far as immunity goes is not fully disclosed. There is a trend in GX for monsters of significant importance, to simply receive blanket immunity from all Spell, Trap and Monster Effects (e.g. "Exodius the Ultimate Forbidden Lord"). "Ra" was also seen activating its Point-to-Point Transfer and Egyptian God Phoenix abilities while it was Tribute Summoned here. Jaden is able to defeat Franz and the copy of "Ra" is returned to Pegasus. In the final episode when Jaden Duels Yugi, "Slifer" is Summoned when Yami Yugi takes over the Duel.

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

In Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, the "God" cards are briefly mentioned in by Taro, when he compared the power of "Zushin the Sleeping Giant" to that of the "Egyptian Gods".[2]

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

In Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, the Fusion Dimension Duel Academy has an elite squad of Duelists called the Obelisk Force. They wear helmets similar to the face of "Obelisk the Tormentor". The dub also maintains the dorms seen in GX. It is unknown why they are named after "Obelisk" in this series, as no mention of the Egyptian God cards' existence has been made.


The names of the "Egyptian God" Cards are derived from the names of items in Egyptian mythology:

English Japanese Translation Etymology
Slifer the Sky Dragon 「オシリスのてんくうりゅう
(Oshirisu no Tenkūryū)
Sky Dragon of Osiris Japanese: Named after Osiris, the Egyptian God of Life, Death, and Fertility.

English: Named after Roger Slifer, a producer of the English-language adaptation to the anime.

Obelisk the Tormentor 「オベリスクのきょしんへい
(Oberisuku no Kyoshinhei)
Giant God-Soldier of Obelisk Named after obelisk, a type of monument.
The Winged Dragon of Ra 「ラーのよくしんりゅう
(Rā no Yokushinryū)
Winged God-Dragon of Ra Named after Ra, the Egyptian God of the Sun.

In the English manga, they are all often simply referred to as "God". Although their original names are still used.

Anime and manga effects[edit]

All three Egyptian Gods feature shared effects and individual effects. However, their exact effects have never been clearly stated in the anime and manga (their shared effects in the manga was more like their special abilities as Divine Alignment monsters). The following is a list of Egyptian God effects that were observed or claimed in the anime and manga.

In addition to their Divine-Beast Type, the Egyptian Gods are sometimes stated to be different Types: "Obelisk" is a Warrior, "Slifer" is a Dragon, and "Ra" is a Machine. The three are classified as these Types in various video games such as Yu-Gi-Oh! The Sacred Cards and Yu-Gi-Oh! Reshef of Destruction. In the anime and manga, Yugi's "Buster Blader" gains 500 ATK due to "Slifer" being a Dragon monster.[3][4]

Shared effects[edit]

In this list, Exceptions are contradictions to the observed/claimed effect that were explained with in-universe game effects or magical effects, and to a certain extent can be considered an intended card effect. Inconsistencies are contradictions to the card effects that did not have explanations.


  • They require three Tributes due to being Level 10 monsters.[5] Under the Duelist Kingdom rules, Kaiba was shown Summoning "Obelisk" without any Tributes, just like any other monster.[6]
  • They possess a Hierarchy among themselves.[7] In Yu-Gi-Oh! R, Yako Tenma explains this Hierachy to like a pyramid, with "Ra" at the top, and "Slifer" and "Obelisk" at the bottom as equals.[8] Because of this, the attacks and effects of "Slifer" and "Obelisk the Tormentor" do not work on "Ra" (and the controller of "Ra" takes no Battle Damage).[7] The attacks and effects (for one turn) of "Obelisk" and "Slifer" will work on each other.[9] The "Wicked Gods" belong to this same Hierarchy.[8]
  • They are unaffected by the effects of monsters (except for the abilities of a God with the same or higher Hierarchy), Trap Cards, and Virus Cards.
  • They are unaffected by effects that would directly remove them from the side of the field of their controller, except for the abilities of a God with the same or higher Hierarchy.
    • Exception: "Dimension Magic" was able to destroy "Ra". This was apparently because a monster destroyed by "Dimension Magic" was treated as being destroyed by an attack rather than an effect.[7]
    • Exception: According to the visions of the Millennium Tauk, Ishizu would have been able to destroy "Obelisk" with "Blast Held by a Tribute". According to Ishizu, the "bomb" created by her Trap had become part of "Obelisk", which was why it would have been able to destroy it.[15]
  • They cannot be Tributed by their opponent.[16]
  • Activated card effects that are able to affect them only affect them for one turn (which is why they return to the Graveyard after one turn if they were Special Summoned from there, as well as cards like Nightmare's Steelcage preventing "Slifer" from attacking as long as it's on the field).[17][4]
    • Exception: "Divine Evolution", a card specifically designed for the God Cards and "Wicked Gods", was able to override this, able to increase the ATK and Hierarchy of "Obelisk" and "Dreadroot".[18][19]
  • Their effects are treated as both effects and attacks.
    • Example: "Slifer's" effect fail to destroy "Ra" and "Avatar" due to Hierarchy, meaning that they count as effects.[20][8]
    • Example: Summoning "Kuriboh" while "Nightmare's Steelcage" was active did not trigger "Slifer's" effect, indicating that it is an attack.[4]
    • Example: "Ra" using its "God Phoenix" effect fulfills the requirement of Surprise Attack from Beyond to Special Summon monsters that attacked in that turn from the Graveyard.[16]


  • Only chosen Duelists linked to the ancient past may control a God card.[21]
  • Each card requires a Tribute of 3 monsters in order to be Normal Summoned/Set from your hand to the field.[24][25][26]
  • If they are Special Summoned in Defense Position when your opponent has attacked with a monster, you may switch the attack target to them.[27][28][29]
  • According to Yami Marik, they cannot be Tributed by your opponent. Yami Yugi suggested such an effect could remove an Egyptian God from the field for the duration of the turn, but neither claim was demonstratably proven.[29]
  • Control of the cards on the field cannot change.[30]
  • The opponent cannot equip cards to the God Cards.[31]
  • They cannot be destroyed by card effects of non-God Cards.[32]
    • Exception: According to the visions provided by the Millennium Necklace, Ishizu Ishtar would have been able to destroy "Obelisk" with the effect of "Sacrifice's Blast". According to Ishizu, the "bomb" created by her Trap had become part of "Obelisk", which was why it would have been able to destroy it.[33]
    • Inconsistency: Kaiba's "Obelisk" was unable to destroy Yami Yugi's "Slifer the Sky Dragon" with its effect OR Yami Yugi's "Slifer" was able to destroy his own "The Winged Dragon of Ra".[34][35]
    • Inconsistency: Yami Yugi was able to destroy "Ra" with "Ragnarok".[36]
  • All other card effects only affect them for the remainder of the turn they were activated.[3] This includes the effect of "Monster Reborn", which is why they return to the Graveyard during the End Phase of the turn they were Special Summoned.[37]
    • Exception: Yugi's "Ground Erosion" Trap Card was able to both reduce the ATK of and negate the effects of "Obelisk". Yugi claimed this was because it affected the Monster Zone that "Obelisk" was Summoned to, rather than "Obelisk" itself.[38]
    • Exception: "The Seal of Orichalcos" was able to continuously increase the ATK of "Obelisk", as it was an ancient power that surpasses the Egyptian Gods.[39]
    • Exception: "Pyramid of Light" was able to remove all three of the God cards from play.[40]
    • Inconsistency: When Atem Special Summoned "Slifer" with the effect of "Summoning Clock", it remained on the field after the turn had passed.
  • Their effects are treated as both effects and attacks.

Individual effects[edit]

  • "Obelisk":
    • During either player's turn, the player can Tribute two other monsters they control to activate one of these effects:
      • Increase its ATK to ∞ while it is in Attack Position on the either player's Battle Phase, and immediately after the effect resolves, it must attack (can be done on the opponent's turn). After it has attacked, the ATK of "Obelisk" returns to its original value.
      • The anime and other media had another option, which was destroying all the opponent's monsters and inflicting damage to the opponent equal to its ATK. This ability was used only once in the manga continuity, when Kaiba Summoned "Obelisk" during his Duel against Diva.
  • "Slifer":
    • The ATK and DEF is the number of cards held by the Duelist x 1000.
    • When an opponent Summons a monster, it attacks that monster immediately, reducing that monster's ATK or DEF by 2000, depending on if it is in Attack or Defense Position. If that monster's ATK or DEF was reduced to 0 as a result, it is destroyed.
  • "Ra":
    • Regardless of its method of Summon, "Ra" will remain in Sphere Mode unless the Duelist recites the hieratic text written on the card, which is printed in an ink that can only be seen under its light. While "Ra" is in "Sphere Mode", "Ra" cannot use its effects, attack, and be attacked, but does not prevent the opponent from attacking directly.
    • The "first power of Ra": The ATK and DEF are equal to the combined respective ATK and DEF of all monsters Tributed to Summon it.
    • The "second power of Ra", which consists of several abilities:
      • Point-to-Point Transfer (the following abilities cannot be used while While "Ra" is in its "Egyptian God Phoenix" mode):
        • The Duelist can pay all but 1 of their Life Points to increase the ATK & DEF of "Ra" by the same amount of Life Points paid. It can be done multiple times in either player's turn.[7] This is represented by the Duelist's body being reduced to a single eye while the rest of them appears fused with "Ra".
        • "Ra" can be targeted by "De-Fusion" to undo this fusion in either player's turn. This reduces the ATK & DEF of "Ra" to 0 and increases the Duelist's Life Points by an amount equal to what "Ra's" ATK had been, while stopping "Ra" from attacking if it had been doing so.
        • The Duelist can also choose to Tribute any other monsters they control to add their ATK & DEF to "Ra's" ATK & DEF in either player's turn.
      • Instant Attack:
        • This card is immune to any card effects and conditions that would prevent it from attacking.
        • It can attack all monsters the opponent controls, as well as attack directly afterwards.
    • The "third power of Ra": When Point-to-Point Transfer isn't used, "Ra" can be turned into Egyptian God Phoenix where it gains the following abilities:
      • Cannot be destroyed by battle, and you take 0 Battle Damage from battles involving it, and it is immune to all card effects.
      • During either player's turn, the Duelist can pay 1000 Life Points to destroy a monster.

TCG/OCG cards[edit]

Each Egyptian God has two separate versions in the physical card game: an illegal version that cannot be used in official tournaments, and a legal version that can. Each version of the Egyptian God cards has seen reprints.

Illegal prints[edit]

The latest Illegal versions of the TCG/OCG Egyptian God cards feature the following:

  • The limitation text "This card cannot be used in a Duel."
  • Flavor text as card text, based on their anime flavor text.
  • Non-standard card background color, based on their anime card background colors.
  • Non-standard card backing colors, based on their card background colors.
  • For "Slifer the Sky Dragon", non-standard ATK/DEF numbers written as X000/X000.

In the Japanese versions, the Illegal versions also feature Series 2 card layouts, even on their reprints.

The Illegal versions were printed in the following printings in the Japanese OCG:

The Illegal versions were printed in the following printings in the North American English TCG:

Other regional and language printings can be found on the cards' individual pages.

Legal prints[edit]

All three of the Egyptian God cards have received legal prints as Effect Monsters. The legal "Obelisk" and "Slifer" possess effects virtually identical to their video game effects, while the legal version of "Ra" has its effects severely weakened (it cannot be Special Summoned, does not gain ATK equal to the total ATK of the monsters Tributed for its Tribute Summon, and its Point-to-Point Transfer effect can only be used upon its Normal Summon, thus limiting the player's choice and making it incompatible with its "Phoenix" effect).

The only immunity of "Obelisk" was that it cannot be targeted by card effects, whereas the two other "God" Cards can be destroyed by anything. The immunity of the Egyptian Gods was later introduced as part of the effect of "Mound of the Bound Creator".

Playing style[edit]

Egyptian Gods Decks focus on Tribute Summoning the three Egyptian God monsters and supporting them with their dedicated support cards. Egyptian God support cards either support the monsters individually, or support their DIVINE Attribute or Divine-Beast Typing.

Egyptian God support cards focus on searching out the Egyptian Gods and providing Tribute for ther 3-Tribute requirement for Normal Summoning, and secondarily focus on providing powerful effects if the player controls the Egyptian God monsters. Key searchers for the Egyptian Gods include "Soul Energy MAX!!" (if it is in the GY, which can be done with "Foolish Burial Goods") for Obelisk, "Thunderspeed Summon" for Slifer and Ra (requires setup of Three Musketeers of Face Cards), and "Ancient Chant" for Ra.

Egyptian God support cards that provide tribute include "Reactor Slime" and "Egyptian God Slime". "Soul Crossing" allows a Spell Speed 2 Tribute Summon of an Egyptian God using the opponent's monsters.

Once on the field, the Egyptian Gods have signature move cards, as well as other monster-specific support cards, that provide more powerful interactions beyond the monsters' individual effects. Slifer is supported by "Thunderforce Attack", Obelisk is supported by "Fist of Fate", and Ra is supported by "Blaze Cannon". Other general on-field support cards for Egyptian Gods include "Mound of the Bound Creator" and "Divine Evolution".

Multiple Egyptian God support cards, including "Dark Spell Regeneration", "Magical Trick Mirror", "Ultimate Divine-Beast", and "Millennium Revelation", provide revival for Egyptian God monsters in the GY. Notably, several of them specifically require interacting with "Monster Reborn" to function.

Typically, Egyptian God Decks focus on a single Egyptian God and its support, as their support are specific to themselves and lack synergy between them. Notably, Ra has a search card for its support cards, "Guardian Slime", making its strategy relatively more consistent.


  • The Egyptian Gods have little on-field protection, and can be easily removed by removal cards like "Raigeki".
  • The Egyptian Gods require a hefty investment to consistently search out and summon, meaning that it is easy to disrupt their summoning process by removing their monster tributes or by negating their searches with "Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring".

Recommended cards[edit]

Egyptian God + "Archfiend" Deck (December 13, 2017)[edit]

A Deck that makes use of “Masterking Archfiend” (that appeared in “LINK VRAINS PACK”)

You can Link Summon “Masterking Archfiend” with the effects of cards like “Phantom Skyblaster” and “Tour Guide from the Underworld”.

You can pay the activation cost of the effect of a “Edge Imp Sabres” in the GY to put a card on top of your Deck, and then add the card to your hand with the effects of cards like “The True Name” and “Archfiend’s Oath”.

You can easily get “Edge Imp Sabres” to the GY via 2 ways: • Special Summon it with the effect of “Tour Guide from the Underworld”, then send it to the GY via things such as using it as material for the Link Summon of “Masterking Archfiend” • Or you can send it from the Deck to the GY with “Masterking Archfiend” by paying an 800 LP cost (to match its 800 DEF), with cards such as “Psychic Blade” or “Brain Control”.

Level 6 monsters like “Archfiend Commander” can be used as materials to Xyz SummonInzektor Exa-Beetle”, whose effect can make “The Winged Dragon of Ra” an Equip Card, that you can send to the GY, allowing you to Special Summon “The Winged Dragon of Ra – Immortal Phoenix”.

V-Jump magazine[edit]

In the Febuary 2012 issue of the V-Jump Magazine, a Deck was posted on how to Summon all three of the "Egyptian Gods" as well as "Holactie the Creator of Light".[42]

Video games[edit]

The "Egyptian God" cards are present in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Sacred Cards, Yu-Gi-Oh! Reshef of Destruction, Yu-Gi-Oh! Nightmare Troubadour, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Spirit Caller and Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Tag Force 2.

In Tag Force 2, they can be obtained only if the player has the original Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Tag Force UMD Disc.

In Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Tag Force 3, they can be obtained only if the player has Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Tag Force 1 and 2.

In Spirit Caller, the game must be connected with Nightmare Troubadour in order to obtain them. Since it is possible to "trade" between Nightmare Troubadour, Spirit Caller and Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2007 by buying cards from Nightmare Troubadour, it is possible to have the "Egyptian God" cards in any of these games. Additionally, in Spirit Caller, the player can see the "Egyptian God" Cards by unlocking Yami Yugi.

In Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2008, they can only be obtained via the Card Download function, like with "Thunder King Rai-Oh".

In Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's World Championship 2009: Stardust Accelerator, "Obelisk" is an Effect Monster, but "Slifer" and "Ra" are their own individual Monster Card types, unseen in the game's navigational menus. They are all Level 10, DIVINE Attribute, Divine-Beast-Type, and cannot be targeted by cards or effects. The Summon of an "Egyptian God" card cannot be negated, and cards cannot be activated in response to their Summon. Each "Egyptian God" card requires three Tributes to be Normal Summoned, and cannot be Set. If Special Summoned, they are destroyed during the End Phase.


  • In the original manga and the Japanese version of the anime, the card text of the Egyptian Gods (except the Hieratic text of "The Winged Dragon of Ra") is written in English, likely due to the one-of-a-kind cards being created by an American (Pegasus).
    • However, they are still referred to their Japanese names, rather than the English names printed on the cards.
    • The anime uses a slightly different card layout as well, likely due to not being finished as a result of the curse associated with them.
  • Each of the God Cards in the TCG/OCG are focused on a certain play-style:
    • "Obelisk" is offensive, using its 4000 ATK & DEF combined with its targeting immunity to destroy everything and overwhelm the opponent.
    • "Slifer" is defensive, using its effects to weaken and destroy Summoned monsters to compensate for its fluctuating ATK & DEF.
    • "Ra" is OTK based, using its effect to significantly increase it ATK to enormous Levels, and potentially defeat the opponent that turn. Alternatively, using its destruction effect can aid in allowing for other monsters to do so.
  • Of the 3 Gods, Yami Yugi never Summoned "Ra" in the manga (discounting Yu-Gi-Oh! R), he does in the anime's version of his Duel with Yugi Muto though.
  • The Egyptian Gods have spawned many trinities of powerful cards that tend to be important in the series they have been featured in. These include the following:
  • The illegal prints of the Egyptian God cards once demanded high prices on the secondary market. This was prior to their current widespread availability. During this time, countless counterfeit copies were made and distributed primarily throughout East Asia.
  • In the Filipino anime, Ra's name is changed to "Apollo", the Greek equivalent of Ra.
  • The ranks of the dorms in the Duel Academy, named after the Egyptian Gods, reflects how Seto Kaiba viewed the three cards:
    • Slifer Red is the lowest rank, as "Slifer" was owned by Yugi Muto, his arch-rival.
    • Ra Yellow is the middle rank, as "Ra" was owned by Marik Ishtar, who Kaiba is neutral to.
    • Obelisk Blue is the top rank, as "Obelisk" was owned and prized by Kaiba himself.
  • In the Basic Game Play FAQ on the Former Official UDE Web Site there was a question that asked "What do the Egyptian god cards do?" and it was answered with "Nothing. They're not legitimate Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game cards. They have no effects and can't be used in your Deck".

See also[edit]



  1. Yu-Gi-Oh! GX - Episode 085
  2. Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's - Episode 121
  3. a b c Yu-Gi-Oh! episode 06666: "Mime Control, Part 2"
  4. a b c Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel 173173 (Duelist Duel 114): "Combo of Despair!!"
  5. Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel 172172 (Duelist Duel 113): "Summon the Nightmare"
  6. Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel 148148 (Duelist Duel 89): "The God of the Obelisk"
  7. a b c d Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel 275275 (Duelist Duel 216): "One Point of Life!"
  8. a b c Yu-Gi-Oh! R Duel Round 0022: "Avatar's Menace!!"
  9. Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel 256256 (Duelist Duel 197): "God vs. God!"
  10. Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel 208208 (Duelist Duel 149): "The Line of Fire"
  11. Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions
  12. Yu-Gi-Oh! R Duel Round 03030: "The Invincible "1""
  13. Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel 174174 (Duelist Duel 115): "The Combo of God!!"
  14. Yu-Gi-Oh! R Duel Round 01111: "The Showdown, And Then...?!"
  15. Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel 278278 (Duelist Duel 219): "A New Journey!"
  16. a b Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel 274274 (Duelist Duel 215): "Attack from the Darkness!"
  17. Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel 236236 (Duelist Duel 177): "The Dark God is Born!"
  18. Yu-Gi-Oh! R Duel Round 01010: "A World Ruled by Terror!!"
  19. Yu-Gi-Oh! R Duel Round 04242: "God vs. Evil God!!"
  20. Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel 267267 (Duelist Duel 208): "Slifer vs. Ra!"
  21. Yu-Gi-Oh! episode 09292: "Mind Game: Mai Vs. Marik, Part 3"
  22. Yu-Gi-Oh! episode 146146: "A New Evil - Part 2"
  23. Yu-Gi-Oh! GX episode 08585: "Rah, Rah, Ra!"
  24. Yu-Gi-Oh! episode 05454: "Obelisk the Tormentor"
  25. Yu-Gi-Oh! episode 06565: "Mime Control, Part 1"
  26. Yu-Gi-Oh! episode 08989: "Awakening of Evil, Part 4"
  27. Yu-Gi-Oh! episode 132132: "Clash in the Coliseum - Part 4"
  28. Yu-Gi-Oh! episode 138138: "The Final Face Off - Part 1"
  29. a b c Yu-Gi-Oh! episode 141141: "The Final Face Off - Part 4"
  30. Yu-Gi-Oh! episode 06767: "Mime Control, Part 3"
  31. Yu-Gi-Oh! episode 08484: "The Dark Spirit Revealed, Part 3"
  32. Yu-Gi-Oh! episode 06868: "Legendary Fisherman, Part 1"
  33. Yu-Gi-Oh! episode 09494: "A Duel with Destiny, Part 2"
  34. Yu-Gi-Oh! episode 131131: "Clash in the Coliseum - Part 3"
  35. Yu-Gi-Oh! episode 223223: "The Final Duel - Part 3"
  36. Yu-Gi-Oh! episode 142142: "The Final Face Off - Part 5"
  37. Yu-Gi-Oh! episode 09797: "Showdown in the Shadows, Part 2"
  38. Yu-Gi-Oh! episode 221221: "The Final Duel - Part 1"
  39. Yu-Gi-Oh! episode 145145: "A New Evil - Part 1"
  40. Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light
  41. Yu-Gi-Oh! episode 222222: "The Final Duel - Part 2"
  42. V-Jump magazine