Friendship Cup

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Friendship Cup
Friendship Cup
English nameFriendship Cup
Japanese nameフレンドシップカップ
Furendoshippu Kappu
LocationNew Domino City
WinnerYuya Sakaki
Runner-upJack Atlas
Anime appearancesYu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V

The Friendship Cup is a tournament held in the Synchro Dimension in the Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V anime. The tournament made Jack Atlas the current Duel King.[1] It was created to promote harmony between the Topsiders and Commons after the Commons revolted when Chojiro Tokumatsu was arrested.[2]

There is a large amount of controversy regarding the motives of the tournament, due to Jack being perceived as a traitor by many of the Commons, a hero by the other part, and the Tops consider him to be one of them. According to Yugo the purpose of the event is deciding who is worthy of challenging Jack to a Duel. Every year a participant is picked for an exhibition match, which in reality is meant to show the rest Jack's overwhelming strength, so Jack's opponent is called "The King's sacrifice".[3]

There is a horrible conspiracy behind the tournament where losers are taken to an Underground Labor Facility and forced into servitude (though once there they can win their freedom by Dueling).[4] However, the people of New Domino City don't seem to find anything wrong with this as it's "natural" for the defeated to fall.[5]

With Yuya's victory, Topsiders and Commons were abolished.[6] This means that the Friendship Cup has outlived its usage, so it's dubious that it will be held again in the future.


Within the Underground Dueling Arena, defeating 10 people in a row allows one to participate in such tournament.[7] Alternatively, one can also sign up by filling an application sheet, which needs to be approved by Jean Michel Roget[8], though Roget may also invite people he deems worthy himself.[2]


Participants in the Friendship Cup





The match-ups for the second half of the first round.
Yuya wins the Friendship Cup.

The Friendship Cup is conducted as a 16-player knock-out tournament. The participants are locked in a building owned by the High Council to keep Jean Michel Roget and Sector Security from interfering. Matchups are revealed on the spot, with the chosen Duelists being released at that moment and led to the Duel Palace. The losers, however, are forced to leave the building.

After the Duel between Shay Obsidian and Dennis McField destroyed much of the stadium's Duel Lanes, the tournament was forced to be held in New Domino City proper, with it being broadcasted to the audience in the stadium.[22]


Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
Episode 71            
 Yuya Sakaki  100
Episodes 78-79
 Officer 227  0  
 Yuya Sakaki   100
Episode 68
   Shinji Weber   0  
 Moon Shadow[Notes 2]  0
Episodes 87-88
 Shinji Weber  1000  
  Yuya Sakaki   300
Episode 66
    Crow Hogan   0  
 Gong Strong  0
Episodes 81-82
 Crow Hogan  100  
  Crow Hogan   800
Episodes 74-75
    Shay Obsidian   0  
 Shay Obsidian  100
Episodes 96-98
 Dennis McField  0  
  Yuya Sakaki   100
Episode 69
    Jack Atlas   0
 Zuzu Boyle  700
Episode 77
 Chojiro Tokumatsu  0  
 Zuzu Boyle  0
Episode 73
   Sergey Volkov  100  
 Sergey Volkov  ???
Episodes 93-94
 Damon Lopez  0  
 Sergey Volkov  0
Episode 70
   Jack Atlas[Notes 1]   200  
 Celina  2500
Episodes 84-85
 Tony Zomboni  0  
  Celina   0
Episode 72
    Yugo   200  
 Sylvio Sawatari  0
 Yugo  550  


  1. a b Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 05454: "City 'Scape"
  2. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 06363: "Fight for Freedom"
  3. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 06464: "Match with the Master"
  4. a b Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 07373: "Turning Point"
  5. a b Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 07171: "Duel Consequences"
  6. a b Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 09898: "Friendship Finale"
  7. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 05858: "Scream for the Green"
  8. a b c Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 06262: "The Great Escape"
  9. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 08585: "A Plan and a Promise: Part 2"
  10. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 06969: "A Concerted Effort"
  11. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 08888: "Wake Up Call"
  12. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 07575: "Shay's Revenge"
  13. a b c Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 06565: "Traits of a Traitor"
  14. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 06666: "Crow's Crew"
  15. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 09393: "Road Rage: Part 1"
  16. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 06868: "Common Cause"
  17. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 09494: "Road Rage: Part 2"
  18. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 08282: "Warriors of the Air"
  19. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 07979: "Road To Rebellion"
  20. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 07272: "Turbotainers"
  21. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 07070: "The Gift of Grit"
  22. a b Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 07777: "A Cons Game"


  1. a b Replaced Yugo, who was missing at the time.
  2. a b Replaced Riley Akaba, who refused to Duel.