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Honda and Ryuji playing roshambo. Honda (left) has chosen scissors. Ryuji (right) has chosen paper.

Rock-paper-scissors or roshambo is a two-player game, where each player simultaneously forms their hand into one of three shapes; rock, paper or scissors. The winner is determined by comparing the chosen shapes, rock beats scissors, scissors beats paper and paper beats rock. If both players pick the same shape, it is a draw. In the event of a draw, the game can be repeated until a winner is determined.

Card game usage[edit]

In the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game, rock-paper-scissors is one of the methods, suggested by the rulebook for determining which player decides who moves first. This practice is also used in a number of video games.

The card "Transmission Gear" requires players to play rock-paper-scissors as part of its effect.

The "Geargiano" monsters and ingredients for "Curry Pot" each feature a trio of cards, whose artworks depict monsters making one of the rock-paper-scissors shapes.

Manga appearances[edit]

Rock-paper-scissors is referred to as roshambo or ro-sham-bo throughout the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga, where it makes a number of appearances as a choosing method.

Dark Yugi played roshambo against Ushio and Kokurano to determine who moved first in Money and Knife and Paper Crash!, respectively, with Dark Yugi winning in both cases.[1][2]

A duo of Rare Hunters played roshambo with each other to try and decide which of them should Duel Dark Yugi first. However they kept tying, which tried the patience of Dark Yugi, who was in a hurry. Seto Kaiba then intervened and suggested that he and Dark Yugi face the Rare Hunters in a Tag Duel.[3]

Hiroto Honda and Ryuji Otogi played a game where the winner got to carry Shizuka Kawai. Honda picked scissors and Ryuji picked paper. However while Honda was distracted by the sound of Mai Kujaku laughing, Ryuji changed his hand to represent rock.[4]

Yu-Gi-Oh! volume 6: "Monster Fight!", features a Monster World Battle Game, which recommends players play rock-paper-scissors to determine who plays the role of dungeon master.

External links[edit]


  1. Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel 1: "The Puzzle of the Gods"
  2. Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel 5: "The False Prophet"
  3. Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel 177: "Attack that Opponent!"
  4. Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel 195: "Yugi Fights Alone"