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Yu-Gi-Oh! GX episode 02929: "Doomsday Duel, Part 1"
The Shadow Riders, known as the Seven Stars Assassins (セブンスターズ刺客 Sebunsutāzu Shikaku) in Japanese, are a group of a seven Duelists intent on resurrecting the Sacred Beasts, who appear in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX. They are lead by Duel Academy chairman Kagemaru, who is the eighth member of the group. They serve as the primary antagonists of the Seven Stars arc, the first season of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX.
Each of the members are of varying origins and backgrounds, and each has their own agenda.
Enlisted by the elderly Kagemaru in his quest to retrieve his lost youth, the Shadow Riders are a collection of elite duelists who work towards the goal of reviving the Sacred Beast Cards. Each of the Shadow Riders possesses a Shadow Charm, a supernatural object (similar to the Millennium Items) of unknown origin. These relics bestow different abilities upon their owners.
In the past, Kagemaru was forced to seal the Sacred Beast Cards away behind the Spirit Gates underneath Duel Academy due to their inability to grant his wish at that time. In order to access their true abilities, he bestows upon Chancellor Sheppard the seven Spirit Keys capable of unlocking the Spirit Gates, then pits his subordinates against the school's finest to create the strong dueling presence needed to resurrect the Sacred Beast cards.
|Shadow Rider||Shadow Charm|
|Nightshroud||Shadow Charm Pendant|
|Camula||Shadow Charm Choker|
|Tania||Shadow Charm Gauntlet|
|Don Zaloog||Shadow Charm Eyepatch|
|Abidos the Third||Shadow Charm Headband|
|Titan||Shadow Charm Mask|
|Amnael||Shadow Charm Emerald Tablet|
|Kagemaru||Shadow Charm Ring|
- The group's Japanese name ("Seven Stars") may be a reference to the Biblical Seven Stars in the Book of Revelation.
- In their debut, only six members were seen, including a silhouette of a member that did not resemble either Abidos or Don Zaloog.