Speed Duel

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Speed Duel (スピードデュエル Supīdo Dyueru) is an alternate format of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Official Card Game and Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game. It is designed to be a simplified, rapid-style version of the game.[1]

Speed Duel was first introduced in the "Duel Terminal" system, although Duel Terminal Speed Duels have slightly different rules to later Speed Duels. Speed Duel was later used as the format of the video games Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters Saikyo Card Battle and Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links. Speed Duels are prominently featured in the Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS anime, where Duels that take place in the Data Storm in LINK VRAINS are conducted as Speed Duels.[2]

In the TCG, a Speed Duel format inspired by Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links was launched in November 2018.[1]

Yu-Gi-Oh! Rush Duel is a spiritual successor to Speed Duels.


Speed Duels in the TCG were first promoted to stores in emails looking for stores interested in running a Speed Dueling event, to be held from October 4–17, 2017. Interested stores were sent Demo Speed Dueling kits including three sets of six Decks to be used.

The Speed Duel format premiered at YCS Pasadena in November 2018.[3][4] The first sets were released in January 2019.


TCG Speed Duel field

These are the current Speed Duel rules for the TCG.[5]

Card legality[edit]

A Skill Card ("Beatdown!")

In the TCG, only cards marked with the Speed Duel Logo are legal for use in Speed Duels. This logo appears as a watermark in the background of the text box for every Speed Duel card. In addition, with the exception of cards released in the debut Speed Duel Starter Decks, the logo is also printed as text above the top-left of the text box of non-Skill Cards.

With the exception of Skill Cards, Speed Duel cards are legal in both Speed Duel and non-Speed Duel tournaments in the TCG.


The following sets contain cards that can be used in Speed Duels:

 Set typeEnglish release date
Speed Duel Starter Decks: Duelists of TomorrowStarter Deck24 January 2019
Speed Duel Starter Decks: Destiny MastersStarter Deck24 January 2019
Speed Duel: Arena of Lost SoulsBooster pack28 March 2019
Speed Duel: Arena of Lost Souls Launch Event participation cardPromotional cardApril 2019
Yu-Gi-Oh! Day April 2019 promotional cardPromotional card6 April 2019
Speed Duel Tournament Pack 1Booster pack18 April 2019
Speed Duel: Attack from the DeepBooster pack30 May 2019
Speed Duel Demo DeckDemo Deck8 June 2019
Speed Duel: Scars of BattleBooster pack1 August 2019
SJ Jump Pack Fall 2019 promotional cardMagazine promotional card1 August 2019
Speed Duel Starter Decks: Ultimate PredatorsStarter Deck1 August 2019
Event Pack Speed Duel2 August 2019
Speed Duel: Scars of Battle Launch Event participation cardPromotional card17 August 2019
Speed Duel Tournament Pack 2Booster pack10 October 2019
Speed Duel: Trials of the Kingdom Sneak Peek participation cardsParticipation card30 November 2019
Speed Duel: Trials of the KingdomBooster pack5 December 2019
Speed Duel Demo Deck 2020Demo Deck2020
Trials of the Pharaoh - Trials of the Kingdom promotional cardPromotional cardJanuary 2020
SJ Jump Pack Spring 2020 promotional cardMagazine promotional card1 February 2020
Speed Duel Starter Decks: Match of the MillenniumStarter Deck15 May 2020
Speed Duel Starter Decks: Twisted NightmaresStarter Deck15 May 2020
Trials of the Pharaoh - Match of the Millennium & Twisted Nightmares promotional cardPromotional cardAugust 2020
Speed Duel: Battle City BoxCollector's Set26 November 2020
Trials of the Pharaoh - Speed Duel: Battle City Box promotional cardPromotional card26 November 2020
Speed Duel GX: Duel Academy BoxCollector's Set17 March 2022
Speed Duel Tournament Pack 3Booster pack24 March 2022
Trials of the Pharaoh - Speed Duel GX: Duel Academy Box promotional cardPromotional card9 April 2022
Speed Duel Tournament Pack 4Booster pack28 September 2022
Speed Duel GX: Midterm ParadoxCollector's Set6 October 2022
Speed Duel GX: Duelists of ShadowsCollector's Set30 March 2023



Master Rules 3[edit]

Master Rule 3 Speed Duel field

These Speed Duel rules were introduced in the OCG with the release of Starter Deck 2016.[6][7]

Sample Decks[edit]

From Starter Deck 2016[6][7]

From Structure Deck: Yugi Muto[6][7]

From Structure Deck: Seto Kaiba[6][7]

New Master Rules[edit]

New Master Rule Speed Duel field

With the release of Starter Deck 2017 and the introduction of the New Master Rules, the Speed Duel rules for the OCG were updated. 2 Extra Monster Zones were added and the Pendulum Zones were removed.[8]

Card legality[edit]

In the OCG, Speed Duel is a format that can be played with any OCG card. Only two products were released specifically for this format:

Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS[edit]

In the Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS anime, Speed Duels are a type of Duel played in LINK VRAINS where players use Duel Boards to ride the Data Storm.

Speed Duels had disappeared for many years when the Data Storm ostensibly ceased to exist, relegating Speed Duels to legends. However, when Yusaku Fujiki captured Ai, Ai released the Data Storm, thus reviving these Duels.[9]


Speed Duels feature a smaller playing field than Master Duels

Speed Duel in video games[edit]

  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links: The game uses the same Speed Duel rules as the TCG, although the player can have up to 8 cards in their Extra Deck (initially 5, but the additional 3 slots can be unlocked by completing in-game missions). These additional Extra Deck slots were added with the release of Duel World (5D's), Duel World (ZEXAL), and Duel World (VRAINS), respectively.


External links[edit]


  1. a b "SPEED DUELING, A NEW WAY TO PLAY THE Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME, NOW AVAILABLE". Konami. January 29, 2019. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  2. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 0022: "Seize the Wind!"
  3. Michael Kohanim (November 17, 2018). "Get Ready for SPEED DUELING!!". Konami. Retrieved November 29, 2020.
  4. Tyler Berger (November 17, 2018). "Speed Duel Feature Match: Devin Liao vs. Christopher Huanosta". Konami. Retrieved November 29, 2020.
  5. "Speed Dueling: A New Way to Play the Physical TCG". Konami. October 2, 2018. Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  6. a b c d "How to Speed Duel" (in Japanese). Konami. Archived from the original on December 24, 2016. Retrieved March 2, 2018.
  7. a b c d "How to Speed Duel" (in Korean). Konami. Archived from the original on June 28, 2017. Retrieved March 2, 2018.
  8. "Speed Duel" (PDF) (in Japanese). Konami. March 24, 2018. pp. 31–34. Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  9. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 0022: "Seize the Wind!"