Speed Duel (format)

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Speed Duel (スピードデュエル Supīdo Dyueru) is a beginner format that is used in the Yu-Gi-Oh! Official Card Game and Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game. It is easy to experience and recommended for players to remember the basics on how to play the game. This concept was first introduced in the "Duel Terminal" system under a different ruling system. It was later used as the main gameplay of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters Saikyo Card Battle and Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links. There is a format exclusive to the Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS anime, for a Duel taking place in the Data Storm in LINK VRAINS.[1]



TCG Speed Duel field

These are the current Speed Duel rules for the TCG.[2]

Card legality[edit]

In the TCG, only cards marked with the "Speed Duel" logo are legal in the Speed Duel format. Originally, the Speed Duel logo appeared only a transparent image in the background of the card's text box. Since the release of Speed Duel: Arena of Lost Souls, the words SPEED DUEL also appear in the space between the image and the text box (similar to Duel Terminal cards).


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

 Set typeEnglish release date
Speed Duel Starter Decks: Destiny MastersStarter Deck24 January 2019
Speed Duel Starter Decks: Duelists of TomorrowStarter 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
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 Deck14 May 2020
Speed Duel Starter Decks: Twisted NightmaresStarter Deck14 May 2020


 Japanese namePrimary typeSecondary typeAttributeTypeLevel/
AlinsectionインセクションNormal MonsterEARTHInsect3950700Unlimited
Alligator's SwordワイバーンのせんNormal MonsterEARTHBeast415001200Unlimited
Alligator's Sword DragonドラゴンにるワイバーンEffect Monster
Fusion Monster
Ally of Justice Core DestroyerA・O・Jアーリー・オブ・ジャスティス コアデストロイEffect MonsterDARKMachine31200200Unlimited
Amazoness Chain Masterアマゾネスのくさり使つかEffect MonsterEARTHWarrior415001300Unlimited
Amazoness SageアマゾネスのけんじゃEffect MonsterEARTHWarrior41400700Unlimited
Amazoness SpyアマゾネスのせっこうEffect MonsterEARTHWarrior38001200Unlimited
Amazoness Swords WomanアマゾネスのけんEffect MonsterEARTHWarrior415001600Unlimited
Amazoness TraineeアマゾネスくんれんせいEffect MonsterEARTHWarrior415001300Unlimited
Ancient BrainてんろうNormal MonsterDARKFiend31000700Unlimited
... further results (191 more)
 Japanese nameCard typePropertyStatus
7 CompletedセブンカードSpell CardEquip Spell CardUnlimited
Adhesion Trap HoleねんちゃくとしあなTrap CardNormal Trap CardUnlimited
Amazoness ArchersアマゾネスのきゅうたいTrap CardNormal Trap CardUnlimited
Amazoness HeirloomアマゾネスのほうSpell CardEquip Spell CardUnlimited
Amazoness VillageアマゾネスのさとSpell CardField Spell CardUnlimited
Amulet of AmbitionこくじょうくびかざSpell CardEquip Spell CardUnlimited
Arcane BarrierほうぞくけっかいSpell CardContinuous Spell CardUnlimited
Assault on GHQほんじんきょうしゅうTrap CardNormal Trap CardUnlimited
Bashing ShieldシールドバッシュSpell CardEquip Spell CardUnlimited
The Beginning of the EndわりのはじまりSpell CardNormal Spell CardUnlimited
... further results (138 more)


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.[3][4]

Sample Decks[edit]

From Starter Deck 2016[3][4]


From Structure Deck: Yugi Muto[3][4]


From Structure Deck: Seto Kaiba[3][4]


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.[5]

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:

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 six cards in their Extra Deck, after unlocking the sixth slot in-game.



  1. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 2: "Seize the Wind!"
  2. "Speed Dueling: A New Way to Play the Physical TCG". Konami. October 2, 2018. Retrieved December 6, 2018. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "How to Speed Duel" (in Japanese). Konami. Archived from the original on December 24, 2016. Retrieved March 2, 2018. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 "How to Speed Duel" (in Korean). Konami. Archived from the original on June 28, 2017. Retrieved March 2, 2018. 
  5. "Speed Duel" (PDF) (in Japanese). Konami. March 24, 2018. pp. 31–34. Retrieved December 6, 2018.