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"I Won't Lose!"
Title page
EnglishI Won't Lose!
Japanese name
RōmajiMakeru kah!!
TranslatedI Won't Lose!!
SubseriesYu-Gi-Oh! Duelist
Subseries number19
Japanese magazineWeekly Shōnen Jump 1998 #21
Tankōbon volume9: "The Puppet Master"
Bunkoban volumeVolume 6
Release dates
JapaneseApril 20, 1998[1]
EnglishMarch 1, 2005[2]
Yu-Gi-Oh! chapters
Previous"On My Own"
Next"The Ticking Clock!"

"I Won't Lose!" is the seventy-eight chapter of the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga. In its first English printing, it was numbered as the nineteenth chapter of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist. In the 3-in-1 edition, its number was changed to match the original Japanese printing.

This chapter was originally printed in the Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine in Japanese. It has been reprinted in in Volume 9 of the tankōbon and Volume 6 of the bunkoban.

Katsuya Jonouchi and Dinosaur Ryuzaki continue their Duel.


"Two-Headed King Rex" has just stomped on Jonouchi's "Baby Dragon" destroying it. Mai laughs and asks if he was going to try the same combo he tried against her and invites him to try aging "Baby Dragon" after he scrapes it off of the foot of "King Rex". Jonouchi worries, now that his plan has been ruined, but Anzu and Honda say that he can still win.

Ryuzaki tells Jonouchi to hurry up and play his next card. Jonouchi worries that "Two-Headed King Rex" is strong. However he has a stronger card in his hand. He Summons "Battle Steer", which has 1800 ATK and gets it to attack "Two-Headed King Rex", which Jonouchi believes to have 1600 ATK. However, "Two-Headed King Rex" was powered-up by the Wasteland making its ATK 2080. "King Rex" also destroys "Battle Steer" with his "Dinosaur Foot Stomp" attack, dropping Jonouchi's Life Points to 1720.

Since Jonouchi's field is Grassland, it should power up Warriors, so Jonouchi Summons "Axe Raider". Its ATK rises from 1700 to 2210, enough to beat "King Rex". Jonouchi ends his turn. However Ryuzaki Summons "Sword Dragon", whose ATK goes from 1750 to 2275, due to its Field Power Source. It slices "Axe Raider" in two with its "Dino Tail Sword" attack, dropping Jonouchi's Life Points to 1145. Ryuzaki laughs, telling Jonouchi to give it up and comments that he will have to take earth back to the ice ages before he can beat his Dinosaur cards.

Jonouchi starts to think that he is not good enough to beat Ryuzaki. He looks at Yugi, thinking that he needs his help. However he slaps himself in the face and reminds himself that he cannot ask Yugi for help all the time. He promises himself that he will win on his own and begins his turn.

The cards in Jonouchi's hand are "Time Wizard", "Swamp Battleguard", "Rock Ogre Grotto #1" and an unnamed monster. He thinks that none of these are good enough to beat Ryuzaki's Dinosaurs. He knows that "Time Wizard" has the power to control time, taking it backwards or forwards, but he does not any way of using it, except for the combo he used it in against Mai. He wonders if it has some other hidden power and plays it face-down on the board, hoping it might come in useful later. Mai concludes that the card Jonouchi set must have been "Time Wizard" and suspects that he does not even know how to use it. She informs Ryuzaki what card Jonouchi played, but Ryuzaki has already figured it out and also suspects that Jonouchi doesn't know how to use it. Yugi starts to think about the "Time Wizard" and Mai admits to herself that it is a powerful card that even she lost to when she let her guard down.

Jonouchi plays "Rock Ogre Grotto #1" in Defense Mode. Ryuzaki Summons "Megasaurus" and uses it to destroy "rock Ogre Grotto #1" with its "Charge" attack. Something causes Jonouchi to lose 5 Life Points, dropping him to 1140. Jonouchi Summons "Swamp Battleguard" in Attack Mode, but it is destroyed by "Sword Dragon", lowering his Life Points to 665. Ryuzaki laughs and ask Jonouchi if he gives up yet.

Bakura thinks that with the Field Power on their side, Ryuzaki's Dinosaurs are just too tough for Jonouchi to fight and Anzu asks Yugi if there is a way for Jonouchi to win. Yugi considers "Time Wizard", but notes that it is risky and wonders if Jonouchi can figure it out. Bakura, Anzu and Honda plead with him to tell Jonouchi how to win, but Yugi wants to respect Jonouchi's wish to not receive any help. They remind him that if Jonouchi loses, he will not be able to save Shizuka and add that that is more important than protecting Jonouchi's honor right now. Yugi gives in and decides to tell Jonouchi. However, Dark Yugi interrupts him. He explains that if they rescue Jonouchi this time, he will truly lose to himself. With some persuasion, Yugi agrees. Dark Yugi then directs his attention to Jonouchi's eyes and comments that they are not the eyes of someone who has given up.

Jonouchi begins his turn and Summons "Flame Swordsman", whose ATK rises to 2340 in the Grassland. Ryuzaki and Mai are somewhat impressed that he played a decent card. "Flame Swordsman" and "Megasaurus" then battle with the same ATK. Mai suspects "Flame Swordsman" will be destroyed after being charged at by a thousand pound dinosaur. However "Flame Swordsman" uses its "Tôki Enzan Ken" attack, slicing "Megasaurus" in two and reducing Ryuzaki's Life Points to 1460. Mai realizes that Dinosaurs are weak against Fire, but credits Jonouchi's move to beginner's luck. Jonouchi's friends congratulate him and Jonouchi thinks that he will win on his own.

Featured Duels[edit]

Katsuya Jonouchi vs. Dinosaur Ryuzaki[edit]

... Continued from the previous chapter.

Jonouchi's turn
Jonouchi Summons "Battle Steer" in Attack Mode (ATK: 1800). "Battle Steer" attacks "Two-Headed King Rex", whose Original ATK is 1600; however, "Two-Headed King Rex" is in the Wasteland, which raises its ATK to 2080. "Battle Steer" is destroyed (Jonouchi: 2000 → 1720 Life Points). Jonouchi Summons "Axe Raider" in the Grassland (ATK: 1700 → 2210).
Ryuzaki's turn
Ryuzaki Summons "Sword Dragon" in the Wasteland (ATK: 1750 → 2275). "Sword Dragon" attacks and destroys "Axe Raider" (Jonouchi: 1720 → 1145 Life Points). Megazowler
Jonouchi's turn
Jonouchi Sets "Time Wizard" and Summons "Rock Ogre Grotto #1" in Defense Mode (DEF: 1200).
Ryuzaki's turn
Ryuzaki Summons "Megasaurus" in the Wasteland (ATK: 1800 → 2340). "Megasaurus" attacks and destroys "Rock Ogre Grotto #1" (Jonouchi: 1145 → 1140 Life Points).
Jonouchi's turn
Jonouchi Summons "Swamp Battleguard" (ATK 1800).
Ryuzaki's turn
"Sword Dragon" attacks and destroys "Swamp Battleguard" (Jonouchi: 1140 → 665 Life Points).
Jonouchi's turn
Jonouchi Summons "Flame Swordsman" in the Grassland (ATK 1800 → 2340). "Flame Swordsman" attacks "Sword Dragon"; they have the same ATK, but Dinosaurs are weak against Fire, so "Sword Dragon" is destroyed (Ryuzaki: 2000 → 1460 Life Points).

Continued next chapter...

Featured cards[edit]

The following cards were used in this chapter. Cards in italics debuted here.


The following appear in this chapter.


Anime adaptation[edit]

The middle of the eleventh episode of the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime is based on this chapter. A number of changes were made including:


  1. "Oda's Deep Thoughts". thegrandline.com. (release date for Weekly Shōnen Jump 1998 #21)
  2. "Yu-Gi-Oh!: Duelist, Vol. 2". Viz Media. (release date for Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist Volume 2)