Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 223

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Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 223
Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 223

強き心 優しき心


Tsuyoki Kokoro Yasashiki Kokoro

Japanese translation

Strong Heart, Gentle Heart


Episode number


Japanese air date

September 22, 2004

English air date

June 3, 2006

Gallery International
Japanese opening


English opening

Yu-Gi-Oh! theme

Japanese ending


English ending

Yu-Gi-Oh! theme

Episode listing Yu-Gi-Oh! episode listing (season 5)
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Next The Final Duel - Part 4

Kaiba's Shock[edit]

Mokuba Kaiba: "Impressive! Even though he lost his three best cards, the Pharaoh bounced right back! And now he's got the upper hand again!"
Seto Kaiba: "No, not quite."
Mokuba Kaiba: "What do you mean?"
Seto Kaiba: "Yugi may have fewer life points, but he managed to come up with an unprecedented strategy to defeat the Egyptian God Cards. I've never seen anything like that before. I can see now that I was wrong Mokuba, he is the King of Games."
Yugi Muto: "You mean that?"
Joey Wheeler: "Say what!? Am I going nuts, or did Kaiba just admit that he was wrong!?"
  • The duel resumes

Atem's Foresight[edit]

Yugi Muto: "Wait a sec! Are you telling me you sent Gaia to the Graveyard all the way back THEN? But why would you throw away such a powerful card so early in the Duel?"
Pharaoh Atem: "I was preparing for THIS. I have known from the very beginning that we would get to this point."
  • Yugi recalls about Atem Discarding a Card to Activate the The Tricky's" Special Effect.
Yugi Muto: "WHAT? But how could you have predicted that?"
Pharaoh Atem: "It was simple. From the moment I chose the cards in my Deck I knew the course that this Duel would take. For although I held the three most powerful monsters in existence, I knew that I needed more. Yugi, what I'm saying is: I KNEW you would defeat the Egyptian Gods!"
Seto Kaiba: "That's impossible! There's no way he could have known how all this would go down."
Pharaoh Atem: "Yugi, destroying the three Egyptian Gods was merely the first step of this ritual. Now that they're gone the true test of our readiness to separate from one another can begin. So if you're ready to live on your own then PROVE it to me by winning this Duel! And now Gaia annihilate his Buster Blader with Spiral Lance Thust Attack.""
  • The Duel resumes. While "Gaia" is Attacking "Buster Blader", Ishizu thinks.
 : Ishizu Ishtar: (thinking) "Yugi, there is only one soul with the power to save the Pharaoh, and that is you. Only by defeating him can you release his spirit to its final resting place. Please be strong!"
  • The Duel resumes.

Atem's Influence of Fate[edit]

  • During the Duel, at some point just before his Draw Phase Atem predicts what Card he is about to Draw.
Pharaoh Atem: "It's my move, and now the card that I'm about to draw is the exact one that I need. And now the almighty 'Big Shield Gardna', come forth!"

Atem draws "Big Shield Gardna" and Summons it to the Field.

Joey Wheeler: "Alright, now I've seen it all."
Tristan Taylor: "That's nuts! How could he have known what card he was gonna draw?"
Bakura Ryou: "I suppose that's what they mean by 'luck of the draw'."
Marik Ishtar: "Not quite. That move had nothing to do with luck. Truth is, he KNEW exactly what card he was about to draw."
Téa Gardner: "What? But their Decks were shuffled right?"
Joey Wheeler: "Can he see the future? 'Cause if he can, I'd say that qualifies as an unfair advantage."
Ishizu Ishtar: "You're wrong. You see, the Pharaoh didn't PREDICT what his next card would be, his will power MADE it so. It appears the Pharaoh's determination was so strong he actually influenced fate with his own will."
Téa Gardner: "That's insane! Since when can fate be controlled?"
Joey Wheeler: "Look Téa, if I've learned anything from hanging out with Yugi it's that nothing's impossible."
  • Duel resumes.

Joey's Support of the Duel[edit]

  • Téa is still cringing at the thought of the Pharaoh leaving this world forever. Joey explains to her why this must be.

Joey Wheeler: "Yugi's having the time of his life up there. And who could blame him? If he wins, that means he's ready to face the world on his own."

Tristan Taylor: "And the Pharaoh will finally be free."

  • Téa turns away and looks troubled.
Joey Wheeler: "What's up Téa?"
Téa Gardner: "I can't watch anymore. If the Pharaoh loses, this is the last time we'll ever see him. I don't know about you guys but I'm not ready to say goodbye yet. Please make them stop!"
Joey Wheeler: "Téa, this isn't easy for any of us but that Duel HAS to go on! Plus you know as well as I do, we couldn't stop this thing if we TRIED!"
Téa Gardner: "I guess so, but remind me why..."
Joey Wheeler: "Here's the deal: everything that's happened since those two met has been leading up to this. Just think about it: every single Duel that Yugi and the Pharaoh ever faced together was preparing them for this one! Every enemy they ever stared down, every strategy they ever planned, and every friend they ever saved helped shaped who they are today!! And now they need this test to see how far they've come. (...)Cause when they first met, these guys had a lot to learn and they needed each other to get by. But hopefully by now they're both ready to move on with their lives. Trust me Téa, this Duel is really all for the best and as tough as it may seem, we need to support those guys ALL the way."
  • Duel resumes.

Featured Duel: Pharaoh Atem vs. Yugi Muto - Part 3[edit]

Duel continues from the previous episode.

Yugi has 2400 Life Points remaining and controls "Magnet Force".

Atem has 4000 Life Points remaining and controls "Slifer the Sky Dragon" (2000/4000), "Obelisk the Tormentor" (500/4000), and "The Winged Dragon of Ra" (3000/4000) in Attack Position.

Turn 10: Yugi Muto
Yugi activates "Magnet Reverse" to Special Summon "Valkyrion the Magna Warrior" (3500/3850) from his Graveyard in Defense Position. The effect of Atem's "Slifer the Sky Dragon" activates, but the effect of Yugi's "Magnet Force" redirects the effect of "Slifer" to Atem's "Obelisk" ("Obelisk the Tormentor": 500 → 0/4000). Due to the effect of "Slifer", "Obelisk" is destroyed. Yugi then Tributes "Valkyrion the Magna Warrior" again via its own effect to Special Summon "Alpha The Magnet Warrior" (1400/1700), "Beta The Magnet Warrior" (1700/1600), and "Gamma The Magnet Warrior" (1500/1800) from his Graveyard in Defense Position. The effect of Atem's "Slifer the Sky Dragon" activates, but the effect of Yugi's "Magnet Force" redirects the effect of "Slifer" to Atem's remaining God Cards ("The Winged Dragon of Ra": 3000 → 1000 → 0/4000) ("Slifer the Sky Dragon": 2000 → 0/4000). Due to the effect of "Slifer", "Slifer" and "Ra" are destroyed.

Turn 11: Pharaoh Atem
Atem draws. He then activates "Polymerization" to fuse "Gazelle the King of Mythical Beasts" and "Berfomet" in his hand in order to Fusion Summon "Chimera the Flying Mythical Beast" in Attack Position. "Chimera" attacks & destroys Yugi's "Alpha".

Turn 12: Yugi Muto
Yugi draws "Buster Blader". He then Tributes "Beta" and "Gamma" to Tribute Summon "Buster Blader" in Attack Position. "Buster Blader" attacks and destroys Atem's "Chimera" (Pharaoh Atem 4000 → 3500). Since "Chimera" was destroyed, its effect activates, allowing Atem to Special Summon "Berfomet" (1400/1800) from his Graveyard in Defense Position.

Turn 13: Pharaoh Atem
Atem draws "Beast of Gilfer". He then Tributes "Berfomet" to Tribute Summon "Beast of Gilfer" (2200/2500) in Defense Position. Atem then Sets a card ("Book of Secret Arts").

Turn 14: Yugi Muto
Yugi draws. He then Sets a card ("Soul Rope"). "Buster Blader" attacks & destroys Atem's "Beast of Gilfer". Since "Beast of Gilfer" was sent to the Graveyard, its effect activates, equipping itself to Yugi's "Buster Blader" and decreasing its ATK by 500 ("Buster Blader": 2600 → 2100/2300).

Turn 15: Pharaoh Atem
Atem draws. He then Sets a card ("Dark Illusion"). Atem then activates "Awakening from Beyond" to add one card in his Graveyard to his hand and let Yugi draw two cards. Atem chooses the very first card he discarded during his first turn, which is revealed to be "Swift Gaia the Fierce Knight". Since "Swift Gaia" is the only card in Atem's hand, he Normal Summons it from his hand "Swift Gaia the Fierce Knight" (2300/2100) in Attack Position without Tributing. "Swift Gaia" attacks & destroys Yugi's "Buster Blader" (Yugi 2400 → 2200). Yugi then activates his face-down "Soul Rope" to pay 1000 Life Points (Yugi 2200 → 1200) and Special Summon "Witch of the Black Forest" (1100/1200) from his Deck in Defense Position.

Turn 16: Yugi Muto
Yugi draws "Summoned Skull". He then Tributes "Witch of the Black Forest" in order to Tribute Summon "Summoned Skull" in Attack Position. Since "Witch of the Black Forest" was sent from the field to the Graveyard, its effect activates, allowing Yugi to add "Marshmallon" from his Deck to his hand. "Summoned Skull" attacks and destroys Atem's "Swift Gaia" (Atem 3500 → 3300).

Turn 17: Pharaoh Atem
Atem predicts the card he will draw is "Big Shield Gardna". Atem indeed draws "Big Shield Gardna" and subsequently Normal Summons it "Big Shield Gardna" (100/2600) in Defense Position.

Turn 18: Yugi Muto

Yugi draws "Pot of Greed" and subsequently activates it to draw two cards.

Yugi draws "Watapon", which allows him to Special Summon it immediately from his hand "Watapon" (200/300) in Attack Position. Yugi then Tributes "Watapon" to Tribute Summon "Curse of Dragon" in Attack Position. "Summoned Skull" attacks Atem's "Big Shield Gardna". The attack fails (Yugi 1200 → 1100). Since "Big Shield Gardna" was attacked, its effect activates, switching it to Attack Position. "Curse of Dragon" attacks and destroys Atem's "Big Shield Gardna" (Atem 3300 → 1400).

Turn 19: Pharaoh Atem
Atem draws "Dark Magic Curtain" and subsequently activates it to pay half his LP (Atem 1400 → 700) and Special Summon "Dark Magician" from his Deck in Attack Position. Atem then activates his face-down "Book of Secret Arts", equipping it to "Dark Magician" and increasing its ATK and DEF by 300 ("Dark Magician": 2500 → 2800/2100 → 2400). "Dark Magician" attacks & destroys Yugi's "Summoned Skull" (Yugi 1100 → 800).

Duel continues in the next episode.


  • In the English Dub, instead of the traditional "To Be Continued" at the end of an episode, this episode has the words "To Be Concluded", inferring that Episode 224 is the last episode of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Second Series Anime.

Featured cards[edit]

The following cards appeared in this episode. Cards in italics debuted here.


  1. This card can be seen, it was Set during this episode.
  2. This card can be seen, it was Set in the Dub.