Yu-Gi-Oh! Destiny Board Traveler

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Destiny Board Traveler
Box art
EnglishYu-Gi-Oh! Destiny Board Traveler
PlatformGame Boy Advance
Release dates
JapaneseMarch 18, 2004
North AmericanOctober 26, 2004
EuropeanSeptember 16, 2005

Yu-Gi-Oh! Destiny Board Traveler, known as Yu-Gi-Oh! Sugoroku's Sugoroku in Japanese, is a game created by Konami for the Game Boy Advance, based on the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga. In this game, players can compete against computer-controlled opponents or their friends for control of the Destiny Board.

The game combines the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game and a 5×5 game board. Each game board has a different theme, determined to by the character it belongs to.

The Japanese title is a pun on the fact that in Japanese, Sugoroku is both the name of Yugi Muto's grandfather (Solomon or Trusdale in English) and the name of a type of Japanese board game. According to the instruction booklet for the game, Solomon Muto created Destiny Board. He makes comments throughout each game, and his Super Power can alter the rules of the game.

Setting-up the game[edit]

On the Title Screen, players choose whether the game will be single player (1 Player) or multiplayer using 1-3 Game Boy Advance Game Link cables (2 Players - 4 Players) and can access the Options screen to change various game setting. The number of players is selected by pressing the SELECT button on the Game Boy Advance system, and a game pack was required per person to play. In games where there is only 2 or 3 players, the computer will contol the other characters.

Pressing the START button allows the players to select characters and set-up the Destiny Board. In multiplayer games, each player choose his/her own character from those available, but Player 1 chooses the set-up of the Destiny Board from those available, as well as the win conditions.

Flow of the action[edit]

After setting up the game and confirming the win conditions, the action starts. The order of the players' turns are determined randomly at the start of the game and throughout the game Grandpa Trusdale gives a running commentary on each player's actions.

Each player is given an initial hand of monster cards (no magic or trap cards are used in this game) and from this hand players choose the cards they will set on the special Summon Die that is thrown at the end of each players turn.

Player actions[edit]

At the start of each player's turn one card is drawn that respective player's Deck (There is no limit to the number of cards in each player's Deck) and a mini menu appears at the bottom of the screen. This menu enables players to set up to six of their available monsters on the Summon Die or view the destiny board from various perspectives. When a player rolls the Summon Die their character either moves or stays on their current square depending on the roll result.


Twelve characters from the Yu-Gi-Oh! series appear in Destiny Board; however, only eight are initially available. The other four must be unlocked by entering specific passwords on the title screen.

There are Super Powers players can occasionally use during a game to tip the odds in their favor for one turn. Super Powers do not have to be activated on the turn they are awarded but for most of the characters it is more beneficial to do so. Some of the characters abilities mimic and are renamed after Spell or Trap Cards from Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG.

The original Japanese version names appear in parenthesis after English version names in the following table.

Characters Image
Yugi (Yugi Mutou)

Unlock: Available

Super Power: Change of Heart

Effect: Yugi can claim one random monster from anywhere on the Destiny Board. Successful changes award Yugi with Victory Stars. Stars for monsters belonging to another player are transferred from the original owner to Yugi.

Joey Wheeler (Katsuya Jonouchi)

Unlock: Available

Super Power: Dice Re-Roll

Effect: Joey can decide whether or not to re-roll the dice after his initial roll.

Joey Wheeler
Seto Kaiba

Unlock: Available

Super Power: Destroy Cards (Crush Card)

Effect: Kaiba can destroy all monsters of 1500+ attack points in his opponents' hands.

Seto Kaiba
Mai Valentine (Mai Kujaku)

Unlock: Available

Super Power: Aroma Tactics

Effect: Mai can use her old card trick to identify all the monsters of the Level Map she is currently on.

Mai Valantine
Mokuba (Mokuba Kaiba)

Unlock: Available

Super Power: Card Steal (Pillager)

Effect: Mokuba can take one monster from each of his opponents.

Mokuba Kaiba
Yami Yugi (Dark Yugi)

Unlock: At the title screen press:-R, Left, B, Right, Up and R, Right, Down, A

Super Power: Shadow Power

Effect: Yami uses the Millenium Puzzle to increase his chances of rolling the Star face on the Summon Die.

Yami Yugi
Yami Bakura (Dark Bakura)

Unlock: At the title screen press:-L, Down, Right, Left and B, R, Down, Down, A

Super Power: Soul Absorption

Effect: Bakura uses the Millenium Ring to take 1/8 of the Life Points from each opponent.

Yami Bakura

Unlock: At the title screen press:-Down, B, Left, Right, Right, R, Up and R, A

Super Power: Miss a Turn

Effect: All opponents lose their next turn.

Dark Magician Girl (Black Magician Girl)

Unlock: Available

Special Ability: Master's Help (Magicians Unite)

Effect: D.M. Girl can call upon either "Dark Magician", "Dark Magician Knight", "Dark Flare Knight", "Dark Paladin" or the "Magician of Black Chaos" to help her win spaces on the Destiny Board.

Dark Magician Girl
Grandpa (Sugoroku Muto)

Unlock: At the title screen press:-L, Right and B, Right, B, R, Left, Down and A

Special Ability: Rule change

Effect: As the creator of Destiny Board, Grandpa will randomly increase or decrease the number of Victory Stars needed to win.

Maximillion Pegasus (Pegasus J. Crawford)

Unlock: Available

Special Ability: Damage Reversal (Mirror Force)

Effect: Pegasus can redirect Life Point damage back at his opponent.

Maximillion Pegasus
Rebecca Hawkins (Rebecca)

Unlock: Available

Super Power: Warp

Effect: All players are warped to random spaces on the Destiny Board.



Among others, the following non-player characters appear in the background:


The stages of Destiny Board Traveler are made of Level Maps and Linkage Maps. The game board itself is a 4x4 square walkway. The corners of the board are known as Special zones, because different events occur when they're landed on. They are also where the players begin the game.

Linkage maps[edit]

These are the formations in which maps can be arranged. At first only a single board map is available; but up to six more map types can be unlocked as players win with different characters in 1 Player mode. When all seven maps are available, players can play with up to 8 fields at a time.

Level maps[edit]

These are the areas which make up the Destiny Board itself. Each one is based on different locations from the manga series or generally specific to their respective characters. With the exception of the initial stage, Domino Park, these maps must be unlocked by winning with specific characters. Also only 7 new maps can be unlocked per game file, for a total of 8 fields.

Map Image
Domino Park

Unlock: Available

Special Zone: Receive 1,000 Life Points

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Domino Pier

Unlock: Joey Wheeler

Special Zone: Doom Meteor (Death Meteor) strikes a random player with random damage.

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Outer Space

Unlock: Seto Kaiba

Special Zone: Players receive oxygen for the next 5 turns

If a player's oxygen is not replenished within 5 turns, they will lose 1,000 Life Points per turn until they do.


Unlock: Mai Valentine

Special Zone: A random monster from the sandy side of the board may be sent to the Graveyard, causing the player lose all the stars for that monster.

Kaiba Land

Unlock: Mokuba Kaiba

Special Zone: The player rolls two dice with the B button. The outcome of the roll determines the effect of the zone.

  • 02 Opponents lose 3,000 Life Points
  • 03 Gain three Victory Stars
  • 04 Nothing happens!
  • 05 May claim one wild monster from anywhere on the Destiny Board
  • 06 Lose 100 Life Points for each Victory Star you possess
  • 07 Nothing happens!
  • 08 Lose 100 Life Points for each Victory Star you possess
  • 09 Draw 2 cards
  • 10 Lose 3/4 of your Life Points
  • 11 Nothing happens!
  • 12 Gain 10 Victory Stars

This stage is Death T-4 from the manga. Its name is changed to Doom T-4 in the English version.

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Inside the Puzzle

Unlock: Yami Yugi

Special Zone: Warp to a random space on the Destiny Board


Unlock: Yami Bakura

Special Zone: A defeated player is revived


Unlock: Kaibaman

Special Zone: Character watches the Kaibaman show. Lose 1 turn.

Unlock: Dark Magician Girl

Special zone: All cards on the Destiny Board field are shuffled and are randomly placed face-down.

Above Tibet

Unlock: Grandpa Trusdale

Special Zone: The player loses all the cards in their hand and must draw 5 more.

It is unknown how may cards each player has in their initial Deck, as no one ever runs out of cards.

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Toon World

Unlock: Pegasus

Special Zone: All Victory Star totals are raised to match that of the leader.

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Dice types[edit]

In Destiny Board Traveler there are two types of die, a Summon Die and a Duel Die.

Summon Die[edit]

The Summon die is the one players place their monster cards on. The player can put from 0 to 6 monsters on the die, and the level of those monsters determine the number of spaces they move (e.g. if Blue-eyes White Dragon lands face up on the die, the player moves 8 spaces).

The die has one Star face and five regular faces. If a player repeatedly taps the A button, the chances of rolling the Star face increase.

Duel Die[edit]

The Duel Die is only used in the duels for control over a space. It can tip the duel in a player's favor or prevent them summoning any monsters at all. The die has one Attack/Defense reversal face, one reduce Attack/Defense face, and four miss faces.

7 Duels[edit]

To obtain control of a creep or opponent space, players must attack the currently occupying monster with their own one. Players use the monster whose card was face-up when the Summon Die was rolled. Players can choose to Attack, Defend or pass during duels.

Like in the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG, the monsters' Attack and Defense total determines the outcome of the duel over all. But, the Duel Dice which is rolled by both players at the end of the duel can determine the outcome this the attack/defense match-up.

The victorious monster will either be summoned to the space or remain there, while the other monster is either returned to its owner's hand or sent to the graveyard.

If the duel ends in a tie, both monsters are sent to the graveyard and the space becomes open to all takers.

Note: Card Game reference

Like in the TCG, L5+ can only be used in a duel if the player can pay the required sacrifice cost.

L5 and L6: 1 monster

L7+: 2 monsters

Ultimate Dragon, F.G.D and God cards: 3 monsters

Non-OCG cards[edit]

Several of the cards featured in Destiny Board Traveler had not appeared in the Yu-Gi-Oh! Official Card Game (OCG) or Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game (TCG) at the time of the game's release, though they had previously appeared in the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime, and some of them had also been included in other video games or the manga.

The following cards all originate from the Waking the Dragons arc of the anime, which was their only appearance prior to this game. The majority of them are Armor monsters.

The following cards originate from the Virtual World arc of the anime and their only other appearance prior to this game was Yu-Gi-Oh! Reshef of Destruction:

The alternative forms of "The Winged Dragon of Ra" appeared in the manga and anime, but before this game were only represented as distinct cards in Reshef of Destruction.

The card "Soldier Ari" had previously appeared in the manga, anime and a number of video games. It does not exist in the OCG or TCG, but the card "Multiplication of Ants" is capable of Summoning "Army Ant Tokens", which are based on "Soldier Ari". The Token has not been printed as an actual card, but can be legally played if represented by another object.

Promotional cards[edit]

The Japanese release does not include any promotional cards.



  • Yugi and Yami Yugi both have the same cry when losing, which uses Yami Yugi's voice.


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