Yu-Gi-Oh! The Eternal Duelist Soul

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Yu-Gi-Oh! The Eternal Duelist Soul
Box art
EnglishYu-Gi-Oh! The Eternal Duelist Soul
PlatformGame Boy Advance
Release dates
North AmericanOctober 15, 2002
Remake ofDuel Monsters 5: Expert 1

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Eternal Duelist Soul is the first English-language Yu-Gi-Oh! video game for the Game Boy Advance. It is an English-language remake of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters 5: Expert 1. Gameplay is similar to standard dueling rules.

Changes from Duel Monsters 5[edit]

  • 108 cards have been removed.
  • Graphics from Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters 6: Expert 2 are used for cards and Duels.
  • Sets do not have names and have their packages changed to depict monsters rather than real-world sets.
  • Alternate artwork versions of cards have passwords. Each password is determined by taking the first four digits of the original artwork's password and adding a 0 after each. e.g. for "Blue-Eyes White Dragon" 89631139 becomes 80906030.
  • The statue of Anubis in text boxes is changed, so that Anubis is holding a staff, rather than an ankh.
  • The background in Arkana's portrait is edited to recolor his "Dark Magician" and replace the "Nightmare Chains" cross with a second short of the "Dark Magician".
  • The background in Shadi's portrait is edited to replace the Millennium Key with the Millennium Scales.


You begin with either a red, green, or black Deck. Opponents are arranged in "tiers," with higher tiers unlocked from already open tiers. A tier may consist of 4 or 5 duelists. In order to advance, all duelists on a tier must be beaten a certain amount of times before the next tier can be unlocked. Beating a tier also unlocks certain in-game events, such as special cards that can only be received by beating that tier.

Another important aspect of the game is its in-game calendar. On certain days of the week (not actual days, as the game does not support a real date function) in game, random events may occur, such as receiving a pack of cards in the mail or being challenged to a Match by an opponent. Each time after finishing a duel, the calendar moves on to the next day.

There are 819 different cards in total, counting the Egyptian God cards. The counter in the "Deck Edit" menu counts the total amount of cards collected, including multiple copies of a card you received. You can receive of upwards to 10000+ cards with the counter.

Aside from the above, this game is nearly identical to Yu-Gi-Oh! Worldwide Edition: Stairway to the Destined Duel except that the default animation speed is slower and you have the option of pressing and holding one of the buttons on the game console to speed it up. There are also notably less cards to choose from in comparison to the aforementioned game.


Tier 1[edit]

Tier 1 is available from the start.

Tier 2[edit]

Tier 2 is unlocked by defeating all Tier 1 Duelists twice each.

Tier 3[edit]

Tier 3 is unlocked by defeating all Tier 2 Duelists three times each.

When battling duelists in this tier, a random Rare Hunter event may occur when selecting the Campaign function where any possible Duelist from this said tier will Duel the player. If the player is defeated, a random rare card will be stolen from their trunk. If victory is achieved, then 5 random special cards will be awarded to the player.

Tier 4[edit]

Tier 4 is unlocked by defeating all Tier 3 Duelists four times each.

Tier 5[edit]

Tier 5 is unlocked by defeating all Tier 4 Duelists five times each. Each individual opponent in this tier has an additional condition required to unlock them.

By dueling Simon once, the player receives a copy of every card they do not currently have. Occasionally, Trusdale will not be unlocked after his requirements have been met, due to a glitch.


As more Tiers are unlocked, new Booster Packs will be able to be chosen to reinforce your deck. However, some packs will be unlocked only after defeating an opponent a certain number of times. On the other hand, Magazines are events that give you cards from two special "sets"; the Weekly Yu-Gi-Oh! event happens every Tuesday of the week and the Yu-Gi-Oh! Magazine happens every 21st of the month. There are 819 total cards, counting the 63 cards which don't have password (Egyptian Gods included).

Like many previous and later Yu-Gi-Oh! games, it also uses the 8-digit passwords printed on most cards to unlock new cards.

Cards are kept in a Chest where they can be accessed through the Deck Edit in the Main Menu, and may be placed in the Deck or Side Deck. Fusion cards that are added to the Deck do not go towards the 40 card minimum, but as there is not any kind of Fusion Deck in the Deck Edit, they are put together with the Main Deck.

The game follows the May 2001 Lists, which did not include any Forbidden cards.

Differences from Duel Monsters 5[edit]

The following cards have been removed from the game, since Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters 5: Expert 1.

Initial Deck[edit]

When starting a new game in The Eternal Duelist Soul, the player is presented with a choice of three Decks, Black, Green, and Red, to use as their Initial Deck. Each Deck is generated by selecting a certain number of cards at random from a group of card pools.

In the below table, each card pool is represented in a column. The "Size" row is the total number of cards in the pool; the "Red", "Green", and "Black" rows show the number of cards the respective Deck selects from that pool.

Pool 1 Pool 2 Pool 3 Pool 4 Pool 5 Pool 6 Pool 7 Pool 8 Pool 9 Pool 10 Pool 11
Size 11 2 3 3 2 13 13 13 57 12 7
Black 11 1 1 1 2 3 3 6 9 2 1
Red 6 3 3
Green 3 6 3

Booster Packs[edit]

This game follows the real OCG booster packs with some slight variations and different covers (in the Japanese version it uses the same real covers). However, some of the special packs (namely the Millennium Puzzle ones) don't.

Each pack contains four common cards and one rare card; the rare card is selected from several possible pools as follows:

Pool 1 Pool 2 Pool 3 Pool 4 Pool 5 Pool 6
Rarity Normal Rare Secret Rare Ultra Rare Super Rare Rare Common
Odds 6/180 4/180 6/180 12/180 36/180 116/180

Here the "Rarity" row indicates the OCG/TCG rarity that the cards in the pool correspond to, and the "Odds" row shows the odds of the pool being selected (if a pool is chosen, all cards in that pool have an equal chance of being picked). Pool 6 is just the pool of common cards for the set, which means it is possible to get a pack with five common cards (due to the odds of pool 6 being selected, this happens quite often).

Sets in The Eternal Duelist Soul actually have eight different rarity pools, where the two extra pools are rarer than the first listed pool here, but these pools are not used by any sets in the game, and due to the way pool selection works (if the selected pool is empty, the next-most-common, non-empty pool is chosen), the first listed pool is functionally more common than the second listed pool. The original odds for the two unused pools and the first listed pool are 1/180, 2/180, and 3/180, respectively.

The following packs are available in-game. The table also lists each pack's real-life equivalent set, if there is one.

Booster Pack OCG Set Unlocked by:
Dark Magician Vol.1 Available at the beginning of the game
Mystical Elf Vol.2 Available at the beginning of the game
Red Eyes B. Dragon Vol.3 Available at the beginning of the game
Judge Man Booster 1 and cards from some Starter Boxes Win a total of 10 times
Blue-Eyes White Dragon Legend of Blue Eyes White Dragon (Japanese) Beat Yugi 20 times
Exodia Phantom God Beat Joey 20 times
Tiger Axe Mix of Booster 2 and Booster 3 Advance to Tier 2
Cyber Harpie Vol.4 Defeat everyone in Tier 1, 10 times
Gate Guardian Vol.5 Have a total of 10 wins in Tier 2
Launcher Spider Vol.7 Beat Mai 20 times
Gemini Elf Mix of Booster 3 and Booster 4 Beat Mako 20 times
Garoozis Mix of Booster 5 and Booster 6 Advance to Tier 3
Great Moth Vol.6 Defeat everyone in Tier 2, 10 times
Relinquished Magic Ruler (Japanese) Have a total of 10 wins in Tier 3
Blue-Eyes Toon Dragon Pharaoh's Servant (Japanese) Beat Marik 20 times
Battle Ox Mix of all sets with Booster in their name from Series 1 Beat Umbra & Lumis 20 times
Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon Premium Pack 3 Advance to tier 4
Black Luster Soldier Dark Ceremony Edition Defeat everyone in Tier 3, 10 times
Blue Millennium Puzzle n/a Have a total of 10 wins in Tier 4
Eye of Wdjat n/a Beat Kaiba 20 times
Buster Blader Curse of Anubis Beat Yami Yugi 20 times
Green Millennium Puzzle n/a Defeat everyone in Tier 4, 10 times
Yellow Millennium Puzzle n/a Beat Simon or collect all cards

Cheats and glitches[edit]

  • Faster play: When you're playing the rock-paper-scissors before starting a duel, hold R and don't let go until the duel begins. When the duel starts, the duel will go faster. This is like continuously holding the B button.
  • Solomon Muto unlock Glitch: On some occasions, Solomon Muto isn't unlocked despite collecting every different card or beating Simon once. Most of the time, he is unlocked. In extremely rare cases, after a few months or years, Solomon Muto becomes unavailable, also without any known reason. The only way to fix this is to start a new game.
  • Look at all cards: If you activate "Prohibition", you can see all the cards available in this game, excluding the Egyptian God Cards though.
  • "Spear Cretin" glitch: "Spear Cretin" does not remove the card from your graveyard you target for special summon with its effect. No AI in the game can get past two "Spear Cretin" for this reason.
  • If you use "Spear Cretin" to revive a "Sangan" or "Witch of the Black Forest" and the latter is then sent to the graveyard, your opponent chooses a card to add to their hand instead of you.
  • "Sangan" or "Witch of the Black Forest" glitch: Have "Sangan" or "Witch of the Black Forest" in your graveyard and then bring it back with "Call Of The Haunted" or "Premature Burial", then destroy the monster with a card effect. When this happens it will activate a glitch that will activate the effect of "Sangan" or "Witch" twice instead of once. This is a faster way to get Exodia cards to your hand.
  • "Change of Heart" glitch: If you use "Change of Heart" more than once in the same turn (for example, by using it once, flipping "Magician of Faith" and returning it to your hand, and then using it again), only the last card you use "Change of Heart" on will return to your opponent's field at the end of your turn. The other(s) will remain under your control.
  • "Giant Trunade" glitches:
    • "Snatch Steal" glitch: If you used "Snatch Steal" to take control of an opponent's monster, then you can use "Giant Trunade" to return "Snatch Steal" and you keep the opponent's monster.
    • "Call Of The Haunted" glitch: If you used "Call of the Haunted" to revive a monster, you can use "Giant Trunade" and the monster will stay in the field.
    • "Tribute to The Doomed" glitch: You can not activate "Tribute to the Doomed" if the card is set and you have no cards in your hand to discard, however, you can play "Tribute to the Doomed" without discarding a card when that card is the only card in your hand.
  • "Obelisk the Tormentor": To get "Obelisk the Tormentor" you must be able to have the Green Millennium Puzzle unlocked. After that, you can receive "Obelisk".
  • "The Winged Dragon of Ra": "The Winged Dragon of Ra" can only be obtained by getting it in the Monthly Yu-Gi-Oh! Magazine.
  • "Slifer The Sky Dragon": To get "Slifer The Sky Dragon" God card, unlock the Golden Millennium Puzzle Booster Pack. You will eventually get it.
  • Duel "unknown" character: On May 1 (in game time, days may vary), a man will duel you. He states that if he wins he will take your rarest card. He will pick which card he wants (for example Blue-Eyes White Dragon). If you win, you'll gain 5 random cards.
  • Control numbers on "Skull Dice" or "Graceful Dice": Hold B to make the number higher or A to make the number lower. This works almost every time.
  • Do not lose life points from "Graverobber" card: Once you play "Graverobber", set the card instead of immediately activating it. Once the card is set, activate it and you will not lose 2000 Life Points.
  • Duplicated cards via link: To duplicate a card, trade with a friend. When you go to trade, one person pushes the trade button, when their card appears back on their screen, the other person pushes the trade button. There you have the original card and the traded card, plus your friend has both cards also.
  • Mirror Force negation chain: If an enemy monster attacks and you respond with mirror force, your opponent activates a card in response (i.e. Seven Tools of the Bandit) and you negate your opponent's card with one of your own seven tools, solemn judgement, etc. the game forgets the opponent was the one to initiate the attack and if Mirror Force cleared the field, you get a direct attack on your opponent during their turn if you have an attack position monster that was targeted by the attack.

Password System[edit]

Passwords can be found on the lower left hand corner of actual physical Yu-Gi-Oh! cards. In this and many other games, a password screen allows these codes to be entered to unlock new cards. However, there are two conditions to this:

  • Certain cards will not allow their passwords to be entered. A good example is "Chakra".
  • The player must not already have the card in his/her Trunk, Deck, Side Deck (or if the card isn't in this game), it will not go through and it will display an "ERROR" message.

Promotional gallery[edit]

Promotional cards[edit]

As an added bonus for buying this game, three previously unreleased Holofoil Rare cards are included. Though not immediately available in-game, they could have their passwords entered immediately.


EDS supports 2 player Versus play, provided each player has his/her own Game Boy Advance and their own copy of Eternal Duelist Soul. Also, one Game Link Cable is required to connect the systems (the game is not compatible with the Wireless Link accessory for the GBA). Players can also transfer cards between copies of the game.


The Eternal Duelist Soul sold 1.7 million copies,[1][2] making it the 20th-best-selling Game Boy Advance title of all time.


  1. "US Platinum Chart Games". The Magic Box. Archived from the original on April 21, 2007. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  2. "GBA all through the week of 2013-02-04". Garaph. Retrieved April 25, 2017.

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