Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS - Episode 024

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"To Gore Or Not To Gore"
Grim Gore performs a heel-face turn.
Grim Gore performs a heel-face turn.
EnglishTo Gore Or Not To Gore
Japanese name
RōmajiDāku Masuku ga Seou Shukumei
TranslatedDark Mask's Burden of Fate
SeriesYu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS
Japanese OP"With The Wind"
Japanese ED"Believe In Magic"
English OP & ED"Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS Main Theme"
DirectorYasumi Mikamoto
StoryboardShoji Nishida
Animation director
Air dates
JapaneseOctober 25, 2017
EnglishNovember 18, 2018
Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episodes (season 1)
Previous"A Grim Tale"
Next"Suture the Circuit"

"To Gore Or Not To Gore", known as "Dark Mask's Burden of Fate" is the twenty-fourth episode of the Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS anime. It first aired in Japan on October 25, 2017, became available with official subtitles via Crunchyroll on the same day, and aired in Canada on November 18, 2018.

Dr. Genome uses his "Helixx" Deck to turn the "Gouki" monsters' powerful attacks against themselves, putting The Gore into a pinch. At the same time, the other members of the Knights of Hanoi also show up in LINK VRAINS and indiscriminately attack the citizens...

Featured Duels[edit]

The Gore vs Dr. Genome[edit]

Duel continues from the previous episode.

The Gore has 200 LP and controls "Gouki Thunder Ogre" (3400/↙↑↘) in the Extra Monster Zone, as well as "Gouki Dark Mask" (equipped to "Thunder Ogre") in his Spell & Trap Zone. Dr. Genome has 2300 LP and controls "Helixx Gothiclone" (0/↑↓) in the Extra Monster Zone.

Turn 5: Dr. Genome
Genome activates the effect of "Helixx Necro Darwin" in his GY, Special Summoning it to his zone a Link Monster points to. He Special Summons it (1800/←↑) to the zone the bottom-center Link Arrow of "Helixx Gothiclone" points to. As a Link Monster was Special Summoned from the GY, Genome activates his Skill "Minus Mitosis", making Gore's LP and one of his monsters' ATK become half their current values. He halves the ATK of "Gouki Thunder Ogre" and Gore's LP ("Thunder Ogre": 3400 → 1700 ATK, Gore: 200 → 100 LP).

Turn 6: Gore
Gore draws and subsequently activates the Spell "Gouki Face Turn", targeting a "Gouki" card he controls and a "Gouki" monster in his GY, destroying that card on the field, then Special Summoning that other monster from the GY. He targets "Gouki Dark Mask" he controls and "Gouki Suprex" in his GY, destroying "Dark Mask", then Special Summoning "Suprex" (1800/0). Gore sets "Suprex" and the Link-3 "Thunder Ogre" in the Link Arrows to Link Summon "Gouki The Master Ogre" (2800/↑↙↓↘) to the Extra Monster Zone. As "Suprex" was sent from the field to the GY, Gore activates its effect, adding a different "Gouki" card from his Deck to his hand. He adds an unknown card. Gore activates the Spell "Gouki Re-Match", targeting two "Gouki" monsters in his GY with different Levels and Special Summoning them in Defense Position. He targets and Special Summons the Level 3 "Gouki Twistcobra" (1600/0) and the Level 5 "Gouki Riscorpio" (2300/0) to the zones the bottom-center and bottom-left Link Arrows of "Master Ogre" points to. Gore activates the effect of "Master Ogre", returning to the hand any number of "Gouki" monsters he controls that "Master Ogre" points to, then targeting the same number of face-up cards Genome controls to negate their effects until the end of this turn. He returns "Twistcobra" and "Riscorpio", then targets and negates the effects of "Gothiclone" and "Necro Darwin". If Genome controls a face-up monster, the effect of "Master Ogre" makes it only able to target Genome's monster with the highest ATK for attacks. The effect of "Master Ogre" allows it to attack all monsters Genome controls, once each. "Master Ogre" attacks and destroys "Necro Darwin" (Genome: 2300 → 1300 LP). "Master Ogre" attacks and destroys "Gothiclone" (Genome: 1300 → 0 LP).

The Gore vs. Knight of Hanoi[edit]

The Duel is conducted as a Speed Duel and begins from an unspecified turn.

Gore's turn
"Gouki The Master Ogre" attacks and destroys the Knight of Hanoi's "Jack Wyvern" (Knight of Hanoi: 1000 → 0 LP).

Featured cards[edit]

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


  • At the climax of the episode, Baira and Faust defeat 1000 A.I. Duelists in 30 seconds. Assuming that they Dueled each one separately, they would have had to have defeated 17 A.I. Duelists per second to accomplish this feat.

In other languages[edit]

Language Title
Germany German Dark Masks belastendes Schicksal
Italy Italian La Scelta di Gore
Brazil Portuguese O Destino que Carrega o Peso da Dark Mask
Mexico Spanish El destino de Dark Mask