Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS - Episode 037

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"Out on a Limb"
Spectre's mother tree evolves into its strongest form, "Sunavalon Dryatrentiay".
Spectre's mother tree evolves into its strongest form, "Sunavalon Dryatrentiay".
EnglishOut on a Limb
Japanese name
RōmajiWaga Hahanaru Ki
TranslatedMy Mother Tree
SeriesYu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS
Japanese OP"With The Wind"
Japanese ED"Writing Life"
English OP & ED"Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS Main Theme"
ScreenplayMitsutaka Hirota
DirectorMasahiro Takada
StoryboardMasahiro Takada
Animation director
Air dates
JapaneseJanuary 31, 2018
EnglishJanuary 5, 2019
Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episodes (season 1)
Previous"A Bridge Too Far"
Next"Looking Back"

"Out on a Limb", known as "My Mother Tree" in the Japanese version, is the thirty-seventh episode of the Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS anime. It first aired in Japan on January 31, 2018, became available with official subtitles via Crunchyroll on the same day, and aired in Canada on January 5, 2019.

Featured Duel: Playmaker vs. Spectre[edit]

Duel continues from the previous episode.

Playmaker has 900 LP and controls "Excode Talker" (2300/) in the Main Monster Zone. Spectre has 4000 LP and controls "Sunavalon Dryanome" (0/↙↓↘) in the Extra Monster Zone, and "Sunvine Thrasher" (800/↓) and "Sunavalon Daphne" (0/←→) in the Main Monster Zones the and bottom-left Link Arrows of "Dryanome" point to, respectively, as well as "Sunvine Shrine", "Sunavalon Glorious Growth", and "Sunavalon Force" in his Spell & Trap Zone.

Turn 5: Spectre
Spectre Sets a card.

Turn 6: Playmaker
Playmaker Sets a card.

Turn 7: Spectre
"Sunvine Thrasher" attacks "Excode Talker". Playmaker activates his face-down Continuous Trap Card "Overload Anchor". As Spectre's monster attacked while Playmaker controls a Link Monster and no other monsters, he activates the effect of "Overload Anchor" to prevent that Link Monster from being destroyed by that battle, halve the battle damage, and end the Battle Phase. The attack continues, but "Excode Talker" is not destroyed (Playmaker: 900 → 450 LP).

Turn 8: Playmaker
Playmaker draws the Continuous Spell Card "Link Processing Failure" and subsequently activates it by choosing a Link Monster he controls, and preventing Spectre's monsters with a Link Rating less than or equal to that monster's Link Rating from attacking while "Link Processing Failure" is on the field. During the second Standby Phase after activation, "Link Processing Failure" is destroyed. Playmaker chooses the Link-3 "Excode Talker", and prevents "Thrasher", "Sunavalon Dryanome" and "Sunavalon Daphne" from attacking.

Turn 9: Spectre
Spectre sets "Thrasher" and the Link-3 "Dryanome" in the Link Arrows to Link Summon "Sunavalon Dryatrentiay" (0/↑↙↓↘) to the Extra Monster Zone. Spectre activates the effect of "Dryatrentiay", Tributing a Plant Link Monster it points to, then destroying Spell/Trap Cards Playmaker controls up to the Link Rating of the Tributed monster, but monsters in Spectre's Main Monster Zone cannot attack the turn this effect is activated. Spectre Tributes the Link-2 "Daphne" and destroys "Overload Anchor" and "Link Processing Failure". Spectre activates the effect of "Sunvine Shrine" to Special Summon "Sunseed Genius Loci" (0/600) from his GY. Spectre sets "Genius Loci" in the Link Arrow to Link Summon "Thrasher" (800/↓) to the zone the bottom-right Link Arrow of "Dryatrentiay" points to. As "Thrasher" was Special Summoned, Spectre activates its effect, which lets him increase its ATK by 800 times the Link Rating of a "Sunavalon" Link Monster that points to it, in this case four ("Thrasher": 800 → 4000 ATK). Spectre activates his face-down Continuous Trap Card "Sunavalon Bloom" to negate the effects of Playmaker's monsters and target a Link-4 or higher Plant Link Monster he controls. The effect of "Excode Talker" is negated and he targets "Dryatrentiay". When "Dryatrentiay" battles, it will gain ATK equal to all monsters it points to. When "Dryatrentiay" leaves the field, "Bloom" is destroyed. "Dryatrentiay" attacks "Excode Talker". As "Dryatrentiay" is battling, the effect of "Bloom" increases its ATK by an amount equal to the combined ATK of all monsters it points to ("Dryatrentiay": 0 → 4000 ATK). As a Link Monster Playmaker controls is battling a monster that has a Link Rating higher than his monster's, he activates his face-down Trap Card "Link Surge Counter", banishing 2 Spell/Trap Cards from his field or GY to make the ATK of that monster he controls become equal to the ATK of the opponent's monster it is battling. Playmaker banishes "Overload Anchor" and "Link Processing Failure" from his GY to make the ATK of "Excode Talker" become equal to that of "Dryatrentiay" ("Excode Talker": 2300 → 4000 ATK). The attack continues and both monsters are destroyed. As Playmaker's monster was destroyed by battle, Spectre activates the effect of "Sunavalon Force", inflicting 100 damage to Playmaker times the Link Rating of the Link Monster with the highest Link Rating on the field, in this case, four (Playmaker: 450 → 50 LP).

As "Dryatrentiay" left the field, "Bloom" is destroyed by its own effect. As a "Sunavalon" monster Spectre controls was destroyed, "Sunavalon Glorious Growth" is destroyed by its own effect. As Spectre controls no "Sunavalon" monsters, "Shrine" is destroyed by its own effect. As there are no "Sunavalon" monsters on the field, "Force" is destroyed by its own effect. As there is no "Sunavalon" monster that points to "Thrasher", it is destroyed by its own effect. Spectre activates the Continuous Spell Card "Sunavalon Cursed Rebirth", to Special Summon a "Sunavalon" monster from his GY with its effects negated and increasing its ATK by 1000 times its Link Rating. He Special Summons "Dryatrentiay" (0/↑↙↓↘) ("Dryatrentiay": 0 → 4000 ATK).

Turn 10: Playmaker
Playmaker draws "ROM Cloudia" and subsequently Normal Summons it (1800/0). As "ROM Cloudia" was Normal Summoned, Playmaker activates its effect to add a Cyberse monster from his GY to his hand. He adds "Latency" to his hand. As "Latency" was added from the GY to Playmaker's hand, he activates its effect, Special Summoning it (0/0). Playmaker sets "Latency" to in the Link Arrow to Link Summon "Talkback Lancer" (1200/↓) to the Extra Monster Zone. As "Latency" was Special Summoned by its effect and was subsequently used as Link Material, Playmaker activates its effect to draw a card. Playmaker activates the effect of "Talkback Lancer", Tributing a Cyberse monster to Special Summon a "Code Talker" monster from his GY to a zone "Talkback Lancer" points to. He Tributes "ROM Cloudia" to Special Summon "Excode Talker" to the zone the bottom-center Link Arrow of "Talkback Lancer" points to. Monsters "Excode Talker" point to gain 500 ATK and cannot be destroyed by card effects ("Talkback Lancer": 1200 → 1700 ATK). Playmaker activates the Spell Card "Link Atrocity" to Tribute a Link Monster he controls to increase the ATK of another Link Monster he controls by the Tributed monster's ATK. If that Link Monster he controls battles Spectre's Link Monster, then Spectre's Link Monster loses 400 ATK for each Link Monster in the GYs. He Tributes "Talkback Lancer" to increase the ATK of "Excode Talker" ("Excode Talker": 2300 → 4000 ATK).

"Excode Talker" attacks "Dryatrentiay", with the effect of "Link Atrocity" decreasing the ATK of "Dryatrentiay" for each Link Monster in the GYs x400. There are currently fourteen ("Dryatrentiay": 4000 → 0 ATK). "Dryatrentiay" is destroyed (Spectre: 4000 → 0 LP).

Featured cards[edit]

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


  • During the next episode preview, Varis narrates the next episode instead of Cal Kolter.

In other languages[edit]

Language Title
Germany German Mein Mutterbaum
Italy Italian Sospesi nel Vuoto
Brazil Portuguese Minha Árvore Maternal
Mexico Spanish Árbol materno