Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS - Episode 097
"Borreload eXcharge Dragon" prepares to attack.
|Japanese OP||"go forward"|
|Japanese ED||"Are you ready?"|
|Japanese||April 10, 2019|
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"Ignis Unification Plan" is the ninety-seventh episode of the Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS anime. It first aired in Japan on April 10, 2019.
Varis reveals the truth about a simulation of the future of both Ignis and humans, according to which both will be destroyed as result of Lightning's actions. Varis has also gained the upper hand in the Duel, and brings out a new "Borreload". However, Lightning then uses an underhanded tactic.
As Varis stands on 4000 LP, Pigeon cheers that he has his ace monster out, and Frog declares that "Borreload Dragon" is such an exciting monster and he tells Varis to deal a huge blow to Lightning, on 4000 LP himself and controlling the 2200 ATK "Armatos Legio Plumbum Trident". Pigeon wonders if Frog should really say that as Bohman, Playmaker, Ai Aso, Dr. Genome, and Clarissa all watch silently, since the media must be neutral. Varis activates the effect of "Borreload Dragon", "Anti-Enemy Rokket", which will reduce the ATK and DEF of a monster by 500, and Lightning can't activate any cards or effects in response. "Plumbum Trident" falls to 1700 ATK, and Varis declares his Battle Phase, attacking "Plumbum Trident" with "Borreload Dragon's" "Thunder Borrel Cannon" attack, destroying it and causing both Lightning and Jin to stagger backwards as Lightning falls to 2700 LP. Ai cheers that Varis destroyed Lightning's monster, but then asks if he couldn't have used the effect of "Borreload Dragon" to steal Lightning's monster. Playmaker explains that if Varis had taken control of "Plumbum Trident", it would have only had 1100 ATK and dealt that much damage. Ai realizes that by forgoing the effect of "Borreload Dragon", Varis was able to inflict more damage to Lightning. Lightning chuckles and he comments that the attack made sense; it was a logical move, and since Varis is logical, his plans are easy to discern. Varis irritably asks what Lightning means, and Lightning claims that Varis is helping his strategy.
He activates the effect of "Plumbum Trident" as it was destroyed by battle, adding "Judgment Arrows" from his Deck to his hand. Varis scowls, and Lightning declares that now he has the card he wants in his hand. Playmaker realizes that the battle was a trap to allow Lightning to get "Judgment Arrows", and Ai is shocked that it had that effect. Lightning then activates the effect of "Plumbum Trident" as it was destroyed, placing it in the Spell & Trap Zone as a Link Spell Card, but it will be banished when it leaves the field. Varis muses on the notion of a new Link Spell and notes that this is why the Link Arrows of "Plumbum Trident" point the way they do. Playmaker notes that it's a Link Spell other than "Judgment Arrows" and Ai whispers that this is bad; Lightning doesn't make mistakes. Lightning declares that he's the one who will show which of them walks the path of foolishness, and Varis Sets a card to end his turn. Playmaker notes that Lightning already has "Judgment Arrows" in his hand, so how Varis deals with it will determine who wins the Duel. Ai notes that Varis needs to hold on for now.
Lightning declares his turn and draws, then he activates the effect of the Link Spell "Plumbum Trident". Ai is shocked that it has another effect, and Playmaker wonders what kind of effect it has. Lightning explains that he can return a Link Monster from his Graveyard to his Extra Deck, then Special Summon an "Armatos Legio" Link Monster to a zone "Plumbum Trident" points to, returning "Decurion" to his Extra Deck and Special Summoning "Centurion". Then Lightning activates the effect of the Field Spell Card "Armatos Colosseum", sending "Armatos Legio Sica" from his hand to thhe Graveyard to Special Summon "Armatos Legio Segmentata" and "Armatos Legio Gladius" to the zones that "Centurion" points to. He chants "Come forth! The circuit that guides the light!" and declares that the Summoning condition is one Level 4 or lower "Armatos Legio" monster, setting "Gladius" and Link Summoning the Link-1 "Armatos Legio Decurion". Playmaker observes that now Lightning has a Link Arrow pointing to one of his Spell & Trap Zones, and Ai gasps that Lightning can activate "Judgment Arrows" now. Lightning vows that Varis is about to see hell, but Varis isn't impressed that an A.I. is talking about hell. Lightning asks what's so funny, and Varis warns the Light Ignis that he's the one who'll see hell. "Judgment Arrows" is a terrifying card that changes the course of battle; does Lightning think that Varis would only have one way to deal with it?
He activates the Trap Card "Mind Crush", and Lightning reacts in shock as Varis states that he can declare a card name, and if Lightning has that card in his hand, he must discard all copies of that card. Varis declares the name "Judgment Arrows", and purple mist engulfs Lightning, disintegrating "Judgment Arrows" in his mind. Lightning is furious that Varis dared destroy "Judgment Arrows" and Ai cheers Varis on, while Playmaker is impressed that Varis thought so far ahead. Ai proudly states that Lightning didn't think Varis was thinking two steps ahead and he tells Lightning that it serves him right. Lightning vows to simply use power to make Varis succumb and he chants "Come forth! The circuit that guides the light!" He declares that the Summoning conditions are at least three "Armatos Legio" monsters, setting "Decurion", "Centurion" and "Segmenta" to Link Summon the Link-4 "Armatos Legio Magnus Dux". Lightning then activates the effect of "Segmentata" from his Graveyard as it was used as Link Material while it was linked, paying 1000 LP return all the monsters used to Link Summon that monster to his Deck, then return cards from his Graveyard to his Deck equal to the Link Rating of "Magnus Dux". He falls to 1700 LP, and Ai notes that "Magnus Dux" is Link-4, and Lightning has five cards in his Graveyard; Lightning returns "Speculata", "Gladius", and the two "Sica" in his Graveyard to his Deck.
Lightning adds that Varis must now select a card from Lightning's Graveyard to add to his hand, and Varis narrows his eyes as Lightning smugly notes that there's only one card in his Graveyard. Varis mutters that it's "Judgment Arrows" and Lightning confirms that's right. "Judgment Arrows" is a terrifying card that changes the course of battle; did Varis think Lightning would only have one way to deal with it? He orders Varis to choose his destiny, but Varis doesn't respond. Lightning laughs, commenting that Varis can't even choose his own destruction and he tells him that he's just wasting time, adding the remaining card in his Graveyard to his hand. "Judgment Arrows" emerges from the Graveyard portal at Jin's feet, and Lightning laughs that "Judgment Arrows" has returned to his hand again. Ai freaks out, crying that Varis is in a large pinch again, but Playmaker notes that Lightning paid a lot for it so they still don't know the outcome. Ai agrees that it's hard to believe Varis will lose so easily. Lightning activates the Link Spell Card "Judgment Arrows", chanting "Appear! The three arrows that judge the world!" "Judgment Arrows" materializes from a fork of lightning, and Lightning declares his Battle Phase, attacking "Borreload Dragon" with "Magnus Dux". But as energy builds in the cannons mounted on "Magnus Dux", Varis activates the effect of "Borreload Dragon", and with "Anti-Enemy Rokket" it blasts a red stream from its maw. Varis notes that normally the effect of "Magnus Dux" would be able to negate the activation of a Link Monster's effect and destroy it, but it can't be activated in response to the effect of "Borreload". "Magnus Dux" falls to 2500 ATK, but Lightning claims that all monsters are nothing more than weaklings against the overwhelming power of "Magnus Dux". "Magnus Dux" fires its cannons, and Lightning declares that the effect of "Judgment Arrows" will double the ATK of "Magnus Dux" as it points to it, and "Magnus Dux" fires more cannon-blasts repeatedly as it rises to 5000 ATK, striking "Borreload Dragon" and consuming it. Varis grunts as he is reduced to 2000 LP, and Lightning states that the battle is over, so the ATK of "Magnus Dux" returns to normal. Ai notes that Lightning has 1700 LP and Varis 2000, while Playmaker adds that Varis has more LP but is at a large disadvantage. Lightning claims that he created "Judgment Arrows" to open the door to a new world; a monkey like Varis can't destroy it. Ai is shocked by the term, asking Lightning if that's how he views humans. Lightning asks if Ai has a problem with that, given that they don't need humans. Ai repeats Lightning's words, and he gasps that he's talking just like Windy.
Exactly, Varis states. Of course it has the same personality as the Wind Ignis. Playmaker asks what Varis means, and Varis replies that it's just as he said; the Wind and Light Ignis are the same. Do they remember what Flame said, how strange it was that Windy's personality become so extreme? Ai recalls Flame mentioning that Windy didn't used to be so twisted and asking what had happened, and Windy claiming that nothing had and this was him. Ai admits that Flame is right; Windy used to be easy to talk to, but it's like something inside him changed. Exactly, Varis agrees; Windy's true personality was altered. Lightning stares back wordlessly as Ai repeats his statement, and he asks if this means that Windy's program was rewritten. Varis confirms that it was, and Ai asks who would do that, then realizes what Varis means. Varis confirms that in order to advance his Ignis unification plan, Lightning rewrote Windy's program to force it to be his ally. Varis already checked the records; in the Wind Ignis's simulations there were no models of an evil personality - and an image of Windy shows him with purple eyes. In other words an outsider changed it. Playmaker notes that Lightning is the source of Windy's evil, and Ai sadly realizes that Lightning was responsible for the curse as well. Lightning confirms that he set it within Windy because he expected him to lose and it was the only way he was ever useful. Ai snarls that Lightning must be joking; he'll go that far? Lightning declares that everything he does is for them all, for the future of the Ignis. "For the future?" Ai asks, and he snaps at Lightning to stop joking; everything he does is full of lies, and yet they trusted him to be their leader? Lightning claims that it may have started as a lie, but his ideas are heading towards the correct future; humanity will eventually fall under the control of A.I. and vanish and this is the unstoppable program known as destiny. Ai furiously asks if this is how Lightning is justifying it, and Varis warns Lightning not to feel so proud; if they solely focus on the growth of memories then A.I. are indeed superior to humans, but they are not as a species and on that point his father's ideas were wrong. The Ignis are a spineless species, but humans are different since they evolved as creatures of flesh and blood. Their flesh is full of life, something Ryoken felt when he was taking care of his father. Humans know fear and death because it's engraved in their DNA so they celebrate the limited time they have and chase their dreams. Lightning retorts that bone, flesh and time limit humanity, but they don't tie him down, and the Ignis are a new species that exceeded the expectations of humanity. Varis vows that he'll mercilessly and completely correct him. Lightning tells him to go ahead and try, not that he can since Lightning has the power of "Judgment Arrows".
Varis agrees; telling Lightning that it's time for him to vanish. He declares his turn and draws, then he activates the effect of his Field Spell "Boot Sector Launch" since his opponent controls more monsters than him, allowing him to Special Summon "Rokket" monsters from his Graveyard in Defense Position equal to the difference. He revives "Magnarokket Dragon" and then Normal Summons "Estrangement Dragon" from his hand. Lightning asks if this is what Varis is doing; Summoning a weakling? He points out that since he has "Judgment Arrows", Varis will have to Summon a monster with at least 5000 ATK to defeat him. Varis retorts that he'll show Lightning the moment where humanity's Dueling surpasses his expectations, and he activates the effect of "Estrangement Dragon" since it was Summoned, allowing him to Special Summon another copy from his Deck to Lightning's side of the field in Attack Position. Lightning is shocked that Varis Summoned it to his field, and Varis explains that "Estrangement Dragon" can't be attacked if its controller controls another monster, and since it was Special Summoned by an effect, it will be sent to the Graveyard at the end of this turn. Ai wonders what Varis is planning to do, but Playmaker notes that Varis has two Level 4 monsters, and he asks if it can be?
Varis overlays the Level 4 "Estrangement Dragon" and "Magnarokket Dragon" to build the Overlay Network, chanting "When two soaring, heroic roars merge into thunder, it opens the eternal door and shows its power! Xyz Summon! Appear, Rank 4 Borreload eXcharge Dragon!" The new "Borreload" appears with 3000 ATK, and Playmaker notes that Varis had a new trump card ready. Ai comments that Varis does the unexpected as usual, calling a Rank 4 with 3000 ATK crazy. Lightning chuckles at the sight of an Xyz Monster, but claims that it's not enough to defeat him. Varis retorts that the fact that the Light Ignis thinks so highly of himself proves that he's shallow. He activates the "Anti Enemy eXcharge" effect of "Borreload eXcharge Dragon", detaching an Overlay Unit to reduce the ATK of a monster by 600. He chooses "Magnus Dux", reducing it to 1900 ATK, and also allowing him to Special Summon a "Borrel" monster from his Graveyard. He revives "Borreload Dragon", and tells the LIGHT Ignis that he's coming. "Borreload eXcharge Dragon" attacks "Magnus Dux", and then Varis activates the "Anti Enemy Rokket" effect of "Borreload Dragon" to further reduce the ATK of "Magnus Dux" by 500, to 1400. Ai cheers that the ATK of "Magnus Dux" decreased again, and Lightning declares the effect of "Judgment Arrows", doubling the ATK of "Magnus Dux" to 2800. Varis states that it's still lower than the ATK of "eXcharge Dragon", and "eXcharge Dragon" attacks with "Borrel Cannon of Thunder", building up blue energy in its wing, body, and maw cannons and blasting it in a surge of light that obliterates "Magnus Dux" and reduces Lightning to 1500 LP. Ai celebrates Varis destroying "Magnus Dux", and Lightning growls in frustration. Varis explains that he can't attack Lightning directly this turn due to the effect of "eXcharge", and Lightning realizes that this is why Varis Summoned "Estrangement Dragon" to his side of the field. Exactly, Varis says. "Borreload Dragon" has 3000 ATK and "Estrangement Dragon" only 1500, while Lightning has 1500 LP left. Ai cheers that Varis is on point; if this attack succeeds he'll win. Playmaker agrees that Lightning can't stop the attack, while up above them Pigeon cheers that this Duel is finally going to end. Frog congratulates Varis; he might be a bad guy, but he's doing the just thing like a dark hero. Varis stares Lightning down and he warns the Light Ignis that this is the end, telling him to return to nothing and as "Borreload Dragon" begins building energy at its cannon he orders it to attack "Estrangement Dragon" -
And then a portal opens beneath Jin's feet, much to Varis and Playmaker's shock, and Ai gasps "What?" Light emerges deep from the portal and engulfs Jin, and Bohman watching impassively while Playmaker and Varis gape at the sight in shock. Ai asks Lightning what he's done, and Lightning bursts out laughing as the light fades and the portal closes - Jin, his military garb now gone - lands in the field of flowers with control over his own actions. Lightning settles before him, and Playmaker and Ai watch in shock as Varis asks what this is.
Lightning explains that he just linked his program with Jin Kolter's consciousness data, and Jin gasps in shock as Lightning explains that if he loses, then Jin's consciousness data will be completely destroyed. Terrified, Jin draws into himself as Playmaker gasps "What?" and Lightning asks Varis what he will do, and Varis grits his teeth as everyone watches silently.
Duel continues from the previous episode
Varis has 4000 LP and controls "Borreload Dragon" (3000/←↙↘→) in the Extra Monster Zone, as well as "Boot Sector Launch" in his Field Zone. Lightning has 4000 LP and controls "Armatos Legio Plumbum Trident" (2200/↖↑↗) in his Extra Monster Zone, as well as "Armatos Colosseum" in his Field Zone and "Armatos Gloria" in his Spell & Trap Zone.
Turn 2: Varis
Varis activates the effect of "Borreload Dragon", targeting one other monster on the field and reducing its ATK/DEF by 500, and neither player can activate cards or effects in response to this effect's activation. He targets "Armatos Legio Plumbum Trident" ("Plumbum Trident": 2200 → 1700 ATK). "Borreload" attacks and destroys "Plumbum Trident" (Lightning: 4000 → 2700 LP). As "Plumbum Trident" was destroyed by battle, Lightning activates its effect, allowing him to add "Judgment Arrows" from his Deck or GY to his hand, then he can place "Plumbum Trident" in his Spell & Trap Zone as a Link Spell, but if it leaves the field, it will be banished. He adds "Judgment Arrows" from his Deck to his hand. Varis Sets a card.
Turn 3: Lightning
Lightning activates the effect of "Plumbum Trident"; once per turn, if it is in the Spell & Trap Zone by its own effect, Lightning can return one Link Monster from his GY to his Extra Deck, and then Special Summon one "Armatos Legio" Link Monster from the GY to a Main Monster Zone "Plumbum Trident" points to. He returns "Armatos Legio Decurion" from his GY to his Extra Deck and Special Summons "Armatos Legio Centurion" (1700/←→) from his GY to the Main Monster Zone the Top-Right Link Arrow "Plumbum Trident" points to. Lightning activates the second effect of "Armatos Colosseum", allowing him to send a Level 4 or lower "Armatos Legio" monster from his hand to the GY, then target an "Armatos Legio" Link Monster he controls to Special Summon as many "Armatos Legio" monsters as possible with different names from each other and the monster sent to the GY to activate this effect in Defense Position to his Main Monster Zones that Link Monster points to. He sends "Armatos Legio Sica" from his hand to the GY, targets the "Centurion" he controls, and Special Summons "Armatos Legio Gladius" (0/800) and "Armatos Legio Segmentata" (0/2000) in Defense Position to the Main Monster Zones that the Middle-Right and Middle-Left Link Arrows of "Centurion" point to, respectively.
Lightning sets "Gladius" (a Level 4 or lower "Armatos Legio" monster) in the Link Arrows to Link Summon "Armatos Legio Decurion" (1000/↓) to the Main Monster Zone the Middle-Right Link Arrow of "Centurion" and the Top-Right Link Arrow of "Plumbum Trident" point to. Varis activates his Set Trap Card "Mind Crush", letting Varis declare a card name, and if that card is in his opponent's hand, that player must discard all copies of it; however, if they don't have any copies of that card in their hand, then Varis must discard 1 random card from his hand. Varis declares "Judgement Arrows", which Lightning has one copy of in his hand, therefore he is forced to discard it. Lightning sets "Segmentata", "Centurion", and "Decurion" (3 or more "Armatos Legio" monsters) in the Link Arrows to Link Summon "Armatos Legio Magnus Dux" (3000/↑←↓→) to the Main Monster Zone the Top-Right Link Arrow of "Plumbum Trident" points to. As "Segmentata" was sent from the field to the GY as Link Material for a Link Summon while linked, Lightning activates its effect, paying 1000 LP (Lightning: 2700 → 1700 LP) to shuffle all of the Link Materials used for that Link Summon from his GY to his Deck, then shuffle a number of cards from his GY to his Deck equal to the Link Summoned Link Monster's Link Rating, and then his opponent must add one card from Lightning's GY to his hand. Lightning shuffles "Segmentata", "Centurion", and "Decurion" from his GY into his Deck/Extra Deck, then he shuffles "Armatos Legio Speculata", "Gladius" and 2 copies of "Sica" from the GY to his Deck, and then Varis is forced to add "Judgment Arrows" from Lightning's GY to his hand, as it is the only card in Lightning's GY. Lightning activates "Judgement Arrows" (↖↑↗) in the Spell & Trap Zone the Bottom-Center Link Arrow of "Magnus Dux" points to.
"Magnus Dux" attacks "Borreload". Varis activates the effect of "Borreload", targeting "Magnus Dux" and reducing its ATK/DEF by 500, with neither player being able to activate cards or effects in response to the effect's activation ("Magnus Dux": 3000 → 2500 ATK). As a Link Monster it points to is battling, Lightning activates the effect of "Judgement Arrows", doubling the current ATK of that monster during damage calculation only ("Magnus Dux": 2500 → 5000 ATK). The attack continues and "Borreload" is destroyed (Varis: 4000 → 2000 LP) ("Magnus Dux": 5000 → 2500 ATK).
Turn 4: Varis
Varis activates the effect of "Boot Sector Launch": as Lighting controls more monsters than he does, Varis can Special Summon "Rokket" monsters with different names from his GY in Defense Position, up to the difference. Lightning controls one more monster than he does, so Varis Special Summons "Magnarokket Dragon" (1800/1200) in Defense Position. While "Boot Sector Launch" is face-up on the field, all "Rokket" monsters on the field gain 300 ATK/DEF ("Magnarokket": 1800 → 2100/1200 → 1500). Varis Normal Summons "Estrangement Dragon" (1500/1500). As "Estrangement Dragon" was Normal Summoned, Varis activates its effect, Special Summoning another "Estrangement Dragon" from his Deck to his opponent's field in Attack Position, but it is sent to the GY at the end of this turn. If the controller of "Estrangement" controls another monster, "Estrangement" cannot be targeted for an attack.
Varis overlays "Estrangement" and "Magnarokket" (2 Level 4 DARK Dragon monsters) to Xyz Summon the Rank 4 "Borreload eXcharge Dragon" (3000/2500, 2 ORU) in Attack Position to the Extra Monster Zone. Varis activates the effect of "Borreload eXcharge Dragon", detaching an Overlay Unit ("Borreload eXcharge Dragon: 2 → 1 ORU) to target 1 face-up monster on the field and reduce its ATK/DEF by 600, then he can Special Summon 1 "Borrel" monster from his GY, but for the rest of the turn, Varis cannot Special Summon monsters nor attack directly. He targets "Magnus Dux" on the field ("Magnus Dux": 2500 → 1900 ATK), and Special Summons "Borreload Dragon" from his GY (3000/←↙↘→). Varis activates the effect of "Borreload", targeting "Magnus Dux" and reducing its ATK/DEF by 500, with neither player being able to activate cards or effects in response to the effect's activation ("Magnus Dux": 1900 → 1400 ATK).
"Borreload eXcharge Dragon" attacks "Magnus Dux". Since a Link Monster it points to is battling, Lightning activates the effect of "Judgement Arrows", doubling that monster's current ATK during damage calculation only ("Magnus Dux": 1400 → 2800 ATK). The attack continues and "Magnus Dux" is destroyed (Lightning: 1700 → 1500 LP). Varis prepares to attack "Estrangement" with "Borreload", but Lightning interferes by using Jin as a hostage, causing Varis to hesitate.
Duel continues in the next episode
The following cards appeared in this episode. Cards in italics debuted here.