Yugi Muto's Decks

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Yugi plays a Strategy Deck, containing various flexible strategies for any situation, however, two Types that can be seen consistently throughout Yugi's Decks are the Fiend-Type and the Spellcaster-type, possibly to reflect Yami's mystical and somewhat dark nature.

Toei anime[edit]

Yu-Gi-Oh! anime[edit]

Duelist Kingdom[edit]

Yugi's Deck[edit]

Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome
Joey Wheeler 1 Win

The only known card in Yugi's own Deck is "Blackland Fire Dragon".

Grandpa's Deck[edit]

Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome
Seto Kaiba 1 Win
Maximillion Pegasus 2 Lose
Weevil Underwood 4-5 Win
Mako Tsunami 7 Win
Mokuba Kaiba 8 No result
Ghost Kaiba 9-10 Win
PaniK 14-15 Win
Para and Dox 19-21 Win (with Joey Wheeler)
Seto Kaiba 22-24 Lose
Mai Valentine 29-30 Win
Joey Wheeler 33-34 Win
Maximillion Pegasus 35-39 Win
Rebecca Hawkins 41-42 Lose
Bandit Keith/Marik Ishtar 50-51 No result
Johnny Steps 53 Win

Yugi's Duelist Kingdom Deck is an EARTH/DARK Normal Monster Deck, which he received from his grandfather. Despite this being Solomon's Deck, Yugi never received his grandfather's "Blue-Eyes White Dragon" that was part of the Deck as it was ripped in half by Seto Kaiba. Most of his Normal Monsters have low ATK, but he supports them with Magic Cards such as "Horn of the Unicorn" to raise their strength, while also maximizing his more powerful monsters' potential through cards like "Burning Land" and "Makiu, the Magical Mist." If put on the defensive, he uses "Swords of Revealing Light" and "Magical Hats" to buy time for a comeback, or "Mirror Force" and "Spellbinding Circle" for a surprise counterattack. He also includes a bit of support for his signature card, "Dark Magician", like "Mystic Box" and "Book of Secret Arts". If all else fails, he resorts to Summoning mighty Ritual Monsters including "Black Luster Soldier" and "Magician of Black Chaos" for a reversal finish. The Deck also had "The Forbidden One" cards in it, which he used in the first episode to defeat Kaiba, but Weevil Underwood threw them overboard on the ship to Duelist Kingdom, and Joey Wheeler was only able to recover two of them, so Yugi abandoned Exodia. When Yugi dueled Ghost Kaiba, he used Monster Reborn to revive "Blue-Eyes White Dragon" to finish him off.

Yugi's Deck also has access to Fusion Monsters, such as "Dragon Master Knight" and "Black Skull Dragon". Both have have only been used when cooperating with Seto Kaiba and Joey Wheeler, respectively.

Special Deck[edit]

Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome
Bakura Ryou/Yami Bakura 13 Win

In episode 13, Yugi combines some of Joey's, Téa's and Tristan's cards into his Deck against Yami Bakura.

Battle City[edit]

Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome
Seeker 56-57 Win
Arkana 60-62 Win
Strings/Marik Ishtar 65-67 Win
Rare Hunter 2 and Rare Hunter 3 68 Win (with Seto Kaiba)
Lumis and Umbra 70-73 Win (with Seto Kaiba)
Joey Wheeler/Marik Ishtar 75-78 DRAW
Yami Bakura 82-84 Win
Seto Kaiba, Yami Marik, Joey Wheeler 122-124 Win
Seto Kaiba 129-135 Win
Marik Ishtar/Yami Marik 138-142 Win
Joey Wheeler 143 Not shown

During the Battle City preliminaries and quarter-finals, Yugi runs a Magnet Warrior/Spellcaster Deck that focuses on "Dark Magician Girl" and supports both Spellcasters through "Magic Cylinder" and "Magic Formula". His Deck also includes more control cards that allow him to manipulate an opponent's cards, such as "Change of Heart", "Lightforce Sword" and "Mystical Refpanel". During his Duel against Seto Kaiba in the semi-finals and his Duel against Yami Marik in the finals, his Deck shifts its focus to an Egyptian God Deck, whose strategy involves swarming the field through "Soul Rope" and "King's Knight" to Summon "Slifer the Sky Dragon", and further strengthen his monster through cards such as "Card of Sanctity" and "Disgraceful Charity".

If "Slifer" is destroyed, Yugi falls back on destructive OTK strategies, either by using "Dark Paladin" and enhancing its power through "Red-Eyes Black Dragon" (which he received from Joey Wheeler after winning it back from the Rare Hunter) and "Diffusion-Wave Motion", or with "Obelisk the Tormentor" (in his Duel against Yami Marik) by Summoning it through a combination of "Fiend's Sanctuary" and "Multiply" and supporting its effect with cards like "Soul Taker".

Battle City Deck
Main Deck

Virtual World[edit]

Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome
Gansley 99-101 Win
The Big Five (through Tristan Taylor) 111-113 Win (with Joey Wheeler)
Noah Kaiba 117-119 Win (Duel taken over for Seto Kaiba)

Yugi's Virtual World Deck is largely similar to his Battle City Deck, though he did not have the luxury of his God Cards. He also included several cards he had formerly used in Duelist Kingdom, but not in Battle City. He also introduces new support for his Duelist Kingdom themes, such as "The Rock Spirit" (EARTH monsters) and "Sangan" (low ATK). For his Duel with Noah Kaiba, Yugi would shuffle his Deck together with the remainder of Seto's own.

Waking the Dragons[edit]

Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome
Gurimo 145-146 Win
Rafael 156-158 Lose
Yami Yugi 163 Lose

Yugi plays a Kuriboh/Spellcaster/Timaeus Deck during the Waking the Dragons arc, focusing on Summoning the 5 Kuriboh Brothers through "Five Star Twilight" and combining them to form "Kuribabylon" and raising its ATK through "Pump Up" and "The Seal of Orichalcos" (the latter when he was under its influence). He also makes use of his "Eye of Timaeus" card he received in order to defeat Dartz, by fusing it with his Magicians in order to Summon powerful Fusions. He supports his strategy by using "Excalibur" or "Altar of Restoration".

Because of Yami Yugi's loss to Rafael, Yugi's soul was taken and thus he played no part in the Duels for the rest of the season, except a Duel against Yami that acted as a test of the Yami Yugi's character. Cards used by Yami Yugi after this point are listed at Yami Yugi's Decks, as Yugi had no part in any further alterations to the Deck.

Grand Championship[edit]

Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome
KC DuelTek 760 185-186 Win
Vivian Wong 193 Win
Leon von Schroeder 196-198 Win

In the Grand Championship arc, Yugi plays a Spellcaster/Three Musketeers of Face Cards Deck, which focuses on Summoning his Magicians quickly through "Skilled Dark Magician" and "Watapon", and supports older combos involving them with cards like "Emblem of Dragon Destroyer" and "Necromancy". He again makes use of his Knights' swarming abilities, this time to Summon "Royal Straight Slasher" who he used in an attempt to destroy the illegal card "Golden Castle of Stromberg". In addition, most of his Kuriboh support cards made no appearance.

See also: Rick, whose Deck Yugi used against KC DuelTek 760.

Dawn of the Duel[edit]

Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome
Yami Bakura (through Tristan Taylor) 215-218 Win
Yami Yugi 221-224 Win

During the Dawn of the Duel arc, Yugi uses a Silent/Toy Deck that focuses mainly on cards that have effects that happen gradually throughout the Duel, like "Silent Swordsman LV0" and "Ground Erosion", and maximizes their effects through his "Turn Jump". To protect his "Silent Swordsman LV0", he relies on "Mirage Ruler" or "Ambush Shield". He also supports his "Marshmallon" through cards like "Marshmallon Glasses" and "Witch of the Black Forest". He includes several cards to protect his Life Points, such as "Lengard" and "Soul Shield". For last resorts, he moves on to his "Gandora the Dragon of Destruction" and supports its Summoning through "Blockman". During the beginning of the Ceremonial Battle, he makes use of the "Gadget" archetype which he uses to power-up his Trap Monster "Stronghold the Moving Fortress" through "Ties of the Brethren". He also further supports his "Magnet Warriors" with cards like "Magnet Reverse" and "Magnet Force", the latter he used to defeat the Egyptian Gods. During the last turns of the final Duel, he focuses on strengthening his "Silent Magician LV0" in order to beat Atem's "Dark Magician", through "Card of Sanctity". This Deck represents the strength Yugi has without the help of Yami Yugi as well as his playful side. As a result he does not use the "Dark Magician" and its related cards (except for "Buster Blader"), leaving them to Yami Yugi when they build separate Decks for the final ceremonial Duel.



Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome
Jaden Yuki 179-180 Not shown

In Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, Yugi's Deck featured cards that he had previously used in a variety of arcs, including some not seen in a while. The Duel between him and Jaden Yuki is known to have taken place sometime after a second version of Battle City.


In episode 18, Yugi's Deck was to be displayed in a special room within Duel Academy, where it was stolen by Dimitri, who used it in two Duels. Here, the Deck focused on retrained "Chaos" versions of Yugi's "Chaos" Ritual monsters.


In episodes 168 and 179, a replica of Yugi's Deck is shown, which was to be given to the student who did the best in the graduation Duels.


Pyramid of Light[edit]

Opponent(s) Outcome
Seto Kaiba/Anubis Win

In the movie, Yugi's Deck adds more support for his "Dark Magicians" as well as a higher amount of resources devoted to Summoning the God cards.

Yugi's full Deck list was given in the novelization of the film. Cards that were not seen in the movie are listed in italics.

3D Bonds Beyond Time[edit]

Opponent(s) Outcome
Paradox Win (with Jaden Yuki and Yusei Fudo)

A special opening of episode 65 of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's features some of his famous monster cards. Most of them didn't appear in the movie.

The Dark Side of Dimensions[edit]


Early manga[edit]

Opponent(s) Chapter(s) Outcome
Katsuya Jonouchi 9 Win
Seto Kaiba 9-10 Win
Seto Kaiba 36-39 Win
Maximillion J. Pegasus 60-62 Lose

Yugi's early manga included these cards as well as a number of unnamed monsters.

Duelist Kingdom[edit]

Yugi's Duelist Kingdom Deck included these cards as well as one unnamed monster.

Battle City[edit]

Millennium World[edit]


Opponent(s) Chapters(s) Outcome
Depre Scott 22-24 Win

In Yu-Gi-Oh! R, Yugi uses a Toy Deck, centered around Yugi's childish side, using cards such as "Toy Magician" and "Toy Box". Similar to the Millennium World arc, Yugi and Yami utilize separate Decks.


Scripted Duels[edit]

North American World Championship Qualifier 2011[edit]

Opponent(s) Tournament Outcome
Yusei Fudo North American WCQ 2011 Win

Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Providence 2012[edit]

Opponent(s) Tournament Outcome
Maximillion Pegasus YCS Providence 2012 Win
Yami Bakura YCS Providence 2012 Win

World Championship 2013[edit]

Opponent(s) Tournament Outcome
Mai Valentine WC 2013 Win

North American World Championship Qualifier 2014[edit]

Opponent(s) Tournament Outcome
Astral 2014 NAWCQ Win

World Championship 2016 Special: Yugi vs. Kaiba[edit]

Opponent(s) Tournament Outcome(s)
Seto Kaiba World Championship 2016 Special Win

V Jump Magazine[edit]

Video games[edit]

Duel Monsters[edit]

Yugi uses assorted low-level monsters as a first-tier opponent in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters. The only card previously attributed to Yugi in his decks is Time Wizard, which was later given to Katsuya Jonouchi in the manga.

Dark Duel Stories (Duel Monsters III: Tri-Holy God Advent[edit]

Yugi's deck in Yu-Gi-Oh! Dark Duel Stories is based off cards he used in Duelist Kingdom and Battle City, such as Gaia The Fierce Knight and D. Magician Girl. True to his anime and manga appearances, his most powerful card is D. Magician, while his signature card is shown to be Kuriboh. The rest of his deck consists of assorted low-level monsters (mostly repeats).

The Eternal Duelist Soul[edit]

The Sacred Cards[edit]

World Championship Tournament 2004[edit]

Dawn of Destiny[edit]

Reshef of Destruction[edit]

7 Trials to Glory: World Championship Tournament 2005[edit]

World Championship 2007[edit]

World Championship 2008[edit]

Nightmare Troubadour[edit]


Deck Recipe[edit]


  1. a b c This card is Set in Defense Position and destroyed in episode 1.
  2. a b c d e This card was present in his Deck for only the first three episodes. Weevil Underwood threw this card off of the boat to Duelist Kingdom in episode 3.
  3. a b This card was played as a Normal Monster. It is a Fusion Monster in the TCG/OCG.
  4. This card can be seen in his hand in episode 2.
  5. This card is activated to destroy a horde of monsters in the virtual game in episode 44, but is destroyed by an "Armed Ninja".
  6. a b c d e f This card was played as a Magic Card. It was depicted as a Quick-Play Magic Card in the dub. It is a Trap Card in the TCG/OCG.
  7. a b Alternate art in the dub.
  8. This card was drawn in episode 42 but not played.
  9. a b This card was played as a Magic Card. It was depicted as a Trap Card in the dub. It is a Trap Card in the TCG/OCG.
  10. This is Tristan's favorite card. He lent to Yugi for this Duel.
  11. This is Joey's favorite card. He lent to Yugi for this Duel.
  12. This is Téa's favorite card. She lent to Yugi for this Duel.
  13. a b c This card can be seen in his hand in episode 60 before he activates "Card Destruction".
  14. a b c d e f g This card can be seen when he rebuilds his Deck in episode 85.
  15. This card is won from Seeker in episode 57. It originally belonged to Joey Wheeler.
  16. This card is won from Seto Kaiba in episode 134.
  17. This card is won from Strings/Marik Ishtar in episode 67.
  18. This card is won from Yami Marik/Marik Ishtar in episode 142. Since it was won in the last Duel of the arc, Yugi was never shown using this card in this Deck.
  19. This card can be seen after Yami activates Ragnarok in episode 142 as a monster spirit.
  20. This card is received from Seto Kaiba in episode 137.
  21. This card can be seen in his hand briefly in episode 76.
  22. This card can be seen in his hand in episode 71
  23. a b c Borrowed from Seto Kaiba's Deck.
  24. This card can be seen in episode 99 before "Kuriboh" selects itself to be his Deck Master.
  25. a b This card is Summoned when the group attempts to escape the Virtual World in episode 120.
  26. a b He picks this card when he was building his Deck in Episode 99.
  27. a b c This card is used in episode 102 to get through a monster-guarded door in the maze.
  28. This card is discarded via the effect of "Card Destruction" in episode 112. It is later removed from the Graveyard to Summon "The Rock Spirit".
  29. Borrowed Seto Kaiba's Deck Master.
  30. This card is Tributed to Ritual Summon "Magician of Black Chaos" in episode 113.
  31. The first copy can be seen before he activates "Card Destruction" in episode 112. Another copy is seen in his hand later in the same episode after "Card Destruction" is activated.
  32. a b This card is discarded via the effect of "Ashingray" in episode 99.
  33. This card is drawn but not played by him in episode 158.
  34. In episode 158, Yami Yugi used the effect of "Kuribah" to Summon "Kuribabylon", after he had already removed from play another "Kuribabylon" to Summon the Kuriboh Brothers earlier in the Duel. It is unclear whether "Kuribah" can Summon a removed from play "Kuribabylon" due to its text not being legible in any of its appearances, but if it cannot, that would mean that Yugi has 2 copies of "Kuribabylon" in his Deck.
  35. a b c In episode 145, this card was stolen by Dartz's gang.
  36. a b c In episode 157, this card can be seen in Yami Yugi's hand after he activates "Card of Sanctity".
  37. a b c d This card is used during his Duel against Yami Yugi in episode 163.
  38. This card is acquired episode 147.
  39. This card can be seen in his hand after he activates "Graceful Charity" in episode 146.
  40. a b c This card is discarded from his Deck to the Graveyard to activate the effect of "Royal Straight Slasher" in episode 198.
  41. This card can be seen in his hand after he activates "Card of Sanctity" in episode 198.
  42. This card is Set in episode 198 and sent to the Graveyard via "Emergency Provisions".
  43. a b c This card is selected by Yugi and added to hand via the effect of "Subspace Battle" in episode 180.
  44. a b This card can be seen in his hand after "Subspace Battle" resolves in episode 180.
  45. a b While shuffling Yugi's Deck before their Duel, Jaden sensed the power of all 3 Egyptian God cards in it.
  46. This card is given to Jaden Yuki in episode 1.
  47. Only one copy was seen in the movie. Yugi was revealed to have a second copy in his Deck in the novelization.
  48. a b c d e f g This card can be seen when he reconstructs his Deck at the Kame Game.
  49. This card is sent from his hand to the Graveyard via "Warrior's Devotion" during his Duel with Aigami.
  50. This card's card type is unknown. It is a Spell Card in the TCG/OCG.
  51. This card is given to him by Kaiba before the final duel of Battle City between Yugi and Yami Marik.
  52. This card was played as a Trap Spell Card. It is a Spell Card in the TCG/OCG.
  53. a b c d e This card was played as a Normal Monster. It is an Effect Monster in the TCG/OCG
  54. This card can been seen in his hand in chapter 23.
  55. This card was played as a Trap Spell Card.
  56. This card was discarded for the effect of Dark Paladin.
  57. a b c d This card was discarded by the effect of Graceful Charity.
  58. a b This card is used as Fusion Material for "Valkryion the Magna Warrior".
  59. a b c d e f g h This card is discarded by the effect of "Card Destruction".
  60. This card was treated as a Fusion Monster. It is an Effect Monster in the TCG/OCG.
  61. This card is seen in Yugi's Deck after the duel.
  62. Used with Multiply.
  63. Used with Magical Hats.
  64. This card is discarded for the cost of "Dark Magician Girl the Dragon Knight".