Zero Turn Kill

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A Zero Turn Kill, abbreviated ZTK, is a situation where a player wins a Duel without ever having a turn; the player's opponent must go first, and then the player must win during the opponent's first turn.

While it is theoretically possible to engineer ZTK combos with card effects that can be used in the opponent's turn (e.g. Trigger Effects or Quick Effects), ZTK combos in general do not form coherent Deck strategies due to their extreme levels of complexity and dependency on luck.

A number of ZTKs have made appearances in Yu-Gi-Oh! media.

In the anime[edit]

Successful ZTKs[edit]


  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's - Episode 091, Kalin Kessler threatened to pull off a ZTK against Lawton using "Infernity Doom Slinger", which could have inflicted 4800 damage to Lawton before Kalin ever had a turn. (It is unknown whether the threat was empty or not, depending on whether "Infernity Climber" was sent to Kalin's Graveyard during the first turn or later in the Duel.) Lawton foiled the ZTK by opting not to apply "Infernity Doom Slinger's" optional effect.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL - Episode 138, Don Thousand pulled off an outcome close to an ZTK against Mizar, activating "Numeron Network" from his hand at the start of Mizar's turn through its effect, then using "Numeron Network" to activate "Numeron Spell Revision" from his Deck, which in turn forced Mizar to activate "Card of the Dragon King", inflicting 4800 damage to Mizar during his first turn. This was not a true ZTK however, as Don Thousand did have a turn before winning, although he passed that turn, doing absolutely nothing.

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