Across 224 episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yugi Muto had the opportunity to accumulate a pretty strong deck. With the help of the ancient Egyptian pharaoh, Atem, the love of his friends, and his unwavering faith in the Heart of the Cards, the shy Yugi lives up to his predecessor as the modern King of Games. While much of Yugi’s success is due to his innate ability, there’s also no denying that part of his dominance in the game is due to the high power levels of his cards. .
From powerful monsters, game-breaking spells, and literal god cards, Yugi filled her deck with some real haymakers during her time in Yu-Gi-Oh. However, it’s not just luck, Yugi has earned many of her strongest cards through hard work and defeating some truly evil opponents. While Yugi’s deck might not be very good in a real Yu-Gi-Oh game, in the world of anime it’s nearly unbeatable.
It’s no surprise that Polymerization is one of Yugi’s most used spell cards in Yu-Gi-Oh. Named for the process in which molecules combine chemically to create one large, chain-like molecule called a polymer, this tag works similarly. It’s a standard fusion card, which might make Polymerization seem less effective on its own, but when combined with another card, its power is astounding. For example, consider when Yugi combined it with Gaia the Fierce Knight and Curse of the Dragon in episode 161. The result, Gaia the Dragon Champion, is a pretty formidable foe.
9 pots of greed
As seasoned anime and game fans know, Pot of Greed allows players to draw two cards from their deck. This card is drawn so often in the anime (and so often explained) that it has become something of an internet meme. However, don’t be fooled by the simplicity of its capabilities — the Pot of Greed has pulled Yugi out of many stalemates in Duel Monsters, starting with the Battle City arc. It has remained a tried and true piece of Yugi’s deck ever since. What makes the Pot of Greed so remarkable is that it is also an absolute power in the real world card game.
8 swords of light revealed
Swords of Revealing Light not only allows the player to reveal their opponent’s face-down monster cards, but also buys time with a disorienting light show that renders them unable to attack for three turns. Although Kaiba was initially unable to understand the value of a three-turn delay in Duel Monsters, it gave Yugi valuable time to delay and thereby, destroy his opponent. Time is one of the most valuable resources in any game, and Swords of Revealing Light certainly confirms how much a simple delay can break a game.
Because of Kuriboh’s low stats and cuteness, Yugi’s enemies are lulled into a false sense of security when he plays this card. In episode 24 of the anime, Yugi activated the Multiply card along with Kuriboh, creating a wall of Kuriboh to defeat Kaiba’s Ultimate Dragon Blue Eyes. In a way, Kuriboh is like an extension of Yugi Muto himself – small and adorable, but one of many underrated Yu-Gi-Oh monsters. Kuriboh is such an iconic card that it even goes on to help future Yu-Gi-Oh protagonists like GX.
6 Dark Mage Girls
Most of the cards in Yu-Gi-Oh! masculine, which makes a card like the Dark Witch a breath of fresh air. Yugi knows it too, as from season 2 on, she’s practically a staple in his deck, powering up whenever the Dark Mage is in his graveyard. And who can forget her contributions during the reigns of Dartz and The Great Leviathan, when she led an assault alongside Yugi, Joey, and Kaiba? Like Kuriboh before her, Dark Magician Girl is so iconic that she even goes on to help GX’s hero.
5 Summoned Skulls
Summoned Skull is less played in Yu-Gi-Oh! anime than it deserves, considering its power. Used primarily in the Duelist Kingdom section, its Lightning Strike ability has taken down opponents like Weevil, Mai Valentine, and even Pegasus’ fearsome Toon Monster. In the real card game, the original Summoned Skull is better than the mighty Dark Magician, as its fewer stars mean the player can take down a monster with 2,500 attack power with a single tribute. item instead of two for Dark Magician.
4 reincarnated monsters
The name of this tag is pretty self-explanatory. With Monster Reborn, players can resurrect any monster towards their side of the field. In fact, this card was briefly banned in the real card game for being too strong and was only allowed back recently with a limit of one card per deck. In the anime, Yugi memorably used Monster Reborn to revive the Buster Blader while fighting the evil duel Strings. Like the Pot of Greed, the Monster Reborn is a major spell card that is very well represented in the anime.
3 dark magicians
One of Yugi’s best cards is the Dark Magician and has won against enemies like Kaiba and Pegasus. While some cards have high attack power but low defense (and vice versa), the Dark Magician has both. No wonder this card has become a fan favorite over the past two decades. Aside from the base card itself, what makes Dark Magician so powerful both in the anime and outside is that all assist cards only work with Dark Magician on the field, or work better with iconic monsters. Possibilities aside, Dan Green delivers the line “MAGICIAN DA-AA-RK!” in dubbing 4Kids is a pleasure.
2 Slifer Sky Dragon
One of the Three Gods of Egypt, it is almost unnecessary to say how powerful and dangerous Slifer the Sky Dragon is in the world of Yu-Gi-Oh. When activated, it will destroy monsters with an attack score of 2000 or less. It is famously used in tandem with Obelisk the Tormentor and The Winged Dragon of Ra against Kaiba in the Pyramid of Light, bringing his LP down to 0. Slifer may not be the strongest card of God, but it’s still worth using. its sacred title.
1 Exodia, The Forbidden
Even those who are new to Yu-Gi-Oh will remember Yugi’s iconic match with Seto Kaiba in episode 1 of the anime. Against the incredible odds, Yugi played this card (or rather, these five cards), to automatically win one of the series’ most memorable battles. By drawing the right combination of cards in a short amount of time, Yugi succeeded in defeating Kaiba’s Blue-Eyed White Dragon and avenging his grandfather. Some will consider Yugi’s victory a deus ex machina, while others will say that placing faith in the cards has brought some well-deserved luck.
While it’s important to remember that there are gameplay differences between the licensed card game and the anime, there’s no denying that Yugi has an impressively strong range of cards. But Yugi didn’t compile this particular deck overnight — it took many losses and a lot of tweaking to get it where it is today. Even Kaiba himself has to (reluctantly) admit that Yugi Muto’s deck is the stuff of legends. strongest Yu-Gi-Oh The cards in Yugi’s deck have earned more than their place in the history of the series.