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How to Play Yu-Gi-Oh

If you dream of entering the exciting world of Yu-Gi-Oh, these tips will have you playing like a pro in no time.


  • Step 1: Study each card Study each card and become familiar with every monster, spell, and trap in your deck.
  • TIP: Collect booster packs to custom create your own unique deck and tailor it for each duel. The key to a good deck is diversity and balance.
  • Step 2: Locate an opponent Locate an opponent to play with, such as a friend or family member.
  • TIP: While you only need two people to play, teams of several players can make each duel more challenging and fun.
  • Step 3: Shuffle and cut decks Shuffle and cut each deck and place them face down on the game mat.
  • Step 4: Flip coin Flip a coin to decide play order. The winner can choose to either receive or challenge.
  • Step 5: Draw and duel Draw your first five cards and begin the duel by placing the cards face up and deciding a winner based on the card's information.
  • TIP: Since the number of possible play combinations can number into the thousands, an official rulebook may be needed for beginners.
  • Step 6: Determine winner Determine the winner by scoring backwards from 8,000 for each player. The loser is the first to reach zero points or run out of cards.
  • FACT: The comic book Yu-Gi-Oh! began as a regular feature in the magazine Shonen Jump in 1996.

You Will Need

  • A Yu-Gi-Oh starter deck
  • An opponent with a deck
  • An official game mat
  • A coin
  • Yu-Gi-Oh booster packs (optional)
  • Additional players (optional)
  • An official rulebook (optional)

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