Based on the cards which appeared on the Anime/DuelMasters anime, [[RecursiveAdaptation which in turn were based on]] the TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering cards that appeared on the manga, the Franchise/DuelMasters TCG proved popular enough on its own to compete with TabletopGame/YuGiOh and TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering as one of the most played trading card games.

Gameplay-wise, it is quite similar to its [[SpiritualSuccessor Spiritual Ancestor]] TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering, having 5 Civilizations (Fire, Water, Light, Darkness and Nature) with cards that should be played by paying "Mana" from your "Mana Zone". Decks must have a minimum of 40 cards, and a maximum of 4 copies of an individual card.

One big difference from Magic is that it does away with Mana-supplying Lands by allowing players to put any card into the Mana Zone for Mana. This gives the game more flexibility against "dead draws" than almost any other card game, at the price of forcing players to make decisions on which card should be used for Mana, and which ones to keep.

Another variation is the absence of Life, which is replaced with 5 Shields, and players themselves. Players can only be damaged after all Shields are broken, and landing any amount of damage on a player will result in a OneHitKill. Victory can be obtained via 2 ways: destroy all your opponent's Shields and ultimately, do damage to them, or when the opponent runs out of cards in their deck to draw from.

It spawned a few games for the GBA and for the [=PS2=].

While the game was canceled in 2005 in America (and worldwide), it still keeps on running in Japan.

Not to be confused with the American remake, [[{{TabletopGame/Kaijudo}} Kaijudo TCG]].

Not to be confused with Duel ''[[Anime/YuGiOh Monsters]]''
!!This game includes tropes of:

* AngelsDevilsAndSquid: Exceptionally so in that you can build a Deck like this if you mix Light and Darkness Civilizations and use some of the more EldritchAbomination-type Phoenixes.
* ApocalypseHow: As said in [[http://duelmasters.wikia.com/wiki/Quark,_the_Original_God Quark, the Original God's]] flavor text, [[http://duelmasters.wikia.com/wiki/Original_Heart%2C_Ancient_Blackmoon_Fortress Original Heart]] attempted to bring about a Class 5 or 6.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: [[http://duelmasters.wikia.com/wiki/Valkyer%2C_Starstorm_Elemental Valkyer, Starstorm Elemental's]] flavor text.
--> ''"I fear no enemy. I fear no battle. I fear no sacrifice. I'm a little afraid of clowns, though." ''
* AwesomeButImpractical: [[http://duelmasters.wikia.com/wiki/Romanov_Kaiser_NEX,_the_Super_Enlightened Romanoff Kaiser NEX, the Super Enlightened]] requires you to evolve from a creature that evolves from a creature that evolves from a creature. [[http://duelmasters.wikia.com/wiki/Sarutahiko,_the_Great_Hero Sarutahiko, the Great Hero]] makes things much easier, though.
* BadassCreed:
-->''[[http://duelmasters.wikia.com/wiki/Sir_De_Ashis,_Mystic_Light_Mecha_King "Only we of the Mystic Light can connect Heaven and Hell.]] [[YinYangBomb World, prepare to bathe in the twilight of light and darkness!"]]''
* BigCreepyCrawlies: [[http://duelmasters.wikia.com/wiki/Giant_Insect Giant Insects]].
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: The flavor text of [[http://duelmasters.wikia.com/wiki/Tulk,_the_Oracle Tulk, the Oracle.]]
--> ''Light Bringers are forged in the crucible of dawn out of a cosmic mixture of the hope embodied by a brand-new day, the final kiss of a waning moon, the sigh of a cloud, the caress of a breeze, and a nuclear warhead unstable enough to blow a continent clear off the planet.''
* CallAHitPointASmeerp: On in this case, call an equipment card a [[http://duelmasters.wikia.com/wiki/Cross_Gear Cross Gear.]]
* CanonForeigner: [[http://kaijudo.wikia.com/wiki/Tatsurion Tatsurion]], created for the North American reboot/{{Expy}} ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaijudo}}'', has [[http://duelmasters.wikia.com/wiki/Tatsurion its own DM card]] in Japan.
* {{Cowboy}}: [[http://duelmasters.wikia.com/wiki/Jolly_the_Johnny Jolly the Johnny]] is undoubtedly one.
* CulturalTranslation: Later expansions start using flavor text based on the GagDub of the anime.
* {{Dracolich}}: [[http://duelmasters.wikia.com/wiki/Zombie_Dragon Zombie Dragons]].
* EldritchAbomination: Plenty of Darkness creatures are {{Eldritch Abomination}}s. [[http://duelmasters.wikia.com/wiki/Supernova_Black_Hole_Thanatos Case in point.]]
** Quite a few of the Phoenixes are {{Eldritch Abomination}}s, strangely enough. Any Phoenix with 'Supernova' in its name will more-than-likely be this.
* EnemyMine: The storyline in the Dark Emperor pack has Light, Water, Fire, and Nature civilizations ally against the Darkness civilization.
* EvolutionaryLevels: [[http://duelmasters.wikia.com/wiki/Ken,_Crimson_Lord_~Journey%27s_Beginning~ Ken, Crimson Lord]] [[http://duelmasters.wikia.com/wiki/Wan_Ken,_Crimson_Lord_~Moonlight_Howl~ and]] [[http://duelmasters.wikia.com/wiki/Ken_Gou,_Crimson_Lord_~The_Sundering~ its]] [[http://duelmasters.wikia.com/wiki/Lord_Gou_Ken_~Symphony_of_Swords~ four]] [[http://duelmasters.wikia.com/wiki/Ken_Geki,_Absolute_Ruler_~Final_Flare~ evolutions.]]
* {{Expy}}: The five civilizations are Expies of the colors of MagicTheGathering.
* FrickinLaserBeams: [[http://duelmasters.wikia.com/wiki/Hanusa,_Radiance_Elemental Hanusa, Radiance Elemental.]] The Light Civilization in general prefers laser beams.
* GagDub: While the Japanese flavor texts of cards have a relatively serious tone, those of the English cards ignore translation and go for something sillier.
* GuestFighter: [[VideoGame/MegamanBattleNetwork Bass]] makes an appearance [[http://duelmasters.wikia.com/wiki/Forte,_Brave_Fear_Lord as a promotional card.]]
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: [[UsefulNotes/HattoriHanzo Hanzou]], [[http://duelmasters.wikia.com/wiki/Hanzou,_Menacing_Phantom Menacing Phantom]] and Shadow Sword [[UsefulNotes/YagyuJubei "Yagyuu"]] [[http://duelmasters.wikia.com/wiki/Shadow_Sword_%22Yagyuu%22_Dragon Dragon]].
* HumansAreWarriors
* InstantWinCondition: [[http://duelmasters.wikia.com/wiki/Ultimate_Galaxy_Universe Ultimate Galaxy Universe]], [[http://duelmasters.wikia.com/wiki/Ken_Geki,_Absolute_Ruler_%7EFinal_Flare%7E Ken Geki]], [[http://duelmasters.wikia.com/wiki/Alephtina,_Spiritual_Princess Alephtina, Spiritual Princess]], and [[http://duelmasters.wikia.com/wiki/Cyber_J_Eleven Cyber J Eleven]]
** More cards have since been added to the list, here's the full [[http://duelmasters.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Alternate_Win_Condition list]].
* MonsterClown: [[http://duelmasters.wikia.com/wiki/Jester_Brain Jester Brain]] depicts one.
* MoreDakka: Almost every creature in the Fire Civilization.
* MagicKnight: [[http://duelmasters.wikia.com/wiki/Knight_(Race) Knight creatures and their "Magic Shot" spells.]]
* NonstandardGameOver: [[http://duelmasters.wikia.com/wiki/Bombazar,_Dragon_of_Destiny Bombazar, Dragon of Destiny]], [[http://duelmasters.wikia.com/wiki/Suva,_Emperor_of_the_Gods Suva, Emperor of the Gods]], and [[http://duelmasters.wikia.com/wiki/Gabriella,_Holy_Princess Gabriella, Holy Princess]].
* OurAngelsAreDifferent: Angel Commands.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: [[http://duelmasters.wikia.com/wiki/Dragon Mmhmm.]]
* RockMonster: The Rock Beast family of cards.
* {{Samurai}}: [[http://duelmasters.wikia.com/wiki/Samurai Samurai,]] obviously.
* SignificantAnagram: The names of many, ''many'' cards in the TCG are anagrams of their Japanese names.
* ThePhoenix: [[http://duelmasters.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Phoenix Well...kind of.]] Most of them are pretty far from traditional Phoenixes, crossing into EldritchAbomination territory in quite a few cases.
* TitleDrop: [[http://duelmasters.wikia.com/wiki/Eternal_Phoenix,_Phoenix_of_the_Dragon_Flame Eternal Phoenix]] was released in the set...Eternal Phoenix.
* YinYangBomb: Any Light and Darkness creature, naturally. Also, the Mystic Light creatures.