Videogame: Yu-Gi-Oh! Reshef of Destruction

Yu-Gi-Oh! Reshef of Destruction is a Yu-Gi-Oh! video game for the Game Boy Advance, and a sequel to Yu-Gi-Oh! The Sacred Cards. It is an Alternate Continuity to the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime, taking place shortly after the Virtual World arc with Noah; thus, it can be considered an alternate season 4.

The plot starts off when the Millennium Puzzle goes missing. Your character, along with Yugi and Joey, sets out to find it. And it appears other Millennium Items are also missing. The group soon finds the cause: Pegasus Crawford/Maximillion Pegasus has returned! Now sporting a ponytail, Eyepatch of Power, and calling himself "Sol Chevalsky/Taiyou Tenma", Pegasus plans to resurrect Reshef, an Ancient Egyptian Sealed Evil in a Can. The only cards powerful enough to stop him are the Egyptian God Cards, but they have been sealed in stone. To awaken their power and seal Reshef away, you must collect the Millennium Items.

And it's not going to be easy. Another thing about this game? It's Nintendo Hard with Loads and Loads of Loading. Despite this, for some fans the story is enough to keep going, and it makes an interesting alternative to the Atlantis arc of the anime.


This game provides examples of:

  • Action Girl: Mai Valentine and Rebecca Hawkins, who are the only named female duelists in the game. You cannot duel Téa, Serenity, or Ishizu.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Inverted. Pegasus retains his blue eyes from the manga, despite the game being based on the anime, where his eyes were brown. Though it's possible it could be a side effect of Reshef's possession.
  • Adaptational Badass: Bandit Keith is at his best in this game. In the manga, he was a washed-up has-been who lost to a rookie in spite of cheating, and the anime version of him was cooler but not by a large margin. In this game he leads the Neo Ghouls in taking over Domino, kidnapping Ishizu, and seizing the Winged Dragon of Ra, which he then duels the player with. Even after he loses the duel, he then gets you to hand over Slifer anyway, and is only defeated when Ra fries him with lightning. And even then, he's promptly possessed by Reshef, gets back up, and breaks the Millennium Puzzle, which lets Para and Dox steal the pieces and capture Yami Yugi.
  • Alternate Continuity: To the anime, specifically season 4.
  • Arc Villain: Bandit Keith and the Neo Ghouls invade the town of Domino for a few chapters before moving back to the main threat, Pegasus and Reshef.
  • Artificial Brilliance: Expect the AI to use stalling tactics, multiplying monsters, and clever spells and trap cards.
  • Artificial Stupidity: Your one saving grace in hard duels is that the computer will always attack your cards if they are face down in defense mode, unless their monsters have 0 Attack. This will happen even if you use a card to cover up previously seen monsters.
  • Ascended Extra: Several minor characters from the early manga appear, with Hanasaki even driving off a Neo Ghoul by himself. The Millennium Guardians also appeared for only a page in the manga, but are given much greater roles here.
  • Audience Surrogate: Your character.
  • Awesome but Impractical: Many powerful cards that require 2 or 3 tributes.
  • Back from the Dead: The Winged Dragon of Ra's Phoenix Mode, Vampire Lord, Different Dimension Dragonnote , and Dark Flare Knight Came Back Strong after they were send to the graveyard. Discarding them from the hand is a very powerful move to summon strong monsters.
  • Badass in Distress: Because the Millennium Puzzle is taken, Yami Yugi ends up captured, and the plot centers on getting it back to call him out. He drops the Distress Ball fast when he's rescued, however, as he unleashes the power of Ra on Bandit Keith and incinerates him with a lightning bolt.
  • Big Bad: Reshef.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Reshef and Bandit Keith. While the former is the Big Bad of the whole story, the latter interrupts your battle against him by attacking you and Domino City with the Neo Ghouls.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Bandit Keith is a threat, but his plans are nowhere near the scale of Pegasus's and Reshef's.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Reshef has been sealed away once more and Keith and the Neo Ghouls have fled, but Ishizu says Reshef may one day rise again, and Pegasus was sealed away with Reshef to stop his return. The Egyptian God Cards are hidden away to prevent such a recursion.
  • Bonus Boss: Three of 'em, all optional. First, if you visit Italy at a specific part of the game, you'll duel Jean-Claude Magnum a second time, who has a better deck than the first time. Second, at another part of the game, Tea is standing at the town square. If you talk to her, you'll have to deal with Johnny Stepps and then Krump, one after another.
  • Bonus Dungeon: The Hall of Eternity, where you can battle Yami Yugi, Yami Marik, Yami Bakura, Dark Joey/Jounouchi, Noah Kaiba, Pegasus, Shadi, and Paradox. (Not Paradox the time traveller)
  • Boss in Mook Clothing: After the Neo Ghouls leave town, every NPC in Domino becomes a very hard match, especially Hanasaki.
    • Duke Devlin, who doesn't even consider himself a duelist, is one of the toughest opponents early on and can even give you trouble in the endgame. His lategame strategy revolves around using Soul of the Pure, Hourglass of Life, and Darkness Approaches to repeatedly power up his monsters and heal the LP cost for its effects. He also carries cards like Raigeki, which wipes out your field.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: After being kidnapped, the next time you see Mokuba, he's been brainwashed by Reshef. Kaiba won't duel him, so your character does instead.
    • The ending reveals Pegasus is this.
  • But Thou Must: When Bandit Keith takes Ishizu hostage, refusing to hand over the Millennium Items will have him threaten her and move you back to the choice box.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Yugi, Joey, and Kaiba order their signature cards to attack if they manage to summon them.
  • Cast from Hit Points: The Hourglass of Life strengthens your Attack and Defense by 500 at the cost of 1,000 Life Points.
  • The Comically Serious: Mako, who refuses to duel Strings because he's weird.
    Mako: Can you do something about this person? I lack the skill to deal with such weirdness.
  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: The computer ignores the card limitations. It's frustrating that the computer can have three Torrential Tribute, three Swords of the Revealing Light, three Raigeki, three Harpie's Feather Duster, three Pot of Greed, three Monster Reborn and/or three Change of Heart while you can have these card only once in your deck.
  • Confusion Fu: Marik's deck uses lots of strong monsters with varied attributes, so the usual strategy of filling your deck with monsters of a beneficial attribute won't work against him.
  • Continuity Porn:
    • Almost every character from the first three seasons shows up, particularly Pegasus's lackeys from season 1.
    • The Big Five are back and ask Mokuba for work. He provides them a job as Kaibaland entertainers dressed up as their Deck Masters from the anime.
    • The character that becomes Zombyre is a minor character from the manga named Hanasaki. THAT'S how far they go back to the series.
  • Covers Always Lie: Yugi/Yami Yugi isn't the playable character, though he does tag along for the majority of the game.
  • Damage Is Fire: All card battles end with destroyed cards bursting into flames, no matter what element destroyed it. Yes, even water will end in the card burning up.
  • Damsel in Distress: Ishizu gets kidnapped near the end of the game.
    • Serenity in the Kaibaman show. It's just a show act, but you have to duel against Leichter... while Joey does nothing.
  • A Darker Me: The dark duelists Pegasus crystallizes retain their personalities and represent them at their worst.
  • Demonic Possession: After you defeat Bandit Keith in a duel, Reshef possesses him and makes him get back up. The added power makes Keith too dangerous to duel again, and he quickly gains the upper hand.
    • At the end of the game, you learn Pegasus is possessed by the spirit of Reshef.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: You're able to beat Reshef the Dark Being in a duel, though he still tries one last attack to avoid being sealed away.
  • Difficulty Spike: Once you hit Canada, all bets are off.
  • Dismantled MacGuffin: The Millennium Puzzle, eventually.
  • Distressed Dude: Mokuba gets kidnapped late in the game.
  • The Dragon: Sol Chevalsky is this to Reshef.
    • Dragon-in-Chief: He leads the villains who want to kill/defeat the protagonist.
  • Early Bird Boss: Rebecca, appearing in the beginning at a time when your cards are even more limited than usual.
  • Easter Egg: By inputting a certain code at Grandpa's Shop, Reshef becomes Goemon Impact.
  • Egopolis: Seto Kaiba's stage show, Kaibaland.
  • Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors: For example, a Fiend—no matter how weak—can destroy any Dream monster, no matter how strong. This becomes a lifesaver because it's one of the easiest ways to win the game, as most opponents will use monsters with the same attribute between them. Your opponent uses largely Darkness cards? Stack your deck with Dream cards and a few traps and spells to stop attacks and destroy monsters in case they get out a monster that isn't Darkness, and you win.
  • Eleventh Hour Ranger: Obelisk the Tormentor is the last Egyptian God Card and the last overall that you get in the main story.
    • Yami Yugi reappears before you duel Reshef.
  • The End... Or Is It?: Ishizu says Reshef will probably never rise again, and the last thing you see before the credits is Pegasus's ruined castle, then the still shot of him from the opening with the evil grin.
  • Epic Fail: When dueling Bandit Keith, he can and will tribute three monsters to summon the Winged Dragon of Ra... in Sphere Mode. A Divine Monster with 0 Attack and Defense. This is even funnier if beforehand, his monsters had been defeating you. (Even worse, a Divine Monster cannot defeat any other monster using the Attribute advantage house rules, making it completely worthless.)
  • Evil Is Burning Hot: Among the first things seen in the story are shots of Reshef and Pegasus surrounded by fire.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Pegasus now sports one.
  • Face-Heel Turn: Pegasus, due to Reshef's possession.
    • The Big Five, when Rare Hunter defeats Kaibaman. But when you defeat him, the Big Five become good again.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: Kaibaman's (who's actually Roland) unbeatable in his stage show, but when he runs into the Rare Hunter and really duels, you have to bail him out.
  • Fighting a Shadow: The illusions of Espa Roba, Bonz, Weevil, Rex, Mako, and Mai.
  • Four Is Death: The fourth Millennium Item recovered is the Millennium Eye which is where we find out about Pegasus/Chevalsky being the one who resurrected Reshef.
  • Fusion Dance: Inverted with Dark Flare Knight. In the real life game, he's a fusion of Dark Magician and Flame Swordsman. In this game, when the Dark Flare Knight is send to the graveyard, it Comes Back Strong as Mirage Knight, and when the turn ends, he's de-fused into his original two forms. The game itself has no Fusion Monsters.
  • Genre Savvy: Pegasus, who hinders the player, Yugi, and Joey at every turn and takes special care to ensure Yami Yugi cannot be summoned.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Mai's Harpie Ladies are not censored when she calls them out in cutscenes, and neither is their ultimate attack, "Harpies' Triangle Ecstasy."
  • Giant Space Flea from Nowhere:
    • The Chevaliers. In their introduction, they simply say that Master Chevalsky turned them into what they are. That's all you get from them, and that makes them even more creepy.
  • God of Evil: Reshef is a Dark Being who plots to create a world of darkness and destruction.
  • Gotta Catch Them All: The Millennium Items are needed to free the Egyptian God Cards.
  • Guide Dang It: Obtaining the power of Ra's Phoenix Mode requires you to input a password at Grandpa's shop. The password is not hinted at at all in the game, and must be found either online or by looking at a physical Winged Dragon of Ra card and reading its numbers. The password is 51404976 and only takes effect after you defeat Paradox in China.
    • The Robot Monkey sidequest triggers by visiting the game shop, then Domino Pier, and finally visiting KaibaCorp. If you fail to activate it by the time you defeat the Paradox Brothers in China, you miss out on the sidequest for the rest of the game.
  • Heroic Bystander: When the Neo Ghouls attack Domino City, everyone is either panicking or losing badly to the thugs... except minor manga character Hanasaki, who dresses up as the superhero Zombire to stop them. He actually manages to take one out.
  • Hope Spot: The Neo Ghouls have been defeated and all the Millennium Items are back! Then Bandit Keith breaks the Millennium Puzzle, a piece of it gets stolen, and Mokuba gets kidnapped. But the Egyptian God Cards are back to normal.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Jean-Claude Magnum tries to propose to Mai again, dueling the player for her hand in marriage when she backs out of dueling him.
  • Hostage for MacGuffin: Bandit Keith holds Ishizu hostage to force you to hand over the Millennium Items. When you then defeat him in a duel, he ups the ante and orders you to hand over your Egyptian God Cards.
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate/Heroic Sacrifice: Pegasus does this to seal Reshef away, asking the player character to perform the ritual since he can't do it himself.
  • Info Dump: Ishizu drops the entire plot on you in the first two minutes.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Weevil is portrayed as this. He gives up Insect Queen to help the player and decides to show up to greet the player (but he keeps insisting that it's to get his card back).
  • Kill 'em All: The Final Destiny card obliterates everything on the field and in both hands. The Egyptian God Cards are immune to this effect, so it is possible to use this card as free field and hand wipe. Even without them, it has a low Deck Cost and can be used to turn the duel into a top-decking war if things go wrong for you.
  • The Load: Téa and Serenity. Though, you have to visit the Kaibaman show because Serenity wants to watch it. But Téa has nothing to do with the plot, though there is a sidequest about her. However, you can't even duel them.
  • Loads and Loads of Loading: The reason for this is that this is one of the earliest Yu-Gi-Oh video games to incorporate continuous effects, so every single time a card is played or a monster attacks, the game takes about two-three seconds to visually scan the field for any effects it needs to resolve, and will then do so if it finds one. You may want to hold off adding Slifer the Sky Dragon to your deck, because if you summon him, when that auto-scan goes off, it will find Slifer, notify you of his effect and resolve it, even if there's nothing new about the state of said effect. To repeat — this will happen every. Single. Time, a card is played! Even worse, Stairway to the Destined Duel came out on the same console two years earlier than it (in Japan, anyway), and incorporated continuous effects far more smoothly. One wonders why they felt the need to take a step back.
  • Long Song, Short Scene: Pegasus's castle runs about 4 minutes long. In the endgame you can reach him in 10 seconds. Ditto with Mai's theme, which is heard twice and never again.
  • Lost Forever: If you fail to activate the Robot Monkey sidequest, it's gone forever from that playthrough, and you can't duel the monkey in the Game Shop. Thankfully, any cards they would give you can still be obtained normally.
  • MacGuffin: The Millennium Items and the Egyptian God Cards.
  • MacGuffin Delivery Service: Bandit Keith lets you collect the Millennium Items, then holds Ishizu hostage to force you to hand them over.
  • Made of Iron: Bandit Keith is fried by Ra's lightning and gets right back up after being possessed by Reshef.
  • Magikarp Power: The Winged Dragon of Ra has 0 Attack and Defense when you first receive it. It takes a plot-relevant battle to make it useful.
  • Marathon Level:
    • After Domino Station is taken over by the Neo Ghouls, you face five of them in succession. Thankfully, they don't have as many Life Points as a regular duelist, 2,000 LP in fact.
    • A similar thing happens with the Millennium Guardians and Paradox in China. The five Millennium Guardians have 3,000 LP, but they are stronger than the Neo Ghouls, and Paradox is stronger and he has 8,000 LP.
    • The Chevaliers on Pegasus's island have 10,000 LP. There are only three, but then you have to duel either Panik or Mimic of Doom, both of them having 15,000 LP.
  • Meaningful Name: Sol Chevalsky's name can be broken as such: Sol (a word for sun) + Cheval (French for Horse) and Sky. There you have "Sun Skyhorse".
  • Mooks:
    • The Neo Ghouls, led by Bandit Keith.
    • The Millennium Guardians, led by Paradox.
    • And the Chevaliers, led by Sol Chevalsky.
  • Mr. Exposition:
    • Ishizu, who dumps the plot on you in the first 2 minutes.
    • If you examine a painting of Shadi in Pegasus's castle, Shadi himself appears and explains what happened in the backstory.
  • Near Villain Victory: Both Reshef and Bandit Keith come very close to winning; Keith loses because the Winged Dragon of Ra refused to awaken for him and fried him with lightning when he forced you to hand Slifer over. Reshef only loses because Yugi, Joey, and Kaiba team up and weaken him to the point where he's barely beatable. Even after you win, he then tries to take over Pegasus completely and almost succeeds anyway.
  • Nice Hat: The protagonist has a blue baseball cap.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: The ritual to revive Reshef involves sacrificing the spirits and negative energies of defeated duelists. Meaning all those duels you fought in the game were helping him... as well as the duels you likely lost to get that far.
  • Nintendo Hard: This is perhaps one of the hardest Yu-Gi-Oh video games out there, no joke. Opponents have much stronger monsters than yours, in the late game they exploit Field Cards to give them 30% power boosts, they will use cards to wipe out your field, and run them in threes. On your end, it takes a lot of Level Grinding to increase your duelist level so you can use better cards, the money you win is pitiful so you'll rarely be able to afford to buy any new cards thus relying on spoils of duels, and your opening deck flat sucks. And then in the late game, opponents have more than 8,000 Life Points, and you're subjected to Boss Rushes — in this game your Life Points don't reset after a duel, you need to visit a PC to recharge them, and thus in said Boss Rushes you need to complete them using 8,000 Life Points for all opponents. The above Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors strategy? You need to do this, because if you try to take a late-game opponent on in a proper duel without doing it, you will get crushed.
  • No Fair Cheating: Often, resetting after losing to a hard duelist and trying to fight them again will start you with the exact same deck. This can also happen if you turn the game off mid-duel.
  • Normally, I Would Be Dead Now: After you defeat Bandit Keith in a duel, Yami Yugi fries him with lightning. Reshef immediately possesses him and makes him get back up, though after he's done using him he passes out.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Bandit Keith. In the manga and anime, he wasn't a major threat. In the game he steals the Millennium Puzzle, thus disabling Yami Yugi, and has the Winged Dragon of Ra on his side. Well, except said Dragon is in Sphere Mode. Also, he usurps control of the Ghouls from Marik, who controlled him in the anime.
  • The Obi-Wan: Ishizu tells you the plot and where to go next, but is put in danger a few times.
  • Oh Crap!: It takes 2 Millennium Items to revive a God Card's power. Once you get six, you think that things will be good, right? Nope. The Gods return to stone after that.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: Seto Kaiba going "Wahahahaha!"
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: As Sol Chevalsky, Pegasus changes his name, ties his hair back, and wears an eyepatch. Nobody recognizes him until the Millennium Eye is received and reveals his image instead of Pegasus's normal appearance.
  • Physical God: The Egyptian God Cards can attack duelists in real life, as can Reshef.
  • The Power of Friendship: A recurring theme is the connection between duelists and friends.
  • Power Trio: The main character, Yugi, and Joey.
    • The Egyptian God Cards are the Monster Card variant.
  • Purposefully Overpowered: The Egyptian God Cards... with the exception of the Winged Dragon of Ra's Sphere Mode. All of them, except Ra's Sphere Mode, have extremely powerful effects and 4000 ATK and 4000 DEF. The God Cards are excluded from the Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors, and they're immune against destruction effects, even if you're holding them in the hand. And unlike in The Sacred Cards, the Egyptian God Cards won't activate any destruction Trap Cards. And The Winged Dragon of Ra's Phoenix Mode is the Game Breaker due to avoiding Awesome but Impractical.
    • Justified, you duel against The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard, Chevalsky's lackeys have suddenly 10,000 or 15,000 LP. Chevalsky himself has 20,000 LP and Reshef has 40,000 LP and the three Egyptian God Cardsnote . Not forgetting the Sequential Boss part.
    • Achilles' Heel: Despite being overpowered, Slifer the Sky Dragon and The Winged Dragon of Ra have Achilles Heels. Slifer can be trapped by Dragon Capture Jar, Ra's ATK and DEF are reduced if you're playing on a Sea Field. Also, Ra's Battle Mode is easily overshadowed by Perfect Machine King who gets 1000 ATK and DEF by each Machine monsters on the field.
    • The Juggernaut: Obelisk the Tormentor. Its effect destroys all enemy monsters and it inflicts 4000 Damage Points. It's also the only one without an Achilles' Heel.
    • Lightning Bruiser: The Winged Dragon of Ra. Its Phoenix Mode makes it extremely easy to summon its Battle Mode. The Battle Mode's effect can bring you a One-Hit Kill.
    • Mighty Glacier: Slifer the Sky Dragon can easily have 11500 ATK, even if you're not enhancing it with other effects, but its effect causes Loads and Loads of Loading. It's also a Juggernaut, since it's nearly impossible to destroy it in battle.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad:
    • The elite Neo Ghouls: Rare Hunter, Arkana, Strings, Lumis and Umbra.
    • Pegasus's lackeys: Panik, Puppeteer of Doom, Mimic of Doom, the brothers Para and Dox, the illusions of Espa Roba, Bonz, Rex, Weevil, Mako and Mai, and the brainwashed Mokuba.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Bandit Keith is so obsessed with beating Pegasus he doesn't care about Reshef or the threat he poses.
  • Save Point: The computer at your house, which also refills lost Life Points.
  • Save Scumming: The No Fair Cheating feature above can be turned into a strategy if you can pinpoint where the duel went wrong and try something different.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Reshef was sealed in a stone tablet. He's sealed again in the ending.
  • Sealed Good in a Can: The Egyptian God Cards. Happens again in the story, then you resurrect them again, and then Ishizu seals them again in the epilogue. Fortunately, the last time doesn't affect your cards.
  • Sealed in a Person-Shaped Can: Averted. Tristan is believed to be trapped in a Monkey Robot by Kaiba or Reshef, but he is just absent, and the weak Monkey Robot is coincidentally as weak as Tristan.
  • Sequel Difficulty Spike: The Sacred Cards was pretty easy. There were a few spikes of difficulty and the end bosses could be tough, but overall it wasn't much challenge. This game on the other hand is as Nintendo Hard as any of the old NES games.
  • Sequential Boss: Pegasus, then Reshef immediately after.
  • Sixth Ranger: Espa Roba, Mai, Bonz, Weevil, Rex and Mako will protect Domino City against the Neo Ghouls if you help them. Also, you get their signature cards after winning against them in the rematches.
  • Smug Snake: Several of Pegasus's lackeys, as well as the Neo Ghouls.
  • SNK Boss: Reshef has 40,000 LP, all three Egyptian God Cards, and has cards to heal himself. He can also see your hand.
  • Spanner in the Works: Bandit Keith's meddling wasn't expected, but in the long run it doesn't accomplish much.
  • Storyboarding the Apocalypse: The first vision received from the Millennium Items is from the future-telling Millennium Necklace. It shows Reshef burning the world, and Yami Yugi, to the ground.
  • Suddenly Voiced: Yugi, Joey and Kaiba speak, but only when you duel them.
  • Take Over the World: The Neo Ghouls plan to do this. They start with taking over Domino City.
  • That Man Is Dead: Sol Chevalsky claims this about himself. "I am no longer Pegasus. I am Sol Chevalsky!"
  • This Is Unforgivable!: In the endgame, Yugi tells Para and Dox he will never forgive them for stealing the Millennium Puzzle pieces.
  • Trial-and-Error Gameplay: Dueling some opponents can come down to learning their deck and inserting counters specifically for them.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Besides being the basis of your entire playstyle, Yugi's deck has weak Monster cards but more powerful summons.
  • Unexpected Character: Bandit Keith being the leader of the Neo Ghouls, as he disappeared midway through The Sacred Cards and vanished outright in the anime. The manual reveals the twist right away.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Joey's deck has stronger Monster cards than Yugi's, but weaker summons.
  • The Voiceless: Reshef only speaks in ellipses.
  • Wakeup Call Boss: Panik, and the Millennium Guardian shortly afterward.
  • Warmup Boss: Tristan, who has only very weak Monster Cards. In the late game, dueling him becomes worth your time as he gives out good cards with no change in his deck.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Unlike the rest of Pegasus' lackeys, the Puppeteer of Doom is only seen once, near the very start of the game. He's neither seen nor mentioned after that.
  • You Shall Not Pass: Joey and Yugi do this on the way to Pegasus's castle, leaving you alone by the time you reach him. Joey takes on Panik and the Mimic of Doom at the same time by himself, and Yugi does the same with Para and Dox.