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The music in Duel Links helps keep the excitement of the anime duels by integrating either a simple theme to get the mind going or an epic song that makes the duel you are playing that much more intense. Character themes especially take cues from their music in the anime. Note that with the exception of event themes and menu music, the dueling songs are usually based on the character you are playing against.

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Miscellaneous Tracks

  • The music that plays when a player is at 1000 or less life points, can win the game on the current turn, or when a character summons their Ace Monster is exciting, especially if you are on the receiving end and proceed to make a comeback.
    • When fighting against some of the more story driven duelists in both the DM and GX eras, you get this music instead for a more epic finale.
    • When fighting as or against Jaden (or Jaden/Yubel) and an action he performs causes the music to change, it switches to this theme showing his more fun-loving personality.
    • Same thing with Yusei, it switches to this music, an epic theme for the savior of Neo Domino. As for the rest of the 5D's cast, they get this instead, just as epic for the duelists of Neo Domino city.
    • If you are on the brink of losing in the 5D's world, this music will play to rally the player to stage a comeback. Note that if you turn over this losing situation into a winning one, it will switch to the player's victory theme.
    • As befitting of Kaiba's ego, the near victory/desperation theme for The Dark Side of Dimensions world is a triumphant orchestral score reminiscent of Hans Zimmer.
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    • Yuma and Astral's victory theme is a triumphant and heroic theme while some of Yuma's friends like Bronk and Tori get a much softer theme, both feeling like you're about to reach the climax of a roller coaster ride. With more serious rivals like Shark and Kite, this theme plays when you're nearing the end of the hunt.
    • Just like with the 5D's World, this theme plays for Yuma and Astral if they are are on the brink of defeat and this song plays in the same vein for everyone else.
    • Arc-V plays things a bit differently, mainly with how they transition into their Ace Monster. When summoning a character's Ace Monster with a Zexal Duelist, a short theme would accompany their summoning animation, though it would transition to the near victory/defeat state. When summoning an Arc-V Ace Monster, they all have the same dramatic cue signalling the arrival of that duelist's star attraction which is transitioned to a theme for their Ace Monsters as if to start their solo.
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    • To truly signal the climax for our Arc-V Dueltainers, getting backed into a corner results in this theme playing as if the bad guy descends onto their performance. But if they are about to win, this high tempo theme shows the start of that performer's finale.
    • Playmaker and Ai's victory theme does something the others protagonist themes don't: it serves as a triumphant remix of their dueling theme. If Playmaker and Ai's main theme is somber, then their victory theme is bombastic, signifying that the hero of Link VRAINS has returned.
    • The other major players don't slack off on their winning conditions either. They are speeding off on their duel boards ready to brave the data storm and come out on top. And like Zexal and Arc-V, they have an interlude when summoning their Ace Monster which then transitions straight into their theme. But when tailing behind in the duel, the defeat condition sounds like they are trying to brave the data storm as you prepare yourself for a comeback.
  • The D.D. Tower music is an orchestral piece with a lot of violins, sounding ambient and cool at the same time.
  • Battling Regular Duelists, Bastion, or the Vagabond, you'll be treated to great music, a simple track for just a quick, fun duel.
    • The 5D's NPC Duelists come with a hard rocking new theme more in line with the feel of 5D's.
    • There's also a more orchestral remix of the first theme when playing them in the Dark Side of Dimensions.
    • Zexal follows up on DSoD's orchestral music by making it lighter as if you were in a carnival.
    • The Arc-V dueling themes all have a similar big stage/grand performance feel; no more is this represented than in their version of standard duels which feels like the opening act.
    • VRAINS feels similar to 5D's dueling theme, even having a similar opening riff, but it uses different instruments to elicit a cyber theme representing the dread and excitement as if you were actually speed dueling in VRAINS.
  • The music that plays when you finish the unlock objectives for Legendary duelists. It is especially satisfying when you finally manage to unlock duelists that had extremely difficult objectives like Arkana, Crowler, and Pegasus.
  • As much of a shock as it already is, Tour Guide from the Underworld's Theme heavily invokes a Halloween theme motif, mainly befitting of her origin area of being a guide around the Underworld.

Duel Monsters World

  • Yami Yugi's theme is highly reminiscent of his original theme, an epic theme mixed with Egyptian motifs heralding the arrival of The King of Games.
  • Joey, Tristan, Duke, and Mai's theme is full of guitars, perfectly fitting of their spirit to never back down.
  • Mako's theme, as opposed to the other rivals' themes, has a more oriental feel with an intense guitar riff, like a fisherman braving the ocean.
  • Ishizu and Odion's theme is appropriately very Egyptian and very menacing telling you not to take the keepers of the pharaoh's grave lightly.
  • Yami Bakura and Yami Marik's theme is particularly good and vey creepy, featuring eerie strings and bass guitar fitting the sinister villains of Yu-Gi-Oh!
  • Téa and Yugi Moto's theme is very casual, yet gives off the impression that they're not holding back.
  • Kaiba's theme really captures the feeling of an intense battle of a man whose drive, desires, and ego can only be matched by the size of his mighty beasts, complete with violin.
  • The music in the final Duelist Chronicles matches, and Yami Marik's Ra theme, is ridiculously epic, with choir and strings to give it an all-or-nothing vibe.
  • Arkana's theme is spooky and intimidating, appropriate for a self proclaimed master of magicians.
  • Pegasus's theme is cartoon like and elegant, which fits perfectly for the creator of Duel Monsters.
  • This theme has a very aggressive beat that really puts you in the mood to beat up your opponent. Which is appropriate because this theme is for many of the delinquent duelists Yugi and Joey have faced and defeated, such as Weevil, Bandit Keith, Rex, and Bonz.
  • This theme has an energetic funky beat, while not as aggressive as the other rival themes, has a lighter theme for some of the more unique duelists. This theme plays when you fight the Paradox Brothers, Espa Roba, Lumis & Umbra, and Mokuba.

GX World

  • This theme is full of rockin' electric guitars, giving the impression of a serious but fun fight. Perfect for Jaden's greatest rivals like Chazz, Zane, Aster, Syrus, Hassleberry, and Axel.
  • Doctor Crowler's theme is full of orchestral instruments and has the beat of an Italian song, which slowly, but constantly, swings between "You're doing well student, you might even win this time" and "I have machinated the absolute counter for your entire deck!", and knowing Crowler's personality, it wouldn't be surprising for us to hear these from his mouth.
  • The Tag Duel arena music is upbeat and tense and exciting.
  • Alexis's theme is elegant and ripe with a piano medley, befitting of the Queen of Duel Academy.
  • Jaden and Jesse's theme gives off an easy going vibe, which plays perfectly into their idea of dueling for fun.
  • Yubel's event theme is a mournful, melancholy string and piano piece, while her dueling theme sounds epic and desperate.
  • Jaden/Yubel's theme keeps the fun vibe of Jaden's original song but one backed by experience and wisdom that Jaden had during his final year at Duel Academy.
  • Blair's theme is a cute simple theme matching the young maiden's lovey dovey personality and wouldn't feel out of place in a classic Sonic game.
  • Sartorius's theme is intense and haunting, meshing the fact that he can seemingly control destiny and make you feel like if you lose... you lose everything.
  • Supreme King Jaden's theme is a theme that evokes feelings similar to that of the Sad Duel soundtrack from GX, and considering this song is reflective of Jaden's darkest moments, the tragic feelings are quite fitting... It feels less like an epic tune, and more of a ballad of a hero who completely lost his way to the darkness.
  • Jim's theme is something that transports you to the outback.

5D's World

  • Yusei's theme is a very simple but easy theme making you feel like you're having a fun Turbo Duel.
  • Akiza's theme is similar to Alexis's theme, elegant with a heavy emphasis on the piano, but with a more tragic and sinister edge befitting the Black Rose Witch.
  • Crow's theme, like Yusei's, is a simple theme for the laid back, easy-going Crow Hogan as if you were in the garage working on your motorcycles.
  • Leo and Luna's theme is an exciting track showing how the twins favor the fun of dueling above all else.
  • Jack’s theme blends his techno theme from the series with something that also flows fast, making it sound like you are actually Turbo Dueling with Jack.
  • Trudge's theme is a hot blooded track making it feel like a police chase with Sector Security.
  • The Dark Signers theme is a dark and haunting theme that emphasizes the dread of facing them.
  • Carly's Theme is incredibly lighthearted and cheery, befitting the reporter usually turning to her Fortune Fairies cards for her luck.
  • Kalin's theme feels like a wild west shootout as you duel in the quiet sunrise of Crash Town.
  • Antinomy's theme is a high tense tech theme, urging you to surpass your limits to create a brighter future.
  • Primo (specifically the Three Emperors of Illaster)'s theme gives off a sense of foreboding and imminent terror, especially as they destroy their own monsters in order to summon their Meklord Emperors.
  • Aporia's theme has an ultimate sense of feeling despair at its pinnacle while fighting against him to prove that a dark future where all is lost can be averted.
  • Paradox's Theme begins with an ominous beat before going through into tension to strengthen the fact that you Duel him in the twisted world of Malefics where corrupt versions of iconic dragons exist.
  • The Turbo Dueling theme is a fast, heart pounding song that makes you feel like you are actually on the track dueling at high speeds. The Dark Signer version keeps the high tempo of the Turbo Duels but with a strong sense of dread and danger.
  • Even the Turbo Duel event song gives you the feeling of being in the pit stop preparing for the duel.

Dark Side of Dimensions World

  • Atem and Yugi's ceremonial duel is played out to a remix of Atem's theme befitting the finale to the original series. This track would be repurposed as Yugi's dueling theme.
  • Seto Kaiba's new theme is much more epic in tone to his original theme but slower to match his more motivated personality seen in the movie.
  • Mokuba Kaiba's new theme is interesting as it's a remix of Joey/Mai's theme instead of his own befitting his role as The Lancer to Seto's status as main character of the movie. Fittingly, this theme would soon go to Joey, Ryou, and Téa as well.
  • Sera's theme offers up a strong sense of mystery with this character but with a sort of elegant tone.
  • Aigami's slow but sorrowful theme combines the anguish welled within him with his beliefs to achieve peace with his powers.
  • Scud's theme sounds very ominous and foreboding for such a minor character.

Zexal World

  • Similar to Jaden and Jaden/Yubel's theme, Yuma and Astral's theme feels like a fun duel against Yuma as if you were really feeling the flow.
  • Bronk and Tori's theme are similar to Yuma and Astral's as a fun duel against friends.
  • Shark's theme in opposition is a lot more serious and dramatic feeling like a predator while you're dueling.
  • Kite's theme is heart pumping and intense befitting the Number Hunter.
  • The Arclight Brothers' theme is a dramatic orchestral piece that wouldn't sound out of place in a theater.
  • Anna Kaboom's Theme has a lot of spunky beats representing Anna's nature and feeling like an explosion could happen anytime with her Flying Blaster or her explosively straightforward Train deck.
  • Rio's theme feels like you're in a castle while it snows outside, fitting her ice monsters as they go to beat you down.
  • Girag's Theme sounds very foreboding, remind you that you are fighting one of the Barian emperors.

Arc-V World

  • Yuya's Theme swings into action with a light-hearted and heart pounding performance full of fun and excitement.
  • Gong's Theme feels big and bombastic as if you were watching a kabuki concert.
  • Zuzu's Theme has that elegant feel that the other female duelists have. In this case, it feels like you are dancing in a ballroom or a fashion show.
  • Not wanting to be shown up by the three You-Show duelists, Sawatari's Theme also has that big performance feel, but of course the music makes it obvious, it's all about Sawatari and his shiny rare cards.
  • Declan's Theme fits the LID President and leader of the Lancers as a chessmaster, descending on stage to declare that it's about time you get serious. His boss music is playing and he expects you to put up a fight.
  • Yuto's Theme conveys a sense of rebellious hope against his enemies. The atmosphere is sad, but the choir mixed with it inspires to struggle to the end regardless.
  • Shay's Theme carries a sense of anguish from Shay losing most of all he cared for in his Xyz Dimension home and using said anguish into strength to influence the rage he unleashes onto his foes while having a motif of the Resistance's theme.
  • Sora's Theme feels incredibly childlike, a joyous theme that inspires entertainment for Sora and his opponent, making you feel like you're in a child's fantasy of fun.

VRAINS World

  • Unlike most other protagonists' themes, Playmaker and Ai's Theme follows a solemn motif depicting the losses both Yusaku and Ai experience throughout their time in LINK VRAINS and with them partnered up together in Duel Links, they are prepared to Link the Circuits once again.
  • Soulburner's Theme has a more Celtic theme, a subdued track which depicts his story as a boy rising up to finally face his challenges head on.
  • The Gore's Theme fits the Celebrity Duelist rising to regain his rep who displays that strength is power. It's equivalent to a wrestler's theme song as they battle their foes under the roar of the crowd.
  • Blue Angel's Theme puts you right in the middle of one of her concerts, a light and bubbly theme befitting her idol image.
  • Varis's Theme is a foreboding baroque orchestral piece that sounds like it came straight out of Castlevania and carries with it all of Varis's sheer charisma, determination, and ruthlessness that embody him as a character.

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