Duel Links – Tips, Tricks, & Guides

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links Tips, Tricks, Cheats , and How to Guides

duel links temp titleKey features:

  • Genre: Strategy
  • Origin: Japan
  • Number of Players: 1
  • System Support: online and offline play

Manufacturer: Konami
Developer:
Release Date: JA: April 2016
US: Jan 11, 2017
UK: Jan 11, 2017
Media: Android and iOS devices
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Fantasy Violence, Mild Blood, Suggestive Themes)

Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. has announced it will release key new Yu-Gi-Oh! titles across a number of formats in 2016, allowing an even wider audience to enjoy the series, which is already popular worldwide as a card game and range of console titles.

Tips, How to Guides, Cheats, and Unlocks

How To Unlock Every Legendary Duelist

You begin with either Yami Yugi or Seto Kaiba but from there duelists will have to complete tasks and grow in rank to unlock some of the strongest duelists in Yu-Gi-Oh!.

However, not every duelists in Duel Links can be unlocked simply by raising your Stage Rank. Certain duelists have special conditions that need to be met before they appear in the Duel World. And even then, you’ll have to complete that duelist’s special task list.

Here’s a list of all the duelists you can unlock in Duel Links and the conditions needed to do so. They are split into two groups, the first is by Stage Rank, which will unlock a duelist simply by reaching that level and the other is through special conditions.

Some of these special conditions are hard to track but if you are in the main menu and press the information icon (the icon that is shaped like a person) then you can see all of your play data since you began. Scroll down and you’ll see information like how many traps you’ve played or how many tribute summons you have performed.
Use this to track your progress with the duelists unlocked through special conditions.

NOTE: Pegasus is coming to Duel Links but it seems through a special event that has not gone live.

STAGE UNLOCKS

Joey Wheeler – Stage 3
Tea Gardner – Stage 5 (Stage 6 unlock missions)
Mai Valentine – Stage 10 (Stage 11 unlock missions)
Yami Yugi/Seto Kaiba – Stage 15 (Stage 16 unlock missions)
Rex Raptor – Stage 20 (Stage 21 unlock missions)

SPECIAL CONDITIONS

Bandit Keith – Duel Legendary Duelists 50 times
Weevil Underwood – Win duels against standard duelists 100 times
Mako Tsunami – Perform 150 Tributes  
Odion – Activate 300 traps
Ishizu – Summon light-attribute monsters 200 times

School Quizzes

One aspect of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links are the Duel School quizzes, which put duelists in scenarios to win in one turn to teach them how to use certain strategies.

However, you won’t unlock the Duel Links Duel School quizzes until you reach Stage 5 and that will only give you access to the level 1 quizzes. There are three levels of quizzes that will unlock at Stages 8 and 13, respectively, with varying difficulties

LEVEL 1

Quiz 1

Purpose: Summon a monster with high ATK.

Win Condition: Drop opponent’s lifepoints to zero in one turn.

Solution: Summon Axe Raider and attack directly.

Quiz 2

Purpose: Tribute summon a high level monster.

Win Condition: Drop opponent’s lifepoints to zero in one turn.

Solution: Tribute summon Judge Man and attack.

Quiz 3

Purpose: Tribute summon a high level monster using two monsters as tribute.

Win Condition: Drop opponent’s lifepoints to zero in one turn.

Solution: Tribute summon Gaia the Fierce Knight and attack.

Quiz 4

Purpose: Change battle position of your monster.

Win Condition: Drop opponent’s lifepoints to zero in one turn.

Solution: Flip summon Feral Imp and attack.

Quiz 5

Purpose: Select right targets to attack.

Win Condition: Drop opponent’s lifepoints to zero in one turn.

Solution: Attack Beautiful Headhuntress with Axe Raider, attack Hero of the East with Celtic Guardian and then attack directly with Roboyarou.

Quiz 6

Purpose: Use a Spell Card and defeat your opponent’s monster.

Win Condition: Drop opponent’s lifepoints to zero in one turn.

Solution: Normal Summon Baby Dragon, then use Block Attack to switch opponent’s Axe Raider to defense mode. Attack Axe Raider with Baby Dragon and then attack directly with Battle Warrior.

Quiz 7

Purpose: Use Spell Cards to enhance your monster’s attack.

Win Condition: Drop opponent’s lifepoints to zero in one turn.

Solution: Play Banner of Courage then attack Cyber Falcon with Trakodon.

Quiz 8

Purpose: Use a Trap Card to enhance a monster.

Win Condition: Drop opponent’s lifepoints to zero in one turn.

Solution: Activate Reinforcements and choose Silver Fang. Attack Snake Hair with Silver Fang.

Quiz 9

Purpose: Use Spell and Trap Cards to destroy high attacking monsters.

Win Condition: Drop opponent’s lifepoints to zero in one turn.

Solution: Summon Blackland Fire Dragon. Activate Order to Charge and tribute Mammoth Graveyard to destroy Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon. Attack directly with Blackland Fire Dragon.

Quiz 10

Purpose: Destroy your opponent’s Spell/Trap cards using your own.

Win Condition: Drop opponent’s lifepoints to zero in one turn.

Solution: Activate De-Spell to destroy opponent’s Dark Energy. Attack Ryu-Kishin with Lady of Faith.

Quiz 11

Purpose: Destroy your opponent’s Trap Card before attacking.

Win Condition: Drop opponent’s lifepoints to zero in one turn.

Solution: Activate Remove Trap to destroy opponent’s Mirror Wall. Attack Dark Magician with Blue-Eyes White Dragon.

Quiz 12

Purpose: Activate a Monster Effect.

Win Condition: Drop opponent’s lifepoints to zero in one turn.

Solution: Activate Karate Man’s effect. Attack Faith Bird with Karate Man.

Quiz 13

Purpose: Activate a Flip Effect.

Win Condition: Drop opponent’s lifepoints to zero in one turn.

Solution: Normal Summon Claw Reacher then Flip Summon Hane-Hane. Target King of Yamimakai and attack directly with Claw Reacher and Hane-Hane.

Quiz 14

Purpose: Use a Field Spell Card.

Win Condition: Drop opponent’s lifepoints to zero in one turn.

Solution: Activate Mountain from your hand. Attack Bottom Dweller with Crawling Dragon and then attack directly with Baby Dragon.

Quiz 15

Purpose: Fusion Summon a monster.

Win Condition: Drop opponent’s lifepoints to zero in one turn.

Solution: Flip Summon the Blue-Eyes White Dragon on the field. Activate Polymerization from your hand and select Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon from your Extra Deck. Use all three Blue-Eyes from your field and hand to fusion summon in attack mode. Attack Perfectly Ultimate Great Moth with Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon.

Quiz 16

Purpose: Ritual Summon a monster.

Win Condition: Drop opponent’s lifepoints to zero in one turn.

Solution: Activate Turtle Oath from your hand and select Crab Turtle from your hand. Use Rock Spirit and Enchanting Mermaid from your hand as tributes. Ritual Summon Crab Turtle in attack mode and attack Judge Man.

LEVEL 2

Quiz 1

Purpose: Check card attributes.

Win Condition: Drop opponent’s lifepoints to zero in one turn.

Solution: Summon Faith Bird in attack mode and attack M-Warrior #2 with Element Magician. Activate Element Magician’s effect to attack one more time, then attack directly with Element Magician and Faith Bird.

Quiz 2

Purpose: Inflict effect damage.

Win Condition: Drop opponent’s lifepoints to zero in one turn.

Solution: Activate Meteor Flare on your side of the field. Discard Raimei and Bowganian from your hand to activate. Play Final Flame and then normal summon Gravekeeper’s Curse in attack mode and activate its effect.

Quiz 3

Purpose: Reversal of attack and defense.

Win Condition: Drop opponent’s lifepoints to zero in one turn.

Solution: Tribute Killer Needle to summon Hercules Beetle. Activate Shield and Sword from your hand and attack Wolf Axwielder with Hercules Beetle.

Quiz 4

Purpose: Use Sealmaster Meisei.

Win Condition: Drop opponent’s lifepoints to zero in one turn.

Solution: Normal Summon Sealmaster Meisei in attack mode and then play Talisman of Trap Sealing from your hand. Attack Gravekeeper’s Vassal with Silver Fang and then attack directly with Sealmaster Meisei.

Quiz 5

Purpose: Fuse Thunder Dragon.

Win Condition: Drop opponent’s lifepoints to zero in one turn.

Solution: Use the effect of Thunder Dragon in your hand to discard it to bring two Thunder Dragon’s to your hand. Play Polymerization to fuse the two Thunder Dragon’s in your hand to Fusion Summon Twin-Headed Thunder Dragon in attack mode. Attack Flame Swordsman with Twin-Headed Thunder Dragon.

The Ultimate Rising 1

Purpose: Use Summoner of Illusions’ effect.

Win Condition: Drop opponent’s lifepoints to zero in one turn.

Solution: Normal Summon Goblin Calligrapher in attack mode. Flip Summon Summoner of Illusions and tribute Goblin Calligrapher to activate its effect. Summon Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon from your Extra Deck in attack mode and attack Horn Imp with Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon and then attack directly with Summoner of Illusions.

The Ultimate Rising 2

Purpose: Use Charmer monsters effects.

Win Condition: Drop opponent’s lifepoints to zero in one turn.

Solution: Set Wynn of the Wind Charmer in facedown defense position. Activate Book of Taiyou on the field to flip Wynn faceup and activate its effect. Take control of Harpie Lady Sisters and attack directly with Wynn and Harpie Lady Sisters.

LEVEL 3

Quiz 1

Purpose: Check card Types and use to your advantage.

Win Condition: Drop opponent’s lifepoints to zero in one turn.

Solution: Use Warrior’s Elimination to Destroy Swamp and Lava Battleguard. Summon The Hunter with 7 Weapons and choose Dragon for its effect. Attack Kuomori Dragon with The Hunter with 7 Weapons and destroy it. Attack directly with Alligator’s Sword.

Quiz 2

Purpose: Use Lord of D and Flute of Summoning Dragon to summon high level dragons.

Win Condition: Drop Opponent’s lifepoints to zero in one turn.

Solution: Use The Flute of Summoning Dragon and special summon Serpent Night Dragon and Seiyaryu. Tribute summon Curse of Dragon by tributing Lord of D. Attack Thousand Dragon with Seiyaryu, attack Alligator’s Sword Dragon with Curse of Dragon and attack Flame Swordsman with Serpent Night Dragon.

Quiz 3

Purpose: Summon Nuvia the Wicked

Win Condition: Drop opponent’s lifepoints to zero in one turn.

Solution: Set Nuvia the Wicked in facedown defense position. Play Book of Taiyou to flip Nuvia the Wicked into faceup attack position. Attack Sonic Maid with Ancient Elf and then attack directly with Nuvia the Wicked.

Quiz 4

Purpose: Use Amazoness Village to your advantage.

Win Condition: Drop opponent’s lifepoints to zero in one turn.

Solution: (coming soon)

Get Gaia the Dragon Champion

One of the new cards that will be entering Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Links soon is the powerful fusion card known as Gaia the Dragon Champion. This creature card is a seven star summon monster that has 2600 attack and 2100 defense, which makes him very hard to put down.

GaiatheDragonChampion-YGLD-EN-C-1EIt was announced via a message sent in Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Links that a plethora of cards will be added as rewards for those who level up their duelists. However, it’s important to note that Gaia the Dragon Champion will not be available until February 13 as that is when the update goes live.

In order to get Gaia the Dragon Champion, you will simply need to level up Yami Yugi,  to at least level 35 (every duelist in Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Links has a hard cap at level 30 right now). Since every 5 levels you unlock a new card, one is going to have to do a bit of grinding if they want this powerful card in their deck.

You will need a Polymerization card in order to fuse both Gia the Fierce Knight and Curse of Dragon. You can earn this card by ranking up Joey Wheeler to level 5. With some patience and a bit of grinding, you will unlock Gaia the Dragon Champion and take to the skies to slaughter your enemies.

Farming for Rare Cards

One of the keys to success in Duel Links is getting the rarest cards because, normally, they have the best effects or the strongest monsters to dominate PVP and defeat Legendary Duelists with ease. Tthe easiest way to do that (outside of paying real life money to purchase cards at the shop) is to farm rare cards from Legendary Duelists.

Farming for rare cards relies on getting the highest duel assessment possible to get from 6-9 gifts after every duel, raising your chances for rare cards.

So how do you get that high of a duel assessment? By using this farming deck that contains only one monster, Mythical Beast Cerberus.

WHAT YOU NEED
  • Two Mythical Beast Cerberus (can work with just one) Obtained through Card Trader.
  • Two Riryoku (can work with just one) Obtained through Card Trader.
  • Sorcery Conduit or Draw Sense: Low Level character skill
  • All spells (especially Stop Defense)
  • Enchanted Javelin trap card (optional)
STRATEGY

Again, to farm for rare cards in Duel Links you’ll need only one monster in your 20-card deck: Mythical Beast Cerberus.Mythical Beast Cerberus-BP03-EN-C-1E

If you have Cerberus as your only monster, how do you get it on the field before your lifepoints hit zero? You need to use a character’s skill to get Cerberus into your hand. The easiest way to do that is to raise Yami Yugi to level 20 and equip Sorcery Conduit. Sorcery Conduit lets you draw a random spellcaster monster from your deck after taking 1800 points of damage. With Cerberus as your only monster, it’s not random but a certainty that you’ll draw Cerberus on your next turn.

This is where Enchanted Javelin can help. If you don’t draw Cerberus in your opening hand but have an Enchanted Javelin, you can negate the gain the damage you are about to take from a direct attack and still activate Sorcery Conduit.

Now that you have Cerberus on the field, you can raise its attack power by 500 for every spell played by either duelist. The whole point of this deck is to summon Cerberus and use all spell cards to get its attack points to over 9999.

The key to getting Cerberus to that attack power is to play a few spell cards to make it stronger than anything your opponent can throw at you because the AI will just set their monsters in defense mode and stay in a holding pattern. This allows for you to stall and draw spell after spell card until you can push Cerberus’ attack power to that monstrous level.

Use spells like Blue Medicine, De-Spell and Stop Defense to run through your hand and to buff up Cerberus. Stop Defense is very crucial for when you are ready to make your final attack as the AI will more likely than not have their monsters in defense.

Riryoku is crucial, especially when you have a second Cerberus, by letting you boost your first Cerberus using the boosted attack of your second Cerberus to get the attack to over 100 thousand.

WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR

What you need to look out for is your opponent decking out before you can win, or you decking out and not being able to deal enough damage to take out your opponent in one strike (because once Cerberus attacks, all of the attack boost goes away).

Traps like Michizure can also hamper your strategy and get rid of Cerberus.

Is there a special Farm deck you use for Duel Links? Let us know..

The Destiny Board of Doom: Yami Bakura unlock

Fear the Deck of Terror! The Destiny Board of Doom event has come to Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links and like the Welcome to Toon World event, players can unlock special cards and a brand new character.

“The Destiny Board of Doom” is an event in the game. During the event, Yami Bakura appears at the gate and players are able to duel against him to unlock Yami Bakura and earn prizes. Collect the “Ten-Sided Dice” and use them to challenge him to earn points which gives exclusive cards, sleeves, mat and icon.

Event Period (GMT +00:00)   Mar 23 – Apr 3, 2017

Yami Bakura is the character featured in this new Duel Links event and players will have to duel and collect ten-sided dice to challenge him. The higher your Stage level, the more dice you can obtain. Note, you’ll need to be at least Stage level 4 to participate. Accumulate 200,000 points in your duels with Yami Bakura and you will unlock this new duelist.

Bakura will first appear in the Duel Gate at level 10 and every time you defeat him, his level will increase. The higher the level Bakura is when you duel him, the more points you get, whether you win or lose. So try and defeat Bakura at level 30 or higher to get the most out of your dice.

Required Ten-Sided Dice and acquired Points
Yami Bakura’s
Level
Required Ten-Sided Dice (QTY) Acquired Points
10 5 DA x1
20 10 DA x3
30 20 DA x7
40 40 DA x18
50 0 DA x20

Note: DA = Duel Assessment

Yami Bakura Lvl 50

Yami Bakura lvl. 50 will spawn in Duel World like Yugi Muto did. You are not required to spend any “Ten-Sided Dice” to duel him. You can obtain special Reward(s) and a large amount of Event Points by defeating him. However, challenging Bakura in Duel World will also give duelists a chance to obtain special rewards and a large amount of event points when he is defeated.

There’s also plenty of other prizes to win like cards, sleeves and mats along with rare stones for trading so keep dueling even after you unlock Yami Bakura. You can even farm for his signature cards. Here are the cards you can win for defeating Bakura either in the Duel Gate or Duel World.cards you can win for defeating Bakura either in the Duel Gate or Duel World

credit: Konami

Destiny Board of Doom

During this event, Yami Bakura will always activate “Destiny Board of Doom”, which is an event exclusive skill that works differently than the skill that you can obtain when playing as Yami Bakura. In this event, it comes with some “special” rules:

  • Yami Bakura begins the duel with “Dark Necrofear” in the graveyard.
  • Yami Bakura always goes first.
  • Yami Bakura will automatically win the Duel at the end of the player’s 5th turn.
  • This skill is negated when “Dark Necrofear” is no longer in the graveyard.
  • The “Dark Necrofear” that is in the graveyard at the beginning of the duel cannot be special summoned from the graveyard, as it has not been special summoned properly prior to being sent to the graveyard.
Event point rewards

By earning certain amount of Points, you will receive Gold, jewels, Gems, Duel Orbs, Cards, and the special character, Yami Bakura! Here is a list of required points to unlock Yami Bakura and get cards.

Event exclusive rewards

This table does not show Jewels, Gems, Gold, and Duel Orb.

PointS Reward
100,000 Man-Eating Treasure Chest
200,000 Yami Bakura unlocked!
360,000 Event Card Sleeve
650,000 Headless Knight
1,100,000 Event Game Mat
2,000,000 Dark Spirit of the Silent
3,000,000  White Magical Hat
4,000,000 Event Icon
The amount of obtainable items in total
Gold 350,000
Gem 450
Jewel UR x4, SR x8, R x22
Drop cards

Here is a list of duel rewards cards only Yami Bakura drops.

Card [Rarity] Rating
(-/10)
Electric Lizard Electric Lizard [R]  
Man-Eating Treasure Chest Man-Eating Treasure Chest [R]  
The Earl of Demise The Earl of Demise [R]  
Gernia Gernia [R]  
Call of the Earthbound Call of the Earthbound [R]  
White Magical Hat White Magical Hat [SR]  
The Gross Ghost of Fled Dreams The Gross Ghost of Fled Dreams  [SR]  
Dark Spirit of the SilentDark Spirit of the Silent [SR]  
Puppet Master Puppet Master [SR]  
Peeking Goblin Peeking Goblin [SR]  

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We’ll have more details on this game as they become available, stay tuned!

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