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The Vagabond [Jun 11 Updated!]

This page notes what the vagabond is in Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Links, where to find, and the list of challenges assigned to a player .
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The Vagabond

Who is the Vagabond

The vagabond is neither a standard duelist nor a legend duelist. He is a man of few words and looks the player character in the other Yu-Gi-Oh game, the Tag Force series.

Where to find

The character appears in Duel World randomly. You can also ask your friends to send you The Vagabond when they get the chance. Duel against him when you find him.

Great amount of EXP

By winning a duel against the vagabond, Players can gain EXP by about three to five times the amount usually gained.

Challenges

Since players can gain a lot of EXP by dueling The Vagabond, he does not show up often. Additionally, players are assigned challenges during a duel. These challenges are set at random when the Vagabond randomly spawns, or set by your friend when he sends you The Vagabond. For details of conditions, see the list below.

From v2.5.0 onwards, when challenging the Vagabond, the player is told what Deck he is using and who was the player who built it, and is allowed to look at said Deck after the duel.

List of Challenges

New Challenges Added!

ChallengeExp for WinExp for LoseDegree of
Difficulty
Opponent begins the duel with 1000 LP New!1900950
Draw 2 cards during your Draw Phase New!1900950
Defeat The Vagabond New!1900950
You can Normal Summon twice per turn New!22001100★★
Both players begin the duel with 3 Monsters on the field New!22001100★★
Begin the duel with Spell/Trap Cards Set.New!22001100★★
Begin the duel with 8000 Life Points New!22001100★★
Tribute summons do not require tributes New!22001100★★
Both players begin with 7 cards in hand New!22001100★★
Start the Duel with 3 Monster Cards on the Vagabond's field22001100★★
Begin the Duel with 1 card in your hand25001250★★★
You cannot Special Summon25001250★★★
Monster effects cannot be used2500 1250★★★

Begin the Duel with 1 card in your hand

Use versatile cards that work well on their own. Combos and summons, such as fusion summon and ritual summon, are not easy to pull off in a duel with a smaller starting hand.

Monster effects cannot be used

Only your monster card's effects are negated on the field, in the hand, and in the graveyard. Monster cards with low lever, high ATK, and negative effect, such as Nuvia the Wicked and Giant Orc, will work well,

Both players begin with set 3 Spell/Trap

The degree of difficulty of the challenge depends on what spell/trap cards are set on your field. It would be very much a disadvantage to clog your backrow with unusable spell/trap cards. To give yourself an advantage, only use spell/trap cards in your deck that are helpful at any point in the duel, like Wall of Disruption, Enemy Controller, etc. If your deck runs a very low spell/trap count, you can use only three spell/trap cards so you will be sure what is put on your field.

Both players begin with 3 Monsters

Again the difficulty of this challenge depends on what gets put on The Vagabond and your field. To put this challenge in your favor, fill your deck with high stat monsters with powerful effects. Additionally, it is possible to tilt this challenge even more to your favor, by filling your deck with hard to summon monsters because this challenge bypasses their summoning conditions.

Suggestions

Begin the Duel with 8000 Life Points

You can use an Aromage deck against this challenge to take advantage of their effects which activate when you have higher LP than your opponent. this immediately put you at an advantage. Another option is to use Mausoleum of the Emperor and use your extra LP to quickly summon a powerful monster.

Start the Duel with 3 monster cards on the Vagabond's field

This very much places you at a disadvantage depending on what monsters are put on The Vagabond's field. Cards that can disrupt multiple monsters like Windstorm of Etaqua, Curse of Anubis, and Wall of Disruption are helpful.

Example Deck

Armed Dragon LV10Sorcerer of Dark MagicSilent Magician LV8Forbidden DressForbidden DressSuper Rush Headlong
Super Rush HeadlongSuper Rush HeadlongEnemy ControllerEnemy ControllerEnemy ControllerDivine Wrath
Divine WrathDivine WrathMirror WallWall of DisruptionWall of DisruptionCovering Fire
Curse of AnubisWindstorm of Etaqua--------

Both Players begin with 7 cards in their hand

Use a Burn deck to take advantage of the huge starting hand to FTK The Vagabond even before he gets a chance to play.

Tribute Summons do not require tributes

Fill your deck with high-leveled Normal summonable monsters, preferably ones that can activate their effects even without being tribute summoned.

Comments

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DarkChaos
1 card vagabond challenge add me 544-444-434
<< Anonymous(DarkChaos)
Cyber_Angel Reply
I'll add you, name's Cyber_Angel
<< Anonymous(Cyber_Angel)
DarkChaos Reply
sorry I don't friend ppl who play cyber cancer.
<< Anonymous(DarkChaos)
Anonymous Reply
wow?
<< Anonymous
Ur mom Reply
Meta slaves should burn in hell!!!!!
Justin
937-195-039

I play around an hour or two every day, so usually will get a 1 card challenge from me.
<< Anonymous(Justin)
Red Eyes B. Reply
I'll reciprocate in kind... You're a life saver.
<< Anonymous(Red Eyes B.)
Anonymous Reply
Oh yeah !

081-605-209
<< Anonymous
Red Eyes B. Reply
Darn it... I made mistake and sent the challenge to someone else.

I'll delete everyone else right now ! Sorry.. ><
<< Anonymous(Red Eyes B.)
Red Eyes B. Reply
Alright ! Ur my only friend now ! The NEXT one is heading to you ! One card challenge right ?
Anonymous 3days ago
it is just me or if you use destiny hero plasma on "start duel with 3 monster". he is not automaticly on the field?
*hmm they had time to fix this lol*

nice exp change too konami, i hope people are happy about this and this game keep growing in terms of player base. might as well hoping for new content this game could bring *not new card, but content/pve event or whatever*.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 3days ago Reply
I think special summon only monsters not always 100% summoned on the field. Sometimes my Horus lv. 8 not automatically appear too, only Plasma and Dark Sorcerer appear.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 2days ago Reply
If the monster is part of your opening hand, it won't appear on the field.

Basically your opening hand is already determined first by the game before the Vagabond challenge is applied. If your opening hand contains the monsters....well, you're screwed.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 2days ago Reply
It happened to me once, Berserk Dragon got into my opening hand so I ends up having just 2 monsters on the field.

Even worse, Vagabond goes first, and his backrow cards screwed over one of my monster, so I ends up with just 1 monster on the field. Lost the duel because of that.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 2days ago Reply
"If the monster is part of your opening hand, it won't appear on the field."

ohhh, this is the answer!
Akumage
912-910-857 1 card challenge, active daily. :)
<< Anonymous(Akumage)
Anonymous Reply
just searched your ID, last time you were active was 12 days ago :D
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
here's the proof
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Lol busted XD
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Funny thing is he posted this 16 days ago
Anonymous
I had Big Shield Gardna with the "Negate Monster Effects" challenge but his effect worked like normal and he switched to attack position after an attack. Is it because I got Gardna through the "Conscription" trap?
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
"Negate Monster Effects" means an effect you activate by tapping the monster during the main phase (ex. Barrel Dragon)
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Then, some one should remove Giant Orc's effect being negated, because its activation is similar to Big Shield Gardna's. Their effects activate automatically. Also The Unfriendly Amazon requires a tribute despite the effect negation.
<< Anonymous
Chris Reply
But i dont understand the devine trap. For example the barrel dragon, the little one (1700atk) effect is activate automatically, but i can negate with the devine. So how does it work?
Anonymous
Why 1 card challenge? Are the rewards greater than 3 cards?
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
It's for xp farming. Even if you lose, u get a lot more xp and can level your chars a lot quicker.
<< Anonymous
B. Reply
Pretty much what anon said, for xp. Wheb your character reach a high lv you only get 500+ xp (not including the 1.5xp event going on now) and it's fairly slow.
<< Anonymous(B.)
B. Reply
*When.
Anonymous
FUCK THIS GUYS DECKS CHEATING ASS BULLSHIT IS RIGGED LIKE HELL FOR HIS RETARDED START WITH 3 BULLSHIT MONSTERS CHALLENGE AND ALL THE DUMB ASS PHOENIX DECKS HE USES KONAMI NEEDS TO HIT THAT DECK THEY ALSO NEED TO HIT BURN GOD NO WANDER THERE LOSING PLAYERS I SWEAR WE NEED MORE OF A CASUAL CUP OR SOME SORT OF SO PLAYERS THAT DON'T WANT TO INDURE THAT IS PVP HELL ALSO IT MAKE WHERE WE GET MORE THE MORE WE LOSE BUT NOT AS MUCH AS IF WE WIN FOR ALL I CARE SO PLAYERS AT LEAST GET SOME SHIT TRYING GOD DAM KONAMI
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
you must be new. you don't need to win against vagabond, though. just duel more.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
It's possible to beat Vagabond once in a while too.

In fact just today I beat him. "Start with 1000 LP" challenge, he ran a KOG player's Counter Fairy deck, I ran Aromage, and I beat him without ever using LP gain cards. (In fact throughout the duel my LP stays at 1000.)
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Sometimes you're lucky and he ran a deck you can beat or he somehow has a brick start, sometimes you just have to take the losing amount of exp.

It doesn't really matter since against Vagabond, even losing gives you a lot of exp.
Anonymous
This NPC can be stupidly ridiculous sometimes.

From starting with 3 AGG on the field to having the absolute perfect hand turn 1 that shuts down my hand AND my next draw.....
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Just now he opened with TWO E-Con that costed me the Duel. This is stupid.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Great, now he also can run the broken OP tier 0 SSA cancer deck.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Vagabond runs player's deck. I guess he got it from loaner decks? One time he used a suic1de deck you normally see in pvp to farm skills on me
JOTARO KUUUUH~JO
This guy is obviously our character from GX Tag Force, I played that game everyday in PS2 and that damn red hat with "...." dialogue can't make me forget about that guy.

I hope there's a further update for this guy rather than becoming a exp
<< Anonymous(JOTARO KUUUUH~JO)
Arkalagna Reply
You can get the vagabond icon by battling 100x pvp battle
<< Anonymous(JOTARO KUUUUH~JO)
Anonymous Reply
I feel like red from pokemon is the vagabond because after completing the pokedex he climbs Mt silver and vanishes. What if, distraught that there was no more to do he challenged the duel monsters game and that's where he vanishes
<< Anonymous(JOTARO KUUUUH~JO)
Anonymous Reply
It's not Red but I think the GX Duelist might be based off of Red because they look very similar.
OMG
Mine started with 2 monsters 1700 and above, and one blue-eyes white dragon! WTF
<< Anonymous(OMG)
Anonymous Reply
Not bad, once against me he started with 2 relinquished and red-eyes. You like that?
<< Anonymous(OMG)
BEWD Reply
What can i do?
<< Anonymous(OMG)
Manolasso Reply
I faced this situation too! 2 Relinquished + 1 Dark Magician!
Koraxtu
Each time he comes with the 1000lp challenge, I always lose by his second or third round. By the same strategy, with his cards coming in the same order. I feel like his deck is hand-built so he never loses with the 1000lp challenge. It's a bit disheartening. Any suggestions or tips to win against this.
<< Anonymous(Koraxtu )
Lawrence Reply
There's something called standard English--it's best if you learn it. Better for you if you wish to be respected and better for all because all of us need to communicate.
<< Anonymous(Koraxtu )
Lawrence Reply
Sorry about my comments earlier, yes the vagabond seems to use an LP-draining deck whenever the 1000LP challenge is selected
<< Anonymous(Koraxtu )
sjp91 Reply
Ummm kraft's English wasn't perfect in his post but it certainly wasn't terrible and it demonstrates that he is indeed capable of communication,not everyone is an English teacher bro,also most people are probably typing with a osk (on screen keyboard) so grammar is more than likely going to deteriorate in one way or another or perhaps English is his second language, either way that comment seems r
Gally
Is it just me or the Vagabond suddenly became a joke? Since yesterday, he plays like a lvl 10 duelist and I keep beating him with no difficulty, even with the 1-card challenge! (not complaining, but he was such a challenging bad*ss it feels weird!)
<< Anonymous(Gally)
Ren Akaba Reply
Ikr I actually liked when he was challenging
<< Anonymous(Gally)
Anonymous Reply
I also noticed this issue. I Hope Konami makes him challenging again
<< Anonymous(Gally)
Anonymous Reply
Since today, the Vagabond return to play in a very good way with powerful cards, so you have to be lucky or use a very good deck to win

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