Best Starter: Yugi or Kaiba

This page describe which the best character is, Yami Yugi or Seto Kaiba, based on their starter deck and what cards each of them can obtain.
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Two Starters

Yami Yugi or Seto Kaiba?

I recommend you to choose Yami Yugi due to obtainable cards as rewards for winning a duel against Seto Kaiba. For more details, see the starter deck comparison and obtainable cards comparison below.

Is Seto Kaiba Playable?

Both Yami Yugi and Seto Kaiba is available when you reach Stage 15 regardless of which character is selected as a starter. For example, Seto Kaiba is unlocked once you are at Stage 15 even if your starter is Yami Yugi.

Deck Comparison

Yami Yugi's Starter Deck

  • Yami Yugi's starter deck has mostly low stats monster cards.
  • Having Dark Magician is nice due to the existence of support cards.

Seto Kaiba's Starter Deck

  • Seto Kaiba' monster cards have higher stats relative to that of Yami Yugi.
  • Blue-Eyes White Dragon is powerful as same to Yugi's Dark Magician.

Which deck is better?

Seto kaiba's starter deck is obviously more powerful than that of Yami Yugi due to monster' stats. However, starter deck is not really important since you will build your own deck once you get cards.

Available Cards Comparison

Yami Yugi

If you pick Yami Yugi as a starter, you can have a duel against Seto Kaiba. By winning the duel, you can get useful cards as a reward.

Effect Monster CardsYugi's level
Catapult TurtleCatapult Turtle30 or more
BerfometBerfometAll levels
Normal Monster CardsLevel
Dark Magician30 or more
Curse of DragonCurse of Dragon30 ore more
Gaia The Fierce KnightGaia The Fierce KnightAll levels
Gazelle the King of Mythical BeastsGazelle the King of Mythical BeastsAll levels
Fusion Monster CardsLevel
Chimera the Flying Mythical BeastChimera the Flying Mythical Beast30 or more
Spell CardsLevel
Diffusion Wave-MotionDiffusion Wave-Motion30 or more
Mystic BoxMystic Box30 or more
Thousand KnivesThousand KnivesAll levels
De-SpellDe-SpellAll levels

Seto kaiba

If your starter is Seto Kaiba, Yami Yugi is one of the opponents. You can get cards by winning a duel against Yami Yugi but many of them are not useful. Therefore, Yami Yugi is not a character you want to have a duel against.

Effect Monster CardsSeto's Level
Light EffigyLight EffigyAll levels
Normal Monster CardsLevel
Blue-Eyes White Dragon30 or more
Battle OxBattle Ox30 ore more
Mystic HorsemanMystic HorsemanAll levels
Fusion Monster CardsLevel
Rabid HorsemanRabid HorsemanAll levels
Spell CardsLevel
Enemy ControllerEnemy Controller30 or more
A Wingbeat of Giant DragonA Wingbeat of Giant Dragon30 or more.
The Flute of Summoning DragonThe Flute of Summoning DragonAll levels
Trap CardsLevel
Champion's VigilanceChampion's Vigilance30 or more
CloningCloningAll levels

Which one can get useful cards?

Starting with Yami Yugi allow you to get useful cards because you can have a duel against Seto Kaiba and get cards from him.

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✺ Boc4rdi 8days ago
Good, as someone said, in Stage 3, we can switch to Joey and battle Kaiba, if we start with Kaiba?
NO! i remember now... Kaiba will only be available at stage 15 in the gate, and stage 16 for Unlock Missions.

If this is the only good reason to chose Y.Yugi for start the game, then i call this Useless

Because, until you reach Stage 15 to duel against Seto or Yugi, you already have opened many packs and get something useful, and until then, you haven't so many gate KEYS... so don't matter who you chose.. i always go with Kaiba, because BEWDragon have more power than DMagician, and both duelists have Field Spell as Skill...
And now, more packs is on the game... really don't matter wich one you chose.
Life 1/1/1970
I disagree, I prefer having the extra blue eyes copy. Also I only really value the enemy controller which you can get from battling kaiba. Apart from that I don't really like much else of what he gives from battle. Yugi gives fun effect monsters and some good spells.
GameA1 1/1/1970
Ok, thank you for your comments. I will update this page near future :)
Life 1/1/1970
The only time I see Yugi being better than Seto in my honest opinion is when you get destiny draw for yugi.
Life 1/1/1970
Ok so valuing battle OX and enemy controller you have two decent cards. Setos first ability already makes up for it if you get a faith bird or skull bird which will have 1700-1750. Yugi doesn't synergise with the OX, not to mention you can switch to joey and try to get the OX from battling seto. Then you pit enemy controller against mystical box and de-spell (good for equips and field spells).
GameA1 1/1/1970
Hi Life, I know Yami Yugi gives players fun spell cards, but Battle OX and Enemy Controller work very well in any kinds of deck. That is why I said Seto is better. But yes, I am sure many players want to chose Seto and that is fine :)
hello 1/1/1970
i start with kaiba and can fight kaiba if switch my character to joey
Life 1/1/1970
Also, this ^


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