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Starter Guide for New Duelists [6/5 updated]

Here are 7 things you need to know in the beginning of the game. Welcome to Duel Links World!
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update 05/06/2017

Before Jumping into Duel World

0.5. Bind your account to Konami ID

To make sure that you won't lose your account, make a Konami ID account and bind your game data/account to the Konami ID. This will make sure that even if you uninstall the app, you can recover your account, as well as being able to transfer your account to different devices.
→ How to transfer/save game data

1. Pick a starter duelist

Yami Yugi or Kaiba Seto?

In the beginning of the game, you will be asked to choose a starter from the two: Yami Yugi or Seto Kaiba. Yami Yugi focuses on Fiends and Spellcaster type monsters, while Seto Kaiba focuses more on Dragons and Winged Beast type monsters. It is fine to choose whichever one you prefer since you will be able to unlock the other character later in the game at stage 15.

2. Learn Speed Duel

Rules

Duel Links uses speed duel format. Check the differences between speed duel rules compared to the OCG/TCG!

Speed DuelOCG/TCG
Deck size20-3040-60
Field size3 cards5 cards
LP40008000
Starting hand4 cards5 cards

If you are new to Yu-Gi-Oh, just play the game to learn the basics. The game also helps you by giving a tutorial at the start of the game, and through the Duel School/Quiz.

3. Rerolling

If you would like to get the best possible start using your starting gems, you can reroll by restarting your account and roll the packs until you get what you want/need.

For what rerolling is and how to reroll, check the link below.

Booster Packs

In the game, players can open a pack by spending Gems, that they can obtain by making an in-app purchase, farming, or giveaways. Gems are not used for anything else, other than to buy packs. They are somewhat limited if you don't purchase them, which is why it's better to carefully plan on what you want to get, and use them wisely on certain boxes instead of buying everything.

4. Plan what deck you want to build

You should find a deck you want to play and pick an appropriate booster pack that contains cards what you need. Consumes Gem efficiently to avoid in-app purchase.

5. Note free gem locations

By tapping free gem locations on the screen, you can find free Gem if you are lucky. For those locations, check the link below.

Stage Missions

6. Defeat all NPCs before moving to next Stage

A full respawn of standard duelists happen when you proceed to the next stage. Defeating all of them before proceeding will prevent any wasted exp for leveling your character, and saves you from using Duel Orbs.
→Details of Duel Orb.

#Procedure
1Complete all missions for the current stage.
2Duel against all the available Standard Duelists before going to the next stage.

Note: Once you receive the reward for "Complete all Stage Missions [#]", you are moved up to the next stage.
3Receive the reward for "Complete all Stage Missions [#]" when you are out of Standard Duelists to proceed to the next stage.
4All of the Standard Duelists will fully respawn.

7. Use LIGHT monster and Trap cards actively

Summon LIGHT-attribute monster and activate Trap cards frequently from the early stage of the game. That is the key to unlock Ishizu and Odion smoothly.

NameTrigger event
Keith
Keith
Defeat Legendary Duelists 50 time(s).
→ Tips for unlocking Keith
Mako
Mako
Successfully perform 150 Tribute Summons.
Ishizu
Ishizu
Summon LIGHT Monster(s) 200 time(s) in total.
→ Tips for unlocking Ishizu
Odion
Odion
Use Trap Cards 300 times.
→ Tips for unlocking Odion

8. Check decks used by Standard Duelists

Standard Duelists' decks by Level
Lvl 1 (Stage 1-6)Lvl 5 (Stage 7-10)
Lvl 10 (Stage 11-13)Lvl 14 (Stage 14-19)
Lvl 20 (Stage 20-26)Lvl 27 (Stage 27-32)
Lvl 33 (Stage 33-38)Lvl 39 (Stage 39-44)
Lvl 45 (Stage 45-50)--

8.5. Tips and FAQs

Duels against Legendaries

9. Win with a high Duel Assessment

After each duel, you will be scored based on completed duel assessments. You can obtain more duel rewards as you get higher score.

10. Do not waste Gate Keys

To duel against Legendary Duelists at the Gate, you need need to have colored keys, and a certain amount of them, depending on what level you want to duel them. Here are some tips for using Gate Keys wisely.
→ Details of Gate Key

  • Beat them to complete Stage missions

    Some stage missions require you to defeat Legendary Duelists, so be sure to save/keep some keys for those missions.
  • Pick cards you want to obtain

    Aside from Kaiba, most Legendary Duelists uses a certain colored keys, which are shared with 1 other LD. Look at their victory rewards and determine which one you want to farm first so you can better manage your keys.

Card Trader

Card Trader is unlocked when you reach Stage 7. He offers cards that you cannot obtain by purchasing boosters, leveling up characters, and winning duels. You need to have trader items to get card from him.
→ Trader item: Gold
→ Trader item: Stone and Jewel

11. Trade a card to complete Stage mission

It is the best to trade a card while card trading Stage/Weekly missions appear.

StageCard Trading missions
Stage 7Make a trade with the Card Trader 1 time(s).
Stage 17Make a trade with the Card Trader 1 time(s).
Stage 26Make a trade with the Card Trader 3 time(s).

12. Cerberus for farming decks

Mythical Beast Cerberus is a very useful card that is good for farming Legendary Duelists, and it's also new player friendly. While it is expensive to get at first, you only need to get 1 copy of this card.
→ High Score Cerberus: deck recipe

CardRequired Item
Mythical Beast Cerberus
Mythical Beast Cerberus
  • 40,000 Gold
  • SR Jewel x4
  • Stone of Light x15

13. Cards must not be converted

You must not convert Legendary Duelists' signature cards that you obtain in their starter decks into trader item, since some of Stage 48 missions asks you to use those cards 3 times each. Most cards that you obtain from levelling characters are also exclusive, not obtainable elsewhere, so be sure to not convert them.

Card conversion?

When you visit Card Trader, you can convert a card into trader items, such as Gold and Stone/Jewel.

Part of Stage 48 missionsCard
Normal Summon Dark Magician Girl 3 times.Dark Magician Girl
Normal Summon The Legendary Fisherman 3 times.The Legendary Fisherman
Normal Summon Barrel Dragon 3 times.Barrel Dragon
Normal Summon Blue-Eyes White Dragon 3 times.Blue-Eyes White Dragon
Normal Summon Dark Magician 3 times.Dark Magician
Use Blast Held by a Tribute 3 times.Blast Held by a Tribute

FAQ:

  • I've already sold a signature card. What should I do?

    Fortunately you can get those signature cards as reward for winning duels against legendary duelists who use them. See character details pages or Duel Reward Tier List.

Otherwise, you can use the card Exchange when dueling against the LD to take it from them so you can use it.

Advanced Guide

Check this page for an advanced guide to improve your game.

Comments

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Anoymous
You just had one job.
<< Anonymous
Amphetamine Reply
Lmfao
<< Anonymous
Anoymous Reply
ROFL
<< Anonymous
Anoymous Reply
First, secost, thist, fourst
<< Anonymous
really? Reply
omg..
Bora
"Lvl 33 Standard duelists who use "Magical Hats" deck or "Flip for Real" deck are the best for you to farm to collect Gate Keys."

Can anyone please help to explain this sentence? Why are they the best?
<< Anonymous(Bora)
Anoymous Reply
Flips for real uses weak monsters with flip effects. Like Hane-hane, 4-starred Ladybug, Armed Ninja. But they don't use any high level monsters. That's why they're easy to beat. Magical Hats also don't have any strong monsters. The only monster you need to be careful is Big Shield Gardna. They only use Magical Hats and Traps that have effects applied if destroyed. Also no high level monsters.
<< Anonymous(Bora)
Bora Reply
Thank you for the answer. I thought they give more bounty than the others or have specific interaction like kaiba with cat ear tribe. Many other decks are pretty easy too though, so I don't find those decks are the best for farming
<< Anonymous(Bora)
boezou Reply
If you play no monsters, these two decks will do nothing and get decked out. Play a deck with just spells/traps. Fill with Glossy and Prismatic cards. Then you can Auto-Duel for high Assessment. Or pilot for various special summons scores. Have a couple cards that put cards back into your deck (e.g. Pot of Generosity) so opponent decks out first. https://youtu.be/4iJSXzr3JP4 (Not my video)
<< Anonymous(Bora)
Bora Reply
Aaah I see, thank you good sir!
Balloo
I have sold signature cards and now i read this guide that says in stage 48 i need to use each card three times what should i do plz!
<< Anonymous(Balloo)
GameA1 Reply
Hi Balloo, Thank you for your questions. You can still get those signature cards as rewards for winning duels against legendary duelists who use them.
<< Anonymous(Balloo)
GYRO Reply
Use exchange to steal the card- then use it
Alaa
Please help me I am in stage 4 and the mission said that (Win a Duel World Duel with at least 500 LP remaining.) And I do what it said but in vain what I should do
<< Anonymous(Alaa)
Anoymous Reply
500 or 5000? u might read it wrong
<< Anonymous(Alaa)
Anoymous 19days ago Reply
just reinstal the game
Anoymous
choose yugi not kaiba.. i made a mistake picking kaiba and now i cant unlock enemy controller.
<< Anonymous
Anoymous Reply
Choosing Kaiba gives you better chance for a 3000 or more damage for another 500 points. By the time you unlock the lvl 30 Kaiba deck to farm Enemy Controller, you already have unlocked a few characters already and Yugi as well.
<< Anonymous
Arzie Reply
u can still change your character and duel kaiba. so technically, it doesnt matter who u pick. Just a bit more efficient if u pick yugi bcuz at stage 15/16, the stage mission require u to battle kaiba lvl 30. just that advantage, nothing else i believe
Hunbaut
How do I banish cards from my graveyard to activate Bazoo the Soul-eater?
<< Anonymous(Hunbaut)
MrE Reply
Must have a banish effect card. Monster,spell or trap
ser
Stay at Stage 33 - 38: just found the suggestion. too late T^T they have really song deck
<< Anonymous(ser)
Anoymous Reply
You are not alone sir hahahahaha
Chris
#6 is confusing to me.

I thought once you complete the stage missions, you're automatically moved onto the next stage. How do you prevent yourself from moving on?

<< Anonymous(Chris)
Anoymous Reply
Just dont collect the reward and it wont move you up
Ragnar
Guys, I need some help about reset the packs? What do you think about this situation, am I right in thinking reset packs or finish the number
<< Anonymous(Ragnar)
Arzie Reply
reseting the pack will reset the available card pool. If u plan to get a certain ur, it's much better to keep buying the packs until u get that card.
Alaa
Please help me I am in stage 4 and the mission said that (Win a Duel World Duel with at least 500 LP remaining.) And I do what it said but in vain what I should do
<< Anonymous(Alaa)
Anoymous Reply
Just win a duel without going below 500 lp
Guy
Help when i open the game i see a black screen then when i press on it, white stuff pop up and cover over the black screen but it does nothing.
<< Anonymous(Guy)
MrE Reply
Power Cycle your Device
Zane
should I lv up evey legendary duelist to 35 or just leave at some certain lv,
<< Anonymous(Zane)
Konstantin Reply
Lvl up every Duellist you can until they gave you no more gems for lvl up.

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