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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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


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
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.

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

8. Check decks used by Standard Duelists

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


  • 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.


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The new update has 3gb additional data when I press play. Is it real though or my phone is just not functioning well?
Recommend for structure decks for f2p, between fireking and dragunity. Please...thankyu
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Not saying you should build for Anki OTK, saying you should build between the two Hero decks, hope for another copy or two of Mask Change and you're good for low rank PVP at worst snd can BUILD INTO better Hero decks. Plus if you do manage to pull an Anki, all the better, but you get a decently versatile deck to play with in PVP and can farm with it when you aren't. Only really missing staples
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Anonymous Reply
You should be able to get to legend with des gardius, and it costs zero gems. You use tickets, card trader and some LD drops. Example deck here: (replace sphere kuriboh with an ordinary one, add another mask of remnants, replace traps with flute of summoning kuriboh, you could experiment with fiend griefing too).
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Anonymous Reply
You miss the point. He needs a good deck to start. Des Gardius is a good deck but needs too much work to get it. What is gonna use until then to farm vs AI duelists? The terrible vanilla starter decks of kaiba/yugi? not to mention in auto duels deas gardius is useless since AI cant use the needed skill. He can just buy a red eyes deck or the hero decks and win easily every single game until then.
<< Anonymous
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Use gems on the new box. The next banlist will destroy the old box synergies.
How do you get a quick victory
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
On speed format it's 4 turns
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
In OTG/TCG is 5 turns, this is a different format
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Win a duel within 5 turns
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Quick Victory is winning the duel in 4 turns or less.
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How many cards can I have in the extra deck
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ValleCula Reply
If you complete a particular Mission, 6.
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Anonymous Reply
I wonder when we'll get another slot to make it 7.

7 is just right for Fusion and Synchro decks.
Can anybody tell me the full of all the abbreviations, used in deullinks???
Like : OTG, NPC, F2P etc and more i can’t remember at moment??
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I'm not refusing to help you but, searching Google is faster and easier. Also, your first abbreviation should be ocg and tcg
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Komoney = Konami
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DM dark magician
BEWD Blue eyes
Econ Enemy Controller
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F2P free to play
You just had one job.
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"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?
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Anonymous 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.
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Bora Reply
Aaah I see, thank you good sir!
hi, i'm newbie, because i'm confused about which deck is good or bad and i just randomly use 4000gems to six samurai because its recommended well i have like 3,3k gems left, and honestly i really enjoyed using six samurai deck, should i use my gem to get another powerfull rebirth ( because i only have 1 and 1 ) or use it to other pack?
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edit i only have 1 powerful rebirth and 1 great shogun shien
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My advice is focus on a box that can build a competitive deck by that box alone, or box that contains useful cards. By useful I mean 1) versatile e.g. kuriboh mirror wall etc 2) useful for farming purpose
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Heraklinos Reply
Dude go for Gladiator beasts, even for new players with bad backrow its quite fun!
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This game is becoming real repetitive and slow can we please for the love of God get atleast XYZ Monster please. I’ll even settle for a main phase two so i can set my quick play i was saving for response.
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But we already have the XYZ Monsters Kappa
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I think you mean Kupo
What is the best pvp deck and a good campaign deck just started playing don't want to pay want to use gems if possible? Currently finishing stage 8
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Corey Reply
According to what I have seen I have to get mai to drop a lot of the card then possibly reset on the Kings , souls and gen next packs I’ve got 3440 gems might need more just Incase I don’t get lucky on the packs
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Vampires are the current best deck, id mention m heroes as well but they are in their last days of glory lol
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

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