Best Character to Level Up: level reward tier list

This page notes what level reward is, level reward tier, and the list of all level reward cards.
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Level reward

What is level reward?

Level reward card is what you can obtain by leveling up characters, including gems, cards, skills, extra deck slots. Which cards and skills you acquire is different according to which character you get to level up.

Level reward details

A table below describes what sorts of reward and how many of each you can get by leveling up a character to 35 (current max level).

Reward typeObtainable quantity
Extra deck slot3

Level reward tier list

Evaluation criteria

Basically a tier list below shows cards and skills that do a fairly good job regardless of a theme of your deck. That means useful level rewards for you will differ from the list if you have a specific theme on your deck. For example, Mai Valentine should be the first to farm for you to build a Wind deck, since you can get Harpie monsters and supports by leveling up her.

S-rank tier

You should level up characters in this tier to 20-25 regardless of a theme of a deck you use.

Bandit Keith

4[Skill] Switcheroo
Shuffle 1 card from your hand to the Deck, then draw a card. The skill can only be used twice per Duel.
  • The Switcheroo skill is the most versatile skill.
  • Metalmorph gives your monster significant ATK boost. You can also try to farm Joey at level 30/40 to get metalmorph instead if you don't want to level Keith to 25.

Mai Valentine

  • You can easily get essential cards of Harpie deck by leveling up Mai. Mai's starter deck contains one Harpie Lady, one Harpie Lady Sisters, and one Elegant Egotist.
  • Windstorm of Etaqua is useful to defend your monster from getting attacked. It can be used as substitute for Enemy Controller.
  • Harpie Lady 1 is also very strong in a harpie deck, providing good attack and being able to boost other WIND type monsters.


21Curse of AnubisCurse of Anubis
  • You may give priority to leveling up other characters once you get Curse of Anubis trap.

A-rank Tier List

Seto Kaiba

Card/Skill you should get

4[Skill] Peak Performance
Begins Duel with the Field Spell "Mountain" activated.
18, 25Interdimensional Matter TransporterInterdimensional Matter Transporter
35Burst BreathBurst Breath

Rating explanation

  • The Peak Performance skill will be set to Winged Beast deck that contain cards that can be obtained even in the early stage of the game, such as Harpie monsters, Faith Bird, Skull Red Bird.
  • Interdimensional can protect your selected monster from everything in the game for a turn.
  • Burst Breath is good for dragon type decks and has potential synergy with future dragon cards.

Rex Raptor

Card/Skill you should get

4[Skill] Dinosaur Kingdom
Begin duel with the field spell "Jurassic World" activated.
14Two-Headed King RexTwo-Headed King Rex
23Cobra JarCobra Jar
33Heat WaveHeat Wave
35Spiritual Earth Art - KuroganeSpiritual Earth Art - Kurogane

Rating explanation

  • The Dinosaur Kingdom skill is necessary to build Dinosaur deck, seems to be the most powerful deck.
  • Two-Headed King Rex is one of the two main force of Dinosaur deck. This card is also one of the rewards for winning a duel against Rex all levels.
  • Level up Rex until at least 23 to get Cobra Jar. It is useful in many defensive decks to either stall or deal burn damage.
  • Two-Headed King Rex is one of the two main force of Dinosaur deck. This card is also one of the rewards for winning a duel against Rex all levels.
  • Higher than 23 is mainly for gems and gold, both heat wave and spiritual art are good cards if you intend to play specific decks. Since only 1 of each are obtainable, they won't be making a huge impact in a duel.

B-rank Tier List

Yami Yugi

Card/Skill you should get

4[Skill] Power of Dark
Begins Duel with the Field Spell "Yami" activated.
25Mystic BoxMystic Box
35Swift Gaia the Fierce KnightSwift Gaia the Fierce Knight

Rating explanation

  • The Power of Dark skill works very well especially in the early stage of the game.
  • Mystic Box can be a good monster removal card. It is also obtainable as a duel reward by dueling Yami Yugi at level 30 or 40.
  • Swift Gaia can potentially turn a duel around if it's the only card in your hand, but it's only a normal summon instead of special summon, and only 1 is obtainable so far.

Tea Gardner

Card/Skill you should get

3[Skill] Holy Guard
You receive no battle damage during your turn.
14, 21, 33Freya, Spirit of VictoryFreya, Spirit of Victory
16, 23, 35Court of JusticeCourt of Justice
20[Skill] Life Cost 0
You can use the skill when your Life Points are 1000 or less. You do not have to spend Life Points to activate a card until your opponent's next turn ends. You can only use the skill once per Duel.

Rating explanation

  • Tea's skills are useful. The Holy Guard skill is used to beat Kazejin, Suijin, and Sanga of the Thunder with Yomi Ship. The Life Cost 0 skill is necessary to use the effect of Cyber-Stein.
  • You can obtain Fairy monsters and supports that are necessary to build Fairy deck.
  • Using Fairy deck, you can easily achieve the condition, Summon Light-attribute monsters 200 times, for making Ishizu unlock missions challengable.

Joey Wheeler

Card/Skill you should get

25Heart of the UnderdogHeart of the Underdog

Rating explanation

  • You should take Polymerization from Joey's level reward. You can also obtain it from the Card Trader, but it requires some Trader items.
  • Unnecessary to level up Joey more than 5.

C-rank Tier List

Mako Tsunami

3, 16, 23UmiUmi
4[Skill] Mythic Depth
Begins Duel with the Field Spell "Umi" activated.
25Water HazardWater Hazard
  • "Umi" field spell or the Mythic Depth skill is one of key cards for Water deck.
  • Thanks to the booster pack, Age of Discovery, Water deck has a potential for being one of the best decks in current card pool


Card/Skill you should get

16Jar of GreedJar of Greed
33Shine PalaceShine Palace
35Toon Table of ContentsToon Table of Contents

Rating explanation

  • Jar of Greed works very well to get cards necessary to perform a combo, but it is also available for purchase from the Card Trader.
  • Levelling up Pegasus is mainly if you plan on playing a Toon deck. Get both Mimicat and Toon Table of Contents since they are very good in a toon deck.

Ishizu Ishtar

Card/Skill you should get

21Gravekeeper's AssailantGravekeeper's Assailant
25Gravekeeper's SteleGravekeeper's Stele

Rating explanation

  • Level up Ishizu if you plan on playing Gravekeeper's deck.

Weevil Underwood

Card/Skill you should get

3Parasite ParacideParasite Paracide
20[Skill] Parasite Infestation
Can be used after the starting hand is distributed. Shuffle random number of Parasite Paracide into your opponent's deck.

Rating explanation

  • Level up weevil until at least 20 to get the skill "Parasite Infestation". This is an essential skill if you want to play insect burn deck.

Yami Bakura

Card/Skill you should get

20[Tether of Defeat]
21, 33Headless KnightHeadless Knight
35Goblin ZombieGoblin Zombie

Rating explanation

  • Most of Bakura's monster card rewards aren't very good. Level him up to 20 to get his exclusive sklls to have a different playstyle.
  • Headless Knight is usable due to its high defense, which can be further boosted with the field spell "Yami".
  • Get Goblin Zombie if you don't have other characters to level up since he might be usable in the future.


anoymous 4days ago

So I never bothered farming my characters and I'm at stage 48 now.

Should I have been farming my character levels in early stages? Or am I fine. My highest level characters are Yugi, Joey, Mai, Rex and Keith all at LVL 26.

Maybe I should just hold off before going on to stage 51? The lvl 45 standard duelists arent impossibly hard, but I havent tried making a good auto dueling deck for them.
RIP Gandora 4days ago
I thinks it is ok to level up your character and go further stage at the same time. Currently I at stage 56 and face SD level 51. I use auto deck blue eyes and winning rate around 85% to 95%. For some SD at level 51 - 56, as long as you can summon blue eyes, win is already guarantee.
anoymous 2days ago
Lol all my character are at level 30+ and im still stage 38 :)
Moses 7days ago
Her name is Tea Gardner not Tea Gradner
anoymous 5days ago
resident sleeper...
Moses 4days ago
anoymous 28days ago
Add Levels 31-35
anoymous 1/1/1970


"How many XP needed for each lv up"
anoymous 1/1/1970
Uh no. In level 33 there is a SD with a deck called Graveyard Power, which utilize Wonder Balloons, Bazoo and Excellion. It's hard, harder than some things in stage 39 so I wouldn't say stage 33-38 is the best stage to farm.
anoymous 1/1/1970
That deck is crap. You can't seriously have trouble against it.
anoymous 1/1/1970
For auto duel: -3 spell purification (removes CONTINUOUS spell only. If you use twister, it might not remove wonder balloons.) -etaqua, kuriboh and cards that work in similar ways, as many as possible (monsters in this deck hv low def) -lots of high atk low lv monster. 90% win but just forget about high score. It is hard to auto & high score against this deck.
Rodrigo Borges 1/1/1970
HLP 1/1/1970
Hi, I did not level characters up first. Instead I do level stage up to 36 now. Should I re-play from beginning stages (such as 20) because it will be easy to farm and level characters up, before do the stages? And if let's say I play in stage 20, it will give rewards very low price? Many thanks!
PJ 1/1/1970
Between stages 33-38 is the best stages to farm. It's fairly easy to level up a character. Getting to Level 20 can take a couple of days.

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