How to Watch Yu-Gi-Oh: Watch Order

Most people enjoy Yu Gi Oh because it is solely focused on games. 

That’s why this anime is loved by children and grown-ups alike. 

With a great plot and captivating characters, the series will be a joy to watch as time passes. 

If you’re unsure about the order of your watch, it is best to consult the Yu Gi Oh watch order. 

If you adhere to this, you’ll be able to look it up without a doubt.

Yu Gi Oh Watch Order!

1. Release Order

  • Yu-Gi-Oh! (1998)
    • Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel MonstersSeason 1: Duelist Kingdom (2000–01)
    • Season 2: Rulers of the Duel (2001–02)
    • Season 3: Noah’s Saga and Enter the Shadow Realm (2002–03)
    • Season 4: Waking the Dragons (2003)
    • Season 5: KC Grand Championship and Dawn of the Duel (2003–04)
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters (2006)

2. Spin-Offs

  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters GX
    • Season 1: Seven Stars Saga (2004–05)
    • Season 2: Society of Light Saga (2005–06)
    • Season 3: Dimension World Saga (2006–07)
    • Season 4: Darkness Saga (2007–08)
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s
    • Season 1: Fortune Cup Duels (2007)
    • Season 2: Earthbound Immortals (2007–08)
    • Season 3: Road to Destiny (2008–09)
    • Season 4: World Racing Grand Prix (2009)
    • Season 5: Fight for the Future (2009–10)
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal
    • Season 1: Number Hunter (2011)
    • Season 2: World Duel Carnival (2011–12)
    • Season 3: World Duel Carnival Finals (2012)
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V
    • Season 1 (2015–16)
    • Season 2 (2016)
    • Season 3 (2017-18)
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS
    • Season 1 (2017–18)
    • Season 2 (2018–19)
    • Season 3 (2019)
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Sevens (2020)

3. Movies 

  • The 1999 film
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light (2004)
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time (2010)
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions (2016)

4. Chronological Order

  • Yu-Gi-Oh! (1998)
  • The 1999 film
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters GX
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Sevens

1. Yu-Gi-Oh! (1998)

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The first anime from the Yu-Gi-Oh franchise. 

In this episode, you’ll learn all the details regarding the Yu Gi Oh world and Yuugi Mutou.

As the main character, you’ll be able to experience some epic adventures. 

We’d suggest, to begin with, this 1998 series, as it’s the basis for each subsequent episode.

2. Yu-Gi-Oh Film! (1999)

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Perhaps it’s not important to include this film in our Yu-Gi-Oh order, but if you decide to watch it with other movies, you’ll definitely get the best results in terms of enjoyment. 

However, it does have a connection with future events. 

We’d suggest you go and watch the film. It’s only a 30-minute film.

3. Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters (2000)

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It doesn’t matter if you’ve seen the film (1999) or not, when you’re in the anime about dueling monsters, immediately following the first episode, you’ll get the full situation shortly. 

You can also go back to this episode just after watching the anime from 1998.

4. Yu-Gi-Oh! The Film: Pyramid of Light (2004)

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I’m sorry to say it, but this film is canon, and it is recommended that you go see it if you’re looking to get deeper into the plot. 

However, you can anticipate some great action sequences from this movie, making it worth watching. 

So, this is the sequel to Duel Monsters, according to our Yu Gi Oh watch order.

5. Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters GX (2000-2004)

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters GX is more like a sequel, which follows the sequel story of the 2000 animated film. 

Although it’s inspired by a spin-off plot, it introduces new characters who will appear in subsequent episodes. 

Thus, this Yu Gi Oh watch order suggests that you go through this episode either following the 2000 animation and/or Pyramid of Light film.

6. Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s (2008-2011)

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Perhaps the most epic of the entire shows of the Yu-Gi-Oh franchise,

It’s mainly about the dark past of its main protagonists, but it’s still worth watching. 

Also, it is the show you should watch following Duel Monsters GX. 

7. Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time (2010) (Optional)

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While the film might not be in the canon, we’d recommend taking a look at it to see the concept. 

If you’re not looking to see anything else that doesn’t have canon-related content, you should skip this one. 

But, you can take a look if you’re inclined to because it’s got several excellent moments.

8. Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexas (2011-2014)

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The story is set in the distant future.

The series from the Yu-Gi-Oh franchise is a hint of future events that will be featured in the next series. 

Therefore, if you’d like to keep up with the correct Yu Gi Oh watch order, you might want to include it.

9. Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions (2016)

Yu Gi Oh The Dark Side of Dimensions 2016 1 How to Watch Yu-Gi-Oh: Watch Order

Another movie in the series, but unlike the other films, it’s worth the time and effort. 

Do not be tempted to dismiss it. Any of the films in this series didn’t offer an enjoyable experience. 

There are definitely certain moments and movies that will make you feel unhappy, but most of the series will satisfy you.


We’re sure you’ve lost your way, but let us summarise it so you can comprehend the entire thing in one sitting. 

Take a look at the anime that debuted in 1998, followed by Duel Monsters, and then Duel Monsters GX. 

You can also watch the spin-off series if you wish to enjoy it more. 

We hope you can enjoy the show without any confusion.

We wish you a lot of luck. 

If you’re in doubt about the Yu Gi Oh watch order, ensure that you inform us through the comment section.

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Aiko Nakamura

Hey there, I'm Aiko Nakamura! I'm a 28-year-old anime lover from Tokyo. I dove deep into the world of anime during my studies, earning a Master's in Media Studies. Now, I'm all about creating anime fillers and watch order guides. When I'm not working, you'll find me cosplaying at conventions or exploring otaku communities globally. Anime isn't just a passion; it's my life!

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