Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Decade Duel

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Decade Duel Achievement Guide

Guide By: KillerBEA, Gareth Dent
There are 12 achievements with a total of 200 points.

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-Estimated achievement difficulty: 6/10
-Offline: 9/12 150
-Online: 3/12 50
-Approximate amount of time to 200: 30-40 hours
-Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 200+ duels , 2 or more tournaments
-Number of missable achievements: 0
-Do cheat codes disable achievements? No
-Does difficulty affect achievements? No
-Glitchy achievements: None
-Unobtainable achievements: None
-Extra equipment needed? No

Introduction: Welcome to Yu-Gi-Oh 5D's Decade Duels; this game has 12 achievements for 200 points and should take at least 40 hours to finish. This game has a bit of a learning curve as the AI is pretty smart and has fairly powerful cards. You are going to need to bring your A game if you want a chance of winning.

Step 1: Starting out
The AI in this game very smart and will probably whip you a few times before you win. Regardless if you win or lose, you will earn the To become a duelist achievement and get at least 1 rare card for you efforts which will unlock the Becoming a special duelist achievement. It could be bad or could be awesome. If you want take that consolation prize, you can edit your deck for the You have talent! achievement. Keep playing and you will eventually learn each opponent's weakness. (Each opponent has a serious flaw in their strategy) and you will start winning and unlocking better and better cards. This step fades into step 2 when you start winning.

Step 2: Play through the preliminary and knockout tournament.
You will need to play through the preliminary tournament scoring the most points to advance to the knockout tournament. After you've won your first Preliminary tournament, you will unlock First to become a true duelist.The knockout tournament is bracket style with 8 contestants; the final opponent being Jack the first time and Yusei the second time. They seem to pick your final opponent randomly so you may have to do several tournaments until you get both. Beating Yussei will unlock Become a Signer, whereas beating Jack will unlock Absolute King of the turbo duel.

Step 3:
Tis the time to grind/online
Once you beat Jack and Yusei its time to grind out 200 wins; 100 single mode (not matches) and 100 Tag duels and 1 million damage. None this takes a super long time but can become tedious. If you want to save time and effort you can boost these 4 achievements all at the the same time. Get 3 boosting partners/friends or people from the Achievement Trading Thread, and set up a single mode tag duel with settings set to private. Invite the party in and have at it. This does mean Single mode is not necessarily against the brutal AI, these can be boosted online. 200 wins will be your last achievement as 1 million damage will come early on compared to 200 wins.

If you are at this point hopefully you have got your completion and conquered the insanity that is this game's brutal AI. This game is tough, but the challenge starts to diminish as you play more and more and unlock better and better cards. Overall this game is very fun and provides a bit of a challenge to those seeking it. Congratulations on the solid purchase and good luck and "May the heart of the card's be with you!"

[x360a would like to thank KillerBEA and Gareth Dent for this Road Map]

Become a Duelist10
Play a single player game    

This achievement will will unlocked when you play through the story. Win or lose, the achievement unlocks.

First to become a true Duelist10
Win a Preliminary Tournament    (1) 

Preliminary tournament:

If you are about to lose a duel in the tournament you can quit to the main menu and continue; this will start over the duel with the person you are about to lose to. This can become an effective means of studying an opponent's deck if you are losing and it doesn't effect your place in the tournament.

You must duel 3 opponents and you are scored based on how well you duel. This is going to take some trial and error and abuse of the exit and reload strategy. Easiest way to make sure you advance is to win all 3 duels. Win the first one and if you are about to lose in round 2 quit out and try again. You get to keep your round 1 win but get another shot at the person in round 2. Once you win round 2 move to round 3, keep quitting if you are about to lose so you don't have to start over.

Scoring is used in the event of a tie in the number of wins so if you have 2 wins and the AI has 2 wins whoever has more points will advance. Having 350 points heading into round 3 is a good benchmark.

Scoring breakdown:

  • Winning + 100
  • Win match + 50
  • Perfect +10
  • Lifepoints difference (no exact formula)
  • Number of turns +2 per
  • Number of times using spells +2 per
  • Number of times using traps +2 per
  • Synchro summons +4 per
  • Tribute summons +4 per
  • Maximum ATK +1 for every 500 atk points
  • Maxmimum damage reflected +1 for every 100 reflected
  • Cards you forced opp. to discard + 2 per
  • Fill up moster zone +10
  • Fill up magic zone +10
  • Win w/ less than 5 cards in deck left +20
  • Comeback +10
  • Win on opp's turn +10
  • Deck your opp. +20
  • Win w/ no cards in your deck +100
  • Getting an opponents life points to exactly 0 +20
  • Fusion summons +4 per
  • Unused special summons +5 per
  • Win with no more than 1000 life points left +20
  • Win by inflicting battle damage only +10
  • Maximum damage inflicted (not to be confused with reflected) (No exact formula)
  • Unused traps +5 per
  • Unused spells +5 per
  • Win in the first 3 turns +10

Knockout tournament:

This is a bracket style tournament, with Jack or Yusei as your opponent in the finals.

Using the exit and reload option you can edit your deck for you next opponent if you are finding your current deck isn't good enough.

Become a Signer10
Defeat Yusei   

Boss monster: Stardust dragon 2500 atk/ 2000 def

Effect: You can Tribute this card to negate the activation of a Spell Card, Trap Card, or Effect Monster's effect that destroys a card(s) on the field, and destroy that card. If you negate an effect this way, you can Special Summon this card from your Graveyard during the End Phase.

Key to victory: Removal engines and just in general keeping his critters off the field.

Yusei uses a Junk / Synchro Deck, so he will try to spam the field with easy to Special Summon lvl 2 monsters like Giant Germ or Nimble Momomga. Then he'll try to Synchro Summon Junk Warrior with Junk Synchron and those pesky lvl 2 monsters he'll keep spamming. Junk Warrior can get very dangerous if there's still some lvl 2 monsters left on the field when it is summoned, since it gets an attack boost for each of those monsters. He can summon a Junk Warrior with 6000+ ATK, so you'll want to keep his critters at bay. Torrential Tribute and Needle Ceiling work well here for the crowd control. Black Horn of Heaven, Bottomless Trap Hole, Royal Oppression can stop Junk Warrior from being summoned. Yusei can also summon and special summon Junk Synchron quite easily too. He has 3 The Warrior Returning Alive, which he'll use to get his Junk Synchron back from the Graveyard. It's very annoying because with this long reserve of Junk Synchron, he'll keep trying to summon Junk Warrior, or worst, Stardust Dragon. So just be ready, don't waste your Bottomless Trap Hole or Sakuretsu Armor/Widespread Ruin and you should be able to neutralize his strategy!

Recommended Cards:

  • Royal oppression
  • Sakuretsu Armor
  • Torrential Tribute
  • Black horn of heaven
  • Any removal engine
Absolute King of the Turbo Duel10
Defeat Jack   (8) 

Boss monster: Five headed dragon 5000 atk/ 5000 def

Effect: The Fusion Materal Monsters for this card are any 5 Dragon-Type monsters. This monster cannot be Special Summoned except by Fusion Summon. This card does not take any Battle Damage and cannot be destroyed by battle with an Earth, Water, Fire, wind or Dark monster. (Battle Damage is still inflicted to players.)

Key to victory: Keeping Future fusion from being played.

Jack uses a very fast Dragon beat down deck' and as such he can be brutal if your strategy takes too long to implement. I noticed that he has very few low level creatures compared to the amount of monsters that require as such he wasn't able to bring out creatures until his 3rd or 4th turn. The main key to success to beating Jack is hit him hard and hit him fast. If you get a monster out for each of your first 3 turns and beat him to playing Future fusion you can defeat him in 3 turns. In case you aren't able to do this, stack some instant magic stomping action like magic jammer and monster crushing traps like bottomless trap hole. If he can use future fusion he can use 1 of 2 combos. 1 being able to summon Five headed dragon which has 5000 atk and def. Having a bottomless trap hole ready for it will save the day. If he is able to throw out 5 dragons for the five headed dragon he will revive them using an assortment of monster effects and magic cards.

Recommended Cards:

  • Bottomless Traphole
  • Waboku
  • Magic Jammer
  • Heavy Storm
  • Magic Cylinder
You have talent!10
Save an original Deck Recipe   

To get this achievement you need to play a duel to earn a new card then go to the deck editor, and put in one of the cards you got and then save it. Make sure to rename it as well; I rename it after every edit to make sure that I am using my new recipe. When you play against the AI; for every 20 points you score you get a card. So if you win you are auto entitled to 5 cards.

Check out the Deck Building guide for helpful tips on building your deck.

Create a friend!10
Play a Tag Duel   (5) 

Requires 4 players

This is an online achievement. Play a tag duel all the way through; win or lose it unlocks. See "Friendly duelist" for more information regarding tag duels.

You became a tag Duelist!10
Win a Tag Duel for the first time   (1) 

4 players required.

This is an online achievement. Win your first tag duel. See "Friendly Duelist" for more information regarding tag duels.

Becoming a special Duelist10
Win and get a Rare Card   (2) 

Win your first duel and this unlocks. Keep playing and unlocking cards, don't get discouraged if you keep losing you will eventually get the cards you need to win.

Violent Duelist20
Inflict at least 1 million total damage   (5) 

This seems difficult, but if you win every duel you play it will take a minimum of 125 duels to accumulate 1 million damage. Do to the insane AI you will probably get this way before "Lonely Duelist" or "Friendly Duelist"; you will rack up damage from duels regardless if you win or not and duels from multiplayer also count. You will get this with ease if you are going for all the other achievements.

Boosting method: If you want to go out of your way to boost this; I have a strategy for it.

Cards you will need: Neo-spacian Hummingbird, Mistbody

Summon Hummingbird and equip mistbody to it. On each turn activate hummingbird's ability to recover lifepoints. On you friend's turn have him attack hummingbird. Since Mistbody is active, he won't die and your friend deals damage to you, counting towards his 1 million damage. Repeat this until it unlocks or your decks run out.

Having more than one of each in your deck will make them easier to draw and make this easier to get started. Only recommended if you boost all your win achievements.

Lonely Duelist30
100 wins in Single Mode   

Single mode means not matches. So 1 duel, no best 2 out of 3. You can boost this while going for tag wins as well, just set it to single duel matches and it will count.

Friendly Duelist30
100 wins in Tag Duel   (108) 

4 players required.

This is an online achievement. You must win 100 tag duels. If you want to do this legit (non-boosting) you will need co-operation from your teammate as you can set magic and traps for your partner to use and vice-versa. Create strategies together cause on whoever's turn it is. Both players can see your hand and you can see their's on their turn. So if its your turn; your partner can see the cards in your hand but not his. When its his turn you can see his hand but you can't see yours. You are playing on the same play mat so even though there are 2 duelists you only have 5 monster spaces and only 5 magic so plan accordingly. You can boost this in custom games; just set the game to private and invite 3 people to boost with.

Ultimate Duelist40
200 wins in any mode   (2) 

Just win 200 duels can be a mix of tag/singles and single duel/matches. This will most likely be your last achievement for the game.

Game Info


US November 03, 2010

ESRB: Everyone
HDD Space Required : 170.62 MB
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