Yu Yu Hakusho Gameplay Rules & Team Bonuses

For gameplay rules, see the Wikipedia article on the game:

Wikipedia: Yu Yu Hakusho Trading Card Game

Here is a Video made by miamiheat420 showing off a lot of the basics on how to play the game.

The Exile Rulebook is now available for download below. It is a .pdf file.

The CRD is available for download at the bottom from the Yu Yu Hakusho TCG Website. There are 3 different dates to choose from.

Team Bonuses:

Team Urameshi
Gain 1 extra Spirit Energy during your Draw Step. When you pay the Attack Cost of an attack, the cards you discard are put at the bottom of your Deck in any order instead of being discarded.

Team Saint Beasts
At the end of your turn, draw a card.

Team Toguro
When you use an attack, you may discard up to 2 cards from your hand. That attack gains +3000 Attack Value for this turn for each card discarded in this way.

Team Masho
During Setup, after both you and your opponent reveal your 4 starting characters and you show that you have the Masho Team Bonus, search your Deck for a 5th character and reveal it. Put all 5 characters into your hand. Choose 1 of your 5 characters and put it into the Arena face-up and the other 4 facedown in the Match Slots of your choosing. Your characters only flip face-up when a card affects them, or when they enter the Arena. If you qualify for the Team Bonus after the game has started, then you just turn your characters facedown, without rearranging them.

Team Rokuyukai
Your characters with the Rokuyukai Team Symbol gain +2000 Defense Value.

Team Ichigaki
Cards attached to your opponent's characters on the Sideline are face-up instead of facedown.

Team Uraotogi
Your opponent cannot discard below 1 card in his hand when he pays for Attack Cost. Your opponent cannot draw cards while he has 6 or more cards in his hand.

Team Genkai
When 1 of your characters with the Genkai Team Symbol enters the Arena, you may search your Deck for a technique and put it in your hand.

Team Sarayashki
Once per turn, you may discard 1 of your face-up items in play and pay 1 Spirit Energy to search through your Deck for an item and put it in your hand.

Team Sensui
All of your characters with the Sensui Team Symbol are both Heroes and Villains for your card effects.

Team Koenma
When your opponent attacks one of your characters with the Koenma Team Symbol, discard the top two cards of your Deck. For each event discarded this way, your opponent's attacks gain -2000 Attack Value to a minimum of 0 Attack Value for this attack.

Team Mukuro
When your fighter deals damage to an opposing character, discard the top two cards of that player's Deck for each point of damage dealt.

Spirit Defense Force
All attacks used by your characters with the Spirit Defense Force Team Symbol gain +1000 Attack Value for each villain your opponent has in play.

Team Kuroko
You may use the face-up attacks on any of your characters in play. All of your attacks used by characters that do not have the Kuroko Team Symbol gain +1 Attack Cost.

Team Raizen
All of your Team Leaders gain +2000 Attack Value, and +2000 Defense Value.

Team Yomi
Once per turn, you can pay 2 Spirit Energy to play a card from your opponent's Discard Pile as if it we're in your hand. If you do, shuffle that card into your opponent's deck when it get's discarded from play.

Team Kurama
The number of Team Symbols you require to gain a Team Bonus is reduced by 1.

Raizen's Alliance
Events you play with a Spirit Energy of 1 or more gain -1 Spirit Energy to a minimum of 1.

Unofficial CRD Changes:

The following changes to cards are UNOFFICIAL. These changes are to correct cards that were missed by Score Entertainment when they were making errata's to cards. These will NOT be reflected anywhere else on the Database. Feel free to use or ignore these suggested changes:

Ghost Files:

R3/176 Suzuka - This cards name is now changed to Suzuki to match the correct translation from Japanese to English. Onji is now treated as Suzuki.

Dark Tournament:

G0 The Dark One - Ignore the changes made by Panini when reprinted. You can only use Errata if you work for Score Entertainment (no one does, so the effect cannot be used, but the attack can still be used).


L3 Hiei, Dark Fighter - The effect now reads "Effect: Main: Summoning: You may discard a card from your hand to search your Deck for a card with "Dragon" in the title."


C54 Kokuo, Broken Hearted - This cards name is now changed to Kokou, Broken Hearted.

C66 Suzuka - This cards name is now changed to Suzuki to match the correct translation from Japanese to English. Onji is now treated as Suzuki.

C90 Double Bladed Knives - The second sentence of the card text now reads "If this card is attached to a villain, this character's attacks gain +2000 Attack Value."

There is definitely the possibility that there are more cards out there, so if you find one, please let me know!

Team Bonuses

Team Bonuses

Current Rulings Document (Apr. 4, 2005)

April 4 2005 - yuyucrd.pdf

Current Rulings Document (Jun. 21, 2004)

Jun 21 2004 - yuyucrd.pdf

Current Rulings Document (Sept. 3, 2004)

Sept 15 2004 - yuyucrd.pdf

Downloadable Demo Deck


Demo Video using the Demo Deck

Yu Yu Hakusho Trading Card Game 2003 DVD Demo.mp4

Spirit Detective Manual (Exile)


Spirit Detective Manual (Ghost Files)


YYH TCG Decks (developed by Scott Sager)

YYH TCG Decks.pdf

Winner's Report (Worlds)

Winners Report - Worlds

Runner Up Report (Worlds)

Runner Up Report Worlds

YYH TCG Website Worlds 2005 Tournament Report

YYH TCG Website Worlds 2005 Tournament Report Announcement

Yu Yu Judge Test (v1.0)

Yu Yu Judge Test.docx