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Magic Duel is the fifth Season 3 episode of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.

This episode last aired on Discovery Family on December 26, 2021 at 8:00 a.m., during the final marathon.


When the great and powerful Trixie defeats Twilight in a magic duel, she forces Twilight out of Ponyville. Twilight must find a way to beat Trixie so that she can return to her home, but Twilight's magic may not be strong enough to do the trick.


Development of Magic Duel dates back to January 26, 2011, when it was planned to be the Season 2 finale (#226) at first. The episode moved up to #225 on February 7, 2011, then a week later, on February 14, Magic Duel was put on hiatus, with A Canterlot Wedding now becoming a two-part story.

The episode was reinstated on June 21, 2011, now as a Season 3 episode, listed as #304 in the episode order, then pushed back to #305 the next day, on June 22. Along with it was a premise for another episode, titled "Not So Cuteciñera".

M.A. Larson wrote the full outline for Magic Duel from July 15 through August 5, 2011, then the first full script from August 11–29. Revisions were made to the script from September 1–19. Voice recording began on November 10.

The full animatic was submitted for review on March 1, 2012.

A rough cut of the animated episode was submitted for review on June 28, 2012.

Production was officially complete on August 27, 2012.


This episode features the following characters:

Main characters
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Twilight Sparkle
19 - Trixie.png
07 - Spike.png
03 - Fluttershy.png
02 - Pinkie Pie.png
Pinkie Pie
04 - Rainbow Dash.png
Rainbow Dash
06 - Applejack.png
05 - Rarity.png

Home media

DVDs with this episode:

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Princess Twilight Sparkle
(April 30, 2013)
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Season Three
(February 4, 2014)




My Little Pony Friendship is Magic "Magic Duel" (Clip) - The Hub

November 28, 2012