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Emboldened by the vanguard's attack, a new unit joins in. That's drive check.

Toshiki Kai, Ride The Vanguard!!

"Drive" (ドライブ Doraibu) refers to the number of drive checks your unit is able to peform while attacking. Aside from drawing effects and the draw phase, drive checks are the main way to increase the player's hand.

By default, only one drive check is prefomed per attack, however, some effects may modify the number of drive checks a unit can perform (usually stated as drive+n or drive-n). If your unit's drive becomes 0 or less, then it does not perform any drive checks while attacking.

Vanguards with the ability to stand themselves generally get a minus in drive as a way to prevent the player from drive checking too many cards. This is commonly seen on "Stride" G units. In older Grade 3 normal units, such units instead lose "Twin Drive!!", thus retaining a single drive check.

Drive Check

"Drive Check" is a mechanic a player must perform when their vanguard performs an attack. "Drive Check" happens during the Drive Step, which comes after the guard step (see Standard Fight Rules for more detailed info).

By default, only your vanguard (or Legion Leader) is able to perform drive checks when attacking, but it's also possible to have a rear-guard perform a drive check. In that case, the drive step applies to that unit.

A drive check is performed in the following form:

  • Put the top card of your deck into the trigger zone face up.
  • If that card has a trigger effect, resolve all of its actions immediately, in any order.
  • After that, resolve all abilities that were activated by the drive check in any order.
  • If the card is still in the trigger zone, put that card into your hand.
  • Repeat this process as many times as the number of your attacking unit's drive checks.

In Skill icons

Currently, there are two skills which modify the normal amount of drive checks.

  • Twin Drive!! Sk twindrive: Increases the unit's drive check by 1.
  • Triple Drive!!! Sk tripledrive: Increases the unit's drive check by 2.


Mechanics Related to Drive


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