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Main rules about [http://cf-vanguard.com/en/howto/ how to play] a ''Cardfight!! Vanguard'' game.
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These are the rules of [http://cf-vanguard.com/en/howto/ how to play] the ''Cardfight!! Vanguard'' trading card game.
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==Winning and Losing Conditions==
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==Deck Construction==
In order to fulfill one of these condictions, an ability or rule action in current process needs to be resolved first. Therefore, the game will continue if a losing condition no longer exists after resolving an abiliy or rule action.
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In order to play, each player must have their own deck of ''Cardfight!! Vanguard'' cards, including a main deck and, optionally, a G deck. Players must also have enough space between them to lay out their cards (such as a tabletop).
*When a player's damage zone has six or more cards, that player loses.
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*When a player's deck has no cards, that player loses.
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===General===
*When a player has no vanguard, that player must choose a card from his or her soul, and rides it as [Stand]. However, if a player has no vanguard and his or her soul has no cards that can be ridden at the same time, that player loses.
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*For each card name, player may only include up to four cards with that name in their main deck and G deck combined, even if their abilities or other characteristics are different.
*A player may win or lose the game automatically as a result of an effect, such as "[[Star-vader, "Omega" Glendios]]". In that case, the game ends while resolving said effect, which is decided before checking for any rule actions.
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*Card abilities that apply during deck construction (e.g. [[Sentinel]]) can modify or add to the rules below.
*A player may concede the game at any time, then the game ends without checking for any rule actions.
 
*If both players have fulfilled any losing condition at the same time, the game ends as a draw.
 
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==Deck Construction Rules==
 
While preparing your main deck or G deck, continuous abilities regarding deck construction are applied as a replacement effect that changes the rules below. You may only have up to four cards with the same printed card name between your main deck and G deck each (even if anyone has different characteristics except its card name).
 
   
 
===Main Deck===
 
===Main Deck===
*Must have exactly 50 cards (including your chosen [[First Vanguard|first vanguard]]).
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*Must contain exactly 50 cards (including your chosen [[First Vanguard|first vanguard]]).
*Must have exactly a total of 34 [[normal unit]]s and 16 [[trigger unit]]s.
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*Must contain exactly 16 [[trigger unit]]s.
*You may only have up to 4 [Heal] triggers.
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*May only contain up to 4 trigger units with [Heal] [[File:Heal symbolV.png|15px]], regardless of their card names.
*You may only have up to 4 [[Sentinel]]s.
 
   
 
===G Deck===
 
===G Deck===
*You may only have up to 16 cards.
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*May contain up to 16 cards.
*Can only contain cards that are [[G unit]]s.
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*May only contain cards that are [[G unit]]s.
   
 
===Fighter's Rules===
 
===Fighter's Rules===
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Players must respect the following sets of regulations while constructing their deck:
 
*[[Deck Regulations]]
 
*[[Deck Regulations]]
 
*[[Card Restrictions]]
 
*[[Card Restrictions]]
 
*[[Fight Formats]]
 
*[[Fight Formats]]
 
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==Game Concepts==
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* If a card's text contradicts the rules, the card's text takes precedence.
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* A card in play can be in either {{Stand}} state or {{Rest}} state. A card is placed vertically to indicate {{Stand}} and is rotated 90 degrees to indicate {{Rest}}.
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* If a player performs a rule action (playing a card, attacking, activating an ability, etc.), they must fully resolve all effects that resulted from that action before performing another rule action or moving on to the next step or phase of the game.
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* If multiple effects or actions are to be performed at once, the player whose turn it is chooses the order they will be resolved in, and resolves them one by one.
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==Reading the Card Layout==
 
==Reading the Card Layout==
[[File:ReadtheCard.png|200px|right]] Currently, there are sixteen relevant properties that a card has concerning the gameplay. They can also be referred to as the "original characteristics" of the card.
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[[File:ReadtheCard.png|200px|right]] There are several relevant properties printed on a card that concern gameplay. These are collectively known as the "original characteristics" of the card.
#'''Card name''': The proper name to identify a card. Some Japanese cards have small letters above the name called "furigana", which are used to help people read the name correctly. This is not a part of the card name and has no meaning in gameplay.
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#'''Card name''': The name of the character or object that the card represents. In card text, card names appear within "" quote marks. Cards printed in Japanese may have small characters called ''[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Furigana furigana]'' printed above the characters in the card's name; these are a pronunciation guide to help players read the name correctly, and are not considered a part of the card name and have no effect on gameplay.
#'''[[Clan]]''': The name of the clan a card belongs to. The clan is referred to during a trigger check. The clan is referred to by some abilities and effects. In card text, the name of a clan appears within "《》" for the Japanese version, and within "«»" for the English version. If a card has a nation's name instead, it belongs to all cards from that nation.
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#'''[[Clan]]''': The name of the clan that the character or object represented by the card belongs to. In card text, the name of a clan appears within "《》" brackets in Japanese and "«»" brackets in English. If a card has a nation name listed instead of a clan name, it is considered to belong to all clans of that nation.
#'''[[Race]]''': The name of the race of a card. The race is referred to by some abilities and effects. In text, the name of a race is expressed as <(race name)>.
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#'''[[Race]]''': The race of the character represented by the card. In card text, the name of a race appears within "<>" brackets.
#'''Grade''': From 0 to 5. It is the numeric value that is referred to when you normal ride or normal call a card. The grade can give limitations when playing a card.
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#'''Grade''': This is a numeric value that indicates how powerful the card is and is the main limitation on the stage of the game in which the card can be played. A card's grade can be from 0 to 5, with higher grade cards being more powerful than lower grade cards.
#'''Power''' [[File:Power_icon.png|15px]]: The numeric value that expresses the combat strength of a card.
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#'''{{Power|no}}''': The numeric value that expresses the combat strength of a unit.
#'''Shield''' [[File:Shield_icon.png|15px]]: The numeric value that expresses the combat strength while a card is used as a guardian.
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#'''{{Shield|no}}''': The numeric value that expresses the strength of a unit when used for defense.
#'''Critical''' [[File:Critical_icon.png|15px]]: The numeric value that determines how much damage this card deals to a vanguard.
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#'''{{Critical|no}}''': The numeric value that determines how much damage a unit deals in combat.
#'''[[Trigger]] icon''' or '''trigger effect''': The icon that indicates what to do for a card's effect when that card with the icon is revealed in a drive check or a trigger check. They are: Critical trigger, Draw trigger, Front trigger, Heal trigger, and Stand trigger.
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#'''[[Trigger]] icon''': This icon represents an effect that activates when that card with the icon is revealed for a trigger check.
#'''Card Type''': The type of this card. The type is written on the left of the name. They are: [[Normal unit]], [[trigger unit]], [[G unit]], and [[token unit]].
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#'''[[Type|Card type]]''': The type of the card. This is mainly important during deck construction.
#'''[[Skill icon]]''': It shows the common abilities that many cards have. Each icon shows which ability the card has. They are: "Boost", "Intercept", "Twin Drive!!", and "Triple Drive!!!".
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#'''[[Skill icon]]''': This represents an ability that a card has based on its grade. The icons are: "Boost" [[File:Sk_boost.gif]], "Intercept" [[File:Sk_intercept.gif]], "Twin Drive!!" [[File:Sk_twindrive.gif]], and "Triple Drive!!!" [[File:Sk tripledrive.png]].
#'''Text Frame''': The set of abilities a card has is written inside the text frame. The contents within the frame is referred to as "text". Some cards have text within parenthesis to show the description of a keyword or a keyword ability. This is called reminder text. Reminder text is part of the text, but it is just for explanatory purposes, and does not affect the game. Some cards may not have any ability on them. An ability is divided into three categories, known as "[[File:Auto_icon.png|25px]]", "[[File:Act_icon.png|25px]]", and "[[File:Cont_icon.png|25px]]". If an ability has a text within brackets "[ ]" or has "[[File:Cost_icon.png|35px]]", that text is a cost to pay as long as the conditions met. An ability's cost is always optional. Some text is colored differently to put an emphasis on it. The difference in colors has no meaning in terms of rules, however, abilities that are granted by an effect are colored differently, and are not regarded to exist until being acquired.
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#'''Text Frame''': This is where the card's abilities are printed. The contents of the text frame are referred to as the card's "text." A summary is given here, but for more information, see [[Card Mechanics#Unit Abilities|Unit Abilities]].
#'''Flavor''': The descriptive text of this card. The flavor is not a characteristic of a card and has no meaning in terms of rules.
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#* An ability is divided into three categories, each indicated with an abbreviation (in English) or a ''[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kanji kanji]'' character (in Japanese):
#'''Art''': The image of this card. The art is not a characteristic of a card and has no meaning in terms of rules.
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#**Automatic ([[File:Auto_icon.png|25px]]/[[File:Auto.png]]): This ability is automatically activated when a specified event happens or a specified condition is met.
#'''Collective Information''': The location where the collection ID, rarity, artist’s name, and other information of this card can be found. The collective information is not a characteristic of a card and has no meaning in terms of rules.
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#**Activated ([[File:Act_icon.png|25px]]/[[File:Act.png]]): You can activate this ability during your main phase (see "Main Phase," below) and as many times as you want unless otherwise specified.
#'''[[Nation]]''': The name of the nation a card belongs to. The nation is referred to by some abilities and effects. There are 6 nations, and they are: [[United Sanctuary]], [[Dragon Empire]], [[Star Gate]], [[Dark Zone]], [[Magallanica]], and [[Zoo]]. Cards with icons that are not any of the 6 listed above, do not belong to any nation, and do not have any nation information. There are cards without the nation icon. If they belong to a clan, they belong to the respective nation. Cards without a nation icon, and cards that do not belong to any of the main 24 clans, nor [[Cray Elemental]], do not belong to any nation. Cards with a nation icon, but do not belong to any specific clan, are regarded as belonging to all of the clans of the respective nation.
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#**Continuous ([[File:Cont_icon.png|25px]]/[[File:Resist_mini.png]]): This ability is continuously active for as long as its conditions are met.
#'''[[Imaginary Gift]]''' icon: Cards with this icon have an imaginary gift. They are: "[[Imaginary Gift/Force|Force]]", "[[Imaginary Gift/Accel|Accel]]", "[[Imaginary Gift/Protect|Protect]]".
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#* Text within "【 】" brackets indicates the zone(s) the card must be in for the ability to be active or usable. If an ability does not list any zones, then it is active from all zones.
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#* Text within "[ ]" brackets or labeled with a "[[File:Cost_icon.png|35px]]" icon indicates a "cost" (set of one or more actions) that the player must "pay" (perform) in order to use the ability. An ability's cost is always optional, but if the player cannot or chooses not to pay the cost, they do not get to use the part of the ability that comes after paying the cost.
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#* The icon {{Once}} indicates that the ability can only be used once per turn.
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#* Within an ability, there may be'' ''italic text within parentheses ''(like this, for example)'' that provides a more detailed description of a keyword or action used within the ability. This is called "reminder text," and is just for explanatory purposes and does not itself affect the game.
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#* Some text may be printed in a different color. Different colors of text are used to more clearly indicate abilities that a card may gain or lose, but the color of the text itself has no effect on gameplay.
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#'''Flavor''': A description or quote relating to the character or object that the card represents. Flavor has no effect on gameplay.
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#'''Art''': The image of the character or object that the card represents. Art has no effect on gameplay.
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#'''Collection Information''': This is where the card's collection ID, rarity, and artist’s name can be found. The only important element in this area in terms of gameplay is whether or not the card has a {{V|FF}} icon, which determines which [[Fight Formats]] the card can be used in. Other than that, collector information has no effect on gameplay.
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#'''[[Nation]]''': An icon of the flag of the nation the card belongs to. On cards printed without a nation icon, the card's clan indicates which nation it belongs to; cards without a nation icon and which do not belong to any of the main 24 clans, nor [[Cray Elemental]], are not considered to belong to any nation. Cards with a nation icon but without a clan listed are treated as belonging to all clans of that nation.
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#'''[[Imaginary Gift]] icon''': Cards with an Imaginary Gift icon grant the player a corresponding Imaginary Gift when the player rides them (see "Ride Phase," below). They are: "[[Imaginary Gift/Force|Force]]", "[[Imaginary Gift/Accel|Accel]]", "[[Imaginary Gift/Protect|Protect]]".
 
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==Zones of the Game==
 
==Zones of the Game==
These are the zones where you and your opponent put their respective cards while fighting. The information of cards are public or hidden depending on the zone where they are in. When multiple cards move from a zone to another zone at the same time, the player must put them into that zone one by one.
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These are the zones, or locations, where you and your opponent put your cards during the game.
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A zone may be either '''public''' or '''hidden''':
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* '''Public''': All players may view the cards in this zone at any time. Cards in this zone are placed face up, and the order of the cards does not matter.
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* '''Hidden''': Only the specified player(s) may view the cards in this zone and change their order, unless instructed by a card ability, but all players are allowed to count the number of cards. Cards in this zone are placed face down or otherwise hidden from the player(s) who are not allowed to view the cards in it.
   
*'''"Deck"''' (山札 ''Yamafuda''), is where you put your main deck at the beginning of the game after shuffling. Cards in this zone are staked in a pile face down. This pile is a hidden zone, and no player can see the information or order of this pile, also cannot change the order of the pile without a reason by game rule. You must always shuffle and cut your main deck at the beginning of each game.
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The zones are as follows:
*'''"G Zone"''' (Gゾーン ''Jī-zōn''), is where you put your G deck at the beginning of the game, always face down. The G zone is a hidden zone, but you may see the information, and change the order of cards in your own G zone. The face down cards are stacked in a pile, and face up cards can be stacked in a separate pile. The G deck don't need to be shuffled at the beginning of the game. You can also store, physically, your gift markers and token units into the G zone at the beginning of the game, but they are not part of the G zone.
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*'''"Deck"''' (山札 ''Yamafuda''): Where you put your main deck. This is a hidden zone, and the order of the cards may not be changed.
*'''"Hand"''' (手札 ''Tefuda''), is where you put the cards that are drawn and added during the game. The hand is a hidden zone, but only the owner of his or her respective hand may see the information of the cards on it. You may change freely the order of cards in your hand. Always keep the cards in your hand hidden so that your opponent cannot see them, except the amount and order of cards.
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*'''"G Zone"''' (Gゾーン ''Jī-zōn''): Where you put your G deck. This is a hidden zone that only you can look at, and the order of the cards does not matter. During the game, cards in the G zone may be turned face up; face-up cards in the G zone are considered to be in a public zone.
*'''"Drop Zone"''' (ドロップゾーン ''Doroppuzōn''), is a pile of cards that have been retired or discarded, always face up. Each drop zone is a public zone, and both players may see the contain of cards on them. You may change the order of cards in your drop zone. When you put a card into the drop zone, put it on top of the already existing ones.
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*'''"Hand"''' (手札 ''Tefuda''): Where you put the cards that you have drawn and are available for you to use. This is a hidden zone that only you can look at, and the order of the cards does not matter.
*'''"Field"''' (フィルド ''Fīrudo''), is where you put all of your units on, always face up. A card on a circle is also regarded as being on the field which the circle belongs to. The field is a public zone, and both players may see the information of cards on them. The order of cards on the field cannot be changed for no reason, except moving them manually between front and back rows of the same column during its player's main phase or using effects. The field consists of two rows and three columns, also they contain 1 vanguard circle and 5 rear-guard circles. The columns are divided into "left column", "middle column", and "right column". The rows are divided into "front row" and "back row".
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*'''"Drop Zone"''' (ドロップゾ ''Doroppuzōn''): The discard pile. This is a public zone.
*'''"Circle"''' (ル ''Sākuru''), is where you put each of your units on individually. Each player has seven circles: 1 vanguard circle, 1 guardian circle, and 5 rear-guard circles. When a card is moved to a rear-guard circle from anywhere other than another rear-guard circle, including from a vanguard circle, unless otherwise specified, it is put vertically as [Stand] state. When a card is moved/put to the vanguard circle from anywhere other than by Legion or Striding, including from a rear-guard circle, unless otherwise specified, it is put vertically as [Stand] state. When a card is placed/put on guardian circle, unless otherwise specified, it is placed/put horizontally as [Rest] state. A circle that have a locked card on it, is not regarded as any of the three aforementioned circles, but a "locked circle".
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*'''"Field"''' (フィール ''Fīrudo''): The main game area and where you place your units. This is a public zone, but the position of the cards matters. Each player's field consists of two rows and three columns. The columns are divided into "left column", "middle column", and "right column", and the rows are divided into "front row" and "back row". Your opponent's columns that are directly in front of your own columns are considered to be the same column.
*'''"Soul"''' (ソウル ''Souru''), is a pile of cards stacked under your vanguard (or Legion Leader in such case), either by riding a unit or by a card's cost or effect, and always face up. The soul is not a part of the field like the circles. Each soul is a public zone, and both players may see the contain of cards on them. You may change the order of cards in your soul.
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*'''"Circle"''' (サークル ''Sākuru''): Where you place your individual units that are on the field. There is a circle at each of the 6 points on a player's field where a row and column intersect, plus 1 more, for a total of 7 circles: 1 vanguard circle (VC), at the intersection of the front row and the middle column; 5 rear-guard circles (RC), at all of the other row-column intersections; and 1 guardian circle (GC), in front of the vanguard circle. When cards are moved from off the field to onto a circle, they are placed on (VC) and (RC) as {{Stand}} and on (GC) as {{Rest}}, unless otherwise specified.
*'''"Damage Zone"''' (ダメージゾーン ''Damējizōn''), are cards you put in, either when your vanguard is dealt damage or by a card's cost or effect. When there are six or more cards in your damage zone, and there are no actions being resolved at that point, you lose the game immediately. The damage zone is a public zone, and both players may see the information of face up or face down cards on them. Cards that are face down do not have any card information and cannot be given any information. You may change the order of cards in your damage zone. When you put a card into damage zone, put it on top of the existing ones.
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**A unit on a circle is also considered to be a unit on the field that the circle belongs to.
*'''"Bind Zone"''' (バインドゾーン ''Baindozōn''), is a pile where you put cards that have been [[bind|bound]] by a card's cost or effect. Bound cards are stacked face up or face down depending on the cost or effect is doing it, but they are always bound face up by default. The bind zone is a public zone, but only the owner of the face down cards in the bind zone may see the information on them. Cards that are face down do not have any card information and cannot be given any information. You may change the order of your bound cards.
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**If multiple units are on the same circle, they are considered to be in the same row and column.
*'''"Trigger Zone"''' (トリガーゾーン ''Torigāzōn''), is where you put cards revealed by a drive check or damage check temporarily, always face up. Once per each revealed card, after resolving all effects and actions during that check, the card revealed in the trigger zone is put into its owner's determined zone, depending on the type of check that was performed. Cards revealed by a drive check are put into hand, and cards revealed by a damage check are put into damage zone face up. The trigger zone is a public zone, and both players may see the information of cards on them.. The order of various cards revealed cannot be changed. When you put a card into this zone, put it on top of the existing cards.
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**A circle that has a [[Lock|locked]] card on it is not regarded as any of the above types of circles, but a "locked circle". 
*'''"Removal Zone"''' (除外ゾーン ''Jogaizōn''), is where you put the cards that were removed cards from the game, such as for [[G Assist]] and [[Ultimate Stride]], and staked in a pile face up. Each removal zone is a public zone, and both players may see the information of cards on them.
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*'''"Soul"''' (ソウル ''Souru''): This is a pile of cards stacked underneath your vanguard. This is a public zone. Although the soul is physically located on (VC), it is not considered part of the field.
*'''"Gauge Zone"''' (ージゾーン ''Gējizōn''), s where you put the cards as an [[Equip Gauge|equipped gauge]]. The gauge is a hidden zone, but only the owner may see the information of the cards on it. You may change the order of cards in your gauge zone, as long as it is clear which cards they are associated with. When cards put into a gauge zone from a hidden zone, the owner of that gauge zone may look at the information of that card after all the cards have been put into the gauge zone.
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*'''"Damage Zone"''' (ダメージゾーン ''Damējizōn''): Where you place cards to represent the damage that your vanguard has taken. This is a public zone. During the game, cards in this zone may be turned face down - both players may look at the face-down cards, but they are not considered to have any card information and cannot be given any information. If there are six or more cards in your damage zone, you lose the game immediately.
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*'''"Bind Zone"''' (バインドゾーン ''Baindozōn''): Where you put cards that have been [[bind|bound]] by a card's cost or effect. This is a public zone. Cards in this zone are placed face up, unless the effect that caused them to enter this zone says otherwise; only the owner of face-down cards here may look at them. Cards here that are face down are not considered to have any card information and cannot be given any information.
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*'''"Trigger Zone"''' (トリガーゾーン ''Torigāzōn''): Where you put cards revealed by a drive check or damage check (see "Drive Step" and "Damage Step," below). This is a public zone. When a card is placed in this zone, if it has a trigger icon, the trigger effect immediately activates.
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*'''"Removal Zone"''' (除外ゾーン ''Jogaizōn''): Where you put cards that have been removed from the game, such as for [[G Assist]] and [[Ultimate Stride]]. This is a public zone. Cards in this zone cannot be interacted with in any way.
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*'''"Gauge Zone"''' (ゲージゾーン ''Gējizōn''): Where you put cards that are equipped due to the [[Equip Gauge]] mechanic. This is a hidden zone that only you can look at. Each card in the gauge zone is associated with a unit on the field.
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*'''"Order Area"''' (オーダー領域 ''Ōdā Ryōiki''): Where you place [[order]] cards when they are played. This is a public zone. After resolving the effects of a played order card, put it from this zone into the drop zone.
   
 
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These are additional rules to know in case of conflict with actions or effects that will resolve.
 
These are additional rules to know in case of conflict with actions or effects that will resolve.
   
*While revealing, looking, or searching for cards in a zone, those cards doesn't leave that zone until a new action is performed.
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*When multiple cards change zones simultaneously, the owner of the cards chooses the order in which they are moved between the zones.
*While shuffling, even if the cards in a hidden zone would be revealed in the process, the information of the cards cannot be revealed, or be looked.
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*While revealing, looking, or searching for cards in a zone, those cards are still considered to be in that zone unless the effect allowing you to do so instructs you to move one or more cards from that zone to another zone.
*If a card would be moved to a zone without the player of the zone is specified, then the card is moved to its owner's zone.
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*While shuffling, even if the cards in a hidden zone would be revealed in the process, the information of the cards may not be revealed or looked at until shuffling is completed.
*If a card is moved from a zone to another zone or it is [[unlock]]ed, if this is not "from a circle to another circle" movement, then that card is considered to be a new card in a new zone than the original one. That means, all effects applied on that previous card will not be applied in the new card.
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*If a card would be moved to a zone but does not specify the owner of the zone, then the card is moved to its owner's zone.
*Your opponent's columns that are directly in front of your own columns is regarded as being in the same column.
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*If a card is moved from a zone to another zone or is [[unlock]]ed, unless it is being moved from one circle to another, then the card is considered to be a new card in its new zone. All effects that were previously applied on it are not applied to the new card. However, if an effect moves a card between zones, that effect (and only that effect) treats the moved card as being the same card for as long as the effect lasts.
*Multiple units in the same circle are regarded as being in the same column or row.
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*When a unit is placed on, or is moved to, a (VC) or (RC) that already has other units on it (except by using [[Legion]]), all abilities that were activated at that point are resolved first. After that, all units that were previously on that circle:
*When a unit is placed on, or is moved to a (VC) or (RC) that already has other units on it (except by using [[Legion]]), all abilities that were activated at that point are resolved first. After that, all units that were previously on that circle;
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**are put into the soul (if they were vanguards);
**are put into the soul (if were vanguards).
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**are retired into the drop zone (if they were rear-guards); or
**are retired into the drop zone (if were rear-guards).
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**become heart cards (if the action was done by [[Stride|Striding]]).
**become heart cards face up (if the action was done by [[Stride|Striding]]).
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*When multiple cards are moved from a public zone to a hidden zone at the same time, if the owner of those cards can decide the order they are placed in the hidden zone, the owner is not required to let the opponent know the order in which they are placed.
*If you have a Legion Mate on your vanguard circle which no longer has an associated Legion Leader, move that unit to your soul.
 
*When multiple cards are moved from a public zone to a hidden zone at the same time, and the owner of those cards can decide the order in which to place them, the other players cannot know the order of those cards put into the new zone.
 
*When the effect of a single card moves a card to another zone, if any action would be performed on the card that was moved, that ability follows the card that was moved, and performs the action on that card.
 
 
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==Winning and Losing Conditions==
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*If a player's damage zone has six or more cards, that player loses.
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*If a player's deck has no cards, that player loses.
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*If a player has no vanguard, that player chooses a card from their soul, and rides it as {{Stand}}. However, if that player's soul has no cards they can ride, that player loses.
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*A player may win or lose the game automatically as a result of a card's ability, such as "[[Star-vader, "Omega" Glendios]]".
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*A player may concede the game at any time. In this case, that player loses.
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*If one player loses, the game is over and the other player wins. If both players have fulfilled one or more losing conditions at the same time, the game ends as a draw.
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These conditions are only checked if no abilities or rule actions are being resolved (unless the win or loss was the result of a card's ability). Therefore, if a losing condition exists during an action but no longer exists after its resolution, the game will continue.
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==Starting the Fight==
 
==Starting the Fight==
#Each player chooses a grade 0 card from their main deck and puts it face down on their vanguard circle. That card is known as "first vanguard".
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#Each player chooses a grade 0 card from their main deck and puts it face down on their (VC). This card is known as the player's "[[First Vanguard|first vanguard]]".
#Each player shuffles and cut their main deck. Then puts his or his main deck into deck zone face down, G deck into G zone face down, and any markers next to the G zone.
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#Each player shuffles their main deck and offers it to their opponent for a cut. Then each player puts their main deck into the deck zone face down, G deck into the G zone face down, and any [[Imaginary Gift|markers]] or [[Token unit|tokens]] they plan to use next to the G zone.
#Use a random method to decide who will take the first turn, such as rock-paper-scissors or a coin toss. The player who goes first cannot declare an attack during that first turn.
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#Use a random method to decide who will take the first turn, such as rock-paper-scissors or a coin toss; the winner of the random method must go first. The player who goes first cannot declare an attack during their first turn.
#Draw five cards from the top of your deck. These cards will be your starting hand. After drawing, starting from the player who goes first, each player chooses any number of cards in his or her hand, puts them on the bottom of his or her deck, and draws the same number of cards as the number of cards he or she returned. Then, if you returned one or more cards, shuffle your deck. You can only perform this step once.
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#Each player draws five cards from their deck to form their opening hand. In turn order, each player may choose any number of cards from their hand, put them on the bottom of their deck, draw the same number of cards, then shuffle their deck if they returned any cards. Both players may perform this step once each.
#When both players are ready, at the same time, turn their vanguards from face down to face up, and can shout out "Stand up, vanguard!"
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#When both players are ready, they simultaneously turn their first vanguards face up, and call out, "Stand Up, Vanguard!"
 
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==Turn Phases==
 
==Turn Phases==
Both players go through of each of these phases in this order during his/her respective turn, until a winner is declared. If an effect or condition skips any of these phases, effects and actions that are mandatories will not be performed.
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Both players go through each of these phases in this order during their turns, until the game is over. All effects that occur within a phase or step must be fully resolved before moving on to the next phase or step.
   
 
==='''Stand Phase'''===
 
==='''Stand Phase'''===
During your stand phase, turn all of your units that are rest [[File:Rest.png]] (horizontal) to stand [[File:Stand.png]] (vertical) one by one, unless they are prevented from doing so by an ability. After resolving all effects, proceed to the draw phase.
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Turn all of your units from {{Rest}} to {{Stand}}.
   
 
==='''Draw Phase'''===
 
==='''Draw Phase'''===
The draw phase takes two steps, which must be done in this order, and only once each turn.
 
   
 
====1. Draw Step====
 
====1. Draw Step====
Take the first card from the top of your deck, and put it into your hand without revealing it. This is known as "draw a card".
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Draw a card.
   
 
====2. G Assist Step====
 
====2. G Assist Step====
''Main article: [[G Assist]].''
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{{Main|G Assist}}
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If you do not have a unit in your hand that is one grade higher than your vanguard, you may perform [[G Assist]]. This action will help you to not miss your chance to ride to the next grade. You may perform G Assist once per turn.
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==='''Ride Phase'''===
 
==='''Ride Phase'''===
The ride phase takes two steps, which must be done in this order, and only once each turn.
 
   
 
====1. Ride Step====
 
====1. Ride Step====
You may normal [[ride]] only once in this step. Choose a card from your hand that is one grade greater than or equal to your current vanguard, and ride it. Your chosen unit is always ridden in [Stand] by default. Either you rode or not, after resolving all effects, proceed to the stride step.
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During this step, you may [[ride]] a new vanguard. To do so, choose a unit from your hand whose grade is one greater than or equal to your current vanguard's grade, and place it on your (VC) as {{Stand}}. This action is called "normal ride." You may perform a normal ride once per turn.
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Whenever you ride a new vanguard, your previous vanguard is moved to your soul.
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If you ride a unit with an [[Imaginary Gift]] icon, apply the icon's effect immediately.
   
 
====2. Stride Step====
 
====2. Stride Step====
''Main articles: [[Stride]], [[Ultimate Stride]]''
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{{Main|Stride}}
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If both you and your opponent have a grade 3 or greater vanguard, or if you had a grade 3 vanguard at the start of this turn, you may release a [[G unit]] from your G zone by performing [[Stride]]. You may perform Stride once per turn.
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==='''Main Phase'''===
 
==='''Main Phase'''===
During the main phase, you prepare for the battle by playing units and using abilities. In any order, you may:
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During the main phase, you prepare for battle by calling units and using abilities. You may do the following actions in any order and as many times as you want:
*Normal [[call]] any number of units from your hand to your rear-guard circles, only once each. The cards to be normal called must have the same or lower grade that your vanguard (or your [[Legion]] Leader in such case).
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*Choose a unit card from your hand whose grade is equal to or less than your vanguard's grade, and place it on one of your (RC) as {{Stand}}. This action is called "normal [[call]]."
*You may call a unit on top of one of your rear-guards that already is on the field. In that case, the previous unit that was on that circle is put into your drop zone.
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**You may normal call a unit onto a (RC) that already has a unit on it. In that case, after resolving any effects that activated from the call, the previous unit that was on that circle is retired (put into your drop zone).
*[[Card Rulings:Dark Knight, Ludvik|Move]] your rear-guards between the front and back row of the same column where they are. Two rear-guards in the same column may be moved between them. When a unit is moved to a rear-guard circle from another rear-guard circle, it remains in the same [Stand] or [Rest] state as in the previous circle.
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*Move one of your rear-guards between the front and back row (RC) of the same column, or exchange the places of two rear-guards on (RC) in the same column. This does not change the units' {{Stand}} or {{Rest}} state. You cannot move a rear-guard to a different column with this action.
*Play [ACT] abilities; the [ACT] abilities of your cards only can be played during your own main phase. This can be done any number of times, as long as you can pay the cost, unless one of those [ACT] abilities has [1/Turn] on it.
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*Use an [[File:Act_icon.png|25px]] ability of one of your cards.
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*Play a [[Order|normal order]] from your hand whose grade is equal to or less than your vanguard's grade. You may play one normal order per turn. Place the order card in the order area, pay its cost (if any), follow its instructions, then put it into the drop zone.
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Once you are ready to attack, proceed to the battle phase.
   
Once you are ready to attack, proceed to the battle phase by declaring it.
 
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==='''Battle Phase'''===
 
==='''Battle Phase'''===
During your battle phase, you may attack with your standing units in the front row against your opponent's units. It takes five steps, which must be done in this order, and only once each turn. A battle is considered a battle from the moment it begins. Even if the process of the battle is cut off midway, or even if any of the units in the battle leaves the field, and proceeds to the close step, it still counts as a battle.
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''Note: The player who goes first may not perform the battle phase on their first turn.''
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During your battle phase, you may attack with your {{Stand}} units in the front row against your opponent's units. A battle is considered a battle from the moment it begins; even if the process of the battle is cut off midway or if any of the units in the battle leave the field, it still counts as a battle having taken place and always proceeds to the close step.
   
 
====1. Start Step====
 
====1. Start Step====
Start step is where you choose whether to attack or not. If you choose not to attack, or you cannot attack, proceed directly to the end phase, and none battle has been performed as a result. If you have chosen to attack, proceed to the attack step, and you cannot return back.
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Choose whether to attack or not. If you choose not to attack, or if you do not have any units that can attack, proceed directly to the end phase. Otherwise continue to the attack step.
   
 
====2. Attack Step====
 
====2. Attack Step====
Attack step is where you may choose with which unit attack first. If there are no effects being used at this moment, choose one of your standing [[File:Stand.png]] units in the front row as the ''attacking unit'' for this battle, then rest [[File:Rest.png]] it (or rest both Legion Leader and Mate in such case). After choosing, choose one of your opponent's units in the front row other than a Legion Mate, which will become the ''unit being attacked''. The state of "attacking unit" and "unit being attacked" only remains as long as those units continue present on their respective circles, until end of this battle. For the attacking unit, the unit attacked becomes its "battle opponent", and at the same time, for the unit that is being attacked, the attacking unit becomes its "battle opponent".
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The attack step is where you choose the units that will do battle. Choose one of your {{Stand}} units in the front row and {{Rest}} it, then choose one of your opponent's units in the front row to attack. These units become the "attacking unit" and the "unit being attacked", respectively, and they become each other's "battle opponents", until the end of this battle.
   
After choosing the unit to be attacked, you may choose one of your units with boost icon [[File:Sk boost.gif]] on it from your back row in the same column as the attacking unit, and rest it to make it ''boost'' the attacking unit (if it is a vanguard that is Legion, it will boost one of the attacking units under your choice). From this moment, the unit chosen becomes a "boosting unit" and the attacking unit becomes a "boosted unit" by that unit. The state of "boosting unit" and "boosted unit" only remains as long as both units continue present in their respective circles, until end of this battle.
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If you have a {{Stand}} unit with the Boost [[File:Sk_boost.gif]] skill icon in the back row of the same column as the attacking unit, you may {{Rest}} it to have it "boost" the attacking unit. This unit becomes a "boosting unit" and the attacking unit becomes a "boosted unit" by the boosting unit for as long as both units are present in their respective circles or until the end of this battle. For as long as the unit is a boosting unit, its {{Power}} is continuously added to the {{Power}} of the boosted unit (including if its {{Power}} changes during the battle due to an effect).
   
Until end of the close step, while the boosting unit is in its original circle, its power value will continuously be added to the power of the boosted unit (even if its power is increased during the battle due to an effect).
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Some units have abilities that allow them to battle multiple units at once. In this case, all of the units specified by the ability become the "units being attacked."
 
Finally, resolve all abilities that were activated in any order, then proceed to the guard step. The real battle begins here.
 
   
 
====3. Guard Step====
 
====3. Guard Step====
Guard step is where your opponent may use guardians to prevent the attack hit. This is performed after resolving any ability, and in any order as he or she wishes:
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The guard step is where your opponent may call guardians to defend against the attack. They may perform the following actions in any order and as many times as they want (or can be skipped, if the opponent declares something like "I don't guard"):
*Your opponent may choose a card from his or her hand and normal calls it to his or her guardian circle as rest.
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*Choose a unit card from their hand and normal call it to (GC) as {{Rest}}. This can be done regardless of the grade of the called unit or the grade of their vanguard.
*Your opponent may choose a rear-guard with intercept icon from his or her front row that is not being attacked during this battle, and move it to his or her guardian circle as rest (this is not a call).
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*Choose a rear-guard with the Intercept [[File:Sk_intercept.gif]] skill icon from their front row, other than a unit being attacked, and move it to (GC) as {{Rest}} (this is not considered a call). This can be done regardless of whether the rear-guard was {{Stand}} or {{Rest}}.
*Your opponent may discard a card with "HEAL" from his or her hand, and if he or she does, chooses a [[G guardian]] that is face down in his or her G zone, and calls it to (GC) as rest. This can only be done if both players' vanguards are grade 3 or greater, and the number of face up G guardians in his or her G zone is three or less.
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*Discard a card with "HEAL" (a heal trigger unit) from their hand to call a [[G guardian]] from face down in their G zone onto (GC) as {{Rest}}. They may only do this if both players' vanguards are grade 3 or greater, and the number of face-up G guardians in their G zone is three or less.
Each time your opponent calls a new unit to (GC) or moves a new unit to (GC) during this battle, he or she chooses which unit it will guard among the units that are being attacked. Then, they resolve all abilities that were activated before calling a new guardian or intercept. Your opponent may continue calling or intercepting guardians, as many times as possible.
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*Play a blitz order from their hand whose grade is equal to or lower than their vanguard's grade. They may play one blitz order per turn. This follows the same procedure as playing a normal order during the main phase.
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Each time your opponent calls or moves a new unit to (GC) during a battle, the unit becomes a "guardian." The opponent chooses one of their units being attacked, and the guardian will guard that unit. While the guardian is on (GC), its {{Shield}} value is continuously added to the {{Power}} of the unit it is guarding. A unit with no printed {{Shield}} value is regarded as having {{Shield}} 0.
While the guardian units are in the guardian circle, the power of the attacked unit that was chosen, is increased by the total shield of units guarding it (if there is a unit without a printed shield, its original value will be regarded as 0 shield).
 
 
After resolving all abilities, if you opponent has finished calling guardians or intercepting, proceed to your drive step.
 
 
If your opponent chose not to call or intercept guardians against the attack in this step ("I don't guard" for example), proceed to your drive step.
 
   
 
====4. Drive Step====
 
====4. Drive Step====
If the attacking unit is a vanguard, you check for additional effects during the attack, known as "drive check". "Drive" is referred as the amount of drive checks that your vanguard is able to peform in this step. If you need to perform multiple drive checks, check for it one by one, and resolve it one by one.
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{{Main|Drive}}
   
To drive check, put the top card of your deck into your trigger zone face up. If that card has the same clan as a unit on your vanguard or rear-guard circle, resolve all effects indicated by the trigger icon on the card, in any order you like.<br />
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{{Main|Trigger}}
:''More information: [[Trigger]]''
 
   
After resolving all effects, if the card is still in the trigger zone, put that card into your hand, regardless of whether it has a trigger icon or not. Then, repeat this process as many times as your vanguard's drive (or Legion Leader in such case).<br />
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If the attacking unit has a drive value greater than 0, you check for additional effects during the attack, known as a "drive check". By default, vanguards have drive 1, vanguards with the "Twin Drive!!" [[File:Sk_twindrive.gif]] skill icon have drive 2, vanguards with the "Triple Drive!!!" [[File:Sk tripledrive.png]] skill icon have drive 3, and all rear-guards have drive 0.
:''More information: [[Drive]]''
 
   
After completing all actions during the drive check, proceed to the damage step. The battle arrives to its climax here.
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To perform a drive check, reveal the top card of your deck and put it into your trigger zone. If that card has a trigger icon and is of the same clan as a unit on your field, resolve all effects indicated by the trigger icon on the card, in any order you like. Then, if the card is still in the trigger zone, put that card into your hand, regardless of whether it has a trigger icon or not.
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This process is performed as many times as your attacking unit's drive. If you perform multiple drive checks, fully resolve each one before performing the next one.
   
 
====5. Damage Step====
 
====5. Damage Step====
Damage step is to confirm whether the attack to the "unit being attacked" will hit, as well as the damage to be dealt.
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In the damage step, players confirm whether or not the attack hits and the damage to be dealt.
   
Compare the actual power of the attacking unit with the actual power of the attacked unit, and if the attacked unit's power
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Compare the {{Power}} of the attacking unit with the {{Power}} of the unit being attacked. If the attacking unit's {{Power}} is greater or equal, the attack hits; otherwise, it does not hit. If any of the battling units have left the field, changed controllers, or moved to another circle, then the attack is canceled and does not hit.
is less than or equal to the attacking unit, then the attack hits. If the attacking unit or the attacked unit
 
leaves the field, or if the master of any of these units is changed, or if any of these units is moved to another circle, then the powers are not compared, and the attack does not hit.
 
   
If the attack hits, one of two situations occurs, depending on the unit who was hit. Also, retire all the guardians other than G guardianss that were guarding that unit, and all G guardians that were guarding that unit are put into the owner's G zone face up.
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If the attack hits, one of two situations occur, depending on the unit that was hit:
*If it is a vanguard, then the attacking unit deals damage equal to its critical (or Legion Leader in such case). If its critical is 0 or less, then it does not deal damage, and zero or negative damage will not regarded as dealt. See below for more details.
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*Vanguard: The attacking unit deals damage equal to its {{Critical}} to the attacked unit. If the attacking unit's {{Critical}} is 0 or less, then no damage is dealt.
*If it is a rear-guard, retire it. After this, resolve all effects and proceed to the close step.
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*Rear-guard: The unit being attacked is retired (put into the drop zone).
   
If your opponent's vanguard is dealt damage by the attack, your opponent checks for additional effects, known as "damage check". "Damage" is referred to as the amount of damage checks that the vanguard who dealt damage is able to perform, either during the damage check or a card's effect. If the player need to perform multiple damage checks, he or she checks for it one by one, and resolves it one by one.
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Before damage is applied, retire all guardians on (GC), regardless of whether or not the attack hit.
   
To damage check, he or she puts the top card of his or her deck into his or her trigger zone face up. If that card has the same clan as a unit on his or her vanguard or rear-guard circle, then resolves all effects indicated by the trigger icon on the card, in any order he or she likes.<br />
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If your opponent's vanguard is dealt damage by the attack, your opponent performs a "damage check". To damage check, they reveal the top card of their deck and put it into their trigger zone. If that card has a trigger icon and is of the same clan as a unit on their field, then they resolve all effects indicated by the trigger icon on the card, in any order they like. Then, if the card is still in the trigger zone, they put the card into their damage zone face up, regardless of whether a trigger effect was activated or not.
:''More information: [[Trigger]]''
 
   
After resolving all effects, if the card is still in the trigger zone, he or she puts that card into his or her damage zone face up, regardless of whether it has a trigger icon or not. Then, your opponent repeats this process as many times as the amount of damage dealt to his or her vanguard. If your opponent has 6 or more cards in his or her damage zone as a result, you win the game.
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This process is repeated as many times as the damage dealt to the opponent's vanguard. If your opponent performs multiple damage checks, they must fully resolve each one before performing the next one. If your opponent has 6 or more cards in their damage zone, they lose the game.
   
After completing all actions during the damage check, proceed to the close step.
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Note that there are no negative consequences for you or your units if your attack does not hit. Therefore it is usually best to attack with as many units as you can each turn.
   
 
====6. Close Step====
 
====6. Close Step====
Close step is where all effects that happen at the end of a battle, or at the beginning of close step, are activated. After resolving all effects, the battle arrived to its end. Attacking units are no longer "attacking units", and attacked units are no longer "attacked units". After this, return back to your start step to continue attacking with your standing units. In that step, you choose whether to attack or not again.
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The close step is where all effects that happen at the end of a battle occur. First, all such effects are resolved; then, the battle is considered to be over. Units that were designated as "attacking units", "units being attacked", and "battle opponents" during this battle are no longer treated as having any of these designations.
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After this step, return back to your start step and choose whether or not to attack again. If you cannot or choose not to attack during your next start step, the battle phase is over.
   
If you choose not to attack during your next start step, proceed to the end phase, and the battle phase has ended.
 
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==='''End Phase'''===
 
==='''End Phase'''===
End phase is where all actions and effects are activated and resolved at the end of a turn. The following actions take place before any ability, and the turn player then perform them in the following order:
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The end phase is where all actions and effects that occur at the end of a turn are activated and resolved. The following actions take place in the following order:
*Put all the G units on your vanguard and rear-guard circles into your G zone face up.
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*All G units on your (VC) and (RC) return to your G zone face up.
*Return [[lock]]ed cards and [[delete]]d units on that player's field to normal state by turning the card face up.
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*All [[lock]]ed cards and [[delete]]d units on your field return to normal state and are turned face up.
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*All abilities with "at the beginning of end phase" and "at end of turn" activate and resolve in the order of your choice.
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*All effects with "until end of turn" that were applied this turn cease to be applied.
   
After resolving these actions, abilities with "when card is unlocked", "when card is put face up" and "when card is put into the G zone" are activated, and resolved in any order. Then, abilities with "at the beginning of end phase" and "at the end of turn" are activated, and resolved in any order. Then, effects with "until end of turn" cease to exist.
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At this point, declare the end of your turn. Your opponent's turn now starts, beginning with their stand phase.
 
At this point, if there is no longer further abilities nor actions to resolve, declare the end of your turn, then your opponent's next turn starts, beginning with his or her stand phase.
 
 
If an effect allows you to get an "[[Extra Turn]]", your opponent cannot declare the beginning of what would be their next turn.
 
 
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==Card Mechanics==
 
==Card Mechanics==
:''Main article: [[Card Mechanics]].''
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For a further glossary of game terms, see: [[Card Mechanics]].
 
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==Comprehensive Rules==
 
==Comprehensive Rules==
The "Comprehensive Rules" is the official manual designed to explain and detail ''all'' the game rules and mechanics. While it explains everything in general, some unmentioned details can be found in the [[:Category:Rulings|rulings]] of the card you need instead.
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The "Comprehensive Rules" is the official manual designed to explain and detail ''all'' of the game rules and mechanics. While it explains everything in general, clarifications on individual cards may be found in the individual cards' [[:Category:Rulings|rulings]].
 
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Cardfight-Vanguard

These are the rules of how to play the Cardfight!! Vanguard trading card game.

Deck ConstructionEdit

In order to play, each player must have their own deck of Cardfight!! Vanguard cards, including a main deck and, optionally, a G deck. Players must also have enough space between them to lay out their cards (such as a tabletop).

GeneralEdit

  • For each card name, a player may only include up to four cards with that name in their main deck and G deck combined, even if their abilities or other characteristics are different.
  • Card abilities that apply during deck construction (e.g. Sentinel) can modify or add to the rules below.

Main DeckEdit

  • Must contain exactly 50 cards (including your chosen first vanguard).
  • Must contain exactly 16 trigger units.
  • May only contain up to 4 trigger units with [Heal] Heal symbolV, regardless of their card names.

G DeckEdit

  • May contain up to 16 cards.
  • May only contain cards that are G units.

Fighter's RulesEdit

Players must respect the following sets of regulations while constructing their deck:


Game ConceptsEdit

  • If a card's text contradicts the rules, the card's text takes precedence.
  • A card in play can be in either [Stand] Stand state or [Rest] Rest state. A card is placed vertically to indicate [Stand] Stand and is rotated 90 degrees to indicate [Rest] Rest.
  • If a player performs a rule action (playing a card, attacking, activating an ability, etc.), they must fully resolve all effects that resulted from that action before performing another rule action or moving on to the next step or phase of the game.
  • If multiple effects or actions are to be performed at once, the player whose turn it is chooses the order they will be resolved in, and resolves them one by one.


Reading the Card LayoutEdit

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There are several relevant properties printed on a card that concern gameplay. These are collectively known as the "original characteristics" of the card.
  1. Card name: The name of the character or object that the card represents. In card text, card names appear within "" quote marks. Cards printed in Japanese may have small characters called furigana printed above the characters in the card's name; these are a pronunciation guide to help players read the name correctly, and are not considered a part of the card name and have no effect on gameplay.
  2. Clan: The name of the clan that the character or object represented by the card belongs to. In card text, the name of a clan appears within "《》" brackets in Japanese and "«»" brackets in English. If a card has a nation name listed instead of a clan name, it is considered to belong to all clans of that nation.
  3. Race: The race of the character represented by the card. In card text, the name of a race appears within "<>" brackets.
  4. Grade: This is a numeric value that indicates how powerful the card is and is the main limitation on the stage of the game in which the card can be played. A card's grade can be from 0 to 5, with higher grade cards being more powerful than lower grade cards.
  5. Power Power icon: The numeric value that expresses the combat strength of a unit.
  6. Shield Shield icon: The numeric value that expresses the strength of a unit when used for defense.
  7. Critical Critical icon: The numeric value that determines how much damage a unit deals in combat.
  8. Trigger icon: This icon represents an effect that activates when that card with the icon is revealed for a trigger check.
  9. Card type: The type of the card. This is mainly important during deck construction.
  10. Skill icon: This represents an ability that a card has based on its grade. The icons are: "Boost" Sk boost, "Intercept" Sk intercept, "Twin Drive!!" Sk twindrive, and "Triple Drive!!!" Sk tripledrive.
  11. Text Frame: This is where the card's abilities are printed. The contents of the text frame are referred to as the card's "text." A summary is given here, but for more information, see Unit Abilities.
    • An ability is divided into three categories, each indicated with an abbreviation (in English) or a kanji character (in Japanese):
      • Automatic (Auto icon/Auto): This ability is automatically activated when a specified event happens or a specified condition is met.
      • Activated (Act icon/Act): You can activate this ability during your main phase (see "Main Phase," below) and as many times as you want unless otherwise specified.
      • Continuous (Cont icon/Resist mini): This ability is continuously active for as long as its conditions are met.
    • Text within "【 】" brackets indicates the zone(s) the card must be in for the ability to be active or usable. If an ability does not list any zones, then it is active from all zones.
    • Text within "[ ]" brackets or labeled with a "Cost icon" icon indicates a "cost" (set of one or more actions) that the player must "pay" (perform) in order to use the ability. An ability's cost is always optional, but if the player cannot or chooses not to pay the cost, they do not get to use the part of the ability that comes after paying the cost.
    • The icon 1/Turn indicates that the ability can only be used once per turn.
    • Within an ability, there may be italic text within parentheses (like this, for example) that provides a more detailed description of a keyword or action used within the ability. This is called "reminder text," and is just for explanatory purposes and does not itself affect the game.
    • Some text may be printed in a different color. Different colors of text are used to more clearly indicate abilities that a card may gain or lose, but the color of the text itself has no effect on gameplay.
  12. Flavor: A description or quote relating to the character or object that the card represents. Flavor has no effect on gameplay.
  13. Art: The image of the character or object that the card represents. Art has no effect on gameplay.
  14. Collection Information: This is where the card's collection ID, rarity, and artist’s name can be found. The only important element in this area in terms of gameplay is whether or not the card has a V-icon icon, which determines which Fight Formats the card can be used in. Other than that, collector information has no effect on gameplay.
  15. Nation: An icon of the flag of the nation the card belongs to. On cards printed without a nation icon, the card's clan indicates which nation it belongs to; cards without a nation icon and which do not belong to any of the main 24 clans, nor Cray Elemental, are not considered to belong to any nation. Cards with a nation icon but without a clan listed are treated as belonging to all clans of that nation.
  16. Imaginary Gift icon: Cards with an Imaginary Gift icon grant the player a corresponding Imaginary Gift when the player rides them (see "Ride Phase," below). They are: "Force", "Accel", "Protect".


Zones of the GameEdit

These are the zones, or locations, where you and your opponent put your cards during the game.

A zone may be either public or hidden:

  • Public: All players may view the cards in this zone at any time. Cards in this zone are placed face up, and the order of the cards does not matter.
  • Hidden: Only the specified player(s) may view the cards in this zone and change their order, unless instructed by a card ability, but all players are allowed to count the number of cards. Cards in this zone are placed face down or otherwise hidden from the player(s) who are not allowed to view the cards in it.

The zones are as follows:

  • "Deck" (山札 Yamafuda): Where you put your main deck. This is a hidden zone, and the order of the cards may not be changed.
  • "G Zone" (Gゾーン Jī-zōn): Where you put your G deck. This is a hidden zone that only you can look at, and the order of the cards does not matter. During the game, cards in the G zone may be turned face up; face-up cards in the G zone are considered to be in a public zone.
  • "Hand" (手札 Tefuda): Where you put the cards that you have drawn and are available for you to use. This is a hidden zone that only you can look at, and the order of the cards does not matter.
  • "Drop Zone" (ドロップゾーン Doroppuzōn): The discard pile. This is a public zone.
  • "Field" (フィールド Fīrudo): The main game area and where you place your units. This is a public zone, but the position of the cards matters. Each player's field consists of two rows and three columns. The columns are divided into "left column", "middle column", and "right column", and the rows are divided into "front row" and "back row". Your opponent's columns that are directly in front of your own columns are considered to be the same column.
  • "Circle" (サークル Sākuru): Where you place your individual units that are on the field. There is a circle at each of the 6 points on a player's field where a row and column intersect, plus 1 more, for a total of 7 circles: 1 vanguard circle (VC), at the intersection of the front row and the middle column; 5 rear-guard circles (RC), at all of the other row-column intersections; and 1 guardian circle (GC), in front of the vanguard circle. When cards are moved from off the field to onto a circle, they are placed on (VC) and (RC) as [Stand] Stand and on (GC) as [Rest] Rest, unless otherwise specified.
    • A unit on a circle is also considered to be a unit on the field that the circle belongs to.
    • If multiple units are on the same circle, they are considered to be in the same row and column.
    • A circle that has a locked card on it is not regarded as any of the above types of circles, but a "locked circle". 
  • "Soul" (ソウル Souru): This is a pile of cards stacked underneath your vanguard. This is a public zone. Although the soul is physically located on (VC), it is not considered part of the field.
  • "Damage Zone" (ダメージゾーン Damējizōn): Where you place cards to represent the damage that your vanguard has taken. This is a public zone. During the game, cards in this zone may be turned face down - both players may look at the face-down cards, but they are not considered to have any card information and cannot be given any information. If there are six or more cards in your damage zone, you lose the game immediately.
  • "Bind Zone" (バインドゾーン Baindozōn): Where you put cards that have been bound by a card's cost or effect. This is a public zone. Cards in this zone are placed face up, unless the effect that caused them to enter this zone says otherwise; only the owner of face-down cards here may look at them. Cards here that are face down are not considered to have any card information and cannot be given any information.
  • "Trigger Zone" (トリガーゾーン Torigāzōn): Where you put cards revealed by a drive check or damage check (see "Drive Step" and "Damage Step," below). This is a public zone. When a card is placed in this zone, if it has a trigger icon, the trigger effect immediately activates.
  • "Removal Zone" (除外ゾーン Jogaizōn): Where you put cards that have been removed from the game, such as for G Assist and Ultimate Stride. This is a public zone. Cards in this zone cannot be interacted with in any way.
  • "Gauge Zone" (ゲージゾーン Gējizōn): Where you put cards that are equipped due to the Equip Gauge mechanic. This is a hidden zone that only you can look at. Each card in the gauge zone is associated with a unit on the field.
  • "Order Area" (オーダー領域 Ōdā Ryōiki): Where you place order cards when they are played. This is a public zone. After resolving the effects of a played order card, put it from this zone into the drop zone.

DetailsEdit

These are additional rules to know in case of conflict with actions or effects that will resolve.

  • When multiple cards change zones simultaneously, the owner of the cards chooses the order in which they are moved between the zones.
  • While revealing, looking, or searching for cards in a zone, those cards are still considered to be in that zone unless the effect allowing you to do so instructs you to move one or more cards from that zone to another zone.
  • While shuffling, even if the cards in a hidden zone would be revealed in the process, the information of the cards may not be revealed or looked at until shuffling is completed.
  • If a card would be moved to a zone but does not specify the owner of the zone, then the card is moved to its owner's zone.
  • If a card is moved from a zone to another zone or is unlocked, unless it is being moved from one circle to another, then the card is considered to be a new card in its new zone. All effects that were previously applied on it are not applied to the new card. However, if an effect moves a card between zones, that effect (and only that effect) treats the moved card as being the same card for as long as the effect lasts.
  • When a unit is placed on, or is moved to, a (VC) or (RC) that already has other units on it (except by using Legion), all abilities that were activated at that point are resolved first. After that, all units that were previously on that circle:
    • are put into the soul (if they were vanguards);
    • are retired into the drop zone (if they were rear-guards); or
    • become heart cards (if the action was done by Striding).
  • When multiple cards are moved from a public zone to a hidden zone at the same time, if the owner of those cards can decide the order they are placed in the hidden zone, the owner is not required to let the opponent know the order in which they are placed.


Winning and Losing ConditionsEdit

  • If a player's damage zone has six or more cards, that player loses.
  • If a player's deck has no cards, that player loses.
  • If a player has no vanguard, that player chooses a card from their soul, and rides it as [Stand] Stand. However, if that player's soul has no cards they can ride, that player loses.
  • A player may win or lose the game automatically as a result of a card's ability, such as "Star-vader, "Omega" Glendios".
  • A player may concede the game at any time. In this case, that player loses.
  • If one player loses, the game is over and the other player wins. If both players have fulfilled one or more losing conditions at the same time, the game ends as a draw.

These conditions are only checked if no abilities or rule actions are being resolved (unless the win or loss was the result of a card's ability). Therefore, if a losing condition exists during an action but no longer exists after its resolution, the game will continue.

Starting the FightEdit

  1. Each player chooses a grade 0 card from their main deck and puts it face down on their (VC). This card is known as the player's "first vanguard".
  2. Each player shuffles their main deck and offers it to their opponent for a cut. Then each player puts their main deck into the deck zone face down, G deck into the G zone face down, and any markers or tokens they plan to use next to the G zone.
  3. Use a random method to decide who will take the first turn, such as rock-paper-scissors or a coin toss; the winner of the random method must go first. The player who goes first cannot declare an attack during their first turn.
  4. Each player draws five cards from their deck to form their opening hand. In turn order, each player may choose any number of cards from their hand, put them on the bottom of their deck, draw the same number of cards, then shuffle their deck if they returned any cards. Both players may perform this step once each.
  5. When both players are ready, they simultaneously turn their first vanguards face up, and call out, "Stand Up, Vanguard!"


Turn PhasesEdit

Both players go through each of these phases in this order during their turns, until the game is over. All effects that occur within a phase or step must be fully resolved before moving on to the next phase or step.

Stand PhaseEdit

Turn all of your units from [Rest] Rest to [Stand] Stand.

Draw PhaseEdit

1. Draw StepEdit

Draw a card.

2. G Assist StepEdit

Main article: G Assist

If you do not have a unit in your hand that is one grade higher than your vanguard, you may perform G Assist. This action will help you to not miss your chance to ride to the next grade. You may perform G Assist once per turn.

Ride PhaseEdit

1. Ride StepEdit

During this step, you may ride a new vanguard. To do so, choose a unit from your hand whose grade is one greater than or equal to your current vanguard's grade, and place it on your (VC) as [Stand] Stand. This action is called "normal ride." You may perform a normal ride once per turn.

Whenever you ride a new vanguard, your previous vanguard is moved to your soul. If you ride a unit with an Imaginary Gift icon, apply the icon's effect immediately.

2. Stride StepEdit

Main article: Stride

If both you and your opponent have a grade 3 or greater vanguard, or if you had a grade 3 vanguard at the start of this turn, you may release a G unit from your G zone by performing Stride. You may perform Stride once per turn.

Main PhaseEdit

During the main phase, you prepare for battle by calling units and using abilities. You may do the following actions in any order and as many times as you want:

  • Choose a unit card from your hand whose grade is equal to or less than your vanguard's grade, and place it on one of your (RC) as [Stand] Stand. This action is called "normal call."
    • You may normal call a unit onto a (RC) that already has a unit on it. In that case, after resolving any effects that activated from the call, the previous unit that was on that circle is retired (put into your drop zone).
  • Move one of your rear-guards between the front and back row (RC) of the same column, or exchange the places of two rear-guards on (RC) in the same column. This does not change the units' [Stand] Stand or [Rest] Rest state. You cannot move a rear-guard to a different column with this action.
  • Use an Act icon ability of one of your cards.
  • Play a normal order from your hand whose grade is equal to or less than your vanguard's grade. You may play one normal order per turn. Place the order card in the order area, pay its cost (if any), follow its instructions, then put it into the drop zone.

Once you are ready to attack, proceed to the battle phase.

Battle PhaseEdit

Note: The player who goes first may not perform the battle phase on their first turn.

During your battle phase, you may attack with your [Stand] Stand units in the front row against your opponent's units. A battle is considered a battle from the moment it begins; even if the process of the battle is cut off midway or if any of the units in the battle leave the field, it still counts as a battle having taken place and always proceeds to the close step.

1. Start StepEdit

Choose whether to attack or not. If you choose not to attack, or if you do not have any units that can attack, proceed directly to the end phase. Otherwise continue to the attack step.

2. Attack StepEdit

The attack step is where you choose the units that will do battle. Choose one of your [Stand] Stand units in the front row and [Rest] Rest it, then choose one of your opponent's units in the front row to attack. These units become the "attacking unit" and the "unit being attacked", respectively, and they become each other's "battle opponents", until the end of this battle.

If you have a [Stand] Stand unit with the Boost Sk boost skill icon in the back row of the same column as the attacking unit, you may [Rest] Rest it to have it "boost" the attacking unit. This unit becomes a "boosting unit" and the attacking unit becomes a "boosted unit" by the boosting unit for as long as both units are present in their respective circles or until the end of this battle. For as long as the unit is a boosting unit, its [Power] Power icon is continuously added to the [Power] Power icon of the boosted unit (including if its [Power] Power icon changes during the battle due to an effect).

Some units have abilities that allow them to battle multiple units at once. In this case, all of the units specified by the ability become the "units being attacked."

3. Guard StepEdit

The guard step is where your opponent may call guardians to defend against the attack. They may perform the following actions in any order and as many times as they want (or can be skipped, if the opponent declares something like "I don't guard"):

  • Choose a unit card from their hand and normal call it to (GC) as [Rest] Rest. This can be done regardless of the grade of the called unit or the grade of their vanguard.
  • Choose a rear-guard with the Intercept Sk intercept skill icon from their front row, other than a unit being attacked, and move it to (GC) as [Rest] Rest (this is not considered a call). This can be done regardless of whether the rear-guard was [Stand] Stand or [Rest] Rest.
  • Discard a card with "HEAL" (a heal trigger unit) from their hand to call a G guardian from face down in their G zone onto (GC) as [Rest] Rest. They may only do this if both players' vanguards are grade 3 or greater, and the number of face-up G guardians in their G zone is three or less.
  • Play a blitz order from their hand whose grade is equal to or lower than their vanguard's grade. They may play one blitz order per turn. This follows the same procedure as playing a normal order during the main phase.

Each time your opponent calls or moves a new unit to (GC) during a battle, the unit becomes a "guardian." The opponent chooses one of their units being attacked, and the guardian will guard that unit. While the guardian is on (GC), its [Shield] Shield icon value is continuously added to the [Power] Power icon of the unit it is guarding. A unit with no printed [Shield] Shield icon value is regarded as having [Shield] Shield icon 0.

4. Drive StepEdit

Main article: Drive
Main article: Trigger

If the attacking unit has a drive value greater than 0, you check for additional effects during the attack, known as a "drive check". By default, vanguards have drive 1, vanguards with the "Twin Drive!!" Sk twindrive skill icon have drive 2, vanguards with the "Triple Drive!!!" Sk tripledrive skill icon have drive 3, and all rear-guards have drive 0.

To perform a drive check, reveal the top card of your deck and put it into your trigger zone. If that card has a trigger icon and is of the same clan as a unit on your field, resolve all effects indicated by the trigger icon on the card, in any order you like. Then, if the card is still in the trigger zone, put that card into your hand, regardless of whether it has a trigger icon or not.

This process is performed as many times as your attacking unit's drive. If you perform multiple drive checks, fully resolve each one before performing the next one.

5. Damage StepEdit

In the damage step, players confirm whether or not the attack hits and the damage to be dealt.

Compare the [Power] Power icon of the attacking unit with the [Power] Power icon of the unit being attacked. If the attacking unit's [Power] Power icon is greater or equal, the attack hits; otherwise, it does not hit. If any of the battling units have left the field, changed controllers, or moved to another circle, then the attack is canceled and does not hit.

If the attack hits, one of two situations occur, depending on the unit that was hit:

  • Vanguard: The attacking unit deals damage equal to its [Critical] Critical icon to the attacked unit. If the attacking unit's [Critical] Critical icon is 0 or less, then no damage is dealt.
  • Rear-guard: The unit being attacked is retired (put into the drop zone).

Before damage is applied, retire all guardians on (GC), regardless of whether or not the attack hit.

If your opponent's vanguard is dealt damage by the attack, your opponent performs a "damage check". To damage check, they reveal the top card of their deck and put it into their trigger zone. If that card has a trigger icon and is of the same clan as a unit on their field, then they resolve all effects indicated by the trigger icon on the card, in any order they like. Then, if the card is still in the trigger zone, they put the card into their damage zone face up, regardless of whether a trigger effect was activated or not.

This process is repeated as many times as the damage dealt to the opponent's vanguard. If your opponent performs multiple damage checks, they must fully resolve each one before performing the next one. If your opponent has 6 or more cards in their damage zone, they lose the game.

Note that there are no negative consequences for you or your units if your attack does not hit. Therefore it is usually best to attack with as many units as you can each turn.

6. Close StepEdit

The close step is where all effects that happen at the end of a battle occur. First, all such effects are resolved; then, the battle is considered to be over. Units that were designated as "attacking units", "units being attacked", and "battle opponents" during this battle are no longer treated as having any of these designations.

After this step, return back to your start step and choose whether or not to attack again. If you cannot or choose not to attack during your next start step, the battle phase is over.

End PhaseEdit

The end phase is where all actions and effects that occur at the end of a turn are activated and resolved. The following actions take place in the following order:

  • All G units on your (VC) and (RC) return to your G zone face up.
  • All locked cards and deleted units on your field return to normal state and are turned face up.
  • All abilities with "at the beginning of end phase" and "at end of turn" activate and resolve in the order of your choice.
  • All effects with "until end of turn" that were applied this turn cease to be applied.

At this point, declare the end of your turn. Your opponent's turn now starts, beginning with their stand phase.

Card MechanicsEdit

For a further glossary of game terms, see: Card Mechanics.

Comprehensive RulesEdit

The "Comprehensive Rules" is the official manual designed to explain and detail all of the game rules and mechanics. While it explains everything in general, clarifications on individual cards may be found in the individual cards' rulings.


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