These are the main rules about how to play Future Card Buddyfight.
It is recommended to read these other pages to learn more about this game.
- Frequently asked questions.
- Official Detailed Rules.
- Official Detailed Rules (November, 2014).
- Game Flow and Detailed Rules by BlaZofgold.
- Official Rule Revisions (May, 2014).
- Official Rules (April, 2015)
- Reduce an opponent's life points to 0. The player whose life points hits 0 loses the game.
- If either player runs out of cards in their deck. The player who runs out of cards in his/her deck loses the game at the instant the last card of the deck is drawn/dropped/etc.
- Due to the ability of a card. When an ability that states something like "you win the game" is resolved, the game ends with you as the winner.
- If both players achive a win/Lose condition at the same time (example, reaching 0 life points due to an effect such as Big Surprise Pandora), the game ends as a draw.
- A deck must contain:
- Each deck may only contain a maximum of 4 cards with the same card name (Excluding the buddy monster). Even if a card has a different ability or illustration, the maximum of 4 copies is kept.
Preparing the Fight
- Place the flag card face down in your flag zone.
- Choose 1 monster as your buddy, and place it face down in your buddy zone.
- Shuffle your deck (remember it must be at least 50 cards, you may add more if you want), then place it face down in your deck zone. You may cut your opponent's deck (it is recommended to prevent possible cheating tricks when shuffling).
- Draw 6 cards from the top of your deck. This will be your starting hand.
- Place 2 cards from the top of your deck face down in your gauge zone without looking at them.
- Use a random method to decide who goes first (for example, rock-paper-scissor or a coin toss).
- When both you and your opponent are ready, both players turn their flag and buddy face up, and can shout out "Raise the flag!".
Both players start the game having 10 life points each. If a player's flag (such as Dragon Ein) modifies any of these conditions, the player must adjust them before raising the flag.
It is recommended to declare the beginning of each phase in case of use a card or ability. *See Note
- Start Phase: Turn all monsters and item on your field from rest (horizontal) to stand (vertical), then draw a card from your deck. The player who starts first cannot draw card on his/her first turn.
You may put a card from your hand face down into your gauge zone, and if you do, draw a card (This is called "Charge and Draw"). The player only charge and draw once during this moment. You cannot draw another card without charging.
- Main Phase: You may call monsters to any of your monster area and/or equip yourself with an item. You may also cast any number of spell cards. (More details in "During the main phase".)
- Attack Phase: You may declare an attack towards your opponent's monsters or to the opposing fighter using monsters and/or the item on your field. The player who starts first may attack on his/her first turn! (More details in "During the attack phase".)
- Final Phase: You may cast any number of impact cards from your hand, if able. Otherwise, proceed to the opponent's turn.
Repeat this process until a player fulfils a win/loss condition(s).
Note: Be sure to announce the beginning of each phase as this gives your opponent the opportunity to activate an effect. If the phase is not announced, the opponent has the right to declare their timing once you start an action. For example, if you begin the Attack Phase by resting a monster, but your opponent wishes to activate [Move], they may announce, "At the start of the Attack Phase I move..." Take your time as rushing through phases can inform your opponent of your strategy, and will allow them to adjust theirs accordingly. Don't give up your competitive advantage by moving too quickly. Take your time and enjoy your Buddyfight!
During the Main Phase
You may use cards from your hand and repeat the following actions any number of times during your main phase.
- Place monster cards from your hand on any monster area you like (This is called "Call").
- Monsters that are already on the field may also be replaced and put to the drop zone by calling a new monster on top of it. The combined size of the monsters on the field is limited to a maximum of 3. When the total size of all monsters on the fighter's field is 3 or greater, he/she must put (not destroy) monsters, except the last monster called, into the drop zone until the total size becomes 3. (This must be done before using any "When enters the field" ability.)
- Some cards can modify the maximum field size. For example, Dragon Throne allows a player to have up to a total of 4 on their field.
- Also perform a "Buddy Call". When a card with the same name as the buddy is in the player's hand, the player may perform a buddy call by placing that card from the hand into the buddy zone in rest, and placing the buddy monster onto the field in stand. After that, the player gains 1 life (This is called buddy gift). Each player may only buddy call once per game.
- Abilities of "When enters the field" are used after the monster is placed successfully on the field.
- Use an Act ability from any of your cards on the field.
- Equip an item card.
- Only one item can be equipped at a time. Item cards equipped may also be replaced and put to the drop zone by equipping a new item. When an item card is used, place it over the flag zone. It does not matter if the flag is hidden.
- Use any number of spell cards (This is called "Cast").
- When the spell is casted, it must be revealed to the opponent. After you cast it, put it on the drop zone (unless it have Set).
Once the turn player is ready to begin attacking, he/she proceeds to the attack phase.
During the Attack Phase
- At the start of this phase, both players may use abilities Move from any of his/her monsters on the field.
Utilize all forces from the monster area and fighter area to attack the opponent!
- Choose a monster or item on your field and put it to horizontal position (rest), then declare the attack and its target. The player going first cannot perform a Link Attack, and can only attack once regardless any effect, such as Double Attack.
- If the player has an item equipped and its center area is empty, he/she may attack by putting that item to rest.
- The player may choose 2 or more of his/her cards to perform a Link Attack. The total power and total critical of all monsters/items participating in the link attack is combined into a single attack.
- Abilities of "when attacks/link attacks" and "is attacked" are used in this moment.
- Choose an opponent's monster on its left/center/right area, or the opposing fighter to attack. (This moment is considered as "during an attack", and "in battle".)
- You may only attack the opposing fighter if there is no monster on the opponent's center area.
- Destroy the defending monster if its defense is less than or equal to the power of the attacking cards.
- Compare the combined power of your attacking cards against the defense of the opponent's defending monster. Should the attacking power be greater than or equal to the defending monster's defense, destroy the defending monster. Destroyed cards are placed into the drop zone.
- When attacking a fighter, his/her life points are reduced equal to the critical value of the attacking card. (This is considered as "take damage", "deal damage", "damage would be dealt", etc.)
Repeat this process until the turn player can no longer attack or no longer wishes to attack. The attack phase then ends, and the turn player proceeds to the final phase.