Welcome to Battle Spirits
This page details the basic how to turn-by turn explanations of the game as well as detailing how to use different types of cards.
Types of Cards
Spirit: Spirits are summoned mainly to attack the opponent and reduce their life but are also used to protect your own life.
Magic: Called "Spells" in the English release. Players use magic to change the game field environment by causing a variety of different effects from providing BP boosts to drawing more cards. They can drastically change the pace of the game.
Nexus: The places of the Battle Spirits would that give your spirits special power called nexuses. Players use them to change the field and gain an advantage over the opponent. A Nexus in some ways is like a Field Spell in Yu-Gi-Oh.
Brave: A fourth type of card introduced about two years into the Japanese game's life. They act like other spirits, but can be Braved onto other Spirits, combining BP, effects, attributes, costs, and symbols .
Ultimate: A card type introduced late 2013. Ultimates are similar to spirits, but are not treated as such. They have effects which require a trigger to activate, and have higher levels than spirits. Ultimates require a condition to be met in order to summon them, typically needing another spirit of a certain color or cost on field. All Ultimates have a gold symbol rather than a colored symbol.
Cost and Cost Reduction
Every card must have its cost paid before it can be used. The Core Cost is the number in the top-left corner of the card. To pay the cost, a number of cores on the field or reserve equal to the Core Cost are sent to the trash. Core in the trash cannot be used to play cards.
Cost Reduction, represented by the spokes to the right of the core cost, shows how much the cost can be reduced by. For each symbol on field that corresponds to the cost reduction symbol, the cost can be decreased by 1.
In addition, a card must have its Level Cost be met to stay on field. Magic cards do not have level cost, and nexuses have a LV1 cost of 0. However, most Spirits, Braves, and Ultimates need at least one core to stay on field. If a card does not have its level cost met, it is treated as depleted and sent to the trash.
- Void: Called "Core Pool" in the English release. This is placed to the side of the game mat, and is where core not currently in play is kept.
- Life: Where the cores representing your life are put.
- Reserve: Where core in play, but not being used, is kept.
- Field: Where cards in play are placed.
- Hand: The cards that you currently hold, but are not in play.
- Burst Zone: Burst cards are set here face down until their condition is fulfilled and they are activated. Only one burst card can be set at a time, and only cards with burst effects may be set. Bursts can be discarded by their owner during the main phase without activating them.
- Deck Zone: Where the deck is placed.
- Removed from Game Zone: Where cards removed from game are placed. It is located besides the void. Despite the name, removed from game cards can be played as if they were in your hand.
- Core Trash: Where core used up when paying cost is placed.
- Card Trash: Where discarded, depleted, or destroyed cards are placed.
- Core: Tokens that allow you to use cards. If you don't have enough core to pay the Core or Level Cost of a card, it cannot be used.
- Soul Core: A new type token introduced in the season Battle Spirits Burning Soul in 2015 (SD29 then BS31). Soul Core is the different core that can activate many effects related to it. Every player can have only 1 Soul Core during a game and it cannot be removed from game to void by opponent. Only the owner can remove it from a game by the effect of Soul Drive.
- Color: The color of the card. The six colors of Battle Spirits are Red, White, Green, Purple, Yellow, and Blue. They are sometimes alternatively called Ruby, Diamond, Emerald, Amethyst, Topaz, and Sapphire, respectively.
- Battle Points (BP): How strong a card is. In battle, the card with lower BP is destroyed. In the case of a tie, both cards are destroyed.
- Family: Also called characteristic, attribute, or type (not to be confused with type of card). Classifies a spirit, brave, or ultimate.
- Symbol: Called "Gem" in the English release. The symbol determines how much damage a card can deal to the opponent's life. Cards with 0 symbols cannot decrease the life, cards with 1 symbol can decrease the life by 1, and so on.
- Effect: Most cards have effects that strengthen them. Effects have various timings indicating when they can be activated. If there is no timing listed on a card, it is a permanent effect. Effects with specific names are referred to as abilities.
- Refreshed: A card in upright position. A refreshed spirit, brave, or ultimate can attack or block.
- Exhausted: A card in sideways position. An exhausted spirit, brave, or ultimate cannot attack or block.
- Destroyed: A destroyed card is moved to the trash and the cores on it go to the reserve.
- Depleted: A card that does not satisfy its LV1 cost is treated as depleted and sent to the trash.
- Burst: Action of trap cards that activates when certain conditions are met. Burst cards have an effect that can be activated without paying the card's cost, and typically can activate another if the cost is paid.
A deck must contain at least 40 cards, but has no upper limit. There is a limit of 3 cards of the same name per deck. However, some cards may be restricted, forbidden, or have unlimited copies allowed.
- Place all your cores into the Core Pool or Void.
- Shuffle your deck and have your opponent cut it.
- Place that deck in the deck zone.
- Place 5 core in your Life.
- Place 4 cores in your Reserve.
- Draw 4 cards from your deck to your hand.
- Decide who goes first by dice roll, coin toss, or rock paper scissors.
How to Win
- Reducing your opponent's life to 0.
- Your opponent has 0 cards in their deck during their Start Step.
All steps cannot be skipped even if the player does nothing on them.
1. Start Step
Any effects that are activated at the start of the turn are activated in this step.
2. Core Step
You gain 1 core in your reserve from your core pool. (On Turn 1, the player must skip this step)
3. Draw Step
Draw 1 card from your deck.
4. Refresh Step
Refresh all your exhausted cards. Then, move all the cores in your Trash to your reserve.
5. Main Step
Player can do any move in the following during this step:
i) Summon a Spirit, Brave, or Ultimate card - Pay the cost of a spirit, brave, or ultimate card in your hand and summon it.
ii) Deploy a Nexus card - Pay the cost of a Nexus card in your hand and deploy it.
iii) Play a Spell - You may play a spell card with (Your Main Phase) or (Flash) timing from your hand or removed from game zone by paying its cost.
iv) Level up and down cards on field - The amount of cores your need to bring the cards to each level is indicated on the left on the left side of their text. Core can be moved onto cards in any amount.
6. Attack Step
The Battle Phase on Turn 1 is skipped. The second player can choose whether to launch attacks on their initial turn.
i) Declare Attack The Attacker selects 1 of their unexhausted spirits and attacks with it. (As soon as a Spirit attacks or blocks, exhaust the spirit by turning it sideways)
ii) Flash Step 1 The blocker gets to play a card first using an effect with (Flash Step) timing, or pass. Flash step will be ended if neither players declared flash.
iii) Blocking The blocker can select 1 of their unexhausted spirits and block with it, or choose to take the attack from the life. In that case, the blocker's life is reduced by the number of symbols the attacking card has.
iv) Flash Step 2 (exists after block) Same as Flash step 1.
v) End of Battle (Showdown Step) If the blocking player blocked your attacking spirit, compare the BP of each attacking and blocking spirit. The spirit with lower BP gets destroyed. If the BP is equal, it results in a draw and both are destroyed.
Some effects are resolved in this phase.
7. End Step Any effects that are activated at the end of the turn are activated in this phase.
Please refer to the page How to Play/Dual Battle.