On this page, you will find information on rules to help you along! If you have any questions regarding the game or specific cards, please refer to this page for any of the topics listed.


A tutorial on Cardfight!! Vanguard to teach beginners how to play.

First Guide

The basic rules on how to play the game.

Starter's Guide Cover Starter's Guide Inner
Front Cover [PDF]Back Cover [PDF]

Playbook [Updated: March 3, 2015]

Comprehensive playbook which covers everything that you’ll need to know about the game.

Playbook Ver 3.02 Please click the image to download the Ver. 3 of the Playbook [PDF|16MB].
Cardfight!! Vanguard G Playbook (Ver. 3.02)

[NEW] Find the latest version of the Playbook here, which covers contents for Cardfight!! Vanguard G!

Starting from the release of Cardfight!! Vanguard G Trial Decks, physical copies of the Playbook are no longer included as part of the products. Please kindly find the most updated version of the playbook on this page.

Fighter’s Rules [Updated: May 25, 2018]

When participating in official or sanctioned tournaments, these are the rules you will have to follow in addition to the cardfight rules.

Clan Fight and Extreme Fight deck regulations are now included in “Fighter’s Rules” section.

[Updated January 30, 2018]:
- Deck Regulation Restriction for “Jewel Knight, Swordmy” has been removed

[Updated January 12, 2018]:
- Usage of Vanguard & Buddyfight Grand Festival USA 2017 PR Cards

[Updated July 7, 2017]:
- Card Restriction on “Seven Seas Helmsman, Nightcrow”
- Card Restriction on “Mick the Ghostie and Family”

[Updated January 17, 2017]:
- Card Restriction on “Tick Tock Worker”
- Card Restriction on “Steam Battler, Ur-Watar”
- Card Restriction on “Seven Seas Apprentice, Nightrunner”
- Card Restriction on “Lizard Soldier, Conroe”

[Updated July 29, 2016]:
- Card Restriction on “Doctoroid Refros”

[Updated January 22, 2016]:
- Card restriction on “Flash Ripple, Odysseus”
- Updated Clan Fight deck regulations regarding “Jewel Knight”

Comprehensive Rules & Floor Rules

[Updated December 14, 2018] These comprehensive rules are specifically targeted towards organizers, judges and advanced players for reference.

[Updated April 23, 2018]
Floor rules ensure the fairness and completeness of our tournaments. Every participant is required to abide by the floor rules so that tournaments are run fairly and smoothly for all players to enjoy themselves. Any individual who interferes with the fairness or completeness of our tournaments would be penalized according to the penalty guidelines written in these rules. Bushiroad reserves all right to take further action if deemed necessary.

Booster Draft and Sealed Recommended Rules

Last update: Feb 9, 2017

[Updated Feb 9, 2017] The recommended rules for Sealed format has been added. Sneak preview tournaments may also be run in this format, but recommended for sneak preview tournament from G-BT10 and onward.

Relay Fight [Updated: February 19, 2016]

Relay Fight is the new way of playing Cardfight!! Vanguard, which was introduced in Cardfight!! Vanguard G GIRS Crisis Episode 18 “TRY3 versus Asteroid“.

Click here for the recommended How-to-play Guide for Relay Fight >>

Check out this Cardfighter’s Column for additional Q&As on Relay Fight >>


On this page are questions and answers on specific cards and rulings.

Card Errata [Updated: November 9, 2018]

When there are error on cards due to ruling changes, misprints, or any other reason, the correct text will be listed on this page.

The correct text is applied for all tournaments and card fights.

Penalty [Updated: February 7th, 2018]

This section contains information about penalties given to tournament participants who do not abide by the tournament floor rules.