Fighter’s Rules

Updated on September 23, 2022.
Here you can find the Fighter’s Rules that will be enforced from October 10, 2022.
Deck regulation restrictions differ for each regulation.
In this update, there are changes on the card restrictions applicable to V Premium and Premium formats.

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What is the “Fighter’s Rules”?

The “Fighter’s Rules” are a set of rules that a fighter must follow when participating in official or sanctioned tournaments.
It is determined to provide a healthier environment for fights.
If you’re participating in a tournament, please read and adhere to the rules on this page.
“Fighter’s Rules” will be updated when necessary after official tournaments.
There may be updates regardless of tournament circumstances.
※For more information about the rules, please refer to our Floor Rules.
Information on Tournament Regulations
The following tournament regulations are applied to official and sanctioned tournaments.
Shop Tournaments from May 2021 onwards will be separated into 3 regulations. The cards allowed for each regulation are different.
 

Updated on July 8, 2022. New entries are applicable from July 22, 2022.

Latest Regulations
Standard – Nation Fight
[Applicable from May 2021]

Choose a nation, and construct a deck with only cards from that nation.
Ride Decks will be used. Please refer here for rules applicable to the Ride Deck.
English edition cards sold or distributed with the [D] icon on the bottom left corner can be used.



[Applicable from September 24, 2021] Up to 8 cards with
each of the following trigger types (Critical, Draw, and Front)
can be included in the main deck.

Critical trigger
Draw trigger
Front trigger
V-Premium – Clan Fight
[Applicable from August 2022]

Choose a clan, and construct a deck with only cards from that clan.
Ride decks cannot be used.
English edition cards sold or distributed with the [V] icon on the bottom left corner can be used.

※The rules regarding deck construction and restrictions that applied to “Standard” before May 2021 also apply for “V Premium”.
※ V-SD01/001EN~014EN and V-SD02/001EN~014EN cards are regarded as cards with the icon.

Special Construction Conditions
• Fighters that choose «Link Joker» may include cards with “Я” in their card name in their deck, even if those cards are from a different clan.
• For fighters who choose «Link Joker», all cards with “Я” in their card name in that fighter’s deck that are from a different clan lose all of their original text and icons. (They lose their skill icons, gift icons, and trigger icons)

Premium – Clan Fight
[Applicable from August 2022]

All English edition cards sold or distributed can be used.
Ride decks cannot be used.
Choose a clan, and construct a deck with only cards from that clan. If nation cards are used, they must correspond to the appropriate nation that the clan belongs to.
Click here for more details on Premium format deck construction for overDress and onwards.

Special Construction Conditions
• Fighters that choose «Royal Paladin» may include up to 4 copies of “Blaster Dark” in their deck.
• Fighters that choose «Link Joker» may include cards with “Я” in their card name in their deck, even if those cards are from a different clan.
• For fighters who choose «Link Joker», all cards with “Я” in their card name in that fighter’s deck that are from a different clan lose all of their original text and icons. (They lose their skill icons, gift icons, and trigger icons)
• Fighters that include “Neon Gyze” in their main deck may include any <Zeroth Dragon> card in their G deck, regardless of the clan they chose.

Premium – Extreme Fight
[Applicable from May 2021]

You may mix cards from different clans and nations when constructing a deck.
All English edition cards sold or distributed can be used.
Ride decks cannot be used.
From May 2021, the rules applicable to the trigger effect of drive check and damage check will be changed. The trigger effect will be activated even if “the vanguard circle or the rear-guard circle has a unit of the same clan as the unit in the trigger zone” is not met.

 

Card Usage Restrictions
Icon Glossary
Restricted to 1
You may only have up to one of these in your deck.


Restricted as FV
You may not use the card as a first vanguard.


Unrestricted
After much consideration, the specified card has
been unrestricted. You may use up to four copies.


Restricted
You may not use the card in your deck.You may no


Choice Restriction
Choose one of the types from this group, and you
may include up to four copies in your deck.

All other cards within the same group cannot be included in your deck.
(E.g.) Card A, Card B
O 4pc Card A, 0pc Card B
X 3pc Card A, 1pc Card B

standard Format

Restriction Details Card Name
Restricted to 1
Dark Strain Dragon

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※The card restrictions are not applicable to Extreme Fight.
※All cards with the same abilities as the specified cards are included.
(Cards with different abilities are not subjected to the restrictions)

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v premium format

Restriction Details Card Name
Restricted
Black Observe, Hamiel

Restriction Details Card Name
Restricted
Bluish Flame Liberator, Percival
(applicable from October 10, 2022)
Shadow Paladin

Restriction Details Card Name
Unrestricted
Black Sage, Charon
(applicable from October 10, 2022)
Choice Restriction
Dragheart, Luard
Skull Witch, Nemain
Nubatama

Restriction Details Card Name
Restricted
Stealth Beast, Kokushigarasu
(applicable from October 10, 2022)
Dark Irregulars

Restriction Details Card Name
Restricted
Variants Hardleg
Granblue

Restriction Details Card Name
Restricted
Violence Flanger
Bermuda Triangle

Restriction Details Card Name
Restricted to 1
Prudent Blue, Miep
Unrestricted
Mermaid Idol, Elly
(applicable from October 10, 2022)
Restricted
PR♥ISM-Image, Rosa
Restricted
Silver Singer, Cutire
(applicable from October 10, 2022)

Please refer to the errata page for the details regarding “Top Idol, Riviere”.

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※The card restrictions are not applicable to Extreme Fight.
※All cards with the same abilities as the specified cards are included.
(Cards with different abilities are not subjected to the restrictions)

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Premium Format

All Clans

Restriction Details Card Name
Restricted
Rain Elemental, Zarzan
Restricted
Tempest Sphere
Choice restriction
Zeroth Dragon of Zenith Peak, Ultima
Cards with the Over Trigger icon
Stoicheia

Restriction Details Card Name
Restricted to 1
Fabricated Dragon of Ruination
(applicable from October 10, 2022)

Restriction Details Card Name
Restricted to 1
Doctoroid Refros

Restriction Details Card Name
Restricted as FV
Crimson Lion Cub, Kyrph
Restricted
Flame Wind Lion, Wonder Ezel
Oracle Think Tank

Restriction Details Card Name
Restricted as FV
Magical Calico
Restricted
Esteemed Deity of Abundant Waters, Ichikishima
Shadow Paladin

Restriction Details Card Name
Restricted
Freezing Witch, Bendi
Genesis

Restriction Details Card Name
Restricted
Goddess of Sound Sleep, Tahro
Kagero

Restriction Details Card Name
Restricted
Dragon Knight, Nizari
(applicable from October 10, 2022)
Nubatama

Restriction Details Card Name
Restricted
Shura Stealth Dragon, Jamyocongo
Murakumo

Restriction Details Card Name
Restricted
Ambush Demon Stealth Beast, Nue Daio
Restricted
Stealth Rogue of Concealment, Tanba
Dimension Police

Restriction Details Card Name
Restricted to 1
Commander Laurel
Link Joker

Restriction Details Card Name
Restricted
Turmoil Star-vader, Zinc
Gear Chronicle

Restriction Details Card Name
Restricted
Interdimensional Dragon, Mystery-flare Dragon
(applicable from October 10, 2022)
Dark Irregulars

Restriction Details Card Name
Restricted to 1
Enigmatic Assassin
Restricted
Evil God Pontiff, Gastille Daimonas
Choice Restriction
King of Masks, Dantarian
Steam Mage, Ashur-da
Pale Moon

Restriction Details Card Name
Restricted to 1
Silver Thorn Beast Tamer, Doriane
Restricted
Visible Songster
Choice Restriction
Jumping Jill
Flying Peryton
Purple Trapezist
Choice Restriction
Masquerade Master, Harri
Nightmare Doll, Alice
Aqua Force

Restriction Details Card Name
Restricted
Flash Ripple, Odysseus
(applicable from October 10, 2022)
Granblue

Restriction Details Card Name
Restricted to 1
Seven Seas Helmsman, Nightcrow
Restricted to 1
Seven Seas Apprentice, Nightrunner
Bermuda Triangle

Restriction Details Card Name
Restricted to 1
Dreamer Dreamer, Kruk
Restricted to 1
Delight Genius, Ange
Restricted
Luxury Wave, Elly
Restricted
Spirited Star, Trois
Choice Restriction
Colorful Pastorale, Fina
Unbelievagirl, Potpourri

Please refer to the errata page for the details regarding “Top Idol, Riviere”.

Neo Nectar

Restriction Details Card Name
Restricted to 1
Cosmos Pixy, Lizbeth
Restricted
Untainted Holy Damsel, Green Katrina

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※The card restrictions are not applicable to Extreme Fight.
※All cards with the same abilities as the specified cards are included.
(Cards with different abilities are not subjected to the restrictions)

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Regarding manners during fights
(Updated on 8th July 2022)

  • Fight fairly by following the rules and paying respect to your opponent at all times.
  • Communicate with your opponent by speaking and making actions clear. Also, when your opponent makes a move, give a response to express that you understand their actions.
  • Do not touch your opponent’s cards without his or her permission. If you handle your opponent’s cards, handle them with care.
  • Do not move the cards in your hand out of view of your opponent (such as under the table).
    Also, do not shuffle the cards in your hand loudly, or shuffle them excessively.

Handling of card abilities
  • Depending on the release date, there may be cards with the same abilities with updated text.
  • When referencing the text for the card abilities, and its related rule resolutions, it will refer to the latest version of text released.
    (e.g. When you play G-BT02/103EN “Rain Elemental, Tear”, it will be treated to have the text of PR/0463EN)

rain element

Regarding Decks & Cards

(Updated on 8th July 2022)

Ride Deck
  • Ride Decks will be used for Standard.
  • From your main deck of 50 cards, choose a unit card of each grade 0, 1, 2 & 3 as your ride deck.
  • The grade 0 unit chosen for your ride deck will be your first vanguard.
  • Please confirm the number of cards in each others’ ride deck before the fight.
  • Generally, the contents of your ride deck cannot be modified during a tournament.
  • ※Ride decks cannot be used for V Premium or Premium formats.

Cards in G Zone
  • G Decks will be used for Premium Standard.
  • You may have 0 to 16 cards in your G zone that is separate from the 50 cards in your main deck. Cards in your G zone must be from the same clan as your main deck.
  • Generally, the contents of your G zone cannot be modified during a tournament.
“”Gift markers”, “token cards”, and “marker cards””
  • Please use officially released “gift markers”, “token cards” and “marker cards”.
  • Please prepare sufficient “token cards“ and “marker cards” before the start of the fight, and put it face down in an area separate from the zones of the game.
  • At the start of the fight, you do not need to announce that you are using “token cards” or “marker cards”
Aid items
  • Official Fighter’s Counters and official Fighter’s Coins may be used to indicate any changes to the power and/or critical.
  • Please prepare the amount you would require before the fight, and use them in a manner that does not obstruct the playing of cards.
  • You may use a container to hold your aid items, but no other items should be included in the container.

For more details, please check the advanced floor rules here.

Regarding Sleeves for the main deck

(Updated on 8th July 2022)

Sleeves must be used for the main deck.
When using a single layer of sleeves, please use mini sized, opaque sleeves (illustrated or monochrome).
If 2 or 3 layers of sleeves are used, please follow the usage guideline found further below.

The following combinations of sleeves are examples of what can be used for all levels of tournaments.

※Even if the following combinations are used, there may be instances where information on cards are not clearly visible, or can be distinguished from other cards, or becomes too thick to be stacked neatly, and other issues that may obstruct the fight from proceeding. In such cases, you may be instructed to remove or replace the sleeves used.

Opaque sleeves made for mini sized cards should be used for the first layer of sleeves (not including the inner sleeves for sized cards) [marked in red in the table below].
If you wish to use opaque sleeves made for regular sized cards [marked in blue in the table below], please use monochrome mini sized sleeves (sleeves that are not inner sleeves, and are standard mini sized sleeves) as the first layer.

First layer
Second layer
Clear or monochrome (with aluminum film back)
Mini sized
Inner sleeve
Monochrome or illustrated
Mini sized
Standard sleeves

Monochrome or illustrated
Mini sized
Standard sleeves
Clear
Mini sized
Over sleeves

Monochrome
Mini sized
Standard sleeves
Monochrome or illustrated
Regular sized
Standard sleeves

 

First layer Second layer Third layer
Clear or monochrome (with aluminum film back)
Mini sized
Inner sleeve
Monochrome or illustrated
Mini sized
Standard sleeves
Clear
Mini sized
Over sleeves
Monochrome
Mini sized
Standard sleeves
Monochrome or illustrated
Regular sized
Standard sleeves
Monochrome
Mini sized
Standard sleeves
Monochrome or illustrated
Regular sized
Standard sleeves
Clear
Regular sized
Over sleeves

※If you use 3 layers of sleeves, please ensure that the thickness of the deck does not cause difficulty in stacking as one pile or in shuffling.

To prevent information on cards from becoming difficult to read, or to prevent cards from becoming distinguishable, please avoid using the combination of sleeves below.

  • Card sleeves that are too large for the cards
    → It is recommended that you use opaque sleeves for mini sized cards as the first layer. This is especially the case for Regional tournaments or higher, where the use of opaque mini sized sleeves as the first layer is a requirement.
    ※Even if you are using inner sleeves with aluminum film backing, please use opaque mini sized sleeves.
    ※There may be additional requirements on the usage of sleeves imposed by the tournament organizers or judges. In those cases, please use sleeves that comply with the additional guidelines.
  • 4 or more layers of sleeves
    → Please use only up to 3 layers of sleeves.
    ※For tournaments that do not require 2 layers of sleeves only, fighters may choose to use up to 3 layers of sleeves.
  • Clear sleeves only
    → Please only use clear sleeves in combination with opaque sleeves, such as sleeves with illustrations.
  • Soiled or damaged sleeves
    → Check the conditions of your sleeves before participating in any tournaments.
    Using sleeves with transparent sections along with opaque words and/or patterns
    → As soiled or damaged sleeves may make information on cards difficult to read, or make it possible to distinguish the cards, please do not use soiled or damaged sleeves.
    Sleeve with patterns or words that is partially opaque
    → Please do not use them as they might cause difficulty in reading information on cards, or create a mark that distinguishes it from other cards.
  • Using opaque sleeves on top of opaque patterned sleeves
    →Please do not use another opaque sleeve over opaque patterned sleeves.
  • Card loaders
    → Non-sleeve products cannot be used.

Examples of recommended usage of sleeves:

recommended usage of sleeves

Please check out the Advanced Floor Rules for more details.

※For the main deck, mini sized opaque sleeves are recommended as the first layer. This is especially the case for Regional tournaments or higher, where mini sized opaque sleeves are required as the first layer.

Sleeves for other decks

(Updated on 8th July 2022)

Sleeves must be used for the ride deck and cards in the G Zone.
You may freely choose whether to use sleeves for “token cards” and “marker cards”.
If you use sleeves, please use different sleeves in order to distinguish them from your main deck. While the rules for sleeves for token and marker cards are not as detailed as the rules for sleeves for the main deck, please do not use sleeve combinations that may disrupt the fight.

  • You may use a combination of sleeves with different illustrations of patterns. (You may use the same for all as well).
  • You may use sleeves made for regular sized cards.
  • You may use clear sleeves as the sole sleeves.
  • You may use card loaders, but card loaders that are too thick may disrupt the fight, and should be avoided.
Regarding playmat usage

You may use a playmat that you have prepared beforehand.
You may not use playmats that have zones different from vanguard.
Please obtain permission from your opponent before using your playmat.
※A staff may deem your playmat unsuitable for usage due to piracy and/or morality

Regarding units with no clan or nation

Unit cards that have no clan or nation can be included in any deck, regardless of the clan or nation chosen.

Regarding usage of cards with mermaid text

Cards with text written in mermaid text, e.g. V-EB15/ASR01EN “Happiness Heart, Lupina”, included in Extra Booster 15: Twinkle Melody that went on sale on January 22nd 2021, can be used in official sanctioned tournaments.
Additionally, when using these cards in official sanctioned tournaments, please print and bring along this PDF for ability reference.

V-EB15/ASR01EN

 

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