Welcome to Skylanders Battlecast, the collectible card game that uses the characters and settings of the Skylanders universe to create a fun and exciting card combat game suitable for all ages. If you’re just getting started, this guide will take you through the basics of setting up an account, getting your first cards, and other aspects of the game experience.
Skylanders Battlecast is a collectible card game that lets you battle with Skylanders in either a single-player format or by letting players face-off against human opponents across the internet.
Players take turns playing cards that represent spells or magical items that have effects on the battle. A “Fireball” spell, for example, will do 40 points of damage to all three of an opponent’s Skylanders. The object of the game is to defeat all three of your opponent’s Skylanders in order to win.
When you open up your Battlecast app, you’ll be greeted by the game’s main screen. This is where you’ll select which function you want to use:
Battlecast is a free-to-play game. That means that it costs nothing to download and play the game. When you finish the Basic tutorial, you will receive 30 cards, including three Character cards that you can use to make up your first deck.
As you play the game, you will have the opportunity to earn Coins, the game’s in-game currency. Coins may be acquired by:
Coins can be used to purchase digital card packs or to “level up” the cards you already have in your Collection.
Physical cards can also be added to your Collection by using the app’s scanning function to scan physical cards.
Please note: a card can only be scanned into your Collection once!
One important element of collectible card games is that some cards are less common than others. That’s because rare cards are more powerful than more common cards. This is true for Battlecast cards as well. There are four levels of rarity for Battlecast cards:
Cards also have levels that are assigned to them when they are scanned into your Collection. The number below the card in the Collection indicates a card’s level.
Cards can be leveled a total of 20 times. Common cards begin at level 1 and can be leveled up to Common level 9. When a Common level 9 card gains another level, the card will become Silver with a level of 10. A Silver level 10 card can then be leveled up nine more times, going from Silver level 10 to Silver level 1, and then progressing up to Silver level 9. Silver level 9 cards can then be leveled up one more time to achieve Gold level 10, the ultimate card level.
Please note: Leveling up a card does not change the card's health, power, or cost to play the card. However, leveling up cards increases your overallSkylanders Level, which will ultimately unlock certain Story missions.
During a Battlecast match, players can choose to build a deck using cards in their collection and bring the deck into a match. Players can build and store up to nine decks in the app. Deck building is a key component of the game’s strategy, and good deck building is often the difference between winning and losing.
To create a deck:
There are three ways to obtain new cards in Skylanders Battlecast:
Character cards represent the Skylanders you’ll take with you into battle. Character cards have some important information displayed on them:
Spell cards take immediate effect once you play them. These effects can vary wildly and range from spells that do damage to healing spells that restore a Skylander’s Life to spells that impact an opponent’s ability to play their own Spell cards.
There are three kinds of Spell cards:
Gear Cards apply effects to the Skylander on the frontline. A Skylander can only wear one piece of Gear at a time, and active Gear will be destroyed if a new piece of Gear is put on the Skylander. There are even pieces of Gear with negative effects that can be put on enemy Skylanders.
Relics are powerful objects that have a global effect when placed on the battlefield. Each player can have only one Relic active at a time. Relics have their own Life and can be targeted by Spell cards or Skylander attacks just like enemy Skylanders. When a Relic’s Life counter reaches zero, it is destroyed.
Players choose three Skylanders to bring into a battle. Each Skylander can have up to three decks saved, and the deck that will be carried into battle is marked with a green check in your Collection.
Each Skylander you select gives you access to a unique ability that can only be used by that Skylander. Once you’ve selected your Skylanders, you’ll enter the game with your three Skylanders, their unique abilities, and the cards you’ve pre-selected in your Skylanders’ decks.
Once you start the game, take a moment to look at the layout of the battlefield. Your three Skylanders appear on the left-hand side of the field, and your opponent’s Skylanders will be on the right. Also note the positions of your Skylanders. One will be in the center of the battlefield. This is called the frontline. Your other two Skylanders begin the battle on the sideline.
Battlecast is turn-based, which means that you and your opponent each take turns playing cards. While it’s your opponent’s turn, you can look at your cards to plan your next move, and you can also look at the last 9 cards that have been played. The player that goes first is selected by the app with a coin toss.
When it’s your turn, you will be able to play your cards. The ability to play your cards is based on the number of Crystals you have. Your Crystals can be seen on the lower left side of your screen.
Each Crystal represents one unit of energy and is the resource that determines how and whether you can play a card on your turn. The number on the upper left of a card is how many Crystals it costs to play that card. As you play cards, the game will automatically subtract Crystals from your total. You can play as many cards per turn as you wish until you run out of Crystals.
At the beginning of each turn, your Crystals will be recharged and you will receive a random number of new Crystals (0, 1, or 2) to add to your Crystal total. The maximum number of Crystals a player may have during a match is 10.
At the beginning of your turn, two things will always happen:
After that, you have the option of performing three different types of actions:
Note that you do not have to perform the actions in the order listed above. In fact, figuring out when to perform them – or which ones not to perform –is one of main strategies of the game.
The first action you can perform is to play cards from your hand. As mentioned under Crystals, you can play as many cards as you wish until you run out of Crystals. Cards are played one at a time and their effects are immediately displayed on the battlefield.
Note that cards will affect your opponent’s frontline Skylander unless specified in the card’s description.
Each time a character casts two spells or uses it’s basic attack twice, it goes up a level. Once a character reaches level 3, its basic attack increases.
Every Skylander has a basic attack that is separate from any of its special Spell Cards. This is represented on the battlefield as a number with a red circle around it.
You can use this basic attack at any time during each turn, but only the frontline Skylander can use their basic attack during a turn.
Once per turn, you can swap your frontline Skylander with a sideline Skylander. This can be done at any point during your turn, and you can only swap in sidelined Skylanders who haven’t been knocked out. Also, if a Skylander is knocked out at any point during a turn, it will be automatically swapped out for a sidelined Skylander who hasn’t been knocked out.
Once you have finished all your possible actions on your turn, hit the End Turn button.
Both players continue to take turns until a player has had all of their Skylanders knocked out. The player who knocks out all three of their opponent’s Skylanders first is the winner!