The Bleach Trading Card
Game is a collectible card game from Score Entertainment, and is based off of
the anime and manga series of the same name.
The Bleach Trading Card Game is played with two people. Each player must have
a total of at least sixty-one cards: a Guardian card, a sixty-card 'main deck'
and a Side Deck consisting of a number of energy cards dictated by your Guardian
card. There are two ways to win: deplete your opponent's Power (printed on their
Guardian card) to zero, or if your opponent attempts to draw or discard a card
from their deck and fails.
A standard player's turn
in the game consists of three steps: The Resource Step, the Main Step and the
End Step. The Resource Step has players drawing cards and putting Energy cards
into play, the Main Step is where players can attack and play cards, and the
End Step is a formal conclusion to the turn.
There are six different types of cards in the Bleach Trading Card Game:
Guardian cards represent
the personas of characters in the Bleach universe. Each Guardian has a Power
rating that represents the total amount of damage they can take. Each Guardian
also has a set of numbers on the left side of the card that represent how much
of a particular Energy card that the Guardian can have in their energy deck.
Finally, Guardians each have Effects that can be used as indicated on the card.
(Effects that require a cost will have the requirements bolded)
In addition to regular versions, there are also special Hi-Tech cards that are
variants of the regular Guardian cards. These are exclusive to the preconstructed
Energy cards are the only cards that can be placed in the Side Deck.
Energy cards are what players use to pay costs and play their cards. There are
currently three kinds of Energy: Mind Energy, Body Energy and Spirit Energy.
Character cards can represent anyone and anything from Bleach, whether
it be Humans, Soul Reapers or Hollows. Character cards (and the three other
types of cards) have a Cost that needs to be payed upon playing the card. Characters
also have Traits, which are keywords that determine if specific abilities can
be used. The most important area of a Character card is the right side of the
card. Each Character can have up to three Stats which they use to attack and
inflict Power damage to the opponent. Some Characters may also have Effects.
Characters have a White background.
There are currently six stats that Characters can use: AGI (Agility), FOR (Fortitude),
INT (Intelligence), SPP (Spiritual Pressure), STR (Strength) and QCK (Quickness).
Events have a number of varying abilities. Some Events may require you to have
Characters with certain Traits in play in order to use them. Events have a Blue
Items need to be equipped to Characters in order to be used, and can
represent important items in the Bleach universe (such as Zanpakuto). Items
may need to be equipped to a certain Character or someone with a certain Trait
in order to use them. Items have a Red background.
Battlegrounds represent locations in the human world and Soul Society.
They have a constant effect that can effect either one or all players. Battlegrounds
have a green background.
Cards are returned from depleted (sideways) back to upright positions. The active
player draws a card from their deck, then may choose whether to draw another
card or place a card from their side deck in play, then may choose whether to
draw yet another card or place another energy card into play.
The active player may play any card from his hand, use powers on cards in play,
or attack with characters. These can be done in any order, as long as the player
has the cards to do so.
The formal end of a turn. Temporary effects are ended, and control is switched
over to another player.