• Tetra Master

    Basic Rules

    The basic rules of the game aren't too difficult. If you were good at the Final Fantasy VIII card game, this should be a snap. If you didn't like the Final Fantasy VIII card game, this should still be easier, as it's not as complex.

    1. You need at least five cards to start a game.
      Getting five cards shouldn't be too hard. Simple enough, right?
    2. Choose your best five cards.
      You should choose your cards with the most arrows on them. Try to plan ahead so that you have all the angles covered. In other words, you don't want all your arrows pointing to the right. Then you'll have no arrows pointing to the left, and you'll be defenseless. Kapesh? Okay. Also, you should take into consideration the numbers and letters that are on each card. We'll get to that though.
    3. Think ahead!
      You won't get anywhere in the card game if you're not thinking a few steps ahead. It's just like chess, only better :)

    Card Arrows, Letters, and Numbers

    To start winning games, you'll have to understand how the cards work. Some cards are much better than others.


    Arrows are the main ingredient to a card's strength. If you place a card on the board with an arrow pointing to an opponent's card, you start a face off. If they have no arrow to counter attack, you automattically take their card. Take a look below.

    1... + 2... = 3!
    The enemy is defenseless...   You strike...   You take their card! Yay!

    Letters & Numbers

    All of the cards have a combined four letters or numbers. Each number represents a different attribute, so pay close attention. Lets use this card as an example:

    • The First Character, a Number (3):
      This stands for the attack power of a card. It's hexadecimal, starting from 0 (least powerful) and going to E (most powerful).
    • The Second Character, a Letter (P):
      This is the card's attack type. There are 4 variations. P stands for Physical, M is Magic, X attacks the lowest defense number, and A attacks the lowest number on the card.
    • The Third Character, a Number (2):
      This is the card's physical defense. This works in hexadecimal as well, so the lowest is 0 and the highest is E.
    • The Fourth Character, a Number (0):
      This is the card's magical defense. This works in hexadecimal as well, so the lowest is 0 and the highest is E.

    The use of all these numbers:

    When two cards are placed next to each other and their arrows match up, a card battle begins! When two cards battle, the newly-placed card determines the attack. The attack is based on the newly-placed card's attack power (first number) and attack type (second letter). The newly-placed cards attack number (first number) now fights the enemy card's defense number (Physical or Magic, depending on the newly-placed card's attack type). Look below for an example.

    1... + 2... = 3!
    The enemy puts their card down. If you were just looking at arrows, this would be a good card. But examine closer and you'll see that his stats are easily beatable.   You put your card down. You don't have as many arrows, but you've now challenged him to a "card battle". You attack with a hit of 1 and...   You take their card! Yay! You see! You had a better attack than him, and he was defenseless. Thus, you win!

    Believe it or not, if you win several card battles with a certain card, that cards stats will actually go up!

  • Final Fantasy IX on the forums...


    Too Slow ?

    Thread Starter: maybee

    I keep on seeing that newer and younger fans are struggling getting into this game because the battle system is just too slow for them. While they can

    Last Post By: Kibbs Kibbard 02-21-2018, 08:03 PM Go to last post

    So much stuff to find in this game

    Thread Starter: Scotty_ffgamer

    I decided to replay IX out of boredom today, and I discovered Hippaul’s hidden treasure for the first time. I always just thought the random cards you

    Last Post By: Krizzy 02-21-2018, 01:08 PM Go to last post

    FFIX Sounds Fix

    Thread Starter: vivi_carol

    This desveres a separate thread, as it's used in the vanilla version of FFIX.
    FF9 Sound Mod major update:

    EMR Vanilla Sound

    Last Post By: vivi_carol 11-02-2017, 08:25 AM Go to last post

    Final Fantasy IX, Facing Fate: Evil Mist Rebirth - Debut [Extreme X]

    Thread Starter: vivi_carol

    Find it on Steam.

    § Download Link §

    Last Post By: vivi_carol 11-19-2017, 03:47 PM Go to last post

    Final Fantasy IX Impressions

    Thread Starter: Bubba

    So it's been long overdue but I've finally started this little beauty on my Vita. I'm just using this thread to post my impressions, thoughts, gripes

    Last Post By: charliepanayi 12-01-2017, 10:32 PM Go to last post
    Lone Wolf Leonhart

    Final Fantasy IX now available on PlayStation 4

    Thread Starter: Lone Wolf Leonhart

    Today at Sony's pre-Tokyo Game Show press conference it was announced that Final Fantasy IX would be available to download on PlayStation 4 today. Like

    Last Post By: vivi_carol 09-25-2017, 11:18 PM Go to last post

    Favorite thing about the PC version

    Thread Starter: Freya

    I enjoy the updated models. It's nice to see everyone in better resolution!

    Last Post By: Freya 09-14-2017, 01:16 AM Go to last post
    Forsaken Lover

    A Message from Sakaguchi

    Thread Starter: Forsaken Lover

    Last Post By: Laddy 08-10-2017, 11:33 AM Go to last post