How to get cards

Check out our tips on how to build your first ever Deck

One of the great things about the Yu‑Gi‑Oh! TRADING CARD GAME is the ability to combine any cards you like into a Deck. If you’ve found a winning strategy combining Blue-Eyes White Dragon and Dark Magician, there’s nothing stopping you from combining cards from multiple products to build that Deck!

New cards are released regularly, further widening the Decks and strategies you can use. But how do you get cards? Where are the best places to find out what cards are available, and where to obtain them? Read on for details.

Looking for a specific card?

You’ve seen your friend win a Duel in an amazing fashion, or watched a Yu‑Gi‑Oh! Championship Series winner succeed with a powerful play, and you want to try it out for yourself. First, you need to find out what products contain the cards you saw, learn more below.

If you’re looking for information on upcoming cards, the Yu‑Gi‑Oh! TCG products page will show you what’s coming soon, with each page describing the key strategies and cards you may find. This is also where you can find out the release dates of new products, so you know when to visit your nearest store.

If you already know what cards you want to add to your Deck, head to the Yu‑Gi‑Oh! TCG Card Database and search for them. You’ll find out what products each card was printed in, along with the rarity of each card. Rarer cards are harder to find in booster packs, but often have special visual effects like metallic text or shiny artwork.

The Yu‑Gi‑Oh! TCG Card Database also displays complete lists of every card you can find in a product. New lists are usually added a few days after the release of a product, so check back often to see the new cards you can add to your Deck.

If you want more inspiration on what cards to get, you can follow the Official Yu‑Gi‑Oh! Card Games Social Media Channels to see our weekly card spotlight.

Official Tournament Stores:

Now that we know what cards we’re looking for, the next question is “Where do we get them?”.

The best place to find the latest cards and products is at an Official Tournament Store. These stores and their players are always up-to-date with the latest Yu‑Gi‑Oh! news, and a great place to make new friends. Official Tournament Stores also host Dueling events on a regular basis, where you can put your new Deck to the test!

Your local store may also host special events throughout the year, giving you a sneak peek at new products, celebrating the release of new Structure Deck, beginning your journey to the World Championship and more.

Retail Outlets & Toy Stores:

Official Tournament Stores are not the only place to find Yu‑Gi‑Oh! TRADING CARD GAME products however, many retail shops and toy stores supply the latest cards too.

The availability of Yu‑Gi‑Oh! TRADING CARD GAME product varies by country and city, so be sure to check with your local retail outlet or toy store to see what is available.

Trading with other Duelists:

Another great way to get the cards you need is to trade with your fellow Duelists. As your collection grows over time, there are some cards you may not use in your Deck. Those cards may be useful to another Duelist however, and if they have cards that you are looking for, you can ask to trade!

Advice for Parents:

Trading is a great way for Duelists to expand their collections and exchange cards that they already have or don’t need for cards that they are looking for. Since the cards have different values, it can take a bit of practice and preparation to make the best trades. If your child is interested in trading, you can help them get the most out of the process. You’ll find that when your child trades to get the cards that they want, they’re engaged in an exciting and challenging social activity.

First, help your child organise and store their collection.  Card boxes and trading binders keep cards off the floor and in good condition, and easy to locate when needed. Organisation is a good skill to learn, and maintaining a card collection is a great place to begin. Cards in good condition are also more valuable to other players than cards that are damaged or heavily-worn.

Second, encourage your child to learn about the value of their cards. There are lots of collectible magazines and online stores that list current prices. Your child doesn’t have to learn about every card, but having an idea of what their more appealing cards are worth will help them make balanced decisions when trading. When they add up the values of different cards to make informed trades, they’re practicing important mathematical and decision-making skills.

When your child is starting out, you might want to put limits on which cards can be traded – if they have any valuable cards or cards given as gifts, you can let them know that they should not trade them. Let them know that they don’t have to trade if they don’t want to, as sometimes children can feel pressured into trades. Let your child know that it’s okay to turn down a trade if they don’t feel comfortable about it.