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Top 10 Triple Triad Cards (for the "Final Fantasy" App)

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A Triple Triad Game

A Triple Triad Game

How to Play Triple Triad

First appearing in FF8, Triple Triad was later remastered for FF14 and is now its own app. It's a fast yet strategic card game played on a 3x3 grid. Players take turns placing one card, each with four values, one facing each direction (Up, left, down, and right).

The objective is to capture enemy cards by placing adjacent cards of higher ranks; if you play a card with an upwards 7 beneath a card with a downwards 5, you steal that card. You can even steal multiple cards at once if yours beats multiple adjacent enemy cards, and you can reclaim cards that were stolen from you. The player with the most at the end wins.

Basically, higher numbers are better, but cards have higher values in some orientations, lower in others. Special rulesets can shake up gameplay, but those are the basics—which aces will guide you to victory? These are the ten best Triple Triad cards in Final Fantasy!

Cecil Triple Triad Card

Cecil Triple Triad Card

10. Cecil Harvey

Game: FF4
Stat Total: 28

Like all today's cards, Cecil's five-star rating indicates he's the strongest version of himself available. His values are 8, 7, A (10, the highest), and 3, meaning he's pretty hard to beat on all sides except one.

To best use cards like Cecil, orient him so that his weakest side (3) is facing the grid edge and can't be exploited by opponents, meaning you'd want Cecil anywhere on the bottom row to shield his weaker side.

Kuja Triple Triad Card

Kuja Triple Triad Card

9. Kuja

Game: FF9
Stat Total: 28

FF9's antagonist has an even weaker side than Cecil at 2, but his other values are great: two 8s and an A. Put him on the left column to protect him, and use his upwards 10 to your advantage by placing him below an enemy card.

Cloud Triple Triad Card

Cloud Triple Triad Card

8. Cloud Strife

Game: FF7
Stat Total: 28

The infamous Buster Sword-wielding hero copies Kuja's values, just in different directions, with two 8s, a 2, and an A. Like before, try to circumvent that 2 by playing Cloud on the top row where it can't be exploited.

Also note that in some versions of Triple Triad (like the FF14 rendition), your deck has limits on the number of high-star cards you can include, so you'll want to collect several three-stars to support your five-star aces.

Noctis Triple Triad Card

Noctis Triple Triad Card

7. Noctis Lucis Caelum

Game: FF15
Stat Total: 28

With both 9 and 10 ranks, Noctis can easily capture multiple cards at once, but the downside are his weaker 4 and 5 values. Still, it's occasionally smart to purposefully expose lower stats, as this gives you an easier recapture route if you expect your opponent to steal.

Bahamut Triple Triad Card

Bahamut Triple Triad Card

6. Bahamut

Game: Several
Stat Total: 29

Now we're entering the cream of the crop, the rare set of cards with total ranks adding up to 29. Infamous dragon summon Bahamut leads the pack with an interesting distribution, being today's only card without an A side.

But to compensate, Bahamut has above-average scores in every direction, bearing two 9s, a 5, and a 6.

Shantotto Triple Triad Card

Shantotto Triple Triad Card

5. Shantotto

Game: FF11
Stat Total: 29

Shantotto's scores are similar to Bahamut's, taking his 5 down to a 4 in order to bump one of the 9s up to an A. Place her anywhere on the right column to protect her weakest side while utilizing her other scores.

Wellspring Embrace Triple Triad Card

Wellspring Embrace Triple Triad Card

4. Wellspring Embrace

Game: FF10
Stat Total: 29

Unlike prior cards that show one character, this one depicts an iconic moment from FF10 involving both Tidus and Yuna. Either way, the scores are similar to Shantotto's, just shuffled around a bit, with the weakest side still facing right.

The Opéra Triple Triad Card

The Opéra Triple Triad Card

3. The Opéra

Game: FF6
Stat Total: 29

Like Wellspring Embrace, this card features a defining scene from FF6, where Celes masquerades as Maria the opera star. Its ranks are a bit different than before, with a low upwards 8 (place on the top row for safety) but two 8s and an A.

Bartz Triple Triad Card

Bartz Triple Triad Card

2. Bartz

Game: FF5
Stat Total: 29

Bartz and his Chocobo form this powerful card, bearing the same values as The Opéra but slightly rotated. This time, you'll want to play Bartz on the left column to take advantage of his better scores while avoiding that 3.

Kain Triple Triad Card

Kain Triple Triad Card

1. Kain HIghwind

Game: FF4
Stat Total: 29

Normally, the protagonists get the highest-scoring cards from each game, but anti-hero Kain bests Cecil for this ace. Play Kain anywhere on the rightmost row to both protect his weak side and use his left-facing A to great effect.

Triple Triad Special Rules

  • All Open: Players show the entirety of their hands throughout the match
  • Three Open: Players play with three randomly chosen cards apiece face up
  • Same: Cards with the same ranks in the opposing quadrants as two or more adjacent existing cards flip the existing cards
  • Plus: When the sum of your card's rank and the opposing card's rank equal the sum of the same on another side, flip the opposing cards
  • Chaos: The order in which participants play their cards is randomly determined
  • Reverse: The hierarchy of cards is reversed (A weakest and 1 most powerful)
  • Fallen Ace: 1 beats A
  • Swap: You will exchange one card at random with your opponent before the match begins
  • Roulette: A rule variation is chosen randomly before the start of the match

Once you've mastered the basics of Triple Triad, try the above variants (some of which can be combined with each other) to spice up gameplay, but for now, vote for your favorite card and I'll see you at our next Final Fantasy countdown!

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