Monday, May 16, 2011

Cardfight!! Vanguard - The Basics - Part 4a - Before you start a Cardfight!! Vanguard battle

I'm going to separate this into each phase, so that you have a better idea on what is going on.

Before you start a Cardfight!! Vanguard battle:

Calling out a Grade 0 Vanguard:
You have to pick a Grade 0 and place it in your Vanguard Circle. For example, if you're running a Kagero build, Lizard Soldier Conroe would be your best choice, since when you ride a Grade 1 or higher Kagero card, you can call that card out to a Rear Guard Circle. For Soul Blast decks, you would use a Vanilla Grade 0 card. Any amount of possibilities can come from this. Listed below is some more examples of cards that are typically called out before a Cardfight!! Vanguard battle:
  • For Royal Paladins: Barkgal (which is no longer legal after September 5th, 2011, because Bushiroad banned Barkgal from Starting Vanguard position)
  • For Oracle Think Tank: Lozenge Magus
  • For Nova Grappler: Battle Raizer
  • For Grand Blue: Guiding Zombie
After you determine who goes first, you draw your hand of 5 cards. For example, you can have a Grade 1, Grade 3, and 3 Grade 0 Triggers. When you Mulligan, you can add the 3 Grade 0 Triggers back to your Deck, and draw the same amount of cards returned. Keep in mind, that you can only do it once, and only before a Cardfight!! Vanguard battle. A typical perfect hand would be one with a Grade 1, Grade 2, and Grade 3, and 2 other cards, because you need to ride to Grade 3 to get the Twin Drive Check ability, which grants you more cards to guard with. If you can't call out a higher Grade, during the battle, then you are at a disadvantage, because your opponent can ride up to a Grade 3 Vanguard, then it becomes a bit one-sided.


If you have any questions, leave a comment.


  1. Lol wow, the Cardfight Vanguard mulligan is ridiculous... you can CHOOSE which cards you want to keep and which to put back? (instead of your whole hand, like in Pokemon) Crazy.

  2. Yeah, you get to choose what to keep and what to put back.