Splinterlands combines the fun of card trading games with the intensity of strategy and battle games to create the perfect world where you fight over magical powers and gain control over the Splinterlands.

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Splinterlands is a fast-paced P2E digital card trading game where NFT technology enables players to own their cards. Built on HIVE blockchain technology, Splinterlands’ cards, and other in-game assets can be collected, traded, sold, loaned, and delegated in exchange for actual earnings. Another way to make money through Splinterlands is by entering and winning battles using your cards to get rewards.

Key Highlights
  • Splinterslands is a Play-to-Earn trading card battler that combines Pokemon collectible elements with World of Warcraft-like characters.
  • Sign up for an account and set it up to claim your 30 free spirit-bound non-transferable NFT cards to start your card-battling journey in Splinterlands.
  • Strategically place the NFT cards in your deck to optimize their element, speed, and range to win battles and earn $DEC and $SPS rewards.
  • Upgrade your Splinterlands account using the Summoner's Spellbook to cash out your $DEC and $SPS earnings.
  • Boost your $DEC and $SPS earnings using your upgraded Splinterlands account to join guilds and participate in tournaments.
How to Play Splinterlands

You can start playing Splinterlands right away without buying any assets or paying any money. The game can be played on Android and iOS devices as well as PC browsers.

Players get their first cards when they create their Splinterlands account. The game will give you 30 spirit-bound non-transferable cards to get you started and learn the basics of Splinter magic. You can also purchase card packs on the game’s marketplace or OpenSea.

Once the account is set up, the player will head to the Academy Training Arena where they begin the game tutorial. You can, of course, skip the tutorial if you're already familiar with similar games like Magic: The Gathering. However, we recommend staying for the tutorial as it gives you highly valuable pointers and advice regarding the gameplay.

In the tutorial, you’ll meet professor Lorelax who will teach you dueling and the art of summoning in battles. Winning battles in Splinterlands is crucial as it’s your way to rise through the leagues.

Take a Peek at the Battle

Take a close look at the pre-battle screen as you'll find valuable information about the upcoming battle and your opponent’s team. There's a timer for the pre-battle screen. So, make sure to get all the important info in time. The pre-battle screen will show you which element your opponent is going to use for his battle deck of cards. The game rules change with every new battle. The main variables to check out before every new battle are: Combat Rules, Mana Cap, and Elements.

  • The Combat Rules: The rules may change the gameplay if your next battle is not standard.

  • Mana Cap: This is the total Mana you can spend in the battle. Mana is the card value which you can see on the top left corner of your cards.

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  • Elements: Each battle specifies the type of summoning magic that you're allowed to use. In other words, what element cards you can use in the battle

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Once you view this information, you can start building your team and choosing the battle cards.

Building Your Team for the Battle

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The first card you must choose before each battle is the Summoner. The Summoner card determines the element of your team's magic. For example, if you choose a fire Summoner, this means that your deck of cards will consist of the fire element.

Choose the Summoner card from an element that you know can beat your opponent's element which you already saw in the pre-battle screen. For example, if your opponent chose the death element, knowing that the death element is slow, you can choose a summoner from a fast element like fire. Next, you start building your team based on the summoner’s element as well as cards from the Neutral units. You’ll also choose the cards’ position on the battlefield. This is where Splinterlands allows you to deploy and grow your strategic skills.

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The first spot on your team is the main card and this position is called the Tank. This position requires a strong card with a high Health level and a good Armor level to protect its health. Then, you can place cards in the second position that has good Reachability. Go on to build the rest of your team based on their different abilities and their suitability for each position and head to battle. Keep in mind that the Ranged Attacker requires distance from the Opponent. So, the preferred place to place your Ranged attacker is at the back position of your team. Last but not least, remember to add a card that can cure or heal itself and neighboring cards as well.

Once your team is ready, start the battle and enjoy watching it play out!

The Summoner of each team will give the cards extra power or speed before the team with the fastest element begins the attack. each card will take turns attacking. This is why you must choose a strong Tank for your first attack to be impactful.

Why is Splinterlands Fun?

Splinterlands is based in an ever-expanding universe where magic rules. For almost 1,000 years, the Splinterlands were ruled by a Wizards’ Council who governed and controlled the magical elements of the lands and, therefore, controlled the world. The magic of the Wizards’ Council controlled different elements. So, for example, a wizard who has the power to control the water element can control all matter related to water such as rain, rivers, seas, and even creatures that live in water.

Splinterlands cards come in 6 elements: fire, water, earth, death, life, and dragon. Each of these elements contains hundreds of cards of various monsters, fighters, and healers. Once the player chooses a battle, they get to choose the deck of cards that will enter the game according to the number of cards allowed in the chosen battle and the number of Mana. Mana is the magical energy of the cards and Mana Cap is the maximum amount of magical energy you can use in a certain battle. You can see each card’s Mana on the top left corner of the card. Once the battle starts, you’ll start to feel the excitement as you see the battle playing out in front of you. You have to stay focused even though you're not playing the battle card by card. Pay attention to how different element cards interact in battle, what the shields do, and how the speed or range of a card gives it special powers in certain positions. Focus is key to learning your way around battles and improving your card-picking strategy in the future.

The fun of Splinterlands begins with building your deck to enter a battle. This part requires the player to have and develop strategy skills. Splinterlands is quite addictive as the player develops their card strategies and increases their gains in the game and in real life by winning battles and earning Dark Energy Crystals NFTs. While there is a limited amount of cards that can be minted, the cards’ potential is almost endless as the players must combine similar cards to level up the card to increase its power and speed.

In-Game Currency

Splinterlands Credits ("Credits") are not part of the game's tokens but can be used to purchase in-game items. You may buy Credits with PayPal or other forms of cryptocurrency. Credits are a spending balance within Splinterlands. Credits are always valued at 1000 Credits = USD1.


To start earning and getting NFT value for your cards, you must purchase the Summoner's Spellbook and create your blockchain wallet to start earning from battles, season leaderboards, and quests. The Summoner’s Spellbook is not an NFT, but it allows your account to access all the features of Splinterlands including the NFT assets that you have earned from your battles. Players can purchase the Summoner’s Spellbook using PayPal for USD10.

Cards NFT

Once you buy the Summoner’s Spellbook, you will know the NFT value of your cards as well as any new cards you obtain by buying card packs (Booster Packs) on the Splinterlands marketplace, or individual cards on the OpenSea marketplace.

The NFT value of each card increases when it is combined with similar cards to raise its Mana. Once the maximum Mana of a card is reached, the NFT value cannot be increased, but the card’s battle abilities can still be upgraded by combining it with other cards. When two cards of the same kind are combined, one card will be burned and its Base Card Experience (BCX) will be added to the other card to create a higher-level card with higher BCX and NFT value.

Players can also buy gold in Splinterlands using PayPal, and the gold is an in-game-only currency similar to the gold in Hearthstone. Dark Energy Crystals (DEC) are earned in the game when the players win battles though unlike Gold, Dark Energy Crystals can be sold on Uniswap DEX in exchange for cryptocurrency like Ethereum.

  • Each card lists attributes that indicate the power of the card. There are two types of cards — Summoner and Monster/Unit.
  • Card Rarities in ascending order are: Common, Rare, Epic and Legendary. The level of rarity of a card determines the likelihood of finding the card in a Booster Pack or Loot Chest. Additionally, the level of rarity of a card also determines the number of copies of the card which are required to be combined to level up the card to reach its Maximum Potential. Upon reaching their Maximum Potential, cards with higher levels of rarity would be equipped with higher stats and greater abilities.
  • Each card also has unique Stats: Mana Cost, Splinter/Elements, Abilities, Armor, Attack, Speed and Health.
  • Cards can be level up to increase stats and obtain more abilities through the process of Combining Cards (Explained in Game Mechanism)
  • Cards are classified into 2: Regular Foil Cards and Gold Foil Cards. As compared to Regular Foil Cards, Gold Foil Cards can hold more $DEC tokens and have more value when burned. Additionally, they also increase the players’ $DEC token rewards by an extra 10% when they win battles and grant access to exclusive Gold-Foil-Only tournaments in Splinterlands.

Moving forward the game will grant owners the ability to craft their own items and spells for use in Splinterlands battles.

Land Deed NFT

Splinterlands Land Deed NFT is a new addition to the game. Introduced in December 2022 through the game's Land Phase 0.5 update, Land Deed NFTs endow players with game-maker abilities to mint their own items and spells to use in battle. Prior to the update, land ownership in Splinterlands took the form of land tokens i.e. REGION, TRACTS and PLOTS tokens. In essence, 1 REGION token is equivalent to 10 TRACTS tokens and 1 TRACTS token is equivalent to 100 PLOTS tokens. 1 PLOTS token is equivalent to 1 Land Deed NFT which would denote a specific plot of land in a continent in Splinterlands.

Following the Land Phase 0.5 update, players can start converting their REGION, TRACTS and PLOTS tokens into Land Deed NFTs through the in-game conversion mechanism. The conversion rate is such that 1 REGION token can be redeemed for 1,000 Land Deed NFTs, 1 TRACTS token can be redeemed for 100 Land Deed NFTs and 1 PLOTS token can be redeemed for 1 Land Deed NFT. It is possible to mix and match these tokens for the conversion process. For example, a player can combine 1 REGION token, 1 TRACT token and 1 PLOTS token to be converted into a total of 1,101 Land Deed NFTs. However, until the market for Land Deed NFTs go live sometime in early 2023, the trading of these NFTs would not be available.

Besides Land Deed NFT, Totems is another NFT asset that’s coming with the new Land expansion. Totems will come in 4 rarities and they will be used to improve the Lands’ ability to produce magical resources. Players will be able to tokenize and trade Totems on TribalDEX and Hive-Engine.


Control the Splinterlands and wield the magic in battle through your NFT cards while you make money. This fast-paced card trading game allows players to own their cards without limitations. Splinterlands’ new addition of Land NFT allows players to mint their own items and spells to use in battles and gain more earnings of Dark Energy Crystals in tournaments and quests. The continually updated game keeps giving players new opportunities to participate in battles and increase their winnings in the game and in actual earnings.

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