TCGs, or trading card games are games in which players prepare a custom deck of cards and battle each other.
Genius Invokation TCG is a tightly-paced, heart-stopping tabletop card dueling game that becomes available permanently in Version 3.3. In this in-game card game we challenge various characters and NPCs or battle against your friends.
Let’s Play Genius Invokation TCG!
The Legend behind the TCG
There is actually a legend behind the game. It is said that a young guy in Sumeru found an ancient “Casket of Tomes” in the attic. He opened it, and discovered that the soul of an ancient TCG player called the Crocodile King had been captured inside. It turns out that the Crocodile King was King Deshret’s viceroy, who battled an opponent named the Ibis King. During the match, the Crocodile King fell prey to his opponent’s scheme and was sealed away in the Casket of Tomes. After being unexpectedly released by the kid, the Crocodile King possesses him and helps him to gradually climb the ranks to becoming a legendary TCG player.
How to Unlock the TGC Gameplay Mode?
Travelers can visit The Cat’s Tail and unlock this gameplay mode by approaching Prince if you have fulfilled these 2 criteria:
- Reach Adventure Rank 32 or above
- Complete the Archon Quest “Song of the Dragon and Freedom”
Complete the specified quests or card duels to increase your Player Level and get Primogems and other rewards related to Genius Invokation TCG.
Use your favorite deck and go toe-to-toe with various opponents at the table!
Genius Invokation TCG is a game where you face your opponent with a deck of cards.
A deck is made up of Character Cards and Action Cards. Use your Character Cards to attack and defeat your opponent’s Character Cards! Once you have defeated them all, victory shall be yours.
Before we get into the process of a duel, let’s first familiarize ourselves with the game areas.
1. Character Zone
After the game begins, all Character Cards will be placed in the Character Zone. Each player will have to select an active character to be on the field. Only the active character can use Skills.
2. Elemental Dice
In Genius Invokation TCG, various types of actions require Elemental Dice as payment.
Displays Skills that the active character can use.
4. Summons Zone
Some Character Skills can create Summons in the Summons Zone to assist the player. The Summons Zone can hold up to 4 Summons.
5. Support Zone
Support Cards will be placed in the Support Zone after they are played. The Support Zone can hold up to 4 Support Cards.
6. Draw Pile
Before the game starts, all Action Cards in a deck will be shuffled and will form the Draw Pile. When drawing cards, the player will draw Action Cards from the Draw Pile and add them to their Hand. (If the Draw Pile has no card left, then no new card will be added to Hand.)
In a duel, you can draw cards from the Draw Pile and add them to your Hand. (You can have a maximum of 10 cards in your Hand.) Playing cards can have different effects, so a correct combination of cards can achieve the best possible effect.
Genius Invokation TCG is a turn-based card game. Each duel consists of three phases: Preparation > Rounds > Victory Evaluation. Each Round will proceed as follows: Roll Phase > Action Phase > End Phase.
Before a duel starts, both sides will draw 5 cards from their Draw Pile, which will form their Hand. After that, both sides will get 1 chance to switch out any number of cards in their Hand.
Once the player has decided on the starting Hand, a Character Card must be selected as your active character.
In a duel, all actions will require usage of Elemental Dice. You will roll eight Elemental Dice at the start of each round. After throwing these dice, you will have one chance to choose number of Elemental Dice and reroll them.
Players will roll 8 Elemental Dice at the start of each Round to use for that roun. After throwing these dice, you will have 1 chance to choose any number of Elemental Dice and reroll them.
Once the Roll Phase is over, you will enter the Action Phase.
During the Action Phase, a player will go first, and both sides will take turns to make their moves.
*In matchmaking and Co-Op Mode, the player who goes first is randomized. In the other modes, you will always go first.
Possible actions include:
Use Skill: Pay the relevant cost and use your active character’s Skill(s).
Switch Characters: Pay 1 Elemental Dice of your choice to switch your active character.
Play Card: Pay the relevant cost and play card(s) from your Hand.
Elemental Tuning: Discard a card from your Hand and change the Elemental Type of 1 of your Elemental Die.
Declare Round End: End your actions for this Round.
The first player to declare the end of their Round will go first during the next Round. Once both players have declared the end of the Round, the Action Phase will end and this Rond’s End Phase will begin.
*Remaining Elemental Dice from the current Round are not carried over to the next Round.
In the End Phase, starting with the player who acted first, various card effects will be triggered in order on the field. Both players will then draw 2 cards from their Draw Piles and the next Round begins.
The Rounds will continue until a player is victorious.
1. Increase your Player Level to obtain Primogems and other rewards related to Genius Invokation TCG!
Earn Player EXP by completing various duels to increase your Player Level and get the corresponding rewards.
You can earn Player EXP and increase your Player Level through the following challenges:
Open World Matches
Genius Invokation is a popular card game with players coming from all corners of the world.
Once you’ve completed the Beginner’s Tutorial quest at The Cat’s Tail with Prince, you will receive a Casket of Tomes, which can be used to mark players who can be challenged on the map.
The challenges are divided into two levels of difficulty: Adventure Challenges which are easier, and Duels which are harder. Winning Adventure Challenges grants you Player EXP. and some opponents will even gift you cards if you complete the challenge objectives.
*As your Player Level increases, the number of challengers you can face and the matches you can partake in will also increase.
Weekly Guest Challenges
Each week, a maximum of 4 guests will visit The Cat’s TaiL Defeat them in duels to obtain Player EXP.
*Guests who have already arrived this week will leave on the second week.
Travelers can go to Prince and check their current Player Level. As you level up, you will be able to unlock more features and game modes.
You will receive Ascension Challenges once you reach certain Player Levels and have the required EXP to level up. You can only further raise your Player Level cap by successfully completing Ascension Challenges with Prince at The Cat’s Tail.
2. Complete challengers to collect Character Cards!
Travelers can obtain Character Cards through the following methods:
Travelers can use the inviation board to send invitations to registered challengers on the Player List and partake in duel matches.
The matches are divided into two levels of difficulty: Friendly Fracas which is easier, and Serious Showdown which is harder. Should you previal in Friendly Fracas and complete the challenge objectives, you can also earn corresponding Character and Talent Cards,
*When you invite a character to a duel for the first time, you must use a Match Invitation Letter. You can get these letters by increasing your Player Level, completing quests, and purchasing them from the Card Shop.
Once your Player Level reaches a specific level, you can go seek out Prince at The Cat’s Tail to partake in greater tests of mastery via Adventure Challenges.
The matches are divided into two levels of difficulty: Friendly Fracas which is easier, and Serious Showdown which is harder. Should you prevail in Friendly Fracas and complete the challenge objectives, you can earn Character and Talent Cards from your adversaries.
3. Don’t forget to check your TCG Player’s Manual!
After completing the beginner’s tutorial quest, you can unlock the TCG Player’s Manual. Complete the quests in the TCG Player’s Manual to earn rewards such as Primogems, Lucky Coins and Action Cards.
4. Let’s check out the Card Shop!
Purchase cards, card backs, andn Dynamic Skins, amongst other items from the Card Shop at The Cat’s Tail in Mondstadt.
In order to buy items related to Genius Invokation TCG, you must use the special currency, “Lucky Coin”. Complete open world matches, weekly guest challenges, and quests in the TCG Player’s Manual to earn Lucky Coins.
Lucky coins can be exchanged in the Event Shop for cards or can even unlock Dynamic Skins for certain cards!
5. Co-Op Mode: Play together with friends!
Travelers can use the inviation board and connect with your friends via Co-Op to engage in matchmaking. When you reach Player Level 4, you can also use matching mode to challenge faraway strangers to duels of skill.
Note: In Co-Op Mode or matching mode, there is a time limit for performing actions in each phase of the duel. When time runs out, the end of the phase of Round will be automatically declared.
Version 3.4 “Genius Invokation TCG” New Card Details
Normal Attack: Kaboom!
- Deals 1 Pyro DMG
Elemental Skill: Jumpy Dumpty
- Deals 3 Pyro DMG. This character gains Explosive Spark.
When the character to which this is attached uses a Charged Attack: Spend 1 less Pyro and deal +1 DMG.
(*Charged Attack: When the total number of your Elemental Dice is even, the Normal Attack to use will be considered a Charged Attack.)
Elemental Burst: Sparks ‘n’ Splash
Deals 3 Pyro DMG, creates 1 Sparks ‘n’ Splash at the opponent’s play area.
Sparks ‘n’ Splash
After your character uses a Skill: Sparks ‘n’ Splash deals 2 Pyro DMG to your active character.
Talent Card: Pounding Surprise
Combat Action: When your active character is Klee, equip this card.
After Klee equips this card, immediately use Jumpy Dumpty once.
When your Klee, who has this card equipped, creates an Explosive Spark, its Usage +1. (You must have Klee in your deck to add this card to your deck.)
How to Obtain
After the Version 3.4 update, visit The Cars Tail to invite Klee for a duel. Complete the specific challenge objectives to obtain the Character Card “Klee” and Talent Card “Pounding Surprise.”
Normal Attack” Orearbm
- Deal 2 Physical DMG
Elemental Skill: Tidecaller
- This character gains a Tidecaller, Surf Embrace and Prepare Skill: Wavestrider.
Tidecaller: Surf Embrace
The next time this character acts, they will immediately use the Skill: Wavestrider.
While preparing this Skill: Grant 2 Shield, points to the character to which this is attached.
Wavestrider (Prepare for 1 turn)
Deals 2 Electro DMG
Elemental Burst” Slormbreaker
- Deals 3 Electro DMG, creates 1 Thunderbeast’s Targe.
After your character uses e Normal Attack. Deal 1 Elactro DMG.
When your character receives at least 3 DMG: Decrease DMG taken by 1.
Dureation (Rounds): 2
Talent Card: Lightning Storm
When your active character is Beidou, equip this card.
After Beidou equips this card, immediately use Tidecaller once.
When Beidou, who has this card equipped, uses Wavestrider: If DMG is taken while Prepare Skill is active, Beidou’s Normal Attacks this Round will cost 1 less Unaligned Element.
(Can be triggered 2 times)
(You must have Beidou in your deck to add this card to your deck.)
How to Obtain
After the Version 3.4 update, visit The Cat’s Tail to invite Beidou for a duel. Complete the specific challenge objectives to obtain the Character Card “Beidou” and Talent Card “Lightning Storm.”