Gwent Card Anatomy Beginner’s Guide

If you’re new to Gwent or just returning because of the Closed Beta the cards have changed quite a bit since we saw them at the reveal. I’m going to run through what each part of the card means to better help you get adjusted to the game!

Gwent Card Groups

Gwent cards fit into one of three groups: Bronze, Silver, or Gold. These designations are important because you are limited to a certain amount of Silver (6) and Gold (4) cards per deck. You can spot the group by the color of each border.

Card Groups (Left to Right): Bronze, Silver, and Gold

Gwent Card Rarity

Like most card games, each card has a rarity. You can determine the rarity of a card by looking at the bottom right for a colored square. Light Gray is Common, Blue is Rare, Purple is Epic, and Orange is Legendary.

Card Rarities

Gwent Card Factions

This is the largest change to the Gwent card design since it was first revealed. This was a welcome change to me, because one of the hardest things about adding cards to this site was trying to figure out which faction they belonged. We now have flags on the left side of each card that help us determine what faction each card is aligned with. Neutral is Brown, Monsters are Red/Orange, Northern Realms are Blue, Scoia’tael are Green, and Skellige is Purple.

Faction Flags (Left to Right): Neutral, Monsters, Northern Realms, Scoia’tael, Skellige

Gwent Card Position & Strength

There are technically four positions in the game: Melee, Ranged, Siege, and Event. Event cards are generally spells which don’t occupy a spot on the board. The other three, however, do occupy the board. The other three positions are denoted with icons, Sword: Melee, Crossbow: Ranged, and Catapult: Siege. The final icon you’ll see a lot of is two arrows in the shape of a circle, this means you can place this card at any position on the board. The number at the top left of these cards is their Strength. This is the number that is added together to make your score at the end of each round.

Card Position (Left to Right): Melee, Ranged, Siege, Any Position

Gwent Card Icon Meanings

There were more icons previously, but after the Open Beta release they’ve been limited to just the following.

Hourglass Icon w/Number

This icon is on cards that have effects that are triggered after a certain amount of turns. The number is how many turns it will take before the effect is triggered. VillentretenmerthAfter 3 turns, at the start of your turn, Destroy all the other Highest Units on the Board. Deploy: Gain 3 Armor. for example takes three turns before it triggers.

Red Eye Icon

Cards can be Loyal, Disloyal, or Both. Loyal cards can only be placed on your side of the board, while Disloyal cards can only be placed on your opponent’s side of the board. Cards that are both can be placed on either side of the board.

A card that is Disloyal will be represented by the Red Eye Icon over the Position. The icon only appears if the card is ONLY Disloyal. Cards that are both Loyal and Disloyal do not have the icon. Birna BranVeteran 1. Deploy: Apply Skellige Storm to the opposite row. is a card that is only Disloyal and can only be placed on your opponent’s side of the board.

8 thoughts on “Gwent Card Anatomy Beginner’s Guide

  1. Valibomba
    April 25, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    So the flame icon represents what ? If it is weather immunity, some cards which have immunity don’t have the icon, and some which have not the immunity have the icon…please an explanation?

  2. ZKtheMAN
    April 21, 2017 at 12:18 am

    They’ve since revised the flame icon to represent Weather Immunity.

    • ComingRapture
      April 22, 2017 at 3:54 pm

      I thought so too but Nekkers have it and they aren’t

    • ComingRapture
      April 22, 2017 at 3:56 pm

      I thought so too but Nekkers have it and they aren’t… and wild hunt riders have immunity but they don’t have the symbol

  3. Wpb
    March 15, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    Good, thanks!

  4. Kalle
    March 12, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    please explain ambush

    • BEKAH
      May 13, 2017 at 8:15 pm

      Ambush means, that the card stays flipped until the condition introduced by the phrase “When….” happens.

  5. LSNtoday
    January 22, 2017 at 1:20 am

    Wow! Very clearly explained. Thanks!


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