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Triple Triad is a card game within FFXIV: A Realm Reborn. It is originally from the PS1 game Final Fantasy VIII and is almost identical in how it functions. The minigame requires you to beat an opponent by winning more cards on a 3x3 grid than your opponent. Player 1 is the blue player and player 2 is the red player. Upon defeating an opponent you will be rewarded with Manderville Gold Saucer Points (MGP) and sometimes a card. The more cards you have, the better your deck can become and the higher your chance of winning.

The purpose of this guide is to explain the basics of the minigame, what each rule is, where to obtain your cards and a few general strategies. It does not go into depth on how to play Triple Triad itself; that can be found in the 2.51 patch notes.

The basics

In order to unlock Triple Triad you must first unlock the Gold Saucer. This is done by first completing the level 15 main scenario quest "The X Envoy" where X is your Grand Company. You can then pick up the quest "It Could Happen to You" from Well-Heeled Youth in Ul'dah - Steps of Nald (X:9 Y:9). This will lead you to the airship area and take you to the Gold Saucer. Upon arriving you can head towards the Triple Triad area (X:4 Y:7) and pick up the quest "Triple Triad Trial" from Triple Triad Master. This quest serves as a tutorial of the basics of Triple Triad and provides you with your starter deck.

Once you have your starter deck you can challenge any NPC. I recommend starting with the ones around you in the Gold Saucer and then following our card listing and look for the NPCs that drop 1 or 2 star cards. As you get better cards you will have a higher chance of being successful against harder opponents. Opponents with Plus rule can be easier with starter cards so it is worth challenging those as well.

Rules & Deck Restrictions

There are a number of rules that come into play either during the game or pre-game. The pre-game rules are more restrictions as they determine what your best deck can look like. To begin with you are very limited but as you get more cards the restrictions are eased. The current restrictions are as follows:

1-29 cards - You can select 4 1 star cards and 1 2-5 star card.
30-59 cards - You can select 4 1-2 star cards and 1 3-5 star card.
60+ cards - You can select 4 1-3 star cards and 1 4-5 star card.

Your first 5 star card will most likely be Squall Leonhart upon defeating 30 different NPCs, unless you are very lucky. You should use this as your higher star card until you have other 5 star replacements.

Once you have created your deck and challenge opponents you will notice that they have up to 4 rules in play. Two are match rules that the NPC always has or the two you and your real player decide on, and up to two regional rules. Regional rules change daily and are applied to all matches within that region.

the rules themselves range from simple to complex and even annoying (Random and Chaos). There's not much point copying the text for each rule from the official FFXIV site here as it is quite beefy so we recommend reading the information from the 2.51 patch notes.

Card Locations

Triple Triad cards come from defeating NPCs, purchased with MGP, tournament prizes and battle instances such as trials and dungeons. Some cards come from more than one source while others only have one source. In most cases where cards can beobtained from multiple sources there is one that stands out as being better than the other in terms of time invested, however at the end of the day it is all random and highly luck based. For cards that can be obtained in an instance that has more than one difficulty setting the drop rate appears to be higher on the harder of the two.

The table below lists each card, the locations it can be obtained and which source in my view is the better way to go for obtaining the card.

Card Rarity Values Type Location Note
Ahriman * 5 5 2 2 Dzemael Darkhold
Amalj'aa * 1 4 7 1 Beast Memeroon
Silver Triad Card
Common reward from Silver Triad Card
Bomb * 3 4 3 3 Triple Triad Trial Quest Starter Deck
Chocobo * 3 7 2 1 Jonas of the Three Spades
Guhtwint of the Three Diamonds
Bought for 600 MGP
No need to buy, it's common from the NPCs.
Coblyn * 3 3 3 4 Maisenta
Bronze Triad Card
Common reward from Bronze Triad Card
Coeurl * 2 5 2 5 Triple Triad Trial Quest Starter Deck
Dodo * 4 2 3 4 Triple Triad Trial Quest Starter Deck
Goobbue * 2 5 5 2 Aurifort of the Three Clubs
Mother Miounne
Bronze Triad Card
Common reward from Bronze Triad Card
Ixal * 6 1 3 4 Beast Jonas of the Three Spades
Common drop.
Kobold * 2 2 4 6 Beast Silver Triad Card Common reward from Silver Triad Card
Mandragora * 4 2 5 3 Triple Triad Trial Quest Starter Deck
Moogle * 2 1 3 7 Jonas of the Three Spades
Bought for 840 MGP
No need to buy, it's common from the NPCs.
Morbol * 5 2 5 2 Roger
Aurum Vale
Get it from Roger.
Pudding * 2 4 3 5 Roger
Bronze Triad Card
Common reward from Bronze Triad Card
Sabotender * 4 3 3 3 Triple Triad Trial Quest Starter Deck
Sahagin * 4 5 3 3 Beast Sastasha Seagrot & Hard Mode
Spriggan * 2 3 4 4 Triple Triad Master
Bronze Triad Card
Common reward from Bronze Triad Card
Sylph * 2 4 5 4 Beast Maisenta
Silver Triad Card
Common reward from Silver Triad Card
Tataru Taru * 7 2 3 2 Scion Silver Triad Card
Tonberry * 2 2 7 2 The Wanderer's Palace & Hard Mode Common drop.
Baderon Tenfingers ** 3 7 5 5 Baderon
Gold Triad Card
Common reward from Gold Triad Card
Biggs & Wedge ** 5 3 7 5 Mimidoa
Sezul Totoloc
Blue Dragon ** 2 2 7 7 Ourdilic
Stone Vigil & Hard Mode
Get it from Ourdilic
Chimera ** 7 7 2 2 Cutter's Cry
Demon Wall ** 6 7 2 3 Amdapor Keep & Hard Mode
Frixio ** 6 2 6 6 Beast Marcette
Common drop.
Gerolt ** 1 7 3 7 Helmhart
Gold Triad Card
Common reward from Gold Triad Card
Livia sas Junius ** 3 7 7 1 Garlean Indolent Imperial
Castrum Meridianum
Get it from Indolent Imperial
Memeroon ** 6 6 6 2 Beast Memeroon
Momodi Modi ** 7 5 5 3 Momodi
Gold Triad Card
Common reward from Gold Triad Card
Mother Miounne ** 5 5 3 7 Mother Miounne
Gold Triad Card
Common reward from Gold Triad Card
Mutamix Bubblypots ** 2 6 6 6 Beast F'hobhas
Rhitahtyn sas Arvina ** 7 1 3 7 Garlean Indolent Imperial
Cape Westwind
Common drop from both.
Scarface Bugaal Ja ** 6 6 2 6 Beast Guhtwint of the Three Diamonds
Bronze Triad Card
Get it from Guhtwint of the Three Diamonds.
Siren ** 3 6 7 2 Pharos Sirius
Succubus ** 7 3 2 6 Piralnaut
Haukke Manor & Hard Mode
Get it from Piralnaut.
Ultros & Typhon ** 2 3 6 7 Helmhart
Dragon's Neck
Get it from Helmhart.
Behemoth *** 7 8 4 2 Sezul Totoloc
Bronze Triad Card
Get it from one of the NPCs.
Garuda *** 6 1 7 7 Primal Marcette
Garuda hard & Extreme Mode
Get it from Marcette.
Gilgamesh & Enkidu *** 8 3 7 3 Battle on the Big Bridge
Godbert Manderville *** 6 6 5 6 Ruhtwyda of the Three Hearts
King Elmer III
Bought for 9,600 MGP
Get it from King Elmer III while trying to get Bahamut.
Good King Moggle Mog XIII *** 7 6 7 1 Primal Thornmarch Hard & Extreme Mode
Ifrit *** 7 1 6 7 Primal Swift
Ifrit Hard & Extreme Mode
Get it from Swift.
Nero tol Scaeva *** 4 1 8 7 Garlean Indolent Imperial
Papalymo & Yda *** 3 7 8 2 Scion Buscarron
Vorsaile Heuloix
Common drop.
Raya-O-Senna & A-Ruhn-Senna *** 5 6 6 6 Buscarron
Bought for 4,800 MGP
Get it from an NPC,
Thancred *** 2 3 8 7 Scion Fufulupa
Get it from Fufulupa.
Titan *** 1 7 7 6 Primal Landenel
Titan Hard & Extreme mode
Get it from an NPC.
Urianger *** 8 1 4 7 Scion Ruhtwyda of the Three Hearts
Silver Triad Card
Get it from the NPC.
Y'shtola *** 7 8 1 4 Scion Gegeruju
R'ashaht Rhiki
Alphinaud & Alisaie **** 9 3 3 9 Scion Joellaut
Get it from Swift.
Cid Garlond **** 5 9 9 2 Sezul Totoloc
Gold Triad Card
You can only challenge Sezul if you are highly ranked on Ixal beastman dailies.
Lahabrea **** 4 9 4 8 Silver Triad Card
Leviathan **** 8 8 8 1 Primal R'ashaht Rhiki
Leviathan Hard & Extreme Mode
Get from R'ashaht Rhiki
Louisoix Leveilleur **** 9 4 9 3 Scion Rowena
Minfilia **** 9 8 3 5 Scion Gegeruju
Silver Triad Card
Get from Gegeruju.
Odin **** 8 8 1 8 Primal Landenel
Urth's Font
Get from Urth's Font as the NPC's random rule is over-powered.
Ramuh **** 8 1 8 8 Primal Vorsaile Heuloix
Ramuh Hard & Extreme Mode
Get from Vorsaile.
Shiva **** 1 8 8 8 Primal Shive Hard & Extreme Mode Extreme seems to be higher drop rate.
Ultima Weapon **** 7 8 9 1 Garlean Ultima Hard Mode
Gold Triad Card
You'll get it from Gold Triad Cards eventually so avoid farming the instance.
Bahamut ***** 9 5 9 6 Primal King Elmer III Very low chance
Bartz Klauser ***** 4 4 A A Battle in the Big Keep Very low chance
Cecil Harvey ***** 4 A 4 A Tournament Prize
Cloud Strife ***** 9 3 9 8 Bought for 1,000,000 MGP
Firion ***** A 5 A 1 Tournament Prize
Gaius van Baelsar ***** 4 A 5 9 Garlean Indolent Imperial
Lowest drop rate from all NPC cards. Praetorium may be better.
Hildibrand & Nashu Mhakaracca ***** 1 8 A 8 Hab Helmhart Very low chance
Kan-E-Senna ***** 9 A 1 7 Vorsaile Heuloix Very low chance
Lightning ***** 9 1 7 A Tournament Prize
Merlwyb Bloefhiswyn ***** 5 9 A 3 R'ashaht Rhiki Very low chance
Nanamo Ul Namo ***** A 6 4 8 Bought for 400,000 MGP
Onion Knight ***** 8 2 8 A World of Darkness
Raubahn Aldynn ***** 6 2 9 A Swift Very low chance
Shantotto ***** 4 9 7 9 Achievement: Win 30 Tournament Matches
Squall Leonhart ***** 6 A A 1 Achievement: Beat 30 NPCs
Terra Branford ***** A A 2 5 Dragon's Neck Very low chance
Tidus ***** A 7 1 9 Tournament Prize
Vaan ***** 1 7 A 9 Achievement: Win 300 games with Roulette rule
Warrior of Light ***** A 2 5 A Gold Triad Card Very low chance
Zidane Tribal ***** 5 A 6 8 Gold Triad Card Very low chance

General Strategies for Success

Once you've grasped the basics of the minigame you should begin thinking about how you can best assemble your deck to defeat each opponent. NPCs can even be predictable as often they have a very narrow amount of cards and their first moves often use the same cards each time you challenge them.

Work your deck to your advantage. If you are up against an opponent with Plus rule then having a selection of cards that add together easily will help you. For example having four cards with 6 6 6 2 on them gives plenty chances for two 6s to line up and Plus to kick in. You will likely get some combos and take more cards.

Ascension is another rule that you can play in your favour. By selecting 4 cards of the same card type you can vastly improve the power of your cards, essentially turning 2 star cards into the power 3 or 4 star cards would have.

Another method is to make note of the cards your opponent uses and tailor your deck to the weak points in their deck and try to cover their strong points. For example if the NPC has lots of cards with strong left side numbers then you should aim to have cards with strong right side numbers. Likewise cover their weak points with stronger numbers.

Employing these kinds of strategies are what will set you apart from the crowd and give you a better chance of succeeding in tournaments.

A guide by Xenor Vernix of Ragnarok server.


The following comments are from our legacy commenting system.

May 19, 2015 - 23:24:29 | Location: Durham, United Kingdom

Thanks for pointing out the error, I've fixed it. Was definitely a typing error as FFXIII certainly wasn't on the PS1!
Apr 01, 2015 - 14:02:53 | Location: Nowhere, In a Box

its from FF.viii not xiii