Tetra Master Rules and Basics

This page contains information on the card game Tetra Master from Final Fantasy IX (FFIX, FF9). Read on to learn more about the rules of the game and how to read the cards!

Tetra Master - The Rules

The Game Board

Tetra Master is played on a 4 by 4 grid with each player placing a card in each square. The catch, however, is that in each match squares on the board will be blocked off at random, forcing the player to make their choices wisely with each game.

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An example of a Tetra Master game board.

How to Play

The goal of the game is to use the cards in your posession to take over your opponent's cards. Players select 5 cards from their collection, followed by a coin toss, and take turns placing them on the game board in an attempt to capture as many cards as possible. Cards in your posession are blue, while cards taken over by your opponent will turn red. When a card has been placed in each square, the player with the most cards wins. The winner then gets to select a card from their opponent's hand that they were in posession of at the end of the match. For example, if you win a game of Tetra Master and took control of 3 out of 5 of your opponent's hand, you would not be able to claim a card from the remaining 2 that you did not capture.

Tetra Master - The Cards

How to Read the Cards

To better understand exactly how to win a game of Tetra Master, knowing what the symbols, letters, and numbers on each card mean is vital. The following will give you a rundown of what each stands for.

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Everyone's favorite Regent, now forever available in card form!


Each card has a random assortment of arrows that are used in capturing your opponent's cards. If the card you place does not have an arrow in the direction of another card then nothing will happen. When a card is placed with one of its arrows directed at an opponent's card, their card will be captured without resistance. However, if your card's arrow is pointed at your opponent's card's arrow, a card battle will ensue, leaving the stronger of the two cards the victor.

First Digit

The first digit represents the attack power of the card. This is measured on a hexidecimal scale of 1-9 A-F, with the higher digit representing higher attack power. However, not every card is capable of reaching the highest digit.

Second Digit

The second digit represents the card's attack type. There are four different attack types listed in the table below:

Attack Type Definition
P Physical attack. Physical attackers target the enemy's physical defence.
M Magical attack. Magical attackers target the enemy's magic defense.
X Flexible type. Flexible attackers target the lower of the enemy's two defenses.
A Assault type. Assault attackers use the highest value on their card, be it attack power, physical defense, or magic defense to target the enemy card's lowest value.

Third Digit

The third digit is for physical defense. The higher the physical defense, the less damage they will take from a physical attacker.

Fourth Digit

The fourth digit stands for magic defense. A higher magic defense stat will protect your card from magic attackers.

Card Strength

Aside from the card type, as stated above each other stat is based on a hexidecimal value with a degree of randomness. When a card attacks, its attack power is decided by the number range (listed below) and the associated range. When a card defends, the same happens with its physical or magical defense depending on the incoming attack type. Whether the card is captured or not is left up to a game of chance as the values decided in the end are randomly generated based on all of these values. To this end, choose cards with higher values for a higher chance of success!

Attack Power Power Range Attack Power Power Range
0 2-15 8 128-143
1 16-31 9 144-159
2 32-47 A 160-175
3 48-63 B 176-191
4 64-79 C 192-207
5 80-95 D 208-223
6 96-111 E 224-239
7 112-127 F 240-255

Putting it All Together

Knowing all of this, we can roughly gauge the strength of any card. As an example, we'll figure out about how strong the Oglop card posted above is. With a value of 1P10, we can see that its attack power is incredibly low with an HP value of 16-31. The P tells us that this slippery creature is a physical attacker and the final 2 digits tell us it has a physical defense of 1 and magic defense of 0. This is not a card you want in your hand! Many other stronger cards exist within the game, so get out there and find them!

Collector Level

Inside your card menu you may have noticed something called Collector Lv. Increasing your collector level requires points calculated by the cards you obtain throughout the course of the game and a few other factors that will be listed below.

How to Get Points

Each card provides a number of points based on its uniqueness, its arrow pattern, and its attack type.

Requirement Points Total Points
Unique Card 10 1000
A Type Card 2 200
Unique Arrow Pattern 5 500

Based on the table above, you will need to evolve all of your cards to A type, collect every unique card, and each card must have a different pattern of arrows to reach the highest collector level. X type cards give points as well, but not enough to reach the highest level.

Collector Levels

Collector Level Required Points Rank Collector Level Required Points Rank
1 0 Beginner 17 1350 Champion
2 300 Novice 18 1360 Analyst
3 400 Player 19 1370 General
4 500 Senior 20 1380 Expert
5 600 Fan 21 1390 Shark
6 700 Leader 22 1400 Specialist
7 800 Coach 23 1420 Elder
8 900 Advisor 24 1470 Dominator
9 1000 Director 25 1510 Maestro
10 1100 Dealer 26 1550 King
11 1200 Trader 27 1600 Wizard
12 1250 Commander 28 1650 Authority
13 1300 Doctor 29 1680 Emperor
14 1320 Professor 30 1690 Pro
15 1330 Veteran 31 1698 Master
16 1340 Freak 32 1700 The Collector

Gather as many unique cards as you can and become the greatest Tetra Master collector ever!

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