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Ultimate Guide To Splinterlands (Complete guide)

Hi, Mirage here will give you some valuable tips and guides on this Play to earn card game called Splinterlands.

Have you ever heard about the game Splinterland? Or maybe you might play this game but be confused about how to start playing this game. but don’t worry since I will help you to fully understand and familiarize this trending NFT game, Just hold on to your PC, Mobile phone, or tablet since we will discuss more info about this play-to-earn game, and welcome to Splinterlands.

Previously I created an article about a free-to-play NFT game called Chain Guardians, and I also create a list of the best NFT games that you can play to earn money online.

Today we will discuss an NFT card game that you can earn while playing Welcome to the World of Splinterlands.

First What is Splinterlands?

Splinterlands is card card-based NFT game that you can earn money while playing, By default everyone can play Splinterlands since they said that you can play it for free.

You can create your account and start playing, but playing Splinterlands for free has one issue you can’t earn money when you choose to become free-to-play.

Yes, it’s the sad thing, to start earning players need to buy first an item called Summoners Spellbook for 10 dollars, yep you read it right it only costs $10 which is pretty cheap to unlock its earning potential.

By purchasing Summoners Spellbook you can also unlock some features like changing your name and earning DEC by winning a rank battle, If you wondering about what is DEC, we will discuss it later on, You can also earn season-ranked rewards, card packs in the shop, tournament events.

How To Play Splinterlands

Splinterland Game Play, How To Play Splinterlands.

Splinterlands gameplay

Splinterlands are easy to play, It is a card game like the famous Yugi Oh but without special effects, like we’ve seen in the anime Yugi Oh.

Playing Splinterlands is easy to learn but a bit hard to master, you need a good strategy and a better understanding of your card’s ability to win a duel.

Splinterlands Battles and Understanding Cards Ability

Now that you’ve bought a Summoners Spellbook you are ready for a real battle, I will guide you on your first battle step by step.

  1. First, click on the battle button in Splinterlands It is a rank battle the higher your rank before the season ends, the higher your rank before the season ends the more rewards you will earn.
  2. After you’ve entered the rank battle you will automatically match to other players, and then you can choose your card line-up, You can purchase NFT cards on the marketplace using real money, but if you don’t want to spend some cards are playable and you can use in every duel.
  3. For choosing your card lineup you will start by choosing what Summoner element you want to use, Each Summoner has its buff and debuff that will reflect either your monster or the opponent’s monster, some buff and debuff of Summoners are Life Drain, Heal, Increase attack power, decrease attack power, decrease HP, etc.
  4. After choosing an elemental summoner, you can now choose a monster for your summoners, The only monster that you can choose is based on what elements is your summoner, example if you choose a fire summoner, you can only choose a fire monster, if you choose water summoners, you can only use water monster, except for those neutral monster, you can use them on any elemental summoners.

Now that you’ve learned what are the summoners and monsters in this game, you might be wondering how to choose a good summoner and monster line-up, Let’s continue and keep reading.

how to build monster lineup splinterlands

How to Build a Monster Line Up in Splinterlands?

Now that you have an account, you have already purchased a Summoners Spell Book, and you already know how to battle, but you might be wondering why keep losing?..

Well, it is maybe you don’t know the fundamentals of the game choosing a good card line-up in the game is the key to winning a duel against other players.

splinterlands card stats

First, we need to understand what the numbers on every card represent.

Let’s make this card Living Lava as an example, The card has five numbers in it and each one represents its stats, the number 7 on the top left side is called mana, and the number 3 on the left mid-side is its attack power, and the number 1 in the left bottom side is the speed.

On the right, it has numbers 2 and 6, the number 2 represents shields and the number 6 represents its HP or health.

Types of Monster Cards in Splinterlands

splinterlands monster

Now that you know what symbolizes the numbers on the Splinterland card, let us familiarize some monster card roles in this game.

Melee Cards

Melee cards are those types of cards that can usually attack when it is placed on the front line, Some melee types have high HP and shield compared to some other cards.

Some melee types have a sneak ability that enables them to attack opponents’ cards, even when they are placed at the back.

Range Attack

This kind of card in this game serves as a sniper since it is usually placed at the back end of the formation, and it loses its ability to attack when it is placed on the front side.

Magic Attack

Next is the card that is called a “magic attack card”, These types of cards may also attack from a distance like the range attack cards, One of the especially abilities of this card is to ignore the shield of the defender, and not just that, the magic attack also didn’t miss its target.

Some monster cards also have special abilities that can be used in a duel, choosing cards with good abilities is highly recommended to increase the chance of winning a battle.

Splinterlands Cards Abilities

These are Splinterlands card abilities that you can choose to blend with your strategies, to win.

AfflictionWhen a Monster with Affliction hits a target, it has a chance of applying Affliction on the target causing it to be unable to be healed.
AmplifyIncreases Magic Reflect, Return Fire, and Thorns damage to all enemy monsters by 1.
BackfireIf an enemy misses this Monster with an attack, the attacker takes 2 damage.
BlastDoes additional damage to Monsters adjacent to the target Monster.
BlindAll enemy Melee and ranged attacks have an increased chance of missing their target.
BloodlustEvery time this Monster defeats an opponent, it gets +1 to all stats (in the Reverse Speed ruleset, -1 to Speed).
CamouflageThis Monster cannot be targeted for attacks unless it’s in the first position.
Close RangeMonsters with the Close Range ability can perform ranged attacks from the first position.
CleanseRemoves all negative effects on the Monster in the first position on the friendly team.
CrippleEach time an enemy is hit by a Monster with Cripple it loses one max health.
DeathblowThis Monster does 2x damage if their target is the only Monster left on the enemy team.
DemoralizeReduces the Melee attack of all enemy Monsters.
DispelWhen this monster hits an enemy, it clears all positive status effects on that enemy.
Divine ShieldThe first time the Monster takes damage it is ignored.
DodgeHas an increased chance of evading Melee or Ranged attacks.
Double StrikeMonster attacks twice each round.
EnrageHas increased Melee attack and Speed when damaged.
FlyingHas an increased chance of evading Melee or Ranged attacks from Monsters who do not have the Flying ability.
ForcefieldThis Monster takes only 1 damage from attacks with a power of 5+
HalvingEach time this Monster hits a target, the target’s attack is cut in half (rounded down).
HeadwindsReduces the Ranged attack of all enemy Monsters.
HealRestores a portion of the Monster’s health each round.
Tank HealRestores a portion of the Monster in the first position’s health each round.
ImmunityThis monster is immune to negative status effects.
InspireGives all friendly Monsters +1 Melee attack.
Knock OutDoes double damage when attacking a stunned enemy.
Last StandGains increased stats if it’s the only Monster on the team alive.
Life LeechMonster’s health increases each time it damages an enemy Monster’s health in proportion to the damage dealt.
Magic ReflectWhen hit with Magic damage, does reduce Magic damage back to the attacker.
OpportunityMonsters with the Opportunity ability may attack from any position and will target the enemy Monster with the lowest health.
OppressDoes double damage when attacking an enemy that has no attacks.
PhaseMagic attacks can miss this Monster (using the same hit/miss calculation as for Melee and Ranged attacks).
PiercingIf Melee or Ranged attack damage is over the target’s Armor, the remainder will damage the target’s Health.
PoisonAttacks have a chance to apply poison, which does automatic damage to the target at the beginning of each round after the poison is applied.
ProtectAll friendly Monsters gain +2 Armor.
ReachMelee attack Monsters with Reachability may attack from the second position on the team.
RedemptionWhen this Monster dies, it does 1 damage to all enemy monsters.
RepairRestores some armor to the friendly Monster whose armor has taken the most damage.
ResurrectWhen a friendly Monster dies it is brought back to life with 1 Health. This ability can only trigger once per battle.
RetaliateWhen hit with a Melee attack, Monsters with Retaliate have a chance of attacking their attacker.
Return FireWhen hit with a Ranged attack, Monsters with Return Fire will return reduced damage to their attacker.
RustReduces the Armor of all enemy Monsters.
ScavengerGains 1 max health each time any monster dies.
ShatterTarget’s armor is destroyed when hit by an attack from Monsters with Shatter.
ShieldReduced damage from Melee and Ranged attacks.
SilenceReduces the Magic Attack of all enemy Monsters.
SlowReduces the Speed of all enemy Monsters.
SnareWhen attacking enemies with Flying, removes the Flying ability and cannot miss.
SneakTargets the last Monster on the enemy Team instead of the first Monster.
SnipeTargets enemy Monsters with Ranged, Magic, or no attack that are not in the first position.
StrengthenAll friendly Monsters have increased Health.
StunWhen a Monster with Stun hits a target, it has a chance to stun the target causing it to skip its next turn.
SwiftnessAll friendly Monsters have increased Speed.
TauntAll enemy Monsters target this Monster (if they are able to).
ThornsWhen hit with a Melee attack, does damage back to the attacker.
TrampleWhen a Monster with Trample hits and kills its target, it will perform another attack on the next Monster on the enemy Team.
TriageHeals the friendly back-line Monster that has taken the most damage.
True StrikeThis Monster’s attacks cannot miss.
VoidReduced damage from Magic attacks.
Void ArmorMagic attacks hit this Monster’s armor before its Health.
WeakenReduces the Health of all enemy Monsters.
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Example Of Card Line-up In Splinterlands

Now, that we’ve already known about Splinterlands card stats, roles, and special abilities, let me show you how to create a basic card duel line-up.

Based on the video, after entering the match, the first thing that I need to notice is the mana cap, since the monster that I will be using will depend on the mana cap in every match.

Since there is only a 19 mana cap in this match, my best option is to use Death elements, I don’t have a premium card, and the only cards that I can use are those free cards owned by Splinterlands, for a 19 mana cap Death elements are our best choice since some of its monsters require just a small amount of mana.

The Curse Slime ball, for example, only requires 1 mana, but it only has 1 HP, and since Curse Slime balls are not good for the offense we can just use it as a decoy to absorb some damage from the enemy.

Then for the tank, I choose Hunted Spirit, because it has 7 HP and a healing ability, which is a good choice for absorbing some damage from our opponent’s cards.

Then for an offense, I preferred two sneak monsters, the Skeleton Assassin, and the Undead Badger, it has decent damage and a little mana cost.

But like some other opportunity and sneak monster those two are too squishy or low HP, and since I still have 6 mana left, I also choose Twisted Jester for a long-range attack, and since Twister Jester has a decent amount of HP I place it on our last lane to absorb some damage from an enemy sneak monster.

Then as you can see from the video, we have still one mana left so I choose Curse Slimeball since it has 1 mana cost and place it next to our Tank, just in case our opponent uses the opportunity monster, and our Slimeball will serve as a decoy and absorb some damage from our opponents.

That’s it for our basic line-up, you just need to familiarize every monster’s ability to use its ability based on your strategy.

How to Earn In Splinterlands?

How to earn might be the common question before playing this Card NFT game Splinterlands, did you know that there are few options to earn in Splinterlands? but the sad part is that you need a piece of better luck and spend a little bit more money to earn in this game.

Yup, you read it right You need to spend a little more or wait for your luck to strike first before you can earn in this game, Do you want to know more? make sure to read this article carefully since I will be discussing every detail on how to earn in this game NFT game Splinterlands.


Splinterlands DEC

One way of earning money in Splinterland is by acquiring DEC or Dark Energy Crystals, and there are various ways of earning DEC in the game.

At the beginning of this article, I mentioned this DEC, and I promise that I will explain what it is.

Well DEC or Dark Energy Crystal is our secondary token in this game, Let me ask you a question, Have you heard about the SLP of Axie Infinity? if you are familiar with Axie SLP, the DEC in Splinterlands almost works the same way as the SLP of Axie Infinity.

DEC is an SLP equivalent in Splinterland, and you can use DEC and sync it on your wallet for instant cash, or use DEC to purchase your NFT Splinterland cards, not those free playable cards, that everyone can use, but instead I’m talking about those NFT cards that you can buy in the market place.

Those cards compared to the free cards, are much stronger and have more special abilities that can be leveled up or upgraded, You can buy special cards using DEC or Dark Energy Crystals.

Now, you might be wondering, how can I earn those DECs in the first place?

DEC can be earned every time you win in a rank match After you purchase a Summoners Spellbook you can unlock the chance of earning DEC for every time you win, just win every match and it’s easy money, Sounds pretty cool right? well sorry to disappoint you but it is not always the case.

When DEC was first released in Splinterlands it was much easier to earn money in this game, you just needed to win every match and earn DEC, but after the October update in Splinterlands, earning DEC became a nightmare for new players, especially those whose expecting that they only need an investment of $10 to earn money in this game.

Yup, I know maybe you are now shocked because you might hear and read on social media and some YouTube channels that you only need a $10 investment in this game to earn money, maybe in the early days of the game yeah, but now? sorry, it becomes much tougher to earn money if you only want to invest $10.

The update on October 2021, requires players in the game to reach at least bronze two to start earning DEC.

But the real problem is the requirements, to reach bronze two players must need to reach at least 1000 power, and why is it a problem for newbies? well to increase your power in Splinterlands, you need first to own some cards, the more and the rarest card that you own the more it will increase your power.

The sad thing is this, some players might be expecting that they only need to invest at least $10, but to reach 1000 power you might need at least 2 or 3 Gold Foil cards, and it is a pain for new players that don’t want to spend more since a gold foil card is rare and it’s expensive to buy or even rent.

Yep, you read it right, you can rent a card in this game, and what do you need to rent a card? Surprise !! you will still need DEC to rent a card, so in other words, you will need to buy DEC using real money and use the DEC to purchase or rent a card, if you are expecting to invest only $10 to earn, well you will need to pull some extra money on your wallet to start earning.

Is there any way to earn to reach at least 1000 power in Splinterland without spending more than $10?

There is, but it will take a long process to achieve, As I’ve said power is based on the cards that you own or rent, the rarest the card the more power it will give.

In order to get 1000 power without renting or buying some cards, you need to reach at least bronze three and wait for the season to end.

Each season in Splinterlands may end between 12 to 16 days and every season, players will get some rewards based on their rankings.

The lowest rank that has a reward is bronze three, and since we don’t have enough power to climb to bronze two, we need to stay on bronze three and wait for the seasons to end to get 5 loot chests as a reward.

Opening loot chest rewards will give you a chance to obtain cards for free, and based on your luck you might acquire some rare cards that can dramatically increase your power.

But do not expect too much since it has a little chance to get a rare card on a five-loot chest, but who knows maybe you will be lucky enough and obtain even a gold foil card, best of luck to you.

Earn Money in Splinterlands by Selling Cards

splinterlands store

As I’ve mentioned before cards on Splinterlands can be bought with real money, and selling these NFT cards can give you a decent amount of income and some are even higher.

If you go to Splinterlands marketplace, you will be amazed at the price of each card, based on their rarity, some even reach a price of $2,000,000 and those kinds of cards are super rare, but honestly, it is also difficult to find a buyer for those price range, but if sold successfully it was a huge amount of money !!.

How do get cards that can be sold on the market?

I mentioned a while ago that there is a chance to obtain some cards and rare cards through the loot chest as a reward at every season end in Splinterlands, the higher your ranking the more loot chest can be obtained.

Another way to obtain cards is by purchasing some card packs in the store, You can keep an eye out if some available untamed packs can be bought with DEC.

Those cards that can be obtained from packs are also random, and you might get some rare cards if you are lucky and sell them on Splinterland Marketplace for a decent to a huge amount of money.

Place some of your cards for Rent on the marketplace

I also mentioned that you can rent some Splinterland cards to increase your power, and renting cards in this game is common since the higher the ranking the more power that is needed to unlock some higher rank, and buying some cards is expensive that’s why renting are good option.

If you have a lot of good stats and rare cards, you can place some of your cards in the marketplace for other players to rent, Those will give you daily income especially if your cards are valuable and many players want to rent some of your cards, it will be a good business in the game.

Win Splinterlands Tournaments

splinterlands tournaments

Aside from rank battles that might allow you to earn some DEC, there are also some tournaments in which you can participate in the game.

Those tournaments are hosted by our co-players or guild or some third party, rewards may vary every tournament, some are DEC and some are SPS, curious about what is SPS? Just keep reading and I will explain SPS in the next paragraph.

Note: Before entering tournaments, carefully examine first the details of the tournaments, like rules, and entry costs, There are entry costs in every tournament, and if you are lucky you may find those tournaments that are newbie-friendly with very low entry costs but high rewards.

SPS Drops

splinterlands sps drops

I’ve already mentioned SPS, and as promised I will explain it to you.
SPS or Splintershards is the newest cryptocurrency governance token in the game, if DEC is the secondary token, the SPS will be the primary token in the game.

Splinterland teams have a lot of plans for this token in the future, and its value will surely increase in the future even this day of writing SPS has a much higher value than DEC.

In fact, you can now convert your SPS to DEC and convert DEC into cash if you want.

How to earn SPS? For now, you can earn SPS by winning tournaments, since some tournaments give SPS a prize reward, you can also earn SPS by airdrops.

SPS airdrops amount is based and depends on in-game assets that players have, like the amount of DEC it has, collection power, card packs, etc, it simply means that the more assets you have the more SPS you can claim in every airdrop.

Bottom Line

So that’s it guys, seems like I’ve already covered and broken down every aspect of this game that will surely give valuable info for those who are new to this game.

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Frequently Ask Questions For Splinterlands

Where can I play Splinterlands?

You can play Splinterland by entering their official Website at or you can download their apps on Google Play.

How much Does it cost to play Splinterlands?

Splinterlands is free to play but if you want to earn while you should need to purchase their Summoners spellbook which costs about $10 to unlock all earning features in Splinterlands.

How to earn in Splinterlands

You can earn money in Splinterlands by winning rank battles or selling cards etc You can read all the information on how to earn in Splinterlands in the article at the top of this FAQ.

Is Splinterlands Legit?

If you have time to spend in this game you can earn money, and in fact, there are a lot of Splinterlands Players that earn a huge amount of money right now.

What is Splinterlands?

Splinterlands is an NFT card game in which you can earn money by just playing smartly

What is SPS?

SPS is the newest and primary token on Splinterlands it is also called Splintershards.

What is DEC?

DEC stands for Dark Energy Crystal, the secondary tokens in the game Splinterlands that have been awarded to every player from bronze to two and above from winning every rank battle.

Is Splinterlands free to play?

Yes, it can be played for free, but to earn money, you need to purchase first the Summoners Spellbook to unlock a lot of game features such as earning some real money while playing.

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