Bakugan is a game played with Bakugan character cards and capsules. The player selects his Bakugan capsule and fights to win the gate card. A fight occurs when both players have Bakugan on the same gate card. The winner of each round keeps the gate cards until the end of the game. When one player wins three gate cards, he wins the whole game.
Part 1 of 3: Preparing for the Game
Step 1. Select three Bakugan capsules
View your Bakugan collection and select the three you want to play. Use your favorite Bakugan, or look for the one with the highest G-power level. Eventually, you'll learn to choose Bakugan strategically, but when you're just starting out, choose the one you like best.
- Before starting to play, make sure the three Bakugan are closed so that they are in the shape of a ball. This ball was rolled during play so it will now have to be covered.
- Set the three Bakugan to play in front of you and place all the other Bakugan to the side. You may not change Bakugan halfway through the game.
Step 2. Choose three gate cards to use in battle
Look for the gate cards and choose one each for Gold (gold), Copper (copper but sometimes also called Bronze), and Silver (silver). The gate card has a colored circle on its side, which is the same color as the Bakugan capsule. Choose a gate card with a large number in the color circle according to your Bakugan.
- For example, if you choose a Bakugan which has one red, one blue, and one yellow, choose a gate card with a high number in a red, blue, and yellow circle. You won't always find a perfect match, but try to find the best option.
- Gate cards are made of metal so they are heavier than ability cards.
Step 3. Choose three ability cards
There are three different colors on the ability cards: red, green, and blue. Choose one of each to use in the game. Each type of card is used in a variety of ways. Place these cards face down on the right until you are ready to play one of them.
Blue card adds G-power during combat. A red card is played when the dice roll to influence your or your opponent's roll. The green card has many functions
Step 4. Prepare a pen and paper for each person
Each time a fight occurs, you will add up the numbers. So it's a good idea to have a pen and paper to write down and add up the numbers. You don't have to keep score, but it helps a lot.
Step 5. Place the gate card face down in the center of the Bakugan arena
Choose the gate you want to play first, and place it between you and your opponent. Place cards near your opponent in the playing area. Your opponent will also place their cards near you.
- Leave the rest of the cards face down in front of you, still unused.
- Each player sets his gate card at the same time so that the short sides of the two cards touch each other.
Part 2 of 3: Scrolling and Fighting
Step 1. Scroll the Bakugan capsule towards the gate card
The youngest player threads his Bakugan first. Your goal is to have the Bakugan open on one of the gate cards. Roll the Bakugan in such a way that it stops on one of the gate cards and opens. If Bakugan is open, leave it on the gate card.
- If your Bakugan doesn't land on the gate card and opens, take the Bakugan and place it in the area to hold the used Bakugan. The Bakugan is no longer in the playing area for the relevant round.
- Bakugan is allowed to play if one of three things happens: lands on the gate card and opens, lands on the gate but does not open, or opens on the gate card but moves out the card.
- If the Bakugan lands on a gate card but doesn't open, move it so that it opens. If the Bakugan opens and slides out of the card, put it back in the card.
Step 2. Let the opponent roll his Bakugan
Once you've scrolled the Bakugan, it's your opponent's turn to roll his or her Bakugan to the same gate card where you landed. If the Bakugan opens on the same gate card as you, you will fight for the gate card.
If your opponent's Bakugan lands on an empty gate card, the game returns to your turn. Roll out your second Bakugan, and try to land on the card your opponent is on
Step 3. Battle two open Bakugan on the same card
Turn over the gate card and follow the instructions. (If there is any). Then, add up Bakugan's G-power score to the gate attribute bonus. You will find bonus gates in circles of the same color as your Bakugan color.
- The gate attribute bonus is along the left side of the card in a colored circle. Your Bakugan G-power score can be seen printed in the open Bakugan.
- For example, if you have a green Bakugan, find the green circle and add that number to your Bakugan G-power score. If your G-power score is 300 and the gate bonus is 50, your current total is 350.
- Some gate card instructions may not take effect until the end of the battle.
Step 4. Play skill cards if you want
After adding the gate bonus to the G-power Bakugan, you have the option to play ability cards to strengthen the Bakugan. Play cards and follow the instructions given. You don't have to play an ability card in every battle, but often these cards can determine the winner of the battle
- If you play an ability card and your opponent does too, you are allowed to play one or more cards. Your turn turns to each other.
- If the first player does not play a card, but the second player has an ability card, the first player still has the option to play an ability card.
- For example, play a blue ability card that allows you to add a gate bonus to your score twice. This can be of benefit to you.
Step 5. Give the gate card to the player with the highest final score
After both players have played their ability cards, add up each player's final score. Follow all the rest of the instructions on the gateway card. The player with the highest score wins the gate card, unless instructed otherwise.
If the score is a draw, the player whose Bakugan lands on the first gate card wins the card
Part 3 of 3: Finishing the Game
Step 1. Take the Bakugan and the cards that have been played from the playing area
After the fight, both players place the Bakugan on the left in the former Bakugan area. The player who wins the gate card places it face up in front of him. Take all the used ability cards from the playing area and arrange them in the used card area.
Step 2. Scroll Bakugan for the gate cards still in play
After one player wins the first gate card, both players select an unused Bakugan and scroll to the gate card. Follow the instructions above for each turn, and all the fights that appear.
When all Bakugans have been used, close them and return to the “New Bakugan” area. You are only allowed to reuse the Bakugan if all three have been used once
Step 3. Place two additional gate cards
After the player wins the second gate card from the initial two cards, both players choose another gate and place it in the playing area as before. Scroll through the Bakugan and continue playing according to the guide above, and fight when both Bakugan land on the same gate card.
Step 4. Play until one player wins three gate cards
Each player takes a turn and fights as needed to win the gate card. The player who wins three gate cards emerges as the winner and the game is over. Return the gate card to its original owner.