BIONICLE: Quest for the Masks

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BIONICLE: Quest for the Masks
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Card Game
Compatible with BIONICLE: Rahi Challenge
Year released 2001


BIONICLE: Quest for the Masks is a BIONICLE card game released in 2001.

The series is comprised of 220 unique game cards, with the first 160 cards being regular cards, and the remaining 60 holographic variants of the originals. Typically the holographic card variants were both rarer and more powerful in-game. However some controversy surrounds card #197 as it appeared to be unobtainable in the First Edition print of the series, and was significantly rarer than other cards in subsequent printing runs.

While the majority of cards printed in the series were playable cards, there were several "art cards" depicting moments from the Bionicle series, however as the card-game is not considered canon the events depicted may not be entirely based on the Toa's official storyline.

Decks

There were 3 decks in total, each one displaying a pair of Toa Mata, which were packaged with the Toa's respective Kanohi. The pairs feature the following Toa:

Deck Contents

Each deck contained the following items:

  • 80 Game Cards, inlcuding
    • 2 Toa Cards
    • 6 Great Mask Challenge Cards
    • 6 Turaga Cards (3 for each Toa)
    • 12 Great Mask Cards (6 for each Toa)
    • 14 Mission Cards
    • 40 Game Action Cards
  • 1 Rule Book
  • 1 Legend of Mata Nui Book
  • 1 Ancient Map of Mata Nui Game Map (Playing board)
  • 2 Toa Great Mask Markers (Random Great Kanohi)

The Rule Book, along with instructions on how to play, contained other useful information including:

  • Deck Contents - as above
  • Questions - A mini FAQ section
  • A Checklist of cards
  • Adverts for the Legend of Mata Nui game and Quest for the Toa

How to Play

BIONICLE: Rahi Challenge

The object of the game is to collect all of the selected Toa's Great Mask Cards before the opponent does. The first player to collect all six masks is the winner.

Building a Deck

A white instruction card is provided with each new Quest for the Masks booster pack. While it doesn't contain the rules, it explains how to build a deck for a two-player game, and advises the players to check their theme decks or to go to www.upperdeck.com to learn how to play the game.

"Use the cards in the Bionicle Booster Packs to build your own deck. When you build your own deck, you must adhere to the following rules."
— UpperDeck, 2001.

Card Type Number
Toa, Great Mask, and Turaga Cards Not stated
Great Mask Challenge Cards 6
Mission Cards 14
Game Action Cards 14

Along with this, there are a few additional regulations on deck formations:

  • Players cannot have more than 3 foil Great Mask Cards in their deck
  • Players cannot have duplicate Great Mask Challenge Cards in their deck
  • Players cannot have duplicate Mission Cards in their deck
  • Players cannot have more than 2 Game Action Cards in their deck

Cards

There are five primary types of cards used in the game, each with a different use within the game.

  • Toa Cards - Each player chooses the Toa Card they wish to use during the game. On the card is a list of 6 skills (Flight, Shielding, Speed, Strength, Swimming, and Vision), where each skill is ranked from 100 to 1000, with 1000 being the highest. They also use that Toa's respective mask as a marker.
  • Great Mask Challenge Cards - These cards are used during Great Mask Challenges, and tell the player which of their Toa's skills they will use during the challenge (e.g. SWIMMING).
  • Mission Cards - These cards feature a new mission that the player must complete before they can continue their search for the Toa's Great Masks (e.g. You must go to a Start space).
  • Great Mask/Turaga Cards - Once winning a Great Mask Challenge, the player can draw a Great Mask or Turaga card. Each card gives a bonus - for example, Vakama's Firestaff card lets the player move 2 spaces instead of 1, while Tahu's Kakama adds 100 points to the Speed skill. All six of the chosen Toa's Great Mask Cards must be collected to win the game.
  • Game Action Cards - These cards can do a variety of things. Generally, they are played to either hinder the opponent or to help oneself (e.g. BONUS - Automatically complete a mission. Discard after use.).

Rahi Challenge Expansion Pack

The Rahi Challenge cards expand the Quest for the Masks card game. Each features a Nui-Rama along the back.

See also

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