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Final Fantasy VII Rebirth

Card Royalty Trophy Guide - Final Fantasy VII Rebirth

By
Nathan Garvin

After completing Chapter 4 you won’t encounter any more ranked Queen’s Blood players until the end of Chapter 7, but that doesn’t mean you’re done playing cards! To pass time on the ferry in Chapter 5 you’ll be encouraged to participate in a Queen’s Blood tournament. While you can opt out if you’re allergic to this minigame, you can win some new cards by participating, and the stakes are pretty low, so you’ve nothing to lose by giving it a shot. This page will provide a guide for winning the Queen’s Blood tournament on the ferry in Final Fantasy VII Rebirth including tips for unlocking the Card Royalty trophy.

(1 of 2) Towards the start of Chapter 5 you’ll have to register in a Queen’s Blood tournament. You can quit without playing, but the rewards make it worth the effort.

Towards the start of Chapter 5 you’ll have to register in a Queen’s Blood tournament. You can quit without playing, but the rewards make it worth the effort. (left), We recommend the cards in this deck - most of which are early or even starter cards. (right)

How to Win the Queen’s Blood Tournament in Chapter 5

As soon as you gain control in Chapter 5, you’ll need to head upstairs to where the tournament is being held. Talk to your companions, then talk to the receptionist to enter, and once you’re registered the tournament will begin. You can opt out at any time by talking to the receptionist to the right, and you can buy booster packs from the receptionist to the left.

With that done, let’s go win ourselves a Queen’s Blood tournament! Below you’ll find the deck we used to waltz to a rather easy victory, if you need advice on using it, check out our Best Early Queen’s Blood Deck page.

Card Number
Shinra Security Officer x2
"Crystalline Crab" iconCrystalline Crab x2
"Crawler" iconCrawler x1
"Ignilisk" iconIgnilisk x2
"Capparwire" iconCapparwire x2
Chocobo & Moogle x1
"Quetzalcoatl" iconQuetzalcoatl x2
"Zemzelett" iconZemzelett x2
"Titan" iconTitan x1

Each round you’ll get to choose to compete against a few opponents. The choice doesn’t usually matter much (especially not if you’re using the deck we recommended), but if you don’t like the cut of an opponent’s jib, you can play whomever you wish. Win and you can opt to move onto the next round. Lose and… it doesn’t really matter. Play another opponent or attempt rematches until you’re victorious. There’s no real penalty for losing, so perseverance will ultimately carry the day.

The opponents you’ll face are as follows:

Round Opponents
Round 1 Felix, Wize
Round 2 Aerith, Barret, Tifa
Round 3 Andrea, Madam M
Round 4 Chadley
Round 5 Regina
Exhibition "Red XIII" iconRed XIII

(1 of 3) The general strategy with this deck is to buff your own cards while claiming tiles.

Card Royalty Strategies

Despite the fact that you can’t technically “lose” the tournament (unless you forfeit out of frustration), beating your head against the wall until RNG favors you isn’t much of an option. Luck does play a role in Queen’s Blood, of course, but there are only 15 cards and you get to draw five at the start, meaning any card has a ⅓ chance of being available from the start. You’ll usually play at least five cards in most games, so much of your deck will see the field in any given game. All that to say, if you’re losing consistently, it’s because you’re being outplayed or you just don’t have the cards to compete, and in this tournament the former is going to be much less likely than the latter.

Not being judgmental - the skill issue can be corrected with the implementation of certain tips and strategies:

  • This is primarily a buff deck. Its core strength is boosting the power of other cards - the orange squares on each card’s grid generally means it’ll buff allied cards in said grid. It’s worth looking over these cards so you know to play, say "Ignilisk" iconIgnilisk on the top row whenever possible to achieve maximum effect.

  • In addition to being a buff deck, this is also a speed/pressure deck. Many of its cards are designed to claim tiles on the cheap, like Cappariwire and Security Officer. The more tiles you control, the more cards you’ll play compared to your opponent, and this correlates well with overall power on the board. Win the card battle and you’ll probably win the match.

  • Whenever possible do not play a card that will claim a tile next to a tile the opponent has claimed, as they’ll usually respond by playing a card in said adjacent tile, converting your own pawn. There are times when you need to do this, but it’s an advanced strategy and probably won’t come into play much in this tournament. Instead, build up on the left side of the board until the enemy encroaches on your claimed tiles, then respond by converting their pawns.

  • You can skip a turn if you want to let the opponent lead. Useful if you’d rather respond to their actions instead of taking the initiative. Just don’t do this when you’re losing, or the opponent will skip their next turn and end the game. This is a bit of an advanced strategy and again, shouldn’t be necessary in this tournament, but it can change the tempo of some matches.

  • "Capparwire" iconCapparwire is the lone card that doesn’t buff, but rather weakens adjacent cards (top and bottom tiles). It only does this when it’s played, however, so if you play it before another card, its effects won’t persist. Play Capparwires first whenever possible.

  • You can mulligan cards from your initial hand. As a general rule, try not to have more than two cards that cost two pawns to play at the start of the game. It’ll only slow you down.

  • Cards like "Quetzalcoatl" iconQuetzalcoatl and "Zemzelett" iconZemzelett will be this deck’s “trick” cards, due to their ability to strike diagonally. Keep them handy for midboard encounters where their ability to strike at unconventional angles can win tile disputes.

(1 of 2) Chadley will likely be your toughest opponent, as he uses a buff deck similar to the recommended one.

Chadley will likely be your toughest opponent, as he uses a buff deck similar to the recommended one. (left), Win the tournament to unlock the Card Royalty trophy and several rewards. (right)

All in all, most opponents aren’t that difficult in this tournament, and even if you lose due to mistakes or bad RNG, it’s barely even a setback. Just rematch until you win, and with the deck above and a basic grasp of Queen’s Blood’s mechanics should you be able to dispatch every challenger. The most difficult opponent is probably Chadley, as he’s also running a fast buff deck with many of the same cards we have - genuinely a case where victory or defeat can come down to who ends up playing the Chocobo & Moogle card in the most advantageous spot!

Emerge victorious and you’ll claim the following prizes:

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Guide Information
  • Publisher
    Square Enix
  • Platforms,
    PS5
  • Genre
    Action RPG
  • Guide Release
    15 February 2024
  • Last Updated
    16 July 2024
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The second in a trio of games, Final Fantasy VII Rebirth continues with the epic retelling of the original Final Fantasy VII story. Follow Cloud Strife and company, as they chase Sephiroth, after the events that unfolded in the city of Midgar. Final Fantasy VII Rebirth will contain the same action-based combat system introduced in Remake, with additions to keep it fresh. To help you along the way, this guide plans to contain the following content:

  • Breakdown of gameplay elements and combat mechanics
  • Detailed guides on how to play every playable character
  • Boss strategies for those who might be struggling
  • Walkthroughs for the harder-to-complete Side Quests
  • Locations of any and all Collectibles
  • Extensive list of all Minigames, with thorough guides on all of them
  • Roadmap and guide on how to unlock the coveted Platinum Trophy

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