Triple Triad Card Game in Skyrim (2023)

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One of my favorite mini games of all time is Triple Triad from the Final Fantasy game series and this is my attempt to bring it to Skyrim. There are 111 cards to find, 27 of which are unique character cards. All assets are original, modders resources or have the creative commons license. See the Credits section for more details.

Getting Started

To play Triple Triad, you need a Triple Triad board in your inventory and at least 5 cards in your cards chest. To get the board you can buy one from a general merchant. To get cards, you can buy a card pack from a general merchant, find them in enemy loot, or win them from playing the game. To view your cards chest, click on the Triple Triad board in your inventory under the Misc section. To use a card pack, click on it in your inventory, a new menu will pop up with 4 to 5 cards. Take the ones you want, or all of them.Warning, if you don't take all of them, the ones you don't take will disappear and can't be retrieved again. By default, any cards you receive are automatically transferred to your cards chest, but this can be turned off in the config menu. Only cards in your cards chest are used when playing Triple Triad.

To open the config menu, buy a Triple Triad Info book from a general merchant and read it.

Triple Triad is very popular and almost anyone in Skyrim will play you, as long as they're not hostile towards you. The cards they use are based on their level, so higher level NPC's will have better cards. The Triple Triad dialogue won't show up if:
1. You don't have a Triple Triad board in your inventory.
2. You have less than 5 cards in your cards chest.
3. You are outside and it's raining or snowing.
4. The NPC is hostile towards you.
5. They are currently offering services, so merchants on the clock won't play.

As of

Version 1.1I also added a spell calledToggle Triple Triad Dialogue which will allow you to turn the dialogue option off for specific NPC's.


For those unfamiliar with Triple Triad, here are the rules. These are all explained in the Triple Triad Info book in game as well, which is also where you can set your preferred rules.

Basic Rules:
Players place cards on the board alternately until no spots are left. To place a card, click on one from your hand on the left, then click a position on the board. There are 4 numbers per card. Each number represents a side of the card. When placing a card, if a number is greater than its opposing number, then the card is flipped. In the example below, the card to the right will be flipped but the card to the bottom will not. The winner is whoever holds the most cards by the end of the game. Cards left in your hand count towards the final score.



If two or more side's numbers are equal to their opposing numbers, then those cards are flipped. In the example below, 1 = 1 and 4 = 4 so both of the orange cards will be flipped.

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If the sum of one side and its opposing number is equal to the sum of another side and its opposing number, the cards are flipped. In the example below, 1 plus 8 = 9. 3 plus 6 = 9. 9 = 9 so both of the orange cards will be flipped.



If cards are flipped with the Same or Plus rules, they will act as if they were newly placed and will flip cards around them. Only the basic greater than rule applies for these.

Coin Toss:
If enabled, each player gets one coin toss per game. The coin will land on a random board spot. If there's a card on that spot, it will be flipped, whether it's yours or your opponents. The flipped card will flip other cards around it with the basic greater than rule. This also counts as your turn.

If this rule is active, you don't pick your cards, rather 5 cards will be chosen randomly from your deck at the start of the game.

If this rule is active, you can see your opponent's hand.

Trade Rules:
One Card:Winner takes one of the losers cards.

Difference:The amount of cards the winner takes from the loser is equal to the difference in score. So if the score is 6 to 4, the winner takes 2 cards.

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Direct: The cards on the board that are your color you take, you lose any orange cards that are your opponents.

All: Winner takes all of the losers cards.

Hold Location Rules:
If enabled, the rules for Triple Triad are dependent on which Hold you're in. If you are Thane of that Hold, or a hold is not detected, your preferred rules are used. If disabled, your preferred rules are always used.

Auto Transfer:
If enabled, any card you receive, either from a card pack, enemy loot or rewards will automatically be placed in your cards chest. If disabled, you have to manually place cards in your chest to use them in game.


As I said before there are 111 cards total. 27 are unique character cards. To get most of the unique ones, you have to play that character to get their card, but there are a few exceptions.

A few cards will be given to you as a reward if you defeat certain enemies.

A few cards will start showing up in higher level opponent's hands when playing Triple Triad after you defeat them or complete their quests.

Also in

version 1-1, if you've already done the quest for the NPC, like Sheogorath, or the NPC is dead, their cards will start showing up in higher level NPC's hands when playing so you can still get their cards.

As of

version 1-1you also get a book called Triple Triad Cards which shows which cards you have and which cards you have yet to find. A blank [ ] means you haven't found the card yet. [X] means you have the card. [-] Means you had the card at one point, but lost it. It only shows for which cards are in your cards chest, not in your inventory.

Details: don't click if you don't want to be spoiled.


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A note to mod authors: In version 1.6 I added the framework to add more cards to the Triple Triad system with a separate ESP. You can download a tutorial on how in Optional Files.

Faelan the Card Trader

Inversion 2.0I added an NPC, Faelan, and hisbodyguardKarlak. Faelan will trade you powerful potions, scrolls, rare ingredients and some spells for tier 8 cards or higher. So, if the card has a value of 80 gold or more, he will trade. He will also trade you a unique gunblade weapon (from FFVIII) for either the Dragonborn or Alduin cards. To fire the gunblade, use a power attack. You also need at least one gunblade bullet (misc item) in your inventory for it to fire. You can craft more of them at a forge with fire salts and a dwarven metal ingot after recieving the gunblade. There's also a chance he may offer you a second gunblade for a tier 10 card so you can duel wield them. The gunblade meshes and textures come fromthis mod, used with permission. Go download and endorse it if you like the gunblade!

To find Faelan, first you need at least 20 cards in your cards chest, and at least 5 of them have to be unique cards. Then the courier will find you and deliver Faelan's Note. Read the note to start the miscellaneous quest to find Faelan, (a quest marker will be marked on your map.) If you don't see the quest marker it's because he's in another world space than you are in, such as Solstheim.After meeting Faelan, there will also be amiscellaneous quest objective added so you can find him again when you need to. He travels to random Inns around every 1 to 2 weeks.

Faelan will also give a radiant quest to retrieve cards from random NPC's. To get the cards from them, there will be dialogue options to intimidate, persuade or bribe. You can also play them in Triple Triad to get the card, if the dialogue option is available. You can also pickpocket them, or take it off their dead body.

Faelan is voiced byRavegedPyro


This mod adds stuff to leveled lists, but it does so with a script when you first install the mod, so there shouldn't be any compatibility issues.
This mod is not compatible with Skyrim Souls which unpauses the game during menus. Specifically the container and gift menus.


The Dawnguard and Dragonborn DLC's


Extract to your data folder and check in your load order.

If Updating to version 1.2 or higher
The Triple Triad Board and Card packs are now Light/Torch items instead of Misc items. This is so you can favorite the board and don't get the "Can't equip this item" message. If you already have a board in your inventory, it will automatically be replaced with the Light/Torch board. If you don't already have one, it's possible a merchant could still have the Misc board which won't work anymore. To aviod this, make sure you have a Triple Triad Board in you inventory before installing the update.


All of the assets I used here are either modders resources or have the creative commons license.
You are free to use the assets as long as you:
1: Do not charge money for your project or put it behind a pay wall.
2: You credit myself AND the appropriate party who made the original asset listed below.
3: Don't just take the whole mod and claim it as your own.

The only exceptions are the gunblade meshes and textures, which you will have to ask Squall82 for permission to use.


ToSquare Co., Ltd. for the original Triple Triad game concept

(Video) Triple Triad Skyrim Faelan Preview

To Bethesda for creating Skyrim and the Elder Scrolls series.

ToAdventurer1111for helping me take screenshots to use for the cards and inspiring me to actually make the mod.

Meshes / Textures:

To InsanitySorrow
For the cards I usedInsanitySorrow'sCollectible Cards as a base and then edited and added textures:

For the board frame I used InsanitySorrow's Chessboard Resource

ToSquall82 for the gunblade meshes and textures:

For the board I used this paper texture:

Faelan is voiced byRavegedPyro:

All of the music comes from:
Tracks used:
Blacksmithby Alexander Nakarada
Celebrationby Alexander Nakarada
Mjolnirby Alexander Nakarada
Now We Feast by Alexander Nakarada

Licensed under Creative Commons BY Attribution 4.0 License

Sound FX:
342242__inspectorj__coin-flipping-aby InspectorJ ( of
Card Flipby f4ngy at
Magic Missileby Spookymodem at
Gun clickby KlawyKogut
Gun cockby Dredile
Gun shotby FilmmakersManual

Tools used

The Creation Kit
Skyrim Script Compilier Pro:
Yakitori Audio Converter:
Lazy Voice Finder:
Outfit Studio:
Bulk Rename Utility:


Where is Triple Triad played? ›

Triple Triad is playable once the player begins it at the Manderville Gold Saucer, and can be played around Eorzea and in several Triple Triad-enabled areas.

How do you do the Triple Triad? ›

To unlock Triple Triad, you must first unlock the Gold Saucer. Afterwards, head to the Triple Triad Master in the Card Square to accept and complete the quest "Triple Triad Trial." You can collect cards before accepting this quest! To learn more about the Gold Saucer, visit our Gold Saucer hub.

Is there a Triple Triad app? ›

Latest version. Triple Triad (also known as 'The Authentic') is an Android version of the legendary card mini game featured in Final Fantasy VIII. The cards and the rules are the same ones as in the original game, so you'll enjoy a similar experience.

What does a mean in Triple Triad ff14? ›

A is essentially the equivalent of 10. A is the highest number any card can have, even during ascension matches. As an example, If you lay an A that has no 'element' and someone lays a Scion card which is A+3 next to yours, the card will not flip.

Is Triple Triad a real game? ›

Final Fantasy VIII contained a sub game called "Triple Triad." This game was actually sold in card form. Boosters only. 10 cards per booster. 5 game cards, 5 visual art cards.

How do you always win Triple Triad? ›

Final Fantasy VIII - Triple Triad Strategies
  1. Move #1: Play a card that your opponent cannot flip. ...
  2. Move #2: Play a card that flips your opponent's card(s), but which they can flip back. ...
  3. Move #3: (The best move) Play a card that flips your opponent's card(s), so that they cannot flip back.
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How many Triple Triad cards are there? ›

There are currently 189 Triple Triad Cards available in the FFXIV Free Trial. Triple Triad is the card game of Eorzea. To get started on your card collection, obtain your first deck from the Triple Triad Master. She can be found in The Gold Saucer.

Can free trial play Triple Triad? ›

Free Trial Players cannot play Triple Triad against other players. (Not covered by SE) Triple Triad is a card game. Normally, while in allowed areas, players can challenge you to Triple Triad matches.

How long do Triple Triad tournaments last? ›

This four hour period starts with the first person to enter the Battlehall instance. Please note that players will be unable to challenge other players or NPCs to play when there are five minutes remaining in the Battlehall. Beggining with Patch 3.5, Triple Triad Tournaments may only be played in the Battlehall.

What do the numbers on Triple Triad cards mean? ›

Triple Triad is played on a three-by-three (3x3) square grid of blank spaces where the cards will be placed. Each card has four numbers (known as ranks) placed in the top left corner; each number corresponds to one of the four sides of the card. The ranks range from one to ten, with the letter A representing ten.

Can you trade Triple Triad cards? ›

Because Triple Triad is clearly not a children's card game! The cards are bound to your soul. If you obtain a card that you already possess, you'll be able to sell it for Manderville Gold Saucer points; however, it won't be possible to trade cards with other players.

Can you still play triad wars? ›

It was announced on December 23rd, 2015 that the game would be closed on the 20th January, 2016.

Which Final Fantasy has a card game? ›

Depending on who you ask, Triple Triad is a card game inside FINAL FANTASY VIII, or FINAL FANTASY VIII is an RPG inside a card game. It's one of the most popular side activities in the series and it's easy to see why: what initially seems like a basic card game turns out to have more layers than an onion.

What is Triple Triad ff8? ›

Triple Triad is played on a 3x3 grid, with both players having selected or randomly distributed five cards as their hand for the game. The goal is to use the values on the card to turn over an opponent's red cards to blue, and end up with more blue cards on the board until the 3x3 board is completely filled with cards.

What is the most common triple play? ›

The most common form of a triple play begins with a hard line drive at an infielder. In this instance, runners sometimes have already left their bases -- either to steal, as part of a hit and run or simply because they didn't get a good read on where the ball was headed.

Is Triple A game free? ›

TripleA is a free and open-source turn based strategy game based on the Axis & Allies board game.

How many decks of cards do you need for 3 player hand and Foot? ›

Hand and Foot uses about 5 or 6 decks of standard playing cards and is played with 2-6 players. The objective of Hand and Foot is to be the first to get rid of all of your cards and for your team to have the most points. For more rummy type games, check out our guides for Classic Canasta and Gin.

Are Triple Triad rewards random? ›

Reward from winning a Triple Triad match with an NPC. (Drops are random and not guaranteed just by winning a match.)

What is the best card in Triple Triad? ›

10 Best Triple Triad Cards In Final Fantasy 8 Remastered (& How To Get Them)
  • 8/10 Rinoa.
  • 7/10 Edea.
  • 6/10 Irvine.
  • 5/10 Seifer.
  • 4/10 Ifrit.
  • 3/10 Sacred.
  • 2/10 Quistis.
  • 1/10 Selphie.
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What is the 3 card game called? ›

Three-card Monte – also known as Find the Lady and Three-card Trick – is a confidence game in which the victims, or "marks", are tricked into betting a sum of money, on the assumption that they can find the "money card" among three face-down playing cards.

Where do I claim my Triple Triad mount? ›

To unlock the Magicked Card mount, players must collect Triple Triad cards 1 through 312. Once those 312 Triple Triad cards have been collected, players can head back to the Manderville Gold Saucer to speak with the Gold Saucer Attendant.

How do you challenge NPC to Triple Triad? ›

Other players can also be challenged to Triple Triad matches. To issue a challenge, target your desired opponent and select Challenge to Normal Match from the subcommand menu. Although no fee is incurred, neither are there card rewards to be had. However, players will receive an MGP bonus for up to five wins every day.

Do you get Heavensward for free? ›

The free trial version returned on February 22, 2022, allowing new players to experience the entirety of the base game A Realm Reborn and the first expansion, Heavensward, for free.

How long can you play FFXIV for free? ›

As of 2022, Square Enix has updated the game four times, ensuring that it stays fresh to old players while adding interest to new players. But what if you want to try FFXIV before buying the game and its subscription? That's why Square Enix lets you enjoy a 30-day free trial.

Where can I sell Triple Triad cards? ›

Been playing for a year now. But it was only today that I realized it is possible to sell Triad Cards for MGP anywhere by hopping over to the Triple Triad Battle hall. No more running back to gold saucer now!

How do I get a Phoenix card? ›

Phoenix is the final card in the Queen of Cards quest. It becomes available in the Estharian Presidential Aide's hand after losing Doomtrain to the Queen of Cards and sending her to Dollet where she gives the card to her son and her father creates the Phoenix card.

What are the 4 playing cards symbols? ›

Today's 52-card deck preserves the four original French suits of centuries ago: clubs (♣), diamonds (♦), hearts (♥), and spades (♠).

How do you distribute a 3 2 5 card? ›

It follows the order of Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, starting from high to low. Among the three players, one will be the dealer, another cutter, and lastly, the third player. The dealer will distribute the cards, and the cutter or caller will cut the deck and call out the trump.

Which TCG is the most profitable? ›

Pokemon. Based, of course, on the incredibly popular Pokemon video game series that spawned the entire media franchise, the Pokemon trading card game is the highest selling TCG of all-time.

What is the most successful trading card game? ›

Magic: The Gathering is arguably the most popular trading card game in the world. It was also one of the first games to use the now-standard collectible card game (CCG) format. The game is set in a fantasy world where players take on the role of wizards and use magical spells to defeat their opponents.

How do you play Triple Triad with other players? ›

Starting with Patch 3.5, they may only be played in the Triple Triad Battlehalls. Players can take part in tournament matches by registering with the Hall Assistant NPC in the Battlehall. After players have registered for a tournament, they will be randomly matched with another player.

Can you play Triple Triad on free trial? ›

Triple Triad is a card game. Normally, while in allowed areas, players can challenge you to Triple Triad matches. Free Trial players cannot initiate or accept matches. This also applies to Triple Triad Tournaments, which also feature player matches.

How many Triple Triad NPC are there? ›

There are currently 63 Triple Triad NPCs available in the FFXIV Free Trial. Triple Triad is the card game of Eorzea. Challenging NPCs to a match can earn you new cards as rewards for winning. (NPC stands for Non-Player Character) Bring your best decks available!

How do you unlock Hetsukaze? ›

Hetsukaze can be found in Kugane at (7, 13) and uses the Plus and Same rules. Players must have completed the quest "And We Shall Call It Hydatos" for this NPC to play Triple Triad with them.

How many NPCs can you get before hard mode? ›

18 town NPCs in the regular mode. 3 pets that you can purchase licences for. 7 town NPCs that are found in Hardmode.

What trading cards are worth the most money? ›

This is a list of the highest known prices paid for sports cards. The current record price is the US$12.600 million paid for a 1952 Mickey Mantle baseball card (Topps; #311) on August 28, 2022, breaking all previous records.


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