Many of the questions that come up during play can be resolved by paying special attention to the definitions in the rule book. The rules for Stratego Legends must be read literally. They mean exactly what they say -- no more, no less.
The biggest clarification involves attacks. An attack occurs when one piece moves into the space occupied by an enemy piece and ONLY then. There are many ways for a piece to be removed from the board, but only one for it to be "attacked." Any time the word "attack" appears in the rules or in special power descriptions, it means one piece moving into an enemy piece's space. If a piece was destroyed by a distance strike, by magic, by being surrounded, or by any means other than an enemy piece entering its space, then it was not attacked. Actions such as charging, slashing, and quickness can result in attacks, but it's still important to remember the difference between an attack and the use of a special power.
This FAQ is divided into five sections: Miscellaneous Questions, Distance Strike, Movement, Special Powers, and Death Curses. Within each section, general questions are addressed first, followed by questions about specific pieces. For ease of navigation, questions about specific pieces are arranged in order based on the pieces' numbers.
Is there any significance to there being two different colors for magic and castle icons?
The different colors in the icons are only to make them stand out better against the different colored backgrounds.
Are diagonal squares considered adjacent?
Yes. A square is adjacent to all eight surrounding squares. A distance strike can hit anything within two squares, counting diagonally, orthogonally, or both.
When a piece requires you to guess the name of a defending piece, must this be a blind guess or can you use vision or another power to see what the piece is to guarantee a correct "guess?"
When using Psychic Devourer (#60), you are allowed to use vision or distance strike ahead of time to find out what the victim is. Psychic Devourer would be pretty useless if you couldn't.
If a defending piece wins a combat, does it advance into the attacking piece's starting square, as in the original Stratego?
No, it stays where it is. Only attackers move into the square, and only if successful.
In the Stratego Legends boxed sets, are the pieces random?
The playing pieces and the battleboards are randomly inserted in both the games and the boosters. There are six different starting sets with different assortments of pieces and terrain. There are 24 varieties of boosters.
Where's Wascyo (#162)?
A production mistake left Wascyo off all the sticker sheets in early print runs. It was added to later printings.
Why does Jillius (#55) have a black three on the reference card and a white three on the sticker?
The color difference is a minor misprint. It has no effect on play.
I have a Ulaniva Defender piece (#56) with a base strength of 4 instead of 3 as it's shown on the card. Is the misprint on the card or the sticker?
Technically, the misprint is on the sticker. This was corrected in later printings. If you have this misprinted piece, however, you can play it as printed with a base strength number of 4.
When I reveal all pieces on a certain terrain type, do I reveal my pieces on that terrain type as well?
Yes. "All pieces" means all pieces.
If a 1 such as Jezrak (#163) attacks a 10 like Landor (#1), are both pieces destroyed or only Landor?
In this case, only Landor is destroyed. All the 1s work a little differently, but a 1 can survive if it meets its special conditions. Otherwise, it loses and is destroyed.
Is it legal to have several identical pieces in the same army? For example, can a player make all three strength 8 pieces Evits (#107)? Could all five magic pieces be the same?
Yes, you are allowed to have multiple copies of the same piece in an army. Although this leads to powerful armies, we have yet to see one that couldn't be countered.
If I destroy an enemy magic piece by surrounding it, is the magic set off?
Magic aplies only when the piece is attacked. This is not the same as being surrounded or destroyed by any other means, including forced piece destruction. It also doesn't allow Medusa (#112) or Decay (#166) to use their powers. Being surrounded doesn't prevent a death curse, however.
In situations where an opponent is forced to choose one of his pieces to be destroyed, if he destroys a magic piece or a piece with a death curse, do those effects come into play?
You have to look at the description on the piece itself. If it states "when this piece is attacked," then it would not take effect if destroyed by magic. If it states "when this piece is destroyed," it would take effect.
Let's say I use a piece like Dancing Sword (#84) that states, "reveal and destroy … to give an adjacent piece +2 until the end of the turn," and I give the bonus to a piece with the Berserk innate power. The berserker attacks and destroys an adjacent piece. When it moves into the opponent's space, it's no longer adjacent to where the Dancing Sword was. Does it keep the +2 bonus from the Dancing Sword?
Yes. If you give a power to a piece until the end of the turn, then the piece keeps that power until the turn is over, no matter where it moves.
What is meant when a description states, "Use this ability only once per turn?"
A turn is one player's move. If you use a power to increase a piece's strength, for example, that strength boost lasts until the end of your move. As soon as the next player begins his move, the boosted piece returns to its usual strength. If you have more than one piece capable of using that ability, each of them can use it once per turn.
Assume that you have a piece that requires your opponent to destroy X number of pieces, and your opponent has X or fewer pieces remaining. Do you win automatically because your opponent must destroy his castle?
If your opponent takes control of one of your pieces (with Clevut, #27, for example), can he use that piece's special power?
What happens if Clevut (#27) is the target of a distance strike?
Clevut's special power comes into play only if he is "attacked." An attack happens only when a piece enters the same space as another. A distance strike isn't an attack. Therefore, Clevut's ability doesn't come into play and he is destroyed.
When you reveal and destroy an Enchanted Shield (#118) to give an adjacent piece +2 until the end of the turn, does that include distance strike pieces? Could you use three shields to add +6 to one strike if conditions were right?
Yes and yes. The bonus does apply to distance strikes, and multiple bonuses can be combined.
The rules don't explicitly state whether a distance strike can pass through pieces, whether allied or enemy. Can it?
Distance strike can pass through any pieces, friend or foe, to get to its target. Any piece up to two spaces away can be the target.
Some of the magic pieces do not explicitly state that they are stationary (ie., pieces 31, 32, 62, 63, 66, 132, 198, 199, and 201). Can they move but not attack? Can other pieces move them, with teleport for example?
If a piece's description doesn't say "stationary," then it can move. Take the descriptions literally.
Can a piece charge and attack in the same turn? Slash and attack in the same turn?
Yes. A piece can charge or slash into an attack
Can a piece fly and attack in the same turn?
No. The rules on flyers state specifically that they must land on an empty space.
A piece with quickness can move two spaces. Must these be in a straight line?
No. A piece with quickness can move two spaces in any direction (into legal terrain, of course).
If a special power calls for a piece to be revealed, but that piece has already been revealed (through, say, special movement), can the special power be used?
Yes, of course. Just because the piece is already revealed doesn't prevent it from using its special power.
A piece cannot move back and forth in the same space three times in a row. What about vision and distance strike pieces? Can they keep visioning the same piece(s) over and over, forcing the other team to move?
Yes, you can use an action like vision again and again.
When Holy Vision (#63) gets to use its ability, must I choose both pieces before looking at either, or can I look at the first piece before deciding which one to look at second?
You can look at the first one before selecting the second one.
My opponent destroys Cleansing Mist (#66), and I choose to destroy Fungus of Bremmuk (#201). Does this trigger Fungus of Bremmuk's magic and compel my opponent to reveal all of his or her Magic pieces?
An attack occurs only when one piece moves into another piece's space. Cleansing Mist's action is not an attack, so the fungus's magic is not triggered.
Can Elementus (#70) and Lord Esenwein (#138) give themselves the flying action?
Yes, they can give themselves the Flying action, because each of them is of the type that they give flying to.
Electibra's (#71) death curse is in effect, so all pieces with flying action get +1. I attack with Dagin Genie (#73), which is strength 8, and the attacked piece is a 9. Can I then reveal Elementus (#70) to give Dagin Genie flying and the +1 bonus?
Yes. This is a clever move. Abilities can be used any time.
2. Almaetis (#72) states that I can reveal and destroy Almaetis to place any piece under my control on any empty forest space. Does that include my castle?
Yes. Unless the term "non-stationary" is used, it is not implied. The same applies to Oppolifnas (#137).
If Lord of Eagles (#78) chooses to reveal pieces he flies over, do I reveal my pieces, too, or only enemy pieces?
If you choose to use Lord of Eagles's ability, then he must reveal all pieces flown over, even his own. "All pieces" means all pieces.
With the Dragon Talisman (#100), can I revive any destroyed dragon, even an opponent's, and place it under my control?
Yes, you can revive any dragon with Dragon Talisman, even your opponent's.
The Wind Castle (#101) is a terrific castle. Its action allows it to move to any empty, adjacent space. Does this include water spaces?
Wind Castle cannot move onto water. For the purpose of the game, water is not considered an empty space.
The Great Shaman (#111) seems way too great. I can put one of these in my army and use it to get back all my dead pieces when my army is half gone. Am I missing something?
Yes. The Great Shaman only allows you to replace destroyed silver Magic pieces (those with a star). You can only have five Magic pieces in your army, so the Great Shaman can bring back at most five pieces.
Medusa (#112) kills five adjacent pieces with her ability. Three were magic pieces. Does the magic go into effect? What about death curses?
Magic does not take effect unless the magic piece was attacked, meaning the attacking piece occupied the defender's space. Being destroyed by Medusa's ability is not an attack, so magic isn't a factor. If Medusa destroys multiple pieces with death curses, the death curses cancel each other out and all are immediately placed in the destroyed pile. An existing death curse remains in place.
Can Medusa (#112) or Decay (#166) destroy a castle when revealed?
If you destroy the Medusa (#112) and one of the adjacent pieces is your own castle, do you destroy your castle? Or is your own castle immune to the Medusa's effect?
In the absence of any other note, descriptions are interpreted literally. When the Medusa's description states that it destroys all adjacent pieces, that includes castles and everything else.
What happens when my Lightning Bolt (#130) is killed from the side and there are three live pieces in front of it? How do we decide which pieces to destroy?
The affected spaces are not the three spaces that are in front of Lightning Bolt and adjacent to it. The affected spaces are the space that is directly in front of Lightning Bolt and the space that is directly beyond that. In other words, the two spaces that extend from the Lightning Bolt directly toward the enemy side of the board. There can't be more than two pieces in those spaces.
If some of my own pieces are in front of Lightning Bolt (#130) when it is attacked and destroyed, are they destroyed, too?
Yes. Lightning Bolt doesn't care who owns the pieces. You could destroy your own pieces if they are in the line of fire.
Can Oppolifnas's (#137) action be used on a stationary adjacent piece?
Yes, you can use its action on stationary pieces, including castles.
Can Lord Esenwein (#138) reveal himself to grant himself flying ability?
Say my opponent takes control of my Lord of the Dead piece (#140). Can he then use Lord of the Dead's ability to bring back zombies and use them against me?
Yes. When a piece is under your control, you get all of its benefits.
Daemin (#141) lets you take control of a piece that she attacks if it has a base strength of 2-5. It does not say that the attack has to be successful. The question is, what if the piece, for any number of reasons, has its strength adjusted to 8 or higher?
As always, the description should be interpreted literally. If the piece attacked by Daemin has a base strength of 2-5, then it is moved to Daemin's space and comes under the other player's control. If the attacked piece has its strength adjusted to 9 or higher, then Daemin is destroyed, but the attacked piece still changes control. If, however, the attacked piece and Daemin have their strengths adjusted to equal numbers, then both are destroyed as usual, before Daemin can take control of the other piece.
Can Fire Wall (#168) be used in a defensive manner? For example, can Fire Wall be used on an opponent's piece that just attacked one of your pieces adjacent to Fire Wall?
Yes, that's its main function. Use Fire Wall's ability at the beginning of your turn to weaken an enemy piece and then destroy it.
Angela's Amulet (#217) grants +1 to an adjacent angel. Must the angel be adjacent at the start of its move, or could it become adjacent while using an action and then gain the +1 bonus?
Yes, this is legal. An angel doesn't need to be adjacent to the amulet at the start of its move. If it becomes adjacent to the amulet while charging, slashing, or using quickness, you can reveal the amulet at that point and gain the bonus. This doesn't apply to flying, however.
Consider a piece with an ability that affects an adjacent piece, such as Angela's Amulet (#217). Assume that the amulet is adjacent to an enemy piece. An angel moves into the enemy piece's space to attack it. The angel is not strong enough to destroy the enemy piece by itself. Can the amulet use its ability to boost the attacking angel's strength now that the angel is adjacent, in the enemy's space?
Yes, this is legal. The attack is resolved with the boosted strength.
Regarding the castle that came with Qa'ans Resurgence, Plattenuis (#234), must the moved piece be revealed?
Any time a piece does anything other than a standard move (one to the left, right, front, or back), that piece is revealed.
If your opponent destroys a piece that causes you to destroy a piece in return, and the piece you choose to destroy has a death curse, does the death curse go into effect?
When a player takes control of an opponent's piece, does that control extend beyond the grave? Specifically, does it affect death curses and eligibility for resurrection?
Yes. If you controlled a piece when it died, then you control any effect it has afterward, such as a death curse. However, your opponent can still resurrect it, and if he does, it comes back under his control.
If a berserk piece destroys more than one piece with a death curse in a single turn, do any of them take effect?
Yes. If a piece with a death curse is destroyed, that death curse is in effect immediately. If another piece (with a death curse) is subsequently destroyed, the second death curse starts, and the first death curse ends. The fact that both pieces were destroyed on the same turn is irrelevant. They were not destroyed at the same time.
Should Saravannus's (#36) description state that his death curse reveals "all pieces on a certain terrain type" rather than just "a terrain?"
That is clearer than the way it's stated. Yes, the death curse should apply to all spaces of the chosen terrain type.
The death curse on Humble Clergy (#46) states that all pieces with a base strength of 2 get +6. Does this apply to your opponent's strength 2 pieces as well?
Death curses are global in effect, so the answer is yes, Humble Clergy's death curse affects both players' pieces.
When Humble Clergy's (#46) death curse is in effect, if Gnarak (#127) is on a mountain square, what is its strength?
My opponent destroys Cleansing Mist (#66), and I choose to destroy Flit Spore (#200). Does its death curse apply?
Death curses take effect no matter how the piece is destroyed.
I'm not sure how to interpret the descriptions of Oeroed (#176) and Slud (#182). Both have Death Curses that allow you to bring back "any number of destroyed mold pieces (with a total base value not exceeding" 6 or 4. Does this mean that each piece must have a base strength number of 6 (or 4) or less, or that the strength numbers of all the pieces added together can't exceed 6 (or 4)?
The second interpretation is correct. For example, if Oeroed is destroyed, you could bring back only Yarbu the Magic Eater (strength 6), or you could bring back Slime of Bremmuk (3), Foulis (2), and Demarn the Putrid (1).
If a piece gains flying from a death curse (for example, from Nosimaj, #195), does a player have to reveal his piece before using the death curse flying action?
Any time you do something other than a standard move (one space in any orthogonal direction), you must reveal the piece in question. That's a global rule.