Blight Card

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Piece core blight card.png
Spirit Island (Base Game) 2
Branch and Claw 7
Jagged Earth 7
Promotional Pack 1 0
Promotional Pack 2 0
Feather and Flame
(Promos 1 and 2)
0

A Blight Card is a card that holds the Blight pieces Blighticon.png that are not on the Island. It starts on the Healthy Island side and may flip to the Blighted side during the course of the game if all the blight pieces from the card are removed. It cannot be flipped back over to Healthy.

To reduce complexity, use the Blight Space instead. Simply do not use any Blight Card and follow the instructions on the Invader Board instead (5 Blight Blighticon.png per player[1], +1[2]).

Otherwise, take a random Blight Card and place it on top of the Blight Space on the Invader Board, “Healthy Island” side up, without looking at the back.[1] Place the number of Blighticon.png specified on the card (generally 2 per player), + 1.[2] This 1 extra blight only goes on the Healthy side of the card (not Blighted Island)

Healthy Island. The Island starts the game Healthy. It becomes Blighted when the first pool of Blight on the Blight Card is emptied and the card flips to the Blighted side.

Blighted Island. The Island becomes Blighted when all the Blight on the front of the Blight Card goes onto the board. If all Blight on the Blighted side runs out, the players lose.

Flipping to the Blighted side represents the Island reaching a point of no return; the lands have taken irreparable damage and nothing can be done to heal the Island back to its healthy state.

Setup

Take a random Blight Card and place it on top of the Blight Space on the Invader Board, “Healthy Island” side up, without looking at the back.[1] Place the number of Blighticon.png specified on the card (generally 2 per player), + 1.[2] This 1 extra blight only goes on the Healthy side of the card (not Blighted Island)

Solo Play
Blight Cards which have only 2 Blight per player on the Blighted Island side can be especially nasty when playing solo. If you get one of them in a single-player game, you may choose to draw a random replacement from among the unused Blight Cards.[3]

"Still Healthy" Blight Cards Base Game + some Jagged Earth, no Branch & Claw
Two of the new Blight Cards say “Still Healthy” on the opposite side and have a small Blight pool. When this Blight pool runs out, you do not lose – instead, following the instructions there, you draw a new Blight Card and go straight to its reverse side (which may be “Blighted” or “Still Healthy”).[4]

  • Setup Change: Because you might need more than one Blight Card, simply put the entire shuffled stack of Blight Cards atop the Blight space, and use the top one. Should you need another, just use the next one in the stack.[4]

Playing with Events Base Game + Branch & Claw + all Jagged Earth
Playing with a Blight Card is now required rather than optional. (The Event Deck depends on using one.)[5]

  • Events happen AFTER blighted Island Effect and before any Earned Fear Cards.[6]

Playing Without Events Base Game + some Jagged Earth, no Branch & Claw
Don’t use a Blight Card where the Blighted Island side has 2 Blight per player or only immediate effects.

  • You can either pull those cards out before shuffling, or redraw if you get one. Without an Event Deck to provide occasional Blighted island Events, cards with beneficial or non-ongoing effects become much lower-risk.

Still-Healthy Island Cards are fine, though staying Healthy has less game impact.[7]

No Blight Card
If you are not using a Blight Card, use the Blight instructions printed on the Invader Board instead. Place the shown amount of Blight onto the card from the box[1], +1 as in the case of using a Blight Card[2].

List of Blight Cards

Box Art Card Name Blight Count
Spirit island box.png
Downward Spiral
5 Blighticon.png
Spirit island box.png
Memory Fades to Dust
4 Blighticon.png
Branch and Claw Box Art.png
A Pall Upon the Land
3 Blighticon.png
Branch and Claw Box Art.png
Aid From Lesser Spirits
2 Blighticon.png
Branch and Claw Box Art.png
Back Against the Wall
2 Blighticon.png
Branch and Claw Box Art.png
Disintegrating Ecosystem
5 Blighticon.png
Branch and Claw Box Art.png
Erosion of Will
3 Blighticon.png
Branch and Claw Box Art.png
Promising Farmlands
4 Blighticon.png
Branch and Claw Box Art.png
Tipping Point
5 Blighticon.png
Jagged Earth box.png
Thriving Communities
4 Blighticon.png
Jagged Earth box.png
Unnatural Proliferation
3 Blighticon.png
Jagged Earth box.png
All Things Weaken
3 Blighticon.png
Jagged Earth box.png
Power Corrodes the Spirit
4 Blighticon.png
Jagged Earth box.png
Untended Land Crumbles
4 Blighticon.png
Jagged Earth box.png
Invaders Find the Land to Their Liking
2 Blighticon.png
Jagged Earth box.png
Strong Earth Shatters Slowly
2 Blighticon.png

Notes & FAQ

FAQ: https://querki.net/u/darker/spirit-island-faq/#!Blight

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Base Game: Game Setup: Invader Board, pg. 6
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 During Setup, you get exactly 1 additional Blight in your Blight pool https://querki.net/u/darker/spirit-island-faq/#!one-more-blight-errata
  3. Branch & Claw: Rules Updates: Solo Play, pg. 17
  4. 4.0 4.1 Jagged Earth: New Game Items: "Still Healthy" Blight Cards, pg. 9
  5. Branch & Claw: Branch & Claw: Setup Changes, pg. 7 | Jagged Earth: New Game Items: Setup Changes, pg. 6
  6. Branch & Claw: Event Cards, pg. 8 | Jagged Earth: New Rules: Events, pg. 12
  7. Jagged Earth: Play Options: Playing Without Events, pg. 20