Disney Lorcana: Inks Explained

Disney Lorcana: Inks Explained

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So, you’ve been whisked away to the enchanting realm of Lorcana as an Ilumineer. Your trusty companion in this adventure is your inkcaster, a magical device that brings Disney characters to life. Get ready to dive into the world of Disney Lorcana!

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Each inkcaster in Lorcana represents a different Disney song, character, or item, and is associated with a specific ink color. But what do these colors mean? How do they impact your game? Amber, Amethyst, Emerald, Ruby, Sapphire, or Steel – which ink color will you choose?

Amber Ink

Amber Ink

Amber ink is all about community and connection. It embodies patience, dedication, and a sense of responsibility towards your fellow players. In your Amber ink deck, you’ll find cards that act as bodyguards and healers, as well as cards that directly impact your community.

These cards are crucial for protecting and supporting other Amber ink cards in your deck. With the “Bodyguard” ability, you can enter a card into play already exerted (ready), and any opponent who challenges you will be forced to face the exerted card with Bodyguard. Take Maximus, the Palace Horse, for example. This mighty Amber ink card not only protects your other characters with Bodyguard but also has the Support ability that adds its strength to another card on its turn.

Maximus, Palace Horse Maximus, Palace Horse
Bodyguard
(This character may enter play exerted. An opposing character who challenges one of your characters must choose one with Bodyguard if able.)
Support
(Whenever this character quests, you may add their Strength to a chosen character’s Strength this turn.)

Hades, King of Olympus, allows you to gain +1 lore for each other Villain character you have in play. Cinderella, Gentle and Kind, can remove up to three damage from a chosen Princess character.

Cinderella, Gentle and Kind Cinderella, Gentle and Kind
A Wonderful Dream: Exert
(Remove up to 3 damage from a chosen Princess character.)

Each of these cards is designed to support the community. Whether it’s healing, protecting, or providing support, Amber ink brings a sense of unity to your gameplay.

Amethyst Ink

Amethyst Ink

For spellcasters, magical objects, and characters with extraordinary abilities, Amethyst ink is where the magic happens. Heroes and villains with incredible powers offer you their abilities to manipulate your hand and gain an advantage in the game.

Amethyst ink is perfect for disrupting your opponent’s plans by exerting their characters or preventing them from readying. You’ll also find cards that allow you to draw more cards, replenishing your hand, and bring banished cards back into play.

Elsa, Spirit of Winter Elsa, Spirit of Winter
Deep Freeze: When you play this character, exert up to 2 chosen characters. They can’t ready at the start of the next turn.
Dr. Facilier, Agent Provocateur Dr. Facilier, Agent Provocateur
Into the Shadows: Whenever one of your other characters is banished in a challenge, you may return that card to your hand.

Emerald Ink

Emerald Ink

Emerald ink is all about adaptability. This ink color allows you to constantly change and adjust your gameplay. With the ability to manipulate your opponent and move cards around the board, Emerald ink gives you a powerful sense of control during the game.

Cheshire Cat, Not All There Cheshire Cat, Not All There
Lose Something?: When this character is challenged and banished, banish the challenging character.

You can return your opponent’s characters to their hand and even force them to discard cards. Flynn Rider, Charming Rogue, for example, allows you to make your opponent discard a card whenever they challenge him.

Flynn Rider, Charming Rogue Flynn Rider, Charming Rogue
Here Comes The Smolder: Whenever this character is challenged, the challenging player chooses and discards a card.

Ruby Ink

Ruby Ink

If you’re an aggressive player, Ruby ink is right up your alley. This ink color is all about speed, bravery, and diving headfirst into battle. With speedy and fearless characters on your side, you’ll rush your opponent and strive for victory.

Peter Pan, Fearless Fighter Peter Pan, Fearless Fighter
Rush: This character can challenge the turn they’re played.

Prepare to overwhelm your opponent with characters that are difficult to deal with. Ruby ink offers a range of evasive characters that rush in, deal damage, and give your opponent a hard time if they’re not prepared.

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Ruby ink is not only about aggression. It also excels at dealing direct damage and survival. Characters like Mickey Mouse, Brave Little Tailor, with their “Evasive” ability, can only be challenged by characters that also have “Evasive.”

Mickey Mouse, Brave Little Tailor Mickey Mouse, Brave Little Tailor
Evasive: Only characters with Evasive can challenge this character.

Sapphire Ink

Sapphire Ink

With Sapphire ink, your wit and intelligence take center stage. This ink color is all about inventions, knowledge, and using your cleverness to gain an advantage over your opponent. Sapphire characters bring a strategic approach to the game, just as you’ll need to strategize with this ink color.

Maurice, World-Famous Inventor Maurice, World-Famous Inventor
Give It A Try: When this character quests, you pay 2 ink less for the next item you play this turn.
It Works!: Whenever you play an item, you may draw a card.

Sapphire ink empowers your items and offers resourceful options. You can scan your deck for specific cards, gather lore through quests, and support your team by utilizing the items available in this ink color.

Tamatoa, So Shiny! Tamatoa, So Shiny!
What Have We Here?: When you play this character and whenever he quests, you may return an item card from your discard to your hand.
Glam: This character gets +1 lore value for each item you have in play.

Steel Ink

Steel Ink

Steel ink represents strength and defense. This ink color features strong and imposing characters that can overpower your opponents. With Steel ink, you can brute force your way through challenges and protect your allies.

Tinker Bell, Giant Fairy Tinker Bell, Giant Fairy
Rock The Boat: When you play this character, deal 1 damage to each opposing character.
Puny Pirate!: During your turn, whenever this character banishes another character in a challenge, you may deal 2 damage to a chosen opposing character.

Steel ink is not just about dealing damage; it’s also skilled in the art of protection. Characters with the Steel ink color often have the Bodyguard ability, and even action cards can deal substantial damage. You’ll earn lore by banishing your opponent’s characters, putting them on the defensive while you dominate the game.

Te Kā, Heartless Te Kā, Heartless
Seek The Heart: During your turn, whenever this character banishes another character in a challenge, you gain 2 lore.

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