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Below is all the keywords, terms, and meanings of words found on the cards and in the GWENT: The Witcher Card Game.

  • Agile: Refers to card that can be placed on any row. The icon is two arrows in the shape of a circle.
  • Ally: A Unit on your side of the Board.
  • Ambush: Play face down and only turn over when certain conditions are met. While face down, adds no Power to its side's total and is immune to all abilities, unless stated otherwise.
  • Armor: Absorbs a given amount of Damage dealt to a Unit.
  • Banish: Remove the card from the game.
  • Bond: Trigger this ability each time another copy of this Unit is played on the same side.
  • Boost: Increase a Unit's current Power.
  • Boosted: A Boosted Unit's current Power is more than its Base Power.
  • Brave: Trigger this ability if your opponent is winning the current Round (calculated after placing this Unit and any Unit(s) it spawns).
  • Bronze: Bronze refers to the lowest tier of units. Though the player may have any number of Bronze cards in their deck, they may only have three copies of any single card.
  • Consume: Move a card to the Graveyard (or remove it from the game if it's already in the Graveyard), then Boost the consuming Unit by its Power.
  • Crewmen X: When a Unit with a 'Fresh Crew' ability is played adjacent to this Unit, trigger that ability X times.
  • Damage: Decrease a Unit's current Power.
  • Damaged: A damaged Unit's current Power is less than its Base Strength.
  • Deathwish: Trigger this ability when the card is moved to the Graveyard.
  • Demote: Convert a Gold card to Silver (or Bronze, if Bronze was the card's original color).
  • Deploy: Trigger this ability when the card is placed on the Board.
  • Destroy: Move the card to the Graveyard.
  • Discard: Move the card to the Graveyard from the Hand or Deck.
  • Disloyal: This card can be placed on the enemy's side of the board; also referred to as a "spying" unit.
  • Dwarf: This is a type of unit card particular to the Scoia'tael.
  • Doomed: Units: Remove from the game when moved from the Board to the Graveyard. Special Cards: Remove from the game after triggering the card's ability.
  • Elf: This is a type of unit card particular to the Scoia'tael.
  • Enemy: A Unit on your opponent's side of the Board.
  • Fresh Crew: Trigger this ability when this Unit is played adjacent to a Unit with a 'Crewmen' ability.
  • Gold: Gold refers to the top tier of units. These units are not affected by weather and many abilities. Though the player may have four Gold cards in their deck, they may not have any copies.
  • Heal: Restore a Damaged Unit to its Base Power.
  • Highest: The highest Power. If the ability targets only one Unit, ties are resolved randomly.
  • Insectoid: A type of unit that is particular to the Monsters. Synergy: Monster Nest.
  • Leader: A card that is guaranteed at any given moment during a match. Often tied to Faction archetypes.
  • Lock: Disables a card's abilities. Disables and turns over Ambushes, prevents a Unit from counting towards a Trio.
  • Lowest: The lowest Power. If the ability targets only one Unit, ties are resolved randomly.
  • Loyal: This card can be placed only on the summoner's side of the board.
  • Machine: This is a type of card, usually tagged on siege machine cards, such as Trebuchet.
  • Mulligan: Exchange a certain amount of cards in your Hand for cards in your Deck. Golds can be drawn and exchanged (unless stated otherwise).
  • Necrophage: A type of unit that is particular to the Monsters. Synergy: Monster Nest.
  • Orders: Trigger this ability when your Leader card is played (but before the Leader's ability is resolved).
  • Promote: Convert the card to Gold until the Round ends.
  • Regressing: When this Unit is removed from the Board, its Base Power is returned to the value it has in the Collection.
  • Reset: Reset the Unit to its base Power.
  • Resilience: A Resilient Unit remains on the Board at the end of the Round.
  • Resurrect: Play a card from your Graveyard, or if specified from your opponent's Graveyard.
  • Shield: Protects a Unit from the next Power-reducing effect.
  • Silver: Silver refers to the mid tier of units. Though the player may have six Silver cards in their deck, they may not have any copies.
  • Spawn: Add the card to the game and immediately play it.
  • Special: These cards are non-units that apply an effect to the board or units already placed on it.
  • Spying: A Unit is Spying when it is on the opposite side of the Board from the player who played it.
  • Strength: Essentially the "health" of a unit. Provided a unit stays alive, its strength contributes to the player's overall strength, which is essential for winning a match.
  • Strengthen: Increase a Unit's Base Power.
  • Stubborn: This card cannot return to the Hand.
  • Retaliation: Trigger this ability whenever this Unit is Damaged but not sent to the Graveyard.
  • Reveal: Turn a card in the Hand over, exposing it to both players.
  • Token: A unit summoned by another card.
  • Transform: Convert into a different card.
  • Trio: Exactly 3 unlocked copies of a Unit on a row.
  • Unit: A unit is a card played directly to the board.
  • Veteran X: At the start of Rounds 2 and 3, Strengthen this Unit by X if it is in your Hand, Deck or Graveyard.
  • Weaken: Decrease a Unit's Base Power.
  • Weather: Weather is an effect applied to one or more rows on the board that serve as damage over time.
  • Wild Hunt: A type of unit that is particular to the Monsters. Synergy: Wild Hunt Navigator.

Lore Tags:

Removed:

  • Bear: (Lore Tag); Used to be attached to Bear or Savage Bear, replaced by Beast.
  • Breedable: Cards affected by Monster Nest. (Reworked Monster Nest)
  • Devourer: A type of unit that is particular to the Monsters. Used to be attached to Vran Warrior or Ekimmara, removed from the game.
  • Fleeting: The card is removed from the game when killed, rather than going to the graveyard. (replaced by Doomed)
  • Harpy: (Lore Tag); Used to be attached to Celaeno Harpy and Harpy, replaced by Beast.
  • Permadeath: Once in the graveyard, this card cannot be revived unless specifically stated in an ability. (replaced by Doomed)
  • Relentless: The card cannot be removed from the battlefield and put back into the player's hand. (replaced by Stubborn)
  • Vodyanoi: (Lore Tag); Used to be attached to Dagon, removed in one of the patches.

Patch changes

  • Gwent icon Gwent Update: May 24, 2017 Patch: A new system of keywords and popups has been added to the game to aid card ability explanation.; Units can now have Armor. Damage reduces Armor before affecting a Unit's Power.

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