Splinterlands is a prime example of what a good and polished blockchain game looks like. In this guide, we’ll share with you everything you need to know to get started.

What is Splinterlands?

Designed on the Hive blockchain technology, Splinterlands is a digital collectible card game. As with Magic the Gathering and Hearthstone, the concept is similar in that you build up cards, each with their own abilities and stats, that you use to battle other players in skill-based battles. Like actual physical collectible cards, players can trade, buy and sell their stuff on the blockchain.

Unlike the cutesy, Pokemon-inspired monsters in Axie Infinity, this game features a polished collection of hundreds of cards with great-looking artwork that can rival that of physical trading card games. The battle system is snappy and you have the option to speed up or jump into the results. And like Axie Infinity, it also has an Android and iOS version so you can conveniently play on your mobile device.

To start playing Splinterlands, you just need a computer or a mobile device (Android and iOS are supported) with the game installed and an internet connection. Connect to the Splinterlands website and follow the steps for setting up an account.


While it's free-to-play, it's recommended to buy the Splinterlands Spellbook ($10) to earn from the game and enjoy it at its fullest potential.

And to help you do this without a hitch, we’ve created this guide covering all steps and all you need to know to start playing Splinterlands.

What do I need to get started?

  • A computer and internet connection

  • A Hive account and Hive KeyChain 

  • $10 for a Spellbook 

    • While you can initially play the game for free, you can't save any of your progress as a player and grow your own card collection if you don't have a Spellbook. You can't also earn NFT tokens (Dark Energy Crystals) for battling with other players or completing the daily quests. You won’t receive season rewards (chests awarded at the end of each season). Lastly, you can't buy or rent other cards.

Optional:

  • Credits - You can purchase Credits using PayPal or Cryptocurrency and use it to buy or rent cards.

  • DEC - Dark Energy Crystals (DEC) is the game token you earn from battles and daily quest rewards. This is the primary currency of the game.

  • SPS - Splinterlands Shards (SPS) is the governance token in this game. SPS token holders can stake their assets in-game to further increase the amount of SPS they hold.

How to Download and Install Splinterlands (Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS)

For PC (Windows) and Mac, you don’t have to download the game since you only need to visit the game’s official website. Simply launch your web browser and follow the steps mentioned in the next section below.

For mobile users (Android and iOS), you can visit the Google Play Store and Apple App Store to download the official versions of the game. Install the game as you would any other regular app.

How to Sign-up for Splinterlands

Signing up for Splinterlands is fairly quick and easy.

You can do it two ways:

1. By signing up via email 

2. Connecting your crypto wallet into the game - Hive Keychain, Wax, Wombat, Metamask, and Arkane Network all work so if you have any of these wallet, simply click on the appropriate button and you’re all set.

Splinterlands registration via email:

Step 1: Visit Splinterlands.com and click “Play Now”

Step 2: Click “Create Account”

Step 3: Enter your email address twice.

Step 4: You will receive a confirmation in your email along with instructions on the next step. 

Step 5: This would include instructions for setting up your Hive wallet.

How To Start Playing Splinterlands

Congrats! You're now all set to play. Pretty easy, huh?

The first thing that you have to do is buy a Spellbook. While you can practice with decks without owning a Spellbook, you won’t get to try the play-to-earn functionality and ability to earn your own cards. 

You can purchase a Spellbook by using PayPal or in-game supported cryptocurrency (SPS, DEC). 

Now that you have a Splinterlands spell book, it's time to actually play the game.

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There are two types of cards: Summoner cards and monster cards. 

A summoner card is your "leader" in the battlefield. Each summoner is equipped with special abilities that you can use to help your monsters win in combat.

Monster cards are your "soldiers" in the battlefield.

A monster can have one of these 3 different types of attack:

  • Melee Attack

  • Ranged Attack

  • Magic Attack

The goal of the game is to wipe out all the monsters of your enemy. Pretty simple, huh?

But while gameplay is pretty straightforward, the actual strategizing and deck building part is what makes Splinterlands such an addicting game. It really flexes your mental muscles to come up with a solid combination of summoner and monsters that can effectively take out your enemy's cards.

Splinterlands Game Modes

There are 4 different game modes available in Splinterlands. Each one is useful in certain scenarios and you should definitely check each one out. Whether you’re building a new deck, testing a strategy, or feel like competing with others in a tournament format, the game offers more than enough game modes to tickle your fancy. 

Ranked Battles

Compete against other players. The goal here is to gain experience by winning matches and rank up through the various league tiers until you reach the highest level (if you want). As you move up higher in leagues, you'll get more DEC rewards for each battle won as well as more loot chests at the end of the season.

Practice Mode 

In this mode, you can practice creating teams before entering into actual ranked battles. I'd like to think of this mode as the "deck builder" feature of the game as it allows me to try out combinations and strategies and test them in an actual battle.

Challenge Mode

You can challenge a friend to a custom battle. This will not affect your rankings in the leaderboard. This could be a good way to stress test a particular deck since you can do it with a friend and both of you can analyze all sorts of strategies in this mode without worrying about ranks or points.

Tournament 

There are multiple tournaments sponsored every day, and most are open for anyone to run and participate. It requires a certain DEC fee to join. If you want to experience a tourney-style exhibition this is a great mode to try. Plus, you can earn a significant amount of DEC if you rank high enough in the final ladder results.

It might be a good idea to check out the cards section to get acquainted with how to "read" the card stats. This is crucial since your strategy will revolve around mixing and matching monsters to get the best combination for a particular fight. 

And to help you with that, here's an easy-to-read rundown of the card mechanics, rules of combat, and gameplay of Splinterlands.

Splinterlands Gameplay Guide

How to Earn from Splinterlands

Unlike other newer NFT-games with just 1-2 actual Play-to-earn mechanics, Splinterlands offers up to 5 ways to earn money from playing the game. Let’s take a closer look at each one.

Daily Quests

Daily quests refresh everyday upon completing them. These are simply battles that you must win under a certain condition. 

Battle Rewards

Whenever you win against another player, you get awarded with Dark Energy Crystals. The amount you’ll get will consider your Energy Capture Rate (ECR) at the time of your win. The ECR limits how much DEC a player can earn from each battle. Say your reward is 5 DEC for a win. At 100% ECR, you’ll get the full 5 DEC. If it goes down to 50% (after fighting a bunch of battles, for example), then you’ll only get 2.5 DEC.

Selling & Renting Out Your Cards

In this game, you can buy or rent summoner cards and monster cards (individually or as card packs). You can also win them by chance as a reward from your daily quests. As you collect more cards, you can earn by selling them, just like you would in an actual trading card game. 

You can also rent them out to other players and earn via credits or DEC depending on the number of days they rent it from you. True ownership of these digital assets are possible of course since these cards are NFTs that are in the blockchain.

You can cash out your DEC earnings to your Hive, Steem, Tron, Ethereum, or Binance Smart Chain (BSC) wallets. 

Stake and Earn from SPS

In this game, you can stake your SPS tokens to multiply its value based on the game’s current APR. As of this writing, the game is also doing daily Airdrop rewards and it’s dependent on certain factors such as your current DEC holdings, card power, and more.

Win Prizes in Tournaments

The game allows players to set up tourneys across different leagues. Each one has an entry fee in DEC and allows you to win a significant amount of DEC as well depending on your rankings. 

Start Playing Splinterlands Today!

I’ve played Splinterlands for a couple of months now and compared to other blockchain-based games I’ve played, this one really shows the most polish. Aside from the easy but addictive gameplay, there’s plenty of stuff that makes players want to keep playing. I’m pretty sure this blockchain game will be around for a long time, and its ones like this which make NFT-games a very promising and exciting platform.

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