Merchandise Guide (Cipher)
Booster boxes are the main product in Fire Emblem Cipher. Each booster box comes with sixteen packs of the respective series, with ten cards to a pack for a total of 160 cards per box. This is the best way to obtain a large quantity of cards for the cheapest price; though you're subjected to luck. When trying to obtain playsets of Normal or High Normal cards, booster boxes are recommended, because one box will give you a complete set of N and HN cards. However, if you are looking for specific cards, namely Rares and Super Rares, then buying singles is recommended. Most players start a series with a couple booster boxes, then purchase singles to complete playsets. Click on the table below to see specific information about each series.
|Things to Note|
Starter decks offer a great introduction to the game. These 50-card decks come with 5 starter-deck exclusive cards not found in the main series, a Main Character marker card, a rulebook, and a paper playmat (all in Japanese). You can start playing the game immediately with these and they give some insight about deck building. Currently, ten starter decks have been released. Click on the links below to find specific information on a particular starter deck.
|Starter Deck List (updated: 2018/07/15)|
Starter Deck 1: War of Shadows --
Intelligent Systems sells packs of 65 standard-size sleeves with character art on them. They release a new set of 4 with each new series. From series 2 onward, these sleeves have metallic effects added on to give off an extra shine. The inside of the sleeves are a bright metallic silver and they can fit a perfect-fit sleeve for double sleeving. They are a good thematic way to stylize your decks with your favorite art. Head over to the Card Sleeve Gallery to see the different ones.
Note: Some sleeves are now quite rare to find now or very popular so they may be more expensive than newer ones.
Up to Series 7, Intelligent Systems released a guidebook that contained a full series card catalog as well as introduced more advanced tactics for the game at the time. Most collectors are interested in the promotional cards included in every book. Each guidebook comes with two copies of a holographic promo card that are exclusive and boast specific tactical skills.
Note: Some of these cards are highly desirable and the guides are often sold out, making them expensive cards to obtain.
Recommended Shops: AmiAmi, Tokyo Otaku Mode or Amazon JP MSRP: 1380 yen
|Cipher Guidebook List|
Cipher Guidebook I - Robin (Male): Enigmatic Tactician
Dengeki Nintendo and Nintendo Dream are bi-monthly magazines that sometimes have Cipher related content and promo cards. There are two copies of the promo card and sometimes extra goodies inside (See Note below). Also, each magazine issue has limited runs and will be hard to obtain after its' initial production, which can make the promo cards highly desirable and more expensive later on like the guidebooks. Check the promo cards page to find out how to obtain a particular card.
Note: Aug 2016 & 2017 issues of Dengeki Nintendo also include, with the promo cards, a complete card catalog for Series 1-4 and 5-8, respectively.
Recommended Shops: Tokyo Otaku Mode, Amazon JP, or any bookstore in Japan MSRP: ~800 yen
Comiket & Events
Oh, Comiket, the wonderful event held in Japan twice a year, boasting overflowing amounts of doujin and otaku culture. The Cipher team sets up a booth at this event and offers limited products which aren't sold anywhere else. This makes their value on the aftermarket absurdly high, and hard to obtain. It is recommended to try attending the event in person or if you have a friend attending instead, have them pick you up what you want.
To the right here, is Cipher's promotional banner for C91 (December 2016).
The Lyn promotional card is given out to anyone who attended.
The Character Boxes are the most desirable products of Comiket, and come with a deck box with card divider, storage box, 2 exclusive packs of 65 sleeves, 4 unique marker cards, and a promotional card. After the event, these boxes can vary in price considerably, though being upward of 10,000 yen is very likely. The individual items broken down can cost a lot themselves, as the cards are what every collector is looking for the most. Be wary of your funds, Tacticians.
Cipher Festival and Summer Party are some other events exclusively dedicated to Fire Emblem Cipher which are held in early and mid year respectively. The latter is new for 2018 and looks to be a fun experience with mini games, duelist areas, and Fire Emblem related goods.
Ways to Obtain
We're breaking this section into three categories: 'Buying Outside Japan', ‘Buying In Japan', and ‘Trading and Buying Individually’. With things like this, it's always easier and cheaper to go in person, but not everyone can do that, so we'll try to list as many different options as we've found thus far.
Buying Outside Japan
As with any TCG, singles are the best way to complete decks for the cheapest price. The card market is a fickle thing, as prices fluctuate with changes in the demand. We suggest if you're searching for lots of N and HN cards, booster boxes will give you tons and a set ratio for the R and SRs for less cost. However, if you are after certain cards, it's best to go for singles. The table below lists various options, though some do require a proxy to able to buy anything.
|Outside Japan List|
Buying Inside Japan
For the ones visiting or living in Japan, there are more options than buying internationally. We’ve compiled a ton of information on the hidden gems and big chains, separated by city, as it depends on where you are located. Also, you may find the same shop in our list that has branches in other cities, but we didn’t list them because we haven’t found they carry Cipher. Hobby Station in Fukuoka is a good example of this.
Note: You will have to pay Japanese sales tax of 8% and not every shop includes the tax into its price tag (varies between shop). Keep an eye out for this!
|Inside Japan List|
Trading and Buying Individually
|Trading and Buying List|
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