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Expand
Expand.jpg
Info
Cost Coin7.png
Type(s) Action
Kingdom card? Yes
Set ProsperityProsperity icon.png
Illustrator(s) Ryan Laukat
Card text
Trash a card from your hand. Gain a card costing up to Coin3.png more than it.

Expand is an Action card from Prosperity. It is a beefed-up version of RemodelRemodel.jpg, allowing you to trash a card and gain a card costing Coin3.png more. It's great for expanding EstatesEstate.jpg into Coin5.png-cards and then Expanding those cards into ProvincesProvince.jpg.

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[edit] FAQ

[edit] Official FAQ

  • If you do not have a card to trash, you do not gain one.
  • If you do gain a card, it comes from the Supply and is put into your discard pile.
  • The gained card does not need to cost exactly Coin3.png more than the trashed card; it can cost that much or less, and can even be another copy of the trashed card.

[edit] Other Rules clarifications

[edit] Strategy Article

Original article on the forums started by Powerman, with comments by other forum members.

Expand lets you trash a bad card from your hand, and instead gain a good one. It effectively is Remodel'sRemodel.jpg older brother, as it does the same thing except adding up to Coin3.png of value instead of Coin2.png of value to the card. Does this make it a great card? Yes -- sometimes. But MOST of the time, the answer is no.

[edit] When to buy Expand

[edit] PeddlerPeddler.jpg

Peddler is great with any trash for benefit card, and Expand is probably the best one for it. Why is that? Drawing a Peddler and an Expand gets you a Colony (or in a province game you can still get a province). This is extremely effective, as you can get the peddler for very little but trash it at full value for a huge VP Swing.

[edit] Grand MarketGrand Market.jpg

Grand Market is probably the second best card for Expand. Why? Getting GM's is hard because you need not have copper in play. With Expand this isn't a problem, as you can turn your Silvers into GM's, which is more than a fair trade. Also late in the game, the Coin6.png GM's can be turned into Provinces if need be, which can make a double province turn trivial.

[edit] CursesCurse.jpg and cursers.

Expand is one of the few cards that can do anything with curses. Remodel lets you turn them into Estates (most of the time), bleh. UpgradeUpgrade.jpg, TransmuteTransmute.jpg, SalvagerSalvager.jpg, etc. give you no benefit except getting the Curse out of your deck, which is ok but too slow and leaves you with a 3 card hand and your turn accomplishes little. Expand lets you turn curses into Coin3.png cards, which is at a minimum always a SilverSilver.jpg. Otherwise, there are many more Coin3.png cards you want than Coin2.png cards you want, and depending on your deck adding a VillageVillage.jpg/Fishing VillageFishing Village.jpg/Wishing WellWishing Well.jpg/Great HallGreat Hall.jpg/etc. can be even more effective.

And the cards that give out Curses also work well with Expand. Cursers are great early. Late? Not so much! After the curses are out, cursers fall somewhere between useless and a poor Silver. However, with Expand, that's ok. WitchWitch.jpg is done giving out curses? Turn it into a Province! FamiliarFamiliar.jpg? How about a PossessionPossession.jpg!

[edit] Price Reduction

Price reduction allows you to do crazy things with Expand. The first (and often easiest) way is by use of HighwayHighway.jpg. How? Cards can't cost less than 0. This means for Expanding purposes, cards become closer to 0, so cards that already are 0 (Curse/Copper) become closer to the other cards. For example, after just 2 Highways, you can Expand a Curse into a DuchyDuchy.jpg for a 4 VP swing. You can Expand a Copper into another HighwayHighway.jpg. Another fun way is by use of QuarryQuarry.jpg. Buy Actions (preferably of value Coin5.png) for cheap, and then Expand them into Provinces.

[edit] Strong (Nonterminal) 5's

Coin5.png cards fill an important role in an Expander's world. They fill the crucial step between Estates (Coin2.png) and Provinces (Coin8.png). On every board, there is an option to simply expand via Duchy, but that is very rarely ideal until very near the end of the game. Instead, it is a lot better to turn your estates into Coin5.png cards that you want lots of. Cards that fall into this category are almost always nonterminal, such as LaboratoryLaboratory.jpg, Hunting PartyHunting Party.jpg, BazaarBazaar.jpg, MarketMarket.jpg and MinionMinion.jpg (or Highway, as in the previous section), but depending on the Kingdom, terminals such as TorturerTorturer.jpg, RabbleRabble.jpg and WharfWharf.jpg deserve close consideration. TreasuryTreasury.jpg is a special case, as it can go back on top of your deck, and since you are expanding to gain your Province instead of buying it, you can keep topdecking.

[edit] When to avoid Expand

While these all make Expand have value, what causes it to lose value? When should you avoid Expand?

[edit] Lack of +Actions

Although Expand is a non-drawing terminal (which is generally the type you like with the absence of villages), Expand is not normally the terminal you want to use, as there is normally a stronger one on the board. It is worth noting that in terminal collisions, you can Expand your other terminal, but you have to ask yourself if it is worth losing your other terminal if it is early.

[edit] If it will be used as a (weaker) MineMine.jpg

0 + 3 = 3. 3 + 3 = 6. 6 + 3 = 9. The synergy between Expand and Treasures appears obvious. However, there exists a card (Mine) that does this better, as the card you gain goes directly into your hand. And Mine costs Coin2.png less. And it's considered a "weak" Coin5.png card to begin with. So Expanding treasures is almost always a bad use of Expand.

[edit] If it will be used as a RemodelRemodel.jpg

Although sometimes you need the Remodel effect, Expand is not normally the way you want it. Remodel costs Coin3.png less, and is far from a power Coin4.png. Yes, expanding your Gold into a Province to win the game is a nice feeling, but chances are if you had simply bought a Gold instead of the Expand, you could have simply bought the Province outright. So adding Coin3.png of value is less than ideal.

[edit] If it will be used to no effect

This may seem obvious, but I have seen many players (even some experienced players) fall into this trap. For example, they might expand a Gold into a Platinum, and then buy a Gold. If they hadn't Expanded, their deck would have ended up with a Gold and a Platinum. And by Expanding... they end up with a Gold and a Platinum. Obviously, the expand is being misused in this situation.

[edit] Large decks/ slow cycling decks

Like Mine and Remodel, Expand gets better the more times through your deck the good cards go. With a large deck, you might only see the card you gained 1 or 2 times, so the better card will have little to no impact on your deck. Expand shines in the presence of sifters like WarehouseWarehouse.jpg, but is bad in treasure-bloated decks.

[edit] General Comments

Expand is a card that looks scarily powerful at first, but really isn't all that good. Most of the time it is used as a Mine or Remodel, in which case you are overpaying for a card that isn't all that good to begin with. Perhaps the situation where Expand "shines" the most is upgrading your victory cards. Turning your estates into duchies gains you VP points without additional clogging of your deck. However, even this is often a poor idea as you are gaining points really slowly. Expand is much better in Prosperity games (surprise surprise) but is often a non factor in games with little prosperity, especially when colony is not out. It is important to remember that every Expand you buy could have been a gold, which gives Coin3.png. So you have to ask yourself if it is really worth it.

The general population buys this card 68% of the time, which is way too high. The win rate with is higher without it than with it. Expand is useful in probably 1/3 of the games it is available, not 2/3.

[edit] Synergies/Combos

[edit] Antisynergies

  • Big Money boards
  • Lack of good Coin5.pngs
  • Bloated decks
  • Quick games

[edit] Versions

[edit] English versions

Print Digital Text Release Date
Expand Expand from Goko/Making Fun Trash a card from your hand. Gain a card costing up to Coin3.png more than the trashed card. Prosperity 1st Edition October 2010
Expand Expand from Shuffle iT Trash a card from your hand. Gain a card costing up to Coin3.png more than it. Prosperity 2nd Edition February 2017

[edit] Other language versions

Print Digital Language Name Text
Czech Růst
Dutch Uitbreiden
Finnish Laajennus
French Agrandissement
German language Expand German Ausbau
Italian Ampliamento
Japanese 拡張 (pron. kakuchō)
Polish language Expand Polish Modernizacja
Russian Расширение (pron. rasshiryeniye)
Spanish Expansión

[edit] Trivia

Official card art.

[edit] Secret History

Originally cost Coin6.png. I missed this the first time so there you go, this wasn't all for nothing. It cost Coin6.png briefly but is Coin7.png in the oldest file with it.


Cards Coin3.png LoanLoan.jpgTrade RouteTrade Route.jpgWatchtowerWatchtower.jpg Coin4.png BishopBishop.jpgMonumentMonument.jpgQuarryQuarry.jpgTalismanTalisman.jpgWorker's VillageWorker's Village.jpg Coin5.png CityCity.jpgContrabandContraband.jpgCounting HouseCounting House.jpgMintMint.jpgMountebankMountebank.jpgRabbleRabble.jpgRoyal SealRoyal Seal.jpgVaultVault.jpgVentureVenture.jpg Coin6.png GoonsGoons.jpgGrand MarketGrand Market.jpgHoardHoard.jpg Coin7.png BankBank.jpgExpandExpand.jpgForgeForge.jpgKing's CourtKing's Court.jpg Coin8star.png PeddlerPeddler.jpg Coin9.png PlatinumPlatinum.jpg Coin11.png ColonyColony.jpg
Combos and Counters Bishop/FortressCounting House/GolemCounting House/Travelling FairGolden deckGoons/WatchtowerKing's Court/BridgeMint/Fool's GoldVault/Grand MarketWarehouse/Counting HouseWorker's Village/PeddlerBishop vs GardensLibrary vs BishopSwamp Hag vs GoonsVault vs Ambassador
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Basic cards Coin0.png CopperCopper.jpgCurseCurse.jpg Coin2.png EstateEstate.jpg Coin3.png SilverSilver.jpg Coin5.png DuchyDuchy.jpg Coin6.png GoldGold.jpg Coin8.png ProvinceProvince.jpg
Dominion Coin2.png CellarCellar.jpgChapelChapel.jpgMoatMoat.jpg Coin3.png HarbingerHarbinger.jpg • MerchantMerchant.jpgVassalVassal.jpgVillageVillage.jpgWorkshopWorkshop.jpg Coin4.png BureaucratBureaucrat.jpgGardensGardens.jpgMilitiaMilitia.jpgMoneylenderMoneylender.jpgPoacherPoacher.jpgRemodelRemodel.jpgSmithySmithy.jpgThrone RoomThrone Room.jpg Coin5.png BanditBandit.jpgCouncil RoomCouncil Room.jpgFestivalFestival.jpgLaboratoryLaboratory.jpgLibraryLibrary.jpgMarketMarket.jpgMineMine.jpgSentrySentry.jpg • WitchWitch.jpg Coin6.png ArtisanArtisan.jpg
Removed cards: Coin3.png ChancellorChancellor.jpgWoodcutterWoodcutter.jpg Coin4.png FeastFeast.jpgSpySpy.jpgThiefThief.jpg Coin6.png AdventurerAdventurer.jpg
Intrigue Coin2.png CourtyardCourtyard.jpgLurkerLurker.jpgPawnPawn.jpg Coin3.png MasqueradeMasquerade.jpgShanty TownShanty Town.jpgStewardSteward.jpgSwindlerSwindler.jpgWishing WellWishing Well.jpg Coin4.png BaronBaron.jpgBridgeBridge.jpgConspiratorConspirator.jpgDiplomatDiplomat.jpgIronworksIronworks.jpgMillMill.jpgMining VillageMining Village.jpgSecret PassageSecret Passage.jpg Coin5.png CourtierCourtier.jpgDukeDuke.jpgMinionMinion.jpgPatrolPatrol.jpgReplaceReplace.jpgTorturerTorturer.jpgTrading PostTrading Post.jpgUpgradeUpgrade.jpg Coin6.png HaremHarem.jpgNoblesNobles.jpg
Removed cards: Coin2.png Secret ChamberSecret Chamber.jpg Coin3.png Great HallGreat Hall.jpg Coin4.png CoppersmithCoppersmith.jpgScoutScout.jpg Coin5.png SaboteurSaboteur.jpgTributeTribute.jpg
Seaside Coin2.png EmbargoEmbargo.jpgHavenHaven.jpgLighthouseLighthouse.jpgNative VillageNative Village.jpgPearl DiverPearl Diver.jpg Coin3.png AmbassadorAmbassador.jpgFishing VillageFishing Village.jpgLookoutLookout.jpgSmugglersSmugglers.jpgWarehouseWarehouse.jpg Coin4.png CaravanCaravan.jpgCutpurseCutpurse.jpgIslandIsland.jpgNavigatorNavigator.jpgPirate ShipPirate Ship.jpgSalvagerSalvager.jpgSea HagSea Hag.jpgTreasure MapTreasure Map.jpg Coin5.png BazaarBazaar.jpgExplorerExplorer.jpgGhost ShipGhost Ship.jpgMerchant ShipMerchant Ship.jpgOutpostOutpost.jpgTacticianTactician.jpgTreasuryTreasury.jpgWharfWharf.jpg
Alchemy Potion.png TransmuteTransmute.jpgVineyardVineyard.jpg Coin2.png HerbalistHerbalist.jpg Coin2.pngPotion.png ApothecaryApothecary.jpgScrying PoolScrying Pool.jpgUniversityUniversity.jpg Coin3.pngPotion.png AlchemistAlchemist.jpgFamiliarFamiliar.jpgPhilosopher's StonePhilosopher's Stone.jpg Coin4.png PotionPotion.jpg Coin4.pngPotion.png GolemGolem.jpg Coin5.png ApprenticeApprentice.jpg Coin6.pngPotion.png PossessionPossession.jpg
Prosperity Coin3.png LoanLoan.jpgTrade RouteTrade Route.jpgWatchtowerWatchtower.jpg Coin4.png BishopBishop.jpgMonumentMonument.jpgQuarryQuarry.jpgTalismanTalisman.jpgWorker's VillageWorker's Village.jpg Coin5.png CityCity.jpgContrabandContraband.jpgCounting HouseCounting House.jpgMintMint.jpgMountebankMountebank.jpgRabbleRabble.jpgRoyal SealRoyal Seal.jpgVaultVault.jpgVentureVenture.jpg Coin6.png GoonsGoons.jpgGrand MarketGrand Market.jpgHoardHoard.jpg Coin7.png BankBank.jpgExpandExpand.jpgForgeForge.jpgKing's CourtKing's Court.jpg Coin8star.png PeddlerPeddler.jpg Coin9.png PlatinumPlatinum.jpg Coin11.png ColonyColony.jpg
Cornucopia Coin0star.png Prizes (Bag of GoldBag of Gold.jpgDiademDiadem.jpgFollowersFollowers.jpgPrincessPrincess.jpgTrusty SteedTrusty Steed.jpg) Coin2.png HamletHamlet.jpg Coin3.png Fortune TellerFortune Teller.jpgMenagerieMenagerie.jpg Coin4.png Farming VillageFarming Village.jpgHorse TradersHorse Traders.jpgRemakeRemake.jpgTournamentTournament.jpgYoung WitchYoung Witch.jpg Coin5.png HarvestHarvest.jpgHorn of PlentyHorn of Plenty.jpgHunting PartyHunting Party.jpgJesterJester.jpg Coin6.png FairgroundsFairgrounds.jpg
Hinterlands Coin2.png CrossroadsCrossroads.jpgDuchessDuchess.jpgFool's GoldFool's Gold.jpg Coin3.png DevelopDevelop.jpgOasisOasis.jpgOracleOracle.jpgSchemeScheme.jpgTunnelTunnel.jpg Coin4.png Jack of all TradesJack of all Trades.jpgNoble BrigandNoble Brigand.jpgNomad CampNomad Camp.jpgSilk RoadSilk Road.jpgSpice MerchantSpice Merchant.jpgTraderTrader.jpg Coin5.png CacheCache.jpgCartographerCartographer.jpgEmbassyEmbassy.jpgHagglerHaggler.jpgHighwayHighway.jpgIll-Gotten GainsIll-Gotten Gains.jpgInnInn.jpgMandarinMandarin.jpgMargraveMargrave.jpgStablesStables.jpg Coin6.png Border VillageBorder Village.jpgFarmlandFarmland.jpg
Dark Ages Coin0star.png SpoilsSpoils.jpg Coin0.png Ruins (Abandoned MineAbandoned Mine.jpgRuined LibraryRuined Library.jpgRuined MarketRuined Market.jpgRuined VillageRuined Village.jpgSurvivorsSurvivors.jpg) Coin1.png Poor HousePoor House.jpgShelters (HovelHovel.jpgNecropolisNecropolis.jpgOvergrown EstateOvergrown Estate.jpg) Coin2.png BeggarBeggar.jpgSquireSquire.jpgVagrantVagrant.jpg Coin3.png ForagerForager.jpgHermitHermit.jpg (MadmanMadman.jpg) • Market SquareMarket Square.jpgSageSage.jpgStoreroomStoreroom.jpgUrchinUrchin.jpg (MercenaryMercenary.jpg) Coin4.png ArmoryArmory.jpgDeath CartDeath Cart.jpgFeodumFeodum.jpgFortressFortress.jpgIronmongerIronmonger.jpgMarauderMarauder.jpgProcessionProcession.jpgRatsRats.jpgScavengerScavenger.jpgWandering MinstrelWandering Minstrel.jpg Coin5.png Band of MisfitsBand of Misfits.jpgBandit CampBandit Camp.jpgCatacombsCatacombs.jpgCountCount.jpgCounterfeitCounterfeit.jpgCultistCultist.jpgGraverobberGraverobber.jpgJunk DealerJunk Dealer.jpgKnightsKnights.jpg (Dames AnnaDame Anna.jpgJosephineDame Josephine.jpgMollyDame Molly.jpgNatalieDame Natalie.jpgSylviaDame Sylvia.jpg • Sirs BaileySir Bailey.jpgDestrySir Destry.jpgMartinSir Martin.jpgMichaelSir Michael.jpgVanderSir Vander.jpg) • MysticMystic.jpgPillagePillage.jpgRebuildRebuild.jpgRogueRogue.jpg Coin6.png AltarAltar.jpgHunting GroundsHunting Grounds.jpg
Guilds Coin2.png Candlestick MakerCandlestick Maker.jpg Coin2plus.png StonemasonStonemason.jpg Coin3plus.png DoctorDoctor.jpgMasterpieceMasterpiece.jpg Coin4.png AdvisorAdvisor.jpgPlazaPlaza.jpgTaxmanTaxman.jpg Coin4plus.png HeraldHerald.jpg Coin5.png BakerBaker.jpgButcherButcher.jpgJourneymanJourneyman.jpgMerchant GuildMerchant Guild.jpgSoothsayerSoothsayer.jpg
Adventures Coin2.png Coin of the RealmCoin of the Realm.jpgPagePage.jpg (Treasure HunterTreasure Hunter.jpgWarriorWarrior.jpgHeroHero.jpgChampionChampion.jpg) • PeasantPeasant.jpg (SoldierSoldier.jpgFugitiveFugitive.jpgDiscipleDisciple.jpgTeacherTeacher.jpg) • RatcatcherRatcatcher.jpgRazeRaze.jpg Coin3.png AmuletAmulet.jpgCaravan GuardCaravan Guard.jpgDungeonDungeon.jpgGearGear.jpgGuideGuide.jpg Coin4.png DuplicateDuplicate.jpgMagpieMagpie.jpgMessengerMessenger.jpgMiserMiser.jpgPortPort.jpgRangerRanger.jpgTransmogrifyTransmogrify.jpg Coin5.png ArtificerArtificer.jpgBridge TrollBridge Troll.jpgDistant LandsDistant Lands.jpgGiantGiant.jpgHaunted WoodsHaunted Woods.jpgLost CityLost City.jpgRelicRelic.jpgRoyal CarriageRoyal Carriage.jpgStorytellerStoryteller.jpgSwamp HagSwamp Hag.jpgTreasure TroveTreasure Trove.jpgWine MerchantWine Merchant.jpg Coin6.png HirelingHireling.jpg
Events: Coin0.png AlmsAlms.jpgBorrowBorrow.jpgQuestQuest.jpg Coin1.png SaveSave.jpg Coin2.png Scouting PartyScouting Party.jpgTravelling FairTravelling Fair.jpg Coin3.png BonfireBonfire.jpgExpeditionExpedition.jpgFerryFerry.jpgPlanPlan.jpg Coin4.png MissionMission.jpgPilgrimagePilgrimage.jpg Coin5.png BallBall.jpgRaidRaid.jpgSeawaySeaway.jpgTradeTrade.jpg Coin6.png Lost ArtsLost Arts.jpgTrainingTraining.jpg Coin7.png InheritanceInheritance.jpg Coin8.png PathfindingPathfinding.jpg
Empires Debt4.png EngineerEngineer.jpg Debt8.png City QuarterCity Quarter.jpgOverlordOverlord.jpgRoyal BlacksmithRoyal Blacksmith.jpg Coin2.png EncampmentEncampment.jpg/PlunderPlunder.jpgPatricianPatrician.jpg/EmporiumEmporium.jpgSettlersSettlers.jpg/Bustling VillageBustling Village.jpg Coin3.png CastlesCastles.jpg (HumbleHumble Castle.jpgCrumblingCrumbling Castle.jpgSmallSmall Castle.jpgHauntedHaunted Castle.jpgOpulentOpulent Castle.jpgSprawlingSprawling Castle.jpgGrandGrand Castle.jpgKing'sKing's Castle.jpg) • CatapultCatapult.jpg/RocksRocks.jpgChariot RaceChariot Race.jpgEnchantressEnchantress.jpgFarmers' MarketFarmers' Market.jpgGladiatorGladiator.jpg/FortuneFortune.jpg Coin4.png SacrificeSacrifice.jpgTempleTemple.jpgVillaVilla.jpg Coin5.png ArchiveArchive.jpgCapitalCapital.jpgCharmCharm.jpgCrownCrown.jpgForumForum.jpgGroundskeeperGroundskeeper.jpgLegionaryLegionary.jpgWild HuntWild Hunt.jpg
Events: Debt5.png TriumphTriumph.jpg Debt8.png AnnexAnnex.jpgDonateDonate.jpg Coin0.png AdvanceAdvance.jpg Coin2.png DelveDelve.jpgTaxTax.jpg Coin3.png BanquetBanquet.jpg Coin4.png RitualRitual.jpgSalt the EarthSalt the Earth.jpg Coin4.pngDebt3.png WeddingWedding.jpg Coin5.png WindfallWindfall.jpg Coin6.png ConquestConquest.jpg Coin14.png DominateDominate.jpg
Landmarks: AqueductAqueduct.jpgArenaArena.jpgBandit FortBandit Fort.jpgBasilicaBasilica.jpgBathsBaths.jpgBattlefieldBattlefield.jpgColonnadeColonnade.jpgDefiled ShrineDefiled Shrine.jpgFountainFountain.jpgKeepKeep.jpgLabyrinthLabyrinth.jpgMountain PassMountain Pass.jpgMuseumMuseum.jpgObeliskObelisk.jpgOrchardOrchard.jpgPalacePalace.jpgTombTomb.jpgTowerTower.jpgTriumphal ArchTriumphal Arch.jpgWallWall.jpgWolf DenWolf Den.jpg
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Promo Coin3.png Black MarketBlack Market.jpg Coin4.png EnvoyEnvoy.jpgSaunaSauna.jpg/AvantoAvanto.jpgWalled VillageWalled Village.jpg Coin5.png GovernorGovernor.jpgStashStash.jpg Coin8.png PrincePrince.jpg
Events: Coin5.png SummonSummon.jpg
Base Cards Coin0.png CopperCopper-new.jpgCurseCurse-new.jpg Coin2.png EstateEstate-new.jpg Coin3.png SilverSilver-new.jpg Coin4.png PotionPotion-new.jpg Coin5.png DuchyDuchy-new.jpg Coin6.png GoldGold-new.jpg Coin8.png ProvinceProvince-new.jpg Coin9.png PlatinumPlatinum-new.jpg Coin11.png ColonyColony-new.jpg
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