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Pawn, an Action card.

The term "action" has multiple different meanings in Dominion:

  • Action cards – a card type.
  • Actions remaining – a resource, how many Action cards is a player allowed to play.
  • Action phase – a phase of each turn in which the active player can play Action cards.


[edit] Action cards

Action cards are a type of card. By default, unlike Treasure cards, each player may play only one Action card on a turn; however, many Action cards (and a handful of other effects) provide you with the right to play additional Action cards on the same turn. Action cards may have a wide variety of effects, from vanilla bonuses to attacking other players to rearranging cards in the deck.

Action cards are frequently referred to simply as "Actions"; whether the term "Action" refers to Action cards or the meaning below is usually clear from context.

Action cards have "Action" written on the bottom, and they ordinarily have a white border, unless another type (Reaction, Duration, Ruins, Reserve) supersedes that. If an Action card also has another fundamental type (Victory, Treasure, Shelter, Night), the border is split between white and the color of the other type.

As of the release of PlunderPlunder (expansion).jpg, approximately 84% of Kingdom cards are Actions; the expansions with the lowest density of Action Kingdom cards are NocturneNocturne.jpg, which has a focus on Night cards as one of its main themes, and ProsperityProsperity.jpg and PlunderPlunder (expansion).jpg, which have a focus on Treasure cards. Several non-Kingdom Action cards also exist, which can be accessed through the effects of various other cards or card-shaped things; these include Ruins, HorseHorse.jpgs, Zombies, WishWish.jpges, the successors to Travellers, and a handful of others.

[edit] Actions remaining

A player starts their turn with the right to play only one Action card from their hand. Some Action cards, however, grant +1 Action or +2 Actions (in some cases even more) when played, allowing a player to play additional Action cards on the same turn. This is referred to as increasing that player's "number of actions" available. Action cards that have this effect are called non-terminal, while Actions that do not grant +1 Action (or more) are terminal. A deck that has the ability to play multiple terminal Action cards on a turn is said to have increased terminal space. Villagers can also be used to grant +1 Action, as well as a handful of effects from other card-shaped things.

[edit] Action phase

The Action phase is one of the four phases of a turn of Dominion. It begins a player's turn and is typically the only phase in which they are permitted to play Action cards. The rule book describes the Action phase as follows:

In the Action phase, the player may play one Action card. Action cards are the Kingdom cards that say “Action” at the bottom of the card. Since players do not start the game with any Action cards in their initial Decks of 10 cards, a player will not have any Actions to play during his first 2 turns. Normally, a player may play only one Action card, but this number may be modified by the Action cards that the player plays.
To play an Action, the player takes an Action card from his hand and lays it face-up in his play area. He announces which card he is playing and follows the instructions written on that card from top to bottom. The player may still play an Action card even if he is not able to do everything the Action card tells him to do; but the player must do as much as he can. Furthermore, the player must fully resolve an Action card before playing another one (if he is able to play another Action card). Detailed information about card abilities can be found in the card descriptions at the end of these rules. Any Action cards played remain in the player’s play area until the Clean-up phase of the turn unless otherwise indicated on the card. The Action phase ends when the player cannot or chooses not to play any more Action cards. Generally, a player can only play Action cards during the Action phase of his turn. However, Reaction cards are an exception to this rule as they can be used at other times.

VillaVilla.jpg, CavalryCavalry.jpg, and LaunchLaunch.jpg can return the player from their Buy phase to their Action phase.

[edit] Cards that interact with Action cards

A very large percentage of all cards in Dominion are Action cards, consequently, there are also many cards that interact with Action cards in one way or another. Cards in italics have been removed.

[edit] Cards that play Action cards

[edit] Action gainers

These are gainers that can (only) gain Action cards.

[edit] Action trashers

These are trashers that can (only) trash Action cards.

[edit] Cards that interact with Action cards that are played or in play

[edit] Cards that interact with Action cards in decks

[edit] Cards that interact with Action cards in hands

[edit] Card that interact with Action cards in discard piles

[edit] Cards that interact with Actions in the Supply

[edit] Cards that interact with Actions being gained

[edit] Cards that score through Action cards

[edit] Cards where the effect depends on the type(s) of another card

These cards reference the type(s) of another card to determine their effect. They will have a different effect if the referenced card is an Action than if it is a Treasure.

[edit] Trivia

[edit] In other languages

  • Czech: Akce
  • Dutch: Actie
  • Finnish: Toiminta
  • French: Action
  • German: Aktion
  • Italian: Azione
  • Polish: Akcja
  • Russian: Действие (pron. dyeystviye)

Dominion Card types
Basic types ActionTreasureVictoryCurseCurse.jpg
Multi-expansion special types AttackDurationReactionCommand
Single-expansion special types PrizeShelterRuinsLooterKnightReserveTravellerGatheringCastleNightHeirloomFateDoomSpiritZombieAugurClashFortLiaisonOdysseyTownsfolkWizardLoot
Non-card types EventLandmarkBoonHexStateArtifactProjectWayAllyTrait
Dominion Game Mechanics
Turn Phases ActionBuyNightClean-up
Vanilla Bonuses +Card • +Action+Buy • +Coin
Tokens AdventuresCoin (Coffers, Villager, Favors) • DebtVictory
Other mechanics CallCost reductionDiscardExchangeExileGainOverpayPassPayRevealRotateSet asideTrash
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