Gold is the most valuable of the three basic Treasure cards included in all games of Dominion. It provides when played. Each standalone set comes with 30 Gold cards, and therefore a typical game begins with 30 Golds in the supply.
Gold is one of the largest sources of payload, adding too much Gold to your deck can make it harder to build an effective, game-winning engine.and one of the most expensive cards that new Dominion players encounter. This often leads less experienced players to overvalue it. Although it does have its place as a compact source of
When you’re building an engine, Gold is often an actively harmful card, especially early in the game. As a stop card, it makes your deck harder to draw; with an engine, you’ll usually prefer to generate by consistently drawing your deck and playing your Action cards, many of which contribute alongside their other beneficial effects. Most importantly, Gold is very expensive at , so buying it often entails passing up the opportunity to acquire a powerful Action card that would do more for your engine. You should very rarely buy Gold the moment you can afford it, and in many games it will never be worth buying.
Despite its drawbacks, Gold does have an eventual role to play in many engines once they are up and running. The simplest case is when the Kingdom offers strong deck control and fairly good draw (e.g., Sentry, Village and Smithy), but lacks sufficient Action-based payload. In these situations, you’ll need to resort to Treasures to generate enough , and your should ideally be densely concentrated in very few cards to minimise the draw requirements and the risk of a dud starting hand. Gold is therefore a good candidate. In a single-Buy Kingdom that meets these criteria, you’re likely to want just one or two, gained once you can draw your deck reliably; more will be better if +Buy is present, preferably obtained using a Gold-gainer such as Bandit rather than by spending your buys on Gold directly. However, be careful to avoid swamping your deck with more Golds than you can draw.
A Gold-gainer may facilitate a different use for Gold in a broader range of engines, too—one that exploits the fact that it’s an expensive card which you can gain easily. Many trashing cards offer a benefit that scales with the price of the trashed card. For example, in a deck that’s running reliably and has some overdraw, you can acquire a new Gold with your gainer, draw it, and use a remodeler to turn it into a Province every turn. Governor is especially notable in this context, as it’s capable of playing all the component roles of this strategy: Gold-gaining, draw, and Remodelling. Other trash-for-benefit cards can put your excess Golds to different uses, such as draw in the case of Apprentice.
If you’re adopting a money strategy instead of an engine, Gold is usually an important payload card, as it’s often the Treasure that generates the most (Kingdoms with Platinum are one exception). You will probably want to gain two to three Golds when adopting this strategy, although they shouldn’t initially be prioritised over powerful Action cards like Council Room or Witch.
- Gold-gainers in conjunction with trash-for-benefit
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Cards that interact with Gold
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Since Gold is an expensive card and a dense source of payload, abilities that allow you to gain Gold without buying it are often difficult to activate or come with their own drawbacks.
- Dominion: Bandit
- Intrigue: Courtier
- Seaside: Treasure Map, Explorer
- Alchemy: Transmute
- Prosperity: Hoard
- Cornucopia: Bag of Gold
- Hinterlands: Fool's Gold, Tunnel
- Dark Ages: Market Square, Sir Vander
- Guilds: Soothsayer
- Adventures: Treasure Trove, Quest
- Empires: Haunted Castle, Fortune, Wedding, Windfall
- Nocturne: Leprechaun, Devil's Workshop, Skulk, The Sky's Gift
- Renaissance: Treasure Chest
- Menagerie: Commerce, Reap, Enclave, Alliance
- A similar effect although Exiling is not technically gaining: Camel Train, Way of the Camel
- Allies: Acolyte, Territory
- Plunder: Doubloons
- Promo: Dismantle, Governor
- Seaside: Corsair
- Hinterlands: Noble Brigand
- Empires: Encampment, Legionary, Aqueduct, Bandit Fort, Palace
- Nocturne: Envious
|Dominion 1st Edition||October 2008|
|never implemented||Base Cards 1st Edition||June 2012|
|Dominion 2nd Edition||October 2016|
|never implemented||Base Cards 2nd Edition||June 2018|
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