Shadow Era - Trading Card Game

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About this game

Shadow Era is the full-scale, cross-platform collectible trading card game that you've been looking for, with the most generous free-to-play system out there!

Start your campaign by choosing your Human Hero, and get a free starter deck. Battle with AI opponents or other players in real-time PVP to earn more cards. Your progress and cards will be saved on the server and can be accessed from any device! You must decide which strategy to use as you build your deck, in one of the most balanced card games out there!


"A fantastic representation of what freemium games should be." - Touch Arcade

"Shadow Era is a must-download for fans of CCGs." - TUAW

"Shadow Era is a deep CCG that's easy to pick up, but nearly impossible to put down." - Slide To Play (4/4)

"Shadow Era proves that digital TCG's can be just as fun as their real world counterparts." - Gamezebo


Shadow Era v4 is here, with 41 new cards and more than 130 balance changes across all sets.


Free To Play
Shadow Era is widely considered one of the most generous free-to-play card games out there. You won't find any "pay to win" here! In fact, some of our top competitors haven't spent a dime.

More Than 800 Cards
Unlike other CCGs, we don't believe in ban lists or card rotations! We carefully balance all cards to make them viable and also fun to play.

Amazing Card Art
The dark fantasy art style is sure to wow you, with high-quality artwork that rivals even the top trading card games with huge budgets!

Game Spectating
Whether it's just cheering on your friends in battle, or watching World Championship matches, in Shadow Era we let players join games in progress. You can also search up past matches to view replays and learn new strategies from top players or try to pinpoint your mistakes.

Cross-platform PVP
With support for PC, Mac, Android, and iOS, players can battle each other no matter what platform they're playing on. What's more, you're free to change devices and all your cards and data will follow you.

Great Community
We have a great and welcoming community in Shadow Era, who are here to help with deck ideas or pointing you to suitable guilds. What's more, the community is highly involved in the development of the game at all stages. Finally, a game where your opinions matter! After all, Shadow Era is made for the players.

Please visit for the official game rules, full card list, tutorials, and forums.
Updated on
Jun 10, 2022

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50.5K reviews
Aaron Pemberton
March 26, 2022
For a random dive, I've thoroughly enjoyed this game so far. A little pay-to-play, but not close to most games *coughs* (yugioh). Haven't seen any AI issues or weird glitches, running on a Samsung S10E. Could be a little more rewarding, but I like the slow struggle, so that's your call. Give it a go! I love this game!!!
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A Google user
January 3, 2020
Overall it's a well designed game, and it seems balanced. The only complaint I have is that as a free player, it takes alot of grinding to get booster packs. Each game takes between 10 and 15 minutes typically, and after the first couple of levels it takes dozens of them to get a level, which only amounts to 1/4 of a new booster pack. It's hard to get into multiplayer (which rewards better) when I still don't have a decent collection of cards to experiment with.
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A Google user
November 15, 2019
It's alright. I can't seem to get the pace of play to stay consistent. The animations are so slow and when I adjust the slider it doesn't seem to do anything, sometimes if I put it on the slowest setting is when it seems to go the fastest. It needs an automatic stop for using cards as resources because when I'm at 7 I don't really need to sacrifice anymore cards
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What's new

This release includes a huge number of balance changes! Read more on our forums at