Cosmic Encounter Wiki
An attack 08.

Attack cards __ are encounter cards with double-digit numbers on them. When played in an encounter, an attack card's value is added to the number of ships on the player's side, and the higher total wins the encounter (with the defense winning in case of a tie). Attack cards in the cosmic deck have values from 00 to 40, with most being even numbers and over half being between 04 and 10. In some editions, attack cards can even be negative.


For the exact distribution of attack cards in each deck, see: Encounter card.


Single-digit cards[]

Until the FFG edition, attack cards less than 10 were only printed with single digits, e.g. 6 rather than 06. All game effects that cared about the separate digits of cards, such as Mirror, explicitly stated that the tens digit of a single-digit card was treated as 0. The addition of leading 0s was done to simplify the text of these aliens' powers, and because double-digit numbers have more of a sci-fi look and feel to them.[1]

Flavor text[]

Main article: Attack card/Flavor text


  1. Kevin Wilson on double-digit cards (FFG forums) - link is currently broken
Cosmic Card (FFG).png Cards Cosmic Card (FFG).png
ARTEncounter card (23 N  M  R ) • FLA29×2+5 3