Rules and FAQ

Wave BFA World|Strike

General Questions

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Gameplay Questions

Action Masters

Action Master is a new character trait introduced in Wave BFA World|Strike. Most Action Masters cannot transform. Most begin in bot mode.

The following Action Masters are in Wave BFA World|Strike:

  • Axor, Opportunistic Fencer
Action Master trait

Allicons

Allicon is a new character trait introduced in Wave BFA World|Strike.

The following Allicons are in Wave BFA World|Strike:

  • Allicon Aronik, Killer Croc
  • Allicon Eyuk, Big Scavenger
Allicon trait

Characters in multiple factions

Characters like Optimus Prime, Dark Awakening belong to multiple factions at once – in Dark Awakening’s case, Autobot and Quintesson. They are not disallowed for the purposes of Spotlight Stratagems. For example, Decepticon Exhaust, Consumptive Condottiere is valid for either Villainous Spotlight or Enterprising Spotlight. Additionally, both Armada, Herald of Shrouds and Decepticon Exhaust would be able to use a Scoundrel’s Blaster.

Judges

Judge is a new character trait introduced in Wave BFA World|Strike. Judges cannot transform. Judges begin the game in bot mode.

The following Judges are in Wave BFA World|Strike:

  • Deliberata, Judger and the Judged
  • Klementia, Medical Magistrate
Judge trait

Sharkticons

Sharkticon is a new character trait introduced in Wave BFA World|Strike.

The following Sharkticons are in Wave BFA World|Strike:

  • Sharkticon Biter, Brazen Berserker
  • Sharkticon Chomp, Craving Carnivore
  • Sharkticon Gnaw, Gluttonous Gourmand
  • Sharkticon Peck, Protoform Pup
Sharkticon trait

Tentacle Upgrades

Similar to Battle Master, Tentacle is a new Upgrade Trait introduced in Wave BFA World|Strike.

The following Tentacle Upgrades are in Wave BFA World|Strike:

  • Ancient Security Tentacle
  • Forked Tentacle
  • Litigious Tentacle
Tentacle trait

Battle cards

All-Out Attack

The Aequitas ruling committee is deliberating on an errata for All-Out Attack. When a final decision on this is made, we will update our version of All-Out Attack in Wave BFA.

Angolmois Surge

Unicron, Chaos Bringer is a character from the community-created Unicron Raid.

Are These Wires Important?

As of this writing, the only characters in the abilities box that are relevant to play either with cards in the official game or cards created by Team Bayformers are the following:

  • Beasts (introduced in Wave 4)
  • Dinobots (Wave 1)
  • Firecons (Wave 3)
  • Trypticon (Wave 4)

Armed to the Teeth

This card will also allow you to play in multiples Weapons that can fit into a single Weapons slot, including Tentacle Upgrades and Multi-Missile Pod.

Assuming Control

As of this writing, the only characters in the abilities box that exist either in cards in the official game or cards created by Team Bayformers are the following:

  • Judges (introduced in Wave BFA)
  • Bombshell (Wave 1 and 2)
  • Mindwipe (Wave 5)
  • Soundwave (Wave 3 and Blaster vs. Soundwave)
  • Trypticon (Wave 4)

CNA-Encoded Armory

As of this writing, the only Upgrades that can be returned from the scrap pile via CNA-Encoded Armory are the following:

  • Body Armor
  • Covert Armor
  • Polydermal Graft (Wave BFA)
  • Power Sword

Discordant Cacophony

As of this writing, the only characters in the abilities box that exist either in cards in the official game or cards created by Team Bayformers are the following:

  • Motorcycles (introduced in Wave 1)
  • Blaster (Blaster vs. Soundwave)
  • Frenzy (Blaster vs. Soundwave)
  • Jazz (Wave 1)
  • Soundblaster (Wave 4)
  • Soundwave (Wave 3 and Blaster vs. Soundwave)

Forked Tentacle

Using multiple Forked Tentacles does not allow you to select more than two separate choices from a list of abilities.

Guilty or Innocent

See the above note on Attack (before flips) and Defense (before flips).

Loading the Cannon

Play 3 Loading the Cannons in conjunction with Sergeant Kup, Veteran Sergeant and the Stratagem Death Crystal Cannon.

See the above note on Attack (before flips) and Defense (before flips).

Premature Firing

This pre-release battle card is not valid for play in current release versions. Future waves may reintroduce this card.

Shield Crash

See the above note on Attack (before flips) and Defense (before flips).

Squid Pro Quo

For the Decepticon chosen for Squid Pro Quo, the bonus attack can stack due to counters placed on that Decepticon from other cards that turn.

The Dweller Awakens

This is revealed whenever the opponent plays an Action that would reveal or trigger any Secret Action in play. For example, if you have a face-down Infiltrate and a face-down The Dweller Awakens and the opponent plays a Peace Through Tyranny, you would flip both since the Peace Through Tyranny triggers Infiltrate.

The Power to Bite

This pre-release battle card is not valid for play in current release versions. Future waves may reintroduce this card.

Turnabout Snare

See the above note on Attack (before flips) and Defense (before flips).

United Against Tyranny

Press the Advantage is banned in many formats (including Bayformers-sponsored formats), but recent tournaments have shown its ability matches current card power levels post-Wave 5. United Against Tyranny is intended to be a PtA replacement that allows for PtA’s general card utility without PtA’s degenerate green battle icon.

We recommend that formats that have both unbanned Press the Advantage and support Team Bayformers cards also ban United Against Tyranny, as it is intended to be a replacement for PtA.

Vorpal Fangs

See the above note on Attack (before flips) and Defense (before flips).

Characters

Axor, Opportunistic Fencer

When Axor, Opportunistic Fencer’s ability is activated for your Mercenary, the Bounty activated still belongs to the Mercenary and not to Axor. For example, Axor cannot repair 3 of his damage due to activating Detritus’s Bounty, though Detritus should repair 3 damage on Detritus.

Decepticon Doublecrosser, Shield Brothers

For the Crossguard 2X’s ability, see the above note on Attack (before flips) and Defense (before flips).

Gilthor, Chained Amalgamation

For his alt mode ability, the enemy is not required to take the damage in order to be flipped. For example, where the opponent’s Flamewar is Upgraded with a Holomatter Projector, it can still be flipped by your Gilthor, Chained Amalgamation when Gilthor is flipped to alt mode.

Mind Control Collar

Its bot mode ability triggers KO effects normally, like Decepticon Quake’s.

Mind Control Helmet

Its bot mode ability triggers KO effects normally, like Decepticon Quake’s.

Nacelle, Eager Aerospace Engineer

As of this writing, these are all the Decepticons that can benefit from his abilities.

  • Arcana
  • Blackwing, Aerial Attacker
  • Bombshell, Insecticon Mind-Controller
  • Breakdown, Paranoid Scout
  • Brisko
  • Chasm
  • Deadlock, Bounty Hunter
  • Divebomb, Aerial Assault
  • Grax
  • Kreb
  • Mixmaster, Materials Fabrication
  • Monxo
  • Predacon Headstrong, Ground Assault
  • Raider Ion Storm, Infantry – Rainmaker
  • Raider Nightstick, Ground Force – Weapons
  • Raider Ravage, Espionage – Saboteur
  • Raider Runabout, Infantry – Soldier
  • Raider Runamuck, Infantry – Soldier
  • Ramjet, Sky Smasher
  • Ruckus, Combat Assault
  • Starscream, Decepticon Lieutenant
  • Thrust, Supersonic Interceptor

Optimus Prime, Dark Awakening

In bot mode, Optimus Prime, Dark Awakening gains the benefits of his faction Upgrade ability as long as the faction Upgrades on him aren’t Autobot or Quintesson.

As of this writing, these are all the faction Upgrades that Optimus Prime, Dark Awakening can utilize to buff your team.

Autobot

Any Autobot Upgrade, though Noble’s Blaster also has a [G] pip

Decepticon
  • Electro-Optical Visor
  • Energon Mace
  • Fusion Cannon of Megatron
  • Hazardous Shield
  • Null-Ray of Starscream
Mercenary
  • Black Mail (Wave BFA)
  • Dutch (Wave BFA)
  • Subcontractor Agreement (Wave BFA)
  • Valuable Contract
Quintesson

Any valid Quintesson Upgrade

Tow-Line, Signals Engineer

Tow-Line’s bot mode ability, when it qualifies on the battle flip, can return a face-up Secret Action or an Action you played during the turn in your hand after the battle.

Stratagems

Brutal Conditioning

Brutal Conditioning remains on an attached character even if it is KO’d. A Combiner is attached to Brutal Conditioning if one of its components has already been attached to it. A Combiner can then earn additional conditioning counters if it has not been flipped yet or gains its stats if it has been.

Hit Me With That Beat

Knowing the current amount of damage on Autobot Jazz, Special Ops is important to determine how much damage he takes when his alt mode ability triggers. For example, if he is at full health and an incoming attack triggers his alt mode ability, he first takes 1 point of damage, and then cannot take more than 1 damage for the attack. If he has 4 damage counters, first he takes 1 damage, and then cannot take more than 5 damage for the attack.

I’ve Got Your Back

This pre-release Stratagem is not valid for play in current release versions. Future waves may reintroduce this card.

Pit of Judgement

Your Judge must currently be on the battlefield (and not only in your KO area) in order to use Pit of Judgement to return KO’d Sharkticons to the battlefield. If you use I Still Function! or a similar effect to return a KO’d Judge to the battlefield, you may use Pit of Judgement to return a KO’d Sharkticon to the battlefield while the Judge is still on the battlefield. There are currently no methods to add swarm counters to Pit of Judgement beyond the initial starting team composition.

The Last Line of Defense

Hawkhammer tested this.

The Solo Job

You are required to have a single Mercenary amongst the members of your starting team. The Mercenary can be a dual-faction Mercenary, like Decepticon Exhaust.

Thermal Reciprocation

The stat bonuses on Thermal Reciprocation affect all stat boxes in each mode of Autobot Powerglide, Haughty Show-Off. Therefore, with this Stratagem in play, Powerglide in alt mode has 3 Attack and 10 Health, Powerglide in bot mode has 4 Attack and 10 Health, and the S2 Thermal Reciprocator grants +3 Attack to an upgraded character.

Third Party Brigade

Unlike when playing Recon System, when playing this Stratagem and attacking with your Combaticons, you do not flip an additional card after scrapping the first black pip card you flip. This is a designed drawback of playing this Stratagem.

This Gun for Hire

The stat bonuses on This Gun for Hire affect all stat boxes in each mode of Shockblast, Galactic Man. Therefore, with this Stratagem in play, Shockblast in alt mode has 4 Attack and 9 Health, Shockblast in bot mode has 3 Attack and 9 Health, and the Astro Magnum grants +3 Attack to an upgraded character.

V2 Sonicsurge Drone Armor

If your opponent attacks one of your characters when all of your characters are untapped and you tap your Raider Ravage, Espionage · Saboteur to boost their defense, Raider Ravage does not become the sole valid target for the opponent’s attack due to its tapping, as it is being tapped after the opponent has chosen a defender. See the Official Expanded Rules for further questions on the relevant attack timing.

Vehicle: Off-Road Cycle

This Stratagem primarily exists as a teaser for future new mechanics. The Vehicle descriptor does not currently grant any additional abilities beyond what is stated in the reminder text. When this is flipped, return a Sidecar Artillery from your scrap pile to your hand. This can only happen once per game.