As a new entrant to the mobile gaming industry, Boss Team Games starts out strong with their first mobile game, Cobra Kai: Card Fighter, available for both Android and iOS devices. Based on the massively popular Netflix series, Cobra Kai, players are treated to a play as their favorite cast of characters from the Cobra Kai and Miyagi-Do Dojos.
Cobra Kai: Card Fighter is a strategy and fighting game of sorts that follow the rock-paper-scissors mechanics as players choose “cards” to command moves for their fighters. Each available fighter comes with their own signature move and personal combos that can tilt the tide of battle in their favor.
The game features simple mechanics and an intuitive interface that makes it easy to pick up and play for just about anyone. The in-game tutorial provided covers all the basic gameplay mechanics clearly, ensuring every player to know what needs to be done and how. Beyond that, however, Cobra Kai: Card Fighter is a card strategy game, and while luck does play a role in every game that has rock-paper-scissors at its core mechanic, planning and strategizing are still vital to boost chances of success.
You can very much make progress in Cobra Kai: Card Fighter playing through it without referring to any guide but then your victory chances by default is nearly as high as your chances of defeat. If you have just started diving into the world of Cobra Kai: Card Fighter and looking to fast track the introductory phase, or if you are out looking for faster and more efficient means of climbing the ranks, then read on as our Cobra Kai: Card Fighter beginner’s guide offers useful tips and strategies you need to dominate each match!
1. Follow The Missions
Cobra Kai: Card Fighter leaves you a lot to explore on your own once you finish the tutorial or, rather, the first chapter of the story. As you move on to the succeeding chapters, you will have a missions list that will serve as main guide towards progressing through your adventure. You can access these missions via the notepad icon at the left side of the main screen.
You do not necessarily have to accomplish the list of missions from top to bottom but completing all of them is a requisite for you to move on to the next chapter. Beyond guiding you towards engaging in different activities that you may have otherwise missed if you are itching enough to test your mettle in an actual fight, each mission you achieve actually earns you rewards that can further help boost your progression. Besides cash, tokens, and cards, this may include unlocking other students you can use in matches, so prioritizing missions is a must if you are raring to make progress.
2. Maintain A Balanced Deck
Strategy and planning in Cobra Kai: Card Fighter does not start in the arena but rather, it begins from building and editing your fighter cards. Each deck of cards for fighters start off being balanced in a sense, with a good mix of attack types and support cards called students and wildcards and has exactly 30 cards in total.
You need to maintain exactly 18 fight cards and 12 students and wildcards in your deck and for the fight cards, you need to divide cards evenly across red, green, and blue cards, leaving you to pick 6 fight cards for each color. Each card can only be used a maximum of 4 times per deck.
As simple as it sounds, the actual match mechanics of Cobra Kai: Card Fighter opens a lot of points to consider when building your deck. In essence, the variety of cards you unlock and upgrade, paired with your choice of fighter, leads to a wide range of possibilities that further expand as you make progress through the game.
Beyond the numerous yet fair restrictions you need to adhere to when building your fighter deck, you have to consider your chosen fighter’s strengths and attributes as well as the general strategy you want to stick with.
For basics, you should keep in mind that kicks always beat punches, punches always beat grabs, and grabs always beat kicks. Each fighter earn boosts on types of moves they are more accustomed to as they grow like Miguel earns bonus damage for kicks after reaching level 3.
Each fighter also has a unique 3-attack combo. Miguel’s combo, for example is kick, punch, kick. Any combination of attacks that start and end with any type of kick and a punch attack in-between will trigger a 2x damage multiplier on the third attack, which is the last kick in this example.
If you are wondering about the rationale behind having cards of different colors in your deck and having to choose six fight cards for each color as a requirement, the restrictive rule is actually a control on the power boost granted by using 3 fight cards of the same color in one round.
Just like the unique combination attacks of each student, using 3 fight cards of the same color in a round grants a bonus double damage on the third attack. More so, if the 3 cards of the same color also happen to be the exact sequence of the student’s unique combo, then the damage is tripled as a bonus.
With these concepts in mind, maintaining a balanced deck is a general concept that would apply differently for each student. Taking your first character, Miguel, for example whose combo is a kick, punch, kick one, you would want to maintain the ratio across each color and the total fight cards you have on your deck.
In this case, the perfect example is to consider 2 kick cards for every one punch card, having a total of 4 kick cards and 2 punch cards per color or 12 kick cards and 6 punch cards to cover the total of 18 fight cards needed to save the deck.
The card colors do not apply to the students and wild cards. Initially, each student will have 3 different support cards on their kit and new ones will unlock following subsequent level milestones. For starters, you have no choice but to leave it as is since you only have 3 different cards and can only use 4 of each for a total of 12 support cards.
3. Initially Focus On One Student
Within the tutorial session alone, you will be able to unlock additional fighters to add to your roster and unless you are compelled to exclusively use a specific student for a fight, you should consider focusing on one fighter first. By using Miguel through the tutorial, you will be able to level him up and earn some extra perks for doing so making him a somewhat advantageous choice to invest in. However, keep in mind that Miguel is also everyone else’s starting character so chances are that everyone is familiar with his strengths and abilities in the duels.
One way to help pick the right fighter for you to focus on is to give each one available a run on quick match. You should naturally check and edit their deck to your liking as well as take not of their unique strengths and strategies.
In essence, familiarizing yourself with each available student in your roster not only helps you formulate better strategies when using them in a match but it also helps you prepare against them whenever you face them in a duel.
You should also peek into the students and wildcards available for each fighter as well as unique signature moves like Robby’s handstand kick, which is a signature move. Knowing these details can help you predict what your next opponent can possibly have in store for you in a duel. In any case, you can still tap and hold on the enemy’s portrait during the match to see their combos.
4. Keep An Eye On Health, Energy, And Remaining Fight Cards
The combat mechanics in Cobra Kai: Card Fighter is made simple enough in that you need to only choose the cards to use for each round and sit back until the next preparation stage where you choose you cards again. Just like preparing well enough before any fight and strategizing as early as the deck construction stage, plans and strategies within each match should be flexible enough to alter at any given round.
It is actually a basic necessity to keep a keen eye not just on your health and energy bars but also to constantly check the health and energy levels of your opponent. This can raise the accuracy of your predictions as to when the enemy will choose to replenish either or both of them and can present huge opportunities to strike them hard in those instances.
One detail you should also keep tabs on is the remaining fight cards you have left in your deck. This can be seen at the left side of your screen. As a beginner, there is a huge chance that you might go on the aggressive for the earlier rounds especially with some energy and a full health at your disposal. After all, performing the student’s combo especially using cards of the same color can dispatch your enemy quickly if all attacks successfully connect.
This, however, is hardly the case against real players. Going about each round strategically means utilizing every aspect of your deck to its fullest and that means strategically using your support cards as well as efficiently using each fight card at your disposal. What you mostly want to avoid is running out of fight cards before knocking down your opponent and as rare of an instance that sounds, it can happen if you use fight cards without limitations.
5. You Do Not Necessarily Have To Use 3 Cards
Relative to the above tip, another tactic to consider in every fight is to not force yourself to use 3 cards in every round. Just like all other card games, Cobra Kai: Card Fighter hinges on the luck of draw and you will not always get the cards you need when you need them. You always have a hand of 5 cards and you can choose to use up to 3 of those cards per round, leaving the rest to be saved for the next one with every card used replenished by new ones from your deck.
It was actually mentioned in the tutorial that you can opt to use any number of cards lower than 3 per round but given the more catchy details in the heat of battle, it is easy to forget about the whole idea. There are different circumstances that may warrant you to hold off on using 3 cards. One example is when you draw 3 or more health recovery items at a time when your health is full and using even just 1 for the round would mean a waste of it. Another scenario is when you have cards that you want to save for an ultimate combo, hoping that you complete it with your next draw.
One other feature you should not forget about is that you can swipe away at cards you can do without to receive half of their energy cost as added energy for you. Energy can be as critical a factor as health and remaining cards. Balancing across all 3 factors and at the same time strategizing on your actions for each upcoming round adds further complexity to the seemingly simple gameplay that Cobra Kai: Card Fighter has.
In any case, the idea we are trying to share lies in keeping all these things under consideration. Do not let it overwhelm you or push you into overthinking as there is much to learn in actual fights.
6. Invest In The Dojo And Training
New Students and wildcards can be unlocked as the student reaches a new level. However, duplicate copies of fight cards are needed as well to boost the specific card’s proficiency. Although you can secure extra cards from completing missions as well as spending cash or tokens on them at the shop, you can earn specific student cards from training your favorite students at the dojo.
If you noticed, one of the first things you get to do within the tutorial that does not involve a fight is opening a fight training room in the dojo. More rooms can be unlocked by paying cash but one room is more than sufficient for beginners. As energy is also a resource that needs to be managed well, you need to ensure as efficiently as possible that it does not reach its max capacity and is always utilized to rain the students.
To make it clear, the energy system in Cobra Kai: Card Fighter applies to the sensei and not to the students. This means that engaging in fights do not consume energy and the energy is exclusively used to lodge students in dojo training and acquire more cards for them. Even at level 1, the dojo can already house 2 students.
Training takes a full hour to complete and costs 50 sensei energy. Both training completion time and capacity will improve by upgrading the fight training room along with the cards you receive as rewards for a successful training.
Simply finishing the countdown for the training session will not be enough to earn you new cards for the students that were placed in training. You will have to take part in a short quick time event of sorts where you need to tap and drag on specific areas of the screen to perform the supposed training moves inside the dojo. Performing each action perfectly will naturally net you the best rewards and while it may seem too fast and overwhelming at first, you will eventually get the hang of it in no time.
While cash and tokens can be used to purchase booster packs from the shop, you should consider spending more of your cash in developing your dojo. After all, the dojo will be your constant source of extra copies of cards for your students and you will be needing a lot of duplicate cards to just upgrade one move to the next level.
7. Spend Time In AI Practice And Quick Play First
Cobra Kai: Card Fighter currently holds 3 basic game modes for you to revel in: AI Practice, Quick Play, and Ranked Match. AI Practice pits you against a computer controlled opponent. You will not earn any cash or experience for fights here and the fight’s outcome has no effect on your ranking whatsoever. This stands as the perfect first step towards honing your skills and strategies with any student.
Once you have grown familiar enough with your chosen student, it is time to take him or her for a spin in Quick Play. Quick Play pits you against a real player who is at the same league rank as you, which means that early on, you are likely to encounter equally experienced players such as yourself. You will earn cash and experience as rewards for matches in Quick Play but it has no bearing on your rank.
In addition to pure enjoyment, all the planning, preparation, and training you go through leads to finally seizing opportunities to climb the leagues in Ranked Match. Ranked Match earns you more cash and experience with each fight, and the higher the leagues you climb, the better it gets. Of course, this also comes with a drawback as losses incurred in matches can result in a rank down as well.
8. Learn From Every Match
Just like classroom training and the kind of work you do that follows, what you learn in the dojo pales so much in comparison to the learnings and enlightenments you can achieve from an actual match. Well, the AI battles may be an exception to this, but facing real players in a match can teach you a lot of things that cannot be learned from the dojo alone or the previous tips and strategies we discussed.
There are as many strategies in combat as there are players in the game and, considering everything, your deck’s composition is just one of the many factors that can impact victory and defeat in each match. Every student in Cobra Kai: Card Fighter is designed in such a way that they will have advantages on some opponents but will also have natural disadvantages against others.
The rock-paper-scissors approach, as well as the luck of draw, are factors as well that are not entirely within your control. On top of it all, it can be a challenge to be able to accurately predict your opponent’s next move, more so to consistently be able to nail it.
What is important is for you to keep on trying to think a step ahead of your opponent in a variety of ways. You can test whether or not the enemy is aware and ready of your fighter’s combo. You can also spot how well or poorly the opponent manages his health, energy, and fight cards. Doing this in the heat of battle amongst other strategies can be tasking but rewarding as well. Knowing how and when to bait and when to actually pull off a killer combo is important.
Last, but definitely not the least, you should learn to accept that you cannot always win it all. Even the best of fighters will always experience defeat and what matters is not whether you score more wins than losses but rather, the lessons you get out of each fight along with the strategic improvements you can impose as a result of it.
9. Take Advantage Of The Ad Boost
Video ads have become a common feature of free-to-play games, especially on mobile and while ads that pop up while you are playing can often be annoying, Cobra Kai: Card Fighter thankfully only has video ads that play when you choose them to. Additionally, these ads carry with it some benefits so, for the most part, you would want to play these ads more often that you actually can.
If you are at the dojo, you will notice an icon in the open garage at the right side of it. This is an ad boost that can grant you free cards after watching a short video ad. You can only watch ads 3 times per day so be sure to take advantage of this as every bit of duplicate cards you acquire takes you a step closer to upgrading a student’s fight card and improving the student’s performance in succeeding matches.
And that sums it all up for our Cobra Kai: Card Fighter beginner’s guide. We hope that the simple tips and strategies we shared in our guide has been helpful to you and likewise enjoyable to read. As Cobra Kai: Card Fighter is still very new, a lot of developments and growth can be expected from it in succeeding updates. If you stumble upon some tips, tricks or strategies we have not uncovered yet, be sure to share them with us through the comment section!