Rule Guide for the Exploding Kittens card game.

Posted by Snoops420 27/09/2016 2 Comment(s)

G'Day Everyone,
SnoopS from Stuff and Things here,

In this Rule Guide im gonna be explaining the rules for a great card game called "Exploding Kittens".


How It Works
You'll have a deck of Exploding Kittens cards.  You play the game by taking turns drawing cards off the top
until a player draws one of the cards that has "Exploding Kitten" on it.
When this happens, that player explodes.  They are now considered dead and out of the game.
This continues until only one player is left, the winner.

Basically .....Its like a family friendly version of Russian Roulette ..... but with Kittens ..... that explode.

If you explode (draw an "Exploding Kitten"), YOU LOSE.    Awwwwwwww.
If you don't explode (last player alive), YOU WIN.    Wooohooo!
Use all the other cards in the deck to reduce your chances of exploding by drawing an "Exploding Kitten".

     For example
     You could use a See the Future card to peek at the top few cards in the Draw Pile. If that reveals an
     Exploding Kitten you could then use a Skip card to end your turn and avoid drawing it.


1. Remove the following cards from the deck :
     4 x Exploding Kittens cards
     6 x Defuse cards

2. Shuffle the remaining cards and deal 4 cards to each player, face down.

3. Deal 1 Defuse card to each player so that every player has 5 cards.

    Defuse Cards
     These are the only cards that can save you from Exploding Kittens. If you play a Defuse card after
     drawing an Exploding Kitten, instead of exploding, you get to reinsert the Kitten back into the Draw
     Pile anywhere you’d like.

4. Insert enough Exploding Kittens back into the deck so that there is one fewer than the number of people
playing. This ensures that everyone eventually explodes except for one person.

     Remove any extra Exploding Kittens from the game.

5. Insert the extra Defuse cards back in the deck.

     Two player variant  
     Put only 2 of the extra Defuse cards back in the deck. Remove the other 2 from the game.

     5+ player variant  
     Simply combine two or more decks to play with more people, just adjust the number of Exploding Kittens
     in the deck so there's always one fewer than the number of players. So, if you want to play with 9 people,
     insert 8 Exploding Kittens.

6. Shuffle the deck, and put it face down in the middle of the table. The shuffled deck is now your draw pile.

7. Pick a player to go first, (some sample criteria: whoever has the biggest beard, most intimidating odor,
shortest spleen, etc.) and you're ready to play!


Taking your turn
1. Play a card from your hand by placing it FACE UP on top of the Discard Pile, and following the
instructions on the card. Or play no cards at all; that’s cool too.

2. After you follow the instructions on a card or play a Pair, you can play more cards. You can play as many
cards as you’d like.

3. Finally, end your turn by drawing a card from the Draw Pile into your hand and hoping it’s not an Exploding
(This is different from most other games in that you END YOUR TURN by drawing a card.)
Play continues clockwise around the table.

Cards with no instructions on them
Some cards don’t have any instructions on them. These cards must be collected and played as pairs. If you
play matching pairs with no instructions on them, pick another player and steal a random card from their hand.

Three more things

  •     You can count the cards left in the Draw Pile.
  •     You won’t ever run out of cards in the Draw Pile, so there’s never a need to reshuffle.
  •     There is no maximum or minimum hand size. If you run out of cards in your hand, there’s no special action
    to take. Keep playing. You’ll draw at least 1 more card on your next turn.


Example Turn
1. You decide to play a See the Future card.

2. While viewing the 3 top cards, you see that the card you’re about to draw is an Exploding Kitten.

3. You decide to play an Attack card to end your turn and force the next player to take 2 turns.

4. But then another player plays a NOPE CARD which cancels your attack, so it’s still your turn.

5. You don’t want to draw that top card and die, so you play a Shuffle card and randomly shuffle the Draw Pile.

6. With the deck freshly shuffled, you draw the top card to end your turn and hope it’s not an Exploding Kitten.


Instead of playing any actions from your hand, you can always opt to just draw the top card without playing
anything. Playing a card on your turn is not required.


Card Quick Reference

Exploding Kittens - 4 cards
You must show this card immediately. Unless you have a Defuse card, you’re dead. Discard all of your cards,
including the Exploding Kitten.

Defuse - 6 cards
If you drew an Exploding Kitten, you can play this card instead of dying.
1. Place your Defuse card in the Discard Pile.
2. Then take the Exploding Kitten, and without reordering or viewing the other cards, secretly put it back in the
Draw Pile anywhere you’d like.
Want to screw over the player right after you? Put the Kitten right on top of the deck. If you’d like, hold the deck
under the table so that no one else can see where you put it. Now the next player goes (unless you must take
multiple turns).

Nope - 5 cards
Stop any action except for an Exploding Kitten or a Defuse card.
Imagine that any card (or Pair or Special Combo) beneath a Nope card no longer exists.
You can also play a Nope on another Nope to create a double negative Yup, and so on.
You can play a Nope card at any time before an action has begun, even if it’s not your turn.

Attack - 4 cards
End your turn(s) without drawing and force the next player to take two turns in a row. The victim of this card takes
a turn as normal (play cards, then draw). Then, when their first turn is over, it’s their turn again.
(If the victim of an Attack card also plays an Attack card, their turns are immediately over, and the next player must
take two turns.)
If you play an Attack card and someone plays a Nope on top of it, this means that you still have to draw a card and
the next player does NOT have to take two turns.
Nope cards neutralize any cards beneath them, so it would be like the Attack card was never played in the first

Skip - 4 cards
Immediately end your turn without drawing a card.
If you play a Skip card as a defense against an Attack card, it only ends one of the two turns. Two Skip
cards would end both turns.

Favor - 4 cards
Force any other player to give you 1 card from their hand. They choose which card to give you.

Shuffle - 4 cards
Shuffle the Draw Pile without viewing the cards until told to stop. This is useful when you know there’s
an Exploding Kitten coming.

See the future - 5 cards
Peek at the top 3 cards from the Draw Pile and put them back in the same order. Don’t show the cards
to the other players.

Cat Cards - 4 of each type
These can be collected as two or three of a kind and used to steal from other players. See below to learn
how to steal.


Special Combos - Stealing

Two of a kind - blind steal
To steal a card, play any two of a kind into the discard pile.
For example, if you had two Tacocats, you could play them as actions and then choose a player. That
player would hold up their cards and you'd take a card at random.

Three of a kind - "Go fish"
Playing three of a kind lets you NAME the card you want, and the player of your choice has to give it to you.
If they don't have the card you want, you're out of luck, so be sure to keep an eye on who still has Defuse

Card Icons
You can play any card as two or three of a kind, as long as the icons in the upper left match.
For example, on each Shuffle card the artwork on the face of the card varies, but the icon is always the
same. So, instead of playing the Shuffle cards as actions to shuffle the deck, you could play them as a
pair and use them to steal from another player.

Five different icons - Steal from the Discard pile
If you play any 5 cards that have different icons in the corners, go through the Discard Pile to take any
single card you’d like.
(Grab the Pile quickly to choose your card so that you don’t get “Noped!”)


You can buy yourself the following Exploding Kittens :

Exploding Kittens (Card Game)

Exploding Kittens : NSFW Edition (Card Game)


Thanks for shopping with us at Stuff and Things.
Have a Great Day!

SnoopS and the Stuff and Things Team.

2 Comment(s)

29/06/2017, 11:07:16 PM

Can you use the favour card if the other player has one card left?

26/01/2020, 03:18:03 AM

Question about the 5 card combo. My son played 5 times in his turn and stated because each play he used a different icon card that he was able to use the 5 card combo and shuffle through discard pack to pick a card of his choice.? I thought you had to place the 5 card combo in one shot? Please help

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