Table of Content

  1. Introduction
  2. Set Up
  3. Gameplay
  4. End Game
  5. PDF Manual


Citadels is a game where you recruit different characters each round to help you gain coins, build buildings, and cripple your opponents. Characters are chosen in secret, but are revealed and played in turn of character rank. The game ends when one player has 7 districts in their city. The current round is finished and scoring begins. The player with the highest score wins.

 Set Up

Use one of the preset options in the manual or make your own set of unique district and character cards. You need a character from each rank. The rank 9 character is only used in games of 3 or 8 players.

Shuffle the unique district cards with the other district cards, deal 4 to each player. Place the remaining cards face down in the middle. Shuffle the character cards and place the corresponding character tokens in a row in order in the middle of the table.

Each player takes 2 coins from the bank. Choose one player to take the crown.


Dealing the character cards

The player with the crown take the deck of character cards and shuffle them. The crown player then discards a number of cards face up and face down according to the number of players playing.

Players Faceup Facedown
4 2 1
5 1 1
6 0 1
7 0 *1

Selection Phase

Starting from the crown player, each player takes a character card in secret and passes to their left. After the last player has chosen, they discard the unchosen card with the others.

Turn Phase

Player take turns in ascending rank order by calling out each rank. During a turn, a player will first gather resources by taking 2 gold or taking 2 district cards, discarding one to bottom of deck. The player may also build a district by paying the cost, use the character ability once, and use the effect of their unique districts. The player who took the crown this round will deal the character cards for the next round.

 End Game

The game ends when a player has built 7 districts. The scoring goes as followed:

  • Points equal to cost of district
  • One district of each type – 3 points
  • First to 7 district – 4 points
  • Anyone else to has 7 districts – 2 points
  • Extra points from unique districts

In case of ties the highest numbered rank character in the last round wins.