Tribe (種族 Shuzoku) is a card parameter that intended as a way to split Z/X cards into several groups.
Each Z/X has at least one tribe, while Event and Player cards does not have any. Generally, a tribe always belong to a single color although there are some exceptions such as cards with multiple tribes (e.g. "Devil of Box, Feles") or tribes featured in Extra Packs (see below). While tribe does not have any significance to the rules, a card's ability may refer to certain tribe.
On the card text, tribe is always written inside [ ] (square brackets).
List of Tribes
- Battle Dress (バトルドレス Batoru Doresu)
- Metal Fortress (メタルフォートレス Metaru Fōtoresu)
- Killer Machine (キラーマシーン Kirā Mashīn)
- Mermaid (マーメイド Māmeido)
- Angel (エンジェル Enjeru)
- Guardian (ガーディアン Gādian)
- Sacred Beast (セイクリッドビースト Seikuriddo Bīsuto)
- Cait Sith (ケット・シー Ketto Shī)
- Diabolus (ディアボロス Diaboros)
- Predator (プレデター Puredetā)
- Tortures (トーチャーズ Tōchāzu)
- Nosferatu (ノスフェラトゥ Nosuferatu)
- Hourai (ホウライ Hōrai)
- Lycanthrope (ライカンスロープ Raikansurōpu)
- Plasect (プラセクト Purasekuto)
- Leafer (リーファー Rīfā)
Dragon is the first special tribe that was introduced in Booster 3: Advent of the Five Dragon Emperors. Unlike other tribes, it is actually comprised of several tribes with "Dragon" (ドラゴン Doragon) in the tribe name with one tribe for each color (including colorless). Collectively, they are known as Dragon of the Beginning (始まりの竜 Hajimari no Ryū) in the story.
- Glorious Dragon (グロリアスドラゴン Guroriasu Doragon)
- Gear Dragon (ギアドラゴン Gia Doragon)
- Angelic Dragon (エンジェリックドラゴン Enjerikku Doragon)
- Cruel Dragon (クルーエルドラゴン Kurūeru Doragon)
- Vine Dragon (ヴァインドラゴン Vain Doragon)
- True Dragon (トゥルードラゴン Turū Doragon)
In addition, there also exists a separate category of Dragon known as Elder Dragon (エルダードラゴン Erudā Doragon) that appeared in all five colors. They are known and referred to as Wicked Dragon (邪竜 Jaryū) in the story.
- Main article: Dingir
Dingir (ディンギル Dingiru) is a special tribe that can be found in all colors and exclusively used on the Z/X Extra cards. All cards with this tribe always possess additional tribe.
- Main article: Waker
Waker (ウェイカー Weikā) is a special tribe that found in all colors and exclusively used on the Z/X Extra cards. Similar to Dingir, all cards with this tribe always possess additional tribe.
Other than the aforementioned tribes, several collaborative sets featured tribes that were not found in regular Z/X sets.
Nippon Ichi Software
In Nippon Ichi Software Extra Pack and its sequel, each cards has its own specific tribe with the name of the tribe being the name of character featured on the card itself. Thus, it is not uncommon for a tribe to only contains 1 to 3 cards. Only a handful of them received support from other cards.
The translated names of each tribes uses the official names from the localized version if available.
In Extra Pack 3: Kaiten Mutenmaru, all cards belong to a single tribe: Kaiten Mutenmaru (回転むてん丸 Kaiten Mutenmaru).
This tribe is entirely consisted of various characters from "Kaiten Mutenmaru" character series and may belong to either Blue or Black color depending on the character.