Unformatted text preview: Monster Enhancers Certain cards, called monster enhancers, raise or lower the
combat strength of individual monsters. (Yes, you can have a
negative enhancement.) Monster enhancers may be played by
any player during any combat.
If there are multiple monsters in a combat, the person who
plays each enhancer must choose which monster it applies to.
All enhancers on a single monster add together. If Ornery,
Rootin’ Tootin’, and Hung-Over are played together, in any
order, you are facing an ornery, rootin’ tootin’, hung-over monster.
Good luck . . . Yer Trail Buddies Sidekicks and Cheating Sidekicks Steeds Sidekicks are found in the
Door deck. You can play a
Sidekick at any time, even in
combat, as long as you have
only one Sidekick in play at a
time. If you draw a face-up
Sidekick, you may put
it in your hand if you
cannot (or don’t want to)
put it in play. You may discard a
Sidekick at any time.
A Sidekick is not an Item unless it has a price on it (and none
of the ones in this set have prices).
A Sidekick can sacrifice himself for you. If you lose a fight,
then instead of rolling to run away, you may discard one Sidekick
and anything he is carrying. You automatically escape from
all monsters in the fight, even if a monster card says escape is
impossible. If someone was helping you in the fight, YOU decide
whether that person automatically escapes as well, or must roll
Some Sidekicks give you extra hands, or (in other sets) let
you carry an extra Big item. In this case, the Sidekick does not
actually have any items . . . he just increases your own abilities. If
something happens to the Sidekick, your items are not affected.
Some Sidekicks (not those in this set, heh heh) can specifically
carry and use an Item themselves. In some cases, a Sidekick can
use an item you cannot use for yourself. The items a Sidekick
carries count for you and are affected by Traps and Bad Stuff as
though you were carrying them yourself. If your Sidekick has an
• If your Sidekick sacriﬁces himself for you, any items he was
carrying are lost.
• If your Sidekick is killed, you loot the body yourself and
keep the items.
• If your Sidekick is taken away by a Trap, by Bad Stuff, or by
a change in loyalty, the items go with him! Items – Playing Them
Any Item card may be played to the table as soon as you get
it, or at any time during your own turn. Items – Using Them
Any one-shot item can be played during any combat, whether
you have it in your hand or on the table. (Some one-shot items,
such as the Wishing Ring, may also be used outside of combat.)
Other items cannot be used unless they are active. Items
turned sideways cannot help you, even if you could otherwise
legally use them. Other Treasures
Other Treasure cards are “specials” (like “Go Up a Level”).
You may play these at any time, unless the card itself says
otherwise. Follow the card’s instructions, then discard it, unless it
has a persistent bonus like an Item. Traps
If drawn face-up, during the “Kick Open a Door” phase, Trap
cards apply to the person who drew them.
If drawn face-down or acquired some other way, Trap cards
may be played on ANY player at ANY time. Any time, do you
hear me? Reducing someone’s abilities just as he thinks he has
killed a monster is a lot of fun.
Usually, a Trap affects its victim immediately (if it can) and is
discarded. However, some Traps give a penalty later in the game
or have a continuing effect. Keep these cards until you get rid of
the Trap or the penalty takes effect. If someone plays a “your next
combat” Trap on you while you are in combat, it counts in that
combat! (Trap cards you keep as a reminder may not be discarded
to power Class abilities. Nice try!)
If a Trap can apply to more than one item, the victim decides
which item is lost or trapped.
If a Trap applies to something you don’t have, ignore it. For
instance, if you draw Lose Your Armor and you have no armor,
nothing happens; discard the card.
There will be times when it will help you to play a Trap or
Monster on yourself, or to “help” another player in a way that
costs him treasure. This is very munchkinly. Do it. Sidekicks and Monster Bonuses
Each Sidekick in this set is either male or female, and the
drawing makes it obvious which. If (for instance) you have the
Schoolmarm Sidekick and you face a monster that gets a
bonus against females, it gets the bonus against you unless you
immediately discard the sidekick.
However, Bad Stuff does not affect sidekicks unless it
specifically mentions them, so ignore your sidekick’s sex when
determining what a monster does to you. Sidekicks and Sex Classes
These cards may be played to the table as soon as they are
acquired, or at any time during your own turn. Super Munchkin
may be played similarly, but you must have a Class to play it. 5 Pardner, don’t even THINK about it.
The sex of your hireling does not matter except with monster
reactions (above) or if you want to have it carry an item that
is male- or female-only. In that case, the Sidekick is of the sex
shown on its card. Any card that can change a player’s sex can
change a Sidekick’s sex, if someone chooses to use it that way. Treating Steeds as Monsters A Cheat! card can be used to give you an extra Sidekick. A player who draws a face-up Steed may choose to treat it
as a monster instead. In that case, its Level is equal to twice the
combat bonus at the top of the card, and defeating it is good for
one Treasure and one level. The Bad Stuff for any Steed attacked
as a monster is “Lose a level.” Dear to a Munchkin’s heart is his loyal Steed. Because, of
course, it gives bonuses. Steeds are found in the Door deck.
No player can have more than one Steed except by using a
Steeds are Items, and follow normal Item rules. Anything that
affects an Item can affect a Steed.
Steeds carry themselves. A Steed is “big,” but it does not
count against the number of Big items you can carry (in fact,
some let you carry more Big things). The “big” designation on
Steeds is to control what Traps affect them, and to keep Thieves,
in a crossover game, from pocketing them and walking off with
There are also a few Items that specifically enhance Steeds.
Steeds cannot use items unless the Item card specifically says so,
and “item enhancers” don’t affect Steed items.
If a Steed has a bonus or penalty to Run Away, that replaces
the bonus or penalty of the rider. If your Steed gives you a penalty
to Run Away, you may discard the Steed before you roll to flee.
You don’t suffer the penalty, but the Steed card goes to the discard
pile. Super-Sized Munchkin Studies have shown that 8.4 out of 9.7 Munchkin players
just can’t get enough of the game. Here are some ideas to take
your Munchkin games to new heights – or lows:
Combining different Munchkin sets. You can mix two (or
more) base sets and expansions together for a genre-crossing
mega-Munchkin adventure! Space plus Old West? Kung fu
vampires? No problem!
Expansions. Most of the Munchkin core sets have
expansions that add still more monsters to kill, new Treasure
to loot, and sometimes entirely new kinds of cards. Ask at your
friendly local game store, or visit to
buy directly from us.
Turn it up to EPIC! Playing to Level 10 just isn’t enough
for some people. To satisfy their insane cravings, we’ve
created Epic Munchkin, a new set of rules that gives all
your Munchkin sets that high-octane boost you need to
make it up to Level 20! Look for it on our online PDF store,
e23.sjgames.com – it’s completely, absolutely FREE!
All of the above!!! Faster Play Rules For a faster game, you can add a “phase 0” called Listen
At The Door. At the start of your turn, draw a face-down
Door card, which you may play or not. Then arrange cards
and Kick Open The Door normally. If you Loot The Room,
draw a face-down Treasure, not a Door.
You can also allow shared victories – if a player reaches
Level 10 in a fight where he had a helper, the helper also wins
the game, no matter what Level he is. Game Design by Steve Jackson Illustrated by John Kovalic Development Help and Prepress Checking: Monica Stephens Chief Operating Officer: Philip Reed
Munchkin Czar: Andrew Hackard
Munchkin Hireling: Leonard Balsera Production Artists: Alex Fernandez and Ben Williams
Marketing Director: Monica Valentinelli
Director of Sales: Ross Jepson Deputy Playtesters: Jimmie Bragdon, Richard Dodson, Sascha M. Doepper, Andrew Hackard, Jan Hendriks, Urszula Jarych,
Richard Kerr, Birger Krämer, James Martinson, Jeff Schaefer, Randy Scheunemann, Jason Swanson, Nicholas Vacek,
Loren Wiseman, Duncan Wright, Erik Zane, and the Austin Blizzard crew
Heinous card suggestions from: Marek Ctrnáct, J.G. Delmendo, Asher Densmore-Lynn, Jan Hendriks, Patrick Herfst, Kelly Merrell,
Eric S. Raymond, and Benjamin Waddell
Munchkin, The Good, the Bad, and the Munchkin, Warehouse 23, e23, the all-seeing pyramid, and the names of all products published
by Steve Jackson Games Incorporated are trademarks or registered trademarks of Steve Jackson Games Incorporated, or used under license.
Dork Tower characters copyright © John Kovalic. The Good, the Bad, and the Munchkin is copyright © 2007, 2010, 2012 by Steve Jackson Games Incorporated.
All rights reserved. Rules version 1.61 (February 2012). goodbad.worldofmunchkin.com
6 THE GOOD, THE BAD,
AND THE MUNCHKIN
TM It’s how the West was won . . .
by kicking down doors, killing things, and taking their stuff.
Now the Munchkins are Cowboys, Indians, Outlaws, and Dudes
. . . and they’re facing the perils of the Wild West for a fistful of
treasures and a few levels more!
The Good, the Bad, and the Munchkin is based on the
original Munchkin and can be combined with it, as well as any
or all of the other Munchkin card games (see the last page).
This game includes 168 cards, one six-sided die, and these
Three to six can play. You will need 10 tokens (coins, poker chips,
whatever – or any gadget that counts to 10) for each player.
Divide the cards into the Door deck and the Treasure deck.
Shuffle both decks. Deal four cards from each deck to each player. Card Management
Keep separate face-up discard piles for the two decks. You may
not look through the discards unless you play a card that allows
When a deck runs out, reshuffle its discards. If a deck runs
out and there are no discards, nobody can draw any of that kind
In Play: These are the cards on the table in front of you,
showing your Class (if any) and the Items you are carrying.
Continuing Traps and some other cards also stay on the table
after you play them.
Your Hand: Cards in your hand are not in play. They don’t
help you, but they can’t be taken away except by cards that
specifically affect “your hand.” At the end of your turn, you may
have no more than five cards in your hand.
When Cards Can Be Played: Each type of card can be
played at a specified time (see p. 4). Contradictions Between Cards and Rules This rulesheet gives the general rules. Cards may add
special rules, so in most cases when the rulesheet disagrees
with a card, follow the card. However, ignore any card effect
that might seem to contradict one of the rules listed below
unless the card explicitly says it supersedes that rule!
1. Nothing can reduce a player below Level 1, although
card effects might reduce a player’s or a monster’s combat
strength (p. 2) below 1.
2. You go up a level after combat only if you kill a
3. You cannot collect rewards for defeating a monster (e.g.,
Treasure, levels) in the middle of a combat. You must finish
the fight before gaining any rewards.
4. You must kill a monster to reach Level 10.
Any other disputes should be settled by loud arguments,
with the owner of the game having the last word. You
could also read the Munchkin FAQ and errata pages at
, or start a discussion at
forums.sjgames.com . . . unless it’s more fun to argue.
Cards in play may not be returned to your hand – they must
be discarded or traded if you want to get rid of them. Character Creation
Everyone starts as a Level 1 character with no class. (We never
get tired of that joke.)
Look at your initial eight cards. If you have any Class cards,
you may (if you like) play one by placing it in front of you. If you
have any usable Items (p. 4), you may play them by placing them
in front of you. If you have any doubt about whether you should
play a card, you could read below, or you could just charge ahead
and do it. Starting and Finishing the Game Combat Decide who goes first in any way you can agree on. (Snicker.)
Play proceeds in turns, each with several phases (see below).
When the first player finishes his turn, the player to his left takes
a turn, and so on.
The first player to reach 10th level wins . . . but you must
reach 10th level by killing a monster, unless a card specifically
allows you to win another way. To fight a monster, compare its combat strength to yours.
Combat strength is the total of Level plus all modifiers – positive
or negative – given by items and other cards. If the monster’s
combat strength is equal to yours, or greater, you lose the
combat and must Run Away – see below. If your combat strength
totals more than the monster’s, you kill it and go up a level (two
for some big monsters). You’ll also get the number of Treasures
shown on its card.
Sometimes a card will let you get rid of the monster without
killing it. This is still “winning,” but you don’t get a level.
Sometimes, depending on the card, you might not get the
Some monster cards have special powers that affect combat –
a bonus against a Class, for instance. Be sure to check these.
One-shot items may be played directly from your hand
during combat. You can also use one-shot items that you
already had in play. One-shot items say “Usable once
only.” Discard these cards after the combat, whether you
win or lose.
Some Door cards may also be played into a combat, such as
monster enhancers (see p. 5).
While you are in combat, you cannot sell, steal, equip,
unequip, or trade items, or play items (except for one-shots) from
your hand. Once you expose a monster card, you must resolve
the fight with your equipment as it stands, plus any one-shot
items you choose to play.
Discard the monster card, including any enhancers and
one-shot items played, and draw treasure (see below). But
note: someone may play a hostile card on you, or use a
special power, just as you think you have won. When you
kill a monster, you must wait a reasonable time, defined as
about 2.6 seconds, for anyone else to speak up. After that, you
have really killed the monster, and you really get the level(s)
and treasure, though they can still whine and argue. Turn Phases At the start of your turn, you may play cards, switch items
from “in use” to “carried” or vice versa, trade items with other
players, and sell items for levels. When your cards are arranged
the way you want, go to phase 1.
(1) Kick Open The Door:
Draw one card from the Door deck
and turn it face up.
If it’s a monster, you must fight
it. See Combat. Resolve the combat
completely before you go on. If you
kill it, go up a level (or two, for some
especially nasty monsters!) and take the
appropriate number of Treasures..
If the card is a trap – see Traps,
p. 5 – it applies to you immediately (if it
can) and is discarded.
If you draw any other card, you may
either put it in your hand or play it
(2) Look For Trouble: If
you did NOT draw a monster
when you first opened the door,
you now have the option of playing a
monster (if you have one) from your hand and fighting it, just
as if you had found it when you kicked open the door. Don’t play
a monster you can’t handle, unless you’re sure you can count on
getting help! Fighting Multiple Monsters
Some cards (notably Wandering Monster) allow your rivals
to send other monsters to join the fight. You must defeat their
combined combat strengths. Any special abilities, such as
fighting with your Level only, apply to the entire fight. If you
have the right cards, you can eliminate one monster from the
combat and fight the other(s) normally, but you cannot choose to
fight one and run from the other(s). If you eliminate one with a
card but then run from the other(s), you don’t get any Treasure! (3) Loot The Room: If you did not find a monster by kicking
open the door and you did not Look For Trouble, you loot the
room . . . draw a second card from the Door deck, face down,
and place it in your hand.
If you met a monster but ran away, you don’t get to loot the
room. Asking For Help (4) Charity: If you have more than five cards in your hand,
you must play enough of them to get down to five, or give the
excess to the player with the lowest Level. If players are tied for
lowest, divide the cards as evenly as possible, but it’s up to you
who gets the bigger set(s) of leftovers. If YOU are the lowest or
tied for lowest, just discard the excess.
It is now the next player’s turn. 2 If you cannot win a combat on your own, you may ask any
other player to help you. If he refuses, you may ask another player,
and so on, until they all turn you down or someone helps. Only
one player can help you, adding his combat strength to yours.
Anyone can play cards to affect your combat, however!
You can bribe someone to help. In fact, you’ll probably have
to. You may offer your helper any Item(s) you are currently
carrying, or any number of the Treasure cards the monster has.
If you offer him part of the monster’s treasure, you must agree
whether he picks first, or you pick first, or whatever. The special abilities or vulnerabilities of the monster also
apply to your helper, and vice versa. For instance, if you are not
a Cowboy, but a Cowboy helps you, the Mechanical Bull will
be at a -3 against you. But if you are facing the Killer Jalapeño
and a Dude helps you, the foe’s combat strength is increased by
3 (unless you, too, are a Dude and the foe’s combat strength has
already been increased . . . don’t increase it twice).
If someone successfully helps you, the monster is slain. Discard
it, draw treasure (see below), and follow any special instructions
on the monster card. You go up a level for each slain monster.
Your helper does not go up. You draw the Treasure cards, even if
it was your helper’s special ability that defeated the monster. Interfering With Combat You can interfere with others’ combats in several ways:
Use a one-shot item. You could help another player by
using a one-shot item against the monster. Of course, you can
“accidentally” hit your friend with the one-shot item, and it
will count against him.
Play a card to modify a monster. These cards (usually) make
a monster stronger . . . and give it more treasure. You can play
these either during your own combats or during someone else’s
Play a Wandering Monster along with a monster from your
hand to join any combat.
Trap them, if you have a Trap card. Death Treasure Items If you die, you lose all your stuff. You keep your Class(es) and
Level (and any Traps that were affecting you when you died) –
your new character will look just like your old one.
Looting The Body: Lay out your hand beside the cards you
had in play. Starting with the one with the highest Level, each
other player chooses one card . . . in case of ties in level, roll a
die. If your corpse runs out of cards, tough. After everyone gets
one card, the rest are discarded.
Dead characters cannot receive cards for any reason, not even
Charity, and cannot level up.
Your new character appears when the next player begins his
turn and can help others in combat . . . but you have no cards.
On your next turn, start by drawing four cards from each deck,
face-down, and playing any Class or Item cards you want to, just
as when you started the game. Then take your turn normally. When you defeat a monster, either by killing it or using a card
to eliminate it, you get its Treasure. Each monster has a Treasure
number on the bottom of its card. Draw...
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