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Exploding Kittens How to Play Guide

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The rules cover the original, first, and NSFW editions.
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Players: 2 to 5 | Game duration from: 10 mins | Game Complexity: EASY How to play Exploding Kittens rules in simple steps

What is the goal?

Exploding Kittens is a card game, where:

  • deck of cards is placed face down 
  • players take turns drawing cards until someone draws an exploding  kitten
  • that person explodes and is dead and out of the game
  • the game continues until the last person who does not explode wins

Game setup

  1. Remove the 4 Exploding Kitten cards and set aside
  2. Remove Defuse Cards (6) and deal 1 to each player
  3. Insert extra Defuse Cards back into the deck
  4. Shuffle the deck and deal 7 cards to each player. Each player has 8 cards.
  5. Insert Exploding Kitten cards back into the deck (insert 1 fewer than the number of players)
  6. Shuffle the deck and put face down on the table
  7. Select a player to start


  1. The player looks at his/her 8 cards and can do the following:
    • Pass: play no cards or
    • Play a card: 
      • place a card face-up on the discard pile
      • follow card instructions
    • The player can decide if to play another card

Note:  Cards with no instructions

  • these cards must be collected and played as matching pairs
  • when a pair of car cards are played, pick a player and steal a random card from them

2. End turn by drawing a card from Draw Pile. Play continues clockwise around the table.

How do you win?

Last player who hasn’t exploded wins the game.

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