The Isle of Cats card clarifications

The Isle of Cats has hundreds of cards and we know that sometimes you may struggle to understand exactly what one means, so we created this page to help you.

Each card has a number in the bottom right corner, this list is ordered by those numbers.

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The Isle of Cats

Cards 001 – 006 (Oshax cards)

No clarifications added.

Cards 007 – 066 (Rescue cards)

No clarifications added.

Card 067 – 070 (Anytime cards)

No clarifications added.

Cards 071 – 072 (Anytime cards)

Cost: 0 fish.
Text: Draw 2 cards.

During the exploration phase If you choose to keep this card, you may not play it until you have finished choosing all the cards you wish to keep this round.

It may be played immediately after you have discarded the cards you do not wish to keep and paid the required fish for the ones you want to keep.

Cards 073 – 075 (Anytime cards)

No clarifications added.

Card 076 (Anytime card)

Cost: 2 fish.
Text: Discard 1 permanent basket, gain 5 fish.

You may discard a permanent basket which has already been used this round.

For example, you may rescue your first cat in a round using your permanent basket, then you may rescue your second cat using a temporary basket and play this card to discard the originally played permanent basket, to get enough fish to rescue the second cat.

You may not discard a permanent basket that you are in the middle of using, for example, if you use a permanent basket to rescue a cat, you may not discard it to get the fish to complete that rescue.

Card 077 (Anytime card)

No clarifications added.

Cards 078 – 079 (Anytime cards)

Cost: 2 fish.
Text: Gain 1 fish for each lesson card in front of you.

Public lesson cards do not count as lesson cards for any cards, so you do not gain fish for public lessons.

Cards 080 – 085 (Anytime cards)

No clarifications added.

Cards 086 – 087 (Anytime cards)

Cost: 2 fish.
Text: Discard any 2 played lesson cards, gain 1 permanent basket.

Public lesson cards do not count as lesson cards for any cards, so you cannot discard public lessons to gain the permanent basket.

Cards 088 – 089 (Anytime cards)

Cost: 3 fish.
Text: Discard any 2 treasures, gain 1 permanent basket.

Discarded treasures go back to the box, they do not come back into play.

Cards 090 – 097 (Anytime cards)

No clarifications added.

Cards 098 – 112 (Treasure cards)

No clarifications added.

Cards 113 – 125 (Lesson cards)

No clarifications added.

Card 126 (Lesson card)

Cost: 2 fish.
Text: 1 point per lesson card in front of you

Public lesson cards do not count as lesson cards for any cards, so you do not get points for any public lessons.

Cards 127 – 132 (Lesson cards)

No clarifications added.

Card 133 (Lesson card)

Cost: 2 fish.
Text: 7 points if you have exactly 6 lesson cards.

Public lesson cards do not count as lesson cards for any cards, so public lessons do not count towards your total.

Cards 134 – 142 (Lesson cards)

No clarifications added

Cards 143 – 150 (Public Lesson cards)

No clarifications added.

Cards 151 – 167 (Family cards)

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Card 168 (Family card)

Text: Score your third largest family twice.

In the case of equal sized families, your third largest family may be the same size as your largest or second largest families.

Cards 169 – 173 (Solo colours cards)

No clarifications added.

Cards 174 – 196 (Solo rescue cards)

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Cards 197 – 206 (Solo Lesson cards)

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Cards 207 – 215 (Advanced solo Lesson cards)

No clarifications added.

Cards 216 – 219 (Cat reference cards)

No clarifications added.

The Isle of Cats Kickstarter Pack

All of these cards can be identified by the purple bag icon in the bottom left corner.

Cards 220 (Lesson card)

Cost: 2 fish.
Text: Pick a colour. 7 points if your boat contains a completed 5×5 area containing only the chosen colour.

Within your 5×5 area, all 25 squares must be filled by the chosen colour cat, there cannot be any empty spaces or treasures within the 25 squares.

Cards 221 (Lesson card)

Cost: 2 fish.
Text: 7 points per column containing only 1 colour cat and is at least 9 squares high.

All 9 squares must be filled by the chosen colour cat, there cannot be any empty spaces or treasures within the 9 squares.

Cards 222 (Lesson card)

Cost: 2 fish.
Text: 10 points per row containing only 1 colour cat and is at least 12 squares long.

All 12 squares must be filled by the chosen colour cat, there cannot be any empty spaces or treasures within the 12 squares.

Cards 223 – 227 (Lesson cards)

No clarifications added.

Cards 228 – 230 (Public lesson cards)

No clarifications added.

Card 231 (Public lesson card)

Cost: 2 fish.
Text: All players get -2 points per played lesson card they have not scored points for.

Public lesson cards do not count as lesson cards for any cards, so you do not lose points for public lesson cards you have not scored points for.

Cards 232 – 235 (Public lesson cards)

No clarifications added.

Cards 236 – 241 (Lesson cards)

No clarifications added.

Card 242 (Lesson card)

Cost: 2 fish.
Text: 7 points per column containing only treasure and is at least 9 squares high.

All 9 squares must be filled by treasure, there cannot be any empty spaces or cats within the 9 squares.

Card 243 (Lesson card)

No clarifications added.

Card 244 (Treasure card)

No clarifications added.

Cards 245 – 247 (Lesson cards)

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Card 248 – 249 (Anytime cards)

No clarifications added.

Card 250 – 255 (Rescue cards)

No clarifications added.

The Isle of Cats Late Arrivals Expansion

All of these cards can be identified by the brown treasure chest icon in the bottom left corner.

The Isle of Cats

Cards 256 – 257 (Oshax cards)

No clarifications added.

Cards 258 – 287 (Rescue cards)

No clarifications added.

Card 288 – 290 (Anytime cards)

No clarifications added.

Card 291 (Anytime card)

Cost: 2 fish.
Text: Discard 1 permanent basket, gain 5 fish.

You may discard a permanent basket which has already been used this round.

For example, you may rescue your first cat in a round using your permanent basket, then you may rescue your second cat using a temporary basket and play this card to discard the originally played permanent basket, to get enough fish to rescue the second cat.

You may not discard a permanent basket that you are in the middle of using, for example, if you use a permanent basket to rescue a cat, you may not discard it to get the fish to complete that rescue.

Cards 292 (Anytime card)

Cost: 2 fish.
Text: Gain 1 fish for each lesson card in front of you.

Public lesson cards do not count as lesson cards for any cards, so you do not gain fish for public lessons.

Card 293 (Anytime card)

No clarifications added.

Cards 294 – 295 (Anytime cards)

Cost: 1/2 fish.
Text: Discard any 1/2 treasures, gain 3/5 fish.

Discarded treasures go back to the box, they do not come back into play.

Cards 296 – 297 (Anytime cards)

Cost: 1 fish.
Text: Discard any 1 played lesson card, gain 4 fish.

Public lesson cards do not count as lesson cards for any cards, so you cannot discard public lesson cards.

Cards 298 – 299 (Anytime cards)

No clarifications added.

Card 300 (Anytime cards)

Cost: 2 fish.
Text: Discard any 2 played lesson card, gain 1 permanent basket.

Public lesson cards do not count as lesson cards for any cards, so you cannot discard public lesson cards.

Card 301 (Anytime card)

Cost: 3 fish.
Text: Discard any 2 treasures, gain 1 permanent basket.

Discarded treasures go back to the box, they do not come back into play.

Cards 302 – 308 (Treasure cards)

No clarifications added.

Cards 309 – 315 (Lesson cards)

No clarifications added.

Card 316 (Lesson card)

Cost: 2 fish.
Text: 7 points if you have exactly 1 blue, 2 purple, 3 yellow cats on your boat

This should say orange, not yellow.

Cards 317 – 323 (Lesson cards)

No clarifications added.

Card 324 (Lesson card)

Cost: 2 fish.
Text: 2 points for every yellow or green cat on your boat, whichever you have fewer of.

This should say orange, not yellow.

Card 325 (Lesson card)

No clarifications added.


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The Isle of Cats

  • Players: 1 – 4 (6 with expansion)
  • Ages: 8+
  • Playing time: 1 – 1.5 hours
  • Family mode: 30 – 60 minutes

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