Onitama (base game)


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Onitama Board Game

An Elegant and Simple Game of Martial Tactics

Carved into the crags of the mist-shrouded mountains of ancient Japan lies the Shrine of Onitama. It is a place of enlightenment and skill, a site dedicated to the spirits that guide the Schools of Martial Arts across the land.

Onitama is a two-player abstract strategy game where you take on the role of a Master, guiding your monk followers, in an attempt to defeat your opponent. Armed only with several moves, your wit, and cunning, do you have the skill to be victorious?

With multiple moves to make every game unique, the speed, the grace, and the unique play style of Onitama truly makes this an essential game for any gamer’s collection!

What is included?

  • 1 Roll-up playmat 'board'
  • 2 Master pawns
  • 8 Student pawns
  • 16 Move cards
  • 1 Rulebook

Multiple Paths to Victory

There are two methods to achieve victory in Onitama. The first is to capture your opponent’s Master, by landing on it with any of your pieces. The second is to move your Master across the board into your opponent’s Temple Arch space.

The Move Cards

In Onitama, the deck of move cards is shuffled, and two cards are dealt to each player face-up. A 5th card is also placed face-up, to the side of the board. When it is your turn, you may choose to move one of your pieces using one of your cards.

The Move Cards Pass Between Players

After you move one of your pieces with one of your cards, the card you use will be exchanged with the 5th card to the side of the board. This means your opponent will have access to that move, after their next!

Countless Card Combinations

Every game of Onitama utilizes only 5 cards from the 16 card deck, providing an incredible amount of variety and replay value. If you're looking for more, check out the Onitama Sensei's Path Expansion that includes an additional 16 unique, new cards!


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