Rules of Exploding Kittens: How to Play Exploding Kittens?

 Kevin Brown
  Mar 11, 2019

A card game that has been developed Elan Lee and Mantthew Inman is known as Exploding kittens and they got this concept from the comics site The Oatmeal and Shane Small. In order to play wisely refer the following Exploding Kittens Rules.

Exploding Kittens Game

Exploding Kittens rules – How to play?

  • Firstly, remove all the exploding kittens and defuse cards from the deck, place them on the table.
  • Then the deck has to be shuffled and place 4 cards (face down) in front of each player.
  • After that place one more card in front of the players so that now the players will have 5 cards with them.
  • Keep back Exploding Kittens into the deck. But make sure that you place the Exploding kittens one less than the players playing by this everyone shall explode except one player. For an instance, if there are 5 players present during the game then insert 4 Kittens and if there are 3 players playing this game then insert 2 kittens.
  • Place all the extra defuse cards back in the deck.
  • Then the deck should be shuffled and place at the middle of the table. By doing so the draw pile is ready for the game.
  • Select mutually a player for the first turn. For an instance, one can select by randomly quickly playing stone, paper and scissor.

Exploding Kitten strategy for beginners

Remember, the most important thing that if you explode you will lose and if you do not explode you will ultimately win.

In short, there will be a deck of cards in which there will be Exploding Kittens. Then all you need to is place the deck face down and continue playing the cards. Wait till someone draws an Exploding Kitten and when this happens the person will be exploded, will be out of the game. It will continue until a player is left and that player will be the winner of the game. So, what are you waiting for? Go and play!

Game Components:

  1. Deck of Cards
  2. Rule Book

The number of players:

  • This game can be played with 2 players but there will be more fun if atleast 4 players participate in this game. More the players, more fun during the game. But avoid a larger group because it will be super boring if you are out of the game. Once a player is out of the game will have to sit around and simply watch the game. Players are requested to refer the exploding kittens rules before playing the game.

Main motive of the Game:

In this game if you explode then you will lose the Game. If you do not explode then you will win and also with all of the other cards.

Merits and demerits of Exploding Kittens:


  • The artwork on the cards is unique and fantastic.
  • You will love to read the comics.


  • At times the content combination is hilarious but it works.

Exploding kittens Game Cards

Exploding kittens

  • Try to discard all your cards including the Exploding Card.


Place the defuse card in the discard pile when you drew Exploding Kitten


A player must stop any action except of Exploding Kitten or Defuse Card.


In order to attack, end your turn if you have any kind of intuition and your turn will be passed to other player. After the first turn is completed then the next turn will also be done by him or her.


Without drawing a card end your turn.


You can force any player to give you a card from their hand. You cannot choose which card you want rather the other will choose which card will be given to you from their hand.


A player will shuffle the Draw Pile until player asks to stop. Well, this should be done when you are know that an Exploding Kitten coming.

Think about the future

Have a look secretly at the top 3 cards from the Draw Pile and then put them back at the same place. Do this in such a way that other players are not aware about this.

Cat Cards

These Cat Cards will help you to steal from other players. Learn how to steal from the following content:


  1. Two of a kind:
  • In order to steal a card you need to play any two of a kind into the discard pile.

2. Three of a kind:

  • By playing three of a kind will help you to NAME a card that you want and then select a player of your own choice that will give you that card.

3. Five Different kinds:

  • If you have recently played any 5 cards that have different icons at the corners then you have a chance to pick a card from the Discard Pile.

Games like exploding kittens

Exploding Kittens Original

  • This version is favorable for family and friends.
  • Languages in which this game is available are Danish, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Polish and Finnish.

Exploding Kittens First Edition

  • Any age group can play this game.
  • The box will MEOWS when you will open it and it will never be off in trend.

Exploding Kittens Party Pack

  • This game allows up to 10 players to play.
  • When the box is opened it plays party music.
  • There are selected cards from the originals and expansions.

Imploding Kittens

  • Except only Party Pack it is compatible with all of the versions of Exploding Kittens.
  • There are 20 cards added such as Alter and Feral Cat.
  • There is also an indicator which is of human sized.

Streaking Kittens

  • There are 15 cards added for amazing strategy.
  • Except only Party Pack it is compatible with all of the versions of Exploding Kittens.

Exploding Kittens Apps

  • In this game there is a single player mode.
  • It can be downloaded from App Store and Goggle Store.
  • The left cards in the Draw Pile should be counted.
  • There will be no need to reshuffle the cards because you will not face a situation where you run out of cards.
  • No rule for minimum or maximum hand size in this game.
  • If in case, you run out of the cards then you have no choice. All you need to is continue playing game and you will draw at least 1 more card on your next turn.
  • In order to play fairly refer the exploding kitten rules.
Rules of Exploding Kittens: How to Play Exploding Kittens?

Kevin Brown

Kevin Brown is a journalist at his own start-up, born and residing in Seattle, Washington. He has a knack of reading up newspaper articles and coming up with summaries and points of view, hence taking up a profession similar to his interest. Simply covering events and activities is something he can do as good as a professional, but he seems to enjoy writing on events that needs view points and suggestions.

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