Pathfinder Adventure Card Game

Searching and Examining


Sometimes a power allows you to search a stack of cards and choose any card of a particular type; that means you may look at every card in that stack and choose any card of that type. Unless instructed otherwise, shuffle the stack afterwards.


Sometimes a power allows you to examine one or more cards in a stack—that means looking at the specified card then putting it back where it came from. (Examining is not exploring, though it may happen during an exploration.) If you are examining a location, when determining which cards you are examining, consider only facedown cards.

If a power tells you to examine something until you find a particular card type, begin with the top card and stop when you find a card of the specified type. If you don’t find a card of that type, ignore any directions related to that card.

Examine the cards in the order you find them, and put them back in the same order unless instructed otherwise. If anything would cause you to shuffle the stack you are examining, shuffle only after you put back any examined cards that do not leave the stack.

Cards that have the Trigger trait have powers that happen when you examine that card. When a card has the Trigger trait, it’s highlighted in red and listed first so you can easily spot it. If you are examining multiple cards and a triggered power interrupts your examinations, set the remaining cards aside and examine them after you deal with the triggered power. While set aside, the cards still count as being in the location.

If a card tells you to examine a card and then encounter it, and the card you examine says that you encounter it when you examine it, encounter it only once.