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How-to Play Using "Defense Tokens" - Star Wars Armada Explained (SWAE)

Instructions and hints by Karneck


This is the fourth of six steps during an attack after step 3: Modifying Dice.

The defender can spend one or more of its defense tokens. He cannot spend any single defense token more than once per attack, and he cannot spend more than one defense token of each type per attack. If the defender’s speed is “0,” he cannot spend any defense tokens.

Source: RRG 1.5.0 p.2 , p.5

The next step during attack is Resolve Damage.


The defender has to declare which defense tokens he spends, before the Resolve Damage step. However the effects of some defense tokens take place before the attacker can resolve a critical effect, some after that. All declared defense tokens must be spent, even if no effect takes place.

Defense tokens to resolve before critical effect:[]

  • Green-defensetokenA.png Scatter: The defender cancels all attack dice.
  • Green-defensetokenB.png Evade: According to range, the defender chooses and cancels 1-2 attack dice or he chooses 1-2 attack dice to be rerolled.
  • Swm11 contain token.pngContain: Prevent the attacker from resolving the standard critical effect.

Defense tokens to resolve after critical effect:[]

  • Green-defensetokenC.png Brace: When damage is totaled, the defender reduces the total to half, rounded up.
  • Green-defensetokenD.png Redirect: The defender may suffer any amount of damage on 1 adjacent hull zone before the defending hull zone.