The Queen of Cards
Side Quests

You can begin the Queen of Card side quest as early as the first time you enter Balamb, or more appropriately, just before you head out on the Dollet SeeD mission (this point in the game).

Through the Queen of Cards side quest you can earn several top-notch cards including the Kiros Card, the Irvine Card, the Chubby Chocobo Card, the Doomtrain Card and the Phoenix Card. You can complete the entirety of this quest once you obtain access to the Ragnarok at the end of Disc 3 or you can complete portions of the quest at various points of the game during the regular story.

If you are just starting the Queen of Cards side quest fresh you should be able to locate the Queen of Cards at Balamb near the train station (as shown in the screenshot at the top right).

How does the Queen of Cards side quest work?

The Queen herself does not actually have any of the rare cards listed above. In order to get the each of those rare cards you will have to lose a card to her first. Every time you lose a specific rare card to the Queen she will move to some other town.

When she moves to Dollet you can speak with her and you will be presented with the option to ask her about her father, at which point her father will use the card you lost to her as inspiration to create another card. So which cards do you need to lose?

Card Lost to the Queen Card That She Creates
MiniMog Triple Triad Card MiniMog Card Kiros Triple Triad Card Kiros Card
Sacred Triple Triad Card Sacred Card Irvine Triple Triad Card Irvine Card
Chicobo Triple Triad Card Chicobo Card Chubby Chocobo Triple Triad Card Chubby Chocobo Card
Alexander Triple Triad Card Alexander Card Doomtrain Triple Triad Card Doomtrain Card
Doomtrain Triple Triad Card Doomtrain Card Phoenix Triple Triad Card Phoenix Card

Each time you ask the Queen of Cards about her artisan father she will give you a hint as to where you can find the newly created card. The Queen of Cards, nor her father, nor her son hold the new card. Here is where you can find them:

Card Where you can find it...
Kiros Triple Triad Card

Kiros Card

You can win the Kiros Card in Deling City. Make your way to the Galbadia Hotel and continue down the street to the south. The next screen should contain the weapon shop on the right side of the street and there should be a man in black standing across the street from the shops. He holds the Kiros Card.

Man in black outside the Galbadia Hotel in Deling City
Irvine Triple Triad Card

Irvine Card

You can win the Irvine Card by challenging the wife of Mayor Dobe in Fisherman’s Horizon. The Mayor (and his wife) is located in the center of the solar panel dish in the middle of town.

Meeting with Mayor Dobe and Flo in Fisherman’s Horizon (FH)
Chubby Chocobo Triple Triad Card

Chubby Chocobo Card

You can win this card from a man sitting outside of the library in Balamb Garden.

Card Player in Balamb Garden
Doomtrain Triple Triad Card

Doomtrain Card

You can win the Doomtrain Card by heading to Timber and challenging the pub owner. Just note that he very rarely uses the Doomtrain Card and you may have to challenge him to a lot of card games. The pub owner is the one at the back right area of the pub – he is the only person in the pub you can play cards against and he immediately challenges you to a card game even if you just want to chat.

Squall meeting up with the Queen of Cards in Dollet
Phoenix Triple Triad Card

Phoenix Card

You can obtain the Phoenix Card by heading to Esthar and challenging the Presidential Aide in the Presidential Palace. The Aide can be found in the room where Squall first dropped Rinoa off in.

Playing cards against the Presidential Aide in Esthar

How do I get my old cards back?

You can win your old cards back by challenging her son. You can find the Queen’s son by heading south from the bar where the Queen is located. Follow the child into the doorway on the right side of the street and challenge the kid to a game of cards.

Is it possible to get abolish the “Random" rule in Dollet?

Yes - click on the link for more information about how to abolish the Random rule to make playing cards in Dollet much easier.

What locations can the Queen of Cards move to and how do I find her?

Each time you lose a rare card to the Queen of Cards or win a rare card back from her she will move to another location. You will have to lose good cards to her and win the back in order to make her move all over the map. To make most of your questing easier though it is best to have her move between the town of Balamb and the town of Dollet. To ensure that she moves to those towns specifically just save before you challenge her and reset the game if she says that she is moving to one of the other towns.

Here is a list of locations that she can move to as well as the percentage of likelihood of which location she will choose:

Queen of Cards Locations
Current Location New Location
Balamb Dollet (37.5%), Deling City (62.5%)
Dollet Balamb (37.5%), Deling City (62.5%)
Deling City (Galbadia) Balamb (12.5%), Dollet (12.5%), Winhill (12.5%) or Fisherman’s Horizon (62.5%)
Fisherman’s Horizon Dollet (12.5%), Winhill (25.0%) or Esthar (62.5%)
Winhill (Centra) Deling City (37.5%), Dollet (37.5%) or Fisherman’s Horizon (25.0%)
Esthar Dollet (12.5%), Shumi Village (25.0%), Fisherman’s Horizon (12.5%) or Lunar Gate (50.0%)
Shumi Village (Trabia) Balamb (25.0%), Balamb (25.0%), Dollet (25.0%) or Lunar Gate (25.0%)
Lunar Gate Random Location with no clue given as to where

And here is where you can find her in each of the locations she mentions:

Card Where you can find it...
Balamb Town At the train station. Meeting the Queen of Cards in Balamb Town
Dollet At the pub in the middle of town on the second floor. Meeting the Queen of Cards in Dollet
Galbadia Deling City at the hotel where Laguna first met Raine. Meeting the Queen of Cards at Galbadia Hotel in Deling City
Fisherman’s Horizon Next to the save point at the train tracks. Meeting with the Queen of Cards in Fisherman’s Horizon
Trabia In Shumi Village at the hotel. Meeting with the Queen of Cards in Trabia Garden
Centra The hotel in Winhill. Meeting with the Queen of Cards in Centra in Winhill
Esthar In the presidential palace right when you step off the elevator.
Somewhere Far Away At the Lunar Gate. Meeting with the Queen of Cards at the Lunar Gate