Ligretto - Rules

Ligretto is a card game. The rules of Ligretto are quite simple. The whole game is somewhat similar to a simple Solitairebecause in both games the cards are stacked on top of each other in order of increasing rank, according to the suit of the cards.

Frequently asked questions

❓ How many people can play Ligretto?

The game is suitable for 2 to 4 people.

❓ From what age can I play Ligretto?

According to Ligretto rules, the age of play is 8 years and above.

❓ How long is the average length of a game of Ligretto?

In most cases, you'll play for about 10 minutes.

❓ What is the Ligretto game set?

The game consists of:

160 cards (4 decks of 40 cards);


❓ How can Ligretto be adapted to be played by more than 4 people?

There are three types of Ligretto playing cards (boxes of three different colours). If you buy a total of three sets, you can increase the number of players to 12.

The game of Ligretto and its purpose

The most important thing in this game is to score as many points as possible. These are scored by placing cards on the table. All the time you have to try to get all your Ligretto wood out as quickly as possible.

The game of Ligretto and its cards

Preparing for the game

Cards are divided into separate decks according to the symbols on the backs of the cards. Each deck must contain 40 cards. Each player is given one deck. They must shuffle it well. Each person turns over and places in front of him/her as many cards as the rules of the game require:

  • 2 people play 5 cards face up;
  • 3 people - 4 cards;
  • 4 players or more - 3 cards.

These cards will henceforth be referred to as "Player's Turn". Once the cards are on the table, you then need to take another 10 cards from your deck and place them in the face-up deck next to you. This will be the "Ligretto wood".

The remaining cards are used face down. The player takes them into his hand. This will be known as the 'hidden deck'.

Cards dealt and the course of play

Ligretto rules

One of the players calls out "Ligretto". The people playing must then get rid of their cards as quickly as possible. The cards must be placed in the middle of the table according to certain rules. The number written on the card determines what to do with it.

  • 1 - This card is placed directly on the table. It starts new stacks.
  • Other cards can only be stacked on top of each other if they are the same colour and the number written on them is greater than one.

e.g. blue 2 can only be placed on blue 1. Blue 3 can only be placed on blue 2. And so on. Remember that blue 1 is placed directly on the table.

Cards can be placed in the middle of any card table. Who placed the first card is completely irrelevant in this game.

There may be several stacks of the same colour on the table, which players can fill.

The first cards used are the row or "Ligretto wood" cards. If there are no such cards available, the player then turns over the top three cards of his "hidden deck". If at least one of the three cards is suitable for replenishing the stacks on the table, then they may be used. When there are no suitable cards, these three cards are discarded and three new cards are revealed. When the deck of "hidden cards" runs out. It is shuffled and used again in the next game.

Ligretto game and new edition cards laid out on the table

Ligretto wood

When a player takes a card or cards from his 'queue', he takes from the top of the 'Ligretto wood' as many cards as he needs to complete the 'queue'. This is repeated until one of the players finishes his Ligretto wood and calls 'Ligretto stop'.

Calculation of Ligrett points

"Hidden decks" and "queue" cards do not contribute to the scoring, so we put them aside.

Sort all the cards on the table according to the symbols on their backs. For each card on the table, the player gets 1 point. You can tell whose cards are whose by the symbols on the backs of the cards. The number of cards left in the 'Ligretto wood' is then calculated. For each card, the player is deducted two points.

The game of Ligretto and its rules state that whoever scores the most points wins.

Playing cards with different numbers and colours

Ligretto for the experienced

"The queue in this game becomes a temporary warehouse. Players can place cards from their 'Ligrett's wood' or 'hidden deck'. It is important to follow these rules:

  1. The cards are placed in descending order only;
  2. The card must be of a different colour than the previous one.

How to increase the number of players?

Three sets of cards - Ligretto rules for more players

Ligretto can be even more exciting with up to 12 people playing. In this case, you need to use Ligretto sets of different colours. Two boxes allow 8 people to play. Three boxes allow 12 people. It is important that the boxes have different colours. Game rating and reviews in English.