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"Nubatama" (ぬばたま) is a clan from the nation of Dragon Empire, and introduced in Booster Set 1: Descent of the King of Knights, although the clan was unsupported until Booster Set 13: Catastrophic Outbreak, two seasons after its introduction. In the lore, they are one of the Dragon Empire's espionage corps, with a focus on gathering intelligence. This clan has no known leader, although it does seem to be led by the "Congo" faction. In the events of the Cardfight!! Vanguard G series, a shadow dragon has a fateful meeting with a demon from the past, one that would affect both Planet Cray and Planet Earth greatly.


This clan's playstyle revolves around the themes of "stealth and sabotage". The clan focuses on reducing the opponent's resources, either directly by forcing them to discard, or indirectly by binding cards so they cannot be used to guard until the turn's end. Nubatama also gains various benefits for binding cards, including power bonuses or gaining the ability to send those cards to the drop zone. The stealth aspect is reinforced with their keyword "Afterimage", which allows them to return rear-guards to their hand once an opponent's bound card is returned to their hand. This allows them to use hit-and-run tactics throughout the game to keep their important units safe.

This clan gained a second keyword in Cardfight!! Vanguard G: NEXT based around taking control of the opponent's units and forcing them to attack their allies, aptly named "Dominate". This is the ability given to the shadow dragon by the demon from the past and thus is only used by Shiranui and his followers. While the keyword itself takes control of the opponent's rear-guards, there are some cards that force the opponent to revive cards from the drop zone, while others give power when a Dominated rear-guard attacks, allowing for more targets to control and weaker rear-guards to gain enough power to attack the opponent's vanguard.


What is Nubatama? (Card of the Day, 18th December 2015)

It is the Espionage Corp of "Dragon Empire", the militant nation of the dragons. Its members are experts who master the unique martial arts and dark arts passed in the eastern territory of the Empire. Their main mission is intelligence collection and spying. Led by black dragons said to be born from darkness itself, the corps is relentless, not hesitant of self-sacrifice if ordered. To them, "accomplishment of missions" is more important than their lives.

Some Factions of Nubatama

Known/Notable Fighters


This clan is based off of ninjas and dragons, which is apparent in their designs and playstyles. As a clan of the Dragon Empire, most of the units here are dragons, although there are some creatures and demons as well. Like its counterpart Murakumo, the clan is heavily influenced by Japanese culture, with a darker color scheme and a focus on shadows and destruction. Most of the units have "Stealth" in their titles, as well as a type of stealth, and a form of being, whether it be "Beast", "Fiend", "Rogue", or "Dragon". The Shura Stealth Dragons share the suffix "-congo", as "Congo" is a familial clan inside Nubatama. The inhabitants of this clan are beasts, dragons, ghosts, and demons.

Sets containing Nubatama cards

Booster Sets

Technical Boosters

Trial Decks

Fighters Collection


Unique Races

Shared Races




List of Nubatama cards

Grade 0

Grade 1

Grade 2

Grade 3

Grade 4


  • Nubatama (射干玉) are the seeds of Iris Domestica. This word is used as a metaphor of "black".
  • Nubatama was the clan that took the longest amount of time before becoming fully playable after its initial debut.
  • The Abyss Dragon G units has the tradition of having the phrase "rakan" at the end of their names, which is taken from the word "羅漢", which translates to "Achiever of Nirvana".
  • The "Rikudo" (六道, literally Six Paths) from the G units name refers to The Six Domains of the Desire realm in Buddhism.
  • The "Enma" (閻魔) from the G units name refers to Yama, the one who judges the dead.
  • Nubatama is one of 13 clans which does not have at least one Яeverse unit.