MetaZoo’s Frequently Asked Questions


Here’s a long list of the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding MetaZoo, with detailed answers for all 42 questions.

42 Frequently Asked Questions

  • A List of MetaZoo Games' Michael Waddell Interviews & More Neat Stuff


    Over the course of the first few weeks of launching MetaZoo HQ, I found myself watching a lot of Mike/Michael Waddell interviews in an attempt to learn as much as I can about him, MetaZoo Games and the MetaZoo trading card game to share with all of you.

    I figured, since I have all of the links already, why not share it with all of you to listen and/or watch at your own leisure. It also includes notes that I’ve taken for some of the interviews, and some other really neat stuff! 🙂

    >> VIEW THE INTERVIEWS & MY NOTES HERE

  • What is the MetaZoo Trading Card Game?


    The MetaZoo trading/collectible card game is based around cryptids and folklore from across the globe. The first set, named Cryptid Nation, was released on July 30th, 2021 and focuses on cryptids and powerful artifacts based out of the United States of America.

    Future sets will focus on cryptids from other countries around the world, while new sets will also be created based out of the United States as well.

    In the words of MetaZoo Games themselves:

    MetaZoo™ is a Collectible Card Game with groundbreaking mechanics that break the 4th Wall. Choose where you play wisely, because your surroundings dictate how powerful your cards are! Cast Water Spells when it’s raining to increase their effectiveness and partner Dark Beasties during nighttime to augment their power. It’s not enough to build a powerful deck anymore, you might choose your Arena!MetaZoo Games LLC

    LEARN MORE ABOUT METAZOO & METAZOO GAMES

  • Who is MetaZoo Games LLC?


    MetaZoo Games LLC was founded by Michael A. Waddell in 2020 in New York City, New York, and now consists of over thirty people responsible for the ever-growing MetaZoo trading card game that initially launched through a successfully funded Kickstarter campaign backed by 255 people with a pool of $18,249 in late 2020.

    Over the course of the months since, the team has worked hard to ensure that other MetaZoo products and accessories were made available, and has made quick partnerships with companies and people such as Topps and Steve Aoki.

    MetaZoo Games continues to expand its line of available products with haste, and has ambitious but reachable goals for many, many years down the road, including, but not limited to a Netflix series, a movie, physical coin dispensaries, pre-built 4th wall game arenas, and so much more.

    LEARN MORE ABOUT METAZOO & METAZOO GAMES

  • What are MetaZoo Games' Official Websites?
  • What are MetaZoo Games' Social Media Accounts?


    Here’s a full list of every one of MetaZoo Games’ social media accounts to date:

    METAZOO GAMES ON FACEBOOK:
    facebook.com/metazoogames

    METAZOO GAMES ON INSTAGRAM:
    instagram.com/metazoogames

    METAZOO GAMES ON TWITTER:
    twitter.com/metazoogames

    METAZOO GAMES ON YOUTUBE:
    youtube.com/metazoogames

    METAZOO GAMES ON TWITCH:
    twitch.tv/metazoogames

    METAZOO GAMES ON REDDIT:
    reddit.com/metazoogames

    METAZOO GAMES ON DISCORD:
    discord.com/metazoogames

    METAZOO GAMES ON TIK TOK:
    tiktok.com/metazoogames

    METAZOO GAMES ON LINKEDIN:
    linkedin.com/metazoogames

  • How Do You Play the MetaZoo TCG?


    Looking to learn the basics on how to play the MetaZoo trading card game?

    Here is a ~6 minute video created by MetaZoo Games themselves that explains exactly how to play their MetaZoo TCG.

  • How and Where Can I Play MetaZoo Online?


    If you’re interested in playing the MetaZoo trading card game online with other players, you are able to do so via Tabletop Simulator (TTS).

    Tabletop Simulator is available via Steam for USD$19.99 right here. It can only be played on PC, and you will need a free Steam account.

    MetaZoo is not an official Tabletop Simulator game at this time, however a MetaZoo TTS mod was developed by Steam user Tiresome Lime that initially launched on March 29th, 2021.

    Subscribe to the mod right here. This is required to play.


    To learn how to install and play MetaZoo on TTS, have a look at this helpful YouTube video released by Kevin Cote.


    MORE ABOUT TABLETOP SIMULATOR:

    Tabletop Simulator was developed and published by Berserk Games and initially released on June 5th, 2015.

    In the words Berserk Games themselves:

    Tabletop Simulator is the only simulator where you can let your aggression out by flipping the table! There are no rules to follow: just you, a physics sandbox, and your friends. Make your own online board games or play the thousands of community created mods. Unlimited gaming possibilities!Berserk Games

  • What 4th Wall Items Are Allowed in Gameplay?


    In alphabetical order, here are all of the 4th Wall items that you can use in MetaZoo TCG gameplay:

    1. American Flag
    2. Balloon
    3. Banana
    4. Bandage
    5. Bell
    6. Bug-like Figure
    7. Camouflage
    8. Candy
    9. Coal
    10. Coin
    11. Cross
    12. Damaged MetaZoo Product
    13. Dirt
    14. Fire, Representation of
    15. Fishing Rod
    16. Flannel Shirt
    17. Gelatin
    18. Ice
    19. Jacket/Sweater
    20. Leather Belt
    21. Light Bulb
    22. Mirror
    23. NASA Symbol
    24. Neon/Glowing Light
    25. Official MetaZoo Merchandise
    26. Orange Pumpkin
    27. Piece of Cardboard
    28. Plant
    29. Radio
    30. Red Beverage
    31. Shorts/Dress/Kilt
    32. Stone
    33. Tinfoil
    34. Vampire Fangs/Jewelry
    35. Water
    36. White Clothing
  • What are the MetaZoo Card Rarities?


    The card rarities for the MetaZoo Cryptid Nation blocks are:

    BRONZE / COMMON

    Bronze Common MetaZoo Rarity


    SILVER / UNCOMMON

    Silver Uncommon MetaZoo Rarity


    GOLD / RARE

    Silver Uncommon MetaZoo Rarity


    PLATINUM / MEDAL

  • What are the MetaZoo Aura Types & Icons? (Updated Jan 7, 2022)


    There are a total of 10 different Aura types in MetaZoo’s Cryptid Nation trading card game set block.

    The Aura types and icons for Cryptid Nation: Base Set & Nightfall, in alphabetical order, are:

    COSMIC AURA

    MetaZoo Cosmic Aura Icon


    DARK AURA

    MetaZoo Dark Aura Icon


    EARTH AURA

    MetaZoo Earth Aura Icon


    FLAME AURA

    MetaZoo Flame Aura Icon


    FOREST AURA

    MetaZoo Forest Aura Icon


    FROST AURA

    MetaZoo Frost Aura Icon


    LIGHT AURA

    MetaZoo Light Aura Icon


    LIGHTNING AURA

    MetaZoo Lightning Aura Icon


    SPIRIT AURA

    MetaZoo Spirit Aura Icon


    WATER AURA

    MetaZoo Water Aura Icon


    The Aura types and their new icons (announced in the MetaZoo Discord server on Dec 6, 2021) for Cryptid Nation: Wilderness, in the same order, are:

    NEW COSMIC AURA

    New Cosmic Aura


    NEW DARK AURA

    New Dark Aura


    NEW EARTH AURA

    New Earth Aura


    NEW FLAME AURA

    New Flame Aura


    NEW FOREST AURA

    New Forest Aura


    NEW FROST AURA

    New Frost Aura


    NEW LIGHT AURA

    New Light Aura


    NEW LIGHTNING AURA

    New Lightning Aura


    NEW SPIRIT AURA

    New Spirit Aura


    NEW WATER AURA

    New Water Aura

  • Is There an Online MetaZoo Store Locator?


    There is an official MetaZoo Store Locator that you can take a look at right here.

    However, I want to make note that there are some store locations that either do not know about the Store Locator’s existence, or, would rather not be listed on the public Store Locator as it can become too cumbersome.

    With that being said, I highly suggest giving your local game stores a call to see if they have any MetaZoo in stock.

  • Where Can I Buy MetaZoo TCG Product?


    MetaZoo products can be found at a number of places. Here’s how you can get your hands on some:

    Official MetaZoo Marketplace – Straight from MetaZoo Games themselves, there is a wide array of MetaZoo card products, apparel and accessories up for sale.

    Official MetaZoo Store Locator – Find a store near you that was open to being listed on this public map.

    * Note that many business owners would rather opt out of having their stores listed on the publicly visible Store Locator page, as it can become cumbersome. Also note that some local game stores won’t be selling at MSRP.

    With the notice above in mind, I highly suggest that you give your local game store(s) a call to see if they have any MetaZoo product in stock. You just may be surprised.


    Added Dec 26, 2021: Exclusive MetaZoo packs will be available at over 4,000 Walmart locations across the United States starting in January, 2022. The first Walmart exclusive MetaZoo product will be a box that include 3x MetaZoo Cryptid Nation 2nd Edition booster packs and a Walmart exclusive Piasa Bird promo card.

  • What are the MetaZoo TCG Product MSRPs/RRPs?


    Here are the prices that were being charged directly from MetaZoo Games on the MetaZoo Marketplace, and was what you’d expect to pay at the time of their release.

    The cost of some of these products, especially with the smaller print runs the further you go back in time, have gotten really expensive on the secondary market in a very short period.


    CRYPTID NATION: BASE SET
    KICKSTARTER

    From Kickstarter:

    • Booster Box: USD$40/$50.00
    • Spellbook: USD$20.00
    • Theme Deck: USD$7.00
    • Blister Pack: USD$5.00

    Later, from MetaZoo Marketplace/LGSs:

    • Booster Box: USD$79.99 ↑ 59.98%
    • Spellbook: USD$34.99 ↑ 74.95%
    • Theme Deck: USD$8.99 ↑ 28.43%
    • Blister Pack: USD$3.99 ↓ 20.20%

    CRYPTID NATION: BASE SET
    1ST EDITION
    • Booster Box: USD$99.99 ↑ 25.00%
    • Spellbook: USD$39.99 ↑ 14.28%
    • Theme Deck: USD$9.99 ↑ 11.12%
    • Blister Pack: USD$4.99 ↑ 25.06%
    • Release Deck: USD$19.99

    CRYPTID NATION: NIGHTFALL
    1ST EDITION
    • Booster Box: USD$139.99 ↑ 40.00%
    • Spellbook: USD$49.99 ↑ 25.01%
    • Theme Deck: USD$14.99 ↑ 50.05%
    • Blister Pack: USD$4.99
    • Release Deck: USD$19.99
    OTHER NIGHTFALL PRODUCTS
    • Halloween 2020 2nd Ed Promo Pack(?): USD$2.99
    • Halloween 2021 1st Ed Promo Pack(?): USD$2.99
    • Pin Club x Cryptid Nation Mystery Collection(?): USD$14.99
    • Pin Club x Nightfall Mystery Collection(?): USD$14.99
    • 10 Christmas Promo Packs + Wrapping Paper(?): USD$29.99

    CRYPTID NATION: BASE SET
    2ND EDITION
    • Booster Box: USD$139.99
    • Spellbook: USD$49.99
    • Theme Deck: USD$14.99
    • Blister Pack: USD$4.99
    • Release Deck: USD$19.99

    CRYPTID NATION: WILDERNESS
    1ST EDITION
    • Booster Box: TBA
    • Spellbook: TBA
    • Theme Deck: TBA
    • Blister Pack: TBA
    • Release Deck: TBA
  • What Distributors Does MetaZoo Use?


    Here is a list of distributors that are being used by MetaZoo Games around the world.

    STORES BASED IN THE UNITED STATES:
    • Golden Distribution,
    • Channel Fireball, and
    • Peachstate Hobby Distribution
    STORES BASED IN CANADA:
    • Universal Distribution
    STORES BASED IN AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND:
    • Let’s Play Games
    STORES BASED IN EUROPE/UK:
    • Asmodee Announced Nov. 24, 2021
  • What Companies are Printing MetaZoo Cards?


    As of November 2021, all MetaZoo cards and sets (Sample cards, Kickstarter cards, Cryptid Nation 1st & 2nd Edition and Nightfall 1st Edition), were printed by Bayaya Board Game Co., based out of Guangdong, China.

    Going forward into 2022, as of the Wilderness or UFO set (unconfirmed which set will be first), MetaZoo cards will be printed by the more-reputable and premium company Cartamundi; one of the largest playing card manufacturers in the world, and is based out of Turnhout, Belgium, with over 2,200 employees worldwide. Cartamundi maintains manufacturing facilities in Canvey Island (UK), Altenburg (Germany), Saint-Max (France), Krakow (Poland), Mumbai (India), Soka (Japan), and Dallas, Texas (United States).

  • How Many MetaZoo Booster Boxes are in a Half Case / Master Case?


    MetaZoo booster box cases have undergone changes from set-to-set. Here’s the details for Cryptid Nation: Base Set 1st Edition and Nightfall 1st Edition.

    Cryptid Nation: Base Set 2nd Edition and beyond will be using the same or similar case/master case configurations as Nightfall 1st Edition.

     

    There are 18 Booster Boxes in a Cryptid Nation: Base Set – 1st Edition Case:

    MetaZoo Cryptid Nation Base Set 1st Edition Booster Box Case

    Thanks to LifeOfABean for finding this photo


    Due to unexpected experiences with shipping and handling of MetaZoo’s premier trading card game set; Cryptid Nation: Base Set 1st Edition, changes to the case configuration (double brown-boxed) occurred as of their next set release; Nightfall.

    There are 6 Booster Boxes in a Cryptid Nation: Nightfall – 1st Edition Case:

    MetaZoo Cryptid Nation NIGHTFALL 1st Edition Booster Box Case

    And 12 Booster Boxes (2 Cases) in a Nightfall – 1st Edition Master Case:

    MetaZoo Cryptid Nation NIGHTFALL 1st Edition Booster Box MASTERCase

    Huge thanks to Argos Anon for taking these two photos for me!

  • Will MetaZoo Sets Always Premiere in 1st Edition?


    Newly released MetaZoo sets will always premiere in 1st Edition.

    This will hold true whether or not 2nd Edition and/or other print runs are released.

  • What are the MetaZoo Card Dimensions?


    MetaZoo cards are 63mm x 88mm, or 2.48in x 3.46in.

    The cards are 330 GSM in thickness.

    They have rounded corners.

    MetaZoo TCG Card Dimensions

  • What Grading Companies Accept MetaZoo Cards?


    Wondering where to grade your MetaZoo cards? MetaZoo cards are currently being accepted for grading and authentication by:

    1. PSA / Professional Sports Authenticator
    2. BGS / Beckett Grading Services
    3. CGC / Certified Guaranty Company – Announced Dec 2021
    4. DSG / Diamond Service Grading
    5. HGA / Hybrid Grading Approach
    6. SGC / Sportscard Guaranty Corporation
    7. PCG / Premier Card Grading – Announced Dec 20, 2021
  • What is a MetaZoo God Pack?


    God packs are extremely rare, and you’ll be very pleased if you ever have the opportunity to open one.

    Instead of getting one full/reverse holo card in your pack, every single card will be full/reverse holo!

  • Are MetaZoo Booster Packs Weighable?


    I am pleased to inform you that, no, MetaZoo booster packs are not weighable. This includes, but is not limited to Cryptid Nation 1st Edition and Nightfall 1st Edition booster packs.

    The reason for this is because every booster pack contains either a full holographic or a reverse holographic card; both of which are printed on full foil sheets.

  • How Many Cryptid Nation Sample Cards Were Printed?


    There were a total of 100 different sample cards in the “set”, with each one having exactly 100 copies printed.

    With a bit of easy math, this tells us that there were a total of 10,000 MetaZoo Cryptid Nation sample cards that have ever come out of the printers.

    >> MORE INFO & PHOTOS OF SOME SAMPLE CARDS

  • When was the Cryptid Nation Kickstarter Campaign?


    The MetaZoo Cryptid Nation Kickstarter project was initiated on July 30th, 2020. It was 50% funded by a pool of exactly 100 people in the first 3 days, with a goal set of $10,000.

    By the time the Kickstarter campaign had ended on August 30th, 2020; 30 days after it had began, 255 people had pledged a total of $18,249.

    The Cryptid Nation Kickstarter products were shipped out to pledgers in February & March of 2021; just a few months after the Kickstarter campaign had officially ended.

  • How Many Cards are in Cryptid Nation Kickstarter Booster Packs?


    There are 9 cards in every Cryptid Nation: Kickstarter booster pack.

    Those cards are:

    • 4x Bronze Rarity Non-Holo Cards
    • 3x Silver Rarity Non-Holo Cards
    • 1x FH Gold or RH Gold or RH Silver Card
    • 1x Terra Card
  • How Many Cards in Cryptid Nation 1st Edition Booster Packs?


    There are 10 cards in every MetaZoo Cryptid Nation: Base Set 1st Edition booster pack.

    Those cards are:

    • 4x Bronze Rarity Non-Holo Cards
    • 3x Silver Rarity Non-Holo Cards
    • 1x FH Gold or RH Gold or RH Silver
    • 1x Terra Card
    • 1x Aura Card

    >> VIEW THE CARD SET LISTS FOR CRYPTID NATION: BASE SET

  • How Many Cards are in Nightfall 1st Edition Booster Packs?


    There are 12 cards in every Cryptid Nation: Nightfall – 1st Edition booster pack.

    Those cards are:

    • 4x Bronze Rarity Non-Holo Cards
    • 3x Silver Rarity Non-Holo Cards
    • 1x Gold Rarity Non-Holo Card
    • 1x FH Gold or RH Gold or RH Silver Card
    • 1x Token Card
    • 1x Terra Card
    • 1x Aura Card

    >> VIEW THE CARD SET LISTS FOR CRYPTID NATION: NIGHTFALL

  • What are the Cryptid Nation Kickstarter Print Runs?


    Here are the full print-run numbers for MetaZoo’s Cryptid Nation: Base Set Kickstarter product releases.

    BOOSTER BOXES:

    • 2,500

    SPELLBOOKS:

    • 1,000

    RELEASE DECKS:

    • 2,500

    TRIBAL THEME DECKS:

      • 500 x Alpha Iceman
      • 500 x Dingbelle Ring Leader
      • 500 x Salamander Queen
      • 500 x Hopkinsville Goblin King
      • 500 x Pukwudgie Chieftain
    • 2,500 total

    BLISTER PACKS:

    • 2,000
  • What are the Cryptid Nation 1st Edition Print Runs?


    Here are the full print-run numbers for MetaZoo’s Cryptid Nation: Base Set 1st Edition product releases.

    BOOSTER BOXES:

    • 25,000

    SPELLBOOKS:

    • 20,000

    RELEASE DECKS:

    • 25,000

    TRIBAL THEME DECKS:

      • 5,000 x Alpha Iceman
      • 5,000 x Dingbelle Ring Leader
      • 5,000 x Salamander Queen
      • 5,000 x Hopkinsville Goblin King
      • 5,000 x Pukwudgie Chieftain
    • 25,000 total

    BLISTER PACKS:

    • 25,000
  • What are the Nightfall 1st Edition Print Runs?


    Here are the full print-run numbers for MetaZoo’s Cryptid Nation: Nightfall 1st Edition product releases.

    BOOSTER BOXES:

    • 50,000

    SPELLBOOKS:

    • 50,000

    RELEASE DECKS:

    • 50,000

    THEME DECKS:

      • 10,000 x Elder Matlox
      • 10,000 x Flying Manta Ray
      • 10,000 x Reptoid Ruler
      • 10,000 x Stikini Owl
      • 10,000 x The Ghost Marshall
    • 50,000 total

    BLISTER PACKS:

    • 50,000
  • What is the Cryptid Nation 2nd Edition Print Run?


    We don’t know what the global Cryptid Nation 2nd Edition print run is as of January 2nd, 2022, however, we do know that the print-run for the United States was 62,500 per product.

    Knowing that the print run for Nightfall, the set that was released prior to CN2E, had a print run of 50,000 per product, with 40,000 being distributed throughout the United States, and the final 10,000 being distributed throughout the rest of the world, I am making the assumption that the global print run for CN2E is around 75,000-80,000 per product. We don’t know for sure, but it is certainly less than the 100k-250k estimates that were floating around.

  • How Many Cards are in the MetaZoo Cryptid Nation (Master) Set?


    There are a total of 159 cards in the Cryptid Nation set, including 1 secret rare card (Red Ink).

    To complete the Cryptid Nation master set, you would need a total of 213 cards, which includes an additional 54 reverse holos (but does not include the secret rare card because there were only ~100 copies ever put into circulation).

    >> VIEW THE CARD SET LISTS FOR CRYPTID NATION: BASE SET

  • How Many Cards are in the MetaZoo Nightfall (Master) Set?


    There are a total of 163 cards in the Cryptid Nation: Nightfall set, including 1 secret rare card (Old Scratch).

    To complete the Cryptid Nation: Nightfall master set, you will need a total of 254 cards, which includes an additional 54 reverse holos and 37 non-holo gold rares (but does not include the secret rare card because there were only ~100 copies ever put into circulation).

    There are also 7 token cards in Nightfall that do not have card set numbers on them.

    >> VIEW THE CARD SET LISTS FOR CRYPTID NATION: NIGHTFALL

  • When was Cryptid Nation 1st Edition Released?


    Cryptid Nation: Base Set – 1st Edition was initially meant to be released in March 2021, but ended up releasing a few months later on July 30th, 2021.

  • When was Nightfall 1st Edition Released?


    Cryptid Nation: Nightfall – 1st Edition was released on October 22nd, 2021.

  • How Many Cryptid Nation Base Set 1st Edition Booster Packs Were Produced?


    It is estimated that approximately 1.1 million booster packs of MetaZoo’s Cryptid Nation: Base Set 1st Edition have ever been produced and distributed in products such as Blister Packs, Spellbooks, Booster Boxes and Theme Decks.

  • How Many Nightfall 1st Edition Booster Packs Were Produced?


    It is estimated that approximately 2.2 million booster packs of MetaZoo’s Cryptid Nation: Nightfall 1st Edition have ever been produced and distributed in products such as Blister Packs, Spellbooks, Booster Boxes and Theme Decks.

  • What is the Cryptid Nation Base Set 1st Edition Secret Rare (Red Ink)?


    Red Ink is the one and only secret rare card in MetaZoo’s Cryptid Nation: Base Set 1st Edition set. They were only randomly seeded through Booster Boxes.

    Red Ink - Secret Gold Rare

    There were a total of 100 Red Ink cards distributed globally, and it is the very first secret rare card released by MetaZoo Games.

    >> LEARN MORE ABOUT RED INK

  • What is the Nightfall 1st Edition Secret Rare (Old Scratch)?


    Old Scratch is the one and only secret rare card in MetaZoo’s Cryptid Nation: Nightfall 1st Edition set. It isn’t entirely clear which MetaZoo products Old Scratch could be pulled from, but Booster Boxes have been confirmed.

    MetaZoo - Old Scratch - Secret Rare

    There were a total of 100 Old Scratch cards distributed globally, and it is the second secret rare card released by MetaZoo Games.

    >> LEARN MORE ABOUT OLD SCRATCH

  • What is the Cryptid Nation Base Set 2nd Edition Secret Rare (Blue Ink)?


    Here is a look at the Secret Rare for CN2E. In the end, it was a Blue Ink. Go figure!

    Blue Ink - Cryptid Nation 2nd Edition Secret Boxtopper Card

  • What is the Red Ink Secret Rare Pull Rate?


    We estimate that the chances of pulling a Red Ink secret rare out of a Cryptid Nation: Base Set 1st Edition Boxtopper pack should be approximately 1-in-250 boxtopper packs based on knowing that 25,000 CN1E booster boxes were produced.

  • What is the Old Scratch Secret Rare Pull Rate?


    We estimate that the chances of pulling an Old Scratch secret rare out of a Cryptid Nation: Nightfall 1st Edition Booster Pack should be approximately 1-in-22,000 packs based on estimates stating that there were 2.2 million NF1E booster packs produced.

  • What is the Walmart Exclusive MetaZoo Product? When Will it Be Available?


    We got a sneak peek via the MetaZoo Discord server at a promo card (sans holo) that will come with the Walmart exclusive product. As of Jan 2, 2022, we are unsure if this is the only promo, or if there will be others. Here it is in all of its flamin’ beauty!

    Piasa Bird Promo Afton

    They’re exclusive mini boxes. 3x Cryptid Nation 2nd Edition packs + a Walmart exclusive promo. Mike Waddell, Dec 13, 2021

    These Walmart exclusive mini boxes will be available at over 4,000 Walmart’s across the United States starting on January 24, 2022.