The various publishers of VTES cards (Wizard of the Coast, White Wolf, VEKN and now the Black Chantry) release VTES cards in base sets, expansion sets and mini expansion sets. The main difference between these are the size of the set and the number of reprints.
- Base sets contain booster packs as well as a number of pre-constructed starter decks (ranging from 3 to 6). The starter decks contain 89 cards (with 77 library and 12 crypt cards) as well as a rule booklet. The booster packs contain 11 cards (in newer sets, often with 7 common, 3 vampire and 1 rare card, but refer to the table below). The base set should provide a new player with a number of cards to be able to build a wide variety of decks. A base set usually contains a high percentage of reprinted cards from earlier expansions.
- Expansion sets contain booster packs and may contain a number of pre-constructed starter decks. The distribution of cards in boosters and starters is similar to a base set. They feature also a particular theme. New players are usually not able to build a large number of different decks with only cards from this expansion’s boosters due to the lack of basic cards provided either in the starters or in a base set. The number of reprints is low and usually restricted to the pre-constructed starter decks.
- Mini-Expansion sets contains only booster packs and the number of cards are restricted to 60 new cards (20 rare, 20 uncommon and 20 common cards).
- As intermediate solution between 2013 and 2016) the VEKN published and distributed new expansions as PDFs, which the players can print (in color) & put in front of a regular VTES card. By this, the cards become tournament legal. Because there are no boosters or starters sold, there’s no distribution scheme (common, uncommon, rare) anymore.
- In 2017 Black Chantry has started to release reprinted and new cards in the form of print-on-demand and fixed card expansions (LCG).
More information on individual expansions and card checklists can also be found on
- VEKN.net: Expansion Card Lists
- Black Chantry: Product Page
- (Secret Library: Expansion Checklists) (defunct)
This is a summary of the previously published VTES sets and expansions:
|Expansion Name||Type||Symbol||Code||Release Date||Total cards||New Cards||Booster Distribution|
|Wizards of the Coast|
|Jyhad||Base||(none)||Jyhad||16 Aug 1994||437||437||11C, 4V, 3U, 1R|
|Vampire: The Eternal Struggle||Base||(none)||VTES||15 Sep 1995||436||6||11C, 4V, 3U, 1R|
|Dark Sovereigns||Expansion||Gothic window||DS||15 Dec 1995||(173)||173||8C, 4V, 3U|
|Ancient Hearts||Expansion||Eye of Horus||AH||29 May 1996||(179)||179||6C, 4V, 2U/R|
|Sabbat||Expansion||Calligraphy S||Sabbat||28 Oct 1996||(410)||340||16C, 5V, 5U, 2R|
|Sabbat War||Base||Inverted spiked ankh||SW||31 Oct 2000||437 (300)||77||5C, 3V, 2U, 1R or
4C, 3V, 3U, 1R
|Final Nights||Expansion||Broken ankh||FN||11 Jun 2001||386 (162)||170||7C, 3V, 1R|
|Bloodlines||Expansion||Ankh on red blood spatter||BL||3 Dec 2001||(196)||196||7C, 3V, 1R|
|Camarilla Edition||Base||Ankh||CE||19 Aug 2002||547 (385)||115||5C, 3V, 2U, 1R|
|Anarchs||Expansion||Combined CE/SW ankhs||Anarchs||19 May 2003||260 (132)||128||7C, 3V, 1R|
|Black Hand||Expansion||Handprint||BH||17 Nov 2003||286 (136)||145||7C, 3V, 1R|
|Gehenna||Expansion||Stylised clock||Gehenna||17 May 2004||(150)||150||7C, 3V, 1R|
|Tenth Anniversary||Special||Foil “10”||Tenth||13 Dec 2004||190||10||—|
|Kindred Most Wanted||Expansion||Gun||KMW||21 Feb 2005||314 (150)||162||7C, 3V, 1R|
|Legacies of Blood||Expansion||Split ankh (black)||LoB||14 Nov 2005||461 (300)||236||7C, 3V, 1R|
|Nights of Reckoning||Mini expansion||Cross with circle||NoR||10 Apr 2006||(60+17)||60||6C, 3V, 1R, 1X|
|Third Edition||Base||Tri-snake biohazard||Third||4 Sep 2006||537 (390)||160||5C, 3V, 2U, 1R|
|Sword of Caine||Mini expansion||Bundle of swords||SoC||19 Mar 2007||(60)||60||7C, 3V, 1R|
|Lords of the Night||Expansion||Crown||LotN||26 Sep 2007||295 (150)||175||7C, 3V, 1R|
|Blood Shadowed Court||Special||Silver ankh||BSC||16 April 2008||100||0||—|
|Twilight Rebellion||Mini expansion||Tri-snake on Red Star||TR||28 May 2008||(60)||60||7C, 3V, 1R|
|Keepers of Tradition||Base||Castle tower||KoT||19 Nov 2008||457 (398)||176||5C, 3V, 2U, 1R|
|Ebony Kingdom||Mini expansion||Split ankh (white)||EK||27 May 2009||(62)||60||4C, 3V, 1R, 3C|
|Heirs to the Blood||Expansion||Three blood drops||HttB||3 Feb 2010||TBD (168)||168||7C, 3V, 1R|
|Danse Macabre||PDF exp.||Fanged skull||DM||5 Oct 2013||34||34||n/a|
|The Unaligned||PDF exp.||Broken column||TU||4 Oct 2014||72||72||n/a|
|2015 Storyline Rewards||PDF exp.||(None)||—||21 Feb 2015||12||12||n/a|
|Anarchs Unbound||PDF exp.||Camarilla in flames||AU||17 Jan 2016||40||40||n/a|
|Berlin Anthology||Fixed/PoD||Brandenburg Gate||(BAnt)||11 May 2017||100||12?||—|
|Lost Kindred||Fixed/PoD||Bleeding eye||LK||5 May 2018||41||41||—|
|Keepers of Tradition (Reprint)||Fixed/PoD||Art-deco window||KoT||5 May 2018||240||3||—|
|Heirs to the Blood (Reprint)||Fixed/PoD||Art-deco window||HttB||14 July 2018||240||0||—|
|Anthology I||Fixed/PoD||Latin no.1||(Ant1)||2019||89||0||—|
|Sabbat (2019)||Fixed/Starter||Art-deco window||(S19)||16 Feb 2019||126||8||—|
|25th Anniversary Set||Fixed/Starter||Foil “25”||(25th)||16 Aug 2019||120||1||—|
|First Blood||Fixed/Demo||Pawn||FB||01 Oct 2019||???||0||—|
All expansion sets from Dark Sovereigns expansion onward are identified by an expansion symbol printed in the upper right corner of cards. In newsgroups and on web pages character codes are used to identify each set, usually an abbreviation of the expansion’s name. Typically also promotional cards often lack an expansion symbol.
Last Update: 18/Jan/2020