List of Dominion Cards that Cost Less than 2 Coin

list of dominion cards that cost 2 coin or lessDominion is a brilliantly conceptualized and implemented game that draws from virtually every facet of the creative genius that brought it forth into existence.  The titles of the cards in each expansion are themed to fit both the main storyline of the game as well as the true-to-motif interactions and undercurrents discovered during play.  And, of course, the artwork rendered on each card is generally magnificent and melds well with the game as a whole.  While the design aesthetics of the game add tremendously to it, the second most important factor to consider when playing the game is cost of the cards.  The most important factor is, of course, the strategy considerations and interactions that dictate when to purchase and how to purchase and what to purchase.

Each card that is created and released by Donald X. Vaccarino undergoes a thorough play-testing trial prior to being included in an expansion.  This serves to work out kinks and clarify rules regarding the specific play of each card.  It also helps set the price point for each card.  Accurately assessing the value of each card is vital to maintaining the integrity of the game.  Imagine how the game would be degraded if it only took 7 Coin to purchase a Platinum or a Kings Court could be had for 5 Coin.

This is a list of Dominion cards that cost 2 Coin or less.  2 Coin is the price point below which the cards are generally detrimental to your deck.  So, cards that cost less than 2 Coin usually won’t help you win, will help you lose, and should generally be removed from your deck unless there is a specific strategy behind keeping them around (e.g. benefiting from number of cards with Gardens).  The exceptions to this rule are cards from the Alchemy expansion and several cards that cannot be bought but are awarded for accomplishing certain in-game events.  The cards from Dominion Alchemy are notable because, while they cost 0 Coin, they also include the alternative Potion cost (which costs 4 Coin to buy itself).  The cards with Potion in their cost can  and do typically benefit more than the others.  And, the Tournament Prize cards and other zero-cost cards that must be attained rather than purchased can also be quite beneficial.

The Dominion cards that cost less than 2 Coin are listed below in table form.  The table is sortable by clicking the header of each column, should you wish to sort it further.

CardCostCard TypeFunction / RulesExpansionCard Image
Abandoned Mine0 CoinAction - Ruins+1 CoinDark AgesClick here for card image
Bag of Gold0 Coin *Action - Prize+1 Action
Gain a Gold, putting it on top of your deck.
(This is not in the Supply.)
CornucopiaClick here for card image
Copper0 CoinTreasure+1 CoinDominion & IntrigueClick here for card image
Curse0 CoinCurse-1 Victory PointDominion & IntrigueClick here for card image
Diadem0 Coin *Treasure - PrizeWorth $2.
When you play this, +$1 per unused Action you have (Action, not Action card).
(This is not in the Supply.)
CornucopiaClick here for card image
Followers0 Coin *Action - Prize+2 Cards
Gain an Estate. Each other player gains a Curse and discards down to 3 cards in hand.
(This is not in the Supply.)
CornucopiaClick here for card image
Hovel1 Coin *Reaction - ShelterWhen you buy a Victory card, you may trash this from your hand.Dark AgesClick here for card image
Madman0 Coin *Action+2 Actions
Return this to the Madman pile. If you do, +1 Card per card in your hand.
(This is not in the Supply)
Dark AgesClick here for card image
Mercenary0 Coin *Action - AttackYou may trash 2 cards from your hand. If you do, +2 Cards, +2 Coin, and each other player discards down to 3 cards in hand.
(This is not in the Supply)
Dark AgesClick here for card image
Necropolis1 Coin *Action - Shelter+2 ActionsDark AgesClick here for card image
Overgrown Estate1 Coin *Victory - Shelter0 VP
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When you trash this, +1 Card.
Dark AgesClick here for card image
Poor House1 CoinAction+4 Coin
Reveal your hand. -1 Coin per Treasure card in your hand, to a minimum of 0 Coin.
Dark AgesClick here for card image
Princess0 Coin *Action - Prize+1 Buy
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While this is in play, cards cost $2 less, but not less than $0.
(This is not in the Supply.)
CornucopiaClick here for card image
Ruined Library0 CoinAction - Ruins+1 CardDark AgesClick here for card image
Ruined Market0 CoinAction - Ruins+1 BuyDark AgesClick here for card image
Ruined Village0 CoinAction - Ruins+1 ActionDark AgesClick here for card image
Spoils0 Coin *Treasure+3 CoinDark AgesClick here for card image
Survivors0 CoinAction - RuinsLook at the top two cards of your deck. Discard them or put them back in any order.Dark AgesClick here for card image
Trusty Steed0 Coin *Action - PrizeChoose two: +2 Cards; or +2 Actions; or +$2; or gain 4 Silvers and put your deck into your discard pile.
(This is not in the Supply.)
CornucopiaClick here for card image
Transmute0 Coin + 1 PotionActionTrash a card from your hand. If it is an...
Action card, gain a Duchy; Treasure card, gain a Transmute; Victory card, gain a Gold
AlchemyClick here for card image
Vineyard0 Coin + 1 PotionVictoryWorth 1 Victory for every 3 Action cards in your deck (rounded down).AlchemyClick here for card image

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List of Dominion Cards that Cost 2 Coin or Less: Conclusion

Trash away!  Most of these cards (at least the ones you can buy from the Supply) are very not very productive and should not normally be bought.  The starting Coppers slow a deck and Curses can be devastating.  Getting rid of these cards as soon as possible usually allows for more purchasing power and an increased average deck value.  But, don’t overlook the other cards just because they don’t cost much Coin.  Many great players have used Vineyard to accelerate their Victory Points into wins.  Whoever gets to the Prizes first with Tournament usually wins as well, and Spoils, Mercenary, and Madman are also valuable.

Just remember, if you can buy it from the Supply and it costs less than 2 Coin, you probably do not want to buy it.  And, an * (asterisk) above in the table means that the card cannot be purchased but must be obtained in some other way.

So, keep playing and having fun!  If you have a comment or a bit of knowledge to share, be sure to leave a comment below.

1 comment to List of Dominion Cards that Cost Less than 2 Coin

  • Likeabaws!!!!!!!!!!!

    Spoils requires you to put it back on top of the spoils pile after playing it.

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