Courage abilities are triggered only when you play a card first in a round.There are 4 rounds during a fight wherein each player take alternate turns in choosing which card they want to use. In all cases, whoever is the player who gets to draw the highest (star count / total stars) for their opening hand goes first for round 1, then goes to play first again for the 3rd round. For the other player, he gets to play his cards first in the second round and on the last round..These are the only times wherein a Courage ability is activated. Which means courage can be used only twice per game.
Courage abilities give you different added effects..some would give additional damage, others give you power, and so on..these will be automatically applied once you play the card first during a round. It will never be activated when you play it after your opponent has chosen his.
As a quick guide so you will not get lost..look out for this message during the VERY START of a fight:
"Round 1: your turn to play" this means you get to activate courage when you play your card, then your opponent can activate courage on the second round, you again on the 3rd, and you opponent again on the last round.
However if this appears "Round 1: waiting for opponent" this means your opponent gets to activate courage on that round, then you get to activate yours on the second round, his turn again in the 3rd round, and you again on the last.
Both you and your opponent can never activate it at the same time
Yes, the leader Ashigaru's ability is "strikes back" which means that when it is in your opening hand, and if you don't have an additional leader which triggers their bonus "cancel leader", your opponent goes to play his card first..and if you and your opponent both have the same star count, the first to play a card will definitely be determined by random..thanks for the additional info. NachomusPrime!
Well in my opinion "COURAGE-- Ability" realy sucks when playing in Elo... cause it get´s to abvious for the opp to know the card that you will play, no use to play a card with courage (no matter witch hability is) if you play second in the round just a waste of stars, in Elo
Courage is a very good move, in a freaks deck it can be very helpful for getting the 1st turn poison, for some cards it brings them to good stats, in ELO it is obvious hat you will use it but thats why it's called 'courage' it's a obvious risk goin first but the reward is ability's that are always good.