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Claw is a common Attack card for The Defect. For zero Energy, Claw deals an escalating amount of damage that also amps up your other Claw cards. As a common card, Claw can be found as a post-battle reward and be purchased from the Merchant.

Upgrading Claw increases the base damage of the card from 3 to 5.

Claws added to your deck after Claw is played, such as through Discovery, Hello World or an AttackPotion.png Attack Potion, do not have their damage increased while they aren't part of your deck.


  • Claw is a straightforward build-around card - draw and play Claws as often as possible and stack up huge numbers.
  • To get the most out of Claw, acquire as many copies as possible, aggressively Remove cards from your deck, take as few other cards as possible, and draw lots of cards during battle.
  • Upgrading Claw isn't recommended - instead, upgrade your support and draw cards like Skim and Scrape. Playing your non-upgraded Claws more often not only gives you bonus damage, but also deals the damage you've already accumulated. With a disciplined deck and good card draw, it's not difficult to swing 30-damage Claws by turn five.
  • Replaying a Claw with Hologram and Echo Form helps accelerate you into big damage when you can't find extra copies.
  • Adding Recycle to strip irrelevant cards from the deck sets up a consistent Claw onslaught. Adding an Unceasing Top and exhausting every other card lets The Defect go infinite like the classic Anger and Feel No Pain build.
  • All for One allows for even more Claws being played. It can also bring back other 0-cost support cards such as Beam Cell for more damage and Icon Vulnerable.png Vulnerable, and/or Steam Barrier for Block, etc.

Update History[]

  • Weekly Patch 50: The Final Act
    • Claw card gets VFX.
  • Weekly Patch 27: Hello World
    • This week adds the long anticipated third character into the game!
    • A new character with unique mechanics, keywords, and art.
    • Content: 75 Cards.


  • Before release the name of this card was "Gash".
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