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Buel is a Triple Triad card in Final Fantasy VIII used to play the minigame and for turning into items with Quezacotl's Card Mod. Buel is the thirteenth card in the inventory, the second basic Level 2 Monster Card.

Being a Level 2 card, the card values on the Buel are not strong. Its value placement may be useful for games that use Same and/or Plus.


The Buel monster has a 3.5% chance to drop the card. Using the Card command on a Buel has a 93.7% chance to procure a Buel card when it succeeds.

Any AI Triple Triad player who uses Level 2 cards has a chance of using Buel in a play, from where the player can win it in a card match.

During the party's endeavor to get to the TV Station in Timber, they must go through the Aphrora pub but end up fighting some G-Soldiers outside that drop a Buel card. The player can show the card to the drifter inside the pub who is blocking the rear exit to get past; if the player lost or modded the card before showing it to the drifter, the player still gets through but with a different reward.

The Dollet pub owner, found in the upstairs of his establishment, has a "secret room" the player can enter after winning a game of Triple Triad against him. Talking to the pub owner there has him gift Squall various cards, including the Buel. The first time in the story the player can do this is after exiting Timber as part of the story and heading to Dollet rather than the G-Garden where the player is instructed to go.

Card Mod[]

A Buel card refines into a Magic Stone with Quezacotl's Card Mod ability. It is a versatile refine item that turns into small amounts of tier 2 spells, and is also used for some weapon models. However, it is not usually worthwhile to amass Buel cards for Card Modding purposes over other offerings on the table.

Physical version[]


In 1999, following the release of Final Fantasy VIII in Japan, Bandai produced a full set of collectible Triple Triad cards in Final Fantasy VIII Carddass Masters Perfect Visuals. The set was made up of the 110 cards as seen in the game along with 72 artwork cards and a collector's edition playing mat. The cards have a blue side and a red side. The cards have become a rare collector's item.