Edea is a one-of-a-kind Triple Triad card in Final Fantasy VIII used to play the minigame and for turning into items with Quezacotl's Card Mod. Edea is the hundred and eighth card in the inventory and the ninth Level 10 card. It depicts Edea Kramer who is temporarily playable.
As a Level 10 Player Card, Edea has excellent values with two As, which represents the value 10 for the minigame and is unbeatable without special rules. It is one of only three cards with two As, the other two being Rinoa and Doomtrain. Edea's value placement is more useful than Rinoa's, and is excellent for capturing a corner position. It may also be useful for games that use Same and/or Plus, and for capturing cards with an A with Same Wall.
Edea holds her own card. The earliest she can be challenged is after the Battle of the Gardens at Edea's House. She plays with the Centra region rules that has Same, Plus and Random by default. She is also noticeably smarter than most CPU players. The combination of Edea's smart AI and the tricky Centra ruleset makes winning her card tough. It is best to spread Open to the area from Balamb or another region, or get the Queen of Cards to Winhill and then pay her to spread Open to Centra, as dealing with the Same and Plus without Open is hard as the opponent can still "see" the player's hand and set up "traps" for them. The CPU will always go for a Same/Plus if it can, even if doing so lets the player counterattack and turn the tables with a Combo, so that is one strategy to look out for when playing her. One can use "Rule Manipulation" to keep the contest as simple as possible.
Edea later leaves her house to join the player party as a guest, and during this time the player can't play cards with her. After the party has the airship she is back at her house and stays available to challenge until the point the player can no longer return to the normal world map.
If the player completed the Card Club quest before the point of no return (fighting the boss atop the Lunatic Pandora), the club members will appear aboard the Ragnarok in the endgame, from whom the player can win all Level 8–10 cards they do not currently hold in their deck, even the cards they had modified before. This also allows the player to modify the Edea card and then win it back.
The Edea card refines into 3 Royal Crowns, which teach the Mag+60% ability to a Guardian Force. This is a very good ability, which only Bahamut learns natively. It is especially good for the party's women who have Limit Breaks that use their Magic stats. However, Edea is an excellent card for the minigame itself with its rare double A formation, and is thus good to keep.
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.