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Infinity Splits are one of the most exciting parts of Marvel Snap for collectors and players. They offer a unique way to get a personal collection, and bling out the decks you play with artistic styles, glitz and glam and other options as you play. Sadly, they’re also one of the most confusing aspects of the game for newer players, with it being unclear how many different variants there are, how to acquire the ones you want, and what limiting factors there are.
In this article and video, we’re looking to clear up what Infinity Splits are, show you how they work, and clear up a lot of the confusion surrounding how to get the card styles you want. Infinity Splits are still a topic with a lot of hidden information and surprises packed in store for Marvel Snap players, so this original article and video by HowlingMines will be kept up to date as more information becomes known and available. If you find we’ve missed something, please feel free to contact us on Twitter @MarvelSnapZone or over in our dedicated community Discord server!
What is an Infinity Split?
First of all, Infinity Splits are NOT Variants, the different artworks you can buy, open in cache‘s or otherwise acquire. While those are very cool, and we have a complete guide to those too, we’re looking at card rarity here instead.
Many people are aware that all of your cards have seven base rarities, ranging from common to Infinity. Each rarity upgrade costs different amounts, and rewards different aesthetic changes and collection level amounts:
|Rarity||Border Color||Effect||Booster Cost||Credit Cost||Collection Level|
|Common||Grey||Normal card art|
|Uncommon||Green||Art breaks out of the frame||5 Boosters||25 Credits||+1|
|Rare||Blue||Art gains a 3D effect||10 Boosters||100 Credits||+2|
|Epic||Purple||Art gains an animation||20 Boosters||200 Credits||+4|
|Legendary||Orange||Logo on the card becomes shiny||30 Boosters||300 Credits||+6|
|Ultra||Red||Card border becomes animated||40 Boosters||400 Credits||+8|
|Infinity||Infinite/Space||Split the card into two copies and adds a visual effect||50 Boosters||500 Credits||+10|
However, what a lot of people are not so familiar with is the option available to you AFTER your card reaches Infinity – you may notice the button you used to press in order to upgrade now looks like this:
Pressing this button will create an Infinity Split – leaving your infinite version of your card available, but creating another version in your collection with a different aesthetic effect! It’s kind of like the old school method of finding a “foil” or “Shiney” version of a card in a physical pack, except it’s guaranteed and you can get it for every card you own (if you want).
It’s important to know that this new version will always be at the common rarity once you split, meaning you’ll be able to upgrade it all over again in order to collect even more Infinity Splits, many versions of which are much harder to get, or only available after several Infinity Splits.
What Different Types of Infinity Splits Are There?
Thanks to several players who have datamined Marvel Snap, we understand what effects are available currently for Infinity Splits. There are also tons of different effects and styles that will become available in the future, offering a very collector-driven experience to Marvel Snap for a long time to come.
Based on what we currently understand, Infinity Splits are made up of two different types of effect: Background Effects, and Particle Effects:
- Background Effects: These are kind of like your traditional foiling on cards in other card games. Background Effects change the actual background of your card, either altering the art, or removing it for a clean foil effect. Currently, four background effects are available: Prism Finish, Foil Finish, Gold Finish and Ink Finish. These four versions do not currently have any variations in them, and become available at certain split levels detailed below
- Particle Effects: These are effects that operate in the 3D space a digital card game is able to offer, adding a layer on top of or surrounding your card. There are also currently four of these available – Tone Flare, Glimmer Flare, Stardust Flare, and Krackle Flare (aka Kirby Dot or Kirby Krackle). We will be breaking these down below to further clarify. Most importantly, there now appears to be eight different colors for each of these particle effects, including a rainbow effect, all combined within the same drop rate. This will make a very particular particle + background combination very rare!
You’ll always be able to figure out what effects your split card currently has by taking a look at the icons above them in the deck builder. Alternatively, you can click on the variant name for your card, and see each official name inside of the artist credits:
The icon on the left will always represent the background effect, while any icon on the right will always represent a particle effect. You cannot get a duplicate split, so each card has a finite number of splits avaliable. This means you can theoretically get them all! With 4 backgrounds and 4 particles (with 8 possible color variations), there currently are a total of 128 combinations of the split effects! This means your split is likely vary unique compared to other player’s, so show them with pride!
So, What Does Each Split Look Like?
Foil is a classic, nice clean background of a silvery rainbow colour. As mentioned above, sometimes the artwork previously behind the character is barely visible/not visible, and sometimes you can still see important elements.
Prism Foiling removes the cards background art, and replaces it with sharp-edged, reflective hexagons with a rainbow finish. In the most recent update, this finish has been altered to the second picture, where it has more of a “textured” feel, and the hexagonal elements are far less prominent inside of the rainbow.
Gold is quick, simple, and really elegant. A solid gold background really makes the character POP. This is currently the rarest background split, only becoming available from Infinity Split 5 onward, at a 10% drop rate
Only slightly more common that Gold, Ink is another rare background, with both holding the most prestige. Ink, or black and white, becomes available from Infinity Split 4 onward. At a 10% drop rate, Ink gives a very 70’s movie/retro comic vibe to the card by making it monotoned, and is a fan favourite on many cards.
For particle effects, Black is the most rare, followed by Rainbow and Gold, then Red, Purple, Blue, White, and Green on the most common effect.
Glimmer gives your card this small sparkle, flying away from the centre of the card in various shades of colours.
The other more common particle effect, Tone puts some swirling, meteorite-style objects spinning their way around your card. They also have some comic-strip style dotting in the background.
Stardust is a much bigger effect than glimmer, with stars of various shades of pink, purples, golds, blues and reds bursting off of the card, and you can clearly identify it via the purple symbol of the screen.
“KRACKLE FLARE – or Kirby Crackle”
Last, and by no means least, the rarest particle effect at time of writing is the Kirby Crackle/Krackle Flare. It was named so after the method of showing a crackle of energy in US Superhero Comics, popularized by influential artist Jack Kirby in the 1960’s: a energy field escapes from your card, giving it a powerful, battle ready feel.
So What Do We Know About Rarities? How Likely Am I To Get The Version I Want?
A ton of information regarding the exact rarities of each effect, what new effects are on the way, and much more is being kept very quiet for now by the team at Second Dinner. It has been mentioned, however, that as of August 2023 in the devs Q/A sessions, more split varieties are being developed!
That said, here’s what we do know for now with the exact rarities of each effect, shown in this table:
- You cannot split into an exact duplicate. One element minimum will always change, HOWEVER, with the most recent colour effect updates, it does appear you can receive the same pair of effects with a different colour after you split.
- Your first split will always be one of the two more common backgrounds ONLY (Prism or Hexagon)
- Your second split WILL be guaranteed both a background and particle effect
- Inkify can appear from split four, and Gold from split five, but are not guaranteed. Some players report splitting a card as many as eleven times before seeing the background they want.
- Kirby can only begin to appear as of split six, at just a 10% chance.
- Split “levels” (How many times you’ve split) is calculated by character, not art, meaning if you switch to a new variant you’d like to upgrade, you will not lose your progress.
Infinity Splits are likely the most important aspect to players of Marvel Snap who see themselves as collectors. It not only let’s players sort of design their own collection, but be able to display it with pride! It also allows the game’s basic progression function to work, which is “use cards, upgrade those cards to get new cards”. Many players have expressed desires to choose their own border color as well as other splits features. Second Dinner has assured us they are constantly working to evolve Infinity Splits and have more in store toon.
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