Stratego® FAQ

The goal of Stratego is to capture the flag of your opponent while defending your own flag. To capture the flag you use your army of 40 (Original) or 30 pieces (Sci-Fi). Pieces have a rank and represent individual officers and soldiers in an army. In addition to those ranked pieces you can use bombs to protect your flag.

Setup
- The Stratego Original board consists of 10 x 10 squares. Players set their pieces up in the bottom four rows that are closest to them.

- The Stratego Sci-Fi board consists of 8 x 10 squares. Players set their pieces up in the bottom three rows that are closest to them.

- Place the pieces with their back to your opponent so only you can see the illustrations/ranks.

Moving
- Pieces move one square per turn, horizontally or vertically and not diagonally.

- Only scouts can move over multiple empty squares per turn (see Special Pieces below).

- Pieces cannot jump over another piece.

- Playing pieces are not permitted to move into the two lake obstacles (2 x 2 squares each) in the center of the board.

- Pieces cannot move back and forth between the same two spaces for more than two consecutive turns. Bombs and flags may never move.

Attacking
If a piece is moved onto a square occupied by an opposing piece, their identities are revealed. The weaker piece is removed from the board, and the stronger piece is moved into the place formerly occupied by the weaker piece. If the engaging pieces are of equal rank, they are both removed. Pieces may not move onto a square already occupied by another piece without attacking.

Special Pieces

Bombs
The bombs cannot be moved. A bomb defeats every piece that tries to attack it, except the miner. Bombs remain on the field after defeating pieces until they are defused. Bombs lose when they are attacked (defused) by a miner. Bombs also lose when the infiltrator guesses their rank when they are “infiltrating” and when the spotter guesses their rank when they are “spotting.” If the infiltrator or spotter attacks the bomb using the normal attacking method, the bomb defeats them.

Flag
The flag cannot be moved and loses an attack from every other piece. When you capture the flag of your opponent you win the game.

Infiltrator (Stratego Original Version Only)
The infiltrator is an optional piece that can be used in the Stratego Original game. If chosen during
setup, take one less scout when setting up your army so you still only have 40 pieces. In enemy territory only (farthest four rows away from where your pieces were set-up), the infiltrator can infiltrate/attack an enemy playing piece from one or two squares away (both horizontally and vertically, but not diagonally). Tap the enemy piece, tell your opponent you are infiltrating, and guess the rank of the piece you are attacking. If you guess correctly the piece loses, but the infiltrator does not take the place of the losing piece; he returns to the square where he was. If you guessed incorrectly, the defending piece stays where it was and the infiltrator returns to the square where he was. The infiltrator can infiltrate bombs and the flag. The infiltrator can also attack using the normal attacking method, but remember he is the lowest rank (0) and even loses to the spy.

Scouts
Scouts can jump/move over an unlimited number of empty squares in a straight line to the left, right, forward or backward. They cannot jump over any pieces (friendly or enemy) and cannot jump over the lakes. Scouts are the only pieces that can launch an attack from a sizeable distance, but it must be in a straight line.

Spotters (Stratego Sci-Fi Version Only)
Spotters may move and then attempt to attack and capture any piece on the square in front of it. Tap the enemy piece, tell your opponent you are “spotting” and guess the rank of the piece you are attacking. If you guess correctly the piece loses, but the spotter does not take the place of the losing piece, and returns to the square where he was. If you guessed incorrectly, the defending piece stays where it was and the spotter returns to the square where he was. The spotter can spot bombs and the flag. The spotter can also attack using the standard attacking method.

Spy
Exception to the rule of the higher rank winning is the spy. When the spy attacks the marshal, the spy defeats the higher ranked marshal. However, when the marshal attacks the spy, the spy loses.

Ranks of Pieces

The following pieces are used in Stratego Original (ranked from weakest to strongest):

Normal Play (40 pieces)

Flag (1 piece) No rank
Bomb (6 pieces) No rank
Infiltrator* (1 piece) No rank
Spy (1 piece) Rank 1
Scout (8 pieces) Rank 2

Miner (5 pieces) Rank 3
Sergeant (4 pieces) Rank 4
Lieutenant (4 pieces) Rank 5
Captain (4 pieces) Rank 6
Major (3 pieces) Rank 7
Colonel (2 pieces) Rank 8
General (1 piece) Rank 9
Marshal (1 piece) Rank 10

Stratego Duel (variant for shorter game play, 10 pieces)

Flag (1 piece) No rank
Bomb (2 pieces) No rank
Spy (1 piece) Rank 1
Scout (2 pieces) Rank 2
Miner (2 pieces) Rank 3
General (1 piece) Rank 9
Marshal (1 piece) Rank 10





*Optional piece: if the infiltrator is chosen during set-up, both players take one less scout (seven Scout pieces total) when setting up their armies so they still have 40 pieces.


The following pieces are used in Stratego Sci-Fi (ranked from weakest to strongest):

Normal Play (30 pieces)

Flag (1 piece) No rank       
Bomb (6 pieces) No rank   
Spy (1 piece) No rank       
Spotter (2 pieces) Rank 1   
Scout (5 pieces) Rank 2       
Miner (5 pieces) Rank 3       
Sergeant (2 pieces) Rank 4   
Lieutenant (2 pieces) Rank 5   
Captain (2 pieces) Rank 6
Major (1 piece) Rank 7
Colonel (1 piece) Rank 8
General (1 piece) Rank 9
Marshal (1 piece) Rank 10

Stratego Duel (variant for shorter game play, 10 pieces)

Flag (1 piece) No rank       
Bomb (2 pieces) No rank
Spy (1 piece) No rank
Spotter (1 piece) Rank 1
Scout (1 piece) Rank 2
Miner (2 pieces) Rank 3
General (1 piece) Rank 9
Marshal (1 piece) Rank 10




The following pieces are used in Stratego Masters (ranked from weakest to strongest):

 Normal Play (40 pieces) 

Flag (1 piece) No rank           
Bomb (6 pieces) No rank       
Spy (1 piece) Rank 1           
Scout (8 pieces) Rank 2           
Miner (5 pieces) Rank 3           
Sergeant (4 pieces) Rank 4       
Lieutenant (4 pieces) Rank 5      
Captain (4 pieces) Rank 6       
Major (3 pieces) Rank 7           
Colonel (2 pieces) Rank 8
General (1 piece) Rank 9
Marshal (1 piece) Rank 10


 Barrage Stratego (variant for shorter game play, 8 pieces)

Flag (1 piece) No rank
Bomb (1 piece) No rank                   
Spy (1 piece) Rank 1
Scout (2 pieces) Rank 2
Miner (1 piece) Rank 3
General (1 piece) Rank 9
Marshal (1 piece) Rank 10
Captain (4 pieces) Rank 6       
Major (3 pieces) Rank 7           
Colonel (2 pieces) Rank 8
General (1 piece) Rank 9
Marshal (1 piece) Rank 10


 Stratego Duel (variant for shorter game play, 10 pieces)

Flag (1 piece) No rank               
Bomb (2 pieces) No rank   
Spy (1 piece) Rank 1       
Scout (2 pieces) Rank 2       
Miner (2 pieces) Rank 3       
General (1 piece) Rank 9
Marshal (1 piece) Rank 10