Dive into the world of Pacific Rim Extinction where colossal Kaiju and towering Jaegers clash in battles of cataclysmic proportions. Choose your side…
Pacific Rim: Extinction is a scenario-driven, tabletop miniatures strategy game of city-wide destruction and chaos of epic proportions. With fantastically detailed and pre-painted 75mm scale miniatures of the iconic Jaegers – mechanical guardians of humanity – and Kaiju – monsters the size of mountains sent from beyond our world – it captures the spectacular conflict of the Pacific Rim universe and places it in the palm of your hands.
Players will be able to jump right into the action as either the PPDC Jaegers or the Kaiju, either in a quick play match of intense combat, or a more constructed battle with both Jaegers and Kaiju using all their skills and abilities to achieve an objective.
The goal of the game is different depending on which side you choose to fight with. As a Kaiju player, you’ll uncover a secret objective at the start of the game. To win, you’ll need to meet this objective, ideally without revealing what it is to the Jaeger player too early. As a Jaeger player, your goal is to fulfil the PPDC’s task: the protection of humanity. You’ll need to defend cities as Kaiju trample them, and take down the immense invaders.
A Contest of Giants
Jaegers and Kaiju each have their own abilities and customisation options. The Jaeger’s Conn-Pod has slots for upgrades which allow you to customise the machine’s weapons or improve other attributes. Similarly, the Kaiju can be loaded with mutations, making them even more fearsome.
During a game round, each player will secretly play an action card which represents the attacks, tricks, tactics and sneaky shenanigans each jaeger or kaiju is capable of. These cards are drawn from the specific model’s action deck.
These cards serve a dual purpose. When Jaegers or Kaiju take damage, the player who dealt the damage takes an action card at random from their opponent and reads the Damage section of the card to find out what happens. This incurs the chance that a critical system, or in the case of a Kaiju – an organ, become ruptured or damaged with massive consequences for the model for the remainder of the game. Crucially and thematically, this means that the action cards are also removed as an option for the damaged model in subsequent game rounds, representing weapons being torn off, for example.
When a Jaeger or Kaiju has taken Damage equal to their Structure Points total, they are destroyed! It is not quite so simple as wiping out the enemy, however. The game is very scenario focussed, meaning that should the Kaiju achieve their objectives before succumbing to their wounds, they are still capable of winning even if the PPDC is still standing strong.
It is the utilisation of your jaeger’s and kaiju’s unique abilities in the pursuit of their individual objectives that will determine victory.
The Starter Set
This Starter Set contains everything you need to jump into the fight. The flagship Jaeger, Gipsy Avenger, faces off against the deadly attacks of Shrikethorn. Players will equip new weapons: high tech mods and trained pilots for the Jaegers, or strange and powerful mutations for the Kaiju. You must choose your side: fight to save humanity, or drive it to extinction!
Expand your Forces
Supplementary kaiju and jaegers are constantly been added to the game. Expand your PPDC defence force or unleash more fearsome kaiju upon the Earth. The game even allows you to create a mixed force, for some truly unique force compositions where Kaiju and Jaeger fight together.
The hyper-agile Mark-6 Jaeger Saber Athena leaps into action! Equipped with mechrobatic J-Tech upgrades and fusing Twin Plasma Swords, Saber Athena takes the fight to the enemy.
The legendary Jaeger Gipsy Danger turns the tide! A shining beacon of courage, this Mark-3 veteran brings to bear pulse cannon, rocket elbow and chain sword against the Kaiju threat.
The living earthquake Hakuja burrows into the fight! Part biological tank, part siege weapon, this Category IV Kaiju moves through the ground to unleash ruinous attacks on unsuspecting targets.
The sinister warrior Obsidian Fury is unleashed! Bristling with weapons, this titanic mech is able to overpower and brutally destroy almost any Jaeger in the PPDC fleet. Can anything stop this menace?
Look out for more expansions on the horizon!
In addition to casual games, the game is ideally suited for tournament-style play. In fact, the first official tournament is set to take place on January 25th in Hinckley, Leicestershire. You can find all the details here.