What does upgrading cards do in Marvel Snap? Card upgrades and levels explained
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In Marvel Snap, players unlock cards through collection levels which they do through upgrading cards. But what players need to do to progress through this track may not be easily understood at first glance. Here is a quick guide to get players up to speed on what are card upgrades, why they are needed for the collection levels, and how to upgrade them in Marvel Snap.

How to upgrade cards in Marvel Snap

Players can upgrade cards through the collection screen. | Screenshot via Marvel Snap.

To upgrade a card, players need two types of currency. They first need the correct amount of credits. Credits are the primary currency in Marvel Snap that is used to upgrade cards. These are universal to every card upgrade and the number of credits needed to upgrade a card depends on the level of the upgrade.

The other currency needed is boosters. Don’t get these confused with booster packs, boosters are card-specific and every single card in the game as its individual boosters needed for an upgrade. To upgrade a card players need the correct amount of credits and boosters to upgrade an individual card. For example, to upgrade Spider Man from common to uncommon, players need 25 credits and five Spider Man boosters.

What are the different upgrade tiers?

In Marvel Snap, every single card in the game starts at the same common rarity. It doesn’t matter how hard a card is to get or how bad the card is to use, every single card has the same shine to it when first acquired. And just like how every single card starts at the same rarity, every single one progresses through the rarity system the same way through the upgrade system.

There are five levels of upgrades that makes the card look fancier with each level up. The Uncommon upgrade is the standard Frame Break. This is self-explanatory but with this upgrade, the card art extends past the card frame. Uncommon cards have a green border. Players need 25 credits and five character boosters to upgrade a card from common to uncommon.

The Rare upgrade is 3D. This upgrade makes the card art literally pop out of the card giving it a 3D look that is more prominent if a player is playing Marvel Snap on their mobile device. Rare cards have a blue border. Players need 100 credits and 10 character boosters to upgrade a card from Uncommon to Rare.

The Uncommon upgrade “Frame Break” literally extends the card art outside of the card frame. | Screenshot via Marvel Snap.

The Epic upgrade is Animated. This upgrade gives the card art a little animation which makes the card appear more life-like. Epic cards have a purple border. Players need 200 credits and 20 character boosters to upgrade a card from Rare to Epic.

The Legendary upgrade is Shiny Logo. This is self-explanatory as well. The nameplate of the card will have a shine to it at this upgraded level. Legendary cards have a gold border. Players need 300 credits and 30 character boosters to upgrade a card from Epic to Legendary.

The Rare upgrade “3D” gives the card a 3D effect. | Screenshot via Marvel Snap.

The Ultra upgrade is Animated Frame. This makes the frame not only shine but also have a futuristic look by having an energy pulse around it. The color of this frame appears with a Redish-Organe look. Players need 400 credits and 40 character boosters to upgrade a card from Legendary to Ultra.

And finally, there is Infinity. Infinity is unique as upgrading a card to this tier actually gives players an additional version of the card with an additional visual effect. At this point, that new card starts back at common and acts as an additional card that can be upgraded again. There is still more to learn about this final upgrade but to have a card reach this status it takes 500 credits and 50 character boosters.

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