Cthulhu Wars The Yellow Sign

Faction Ability 

Feast (Ongoing): During Gather Power, you gain 1 Power for each Area containing both a Desecration Token and one or more of your units.



  • Passion (Ongoing) When one or more of your Cultists are Eliminated by an enemy (Killed, Captured, etc.), gain 1 Power.
  • Zingaya (Action: Cost 1) If Undead are in an area with enemy Acolyte Cultists, transform one such Acolyte Cultist into an Undead.
  • Shriek of the Byakhee (Action: Cost 1) Move any or all Byakhee from their current Area(s) to one selected Area, regardless of distance.
  • The Screaming Dead (Action: Cost 1) Move the King in Yellow to an adjacent Area. Any Undead in the same Area can move with him for free. Immediately after, you may take a second, different, Action. You may NOT take He Who is Not to be Named as your second Action.
  • He Who is Not to be Named (Action: Cost 1) Move Hastur to any area containing a Cultist of any Faction (the Cultist said his name, possibly by accident). Immediately after, you may take a second, different, Action. You may NOT take The Screaming Dead as your second action.
  • The Third Eye (Ongoing) If Hastur is in play, the cost of Desecration is reduced to 1. If the Desecration succeeds, you also obtain 1 Elder Sign

General Tips

  • Elder Sign Acquisition – The Yellow Sign faction has the best Elder Sign acquisition ability in the game and is usually required for victory. However, this requires very specific strategies. You MUST have Hastur and the King in Yellow in play to achieve this. Timing Hastur’s summoning is key to victory. If Hastur has not been summoned by the 3rd action phase at the latest, you will most likely not stand a chance at winning.
  • Ritualing – Weigh your options carefully. With two Great Old Ones and a few gates, Yellow Sign can have productive rituals. However, this power could be better used to desecrate areas during the action round, gaining an Elder Sign when you have The Third Eye spellbook. If you believe your Elder Sign train will be destroyed early in the next Action Phase, it may be a good idea to spend the power on a two Elder Sign ritual.
  • King in Yellow – You can have a Great Old One at least one turn before anyone else, and will likely have a whole round when everyone is out of power after summoning their own. Use this time to your advantage. The King in Yellow is actually excellent at stealing gates as he can capture cultists that aren’t protected by an enemy GOO. Even when an enemy GOO has been summoned at one, use Zin Gaya to remove their cultist and move one of yours into position. This strategy is the bane of neighboring factions.

Opening Strategies 

Basic opener 

1.Move 1 cultist: 7 power (location not a big deal, most players move to scandinavia on earth map)

2. Summon KiY: 3 power, aquire spellbook (Screaming dead it the most recommended choice here but other options are available)

3. Move KiY back to starting location (either via screaming dead or move): 2 power

4. Desecrate, aquire undead: 0 power

Turn 2 you start with 9 power, a GOO and a monster

1. Screaming dead back to where your lone cultist is and desecrate: 6 power

Here’s where there’s some options

You could keep screaming dead and desecrating as you go or possibly screaming dead into a base depending on where you moved that first cultist and capture and enemy cultist if they didn’t leave a guard.

Early Hastur 

1. Move 1 cultist to an adjacent empty area: 7 power

2. Summon KiY: 3 power, take Passion as your Spellbook, to discourage and defend against enemies Capturing your Europe cultists

3. Grant Another Faction 3 Doom Points to take The Screaming Dead: 3 power (Doing this stalls before you run out of power, which makes it a little less likely somebody will try to Capture your Cultists)

3. Build a Gate in the area with KiY: 0 power

If somebody does Capture one of your Cultists, use the power from Passion to get an Undead out of it, and switch over to the Two-Gate opening

Turn 2 you start with 10 power and a GOO

1. Awaken Hastur: 0 power, take Third Eye

Turn 3 you start with 10 power, 2 GOOs, and 3 Spellbooks. If other factions aren’t threatening you, use Screaming Dead to move without taking a second action, then Desecrate the next time it’s your turn. Doing things this way both makes you seem less threatening (not grabbing an Elder Sign every action), and means you’re spending power a lot more slowly. If the other factions do start threatening you, then Desecrate as your second action.

Try and collect your remaining 3 Spellbooks during the third turn. If all goes well, then you’ll enter the fourth turn with a number of monsters, most or all of your Spellbooks, a pile of Elder Signs, and a good amount of power, which should have you on a track towards winning.