Dinosaur King (Japanese: 古代王者恐竜キング Kodai Ōja Kyōryū Kingu, literally "Ancient Ruler Dinosaur King") is a card game from Sega that uses the same gameplay mechanics from Mushiking and uses super-powered dinosaurs instead of beetles. The game was revealed in JAMMA 2005 and is available in Japanese and English versions. A Nintendo DS version has also been released in North America.[1] In the fall of 2008, Upper Deck Company released a Dinosaur King Trading Card Game (TCG). This card game is not to be confused with the cards used for the arcade machines.[2]

The series has been adapted into an anime TV series, Dinosaur King DKidz Adventure (古代王者恐竜キング Dキッズ・アドベンチャー Kodai Ōja Kyōryū Kingu Dī Kizzu Adobenchā), which is made by Sunrise and premiered on the TV Asahi network on February 4, 2007. As of 2008, an English adaptation aired on the 4Kids TV block on the Fox Network[1], but moved to The CW's The CW4Kids block on September 6, 2008.

A sequel was announced called Dinosaur King DKidz Adventure: Pterosaur Legend (古代王者恐竜キング Dキッズ・アドベンチャー翼龍伝説 Kodai Ōja Kyōryū Kingu Dī Kizzu Adobenchā: Yokuryū Densetsu).[3] which debuted February 3, 2008 in Japan and ended its run later that year.


Card game/DS gameEdit

Dr. Taylor was on a paleontology mission in Africa with his son Max and Max's friend, Rex. Max discovers stone slabs and finds dinosaurs are calling them for help. An evil organization called the "Alpha Gang", led by the nefarious Dr. Z, traveled back in time to hunt down the dinosaurs and use them to take over the world. It is up to Max and Rex to travel around the world, defeating Dr. Z and the Alpha Gang while hunting down the dinosaurs.


Max Taylor is the son of paleontologist Dr. Spike Taylor. After falling out of bed early one morning and witnessing a meteor fall from the sky, Max sets out with his friends, Rex Owen and Zoe Drake into a forest where the meteor had crashed. They find a lightning, wind and grass stone. Chomp is accidentally activated when Max rubs the card on the stone. The D-Team meet their new enemies in the Alpha Gang when they come to catch it. The result was that the D-Team and Alpha Gang often clashed for possession of dinosaurs that are activated. In the finale, the Alpha Gang's Seth turns on his comrades with his Black Tyrannosaurus, which is ultimately defeated thanks to Rex's true parents. Seth attempts to bring Chomp back to the past, which fails, and Seth is sent into the past alone. The D-Team surrender their and catch dinosaurs to Rex's parents, with many tears.

In the second season, the Alpha Gang and the Ancients return. While the parents are talking, they are kidnapped by Gavro, a member of the Spectoral Space Pirates. This causes the Alpha Gang and D-Team to join forces against the Space Pirates in their plot to obtain the Cosmos Stones. Seth later returns as an ally to the Spectoral Space Pirates. Spectre, the leader of the Space Pirates, provides the dinosaur cards. In episode 75, Seth seems to become a traitor as he appeals to the D-Team for help, saying that they forced him to help them; however, it was really a trick to get the two Cosmos Stones in D-Team's control, despite the fact that he attacks and defeats his comrades two episodes later. In the end, although the Spectoral Space Pirates manage to catch all seven Cosmos Stones, Seth and the Pterosaur defeat the Black Pterosaur. Rex, his parents, and the Alpha Gang leave as the Spectoral Space Pirates are floating around in a pod.


Max is obsessed with dinosaurs. He knows his Tapejara from his Pteranodon and can find fossils better than a trained paleontologist. When he discovers a stone tablet that transports him to the age of dinosaurs, it's a dream come true—until it becomes a nightmare. An evil genius named Dr. Z has enslaved the dinosaurs so he can use their hidden powers to take over the world! Now Max has to defeat Dr. Z and his Alpha Gang to save the ancient beasts and life as we know it.


There are different cards to collect and use in order to play Dinosaur King. The barcodes are located on the long edges of the cards for the player to scan them in the machine. So far, there are four types of cards used in this game.

Dinosaur CardsEdit

These cards represent the "character" for the player. This is first scanned when a player scans his/her dinosaur and move. Each dinosaur is unique in the following traits:

  • Basic information (meaning of name, length, period and located where; in the back of the card)
  • Critical hit type
  • Element
  • Technique points
  • Strength value
  • Type


Each dinosaur type has different abilities in battle. They are as follows:

  • Attack Type: Has high Move power and usually also has a strong Critical Move.
  • Tie Type: Gets lower damage from a tie.
  • Defense Type: Has higher stamina, but usually has a weak Critical Move.

Newer types found in more recent expansions include:

  • Counter: Raise a Move's power after a loss.
  • Blitz: Raise a Move's power when the counter is at 10.
  • Crisis: Raise a Move's power when the player's energy turns low.
  • Hunter: Raise a Move's power when the opponent is weak.
  • Charge: The opponent will get more damage from a tie.
  • Heroic: Moves that lose to opponent's Critical move are very strong.
  • Death: Can use Death fire when HP is low.

Move CardsEdit

These cards represent the fighting techniques of the super-powered dinosaurs in the Dinosaur King arcade game. They are only scanned once the Dinosaur Card has been scanned. Only one move card per move type can only be scanned, making a total of three possible cards that can be scanned.

Super Move CardsEdit

These cards can teach the dinosaur a special elemental move and can cause massive damage when used. In the first edition cards there is only one card per element. As of the third edition each move (rock, paper, and scissors) has one super move card per element. More will be revealed over time. The player cannot scan an element card if the element of the dinosaur does not match the element of the Super Move. For example, triceratops will be able to use the lightning strike move card unlike tyrannosaurus. If he/she scans a "wrong" card, the game will tell the player that he/she scanned the wrong element.

Character CardsEdit

These cards are only available in Japan, but work in English versions of the arcade game. Character Cards are cards that display members of the Alpha Gang. They can alter the game in many ways.

  • 1-player: The player can choose difficulty levels without pressing all three buttons at the same time, the character on the card will be playable instead of Max, Dr. Taylor will be replaced by Dr. Z giving hints, and the player will receive an Alpha Gang level at the end of the four battles.
  • 2-player: The players will play as the character on the cards.

The only way to obtain character cards is to go to Japan, get specific Japanese stamped cards, and trade them with an office. They can only be scanned before a dinosaur card is scanned.


  1. "Dinosaur King Stomps Onto DS," IGN
  2. "Dinosaur King TCG Homepage," Upper Deck
  3. Kodai Ōja Kyōryū King D-Kids Adventure: Yokuryū Densetsu (TV) - Anime News Network

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