Exploding Kittens How Many Players

Exploding Kittens – How Many Players?

Are you unsure of how many players can play Exploding Kittens? Well you have come to the right place, this article will explain how many players can play the different versions of the game plus the different expansion packs. 

Exploding Kittens How Many Players?


The original Exploding Kittens game supports 2 to 5 players. It isn’t possible to play with more than 5 players with just the original base game as it only has 4 exploding kittens included in the deck of cards. 

It is possible to add a sixth player if the original base game of exploding kittens is combined with the imploding kittens expansion pack as this expansion pack contains an imploding kitten. 

The Streaking Kittens Expansion does contain a streaking kitten card and an extra exploding kitten card but because the streaking kitten allows a player to hold an exploding kitten in their hand, if this was combined with the base game this would not add an extra player, it would actually subtract a player. If you did want to play 6 players with the base game and the Streaking Kittens expansion then the streaking kitten would have to be removed from the deck. 

Unfortunately the Barking Kittens expansion does not add an extra player, unless of course the barking kitten was treated like an exploding kitten and the barking kitten rules were not followed.


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Now if you are thinking that playing the base game with two or all three of the expansion packs will increase the amount of players further you are unfortunately mistaken. Even if the base game is played with all three expansions it can only be played with a maximum of 6 players as there are only 6 defuse cards in the original base game and no extra defuse cards are in any of the Imploding, Barking and Streaking expansion packs.

If you are wanting to play with more than 6 players the best option is the Exploding Kittens Party Pack Edition. This edition allows for up to 10 players to play with this set alone. If you are playing with a smaller group it does allow for a minimum of 2 players also. This edition contains cards from the original base game and some additional cards from the Imploding Kittens Expansion. 

The Party Pack Edition can also be combined with the original Exploding Kittens Base game to create a giant game for up to 15 players. 

**You could even add in the imploding kittens expansion to increase this to 16 players**

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The Exploding Kittens NSFW Edition supports 2 to 5 players, it isn’t possible to play with more than 5 players with just this edition as it only contains 4 exploding kitten cards in the deck. The NSFW Edition contains the same cards as the original base edition, however the pictures and wording on the cards has been revamped for adult play and are quite rude. It is definitely not suitable for children. 

**If you are looking for a more child friendly version of the game, check out Exploding Minions**

There is no reason why the Exploding Kittens NSFW Edition cannot be combined with the other expansion packs or base games. Adding the imploding kittens expansion would add an extra player, adding the original base game would add an extra 5 players and adding the party pack to this edition would add an extra 10 players.

Exploding Kittens Recipes for Disaster Edition is designed for 2 to 5 players however the game comes with 13 game recipes which are each tailored for a certain number of players. The game contains cards from the original base game and some of the favorites from the different expansion packs. 

If the recipes weren’t followed there is no reason why this game can’t be combined with any of the other editions of the game or expansion packs to allow for more players. 


To summarize, how many players can play exploding kittens?


Exploding Kittens Original Base Game

2-5 Players

Imploding Kittens

Adds 1 Player

Barking Kittens 

No Player Added

Streaking Kittens 

Subtracts a Player unless the Streaking Kitten is removed then it adds 1 Player

Exploding Kittens Party Pack Edition 

2-10 Players

Exploding Kittens NSFW Edition 

2-5 Players

Exploding Kittens Recipes For Disaster 

2-5 players

There is no reason why all of these editions and expansion packs can’t be mixed and matched as the newly manufactured versions of these all have the same printed red color backs so there would be no way to tell the difference between the sets. 


Is Exploding Kittens 2 Player? 


The creators of Exploding Kittens have now released a new compact 2 player edition of the game. The two player edition contains the same types of cards as the original exploding kittens base game but just not as many of each  individual card. There are no new cards included in this edition. 

However, all of the other editions and expansions do cater for 2 player game play so that being said I would recommend purchasing one of those over the 2 player edition.