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The reference guide says, under Gaining Posessions and Condition, that when gaining a card with a specific trait:

The investigator searches that card type's deck then discard pile for the first card matching the specified trait and gains that card.

If I cannot find the card in the deck, do I search the discard pile from the most recently discarded card first, or the least recently discarded card?
Usually discard piles are face-up so that the most recently discarded is on top of the pile.

Now, searching is specified as looking through the deck from the bottom up.
Is the bottom of the discard deck the most recently discarded card then or the first one that was discarded?

My inclination is to think that the bottom of the deck is the side that displays the contents of the card, as searching through the details of the cards tends to be easier parsing through the cards from that direction, and this search was likely described to be bottom-up to make it easier to execute.

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An official answer from Nikki Valens (head designer of Eldritch Horror):

The investigator will search the discard pile bottom to top. That is, starting with cards that were discarded earliest and ending with the cards discarded most recently.

  • This is not entirely accurate. There are also cards that are not the same yet share traits. For instance the Asset deck, has several cards of type Relic or type Tome, so you will not find exactly the same card regardless of which direction you search. – Joey Jun 6 '16 at 17:04
  • Don't you mean the Unique Asset deck? This has no discard pile, like all double-sided cards. Or, maybe you mean searching the Asset deck for a card by trait, failing to find it, then searching that discard pile? In that case it does matter and isn't clarified. It's also a corner case which was never relevant in any game I have played, but I'll ask about it anyway. – tsuma534 Jun 6 '16 at 21:24
  • Yes your last case where a card type, such as an Ally, isn't in the deck and can be found in the discard is the situation I am speaking of. One of our core strategies is to attack the Assets deck early and often in exchange for the added risk of Debt reckonings and cost of taking that action. The varied benefits of these cards are often worth it, and we end up exhausting the deck of certain called for types once in a while. – Joey Jun 6 '16 at 21:39
  • I have sent a query to FFG. I guess the direction will be from the bottom, as I see one good reason for such ruling - consistency; and no good reasons to rule otherwise. – tsuma534 Jun 7 '16 at 7:26
  • Wow I did not expect that answer. Thanks for asking Nikki. – Joey Jun 10 '16 at 13:33

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