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If I have a card that gives me additional energy like Ironclads Seeing Red, can I use it while already at maximum energy?

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Yes, using cards like the Ironclads Seeing Red will allow you to increase your energy above your maximum. Combined with Ironclads Whirlwind this can be a very lethal combination.

You will have to use all your energy this turn as it'll be reset to your maximum at the beginning of your next turn.

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  • If you couldn't go above your maximum energy, cards like Flying Knee would be useless: vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/slay-the-spire/images/8/82/…
    – Lyrion
    Jan 8, 2018 at 14:32
  • Yeah, this question popped up on my first run after facing only a few enemies. At the time I wasn't sure if you'd have to increase your maximum to get the effect of cards like that. The energy is shown like 3/3, which could read like 3 out of 3, but in fact it should be read as 3 current energy, +3 energy per turn.
    – William
    Jan 8, 2018 at 15:52
  • Just a side note - there is a relic now that allows you to retain your unused energy and roll it over to your next turn. You don’t always have to “use it or lose it”.
    – ColleenV
    Oct 8, 2018 at 18:52

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