Zahya Sadeghi: Versatile Smuggler

Zahya Sadeghi: Versatile Smuggler

Identity: Cyborg
Deck size: 40 • Influence: 15 • Link: 0

Whenever a run on HQ or R&D ends, you may gain 1[credit] for each time you accessed a card during that run. Use this ability only once per turn.

I obtain your desire.
Illustrated by Benjamin Giletti
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  • Updated 2021-10-11

    Why does Zahya Sadeghi say “for each time you accessed a card” instead of “for each card you accessed”?

    Although the Runner is not usually allowed to access any given card more than once during a single breach, some cards, such as Bacterial Programming, have abilities that can move cards around in the middle of a breach, potentially resulting in the Runner having to access 1 or more cards for a second time. Zahya’s wording emphasizes that these repeat accesses still count toward the number of credits the Runner can gain.

  • Updated 2021-10-11

    If the Runner runs HQ or R&D, accesses a card during the run due to Otoroshi, and then the run ends unsuccessfully, can they still claim 1 from Zahya Sadeghi's ability?

    Yes, the card accessed would still count. Zahya’s ability does not require a successful run.


Zahya is the synthesis of what an ID ability should be to incentize the runner to run. If you run R&D or HQ, you always get additionnal value (the first time).

She make an otherwise lackluster console, The Gauntlet, that much better. With Docklands Pass, you break two ices, access 3 cards and gain 3.

Cards like Legwork and The Maker's Eye pay for themselves. And Conduit becomes a money machine.

With 40 cards and all the criminals tools, you will have to choose which tool to fit in your deck. As with all 40 cards deck size, it will give you a lot of consistency.

You can probably run a central every other turn easily, and with proper tools, earn on average about 1 per turn (some turns, you get 3, other turns you do not run, etc.) This is amazing value for doing what you should be doing as a runner : run servers!

Fabulous ID, fabulous art, fabulous quote, fabulous card!

(System Update 2021 era)

I have question about this ID na new console Virtuso, If i run R&D (marked from Vistuso), breach, and access 1 card from R&D, the i choose breach HQ accessing 1 card, does Zahya's ability give me 2 credits?

You do not gain the credits for the HQ breach from Virtuoso, because the Virtuoso breach happens after the run is over.