Cache 1[credit]

Program: Virus
Memory: 1 • Strength: -
Influence: 1

Place 3 virus counters on Cache when it is installed.

Hosted virus counter: Gain 1[credit].

"People keep saying that 'Cash is king' in the business, like it's untraceable in the days of DNA sniffers and microtracers. Digital credits can be just as anonymous, and they're just as easy to counterfeit." -Silhouette
Illustrated by Ed Mattinian
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The Spaces Between (tsb)

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  • Wasn't printed as Anarch card to help them save on influence.
(The Source era)

Great little card though at time of writing only really fits in 2 arguably 3 runners deck.

First and most popularly Noise: Hacker Extraordinaire. Install, Mill Take all the counters off maybe pawn it later.

Secondly Nasir Meidan: Cyber Explorer unlike Noise Nasir will leave the counters on a Cache allowing him to gain the money as he needs it during a run great for after an Ice res like Pop-up Window.

Arguably Exile: Streethawk I've seen it in some exile decks as a draw and burst econ for a Clone Chip i personally don't think it's a good use but it see's play.

*I also feel this card could see more play when Salvager comes out.


Can net Huge amount of money when set up

Is a Virus (works with Grimoire, Cyberfeeder and the like)

Credits are not in your credit pool until you take the counters off.

Is a low cost program (can be used as protection against Power Shutdown


Takes up MU

Takes some set up/time for huge econ boost (Aesop's Pawnshop, Cyberfeeder's and the like)

Is a Virus (can be purged)

(The Source era)


Aesop's Pawnshop: For a , card and this combo brings in a massive total of 6 spread over two turns.

Grimoire: With Grimoire the runner will gain an additional .

Aesop's Pawnshop + Grimoire: This three card combo will net the runner a total of 6 for just one ! Put that in a Noise deck and you've just put yourself in a position to cause some serious Anarch chaos.

Clone Chip: If the runner doesn't need Clone Chip to grab another program Clone Chip can become a great economy card used to recur Cache. When combined with Grimoire and Aesop's Pawnshop a single Clone Chip can net the runner an additional 5 by the beginning of the next turn.

Cyberfeeder or Sahasrara: Use Cyberfeeder or Sahasrara to remove the install cost of Cache. Either of these cards pays for itself in just two applications of Cache. You can also use Sahasrara to install Clone Chip to recur Cache for additional .

Scheherazade: You can install Cache on Scheherazade with no fear because more often than not Cache will be pawned at the beginning of your next turn.

Kate "Mac" McCaffrey: Digital Tinker: Great identity with a natural affinity to both Cache and Aesop's Pawnshop.


Cache can fit anywhere in the runner's turn. The runner can use it first to catch the Corp off guard with the unexpected credit pool or the runner can save Cache for later in the turn barring damage and other needs to draw.

The runner should be wary of two scenarios:

  1. Do not leave two or more Cache programs with virus counters as the Corp may use the opportunity to purge virus counters.
  2. Because of the powerful synergy between Aesop's Pawnshop and Cache it is best to save Cache for when Aesop's is already in play.
(Breaker Bay era)
This is my first card review. I welcome any feedback as I would like to become a productive member of the NetrunnerDB community. —
Welcome! Your Combo line about Noise is wrong - Noise does not give it another virus counter. The value is Cache is a virus so Noise gets to mill another card. —
More synergies: Kate, Cyberfeeder and Sahasahara, which provide recurring credits to remove the install cost. Scheherazade, which adds +1 to the value of each Cache. Clone Chip, for pulling out Caches on the corps turn, then selling them straight to Aesops for a clickless, surprise +5-8 credit burst. —
@Ber You're right! Argh. Thanks for catching that. Editing the review now. —
Trying to edit the review, but it doesn't seem to save the changes. I am trying to make the correction regarding Noise and incorporate @Circadia's suggestions. Any ideas? —
There we go. Finally got it to take. Sometimes you just have to whine about something not working to get it to work. —
Don't forget Sheherazade. Adds that much more value to Cache and is cheaper than Grimoire, especially if Cache is your only virus —
@Caspian89 Thanks for the heads up. Grimoire works better if you're running a ton of viruses (i.e. Noise), but you're right that Sheherazade is better if cache is your only virus. —

Good card, good quote, but the art could be revised for something more evocative.

Like the other review said, this will combo well with Aesop's Pawnshop. At 1 influence, you can splash it in any faction. Freedom Khumalo: Crypto-Anarchist will benefit from having a versatile card, that can give 3 viruses for 1 creds and give some creds otherwise. This make Cyberfeeder worth it, making the card act like a Easy Mark.

Shaper using Maven will love to have a card that can be install for cheap that give creds on top of it.

Not the most powerful card, but it has a place in multiple archetypes.

(Salvaged Memories era)