Blank Tile Scoring

Every Words With Friends Game has 104 tiles and 2 of those tiles are blank. Blank tiles carry no point value but can become any letter you wish, making them useful for completing words that wouldn’t have been possible otherwise. Even blank tiles placed on a double or triple-letter square are zero.

Blank tiles can still influence score. Placing a blank on a double- or triple-word square (DW, TW) the value of the word is still doubled or tripled, even-though the blank tile hasn’t added anything to the total score of the word.

Another good place to use a blank tile is to make a previously played high scoring word plural by naming the blank tile as an “S” if possible. Or use a blank tile to replace a low scoring letter needed to complete a long word with high scoring tiles such as “Q”, “X” or “Z.”

The blank tile is also to useful to assist with building 7 letter word combinations, or bingos. Bingos require the right mix of skill and luck and when played receive an additional 35 points added to the word score.

A blank tile, once played, becomes that designated letter on the board for the remainder of the game.

It may be useful to remember if your opponent has played any blank tiles during the game. Because there are only 2 blank tiles you can begin to make assumptions of what tiles they may have and avoid leading them into easy high scoring words.

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10 Responses to “Blank Tile Scoring”

  1. John E. Bredehoft (Empoprises) May 1, 2012 at 5:32 pm #

    Thanks for this information. I just started playing Words With Friends – and losing. This should help me get higher scores.

  2. Dport869 June 7, 2012 at 11:18 pm #

    how does it work when you swap letters?

  3. Sconn1 June 9, 2012 at 5:35 pm #

    why does it appear that after a blank tile is placed, and becomes a letter,,,in future words, the letter seems to take on its orig point designation. for example, i just played a word that tied into another word with a blank tile, the only way i see the points that i got adding up is if the previously placed “L” tile (that was blank and assigned the letter L) gave me the 2 points an L normally carries. 

    • BubbaJean February 8, 2015 at 10:18 pm #

      I just made a word consisting of ONLY blank tiles (“D”from a prior word, “O” on a double letter”) and it gave me 14 points. Go figure.

  4. Deb Marc Margolies January 1, 2013 at 8:33 pm #

    how do I give it a letter.

    • Jess Mueller January 5, 2013 at 1:30 am #

      Just place the blank tile where you want and it will let you choose what letter to make it.

  5. Nicole L'Eplattenier Palmer March 14, 2013 at 3:00 pm #

    What are bingos?

    • Words With Friends [Win!] May 24, 2013 at 11:14 pm #

      Using all 7 tiles in a single turn is a BINGO rewarded with an additional 35 points added to the word score.

  6. Suzanne April 12, 2015 at 9:43 pm #

    Opponet play a blank, it becomes a capital, I cannot use it. Is this new?

  7. Dbm April 22, 2015 at 12:32 pm #

    My game is not letting me build off a blank tile to create a TW score. The E from another word that was a blank tile is not being recognized as part of any word I use it in. Why? And what do I do?

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