Magic: The Gathering Abilities

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Explanation of AbilityAbilityFirst Introduced
A card with this ability has two different effects to choose from. If you pay an additional cost, you may use both of these effects.Mirrodin
When a creature with this ability comes into play, exile a specified type of creature. Return the exiled card to play when the creature leaves play.Lorwyn
A creature with this abilty may only attack players that control a specified type of land.Existed beforehand, official name was not given until Mirage.
A specific effect that is able to be used when a player has three or more artifacts under his or her control.Scars of Mirrodin
You may pay a specified amount of mana any number of times as you cast a spell with this ability to yield a certain effect based on the amount of times you payed it.Worldwake
When you cast a sorcery with this ability, you may not play spells for the rest of the game. Copy the spell every turn at the beginning of your upkeep.Saviors of Kamigawa
Instead of drawing a card, you may place a certain amount of cards from the top of your deck into your graveyard to return a card with this ability from your graveyard to your handRavinca: City of Guilds
Pay a gradually increasing amount of mana to keep a permanent with this ability in play.Arabian Nights
When you cast a spell with this ability, reveal cards from the top of your library until you reach a nonland card with a converted mana cost less than the spell you casted. You mayAlara Reborn
Creatures with this ability cannot be blocked except by black creatures or artifact creatures.Given a keyword based off a card that appeared in Limited Edition Alpha
Any amount of damage dealt by a creature with this ability is considered lethal damage.Existed beforehand, official name was not given Future Sight.
At the beginning of your upkeep, if you control a creature with this ability, you may reveal the top card of your library. If it shares a type with the creature, a specific effectLorwyn
When a creature with this ability attacks, all other attacking creatures get +1/+0 until end of turn.Mirrodin Besieged
A creature with this ability deals damage in the form of -1/-1 counters.Wither
After a creature with this ability dies, a specific effect activates, and another creature on the battlefield may be chosen. The same effect activates when that creature is put intGuildpact
When a creature with this ability is blocked, it gains a certain boost in power and toughness. All Samurai creatures have this ability.Champions of Kamigawa
You gain life equal to the amount of damage dealt by any creature you control with this ability.Existed beforehand, official name was not given until Future Sight.
When a creature with this ability is put into your graveyard from play, you may return a Spirit of a certain converted mana cost or less to play.Champions of Kamigawa
When you play a land with this ability, look at the top four cards of your library. Exile one of them face-down and put the rest on the bottom of your library. When a certain condiLorwyn
If an instant or sorcery with this ability is cast, no other spells may be put on the stack until it resolves.Time Spiral
During a players upkeep, a cost may be paid to reveal a card with this ability to yield a certain effect. This is the trademark ability of the Azorius Senate.Dissension
A creature with this ability deals damage twice.Scourge
When a creature with this ability attacks, you may untap target creature that the defending player controls and force it to block this creatures.Legions
Pay a certain amount of mana to put a certain amount of a certain type of counter on a creature with this ability. The more of these counters it has, the more useful it becomes.Rise of the Eldrazi
When you cast a spell with this ability, look at a certain number of cards from the top of an opponent's library, You may put the each card on top or on the bottom of that opponentFuture Sight
When a creature with this ability dies without a -1/-1 counter on it, you may return it to play with a -1/-1 counter on it.Shadowmoor
You may pay a certain amount of mana to exile a card with this ability with a certain amount of time counters on it. Remove a time counter from it at the beginning of each upkeep. Time Spiral
This ability pertains to the total number of mana symbols in a specific area.Eventide
A creature with this ability can block creatures that have an ability that would make them unable to be blocked except by creatures that have the same ability.Existed beforehand, official name was not given until Future Sight.
A permanent with this ability has an effect that can only be activated when its controller has no cards in his or her hand. This is the trademark ability of the Rakdos Cult.Dissensions
Whenever a spell with this ability is placed on the stack, it is copied for each permanent that went to the graveyard during this turn. It only appears on a single card.Future Sight
A permanent with this ability comes into play with a specified number of +1/+1 counters. Whenever another creature comes into play, a +1/+1 counter can be moved from a creature witDissensions
If a creature with this ability dies without a +1/+1 counter on it, you may return to play with a +1/+1 counter on it.Dark Ascension
When a creature is put into your graveyard, you may pay a certain amount of mana to return a spell with this ability from your graveyard to your hand. Otherwise, exile it.Coldsnap
Discard a card with this ability to place a certain amount of +1/+1 counters on target creature.Morningtide
A spell with this ability costs {1} less to cast for each card you remove from the graveyard while casting it.Future Sight
You may cast a spell witht this ability by sacrificing a creature of the specified type and paying the difference in their mana costs.Betrayers of Kamigawa
Explanation of AbilityAbilityFirst Introduced
Pay a certain amount of mana at the beginning of each upkeep or sacrifice a permanent with this ability.Legends
A spell or ability used from a source with this ability affects its target as long as all permanents of the same type that share a color with it. This is the trademark ability of tRavinca: City of Guilds
A creature with this ability cannot be targeted by spells or abilities.Existed beforehnad, official name was not given until Future Sight
When a creature with this ability comes into play, you may reveal as many cards as you want that share a type with that creature from your hand. Place a certain amount of +1/+1 couLegions
You may cast a spell with this ability from your graveyard by discarding a land in addition to paying all other costs.Eventide
A creature with this ability deals damage before creatures that do not have this ability.Limited Edition Alpha
When you cast a Spirit or an Arcane spell, you may pay a certain amount of mana to reveal an instant or sorcery with this ability and add its effect onto the Spirit or Arcane that Champions of Kamigawa
Discard a card with this ability to draw a card.Urza's Saga
Pay a certain amount of mana to send an Aura with this ability back to your hand to exchange it with an Aura in your hand. There is only card that has this ability.Future Sight
If you discard a card with this ability from your hand, you may cast it at a lowered cost.Torment
Discard a card with this ability to search your library for a card of a specified type, reveal it, and put it into your hand.Defined differently when it appeared in Scourge, then redifined in Future Sight
When a creature with this ability attacks and is not blocked, it gains a specified boost in power. This ability can only be given by one card.Future Sight
Sacrifice a creature with this ability to search your library for a creature with the same converted mana cost and put it into play. It is only available on one card.Future Sight
A spell with this ability costs {1} less mana to cast for every permanent you control of a certain type.Mirrodin
Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery with this ability, you may pay a specific cost any number of times to copy that spell that many times. This is the trademark ability of the Guildpact
Cards with this ability switch between being on the battlefield and being treated as if they don't even exist.Mirage
Summoning sickness does not apply to a creature with this ability.Existed beforehand, official name was not given until Urza's Destiny
An instant or a sorcery spell with this ability can be exiled as it resolves, then automatically cast again and put into the graveyeard at the beginning of its owner's next upkeep.Rise of the Eldrazi
When you cast an instant or a sorcery with this ability, you may tap two creatures you control that share at least one color with it to copy that instant or sorcery.Shadowmoor
When a creature with this ability comes into play, you may sacrifice any number of creatures you control to place a +1/+1 counter on this creature for each creature you sacrificed.Shards of Alara
A permanent with this ability cannot be dealt damage, enchanted, blocked, or targeted by a spell or permanent that is has this ability from.Limited Edition Alpha
You may pay a certain combination of 3 mana to discard a card with this ablility and search your library for a card with the same converted mana cost, reveal it, and put it into yoRavinca
Pay a certain amount of mana to return a creature with this ability from the graveyard to the battlefield with haste and exile it at the end of your turn. It is the signature abiliShards of Alara
If you control a permanent with this ability, and a creature you control attacks alone, it gains +1/+1. (The boosts can stack up). It is the signature ability of the Bant Shard.Shards of Alara
When a creature with this ability attacks, if the defending player controls the specified type of land, that player may not block.Limited Edition Alpha
The turn after a card with this ability comes into play, you must pay a specified cost. Otherwise, the card will be sacrificed.Urza's Saga
When a spell with this ability is cast, a certain amount of mana may be paid to yield an additional or improved effect.Invasion
When a creature with this ability would be destroyed, sacrifice an aura attached to it instead.Rise of the Eldrazi
If damage would be dealt to a creature with this ability, prevent up to a certain amount of that damage. No creature has this ability naturally, and there is only one card ever madFuture Sight
A spell with this ability has all possible creature types.Lorwyn
When a creature with ability deals damage to a player, that player gets a specific amount of poison counters.Legends
A creature with this ability can attack in a group of any amount of creatures with this ability and up to one without this ability.Limited Edition Alpha
A creature with this ability cannot attack.Existed beforehand, official name was not given until Champions of Kamigawa.
When a creature with this ability attacks, sacrifice a certain number of permanents.Rise of the Eldrazi
An ability that can only be used when its source's controller has seven or more cards in his or her graveyard.Odyssey
A permanent with this ability cannot be affected by the spells and abilities of its controller's opponents.Existed beforehand, official name was not given until 2012 Core Set.
Creatures with this ability can only be blocked by artifact creatures or creatures that share at least one color with it.Zendikar
Explanation of AbilityAbilityFirst Introduced
An ability that may only be used if a creature died this turn.Innistrad
You may pay a specific amount of mana to return an unblocked creature to your hand in order to put a creature with this ability into play tapped and attacking.Betrayers of Kamigawa
Each creature you tap while casting a spell with this ability reduces its cost by {1} or by one mana of that creature's color. This is the trademark ability of the Selesnya ConclavRavinca: City of Guilds
A permanent with this ability enters the battlefield with a certain number of a certain counter. A counter is removed at the beginning of its controller's upkeep. Exile it when allNemesis
This as-of-yet unofficialy named ability allows you to strenghten the power of a creature that his it with red mana.Limited Edition Alpha
A permanent with this ability enters the battlefield with a certain number of time counters. At the beginning of its controller's upkeep, remove a time counter from it. When it hasTime Spiral
Pay a certain amount of mana to remove all damage from a creature with this ability.Limited Edition Alpha
A creature with this ability can be discarded for a cost to activate a specific effect.Saviors of Kamigawa
When you cast an artifact with this ability put a number of +1/+1 counters or charge counters on it equal to the amount of different colors of mana you used to cast it.Fifth Dawn
When you cast a spell with this ability, you may strengthen it by returning a certain number of lands of a certain type under your control to your hand.Saviors of Kamigawa
A creature with this ability can only be blocked by creatures that have this ability or a different ability that allows them to do so.Limited Edition Alpha
When a creature that does not have this ability blocks or is blocked by a creature that does have this ability, the creature that does not have this ability gets -1/-1.Mirage
A creature with this ability does not tap when it attacks.Existed beforehand, official name was not given until Champion of Kamigawa
Discard another card with the same name as a creature with this abilty to yield a specific effect.Future Sight
You may play a creature with this ability face down as a 2/2 creature for {3}. It may be turned face up for a specific cost.Onslaught
If an opponent was dealt damage the turn you cast a creature with this ability, place a certain amount of +1/+1 counters on it. This is the trademark ability of the Gruul Clans.Guildpact
A certain cost may be paid to attach an artifact with this ability to a land that the user controls. It only appears on one card.Future Sight
A permanent with this ability cannot be destroyed.Darksteel
A creature with this ability gains a certain boost in power and toughness for each creature blocking it beyond the first.Legends
A spell with this ability can be played at any time that you could play an instant.Mirage
When an artifact creature with this ability is put into a graveyard from play, you may move a certain amount of +1/+1 counters from it to another artifact creature.Darksteel
An instant or sorcery with this ability can be cast from the graveyard for a certain cost.Odyssey
Creatures with this ability cannot be blocked by creatures that do not have this ability.Tempest
Whenever you cast a spell with this ability, you may reveal a certain number of cards from the top of your library and cast any spell with the same name as this one wihout paying iColdsnap
When you cast a spell with this ability, you may pay a certain cost to place the spell back into your hand when it resovles.Tempest
When you cast an instant or sorcery with this ability, copy it for each spell cast before it during this turn.Scourge
If you control a permanent with this ablity, activate a certain effect whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control.Zendikar
A creature with this ability can be put into play for a lower cost, but is sacrificed immediately after entering the battlefield.Lorwyn
An ability that is based off the number of different basic land types you control.Appeared often in Planeshit, but was not officially named until Conflux
You may cast a creature with this spell if you dealt damage to an opponent with a creature that shares a type with it this turn.Morningtide
When a spell with this ability is cast, or a creature with this ability attacks, each player pays as much mana as he or she wants to in order to yield a specific effect based on thCommander
A card is exiled with this ability to yield a certain effect by an artifact or creature.Mirrodin
A creature with this ability can only be blocked by other creatures that have this ability.Portal 3 Kingdoms
A creature with this ability deals damage to players in the form of poison counters, and to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters.Scars of Mirrodin
If a creature with this ability would deal enough damage to its blocker(s) to destroy them, the leftover damage is dealt to the defending player or a planeswalker that he or she coLimited Edition Alpha
A spell with this ability has additonal abilities when its controller has 5 or less life.Dark Ascension

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