Enchantment type

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An enchantment type is any subtype used for the further classification of enchantment cards.

Other then creature types enchantment types don't have to appear on all enchantments. Instead they are only introduced for mechanical purposes.

Rules[edit | edit source]

From the glossary of the Comprehensive Rules (October 4, 2019—Throne of Eldraine)

Enchantment Type
A subtype that’s correlated to the enchantment card type. See rule 303, “Enchantments.” See rule 205.3h for the list of enchantment types.

From the Comprehensive Rules (October 4, 2019—Throne of Eldraine)

  • 205.3h Enchantments have their own unique set of subtypes; these subtypes are called enchantment types. The enchantment types are Aura (see rule 303.4), Cartouche, Curse, Saga (see rule 714), and Shrine.

List of enchantment types[edit | edit source]

Aura[edit | edit source]

Main article: Aura

Enchantments that possess the rules text "Enchant" are of the Aura subtype. These enchantments must be attached to an object specified by the Enchant ability, and exert an effect on that object.

An Aura's text box will specify what kind of permanents it can be attached to, reading "Enchant [type]." When an Aura spell is played, it must target an appropriate permanent, and when it resolves, it comes into play attached to (and no longer targeting) that permanent. If the permanent it is attached to leaves play at any time, becomes a type that the Aura cannot enchant, or gains protection against any of the Aura's characteristics, the Aura becomes unattached and will go to the graveyard.

Auras can be destroyed by cards with "destroy target aura" or "destroy target enchantment" as auras are just subtypes of enchantments.

Cartouche[edit | edit source]

Main article: Cartouche

Cartouches are Auras that enchant creatures, giving them a boost that represents some kind of success or accomplishment. They give the creature they are enchanted to a boost of +1/+1 and a keyword, which is primary in that color. They also carry a secondary enter the battlefield effect, which also directly reflects the flavor of its color.

Curse[edit | edit source]

Main article: Curse

Curses are Auras that enchant players. They were introduced in Innistrad and featured in the Innistrad block and Commander 2013. Although all Curses enchant players, not all enchantments with the "Enchant player" rules text are Curses. In fact, the ability has been featured on cards from previous expansion sets, such as Psychic Possession from Dissension.

Saga[edit | edit source]

Main article: Saga

Sagas are enchantments with several triggered effects that change with the passage of turns as each "chapter" unfolds. As the Saga enters the battlefield and then right after the player's draw step, they add a lore counter to the Saga, triggering the correspondent chapter ability, until the third chapter is reached and the Saga is sacrificed. Flavor-wise, each Saga is meant to tell the story of a key event from the past, like the rise of Benalia or the Mending.

Shrine[edit | edit source]

Main article: Shrine

Shrines are enchantments that possess an ability that is triggered at the beginning of its controller's upkeep. The effect is proportional to the number of Shrines that player controls. Shrines were introduced and featured in Champions of Kamigawa only, and all Shrines possess the legendary supertype.