Flying

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Flying
Mtga flying.png
Keyword Ability
Type Evasion
Introduced Alpha
Last Used Evergreen
Reminder Text Flying (This creature can't be blocked except by creatures with flying and/or reach.)
Scryfall Search
oracle:"Flying"

Flying is an evergreen evasion ability that makes creatures without flying unable to block creatures with flying. It has been in Magic since the original Alpha set.[1][2] It was the first mechanic that Richard Garfield designed for the game.[3]

Description[edit | edit source]

Flying appears on over 1,000 different cards and is scattered wildly on the color wheel, mostly being found on blue and white cards, and to a lesser extent in black and red.[4] Green rarely has flying creatures, but is the best color at destroying them (e.g. Hurricane, Plummet).[4] There are a number of creature types that almost always have flying, such as Angels, Birds, Sphinxes, Dragons, and Griffins (each of these generally being creatures with wings).

Rules[edit | edit source]

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

Flying
A keyword ability that restricts how a creature may be blocked. See rule 702.9, “Flying.”

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

  • 702.9. Flying
    • 702.9a Flying is an evasion ability.
    • 702.9b A creature with flying can’t be blocked except by creatures with flying and/or reach. A creature with flying can block a creature with or without flying. (See rule 509, “Declare Blockers Step,” and rule 702.17, “Reach.”)
    • 702.9c Multiple instances of flying on the same creature are redundant.

Examples[edit | edit source]

Example

Bog Imp {1}{B}
Creature — Imp
1/1
Flying (This creature can't be blocked except by creatures with flying or reach.)

Enchantments that grant just Flying[edit | edit source]

One creature

All your creatures

Pseudo-flying[edit | edit source]

Some creatures without flying can't be blocked except by creatures with flying or reach. Mark Rosewater is not a fan of this design.[5]

Can't be blocked by creatures with flying[edit | edit source]

Some creatures without flying can't be blocked by creatures with flying. This is a red ability, and is sometimes nicknamed "Tunneling"[6] However, "Tunneling" is more often used for “target creature with power 2 or less is unblockable this turn”.[7][8]

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