Flying

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Flying
Duels Flying symbol.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 Comprehensive Rules (June 14, 2019—Modern Horizons)

  • 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.

From the glossary of the Comprehensive Rules (June 14, 2019—Modern Horizons)

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

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]

Tunneling[edit | edit source]

Some creatures without flying can't be blocked by creatures with flying. This is a red ability, and is nicknamed "Tunneling"[6]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Mark Rosewater (Monday, November 17, 2003). "Up, Up and Away". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Mark Rosewater (June 8, 2015). "Evergreen Eggs & Ham". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Brady Dommermuth (June 01, 2009). "Mechanically Inclined". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  4. a b Mark Rosewater (June 5, 2017). "Mechanical Color Pie 2017". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Mark Rosewater (February 16, 2017). "What is the point of pseudo-flying creatures like Signal Pest and Orchard Spirit?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  6. Mark Rosewater (May 12, 2018). "What color is "can't be blocked by creatures with flying"?". Blogatog. Tumblr.

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