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Duels Flying symbol.png
Type: Evasion
Introduced: Alpha
Last Used: Evergreen
Reminder Text: Flying (This creature can't be blocked except by creatures with flying and/or reach.)
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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 (Ixalan (September 29, 2017))

  • 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 (Ixalan (September 29, 2017))

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

Examples[edit | edit source]

  • Bog Imp - {1}{B}
    Creature — Imp
    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]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Mark Rosewater. (Monday, November 17, 2003.) “Up, Up and Away”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Mark Rosewater. (June 8, 2015.) “Evergreen Eggs & Ham”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Brady Dommermuth. (June 01, 2009.) “Mechanically Inclined”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  4. a b Mark Rosewater. (June 5, 2017.) “Mechanical Color Pie 2017”,, 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.

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