|Introduced:|| Alpha (mechanic)|
Champions of Kamigawa (keyword)
|Reminder Text:||Vigilance (Attacking doesn't cause this creature to tap.)|
|Statistics:|| 79 cards|
75% 16% 13% 9% 4%
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Description[edit | edit source]
The keyword exists primary on white cards and secondary on green; creatures with vigilance generally are depicted as guards or sentinels. White tends to get this on creatures where the power is equal to or less than the toughness, and seldom with a power greater than 3. Green tends to get this ability on larger creatures to differentiate it from white.
Before it was keyworded, vigilance was known as the Serra ability after Serra Angel. It ability has existed in the game since Alpha, where it was not keyworded but instead had the rules text of the ability written out.
Vigilance was introduced as a keyword in Champions of Kamigawa. Ninth Edition was the first core set to follow.  Vigilance was retroactively supplanted, via Oracle, on all cards that had "Attacking doesn't cause this creature to tap." such as Serra Angel itself.
Rules[edit | edit source]
Example[edit | edit source]
Enchantments that grant just Vigilance[edit | edit source]
All your creatures
Plane card that grants Vigilance[edit | edit source]
- Gavony (all creatures)
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- The Vigilance, lifelink, and fear keywords are the only keywords with a card of the exact name (Vigilance, Lifelink and Fear respectively). Flying comes close, with the card called Flight.
References[edit | edit source]
- Mark Rosewater. (June 5, 2017.) “Mechanical Color Pie 2017”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Mark Rosewater. (January 24, 2005.) “A Few Words From R&D”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Mark Rosewater. (June 8, 2015.) “Evergreen Eggs & Ham”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.