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Duels Vigilance symbol.png
Type: Static
Introduced: Alpha (mechanic)
Champions of Kamigawa (keyword)
Last Used: Evergreen
Reminder Text: Vigilance (Attacking doesn't cause this creature to tap.)
Statistics: 79 cards
{W}75% {G}16% {U}13% {R}9% {B}4%
Artifacts 10%
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Vigilance is a keyword ability on creatures that allows the creature to attack without tapping.

Description[edit | edit source]

Vigilance exists primarily on white cards; creatures with vigilance generally are depicted as guards or sentinels. This 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. [1] Vigilance was retroactively supplanted, via Oracle, on all cards that had "Attacking doesn't cause this creature to tap." such as Serra Angel.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Before it was keyworded, vigilance was known as the Serra ability.[2]
  • The word "vigilance" comes from the psychological term of being able to maintain concentration over prolonged periods of time.
  • 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.

Rules[edit | edit source]

From the Comprehensive Rules (Ixalan (September 29, 2017))

  • 702.20. Vigilance
    • 702.20a Vigilance is a static ability that modifies the rules for the declare attackers step.
    • 702.20b Attacking doesn’t cause creatures with vigilance to tap. (See rule 508, “Declare Attackers Step.”)
    • 702.20c Multiple instances of vigilance on the same creature are redundant.

From the glossary of the Comprehensive Rules (Ixalan (September 29, 2017))

A keyword ability that lets a creature attack without tapping. See rule 702.20, “Vigilance.”

Example[edit | edit source]

  • Steadfast Guard - {W}{W}
    Creature — Human Rebel
    Vigilance (Attacking doesn't cause this creature to tap.)

Enchantments that grant just Vigilance[edit | edit source]

One creature

All your creatures

Plane card that grants Vigilance[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Mark Rosewater. (June 8, 2015.) “Evergreen Eggs & Ham”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Mark Rosewater. (January 24, 2005.) “A Few Words From R&D”,, Wizards of the Coast.

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