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The term "evergreen", as in the context of "an evergreen keyword", refers to keywords or keyword actions that can be used in any set.[1] As the core set has always been the place for new players to start, as of Eighth Edition it was decided to include reminder text with the evergreen creature keywords.[2]

Current evergreen keywords[edit | edit source]

Keyword Found in First used in First keyworded in First core set First core set
as a keyword
Cards in core
sets with this
Cards in all
sets with this
Deathtouch Black, Green Future Sight Future Sight Magic 2010 Magic 2010 15 75
Defender Walls in all colors[3] Alpha Betrayers of Kamigawa Alpha Tenth Edition 38 207
Double strike Red, White Legions Legions Tenth Edition Tenth Edition 5 62
Enchant Auras of all colors Alpha Alpha Alpha[4] Alpha 139 732
Equip Equipment Mirrodin Mirrodin Ninth Edition Ninth Edition 21 174
Fight Red, Green Onslaught Innistrad Magic 2013 Magic 2013 2 17
First strike White, Red, Black Alpha Alpha Alpha Alpha 60 374
Flash Blue, Green Visions Time Spiral Ninth Edition Tenth Edition 12 158
Flying Blue, White, Black Alpha Alpha Alpha Alpha 268 1813
Haste Red, Black, Green Alpha Sixth Edition Alpha Sixth Edition 45 433
Hexproof Green, Blue Portal Three Kingdoms Duels of the
Planeswalkers 2012
Tenth Edition Magic 2012 13 54
Indestructible Artifacts, White Alpha Darksteel Alpha Magic 2010 9 68
Lifelink White, Black Mirrodin Future Sight Ninth Edition Tenth Edition 17 91
Menace [5] Black, Red Alliances‎ Magic Origins‎ Fifth Edition Magic Origins‎ 10 32
Prowess Blue, Red, White Khans of Tarkir Khans of Tarkir‎ Magic Origins Magic Origins‎ 4 22
Reach Green, Red Alpha Future Sight Alpha Tenth Edition 14 159
Regenerate Black, Green Alpha Alpha Alpha Alpha 38 251
Scry Blue, Red Fifth Dawn Fifth Dawn Magic 2011 Magic 2011 5 78
Trample Green, Red Alpha Alpha Alpha Alpha 56 478
Vigilance White, Green Alpha Champions of Kamigawa Alpha Ninth Edition 32 198

Former evergreen keywords[edit | edit source]

Keyword Found in First used in First keyworded in First core set First core set as a keyword Last used in Supplanted
by
Cards in core
sets with this
Cards in all
sets with this
Ante Artifacts, black, red, green Alpha Alpha Alpha Alpha Homelands 6 9
Banding White Alpha Alpha Alpha Alpha Weatherlight 12 41
Fear Black Alpha Onslaught Alpha Eighth Edition Alara Reborn Intimidate 4 77
Shroud Blue, Green Legends Future Sight Fifth Edition Tenth Edition Mirrodin Besieged Hexproof 8 116
Intimidate Black, Red Zendikar Zendikar Magic 2010 Magic 2010 Commander 2014 Menace 6 31
Landwalk Blue (Islandwalk)
Black (Swampwalk)
Red (Mountainwalk)
Green (Forestwalk)
Alpha Alpha Alpha Alpha Khans of Tarkir 44 186
Protection All colors against their enemy, White Alpha Alpha Alpha Alpha Magic Origins 25 273

Evergreen keywords by color[edit | edit source]

  • White: Banding, Double Strike, First Strike, Flash, Flying, Lifelink, Plainswalk, Protection, Vigilance, Prowess
  • Blue: Flash, Flying, Hexproof, Islandwalk, Protection, Shroud, Prowess, Scry
  • Black: Deathtouch, Fear, First Strike, Intimidate, Lifelink, Regeneration, Swampwalk, Menace
  • Red: Haste, Double strike, First Strike, Intimidate, Mountainwalk, Trample, Prowess, Menace, Scry
  • Green: Deathtouch, Flash, Forestwalk, Haste, Hexproof, Reach, Regeneration, Shroud, Trample, Vigilance
  • Colorless: Indestructible, Equip
  • All: Enchant, Defender (mainly walls), Protection (against enemy)

Notes and references[edit | edit source]

  1. Mark Rosewater. (June 18, 2007.) "Keyword Play", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Mark Rosewater. (August 05, 2013.) "Twenty Things That Were Going To Kill Magic", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Originally the creature type "Wall" carried the special rule that the creature couldn't attack. This was removed sometime around Betrayers of Kamigawa. Walls printed prior to that set have received errata giving them defender.
  4. By errata as of Ninth Edition. Originally cards that now have the subtype Aura were "local enchantments", with a type including what it could enchant, such as "Enchant Creature" or "Enchant Land".
  5. Mark Rosewater. (June 8, 2015.) "Evergreen Eggs & Ham", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.

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