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Fight is a keyword action introduced in Innistrad which represents a mechanic originally introduced with the Land Arena, though slightly altered. The word appears in a phrase like "[Cardname] and target creature fight." and it means that both creatures deal damage equal to their Power to each other.

  • The damage is dealt simultaneously, and it is dealt by the creatures themselves, so abilities like deathtouch, lifelink, and infect will work as normal.
  • Damage dealt while fighting is not combat damage, so abilities like first strike won't have any effect.
  • Fighting doesn't cause the creatures to become tapped.
  • Only creatures can fight.
  • No more than two creatures can fight.
  • If a creature somehow fights itself, it will deal damage to itself equal to its power twice simultaneously.

A few old cards with the same functionality will receive updated Oracle wording using the new terminology. Cards with similar, but not identical, functionality will not use the word "fight."

From the Comprehensive Rules (Fate Reforged)

  • 701.10. Fight
    • 701.10a A spell or ability may instruct a creature to fight another creature or it may instruct two creatures to fight each other. Each of those creatures deals damage equal to its power to the other creature.
    • 701.10b If a creature instructed to fight is no longer on the battlefield or is no longer a creature, no damage is dealt. If a creature is an illegal target for a resolving spell or ability that instructs it to fight, no damage is dealt.
    • 701.10c If a creature fights itself, it deals damage equal to its power to itself twice.
    • 701.10d The damage dealt when a creature fights isn’t combat damage.


  • Blood Feud - Mana4.gifManar.gifManar.gif
    Target creature fights another target creature. (Each deals damage equal to its power to the other.)

Color percentages[edit]

There is a total of 8 cards that involve fight, which divide by color as such:

  • Red = 38%
  • Green = 25%
  • Land = 25%
  • Artifact = 12%

Fighting cards before the keyword action[edit]