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First strike
Type: Static
Introduced: Alpha
Last Used: Magic 2015
Reminder Text: This creature deals combat damage before creatures without first strike.
Statistics: 390 cards
Manaw.gif33% Manar.gif27% Manab.gif8% Manau.gif2% Manag.gif2%
Multicolor 13%, Artifact 9%, Land 1%
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First strike is a keyword ability that changes the rules for combat by adding an additional combat damage step. The ability usually represents a creature's exceptional speed or prowess; or possession of long range weapons, such as spears, or bows. First strike has been in Magic since the original Alpha set. First strike has appeared in all colors, but is primarily placed in white and red.

From the Comprehensive Rules (Khans of Tarkir)

  • 702.7. First Strike
    • 702.7a First strike is a static ability that modifies the rules for the combat damage step. (See rule 510, “Combat Damage Step.”)
    • 702.7b If at least one attacking or blocking creature has first strike or double strike (see rule 702.4) as the combat damage step begins, the only creatures that assign combat damage in that step are those with first strike or double strike. After that step, instead of proceeding to the end of combat step, the phase gets a second combat damage step. The only creatures that assign combat damage in that step are the remaining attackers and blockers that had neither first strike nor double strike as the first combat damage step began, as well as the remaining attackers and blockers that currently have double strike. After that step, the phase proceeds to the end of combat step.
    • 702.7c Giving first strike to a creature without it after combat damage has already been dealt in the first combat damage step won’t prevent that creature from assigning combat damage in the second combat damage step. Removing first strike from a creature after it has already dealt combat damage in the first combat damage step won’t allow it to also assign combat damage in the second combat damage step (unless the creature has double strike).
    • 702.7d Multiple instances of first strike on the same creature are redundant.

Examples[edit]

  • Anaba Bodyguard - Mana3.gifManar.gif
    Creature — Minotaur
    2/3
    First strike (This creature deals combat damage before creatures without first strike.)

Enchantments that grant just First Strike[edit]

One creature

All your creatures

In other languages[edit]

Language or script Title Romanization
French
25
Initiative
German
25
Erstschlag
Italian
25
Attacco improvviso
Portuguese
25 25
Iniciativa
Spanish
25
Dañar primero
Russian
25
Первый удар Pervy’ udar
(GOST 2002)
Japanese
25
先制攻撃 Sensei Kōgeki
(Hepburn)
Korean
25
선제공격
(先制攻擊)
Seonjegonggyeok
(Revised romanization)
Simplified Chinese
25
先攻 Xiāngōng
(Pinyin)
Traditional Chinese
25 25 25
先攻 Sin1 gung1
(Jyutping)

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