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Type: Static
Introduced: Time Spiral
Last Used: Evergreen
Reminder Text: Flash (You may cast this spell any time you could cast an instant.)
Statistics: 164 cards
{U}23% {W}19% {G}18% {R}7% {B}6%
Multicolor 13%, Artifact 6%, Land 1%
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Flash is a keyword ability which allows the card it is printed on to be played at any time you could play an Instant.

Description[edit | edit source]

Flash first appeared in the Time Spiral expansion, [1] its first appearance in a core set was in Tenth Edition. [2] Although this ability existed before Time Spiral, this is the first time it was used a keyword. The earliest card with Flash is King Cheetah from Visions. Older cards with this ability have received errata to give them Flash.[3]

Rules[edit | edit source]

From the Comprehensive Rules (Commander 2016 (November 11, 2016))

  • 702.8. Flash
    • 702.8a Flash is a static ability that functions in any zone from which you could play the card it’s on. “Flash” means “You may play this card any time you could cast an instant.”
    • 702.8b Multiple instances of flash on the same object are redundant.

From the glossary of the Comprehensive Rules (Commander 2016 (November 11, 2016))

A keyword ability that lets a player play a card any time he or she could cast an instant. See rule 702.8, “Flash.”

Examples[edit | edit source]

  • Ashcoat Bear - {1}{G}
    Creature — Bear
    Flash (You may cast this spell any time you could cast an instant.)

Cards that grant Flash[edit | edit source]

Cardtype Name Manacost Grants flash to
Creatures Hypersonic Dragon {3}{U}{R} Sorceries
Quick Sliver {1}{G} Slivers (any player)
Rootwater Shaman {2}{U} Auras with enchant creature
Shimmer Myr {3} Artifacts
Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir {2}{U}{U}{U} Creatures you own that aren't on the battlefield
Yeva, Nature's Herald {2}{G}{G} Green creatures
Prophet of Kruphix {3}{G}{U} Creatures
Rattlechains {1}{U} Spirits
Enchantments Aluren {2}{G}{G} Creatures with converted mana cost 3 or less (any player)
Leyline of Anticipation {2}{U}{U} Nonland cards
Vernal Equinox {3}{G} Creatures and enchantments (any player)
Instants Quicken {U} Next sorcery you cast this turn
Scout's Warning {W} Next creature you play this turn
Savage Summoning {G} Next creature you cast this turn
Artifacts Vedalken Orrery {4} Nonland cards
Lands Alchemist's Refuge {G}{U}, {T} (activation) Nonland cards
Winding Canyons {2}, {T} (activation) Creatures (until end of turn)
Planes Akoum Enchantments (any player)

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Mark Rosewater. (September 18, 2006.) “Plenty of Time”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Mark Rosewater. (June 8, 2015.) “Evergreen Eggs & Ham”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Magic Arcana. (November 30, 2006.) “Got Flash?”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.