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Type: Static
Introduced: Time Spiral
Last Used: Magic 2015
Reminder Text: Flash (You may play this card any time you could cast an instant)
Statistics: 164 cards
Manau.gif23% Manaw.gif19% Manag.gif18% Manar.gif7% Manab.gif6%
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 (Battle for Zendikar (September 26, 2015))

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.

Reminder text[edit | edit source]

The latest reminder text for flash reads "You may cast this spell any time you could cast an instant."

Examples[edit | edit source]

  • Ashcoat Bear - Mana1.gifManag.gif
    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 Mana3.gifManau.gifManar.gif Sorceries
Quick Sliver Mana1.gifManag.gif Slivers (any player)
Rootwater Shaman Mana2.gifManau.gif Auras with enchant creature
Shimmer Myr Mana3.gif Artifacts
Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir Mana2.gifManau.gifManau.gifManau.gif Creatures you own that aren't on the battlefield
Yeva, Nature's Herald Mana2.gifManag.gifManag.gif Green creatures
Prophet of Kruphix Mana3.gifManag.gifManau.gif Creatures
Enchantments Aluren Mana2.gifManag.gifManag.gif Creatures with converted mana cost 3 or less (any player)
Leyline of Anticipation Mana2.gifManau.gifManau.gif Nonland cards
Vernal Equinox Mana3.gifManag.gif Creatures and enchantments (any player)
Instants Quicken Manau.gif Next sorcery you cast this turn
Scout's Warning Manaw.gif Next creature you play this turn
Savage Summoning Manag.gif Next creature you cast this turn
Artifacts Vedalken Orrery Mana4.gif Nonland cards
Lands Alchemist's Refuge Nonland cards
Winding Canyons Mana2.gif, Tap.gif (activation) Creatures (until end of turn)
Planes Akoum Enchantments (any player)

References[edit | edit source]

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