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Type: Static
Introduced: Mirrodin (mechanic)
Future Sight (keyword)
Last Used: Magic 2015
Reminder Text: Damage dealt by this creature also causes you to gain that much life.
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Lifelink is a keyword ability introduced in Future Sight. The vigilance, lifelink, and fear keywords are the only keywords with a card of the exact name (Vigilance, Lifelink and Fear respectively). Flying comes close, with the card called Flight.

From the Comprehensive Rules (Fate Reforged)

  • 702.15. Lifelink
    • 702.15a Lifelink is a static ability.
    • 702.15b Damage dealt by a source with lifelink causes that source’s controller, or its owner if it has no controller, to gain that much life (in addition to any other results that damage causes). See rule 119.3.
    • 702.15c If a permanent leaves the battlefield before an effect causes it to deal damage, its last known information is used to determine whether it had lifelink.
    • 702.15d The lifelink rules function no matter what zone an object with lifelink deals damage from.
    • 702.15e Multiple instances of lifelink on the same object are redundant.


  • The ability causes life gain whenever a permanent with lifelink deals any damage, not combat damage.
  • All older cards with the ability "Whenever this permanent deals damage, you gain that much life." that received errata to change that ability to "lifelink" have reverted to their original wording with the exception of Loxodon Warhammer, which was been printed with the word "lifelink" in 10th Edition and two subsequent reprintings.
  • Note that the card Spirit Link does not grant the creature it enchants lifelink. The lifelink ability has the creature's controller gain life. Spirit Link has Spirit Link's controller gain life. The same is true for Vampiric Link.

Reminder text[edit]

The latest reminder text for Lifelink reads "Damage dealt by the creature also causes its controller to gain that much life."


  • Caravan Hurda - Mana4.gifManaw.gif
    Creature — Giant
    Lifelink (Damage dealt by this creature also causes you to gain that much life.)

Enchantments that grant just Lifelink[edit]

One creature

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