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Unblockable is an attribute of a creature that precludes it from being blocked. It can not be keyworded because it's used in too many different ways.[1] In Magic 2014, Unblockable was changed to Can't be blocked.

From the Comprehensive Rules

  • 700.5. If an attacking creature is unblockable, no creature can legally block it. (See rule 509, "Declare Blockers Step.") Spells or abilities may still cause it to become blocked.
    • 700.5a Although the text "[This permanent] is unblockable" is an ability, actually being unblockable is neither an ability nor a characteristic. It’s just something that’s true about a creature.

A creature's ability that grants unblockability can be static (Covert Operative), triggered (Bubbling Beebles) or activated (Blockade Runner). Some spells also grant a creature unblockability, often along with shroud. Additionally, some effects that grant unblockability may only target creatures with power 2 or less (Dwarven Warriors).

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[edit] Example of Unblockable

  • Phantom Warrior - Mana1.gifManau.gifManau.gif
    Creature — Illusion Warrior
    2/2
    Phantom Warrior is unblockable.

[edit] Color percentages

There are a total of 88 cards that involve unblockable, which divide by color as such:

  • Blue = 59 %
  • Multicolor = 11 %
  • Red = 7 %
  • Artifact = 7 %
  • Green = 5 %
  • White = 5 %
  • Black = 4 %
  • Land = 2 %

[edit] Spells and Artifacts that grant Unblockable

Enchantments

target creature

Instants

Sorceries

Artifacts

Equipment

Land

[edit] Cards that allow one to block an unblockable attacking creature

Instants

Creature

[edit] "Cannot be blocked (except) by"

A variant of 'unblockable' restricts unblockability to a certain subset of creatures, often naming a color, creature type, number of power or greater, number of blocking creatures or creatures with a certain keyword ability.

[edit] Example of "Cannot be blocked (except) by"

  • Wanderbrine Rootcutters - Mana2.gifManaub.gifManaub.gif
    Creature — Merfolk Rogue
    3/3
    Wanderbrine Rootcutters can't be blocked by green creatures.
  • Treetop Rangers - Mana2.gifManag.gif
    Creature — Elf
    2/2
    Treetop Rangers can't be blocked except by creatures with flying.

[edit] Creatures that are "Cannot be blocked (except) by"

Cannot be blocked by [color]

Cannot be blocked by artifact creatures

Cannot be blocked by creature tokens

Cannot be blocked except by [color or artifact creatures]

Cannot be blocked by [creature type]

Cannot be blocked except by [creature type]

Cannot be blocked by creatures with [keyword ability]

Cannot be blocked except by creatures with [keyword ability]

Cannot be blocked by more than [number of blocking creatures]

Cannot be blocked except by [number of blocking creatures]

two or more creatures

three or more creatures

Cannot be blocked by creatures with [number of power] or greater

[edit] Spells and Artifacts that grant "Cannot be blocked (except) by"

Cannot be blocked by [color]

Cannot be blocked by artifact creatures

Cannot be blocked except by [color or artifact creatures]

  • Seeker Mana2.gifManaw.gifManaw.gif (artifact and/or white)

Cannot be blocked by [creature type]

Cannot be blocked except by [creature type]

Cannot be blocked by creatures with [keyword ability]

Cannot be blocked except by creatures with [keyword ability]

Cannot be blocked by more than [number of blocking creatures]

Cannot be blocked except by [number of blocking creatures]

Cannot be blocked by creatures with [number of power] or greater

[edit] See also

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