|Introduced:|| Alpha (mechanic)|
Champions of Kamigawa (keyword)
|Reminder Text:||Vigilance (Attacking doesn't cause this creature to tap.)|
|Statistics:|| 79 cards|
75% 16% 13% 9% 4%
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Vigilance is a keyword ability on creatures that allows the creature to attack without tapping.
Description[edit | edit source]
Vigilance exists primarily on white cards; creatures with vigilance generally are depicted as guards or sentinels. This ability has existed in the game since Alpha, where it was not keyworded but instead had the rules text of the ability written out. Vigilance was introduced as a keyword in Champions of Kamigawa. Ninth Edition was the first core set to follow.  Vigilance was retroactively supplanted, via Oracle, on all cards that had "Attacking doesn't cause this creature to tap." such as Serra Angel.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Before it was keyworded, vigilance was known as the Serra ability.
- The word "vigilance" comes from the psychological term of being able to maintain concentrated over prolonged periods of time.
- 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.
Rules[edit | edit source]
Example[edit | edit source]
Enchantments that grant just Vigilance[edit | edit source]
All your creatures
Plane card that grants Vigilance[edit | edit source]
- Gavony (all creatures)