- This article is about the about the ability Defender. For the player, see Defending player.
Defender is a static ability that renders a creature unable to attack. The keyword was introduced as a replacement of the baggage that the creature type Wall carried. It was introduced with Champions of Kamigawa and was retroactively added to all Walls.
Before defender was introduced all Walls were unable to attack as a definition of their creature type. Now creatures with Defender can potentially lose the ability and attack - this would have been a rules-hassle before. However, Defender has introduced some confusion as well, because not all cards that refer to Walls or non-Walls have been changed.
It is perfectly legal to choose a non-Wall creature with Defender, such as Carven Caryatid, even though that was not the original intent.
This ability is clearly designed to work on non-Defenders, but that is not the case. It is legal for Norritt to target any non-Wall creatures with Defender, such as Carven Caryatid.
- Changing a creature's type no longer affects whether it can attack. A Wall that becomes a non-Wall will still have the defender ability. Likewise, a non-Wall that becomes a Wall won't have the defender ability.
The latest reminder text for Defender reads "This creature can't attack."
Enchantments that grant just Defender