Hexproof is a keyword ability that prevents a permanent or player from being the target of spells or abilities played by opponents. It chiefly appears in green, and to a lesser extent in white and blue.
Hexproof was first introduced in Portal Three Kingdoms on two green creatures, but was only keyworded in Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012. It functions as onesided Shroud: a permanent with hexproof can't be the target of spells or abilities its controller's opponents control, though it can be targeted by its controller's spells or abilities. In a multiplayer scenario a permanent with hexproof can also be targeted by its controller's teammates' spells or abilities.
Hexproof debuted in Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012 and appears in subsequent card sets, including Magic: The Gathering Commander and the Magic 2012 Core Set. All cards that have text that exactly matches what hexproof does have received updated official wordings with the new keyword. Since Magic 2012, Hexproof has been considered an "Evergreen" ability, largely replacing Shroud.
- A permanent with hexproof can still be the target of spells or abilities controlled by that permanent's controller or that player's teammates. The same is true for a player with hexproof.
- Aura spells target a permanent or player. You can't cast an Aura spell targeting an opponent's permanent with hexproof.
- Auras on the battlefield don't target anything. Granting hexproof to a permanent or player doesn't cause opponents' Auras to become unattached.
The latest reminder text for Hexproof reads This creature can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control.
Enchantments that grant just Hexproof
One player (yourself)
Creatures you control
Permanents (besides itself) you control
- This mechanic was colloquially referred to as "Troll Shroud" before the introduction of the keyword, in reference to Troll Ascetic, one of the first and most popular cards with that mechanic.
- This mechanic is considered "Evergreen".
- Wizards of the Coast has stated that with introduction of Hexproof, there is no intent to print any new cards with Shroud.