Rampage

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Rampage is a keyword ability that gives an attacking creature a bonus to its power and toughness when it is blocked by more than one creature. Rampage first appeared in Legends; the last tournament-legal set with it was 5th Edition, until Craw Giant was reprinted as a timeshifted card in Time Spiral.

Rampage was viewed as a poor example of design, since players rarely use multiple creatures to block a single attacker if that creature doesn't have trample. Before the release of Ice Age, the only card that gave trample to a creature that did not have it naturally was Berserk, making it difficult to use rampagers well, since many of them do not have trample. Today, cards such as Gang of Elk and Beastmaster's Magemark use an updated, non-keyworded version of rampage (as "new rampage" quoted by Mark Rosewater) that activates against a single blocker and grows from there.

From the Comprehensive Rules:

  • 702.22. Rampage
    • 702.22a Rampage is a triggered ability. “Rampage N” means “Whenever this creature becomes blocked, it gets +N/+N until end of turn for each creature blocking it beyond the first.” (See rule 509, “Declare Blockers Step.”)
    • 702.22b The rampage bonus is calculated only once per combat, when the triggered ability resolves. Adding or removing blockers later in combat won’t change the bonus.
    • 702.22c If a creature has multiple instances of rampage, each triggers separately.

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Rulings

  • If a creature with rampage is blocked by a single creature, the ability triggers but provides no bonus.
  • The number of blocking creatures is determined when the ability resolves.

Examples

  • Craw Giant - Mana3.gifManag.gifManag.gifManag.gifManag.gif
    Creature — Giant
    6/4
    Trample
    Rampage 2 (Whenever this creature becomes blocked, it gets +2/+2 until end of turn for each creature blocking it beyond the first.)
  • Gang of Elk - Mana5.gifManag.gif
    Creature — Beast
    5/4
    Whenever Gang of Elk becomes blocked, it gets +2/+2 until end of turn for each creature blocking it.

Color Percentages

  • Red = 29 %
  • Green = 21 %
  • White = 7 % (instant which grants rampage)
  • Multicolor = 29 %
  • Artifact = 14 %

Cards with rampage

The following cards have rampage:

Additionally, Unhinged contains two cards that have rampage or can gain it as an activated ability (Old Fogey and Greater Morphling) and one with a variant thereof (Our Market Research Shows That Players Like Really Long Card Names So We Made This Card to Have the Absolute Longest Card Name Ever Elemental with "art rampage").

Cards that grant rampage

Cards with "new rampage"

Cards that grant "new rampage"

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