Unblockable

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Unblockable is an attribute of a creature that precludes it from being blocked. 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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Example of Unblockable

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

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 %

Spells and Artifacts that grant Unblockable

Enchantments

target creature

Instants

Sorceries

Artifacts

Equipment

Land

Cards that allow one to block an unblockable attacking creature

Instants

Creature

"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.

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.

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

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

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