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The following cards create +1/+1 counters.

By Set[]

Alpha[]

  • Fungusaur, Rock Hydra and Sengir Vampire from Alpha were the first cards to use +1/+1 counters. Of all cards that use +1/+1 counters, Sengir Vampire has been printed in the most sets (13). Rock Hydra was the first creature to come onto the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters on it.[1][2]

Arabian Nights[]

Antiquities[]

Legends[]

The Dark[]

  • Frankenstein's Monster is the first and only creature to come into play with +2/+0, +1/+1 and/or +0/+2 counters.

Ice Age[]

  • Mountain Titan is the first creature with an activated ability that puts +1/+1 counters on itself whenever you cast a black spell.
  • Spoils of War is the first sorcery to produce +1/+1 counters.
  • Wiitigo is the first creature to come onto the battlefield with 6 +1/+1 counters on it.

Homelands[]

Alliances[]

Mirage[]

Visions[]

Tempest[]

Stronghold[]

Exodus[]

Urza's Saga[]

Urza's Legacy[]

  • Anthroplasm is the first creature that could change the number of +1/+1 counters it had on itself by paying X amount, and tapping, which would replace the current number with X +1/+1 counters.
  • Molten Hydra is the first creature that could add a +1/+1 counter to itself by paying {1}{R}{R}.
  • Phyrexian Broodlings

Urza's Destiny[]

  • Extruder is the first artifact creature that could sacrifice an artifact to put a +1/+1 counter on any creature.
  • Hunting Moa is the first creature that puts a +1/+1 counter on target creature both when it comes into play and is put into a graveyard.

Mercadian Masques[]

  • Blood Hound is the first creature to get +1/+1 counters whenever you're dealt damage.
  • Erithizon is the first creature to put a +1/+1 counter on a creature of defending player's choice whenever it attacks.
  • Ferocity is the first enchantment aura to put a +1/+1 counter on the creature it targets whenever it blocks or becomes blocked.
  • Rushwood Elemental is the first creature that gets a +1/+1 counter during each of its controller's upkeeps.

Nemesis[]

  • Mossdog is the first creature that gets a +1/+1 counter when it is the target of a spell or ability an opponent controls.

Prophecy[]

  • Copper-Leaf Angel is the first creature that can sacrifice lands to get +1/+1 counters.
  • Forgotten Harvest is the first non-aura enchantment that could remove lands from a graveyard to put +1/+1 counters on target creature.
  • Thrive is the first sorcery that could produce X +1/+1 counters.

Invasion[]

In Invasion, +1/+1 counters are only generated if the kicker cost was paid on certain creatures.

Planeshift[]

  • Arctic Merfolk gets a +1/+1 counter if the kicker cost was paid.
  • Phyrexian Scuta gets two +1/+1 counters if the kicker cost was paid.
  • Dralnu's Pet gets X +1/+1 counters if the kicker cost was paid where X is equal to the discarded card's converted mana cost.
  • Quirion Dryad gets a +1/+1 counter whenever its controller plays a white, blue, black or red spell.

Apocalypse[]

  • Dodecapod comes into play with two +1/+1 counters if a spell or an ability of an opponent forces you to discard it from your hand.
  • Emblazoned Golem gets X +1/+1 counters if its {X} kicker cost was paid.
  • Spiritmonger gets a +1/+1 counter whenever it deals damage to another creature.

Volver Cycle[]

This cycle of creatures can get one, two, or three +1/+1 counters depending upon how much of their kicker cost was paid.

  • Anavolver gets a +1/+1 counter if its {B} kicker cost was paid and/or it gets two +1/+1 counters if its {1}{U} kicker cost was paid.
  • Cetavolver gets a +1/+1 counter if its {G} kicker cost was paid and/or it gets two +1/+1 counters if its {1}{R} kicker cost was paid.
  • Degavolver gets a +1/+1 counter if its {R} kicker cost was paid and/or it gets two +1/+1 counters if its {1}{B} kicker cost was paid.
  • Necravolver gets a +1/+1 counter if its {W} kicker cost was paid and/or it gets two +1/+1 counters if its {1}{G} kicker cost was paid.
  • Rakavolver gets a +1/+1 counter if its {U} kicker cost was paid and/or it gets two +1/+1 counters if its {1}{W} kicker cost was paid.

Odyssey[]

Torment[]

  • Crazed Firecat is the first creature that gets +1/+1 counters for each successful coin flip upon its coming into play.
  • Nantuko Cultivator is the first creature that gets +1/+1 counters based on the number of land cards that are discarded when it comes into play.

Judgment[]

  • Forcemage Advocate is the first creature that can put a +1/+1 counter on target creature by first tapping and returning target card from an opponent's graveyard to their hand.
  • Ironshell Beetle puts a +1/+1 counter on target creature when it comes into play.

Phantom creatures[]

Phantom creatures come into play with a certain amount of +1/+1 counters. When they are dealt damage, prevent it. Remove a +1/+1 counter.

Onslaught[]

  • Elvish Vanguard is the first creature that gets +1/+1 counters when a specific creature type (Elves) come into play.
  • Entrails Feaster is the first creature that tapped if it didn't remove a creature from the game; if it removed a creature it received a +1/+1 counter.
  • Invigorating Boon is the first enchantment that put a +1/+1 counter on target creature whenever a card was cycled.
  • Menacing Ogre comes into play with two +1/+1 counters if when it comes into play each player chooses a number and if you are one of the people with the highest number.
  • Stag Beetle is the first creature that gets +1/+1 counters based on the number of other creatures in play.

Legions[]

The following cards have the keyword Amplify X, which gives them X +1/+1 counters for each card revealed from your hand that shares a creature type with that card.

Amplify 1[]

Amplify 2[]

Amplify 3[]

Scourge[]

  • Aven Farseer is the first creature to get a +1/+1 counter whenever a creature is turned faceup (i.e. morph).
  • Carrion Feeder gained a +1/+1 counter if a creature was sacrificed.
  • Consumptive Goo — By paying {2}{B}{B}, Consumptive Goo could make a target creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn and gain a +1/+1 counter.
  • Decree of Savagery puts 4 +1/+1 counters on each creature you own. It is the first instant that when cycled puts 4 +1/+1 counters on a creature.
  • Forgotten Ancient is the first creature that gets a +1/+1 counter whenever a player plays a spell. At the beginning of the owner's upkeep, they may move any number of +1/+1 counters from Forgotten Ancient onto other creatures.
  • Kurgadon is the first creature that received 3 +1/+1 counters whenever its owner plays a spell with a converted mana cost of 6 or more (which Scourge had many of).
  • Unspeakable Symbol is the first enchantment where you pay 3 life to put a +1/+1 counter on target creature.

Mirrodin[]

Darksteel[]

Modular[]

The following cards have the keyword Modular X, which gives them X +1/+1 counters as they enter the battlefield. When it dies, you may put its +1/+1 counters on target artifact creature:

Fifth Dawn[]

The Sunburst mechanic put counters on an item equal to the number of colors used to pay its casting cost. The following cards used the Sunburst mechanic to gain +1/+1 counters: Arcbound Wanderer, Etched Oracle, Lunar Avenger, Sawtooth Thresher, Skyreach Manta, Solarion, Spinal Parasite, Suncrusher, Suntouched Myr

Champions of Kamigawa[]

Betrayers of Kamigawa[]

Saviors of Kamigawa[]

Ravnica: City of Guilds[]

Guildpact[]

Bloodthirst[]

Creatures with bloodthirst came into play with a certain number of +1/+1 counters if an opponent was dealt damage that turn.

Dissension[]

Graft[]

Creatures with graft came into play with a certain number of +1/+1 counters on them and can move them onto another creature that comes into play later. Most creatures with graft have an activated ability that can help creatures with +1/+1 counters on them.

  • Aquastrand Spider - 2 - {G}: Target creature with a +1/+1 counter on it gains reach until end of turn.
  • Cytoplast Manipulator - 2 - {U}, {T}: Gain control of target creature with a +1/+1 counter on it for as long as Cytoplast Manipulator remains on the battlefield.
  • Cytoplast Root-Kin - 4 - {2}: Move a +1/+1 counter from target creature you control onto Cytoplast Root-Kin.
  • Cytospawn Shambler - 6 - {G}: Target creature with a +1/+1 counter on it gains trample until end of turn.
  • Helium Squirter - 3 - {1}: Target creature with a +1/+1 counter on it gains flying until end of turn.
  • Novijen Sages - 4 - {1}, Remove two +1/+1 counters from among creatures you control: Draw a card.
  • Plaxcaster Frogling - 3 - {2}: Target creature with a +1/+1 counter on it gains shroud until end of turn.
  • Simic Basilisk - 3 - {1}{G}: Until end of turn, target creature with a +1/+1 counter on it gains "Whenever this creature deals combat damage to a creature, destroy that creature at end of combat."
  • Simic Initiate - 1
  • Sporeback Troll - 2 - {1}{G}: Regenerate target creature with +1/+1 counter.
  • Vigean Graftmage - 2 - {1}{U}: Untap target creature with +1/+1 counter.
  • Vigean Hydropon - 5 - Can't attack or block.

Coldsnap[]

Time Spiral[]

Planar Chaos[]

Future Sight[]

Lorwyn[]

Clash[]

Creatures with clash commonly came into play with a +1/+1 counter if you won the clash.

Morningtide[]

Reinforce[]

Cards with reinforce could be discarded to put X +1/+1 counters on target creature.

Shards of Alara[]

Devour[]

Creatures with devour came into play with +1/+1 counters on them depending on how many creatures were sacrificed when it came into play.

Conflux[]

Devour[]

Creatures with devour came into play with +1/+1 counters on them depending on how many creatures were sacrificed when it came into play.

Alara Reborn[]

Devour[]

Zendikar[]

Ally[]

Zendikar has an Ally theme, the following ally get a +1/+1 counter whenever another ally comes into play:

Worldwake[]

Ally[]

Multikicker[]

There was a theme of creatures coming into play with multiple +1/+1 counters on them depending on how many times they were kicked.

Rise of the Eldrazi[]

Magic 2010[]

Magic 2011[]

Magic: The Gathering - Commander[]

Magic 2012[]

Bloodthirst[]

Main article: Bloodthirst

Innistrad[]

Dark Ascension[]

Undying[]

Main article: Undying

Creatures with undying return to the battlefield under their owner's control with a +1/+1 counter if they had no +1/+1 counters on them when they died.

Avacyn Restored[]

Undying[]

Magic 2012[]

Magic 2013[]

Return to Ravnica[]

Scavenge[]

Main article: scavenge

Exile this card from your graveyard: Put a number of +1/+1 counters equal to this card's power on target creature.

Unleash[]

Main article: Unleash

When creatures with unleash enter the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter on it. It can't block as long as it has a +1/+1 counter on it.

Gatecrash[]

Evolve[]

Main article: Evolve

Creatures with evolve get +1/+1 counters whenever a creature with higher power or toughness than them enters the battlefield under your control.

Dragon’s Maze[]

Evolve[]

Main article: Evolve

Creatures with evolve get +1/+1 counters whenever a creature enters the battlefield under your control, if that creature has greater power or toughness than this creature.

Scavenge[]

Main article: scavenge

Exile this card from your graveyard: Put a number of +1/+1 counters equal to this card's power on target creature.

Unleash[]

Main article: Unleash

Creatures with unleash can enter the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter on them. As long as they have a +1/+1 counter on them, creatures with unleash cannot block.

Magic 2014[]

Theros[]

Heroic[]

Main article: Heroic

When a creature with Heroic becomes target of a spell of its owner, it might get a +1/+1 counter.

Monstrous[]

Main article: Monstrous

When a creature becomes Monstrous, it gains +1/+1 counters.

Born of the Gods[]

Heroic[]

Main article: Heroic

When a creature with Heroic becomes target of a spell of its owner, it might get a +1/+1 counter.

Tribute[]

Main article: Tribute

Creatures with tribute enter the battlefield with a number of +1/+1 counters on them, should an opponent decide to pay tribute.

Journey into Nyx[]

Heroic[]

Main article: Heroic

When a creature with Heroic becomes target of a spell of its owner, it might get a +1/+1 counter.

Monstrous[]

Main article: Monstrous

When a creature becomes Monstrous, it gains +1/+1 counters.

Khans of Tarkir[]

Outlast[]

Main article: Outlast

Outlast does grant the Creatures with abilities which they can be tapped to put +1/+1 counters in them.

Fate Reforged[]

Bolster[]

Main article: Bolster

Bolster does allow to put +1/+1 counters on the creature with the lowest toughness you control.

Dragons of Tarkir[]

Bolster[]

Main article: Bolster

Bolster allows you to put +1/+1 counters on the creature with the lowest toughness you control.

Megamorph[]

Main article: Megamorph

Turning a creature face up by paying the Megamorph cost gives the creature a +1/+1 counter.

Magic Origins[]

Battle for Zendikar[]

Awaken[]

Main article: Awaken

Commander 2015[]

Oath of the Gatewatch[]

Support[]

Main article: Support

Shadows over Innistrad[]

Eldritch Moon[]

Conspiracy: Take the Crown[]

Kaladesh[]

Commander 2016[]

Aether Revolt[]

Commander 2017[]

Ixalan[]

Explore[]

Main article: Explore

Rivals of Ixalan[]

Explore[]

Main article: Explore

Dominaria[]

Battlebond[]

Support[]

Main article: Support

Core Set 2019[]

Commander 2018[]

Guilds of Ravnica[]

Mentor[]

Main article: Mentor

Ravnica Allegiance[]

Adapt[]

Main article: Adapt

Riot[]

Main article: Riot

War of the Spark[]

Amass[]

Main article: Amass

Modern Horizons[]

Core Set 2020[]

Commander 2019[]

Throne of Eldraine[]

Theros Beyond Death[]

Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths[]

Commander 2020[]

Core Set 2021[]

Jumpstart[]

Zendikar Rising[]

Zendikar Rising Commander Decks[]

Commander Legends[]

Commander Legends Commander Decks[]

Kaldheim[]

Strixhaven: School of Mages[]

Commander 2021[]

Modern Horizons 2[]

Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms[]

Adventures in the Forgotten Realms Commander Decks[]

Innistrad: Midnight Hunt[]

Innistrad: Midnight Hunt Commander Decks[]

Innistrad: Crimson Vow[]

Training[]

Main article: Training

Innistrad: Crimson Vow Commander Decks[]

Unfinity[]

References[]

  1. Mark Rosewater (February 11, 2008). "+1/+1 Size Fits All". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Magic Arcana (February 13, 2008). "+1/+1 Art". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Mark Gottlieb (September 20, 2006). "Too Cool for Rules". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
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