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An artifact type is any subtype used for the further classification of artifact cards.

Unlike creature types, artifact types don't appear on all artifacts. Instead they are only introduced for mechanical purposes.

Half of the artifact types are also varieties of predefined token, which come with default characteristics and abilities defined in game rules. Those types can also be used on non-token cards just like other subtypes.

Rules[]

From the glossary of the Comprehensive Rules (June 10, 2022—Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur's Gate)

Artifact Type
A subtype that’s correlated to the artifact card type. See rule 301, “Artifacts.” See rule 205.3g for the list of artifact types.

From the Comprehensive Rules (June 10, 2022—Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur's Gate)

  • 205.3g Artifacts have their own unique set of subtypes; these subtypes are called artifact types. The artifact types are Blood, Clue, Contraption, Equipment (see rule 301.5), Food, Fortification (see rule 301.6), Gold, Treasure, and Vehicle (see rule 301.7).

List of artifact types[]

Blood[]

Main article: Blood

Blood is a variety of predefined artifact token with "{1}, {T}, Discard a card, Sacrifice this artifact: Draw a card."

Clue[]

Main article: Clue

Clues are predefined artifact tokens with "{2}, Sacrifice this artifact: Draw a card." Clue is also the subtype of a few printed cards.

Contraption[]

Main article: Contraption

Contraptions were only mentioned on Steamflogger Boss until Unstable featured cards with this subtype.[1][2] They are played from a separate Contraption deck through assembling.

Equipment[]

Main article: Equipment

Equipment cards enter the battlefield just like any other artifact, but may be attached to creatures using their Equip ability. Unlike Auras, however, if an Equipment is attached to a creature and the creature leaves the battlefield, the Equipment remains on the battlefield.

Food[]

Main article: Food

Food is a variety of predefined artifact token with "{2}, {T}, Sacrifice this artifact: You gain 3 life." Food is also the subtype of a few printed cards.

Fortification[]

Main article: Fortification

Fortifications act just like Equipment above, except that fortifications attach to lands instead using Fortify.

Gold[]

Main article: Gold

Gold is a variety of predefined artifact token with "Sacrifice this artifact: Add one mana of any color."

Key[]

Main article: Key

Key appears on Corrupted Key, a test card in the Mystery Booster set.[3] It has no rules meaning or function by itself, but other cards and abilities may refer to it.

Treasure[]

Main article: Treasure

Treasures are predefined artifact tokens with "{T}, Sacrifice this artifact: Add one mana of any color." Similar to Gold, except that they have to be tapped. Some printed cards also use Treasure as a subtype.

Vehicle[]

Main article: Vehicle

Vehicle is an artifact which can temporarily become an artifact creature by assigning a crew.[4] Unlike some other subtypes on this page, Vehicle does not have baggage attached to its subtype, but they are visually unusual by being a non-creature with printed power and toughness values.

References[]

  1. Matt Tabak (November 13, 2017). "Unstable Mechanics". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Mark Rosewater (November 13, 2017). "The Un-Ending Saga, Part 2". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Eli Shiffrin (November 11, 2019). "Mystery Booster Release Notes". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Matt Tabak (September 2, 2016). "Kaladesh Mechanics". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
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