|Last Used||Aether Revolt|
An energy counter is a counter that, unlike most other counters, is placed on players rather than objects. They may be used to pay the costs of activated and triggered abilities. Energy counters and the Energy mechanic were introduced in the Kaladesh block. The energy symbol is used to represent a cost for energy counters.
Most cards that grant energy counters also provide a way to spend them. However, because they are placed on the player rather than a specific object, energy counters from one card can be saved up and spent on abilities of other cards. Energy counters don't go away as phases or steps end, or as the turn ends, and Suncleanser is the only card that can remove energy counters from other players.
Energy counter token cards were inadvertently omitted from the boosters of initial print run of Kaladesh. They do appear in subsequent print runs, such as Kaladesh boosters included in Aether Revolt prerelease packs. They were also included in Aether Revolt boosters.
- Matt Tabak (September 2, 2016). "Kaladesh Mechanics". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Wizards of the Coast (September 15, 2016). "Energy Counter Token". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Trick Jarrett. (January 7, 2017.) Yes, and so will Kaladesh boosters in pre-prerelease packs. Community Manager's twitter account.