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Keyword Ability
Type Static
Introduced Alpha (mechanic)
Sixth Edition (keyword)
Last used Evergreen
Reminder Text Haste (This creature can attack and {T} as soon as it comes under your control.)
Other Symbols
Duels Haste symbol
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Haste is a keyword ability that allows a creature to circumvent summoning sickness. Creatures with haste can attack or use activated abilities with the {T} or {Q} symbol in the activation cost even if they have not been continuously controlled by a player since the beginning of that player's most recent turn.

Description[ | ]

Haste has been in Magic since the original Alpha's Nether Shadow, though it did not have a keyword at the time and was simply spelled out in the rules text. In R&D, it was known by the nickname Celerity.[1] Players used to refer to it as Raging.[2] It wasn't until the Sixth Edition rules change that it got added as a keyword ability.[3] Haste has been rotated around the Color Wheel, initially being in black and green; it has now been placed primary in red, before black and green.[4] Lately, green has moved up to secondary place along with black.[5][6][7] Green getting haste was a nod to constructed as a way to recover after board wipes.

For Future Sight, R&D explored the idea of putting haste on blue creatures with Defender and 0 power, where the haste was about using the activated ability right away rather than attacking (Bonded Fetch).[8] After 16 years of floating this idea, the second blue haster was printed in Streets of New Capenna with Errant, Street Artist.

A small number of cards, starting with Gingerbrute, have or give a form of evasion where they can only be blocked by other creatures with haste, giving the impression of "so fast they have to be caught be similarly fast things".

Haste counters were introduced with Indominus Rex, Alpha in Jurassic World.[9]

Rules[ | ]

From the glossary of the Comprehensive Rules (June 7, 2024—Modern Horizons 3)

A keyword ability that lets a creature ignore the “summoning sickness” rule. See rule 702.10, “Haste,” and rule 302.6.

From the Comprehensive Rules (June 7, 2024—Modern Horizons 3)

  • 702.10. Haste
    • 702.10a Haste is a static ability.
    • 702.10b If a creature has haste, it can attack even if it hasn’t been controlled by its controller continuously since their most recent turn began. (See rule 302.6.)
    • 702.10c If a creature has haste, its controller can activate its activated abilities whose cost includes the tap symbol or the untap symbol even if that creature hasn’t been controlled by that player continuously since their most recent turn began. (See rule 302.6.)
    • 702.10d Multiple instances of haste on the same creature are redundant.

Rulings[ | ]

  • Haste removes the normal "cannot attack" restriction due to not being controlled at the start of a player's turn. It does not remove any other combat restrictions. For example, it will not make a Wall able to attack, give you a second attack in a turn, or allow you to attack using a Raging Goblin if the defending player has Island Sanctuary activated.

Examples[ | ]


Raging Goblin {R}
Creature — Goblin Berserker
Haste (This creature can attack and {T} as soon as it comes under your control.)

Enchantments that grant just haste[ | ]

Target creature

All your creatures

All creatures

Planes card that grant Haste[ | ]

References[ | ]

  1. Mark Rosewater (January 24, 2005). "A Few Words From R&D". Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Mark Rosewater (December 29, 2019). "You mentioned there used to be nicknames for lifelink, vigilance, and haste before they were keyworded.". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  3. Mark Rosewater (June 8, 2015). "Evergreen Eggs & Ham". Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Mark Rosewater (June 5, 2017). "Mechanical Color Pie 2017". Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Mark Rosewater (December 09, 2018). "Is vengvine a bend in green having haste and all?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  6. Mark Rosewater (January 7, 2019). "Building Allegiances, Part 2". Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Mark Rosewater (October 18, 2021). "Mechanical Color Pie 2021 Changes". Wizards of the Coast. Archived from the original on September 30, 2022.
  8. Mark Rosewater (May 17, 2021). "Future Sight Design Handoff Document". Wizards of the Coast.
  9. Mark Rosewater (September 25, 2023). "Are we getting haste counters with Indominus Rex...". Blogatog. Tumblr.

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