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Outlast
Keyword Ability
Type Activated
Introduced Khans of Tarkir
Last Used Modern Horizons 2
Reminder Text Outlast [cost] ([Cost], {T}: Put a +1/+1 counter on this creature. Outlast only as a sorcery.)
Storm Scale 7[1]
Statistics
11 cards
{W} 54.5% {B} 18.2% {G} 18.2% {G/W} 9.1%
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oracle:"Outlast"

Outlast is a keyworded activated ability that was introduced as the clan-specific mechanic for the Abzan Houses in Khans of Tarkir.

Description[]

Outlast grants a +1/+1 counter on the creature for a cost, but it may also trigger other abilities.

The mechanic made a small reappearance in Modern Horizons.[2]

Rules[]

From the glossary of the Comprehensive Rules (September 24, 2021—Adventures in the Forgotten Realms)

Outlast
A keyword ability that allows a creature to grow larger over time. See rule 702.107, “Outlast.”

From the Comprehensive Rules (September 24, 2021—Adventures in the Forgotten Realms)

  • 702.107. Outlast
    • 702.107a Outlast is an activated ability. “Outlast [cost]” means “[Cost], {T}: Put a +1/+1 counter on this creature. Activate only as a sorcery.”

Rulings[]

  • The cost to activate a creature's outlast ability includes the tap symbol ({T}). A creature's outlast ability can't be activated unless that creature has been under your control continuously since the beginning of your turn.
  • Several creatures with outlast also grant an ability to creatures you control with +1/+1 counters on them, including themselves. These counters could come from an outlast ability, but any +1/+1 counter on the creature will count.

Examples[]

Example

Herald of Anafenza {W}
Creature — Human Soldier
1/2
Outlast {2}{W} ({2}{W}, {T}: Put a +1/+1 counter on this creature. Outlast only as a sorcery.)
Whenever you activate Herald of Anafenza's outlast ability, put a 1/1 white Warrior creature token onto the battlefield.

References[]

  1. Mark Rosewater (February 29, 2016). "Storm Scale: Khans of Tarkir Block". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Matt Tabak (May 31, 2019). "Modern Horizons Mechanics". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
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