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Rules text defines a card's abilities.


Rules text is contained within the text box of a card and is not italicized like reminder text or flavor text.

Trinket text[]

"Trinket text" is rules text on a card that is more for flavor than mechanics.[1]Can't be blocked by saprolings” (Vindictive Mob) is an example of trinket text.[2][3]

Altering rules text[]

Main article: Text-changing effect

Removing rules text[]

The keyword ability Cleave, introduced in Innistrad: Crimson Vow, can remove parts of the rules text of the card that features Cleave.


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

Rules Text
A characteristic that defines a card’s abilities. See rule 207.1.


  1. Mark Rosewater (February 13, 2016). "Where did the term "trinket text" come from?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  2. Mark Rosewater (March 15, 2013). "How often in a set do you like to use trinket text?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  3. Mark Rosewater (January 10, 2022). "Even More Words From R&D". Wizards of the Coast.