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Skulk
Keyword Ability
Type Evasion
Introduced Shadows over Innistrad
Last Used Eldritch Moon
Reminder Text Skulk (This creature can't be blocked by creatures with greater power.)
Storm Scale 7[1]
Statistics
11 cards
{U} 54.5% {B} 36.4% {W/U} 9.1%
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oracle:"Skulk"
Not to be confused with Skulking.

Skulk is an evasion ability introduced in Shadows over Innistrad.[2]

Description[]

A creature with the keyword skulk can't be blocked by any creature with greater power.

Skulk was designed to be an evasion mechanic that kept you from making your unblockable creature much bigger with Auras and Equipment.[3][4] It was designed in an attempt to create an evergreen keyword shared between Blue and Black, but it didn't end up working out. It was both more complex to use than the designers thought and had far less design space than they had anticipated.[5] It was only interesting on low-power creatures and didn't mix well with a lot of other creature abilities.[6] Players were mostly disinterested in the mechanic.[7]

Rules[]

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

Skulk
A keyword ability that restricts how a creature may be blocked. See rule 702.118, “Skulk.”

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

  • 702.118. Skulk
    • 702.118a Skulk is an evasion ability.
    • 702.118b A creature with skulk can’t be blocked by creatures with greater power. (See rule 509, “Declare Blockers Step.”)
    • 702.118c Multiple instances of skulk on the same creature are redundant.

Examples[]

Example

Furtive Homunculus {1}{U}
Creature — Homunculus
2/1
Skulk (This creature can't be blocked by creatures with greater power.)

References[]

  1. Mark Rosewater (March 09, 2019). "Will we ever see skulk again it was pretty cool...". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  2. Matt Tabak (March 7, 2016). "Shadows over Innistrad Mechanics". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Mark Rosewater (March 14, 2016). "Chasing Shadows, Part 1". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Mark Rosewater (March 21, 2016). "Chasing Shadows, Part 2". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Mark Rosewater (August 07, 2016). "Is Wizards still looking for a common keyword in Blue/Black?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  6. Mark Rosewater (August 08, 2016). "How was Skulk's design space limited?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  7. Mark Rosewater (September 19, 2021). "What did players dislike about the mechanic?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
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