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Keywords are words that carry with them special meaning. This means they’ll have their own rules inherent to all cards that share the keyword. These special rules will be explained in italic text below, but at any time you can see what they mean in game by hovering over the keyword to see the tooltip.

Characteristic Allegiance is a keyword power that cards can have. It means: The following power is active while you have another troop of the named characteristic in your hand or in play. Example: Sacred Seekers

Crush is a keyword power that troops can have. It means: If this troop would deal more than fatal combat damage to all troops blocking it, it deals exactly fatal damage to those troops, and the rest to those troop’s controller instead. Example: Feral Ogre

Defensive is a keyword power that troops can have. It means: This can’t attack. Example: Worker Bot

Death Sentence is a keyword power that cards can have. Death sentence doesn’t do anything on its own, it’s a modifier that specific cards can interact with. Example: Reaper Bot

Flight is a keyword power that troops can have. It means: This can only be blocked by other troops with Flight. Example: Uruunaz

Invincible is a keyword power that artifacts, constants, and troops can have. It means: This can’t be damaged or destroyed. Example: Blessing of Unicorns

Lethal is a keyword power that troops can have. It means: Any damage that this troop would deal to another troop is considered fatal damage. Example: Killblade of the Milky Eye

Lifedrain is a keyword power that troops can have. It means: Damage dealt by this troop also causes you to gain that much health. Example: Paladin of the Necropolis

Rage X is a keyword power that troops can have. It means: When this attacks, it gets +X ATK. Example: Throat Cutter

Shift is a keyword that power that cards can have. It means: BASIC 1-SHOT → This loses the following power and target troop you control gets this power. Example: Chimera Guard Fallen

Skyguard is a keyword that troops can have. It means: This can block troops with Flight. Example: Sterling Starwatcher

Speed is a keyword power that troops can have. It means: This can attack and use powers on the same turn it enters play. Example: Baby Yeti

Spellshield is a keyword power that artifacts, constants, and troops can have. It means: This can’t be targeted by opposing cards and effects. Example: Snarlbrute

Steadfast is a keyword power that troops can have. It means: This does not exhaust when it attacks. Example: Ambling Bluff

Swiftstrike is a keyword power that troops can have. It means: This deals combat damage before non-Swiftstrike troops. Example: Quick Strider

Toxified is a modified state that champions can be in: Toxified champions act no differently than normal champions. Toxified doesn’t do anything on its own, it’s a modifier that specific cards can interact with. Example: The Killipede

Tunneling is a keyword power that troops can have. It means: You can put this underground by paying its tunneling cost at basic speed. An underground card remains hidden from your opponent until it surfaces. An underground card cannot be affected by cards or powers that effect cards in play. At the start of your turn, each of your underground cards with Tunneling gets a tunneling counter. An underground card surfaces when the number of tunneling counters on it is greater than or equal to its Tunneling number. When a card surfaces, it gets Speed until end of turn, and is played for free immediately. Example: Scraptech Brawler

Unblockable is a keyword that troops can have. It means: This troop can’t be blocked. Example: Spiderling

Tag Keywords

Tag Keywords are keywords that don’t hold meaning on their own. These are special words that are bolded still so that they can be referenced back to. Tag Keywords are always spelled out how they work on a card by card basis, but the jest of them can be seen by their definition below. Tag keywords are distinguishable from normal keywords by a hyphen used directly after the keyword.

Escalation is a tag keyword that cards can have. It means: Put this into your deck, then add X to the bold number of all your in all zones. Example: Ragefire

Inspire is a tag keyword that cards can have. It means: When another troop with cost greater than or equal to this troop’s cost enters play under your control, it gets the following power. Example: Legionnaire of Adamanth, Protectorate Clergyman

Prophecy is a tag keyword that can be found on any card. It means: The top card of the specified type gets the following power. Example: Lanupaw, Prophet of Fate, Earthcaller