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Arturo Ron
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How do planeswalkers function?

I know they can take non-combat damage that is redirected from their controller to it.

I know they can be attacked directly during combat.

What I do not know is if it deals damage, or if it can attack or block.
 
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No, can't attack or block. It's not a creature. Every one of your turns you can activate one ability at sorcery speed that (usually) adds or subtracts "loyalty tokens" from it (which are functionally its life).
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This is a good source: https://mtg.gamepedia.com/Planeswalker

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Planeswalkers enter the battlefield with a set number of loyalty counters, printed in the lower right of the card. A planeswalker can be attacked, like a player, or be dealt damage by an opponent redirecting the damage one of his or her spells would deal to the player controlling the planeswalker. Damage dealt to a planeswalker removes that many loyalty counters and a Planeswalker with no loyalty counters is put into the graveyard.

Planeswalkers usually have three abilities: one ability that adds loyalty counters as a cost for a small benefit, one that removes a small amount of counters as a cost for a larger effect, and one that removes a large number of loyalty counters for a big effect. The last effect is commonly referred to as the Planeswalker's Ultimate ability and usually leaves the opponent in a devastated state. The starting loyalty of a Planeswalker is commonly significantly lower than the cost of the Ultimate and a player has to build up the loyalty to access the Ultimate.
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Got it. Thanks!
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cferejohn wrote:
No, can't attack or block. It's not a creature. Every one of your turns you can activate one ability at sorcery speed that (usually) adds or subtracts "loyalty tokens" from it (which are functionally its life).


Some can attack/block if they have an ability that allows them to become a creature during the Main phase and the rest of the turn.

Example: Gideon Martial Paragon has the following ability for 0 loyalty tokens.
[0] : Until end of turn, Gideon, Martial Paragon becomes a 5/5 Human Soldier creature with indestructible that's still a planeswalker. Prevent all damage that would be dealt to him this turn.

That's the only way.
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