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Kicker is a static Keyword Ability that represents an optional additional cost. A spell has been kicked if its controller declared the intention to pay any or all of its kicker costs.

Expansion InfoEdit

Kicker was introduced into Magic Arena with Dominaria (closed beta).

Card/Color DistributionEdit

Kicker can often be found on Creature, Instant and Sorcery cards in all five colors.

VideoEdit

Watch this explanatory video to see how this game concept works.

Dominaria Spotlight Kicker

Dominaria Spotlight Kicker

Comprehensive RulesEdit

Comprehensive Rules Glossary (October 4, 2019)

Kicker, Kicked
Kicker is a keyword ability that represents an optional additional cost. A spell has been kicked if its controller declared the intention to pay any or all of its kicker costs. See rule 702.32, “Kicker.”

Comprehensive Rules (October 4, 2019)

  • 702.32. Kicker
    • 702.32a Kicker is a static ability that functions while the spell with kicker is on the stack. “Kicker [cost]” means “You may pay an additional [cost] as you cast this spell.” Paying a spell’s kicker cost(s) follows the rules for paying additional costs in rules 601.2b and 601.2f–h.
    • 702.32b The phrase “Kicker [cost 1] and/or [cost 2]” means the same thing as “Kicker [cost 1], kicker [cost 2].”
    • 702.32c Multikicker is a variant of the kicker ability. “Multikicker [cost]” means “You may pay an additional [cost] any number of times as you cast this spell.” A multikicker cost is a kicker cost.
    • 702.32d If a spell’s controller declares the intention to pay any of that spell’s kicker costs, that spell has been “kicked.” If a spell has two kicker costs or has multikicker, it may be kicked multiple times. See rule 601.2b.
    • 702.32e Objects with kicker or multikicker have additional abilities that specify what happens if they are kicked. These abilities are linked to the kicker or multikicker abilities printed on that object: they can refer only to those specific kicker or multikicker abilities. See rule 607, “Linked Abilities.”
    • 702.32f Objects with more than one kicker cost have abilities that each correspond to a specific kicker cost. They contain the phrases “if it was kicked with its [A] kicker” and “if it was kicked with its [B] kicker,” where A and B are the first and second kicker costs listed on the card, respectively. Each of those abilities is linked to the appropriate kicker ability.
    • 702.32g If part of a spell’s ability has its effect only if that spell was kicked, and that part of the ability includes any targets, the spell’s controller chooses those targets only if that spell was kicked. Otherwise, the spell is cast as if it did not have those targets. See rule 601.2c.

Kicker Card ListEdit

25 results
Academy Drake Academy Drake C2Color U (3)
Creature — Drake (2/2)
Kicker C4 (You may pay an additional C4 as you cast this spell.)

Flying
If Academy Drake was kicked, it enters the battlefield with two +1/+1 counters on it.

DOMC
Baloth Gorger Baloth Gorger C2Color GColor G (4)
Creature — Beast (4/4)
Kicker C4 (You may pay an additional C4 as you cast this spell.)

If Baloth Gorger was kicked, it enters the battlefield with three +1/+1 counters on it.

DOMC
Blink of an Eye Blink of an Eye C1Color U (2)
Instant
Kicker C1Color U (You may pay an additional C1Color U as you cast this spell.)

Return target nonland permanent to its owner's hand. If this spell was kicked, draw a card.

DOMC
Caligo Skin-Witch Caligo Skin-Witch C1Color B (2)
Creature — Human Wizard (1/3)
Kicker C3Color B (You may pay an additional C3Color B as you cast this spell.)

When Caligo Skin-Witch enters the battlefield, if it was kicked, each opponent discards two cards.

DOMC
Excavation Elephant Excavation Elephant C4Color W (5)
Creature — Elephant (3/5)
Kicker C1Color W (You may pay an additional C1Color W as you cast this spell.)

When Excavation Elephant enters the battlefield, if it was kicked, return target artifact card from your graveyard to your hand.

DOMC
Fight with Fire Fight with Fire C2Color R (3)
Sorcery
Kicker C5Color R (You may pay an additional C5Color R as you cast this spell.)

Fight with Fire deals 5 damage to target creature. If this spell was kicked, it deals 10 damage divided as you choose among any number of targets instead. (Those targets can include players and planeswalkers.)

DOMU
Ghitu Chronicler Ghitu Chronicler C1Color R (2)
Creature — Human Wizard (1/3)
Kicker C3Color R (You may pay an additional C3Color R as you cast this spell.)

When Ghitu Chronicler enters the battlefield, if it was kicked, return target instant or sorcery card from your graveyard to your hand.

DOMC
Gift of Growth Gift of Growth C1Color G (2)
Instant
Kicker C2 (You may pay an additional C2 as you cast this spell.)

Untap target creature. It gets +2/+2 until end of turn. If this spell was kicked, that creature gets +4/+4 until end of turn instead.

DOMC
Goblin Barrage Goblin Barrage C3Color R (4)
Sorcery
Kicker—Sacrifice an artifact or Goblin. (You may sacrifice an artifact or Goblin in addition to any other costs as you cast this spell.)

Goblin Barrage deals 4 damage to target creature. If this spell was kicked, it also deals 4 damage to target player or planeswalker.

DOMU
Grow from the Ashes Grow from the Ashes C2Color G (3)
Sorcery
Kicker C2 (You may pay an additional C2 as you cast this spell.)

Search your library for a basic land card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library. If this spell was kicked, instead search your library for two basic land cards, put them onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.

DOMC
Grunn, the Lonely King Grunn, the Lonely King C4Color GColor G (6)
Legendary Creature — Ape Warrior (5/5)
Kicker C3 (You may pay an additional C3 as you cast this spell.)

If Grunn, the Lonely King was kicked, it enters the battlefield with five +1/+1 counters on it.
Whenever Grunn attacks alone, double its power and toughness until end of turn.

DOMU
Josu Vess, Lich Knight Josu Vess, Lich Knight C2Color BColor B (4)
Legendary Creature — Zombie Knight (4/5)
Kicker C5Color B (You may pay an additional C5Color B as you cast this spell.)

Menace
When Josu Vess, Lich Knight enters the battlefield, if it was kicked, create eight 2/2 black Zombie Knight creature tokens with menace.

DOMR
Keldon Overseer Keldon Overseer C2Color R (3)
Creature — Human Warrior (3/1)
Kicker C3Color R (You may pay an additional C3Color R as you cast this spell.)

Haste
When Keldon Overseer enters the battlefield, if it was kicked, gain control of target creature until end of turn. Untap that creature. It gains haste until end of turn.

DOMC
Krosan Druid Krosan Druid C2Color G (3)
Creature — Centaur Druid (2/3)
Kicker C4Color G (You may pay an additional C4Color G as you cast this spell.)

When Krosan Druid enters the battlefield, if it was kicked, you gain 10 life.

DOMC
Saproling Migration Saproling Migration C1Color G (2)
Sorcery
Kicker C4 (You may pay an additional C4 as you cast this spell.)

Create two 1/1 green Saproling creature tokens. If this spell was kicked, create four of those tokens instead.

DOMC
Sergeant-at-Arms Sergeant-at-Arms C2Color W (3)
Creature — Human Soldier (2/3)
Kicker C2Color W (You may pay an additional C2Color W as you cast this spell.)

When Sergeant-at-Arms enters the battlefield, if it was kicked, create two 1/1 white Soldier creature tokens.

DOMC
Shivan Fire Shivan Fire Color R (1)
Instant
Kicker C4 (You may pay an additional C4 as you cast this spell.)

Shivan Fire deals 2 damage to target creature. If this spell was kicked, it deals 4 damage instead.

DOMC
Skizzik Skizzik C3Color R (4)
Creature — Elemental (5/3)
Kicker Color R (You may pay an additional Color R as you cast this spell.)

Trample, haste
At the beginning of the end step, if Skizzik wasn't kicked, sacrifice it.

DOMU
Slinn Voda, the Rising Deep Slinn Voda, the Rising Deep C6Color UColor U (8)
Legendary Creature — Leviathan (8/8)
Kicker C1Color U (You may pay an additional C1Color U as you cast this spell.)

When Slinn Voda, the Rising Deep enters the battlefield, if it was kicked, return all creatures to their owners' hands except for Merfolk, Krakens, Leviathans, Octopuses, and Serpents.

DOMU
Stronghold Confessor Stronghold Confessor Color B (1)
Creature — Human Cleric (1/1)
Kicker C3 (You may pay an additional C3 as you cast this spell.)

Menace (This creature can't be blocked except by two or more creatures.)
If Stronghold Confessor was kicked, it enters the battlefield with two +1/+1 counters on it.

DOMC
Territorial Allosaurus Territorial Allosaurus C2Color GColor G (4)
Creature — Dinosaur (5/5)
Kicker C2Color G (You may pay an additional C2Color G as you cast this spell.)

When Territorial Allosaurus enters the battlefield, if it was kicked, it fights another target creature.

DOMR
Untamed Kavu Untamed Kavu C1Color G (2)
Creature — Kavu (2/2)
Kicker C3 (You may pay an additional C3 as you cast this spell.)

Vigilance, trample
If Untamed Kavu was kicked, it enters the battlefield with three +1/+1 counters on it.

DOMU
Verix Bladewing Verix Bladewing C2Color RColor R (4)
Legendary Creature — Dragon (4/4)
Kicker C3 (You may pay an additional C3 as you cast this spell.)

Flying
When Verix Bladewing enters the battlefield, if it was kicked, create Karox Bladewing, a legendary 4/4 red Dragon creature token with flying.

DOMM
Vicious Offering Vicious Offering C1Color B (2)
Instant
Kicker—Sacrifice a creature. (You may sacrifice a creature in addition to any other costs as you cast this spell.)

Target creature gets -2/-2 until end of turn. If this spell was kicked, that creature gets -5/-5 until end of turn instead.

DOMC
Wild Onslaught Wild Onslaught C3Color G (4)
Instant
Kicker C4 (You may pay an additional C4 as you cast this spell.)

Put a +1/+1 counter on each creature you control. If this spell was kicked, put two +1/+1 counters on each creature you control instead.

DOMU

Keywords

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