Unearth – Обзор игры


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  2. Matt Tabak (May 31, 2019). “Modern Horizons Mechanics”. magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Mark Rosewater (January 26, 2012). “Was unearth ever considered as a mechanic for innistrad block due to the graveyard based nature of the set?”. Blogatog. Tumblr.
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  5. Mark Rosewater (June 12, 2019). “Why wasn’t unearth named something like “comeback”?”. Blogatog. Tumblr.


Unearth returns a creature to the battlefield and gives it haste, at the expense of the creature being exiled at the end of turn. It functions similarly to flashback, providing a one-time effect that can be cast from the graveyard. However, flashback only appears on instants and sorceries, and Unearth is strictly limited to creature cards.


Unearth was designed by Brian Tinsman, Devin Low and Erik Lauer. After Shards of Alara it also appeared in the other sets of the Alara block and in Modern Horizons.

The Encore mechanic introduced in Commander Legends is similar to Unearth, with subtle differences. Creatures with Unearth use the card itself, do not necessarily have to attack and are exiled at end of turn or if they leave the battlefield.

Gem level progression

LevelManaCostPhysicalDamageCorpseLevelExp.Total Exp.
11018415 to 2212
2132215419 to 281595699569
3172719425 to 38192818937758
4213323533 to 49245914696904
5253826542 to 6328111192208096
6294330653 to 8032193800401896
7334934667 to 10037320280722176
8365236679 to 118403590901081266
9395639792 to 139434985081579774
104260427108 to 162476820572261831
114564457126 to 189509217773183608
124868488146 to 2195317278794911487
135172508169 to 2545717917696703256
145476538195 to 2936023536799056935
155780569225 to 33864307091212127847
166084599259 to 38867909546621223313
176388619297 to 446711603989037263203
1866926410341 to 511742981711767080320
1968956610373 to 5597762895056129975376
2070986810407 to 61180212051599342026975
21721007010445 to 66881N/AN/A
2274N/AN/A11486 to 72982N/AN/A
2376N/AN/A11531 to 79683N/AN/A
2478N/AN/A11579 to 86884N/AN/A
2580N/AN/A11631 to 94785N/AN/A
2682N/AN/A11688 to 103286N/AN/A
2784N/AN/A12749 to 112487N/AN/A
2886N/AN/A12816 to 122488N/AN/A
2988N/AN/A12888 to 133289N/AN/A
3090N/AN/A12966 to 144990N/AN/A
3191N/AN/A121007 to 151190N/AN/A
3292N/AN/A131051 to 157691N/AN/A
3393N/AN/A131095 to 164391N/AN/A
3494N/AN/A131142 to 171392N/AN/A
3595N/AN/A131190 to 178692N/AN/A
3696N/AN/A131241 to 186193N/AN/A
3797N/AN/A131293 to 194093N/AN/A
3898N/AN/A131348 to 202294N/AN/A
3999N/AN/A131404 to 210794N/AN/A
40100N/AN/A131463 to 219595N/AN/A

Version history

  • Now has a cast time of 0.3 seconds (from 0.6) and uses a different casting animation.
  • Now has a mana cost of 4 at gem level 1 (from 7), up to 10 at gem level 20 (from 20).
  • Now deals 15 to 22 physical damage at gem level 1 (from 25 to 37), up to 407 to 611 at gem level 20 (from 682 to 1023)
  • Now has an added damage effectiveness of 90% (from 125%).
  • Bone Archer corpses created by Unearth now have approximately 30% more life (well, technically, maximum life, since they’re, you know, corpses).
  • Mana Cost at gem level 1 is now 7 (was 8).
  • Mana Cost at gem level 20 is now 20 (was 23).
  • Now deals damage in a small area around where the projectiles land. As a result, Unearth is now considered an Area spell.
  • Now deals 25 to 37 Physical damage at gem level 1 (from 13 to 19) and 682 to 1023 Physical damage at gem level 20 (from 540 to 810).
  • Now has an added damage effectiveness of 125% (from 120%).


  • Unearth appears only on creature cards.
  • You may activate the unearth ability of a card in your graveyard no matter how it wound up in your graveyard.
  • If you activate a card’s unearth ability but if that card is removed from your graveyard before the ability resolves, that unearth ability will resolve and do nothing.
  • Activating a creature card’s unearth ability isn’t the same as casting the creature card. The unearth ability is put on the stack, but the creature card is not. Spells and abilities that interact with activated abilities (such as Stifle) will interact with unearth, but spells and abilities that interact with spells (such as Remove Soul) will not.
  • At the beginning of the next end step, a creature returned to the battlefield with unearth is exiled. This is a delayed triggered ability, and it can be countered by effects such as Stifle or Voidslime that counter triggered abilities. If the ability is countered, the creature will stay on the battlefield and the delayed trigger won’t trigger again. However, the replacement effect will still exile the creature when it eventually leaves the battlefield.
  • Unearth grants haste to the creature that’s returned to the battlefield. However, neither of the “exile” abilities is granted to that creature. If that creature loses all its abilities, it will still be exiled at the beginning of the next end step, and if it would leave the battlefield, it is still exiled instead.
  • If a creature returned to the battlefield with unearth would leave the battlefield for any reason, it’s exiled instead — unless the spell or ability that’s causing the creature to leave the battlefield is actually trying to exile it. In that case, it succeeds in exiling it. If it later returns the creature card to the battlefield (as Oblivion Ring or Flickerwisp might, for example), the creature card will return as a new object with no relation to its previous existence. The unearth effect will no longer apply to it.


From the glossary of the Comprehensive Rules (September 24, 2021—Innistrad: Midnight Hunt)

A keyword ability that lets a player return a creature card from their graveyard to the battlefield. See rule 702.84, “Unearth.”

From the Comprehensive Rules (September 24, 2021—Innistrad: Midnight Hunt)

  • 702.84. Unearth

    702.84a Unearth is an activated ability that functions while the card with unearth is in a graveyard. “Unearth ” means “: Return this card from your graveyard to the battlefield. It gains haste. Exile it at the beginning of the next end step. If it would leave the battlefield, exile it instead of putting it anywhere else. Activate only as a sorcery.”

Related helmet enchantments

The following helmet enchantments affect Unearth.

NameStatsSpawn Weighting
Enchantment Unearth Cast Speed 1668% increased Unearth Cast Speedhelmet 100default 0
Enchantment Unearth Cast Speed 27512% increased Unearth Cast Speedhelmet 100default 0
Enchantment Unearth Corpse Level 166Unearth Spawns corpses with +3 Levelhelmet 100default 0
Enchantment Unearth Corpse Level 275Unearth Spawns corpses with +5 Levelhelmet 100default 0
Enchantment Unearth Damage 16625% increased Unearth Damagehelmet 100default 0
Enchantment Unearth Damage 27540% increased Unearth Damagehelmet 100default 0

Item acquisition

Upgrade paths

This item can be acquired through the following upgrade paths or vendor recipes:

8Dying AnguishDying Anguish8Level 19 GemAlternative Quality: +19%Moribund, he gazed upon the journey taken as blood trickled down his chin. His eye closed on the city ahead that he would never call home.random level 19 gem with 19% alternative qualityAutomatic
1Gemcutter’s IncubatorGemcutter’s IncubatorAdds an incubated Quality Gem item to an equippable itemItem drops after killing # monstersQuality GemRight click this item then left click an item to apply it. The Incubated item drops after killing a specific number of monsters.random superior gemAutomatic
6The FoxThe Fox6Level 20 Gem”Masters of wit, strength and cunning. To survive the harsh winters, you must be like the fox.”- Ezomyte Proverbrandom level 20 gemAutomatic
13The CataclysmThe Cataclysm13Level 21 Spell GemCorruptedThe mighty warriors traded in blows, the nimble archers in arrows, yet it was the brazen thaumaturgists who would bring catastrophe to all.random corrupted level 21 Spell gemAutomatic
3Gemcutter’s PromiseGemcutter’s Promise3Superior GemQuality: +20%”I swore to use my position to help the people. What good is power when it just accumulates on the already-powerful?” – Erasmus, Imperial Gemcutterrandom superior gem with 20% qualityAutomatic
1The VoidThe Void1Reach into the Void and claim your prize.random divination card set exchangeAutomatic

Quest reward

This item is given as a quest reward for the following quests:

Class →WitchShadowRangerDuelistMarauderTemplarScion
Quest ↓
The Caged BruteAct 1

Vendor reward

This item can be bought at the listed NPC vendors, after completing the following quests:

Class →WitchShadowRangerDuelistMarauderTemplarScion
Quest ↓
The Caged BruteAct 1Nessa
A Fixture of FateAct 3Siosa
Fallen from GraceAct 6Lilly Roth
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