Marvel Champions LCG Keyword list

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Core Set (November 1, 2019)


While any minions with this keyword are engaged with a player, that player cannot attack villains without this keyword.


If an ally is used to defend against an attack with overkill, any excess damage from the attack (damage beyond the ally’s remaining hit points) is dealt to the identity of the player controlling the ally, if able. If an attack with overkill defeats a minion, excess damage from the attack (damage beyond the minion’s remaining hit points) is dealt to the villain.


While a player is resolving a card with this keyword, that player cannot consult other players, and other players cannot play cards or trigger abilities.


After this enemy engages a player, it immediately attacks that player if they are in hero form.


A player cannot control more than two restricted cards in play at a given time. If a player ever controls more than two restricted cards in play, they must immediately choose and discard from play restricted cards they control until they have only two

Retaliate X

After this character is attacked, deal X damage to the attacker. The character must survive the attack to deal this damage. (X is the value next to the retaliate keyword.)


After an encounter card with this keyword is revealed, the player resolving the card reveals an additional encounter card. Complete the process of resolving the original card before revealing the additional card.


When this character enters play, place a tough status card on it.

Uses (X “type”)

When a card with this keyword enters play, place X all-purpose counters from the token pool on the card. The word following the value establishes and identifies the type of uses the card holds.

Each card with this keyword also has an ability that references the type of use established by the keyword as part of the cost. When such an ability spends a use, a counter of that type must be removed from the card.

After a card with uses spends its final use (and the effect resolves), discard the card.

The Rise of Red Skull (September 4, 2020)


When a card with the Incite X keyword is revealed, place X threat on the main scheme.


A card with the permanent keyword cannot leave play.


An attack with the piercing keyword discards any tough status cards from the target of the attack before dealing damage.


An attack with the ranged keyword ignores the retaliate keyword.


A card with the setup keyword beings the game in play.

The Once and Future Kang (October 2, 2020)


When a minion with the villainous keyword activates, give it a facedown boost card from the top of the encounter deck. When you resolve that minion’s activation, turn the boost card faceup and apply its boost icons to the minion’s stats for this activation. If the boost card has a boost ability, resolve its effects. Discard the boost card after the activation.

Galaxy’s Most Wanted (March, 2020)


When revealed, place [x] (per player) threat here.


When defeated, add this card to the victory display.