Can you do more damage than the creature has toughness?

  • #1
    What the title says. If some creature A with lifelink was blocked by a creature with less toughness than it has power. Do you gain life equal to the blocking creature's toughness or creature A's power?
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    Quote from darkazn58
    What the title says. If some creature A with lifelink was blocked by a creature with less toughness than it has power. Do you gain life equal to the blocking creature's toughness or creature A's power?

    An attacking creature ALWAYS assigns damage equal to its power. The toughness of the blocking creature doesn't influence this process at all.
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  • #4
    When in doubt, check the Comprehensive Rules:


    510.1a Each attacking creature and each blocking creature assigns combat damage equal to its power.


    Since toughness isn't mentioned here, it doesn't affect how much damage is actually dealt. You may be getting confused from situations where there are multiple blockers or where the attacking creature has trample; in those situations, the blocker's toughness factors into how the damage can be divided between blockers and/or the defending player, but still has no effect on the total amount of damage to be assigned -- it'll always be equal to the attacker's power.
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