Whenever Laccolith Whelp becomes blocked, you may have it deal damage equal to its power to target creature. If you do, Laccolith Whelp assigns no combat damage this turn.
10/4/2004 The ability triggers even if a spell or ability makes it blocked, instead of being blocked by a creature.
10/4/2004 It can target any creature on the battlefield, not just one of the ones blocking it.
10/4/2004 The ability allows you to deal damage during the declare blockers step of combat, which is well before even first strike creatures deal damage.
10/4/2004 The ability is optional. You can decide to allow it to deal combat damage as normal.