Puncture Bolt {1}{R}

Instant

Puncture Bolt deals 1 damage to target creature. Put a -1/-1 counter on that creature.

Cinder pyromancers measure their success by counting their enemies’ smoking holes.

Illustrated by Franz Vohwinkel

Standard
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Notes and Rules Information for Puncture Bolt:
  • Puncture Bolt will resolve fully (and give the creature a -1/-1 counter) even if the 1 damage would be enough to destroy it. (This would matter if a 3/3 creature with persist had already been dealt 2 damage, for example.) (2008-05-01)
  • If you target a creature with 2 toughness, Puncture Bolt deals 1 damage to it, then puts a -1/-1 counter on it, which reduces it to 1 toughness. The creature will be destroyed as a result of lethal damage. Regeneration could save it. (2008-05-01)
  • If you target a creature with 1 toughness, Puncture Bolt deals 1 damage to it, then puts a -1/-1 counter on it, which reduces it to 0 toughness. The creature will be put into its owner’s graveyard as a result of having 0 toughness. Regeneration can’t save it. (2008-05-01)